My blog posts seem to come down to Holiday greetings only – but I’m not gonna fuss about it… That’s the way it is at the moment and I do want a STRESSFREE Christmas – so in that sense – have a wonderful stressfree Christmas and spend it around people you care and love ❤
A very Happy Halloween / Blessed Samhain to all of you out there in the messy world wide web… I hope you’re keeping well and had a gorgeous autumn season just as we did!
It’s been very quiet here these past few months. The other day, I noted down the posts I actually posted about my messy room update & co. and noticed that most of my ideas in my head were still in my head and have not actually been posted…^^ That’s how good my overview of my blog is currently 😉
Life is utterly busy right now. Can’t really explain much, but it is. But also in a good way. I am handling my mess over here – much more than in my last flat, and am proud of it! I have good days and I have not so good days 😉 But that’s life. I would like to quote my beautiful mum here on that and leave you with my best wishes – hope to be telling you more about this mess soon 😛
“…uno arregla y uno mismo desarregla, y asi se pasa uno la vida”
(…one tidies and one self un-tidies – and that’s how you spend your life.)
…I did it!!! I still can’t believe it – but I did it!!! I managed to finish the 30-Day Minimalism Game *hooray* – And what a challenge it has been! Gee… It started out being so much fun but after the middle it like really started to freak me out, getting more and more challenging and difficult to keep up!
I won’t go on about the thoughts that went through my head during the process on this post (you can read about the process further down this post where I’m sharing the links). This is more about an evaluation of the Minimalism Game.
First of all – I thought it was going to be easier… Who’s with me on this one? I’m really proud I managed to stick through with it and not to give up! I can’t count how many times I’ve decided to just ditch it… Why do we do challenges? What do I have to prove? Nothing. That’s the thing – I did it completely and solely for myself. I feel it’s good to every once in a while try to stick through with things. We give up so easily in so many things in life, we’re not really used to bite ourselves through shit, just because we can. But for my own soul, for my own growth and strength of mind, I like to challenge myself every once in a while – because the feeling you get afterwards is priceless and surely worth it! A feeling of accomplishment, a feeling of pride and success – even if it’s a wee one.
As you know, I’ve been a Marie Kondo “student” for these past two years now. Her Konmari Method has gone viral over the last few years and most people I know have come in contact with it or at least heard about it. Trying to live to what her rules teach me was hard to combine with the Minimalism Game. Marie Kondo declutters by category. With the Minimalism Game, as I had already decluttered a few categories with the Konmari Method, I had to start looking for random things all over my home. I had no time to tackle another category all in all and combine it with the Minimalism Game, so it was very chaotic and also stressful at times, because I started scanning my home for things like a hawk… Maybe with more planning and time the both methods would be combined easily together and work well together. Keep a note for that for maybe next time 😉
One thing that really stuck to me of the Minimalism Game was the ability to take fast decisions about items. I do now not only ask myself if that particular item “sparks joy”, as in the Konmari Method, but also find myself just asking “do I really need it?” and taking a quick decision for it to join the Minimalism Game Pile – but wait – the Game has ended… So it just lands in my regular Brocki bag to be filled and eventually brought to the charity shop 😉
Thank you, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, for inviting me on this challenging journey 🙂 I can surely recommend this Game to anyone else interested on decluttering and on sticking up with a 30 Day Challenge! And who knows, I might start another round again some time 🙂
Read about the whole process of the Minimalism-Game here:
It’s been two months since I last posted something here.
