Coffee table books

books

I wanted to share some inspiring books I have on my coffee table. I just received a crazy inspiring book. Our house is filling slowly of books that are feeding our life change, slow life and future projects.

I wanted to share with you three books that really inspired me lately. No novels, just books you will grab from time to time and escape. Those books are filled with amazing pictures, inspiring texts and other great resources. It is really a breath of fresh air lately.

FForest

Being, doing and making in nature

I keep mentioning Fforest lately. That retreat place is located in the UK and we would love to visit it someday! They are really an inspiration for us and our plans.

In this book, they are celebrating time spent outdoos in the nature. May it by in the woods or near the ocean. This books will give you plenty of small activities to do outdoor. From seaweed’s identification to flatbread on fire. Pictures are made by the talented Finn Beales. He is one of my favorite photographers and he really adds something to this book.

fforest

Link to the book

Farmlife

From farm to table and new country culture

Gestalten is one those book editors where every book could be something I want at my place. This is an ode to beautifully crafted books.

This one is about a new farmers generation. They are an inspiring back to the land group of folks. Like the title says from farm to table. Inspiring portraits, recipes and pictures are the right recipe for this book. If you know anything about our projects, you might understand why I love this book.

farmlife

Link to the book

The new traditional

Heritage, craftmanship, and local identity

This last recommendation is also the most recent one in my library. Another gem from Gestalten written by the good folks at Beside. If you don’t know Beside, go read about it, I will wait. It is one of the best online and paper magazine I am reading. Fully aligned with my values! I am always super impatient to get the new issue. Their small quarantine letters are really a breath of fresh air.

This book is a serie of portraits from around the world. People keeping traditions alive. Modern craftmen/women, inspiring texts and beautiful pictures! Keep those traditions alive, reconnecting to nature and not forgetting the past. I couldn’t expect anything better!

the new traditional

Link to the book

Go read all of that, share your favorites with me and come tell me about them on 🐥 Twitter.

life ✧ 4 mai 2020

🪓 Heating, multiple times

axe

Ty Lucie has two burning places. One in the living room and a gorgeous wood cooker that also heat the heating system’s water in the kitchen. We need logs pretty often for this. We also use wood for the barbecue and fire pit outdoors. We love to use it to chill outside or just cook on it. An essential tool for all of this was a good axe.

A quick tour online and a few questions asked and here I am ordering a Gränsfors Bruk’s axe (If you know how to pronounce it, tell me). This Small Forest axe is a jack of all trades. From carving to small trees chopping, it can do it all. I use it non stop for the last two years.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Used to say Abraham Lincoln. But I ain’t as good as he was. Or at least, I wasn’t. I realized that my axe was less efficient lately. I owe her way much than this. It was time to learn how to take care of her. I was pleased to see my friends at Misc. Adventures publish an IGTV serie of videos on wood chopping and taking care of your axe and knives. It usually comes as an in person workshop that I still want to attend sooner than later.

Andrew's hands

My axe had a few hits on the bevel. I had to do a bit more than just re sharpen it. I had to remove those with a file. Andrew from Misc. Adventures was kind enough to directly jump on it and make a short video about this task. I don’t think I was the only one in this case but I love to think I was. Same day, the video got published. A DM and he wished me luck. I will tell you how it went.

In the mean time, please go check those videos and tell me what you thought of them on 🐥 Twitter or 📸 Instagram

P.S.: It went ok. It wasn’t super easy but I am happy with the result.

life ✧ 27 avril 2020

A month of Digital declutter

Less social networks to start the year. As I said, I read Cal Newport’s last book on Digital minimalism and then early yesterday, I read a blog post on the Focus Course on them doing a digital declutter. I was like « Why not » and there it goes, I uninstall Instagram and Twitter from iPad and iPhone. Then install NextDns and block all those pesky attention stealers of social networks.

