simple • intentional • minimal

Ioanna Gkiza-Soeder
photo by Christoph Soeder

Welcome to the notorious notes

Hi there, my name is Ioanna Gkiza-Soeder, and this blog is my passion. I created this website during my pregnancy and launched it soon after the birth of my son.

I write essays about everything that matters to me- minimalism, goal-setting, passions, relationships, work and life as seen through the lens of simplicity and intentionality. I aspire to lead a purposeful life where visual, emotional and psychological clutter occupies the least space so I can focus on the essence of life. I hope that alongside this journey, you will accompany me by finding courage and inspiration through the essays I write and share with you. Oh! I forgot to mention how much I love coffee, and these essays would not be possible without a cup of hot coffee by my side!

Books play a pivotal role in my life, and I always find my way to a bookstore. In fact, there is always a book escorting my daily life adventures. I appreciate book suggestions, and therefore, through this website, I share with you the books I have relished reading or currently cherish leafing through in case you are looking for a good book to read.


Latest Essays

  • Minimalist Parenting
    And while my son is only two years old, I can confirm that minimalist parenting exists and is less perplexing than one may think.
  • New year, better me
    Potential, skills, passions, and determination for bettering are encapsulated in every single one of us. I don’t need a new me. I wager all my money on a better me.
  • Minimal Christmas
    Minimal Christmas means directing our focus on the important, essential, and purposeful things in life while taming the impulses triggered by the high consumerism of these days.
  • Complaints 
    he average person complains 15 to 30 times daily, an astonishingly high level of negativism within a day. The habit of griping about can occur in an alarmingly effortless and natural manner, though reversing this habit requires a certain degree of intentional effort and awareness.
  • Mondays 
    Mondays are great. Yes, you read that well; it’s not a typo. I know I am being radical here, but I simply cannot waste any more time and energy hating Mondays! 
  • Stress management 
    One can incorporate several stress management techniques daily to identify and deal with anxiety triggers. Here, I present you a list of the methods I have been using and have been beneficial to me so far.