The new Flow Magazine has arrived and, as summer gives way to winter, has plenty of articles on mindfulness, simplicity and connectivity to help with the transition. Issue 20 takes a look at introducing yoga into your day-to-day routine, spending time in the company of Mother Nature and the benefits of… getting up early. Elsewhere there are happy Danes, the advantages of doing nothing (phew, we don’t have to get up early!) and three FREE notebooks illustrated by Lisa Congdon, Sanny Van Loon and Amy Van Luijk!
Flow Magazine celebrates ‘creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures’. With regular sections centred around being connected, simplifying your life, spoiling yourself and mindfulness, it provides a way to slow down, take your time, take comfort in small pleasure and … get crafty with loads of papery goodness.
We love to see artists we stock appear in the pages of the mags we sell – so it was great to see Brie Harrison pop up to illustrate her typical day.
Chalkboard exercise book and ‘Draw Your Good News’ booklet
The Art of Staying Optimistic
The Beauty of GoodbyesThey are Actually New Beginnings
Picturing Good News: Illustrators draw the Things that make them happy
All by myself
When a relationship ends, how do you get on with life on your own? Carine de Kooning goes in search of answers from experts and friends alike, after her divorce forced her to deal with being alone.
For the love of chalk
Blink and you may have missed it when Chalkboard mania first hit the world’s walls, but now it seems it’s here to stay. Three artists talk about their love of chalkboard art.
A colorful past
When she found a way to combine her love of history with her Photoshop skills, Brazilian artist Marina Amaral turned her hobby into her profession. She colors old black-andwhite photos, giving full-color reality to gray historic images.
Draw your happy things
What do you see when you have a positive outlook on the world? We asked seven illustrators exactly this, and they drew the things in life that make them happy.
Bookmarks and a female philosophers poster
Random acts of kindness: they can mean a lot to others, but they also make you happier.
Practicing so-called random acts of kindness gives us all a tangible and easy way to make another person happy, and that perpetuates happiness. Journalist Anneke Bots finds out why it feels good to give and writes about it.
Great expectations: Whether it is love, a dinner or a weekend away, we often have a clear expectation of how things are going to be. But how realistic are these and where do they come from?
Meanwhile in the digital world: What’s it like to travel the world and work wherever you touch down? An expert in the New Way of Working and several digital nomads talk about how this way of life fits in with the modern flexible working culture.
Ode to handwriting: Not only is handwriting a highly enjoyable activity, it now turns out to have many unexpected benefits as well. Journalist Catelijne Elzes, a big fan of writing by hand herself, finds out more.
An ode to female philosophers who wrote about everyday issues we can still identify with.
Drawing at work: Instead of typing your reports, you could also illustrate them.
A manual to get to know yourself:a fold-out booklet in which you can write your likes, dislikes, habits and vulnerabilities.
DIY herbarium booklet: for the plants, flowers and leaves that catch your eye.
Farewell to Fear: Our fears have a greater impact on our lives than we may realize. Whatever it is that weighs heavily on our mind, we can easily become limited by our own worry. So what can we do to tackle our fear?
Interview: Food and craft stylist Paul Lowe Einlyng, aka Sweet Paul, was raised in Oslo, Norway, by his grandmother and great aunt, who taught him how to craft and cook. After making a name for himself in his homeland, he moved to New York, where he had to start all over again.
In Limbov: Waiting for something to happen or to come along isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. After all who knows what unexpected and pleasant things life will throw your way while you’re waiting…
Stay Curious: Curiosity may well kill the cat, as they say, but when it comes to humans, curiosity only makes our lives richer. Some reason why, plus eight tips on how to stay curious.
How to find a new balance in the troubled times we currently live in.
Do you feel like your life is on hold? Then this is the time to fantasize, daydream and muse.
The fun of watercoloring : you never know how it will turn out.
‘Offline for 7 Days’ Booklet
Women of the World Coloring Book
American blogger Leela Cyd shows us the Beauty of Simple Dishes.
Psychologist and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, Elisha Goldstein combines psychotherapy with mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.
Yet the path that led him here was far from easy, as he tells journalist Nina Siegal.
Twenty-five seconds: that’s the average time a museum visitor spends on looking at a piece of art. But if you take the time to really look at a painting—to really see it for what it is—then it’s a completely other experience.
Stop with the Moaning
Journalist Ineke van Lier decided to stop with the whole moaning and complaining lark. But that doesn’t mean everything has to always be fun. The trick is to simply assume the role of neutral observer.
* Paste-Your-Thoughts Posters by Eleanor Shakespeare
* DIY Stamping Booklet by Lotta Jansdotter
Slow breakfasts for lazy weekends: Yvonne Eijkenduijn of the blog Yvestown serves up five delicious recipes.
Journalist Otje van der Lelij investigates what it means to feel insecure.
Interview: Tami Simon
With just a tape recorder and a thirst for knowledge, Tami Simon founded the multimedia publishing company Sounds True at the age of 22. Her mission: to spread spiritual wisdom through interviews recorded with teachers and visionaries.
Journalist Rim Voorhaar discovers that accepting you simply cannot do everything is really rather liberating.