good life – by melanie mauer
Part of cultivating a good life is practicing simplicity.
Life felt a little too crowded (that can happen even with good things!) a few years ago. I started studying simplicity. Reading books like Simplicity Parenting (which is wonderful!!), and most anything with simple in the title, really. The word called to me. I wanted to focus on the essential. The best of life.
Just think, what would your week look like if you only put in that which was essential and would matter long term?
Like a magpie gathering things for her nest, I’ve been trying on various ideas to see what’s a fit for our family. Tossing out what didn’t work, gleaning as much as possible from what did.
And the result is beautiful – a little more margin in most of [let’s keep it real] our days.
How often have you come across this quote?
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Just like we appreciate a well-designed object or building, I’ve come to love that same attention to how a week can feel. Simplicity looks different for everyone – but it’s easy enough to start today, Sunday – my most favorite simple day of the week!
Photo taken by Melanie Mauer. Location: Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Note from Becky
I first met Melanie on a very cold December day in 2002 – just over 11 years ago. I don’t recall how I heard about this talented photographer, but I reached out to her and invited her to come to our home (at the time) in Cleveland, Ohio, to photograph our new little family of three. She traveled from Kentucky for the occasion.
Porter was our first-born child and Melanie was the first actual professional photographer who captured us as a family – so she is part of our story. And she did not disappoint. I will forever treasure those images. I will also be forever impressed by Melanie as a person. I was – and still am – sincerely touched by the way she cultivates a good life and by the way she blesses the lives of so many others not only through sharing her talents, but also because of her gentle nature.