We know you love a book giveaway, so we've got a real treat in store. We've recently featured one book that examines how we navigate life and loss through making lists; and a book full of delightful ways to style your table and create wholesome, beautiful food. This month we are thrilled to be offering three lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Beth Kempton's gorgeous new book (released yesterday), Wabi Sabi signed by the author.
Beth is a life coach and author whose mission is to help you live the best life you can. She has heaps of experience working with individuals and businesses to explore what they hope - and love - to do, and to find ways to achieve those goals. Beth is also a life-long fan of Japanese culture, philosophy and aesthetics having spent many years living and working in Japan. In Wabi Sabi Beth distills the wisdom she's gathered through her work and draws on traditional Japanese teachings. It looks completely wonderful.
The concept of wabi sabi means embracing imperfection and accepting impermanence. The idea of celebrating imperfections chimes with our love of linen fabric: it's a fabric with its own character, with inherent crumples and texture; it's not pristine yet it's beautiful and comforting and timeless. Instead of succumbing to the seemingly relentless pressure to have 'perfect' homes, and lives, Beth's message is all about finding passion and happiness with things just as they are.
How to enter
Looking for ways to see beauty in imperfection, to slow down and live more simply, finding more joy and inspiration in your life? Just leave your name in the comments below, and tell us an example of something perfectly imperfect in your life right now. The deadline is 5pm on 21st September.
To get you going, here's an example from the LinenMe copy desk: our garden. After a freezing winter and then a hot summer with hardly any rain and even less time, the garden has reverted to a rather wild and unkempt state. Whilst part of us yearns to bring order to the borders, there's something free and beautiful about the way the brambles are taking over, about the wild strawberries popping up in new places and the plum tree bending with the weight of its unpicked autumn bounty. In true wabi sabi style we are accepting that right now that's ok, and it's actually quite liberating.
What's your perfectly imperfect thing?
Competition is closed. The winners are: Penelope Jenkins, Kay and Maxine G. We'll contact all the winners individually.