Wednesday, June 10, 2020

How to Consume the News Once Per Week

Post, Video, and Photo by Rain San Martin

With rapidly changing headlines, it's easy to convince one-self to check-in with the mainstream global or national news on a daily basis. Yet you may find you can be actively aware of the most key stories while maintaining peace, by limiting your intake to one day per week.

Pick Your Day to Check In

You may like to check the news one day prior errand running to see if any major changes should be expected in regards to COVID-19 lock-downs or civil unrest protests. These are apocalyptic times!  On this day I check online news sites or YouTube channels. Certainly, you can read a single issue of the local news paper, if you prefer the physical publication.

My Other 2 Plugged-in Days (non-news days)

This may include podcasts (I listen to The Minimalists).

A few of my favorite blog sites include:

*The Legacy of the Home (Vintage Homemaking)
*Becoming Minimalist (Simplicity)
*Retro Housewife Goes Green (Vintage Homemaking)
*Spooky Little Halloween (Halloween lifestyle)

In the evening, on plugged-in days I read on my Kindle paper-white, eReader.

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Unplugged Days

I unplug 4 days per week. On these days I read magazines and books. During my morning coffee I relax with a few of my magazine subscriptions. Here are three:

Evenings before bed I unwind with books from the library I have ordered.  A fantastic book I am enjoying now is Grinding it Out, about the founding of McDonald's. The original print it is now worth around $1000! A film was recently created on this subject titled The Founder. This is an excellent biographical portrait portrayed by Michael Keeton, his best work. With a slice of 1950s life.

You will most certainly find you can live just fine without checking the news on a daily basis. Once in a blue moon you may want to override this rule when you feel it is important to do so. Yet maintain the healthy habit of a once per week consuming habit. Make sure you limit your screen time! You may even avoid the mainstream news all-together, creating your own feed.

Best of luck!

Rain 🌻

Monday, June 1, 2020

Advantages of a Neo-Victorian Lifestyle

Post and Video by Rain San Martin, Photo by Sage San Martin

A Neo-Victorian Lifestyle is a combination of Victorian or Edwardian aesthetics, customs, and vintage habits merged with select modern characteristics. The Victorian era was during the time of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Edwardian Era (King Edward) being during (1901-1910). Historians have also extended this era to the start of the first World War (1901-1914). Some of these movements include Victorian Goth, Classic Victorian 1800s (with a few modern adaptations), Steampunk, Old West or Steampunk Goth. 

This "New" Victorian Lifestyle is a modern era niche aesthetic and lifestyle. Customs, fashion, and old world home decor are just a few ways people incorporate the Neo-Victorian Lifestyle.  A love for classic 19th century literature, history, and Gothic Revival or Neo-Classical Architecture is usually present.

It is up to the individual to determine how much or how little modern customs and technology one allows into their everyday life. Freedom is expressed through the artistic lens of the individual. Makeup, dress, and clothing need not be historically accurate. We can incorporate elements of fiction or fantasy. I am traditional in many ways. Yet, I can practically imagine myself living there as an unconventional Bohemian soul. Each era has it eccentrics.

I myself have a flowy Bohemian Vintage Gothic Style for home or running errands. Similar in some ways, to a more relaxed version of Stevie Nicks. Old West Style is also woven in on alternate days.  For dates or more dressy occasions I wear a Neo-Victorian Gothic ensemble.  Find what works for you.

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Here are a few items we have in our home that are perfect for the Neo-Victorian Lifestyle:

The book I referred to in the video:  
In the Arts & Crafts Style

Have a fun week!

Rain ⏳

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