One of our favorite Annie Dillard quotes is, “How you spend your days is how you spend your life.” That couldn’t be more true. But at the same time, it sometimes feels impossible to create the kind of daily experience that we most crave. Between work and family, for the modern woman, there is always something pulling your attention in a new direction.
Maybe you feel stuck in a job, or in a rut with your daily routine, and curating a daily life that you feel truly connected to doesn’t quite seem possible yet. If that’s your experience, we get it. Finding balance is an ongoing journey and not a destination where we finally arrive and everything is perfect. Instead, it’s a constantly creative experience. You create balance in every moment, every day, step by step. Although balance looks differently for everyone, and creating a day you truly love is as unique as you are, we’ve rounded up a few simple steps that we think everyone could apply to creating a daily life that inspires them. Take a read of the below steps and maybe choose one this week to implement. Slowly build on your progress, and soon, your days may be spent in the exact way you wish.
All of our kimono robes are designed with you in mind. To bring your calm and centeredness to the forefront of your busy day, and help you take a deep breath. Whenever you wake up for the day—perhaps you’re wearing your modern kimono robe around the house as you get ready—set your intentions for the day. Maybe it’s as simple as drinking more water, or as complicated as remaining patient even in the face of deadlines and kids and all the rest. Find one thing for today and don’t worry about tomorrow. Simply breathe in the feelings you want to feel all day long, and breathe out your intention to create those feelings for yourself. Setting your intentions is a powerful way to create the kind of day you want, and the best part? If you don’t quite follow through today, you can start with a clean slate tomorrow without fail.
The most basic element you can depend on every day is that you will wear clothing! So don’t miss out on an opportunity to be intentional and thoughtful with the clothes you wear. Wearing something that makes you feel beautiful as opposed to wearing something that makes you feel uncomfortable is a huge game changer when it comes to the kind of day you might have. Of course, we love kimono style for elevating the every day. Whether you choose charmeuse or silk or crepe or something else, your kimono style is as original as you are and can bring you into the present moment. Your kimono robe also helps to bring an old outfit to life, it adds a lightweight layer that transitions effortlessly from day to night, and it reminds you that a little luxury can go a long way.
One of the things that can stress us out the most is the clutter in our lives. Maybe you have a house full of hand me down items that you don’t really love, or you’re hanging onto old clothes that don’t quite fit anymore because it feels wasteful to discard them. All of that is valid, but your stress may be lifted if you limit the items in your house to fewer, more quality pieces. Whether it’s clothing or perhaps artisan goods and wellness tools like we have in our kimono store, when you are surrounded by things you love, you feel lighter. It’s this lightness that makes your day a little bit easier. When you can look around and see that you love everything in your space, you don’t need much of it. That’s exactly how we crafted the offerings in our kimono store, so if you are in San Francisco and haven’t stopped in yet—please do!
Your day deserves a little play. You are a busy woman with lots of responsibilities, but finding a little bit of time for yourself to play around can reinvigorate your mood and give you the energy to bust through your list of to-dos. Our suggestions is to find a short kimono robe you love and get outside. Whether you visit a park, a playground, a shoreline, or another kind of outdoor space in your neighborhood, something about nature always inspires the kid in us. If outside is not your thing, you can still find a million ways to be playful. Find the playfulness that speaks to you and devote just five minutes to it each day so you can feel a little bit lighter and brighter.
Sometimes the items in our home space get into our psyche for better or worse. We have a bunch of boxes piled up by the door, ready for recycling, and the longer they sit there, the less we see them. We just know that we have a little bit of stress building up and can’t quite pinpoint it. But the same is true with the opposite! If you have beautiful things decorating your space, that calm tranquility will also seep into your psyche and give you a sense of well being. The beautiful thing about our modern kimono robes is that they double as artwork. Find your favorite kimono robe and hang it on the door as a sweet piece of art that you can also wear when you first get up in the morning and right before bed. It’s a statement piece whether you’re wearing it or hanging it, and it can give your mood a boost just by displaying it in your space.
Your community is perhaps the most important part of your day. Make it a point to connect with the friend who makes you laugh, or lets you cry, or lifts you up. Better yet, make a date with that friend to hang out, each in your own beautiful kimono style, and just relax together. Creating a community is what we’re all about at KIM+ONO, and our kimono store often hosts events for just that purpose. Whether you’re looking for a new community or wanting to expand yours, come stop by and see us. We’re happy to have you be a part of our tribe.
With just a few purposeful intentions, you can create an everyday life that you are inspired by and one that excites you each morning. What are some ways you build beauty and intention into your days? Tell us in the comments!