The Minimalist’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Writer and photographer Jessica Rose Williams runs a financial business with her husband by day, and blogs about living a simple, more creative lifestyle by night. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Positive Luxury caught up with Jessica to hear her insights on gratitude, as well as her top tips for keeping the holidays conscious.


Inspiration for a positive life

I first fell in love with minimalism when I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at my first screening when I was 25 and given the all clear the same year, but then went through some tough times with bullying at work.

My life felt like such as mess, I didn’t feel like I knew who I really was and I was desperate to reassess things. Decluttering was a great start but it was only the beginning. I overhauled my entire life and started saying no to anything that didn’t add real value to it.

I’m a happier, calmer person now and I’ve got much more insight into who I really am since getting rid of all those distractions. Getting rid of toxic relationships in particular gave me more time to spend on things I enjoy, like writing and photography.

Gratitude never fails us

I love the way gratitude never fails to make us feel better. Knowing my life is better with less things but better things takes that FOMO away; it’s such a relief not to force myself to work endless hours for things I don’t even really want or need. I feel under much less pressure than I used to and that’s a great feeling.

Whenever I feel low I’ll think about what I already have and what I’m grateful for – it works every time. I’m mostly thankful for the big loves in my life: my husband, my dog and my horse Teddy.

This thanksgiving, I’m also thankful for tea – I love tea!


Top tips for finding balance

Ask for less and buy less. We need so much less than what we think to make thanksgiving – and the holidays in general – special. It’s the small moments you’ll remember, not all the gifts and other stuff we think we need.

Focus on the experience. If I am buying gifts, I like to buy experiences for people instead of things, or things people can consume and actually use.

Lose what you don’t need. The first step is to get rid of all that stuff you don’t use or makes you feel bad about yourself. If you struggle with that, just box them up for now and set a deadline whereby if you haven’t gone back into the box in x amount of time, you’ll get rid of it.

Remember, good things require patience. Take things one step at a time and enjoy the process.

 

Gifts for the cosy home lover

I love so many Positive Luxury brands to trust. I have the black Anglepoise lamp which takes pride of place in my living room; I love the fragranced candles by 58 Lifestyle, too.

I love spending time at home and quality products like theirs can quickly make it feel like a five-star hotel. It’s amazing what a difference beautiful scents can make.

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58 LIFESTYLE
Balancing Ecosoy Candle

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ROCOCO CHOCOLATES
Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts

GLENMORANGIE
Extremely Rare 18 Year–Old

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LISA FRANKLIN
Love Light Energy Candle

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PENROSE PRODUCTS
Alpaca Wool Duvet

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FLOCK BY NATURE
Phoebe Merino Raglan Top

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ARTHA COLLECTIONS
The Nyima Shawl

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BODAS
Cashmere Tie Waist Robe

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FLOCK BY NATURE
Alpaca & Merino Lounge Socks

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SEASCAPE ISLAND APOTHECARY
Unwind Body Wash

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MARINA VAPTZAROVA
Jumla Journal

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BE GENKI
Serene Body Oil

 

If you’ve enjoyed this article, you might also like to read Literally Nataly: Why Positive Living Matters and Positive Luxury Meets… Lucy Williams.

Rebecca Wallace