I am starting a 30 days of « No social network ». We will see how it goes. You can still reach me via Email, I would be happy to chat. I was wondering if there was a way to get Twitter/Instagram DMs as emails. If you know a solution, ping me at hello@yannickschutz.com . If you prefer, ask me my postal address and I will happily start a letter exchange with you. That sounds way more personal and mindful than a quick Twitter DM.

NextDNS app is quite amazing for your privacy but also for your digital health. You can block a lot of things. Right now it is in beta and free but I would happily pay for my peace of mind. You decide what you wanna have access to. You block all the ads trackers. Freedom is a nice alternative but it goes the opposite direction, you block sites from time to time. NextDns is « you allow from time to time ». And that privacy aspect to it is just the perfect mix for me.

I hope you won’t mind if I share more about other topics. If it can make your life 1% better, I am all for it. I have been a long advocate of minimalism, sustainable consumption and mindfulness. But I kind of lacked a healthier digital life, so here it goes. This all makes me a better, kinder human being. If it can help someone else, I don’t see why I should refrain from sharing. Hope you will like it.

Last but not least, when you start a digital declutter, think about the things that will replace the time not spent on social networks. For me:

hand and goals
life ✧ 16 janvier 2020

2019 Retrospective

After all the new year wishes, it is time to look back and see what we managed to accomplish last year. Now that all the food is digested and the scale is not hating you anymore, back to the fireplace on a pretty full year.

It started with a new tradition, taking the time with Cloé to look back and select pictures in the previous year to print a really nice hardcover book. You can’t imagine the joy it brings to dive into all the pictures then having them in a paper format.

June marked my fifth year at Heroku, actually Salesforce. A personal record I am quite proud of. That company and the people in it changed my life. I met good friends spread across the globe. I was able to move to France and have a radical change of life and they support me super well for the coming birth.

I did my theorical test for driving and took lessons. I will be driving Edgar pretty soon hopefully. Edgar is our California van. Thanks to that one, we were able to travel differently. Short stays by the ocean, getting back to Belgium or a great trip to Les Pyrénées. We saw Quiberon and its wild coast, we saw Crozon again and Le Conquet. We also started a list of all the lighthouses of Brittany we are seeing.

Did you know that Brittany has the most lighthouses in the world?

Regarding photography, I wrote on this blog, kept practising and met good friends from Captain Yvon. Thanks to them, I was able to do my first Canoe-bivvy night and a first sailing trip. Thanks for the support and your help fellows!

Regarding myself, we are expecting a second child, a little girl that cannot come soon enough! I started mindfulness daily practice again. I bought a Gravel bike to get on the trails and paths around here, D+ still hurts a lot! Small things that bring me a lot of joy. This life in Brittany is perfect for me and we feel so good here, probably the best decision of our life. We cannot wait to continue this life of exploration and bring it to the next level in 2020. Got to leave, I have to pick pictures from 2019, see you soon!

life ✧ 6 janvier 2020

Goals and Amish

Garden's shed

I ended 2019 by reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. This allows me to reflect on my way of using technology pretty well, more specifically that small buzzing thing in my pocket.

I really love the idea to be less addict to that interruption machine, giving my attentiont to other things that this device. Unsure if it is because of the end of the year or something else, but I see a lot of folks and articles going in that direction.

  • That great article on how Amish navigate technology published by Beside. Cal mentions Amishs in his book.
  • The last newsletter from Isaac Johnston. He explains how he uses Instagram and revisits usage. He also mentions Cal Newport’s book. You should subscribe to that one!

Ok, it is only two articles but it is already good! I plan to use and try Freedom to really block a big part of distractions. The easiest to avoid temptation is to block it.

In my slow down move, a lot of the articles I read are from Newsletters and RSS feeds. A bit like 10 years ago… Old is new again. I suggest you to try it. Twitter and Facebook aren’t really great sources for quality content, at least not without good filters! I would love your tips and tricks around this actually!

I really loved 2019 even if it was over too quickly. I cannot wait to see what 2020 has for me. I started to state my goals, see what I wanna continue or stop doing. I wish you all the best and I mean it.

life ✧ 5 janvier 2020