A few nights ago I walked Lake of the Isles with a good friend of mine. She and I discussed our relationships with our men and our smartphones, our dreams and our mutual love of a clean, inviting home space. We agreed that a pile of clothes in the corner or a crumb laden floor takes a toll on one’s well being. This perspective may seem dramatic, and in some ways, I suppose it is. My friend and I have many things in common, and one of them is strong feelings about lighting. We are the douche bags that walk into an overly lit space and get a little judge-y. If a restaurant’s lighting looks like a damn car dealership, you’ve failed and will be hearing from me on Yelp. I want to hide my wine-stained teeth, not pluck my eyebrows! And, because I think transparency is important, it’s worth mentioning that after seeing a pile of dishes in my sink, my sister lectured me on my imminent mice infestation. Point taken. Like all humans, I’m not perfect, but I do tend towards neatness and have an appreciation for beautiful things. I would prefer to wrap my body in a cozy cotton blanket, not one made of sand paper. I enjoy drinking tea from a handmade ceramic mug, not a stainless steel one. I find joy in wearing vintage robes first thing in the morning and will splurge on high thread count flannel sheets. This way of being isn’t about feeling perfect or looking perfect. It’s about feeling pleasure, sensual pleasure. It’s about exciting all of my senses and experiencing a happy buzz. I love things that smell good, taste good, feel luxurious and are pleasing to my little eyes.
And, you don’t have to break the bank.
Here are five low-cost ideas to excite your senses:
- Take an Epsom salt bath. If you want to detox in the bath, add some powdered ginger + apple cider vinegar.
- If you like pottery, thrift stores are gold mines for beautiful ceramic pieces.
- Massage your own feet with coconut oil from your kitchen and sleep in socks.
- GET A DIMMER FOR YOUR LIGHTS AT HOME! It’s an instant mood changer, and they are cheap on Amazon.
- Cook a meal with lots of spices or bake. Eating food and smelling food releases feel-good hormones in our bodies, which is the ultimate sensual experience.
Yours from the North,