Hello SOTGC community!
There is something terribly nostalgic and sentimental about incorporating the odd old-fashioned or vintage way into one’s modern-day life. Whether it be a hand-written letter, home-baked cookies from a neighbor, or a black and white film, there is something quite romantic and peculiarly calming about taking a step back in time once in a while.
In the high-tech world we call home, weaving a vintage flavor through the happenings of our daily lives can be refreshing and calming, ultimately simplifying life in a way that can increase mindfulness and bring into focus the small pleasures of life. Need some ideas to start you off on introducing a vintage take on your life in a high-tech world? Here are some ways to begin the journey ….
Swap your electronic reader for a paperback once in a while! There is something to be said about picking up a good book and enjoying it alongside a warm cup of tea nestled up on the couch or by the sea while lazily lounging in a beach chair. Whether it be the smell of sunscreen on the pages or grains of sand in the creases, reading a “page-turner” and actually turning the pages can be a truly relaxing experience! Collect some fun bookmarks to embellish the experience even more!
Practice your penmanship with a beautiful handwritten letter! Whether it be a birthday card for a friend, a lovely letter professing your love for your partner, or a sincere thank you note for a colleague, try your hand at an old-fashioned handwritten note in lieu of the typical new-age email. Think of the excitement that comes from receiving mail that is not bill-related, discovering an unexpected envelope on your work desk or looking back on a beautiful and heartfelt message from years past. There is something special about the ability to capture sentiments and abstract feeling in something as tangible as a piece of paper between your fingers; ink flowing over the page and painting an essence and telling a story! Great Gatsby would be proud!!
Invest in a pretty, nonelectronic agenda … or at least a To-Do list on paper! There is something quite satisfying about crossing out items on a To-do list with a pen; it elicits a unique sense of accomplishment and will power! I always enjoy choosing out a fun and stylish agenda in January and planning out my days and calendar with vibrant-colored pens and the odd inserted Post-It note. Try it out!
Give your CDs and MP3s a small rest and opt for some live music! Do not only hear the music, but live it and experience it through all your senses! It can be as peaceful as a dinner venue with a performing pianist, as spontaneous as a break on the path home from work to listen to a street artist jam on his guitar, or as invigorating as front-row seats to your favorite band’s concert. Enjoy!
Next time you travel, capture your memories with a memory box, in lieu of a Facebook album! I recently did some spring cleaning (in July …) and rediscovered an old memory box that I had put together after returning from a family trip to Cape Cod. As I sifted through the restaurant receipts, pictures, seashells, mini-golf tickets and tiny bottles of sand, my mind danced through waves of memories, reviving so many happy and heart-warming feelings in me. Put a memory box together the next time you travel and look forward to the day, 10, 20, or even 50 years down the line, when you can go through each piece as you travel back in time.
Bake some cookies for your neighbors! Time often escapes us, and before we know it, we may be living in a new apartment or in a new house, and have no clue of who our neighbors are! We all have those stereotypical images of the 1950’s with children playing in the streets and neighbors greeting each other with a good morning; what a beautiful notion that has, in large part, been lost in the modern age. Baking cookies would be the cherry on top, but even a simple “Hello, my name is Miss. X, and I live next door” can make everything feel more communal. Human interaction is irreplaceable … it can all start with a knock on the door!
My dearest SOTGC community, I hope this post has inspired you to try taking a vintage take on life, once in a while, in order to stay mindful and calm in an often hectic and high-tech world. If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family, and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter! We’d also love to know whether you tried any of these ideas and how you enjoyed it! Your experiences are always welcome.