The Detox Series is a project that focuses on detoxing a different aspect of life each month of 2017. It was born out of a desire to actually follow through on my resolutions this year by aligning around one goal- Detox. January’s topic? Detoxing your mind.
I have a lot of stuff. It’s no secret. My closet is overflowing, and I have a really hard time getting rid of kitchen and beauty products that I’m honestly never going to use – the “just in case” mindset. Since switching toward a sustainable lifestyle last year, I’ve found I am incorporating more and more minimalist approaches and mindset into my routines.
That’s why I was super excited when I got the opportunity to review “The Art of Simple Living,” Minimalist Lifestyle Blogger Olivia Young’s brainchild. It’s a course on simple living- aka minimalism. I love that Liv focuses on the benefits simplicity has brought to her own life. It makes minimalism seem much more approachable and attainable.
The Art of Simple Living is an online class that can be completed at your own pace. It has been carefully and tirelessly curated by Liv, who began to realize the power of minimalism almost three years ago. The course has four chapters, including an introduction and conclusion. Each chapter is divided into several sections, allowing you to complete small parts of the course at your convenience. This helped me a ton with busy days! At the same time, I would say you could definitely get through it in a weekend - since it's a lot of fun, you may just breeze through it.
Once you sign up for the course, you receive login info and a link that gives you access. First, I love that the course is visually pleasing. It’s designed with pretty pink and coral, and classic black and grey colors- I’m a sucker for design, so I loved this!
On the left, the course shows you a “percent complete” bar and a table of contents. This lets you track your progress and be able to jump back to sections you want to refer to as you’re going through it. Plus, the course is jam packed with useful printables, worksheets, and charts that you can go back and fill out or print when your schedule allows.
The introduction starts with “Hello friend!” and the course is written in Olivia’s trademark friendly, welcoming, and calming voice. (That you can also see on her blog). Right away it put me at ease and let me focus on the excitement of what I was going to learn, rather than the (false) notion that minimalism was at odds with my personality and lifestyle.
“Through this short course, my goal is to inspire you to simplify every aspect of your life.”