A minimalist’s birthday


Autumn is a beautiful time of year. It is a transitional season, as we look over our shoulder longingly at summer and anticipate the possibilities of ‘hygge’ throughout winter. For me, it also bring a personal transition, as I celebrate my birthday.

Happy birthday to me

This year, my lovely family has taken my minimalist message to heart. I have written about gifting before (here) and they know my philosophy on ‘stuff’. As a joke, they wrapped an empty, white box and handed it to me in a fit of giggles.

Thoughtful gifts

Actually, their real gifts were thoughtfully chosen. In line with my ‘food, fun, flowers’ mantra, they had picked out chocolates (rose and violet creams), an iris planter that will grow on my windowsill (and smell gorgeous) and a (very unexpected) bottle of perfume. So, I suppose I had better add ‘fragrance’ to my list of ideal gifts: food, fun, flowers, fragrance.


My point is that these gifts are consumable. I will enjoy them very much, but they do not contribute to the burden of material things that I’ve been actively reducing in my life.

I would urge you to think about this now that the holiday season draws near. What will you choose to give as gifts? What might you hope to receive? I’d love to know.

The ‘life energy experiment’

And don’t forget, in November, I’ll be conducting my own experiment as I consider and evaluate whether or not the items I buy are truly worth the ‘life energy’ expended to acquire them.

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3 thoughts on “A minimalist’s birthday

  1. A minimalist, consumable gift I like to give and receive (which may fit into your “fragrance” category) is soap or lotion – especially handmade or locally produced or organic, you know something special like that.


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