Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week, and so many of the FINDRA principles stem from this concept! The idea is to eliminate anything that causes stress or anxiety. We’re all giving this a go in our own lives, so we thought we’d spread the idea around.
Alex’s Approach to Design
We’ve previously spoken about one of FINDRA’s core brand values being innovation, but Alex also designs by the concept of ‘less is more’. Brought into the common vernacular by Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe when he “arrang[ed] the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity”, Alex uses this idea to remove anything unnecessary from FINDRA garments.
“We never add any unnecessary detailing or accessories all design aspects must be relvant and functional. Nothing is done for pure decoration.”
10 Minutes with Alex Feechan, Love the Mountains
This even comes down to the lightweight nature of our fabric choices. No bulk, no excess fabric, just packable and wearable clothing. Every item in the FINDRA catalogue has a purpose, and if it’s not functional then it’s not FINDRA.
Declutter Your Living Space
If you’ve not seen the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, then fear not because she has written a book which could change your life. The book actually preceded the TV show, but nevertheless if you’re keen to get started on simplifying your living space then grab yourself a copy of this book, or purchase yourself a Netflix subscription, and start learning the KonMarie method principles.
Kondo’s methodology divides all of our possessions into 5 categories: Clothing, Books, Paper, Komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage, misc), and Sentimental Items. If it doesn’t bring you immediate joy or it doesn’t have an explicit function in your life, then you don’t need it. Her process is actually quite psychological – her method does “not only lead to a cleaner, more organised household, but also to a more positive and happy lifestyle overall”.
Want to learn more? Grab yourself a copy of her book!
Keeping Exercise Simple
We know how exercise benefits our minds and reduces stress, but there’s so much contradictory advice online about how you should be exercising, it can create too much stress to start! However, Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara thoroughly believes that getting your trainers on and going for a walk is just as good as hitting the gym.
“O’Mara’s enthusiasm for walking ties in with both of his main interests as a professor of experimental brain research: stress, depression and anxiety; and learning, memory and cognition.” – Shane O’Mara
If anyone is an expert on walking and de-stressing, then it’s this guy! It’s so easy to overlook the benefits of walking (we’re not even talking about hiking or jogging here, just walking). Recently FINDRA held a local walk in partnership with the Scottish Borders Walking Festival and even though it rained, the benefits to those on the walk were obvious. Everybody left smiling and feeling energised, but also fulfilled.
If heading to the gym or forcing yourself to run a 10K each week feels overwhelming, then how about just going for a walk? It seems like a great place to start.
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
Lynyrd Skynyrd has some world-famous wholesome life songs which get everybody singing along, but Simple Man is probably one of the few tunes to promote minimalism and appreciating what’s in your soul.
Is it one you’ve heard of before?
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x