Little forest – a journey to self

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This is the first time I write a movie review on the blog or better said my personal view and feelings about this wonderful movie called Little forest. After watching the movie, I found myself wanting to make the feeling of happiness to last longer. Thus I decided to write about what I felt and to share with you the reasons why you should give this movie a chance.

I cannot say I have a particular style when it comes to movies. I like well played roles, actors who can transmit feelings and stories that can inspire me. Little forest is this kind of movie. Maybe I am biased. It is true that I mostly watch Korean productions. However, I think you would like Little forest even if you are not into Korean cinematography.

Little forest (리틀 포레스트 in Korean) is a South Korean movie released in 2018 and directed by Yim Soonrye. Actually there is also a Japanese version of the movie which is in fact the original one and it was released in 2014. I plan to see the Japanese version as well and I hope it is as good as the Korean version.

The movie tells the story of a young woman who leaves Seoul and returns to her hometown, situated in the countryside. At first she says she only came down to her village for a few days and when asked by her friend why she came back, she says that she came because she was hungry. This line was so moving and I felt it so well because like the protagonist I myself moved back to my hometown in the countryside in order to find myself and to find what I really want to do with my life. While this line is a metaphor for one who doesn’t feel satisfied with his/her life, the young woman also missed the simple life she had in her hometown, the simplicity and the tranquility that one can find in a place such as a village or a small town.

Her house brings her back in the past when she lived with her mother who used to cook delicious meals. Her mother left when she was a student in order to find her own little forest, a metaphor for self-discovery and finding ones true self and happiness within oneself. Only later, after many years, the girl who became a woman would understand her mother’s thoughts and feelings.

Days pass one after another, but the young woman doesn’t go back to Seoul. She came down in winter, then spring comes again and she learns to produce her own food. She spends time with her childhood friends while cooking good food, working in the fields and enjoying the gifts of nature. Then summer and autumn come. The young woman lives the entire process of healing and learns the true way of becoming fulfilled and happy. Then winter comes again and she goes back to Seoul only to return in the spring for good.

I found myself smiling the whole time while watching this movie. I felt its warmth, the completeness that comes from small things, the happiness that comes with simplicity and tranquility. I enjoyed the beautiful sceneries and I remembered why I love the color green so much. Living in the countryside feels like you can slow down time. There’s nothing more beautiful than living closer to the nature and enjoying what it has to offer to us. Also, trying your best to preserve it is as beautiful and as meaningful as enjoying it.

Little forest is a movie about finding one’s little forest, one’s true self and what happiness really means to each and everyone. It is about small acts of kindness, friendship, simple but delicious food and slowing down. It shows the beauty of every single season and the importance of each. A truly wonderful and healing movie.

I am curious if any of you watched this movie and if you did please share with me in the comments your thoughts on it.

Until next time,
Maria

And then I found minimalism

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It’s been a few months since I have decided to adapt my lifestyle to minimalism. Of course I cannot consider myself a minimalist, I am still so far away, and I believe that calling myself as such wouldn’t change so much. However, this is by far one of the best changes, one of the best decisions I made to bring myself to the next level.

I have to admit that I found out about minimalism quite recently, but I guess I was so busy with my chaotic life that I didn’t pay to much attention to this beautiful lifestyle. I like to believe that there is a right time for everything in our lives. Thus, it probably wasn’t the right time for me to get into minimalism at the time I found out about it. Even though I like the change I made, I don’t regret not making it earlier. I accept that my past experiences and my lifestyle were the catalyst for me choosing minimalism as a new way of living.

I used to be a maximalist. Being raised by maximalist parents, I loved to have a lot of things that even if I didn’t need immediately, they would be for sure necessary later. It is true, they came handy many times, but they would occupy a place for quiet a while in the attic for example, until their day came to be used. And when you buy/accumulate many things, you will only buy more things to organize what you already have. A vicious circle. Buying it’s like chocolate. It’s sweet, we love it, but it’s dangerous if we eat too much.


This was me. I loved buying and having many things as much as I loved chocolate (btw, now I even reduced to 90% the consume of chocolate). I was a true maximalist. I thought things would bring me satisfaction. I am not going to lie, buying things still gives me joy. I love buying online because it feels like I make myself presents. However, after I became an adult, I realized that things don’t bring happiness and even if they do, that happiness doesn’t even last 10 minutes. There are so many things I regret buying because some of them were not even used once. Buying things should only serve our needs. I realized that people buy often things just for the sake of buying something new, for trying to change their mood or their life. I used to do the same thing, but the truth is change doesn’t work that way. A change, or better said the will of a change that can help you grow will come most of the times from within yourself. Changing your mindset, your habits, your lifestyle, that is the change we must pursue.

I discovered minimalism while searching for answers, for solutions to live a better and a healthier lifestyle. I knew I wanted to lose weight but my mindset needed training first. Thus I began researching for methods to change my lifestyle, methods that would last and that would be easy to maintain for a long period of time. This is how I found out about famous minimalists like Marie Kondo and Fumio Sasaki. Because books and videos have a great impact on me, I started watching videos about minimalism and I even read books, the one with the biggest impact being Fumio Sasaki’s Goodbye, Things. I was fascinated about the things that I learned and soon I became addicted and started to experience this new lifestyle step by step. And this is the best way to approach something new in order to keep doing it. Changes are difficult anyway, so take it easy, you will get better step by step.

Minimalism changed me for the better. It changed the way I think, the way I act, the way I live. There are still a lot of things to discover and I know I am not very good at it, but if we think of minimalism as a way of living then it mustn’t be perfect. By giving your best and trying to live simply, respecting others and the nature, you are doing more than fine. Every time I talk about minimalism, I get so excited and I have so much to tell, but I end up saying so little. But I believe this is the pure essence of minimalism: saying more with less, doing more with less. When less is more, we become free to do more of the things we love. This is the life I want to live.