“The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” — Joshua Becker
Every day, more stuff comes into our lives: stuff in our houses, stuff on our calendars, stuff on our minds and stuff in our email inbox. Over time all that stuff gets heavy and causes us stress, overwhelm, anxiety, fatigue, burnout and even eventually disease. Excess stuff gets in the way of what truly matters, who we authentically are and clutters up the path we are trying to walk.
Botanical Trader is my creative outlet for everything I love - nature, animals, yoga, meditation, self-care rituals, gardening and the simple luxuries of life. It is my expression of the "good life", acting as a reminder of what matters most, bringing me back to that place where life was simpler.
Christmas holidays spent holding hands with my Grandma Jessie, dressed in our Sunday best as we excitedly boarded the train to visit Melbourne's Myer Christmas window. Summer afternoons sitting under the shade of a mango tree sipping on icy pineapple juice or weekends spent swimming in the Pacific ocean at Fingal Beach. Or Rosy cheeked and sun-kissed after a day spent digging in my garden, and those moments of feeling serene and deeply peaceful after gifting myself with a weekend yoga and wellness retreat.
Did you spend your childhood summers playing barefoot outside all day, chasing the end of the rainbow and looking for falling stars at night?
Or maybe you get joy remembering the times you gave yourself permission to slow down and truly look after yourself by taking a warm bath, reading a good book or taking that soulful relaxing weekend getaway
These memories we cherish sustain us. It is my hope that Botanical Trader will invoke those special memories for you. Bring you back to a time when life was more simple.
Whether that is spending holidays with Grandma baking Christmas pudding, sipping ice-cold pineapple juice to cool off from the summer heat, swimming in the ocean, taking a lavender epsom bath, or making a mulberry pie from the fruit tree in the backyard.
I hope that Botanical Trader brings you as much joy as it brings me creating it.
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