Bohemian Attitudes and Actions A Fresh Perspective

Bohemianism – The Debunking Of Old Misconceptions

In my research in the study of early bohemians of the European culture to today’s modern boho, I found another read bringing some light on the subject.  Albeit, the writer of the article was not using Word or Grammarly, so I noticed a ton of errors when reading, but the content is good. Specifically, I wanted to find an article clearly showing, the boho movement has several levels, ranging from successful business owners, employees, to those who kind of just floating along, but all of the classes resonate peace and life balance, with a deep appreciation for the arts, poetry, and music.  When I started reading one excerpt from the article I had quite a chuckle thinking about a character from a movie, who came to mind right away.  Excerpt reads:

All the bohemians are not going to be successful in their actions, although they may have a very bohemian attitude. Thus, talent level does not necessarily correlate with the level of bohemian lifestyle and associated habits. Some people end up just leading Bohemian lives without becoming great “some ones” (like great innovators or admired artists).

The first person who comes to mind is “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski.  Happy, free living (even if from paycheck to paycheck), he was genuinely laid back, not necessarily lazy, but his attitude was he could live exactly with what he had and be happy.  This is not the lifestyle I am focusing on per say, but worth the laugh for me to think about some hilarious scenes in the cult movie classic.

Some other tidbits from the article link I am sharing really focuses on lifestyles and attitudes.  There is no one size, fits all, in the definition of bohemian.  It’s a mix of conventional and unconventional lifestyles, for example, you can have a New Your high rise apartment with full Boheme decore, maybe your job allows you the freedom in your fashion, and you pay attention to your health even going so far as to unearth your car from your apartments underground garage, drive through hours of traffic, in a quest to seek out a farmers market in your area for your edibles.  For some of those hard working boho executives and employees, their get away weekend is driving to the country or carpooling with friends to be a flea market queen (or king). Essentially, you work hard, but playing hard is not a mandatory part of the equation. You have your own place, are centered, but your style and attitude are in balance with your workplace and home.

Another perspective is those living off the grid and more recently gaining popularity, living in tiny homes.  A lot of these down to earth folks wanted to simplify their lifestyle, they are minimalist, and have the where with all to move the home to greener pastures when the mood strikes them to do so. (We have an upcoming article on this coming soon).  So in this case, some of these people have jobs or are retired, in fact, a few retired early and take in a modest income so they can be to explore the wide open spaces where our spirit can find peace.  Yes, I love the tiny houses videos and actually considered maybe spending part of the year in my boho bungalow and the other part down by the ocean in an A-frame mini camper (with air conditioning).

I am only providing a few examples of the different levels of boho living, there so many sub levels, it’s laughable.  Ideally, I don’t care what people think about my Birkenstock, one-size fits all clothing, turquoise jewelry wearing, folk listening self because the point is, it’s my lifestyle, I love it, I own it. However, people who do not understand boho living or urban hippies may refer to us modern day bohos with very degrading rhetoric, which needs to stop, so I usually open my big mouth with “It’s a lifestyle, much better than yours”. With all of this said, I am sharing with you a 2011 article (yes it is still relevant) for you to read about old assumptions about what bohemian lifestyles are, boho attitudes, and behaviors trending over time, to basically where we are still at today.

Bohemian Attitudes and Actions

https://bohobusiness.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/bohemian-attitudes-and-actions/

 

 

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Did you say “Jungalow?”

Have you heard of the term “Jungalow?”

Our DIY tip for the month is inspired by Rachel, the founder of #TCMillennial.  She put together a blog post for an inspired boho home office space.  Check out how to create those positive boho vibes in your home office while keeping it functional and uncluttered.  The concepts she uses are simple and if you have a home office or any room, you can derive inspiration from Rachel’s quick read blog.  Read the article here

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Mindfulness Monday – Simply Breathe

The purest form of mindfulness is to breathe simply.

The caveat here with the exercise is to breathe with conscious effort.  All those breaths have a purpose besides keeping your heart and brain going.  We challenge you to start a 5 Mindful Breaths exercise you can do every day, before work, at work, after work, anywhere you like.  Rules of engagement are you will use these five deep breaths of fresh air to think free and preferably concentrate on only the breathing.  This exercise is particularly useful if you are feeling restless, anxious, angry, or stressed.  Use the time to focus on only one thought or image.  If necessary close your eyes and picture something that brings you peace, joy, makes you feel relaxed and hold on to it.  When you complete the exercise, you will notice a difference in your state of mind and a big dose of H2O is healthy for you too. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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Today is International Day of Friendship

At JadeCrate, we work with several fair-trade partners and international companies.  We say take a moment today celebrate diversity and peace.  This day is also a day to promote friendships, regardless of what country you are from or your friends.  An opportune day to go out for lunch or dinner at an ethnic restaurant and celebrate other cultures.  Peace.

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Free Therapy Everyone

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Final call to order the last of the JadeCrate Summer Series Boxes

Last day to order your JadeCrate Summer Series box is 7/31/2018. Use coupon WELCOME18 for free shipping on your first single subscription box order with us.

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In Season – Watermelon

The JadeCrate newsletter comes with a recipe, usually comprised of in-season vegetables and a protein.  However, it’s July, it’s hot, thirst beats out hunger in this simple recipe.

If you are looking for something refreshing and unique and maybe you are a vegetarian or vegan, you just might love this recipe from allrecipes.com (modified slightly)

Fresh Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon – deseed if you are using one with seeds, otherwise, the texture is too grainy.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup – way too sweet)
  • 12-24 fresh mint leaves (this is a to taste option)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Lots of ice

Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Muddle the sugar, lime juice, and 12 to 24 of the fresh mint leaves.  Evenly distribute the muddled mixture into the bottom of 6-8 glasses.  Fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon water, and stir before serving. Garnish with lime slices and a few mint leaves.

If you are looking to create an adult beverage, you can add a jigger of GOOD vodka to the glasses before pouring the watermelon water.  Cheers and Enjoy

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