Curated Wisdom: Just Be

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“When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening. I will never understand the silent dying of the green pie-apple tree if I do not slow down and listen to what the Spirit is telling me, telling me of the death of trees, the death of planets, of people, and what all these deaths mean in the light of love of the Creator, who brought them all into being, who brought them all into being, who brought me into being, and you.”

Madeline L’Engle – Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Let’s all take time to listen and be today.

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Curated Shorts – Relationships

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Relationships – the most rewarding, and most difficult aspect of life.

I believe relationships are meant to be enriching and life-giving. Life-giving relationships come from healthy boundaries and open communication. If a relationship is violating healthy boundaries, is co-dependent, or abusive it can be toxic & stifling.

Are your relationships enriching or stifling? Do you have open communication in your relationships?

For some great resources on boundaries and healthy relationships check out the books by Cloud & Townsend. I personally like Boundaries and Changes that Heal.

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Music Monday: MIKA is Back!

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One of my new favourite pop artists, MIKA, released his 3rd LP in the US last Tuesday. Since I started listening to the album this past Saturday I’ve racked up 109 listens on Spotify. Why? His newest album The Origin of Love is just that good! His past albums had some fun pop songs, lots of creativity and a few deep moments – but he never drew me in.

The Origin of Love is different – it’s authentic & real. Sure there are moment’s of pure musical joy and the endless creativity MIKA is known for, but the authenticity and depth that anchor the album are the real highlight.

The album has an undercurrent of joy, but if you listen closely MIKA tackles some really deep subjects.

Enough from me check it out now:

Celebrate feat. Pharrell Williams

Spotify Album: spoti.fi/QOpA5h

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Curated Wisdom – Thankfulness

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Prayer Candles at El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico

The longer I live, the more I realize the importance of thankfulness.

Being thankful in every season of life – good or bad – is what cultivates a spirit of contentment. A spirit of contentment breeds a life of joy, happiness, and peace. Theologian & writer G.K. Chesterton sated it well with this quote:

Being ”contented” ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.

There are so many things I’m thankful for – freedom of my spirit and mind, healthy, life-giving relationships with family and friends, a job that inspires and empowers me, the ability to document my life and inspirations on this blog, and so much more!

Are you living a life of thankfulness that leads to contentment, joy and happiness? It can be something as small as a good cup of coffee to something as large as a new relationship or job. It’s a conscious effort – and one that I’m moving more towards everyday. What are you thankful for today, right in this moment? Take some time and write it down, speak it out, sing it and see how it changes your life.

Thankful for you all.

Cheers to a curated, thankful life!
Shawn

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Men’s Fall Style Rundown

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Everyone has their own sense of style – some people just haven’t found theirs yet.

A sense of who you truly are is the essential prerequisite to style. It’s always inspiring to see someone wearing an outfit that is something you’d never wear, but they’re completely rocking it.

To me, style = personality + confidence + comfort.

Some trends that bring a unique twist to my everyday life:

Studs – a bit of rock’n’roll for your everyday life

Studded Leather Jacket from Zara

Studded Shirt Collar

Studded Cuffs from Burberry

Cowl Neck Shirts & Sweaters:

Cowl Neck Sweater from Nicholas K

Cowl Neck Sweatshirt from H&M

Happy Monday, hope you all have a stylish week!

Shawn

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Music Monday – Jonas Myrin – Grace

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Good songwriting + good vocals + good music = Jonas Myrin


This Swedish singer-songwriter from London may be my most played artist in the last month. I love his philosophy of songwriting :

When something is real, when something is honest, when something comes from the heart – other people can feel it. And, that to me is a great song.

Enjoy!

Shawn

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Welcome to the Curated Life!

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Welcome to The Curated Life!

With the rise of wonderful sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr it’s become increasingly easy to sit at a computer and live vicariously through photos and posts. While I love all of these platforms, I wanted to create a community of do-ers and not just see-ers.

The mission of The Curated Life is to encourage and inspire a life lived to the fullest. Life is a beautiful, multi-faceted journey, and one that’s not to be wasted.

I’ll be posting regularly on large and small things that make life rich and full. Ranging from music, design, art and fashion to business, faith, and current events – all of these things make up a Curated Life. A life lived well, a life of impact, beauty and change.

Cheers!

Shawn

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