My life has been quite overwhelming lately. And work. There was lots and lots of work. And work trips abroad. And private trips abroad… It ended up being so bad that I’d have the next trip coming up while the suitcase of the last trip wasn’t even unpacked yet^^. My place looks a wee bit like a dump as I’m having difficulties bringing my things “home” (clean up) and I’m really glad I’m not sharing my flat with anyone 😀 But maybe that’s a bad habit – knowing it won’t disturb anyone you just leave it where you used it… So the place clutters up pretty quickly again^^
Ok, this is turning into a clutter-messy-world-post, but this is a Friday Flow post so I’ll try to make my point here 😉
Fact is I cancelled plans with friends. Big plans… Really big plans… Last week I already cancelled a wee part of some plans as well… I just realized there was no point doing big plans if you can’t really look forward to them. Last night I sat quietly on my balcony. The night was warm and pretty quiet, and I was just indulging into a lovely summer-like-city-night. And I started listening to my body… Listening deep within myself to see what I felt.
I felt this knot developing in my tummy that afternoon.
Cancel. Don’t go. , it was saying to me.
I tried to ignore it and took a nap – it usually helps. But when I woke up I still felt that knot. I still tried to ignore it for a wee bit and started preparing for my big plans for this bank holiday. Until I just shut down everything, music, computer, phone, and went to my balcony.
It was only then I realized how serious it was. How drained I felt. And just how tired. I went straight to bed and had the most wonderful sleep. In the morning, I cancelled everything and prepared for a total me-day. Lovely breakie. Spending time doing what I love to do. Reading in the nearby park in the sunshine for over two hours. And still, after all the resting, I felt wrecked. Which means: it’s serious. I truly, truly need some rest and need to come down. From work. From private life and plans cluttering my spare time…
It’s been two months since I last posted. I hope this post will help someone out there unwind and listen to their body. Calm down. Slow down. You only have one life – no need to rush it through and clutter it with unimportant things.
A very happy World Book Day 2017 to all you bookworms out there 🙂 I hope you’re currently reading some interesting stuff and I wish you many many more hours to come to indulge yourself in books, stories, dreams and dramas 😉
To celebrate this day of our mutual passion I created a little questionnaire for you – feel free to join in, link this post to yours and share your post in my comment’s section – I’ll be linking your page onto this one then 🙂 (you can find the empty questionnaire at the bottom of this post). I’m eager to read all about your answers 😀 !!!
Why books? – Because they allow me to enter into different worlds, travel, dream, cry, empathize, understand, think, grow… ❤
Currently reading? – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote
Favourite spot to read? – Anywhere really as long as it’s sunny 🙂
Do you do something else while reading? – Sometimes I munch snacks or drink tea… I also read a lot while commuting to work or just in public transport. I never get out of the house without my book.
Books read so far in 2017? – Only three…^^ Alas, I’m a very slow reader…
Most impressive book read so far in 2017? – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, somehow I really warmed up to the character of Holly Golightly 🙂
What is your favourite style?– I like a big variety of styles and like to jump in between them, say, after reading a dark, sad biography, I enjoy moving on with something more light hearted.
Your top 5 books? – This is always a tough one… but I’d say:
This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.
These past days I found myself entangled in conversations with friends across the globe about Carnival customs and its origins, about Mardi Gras/ Pancake Day, Fat Thursday and everything there is to it. Carnival is quite big in some parts of Switzerland, and I’m always eager to learn about new customs and traditions, be it local or from abroad.
A thing that has always intrigued me was the custom of Lent. Now in modern times I find many people adapting that custom into a form of giving up something / a specific kind of food for the length of 40 days.
Not having luxury items / certain food types for a limited period of time can be truly cleansing and revealing. I loved going on trips abroad into the wilderness to remote places where there was no running / hot water, no proper toilets, no fridges, no electricity, no whatsoever we just so much take for granted in our lives. I always came home much more appreciative of my life and what I have here, and with a wide awareness and understanding of foreign cultures and their lives. It has an energizing and uplifting – yes nearly creative effect on your soul that I always thought it should be mandatory for every person of a modern world to go out there and experience that for at least once in their lifetime.
Since I haven’t been abroad to so called 3rd-world-countries in a while now, I haven’t had the privilege of experiencing such a cleansing trip in a couple of years. The concept of Lent appeals to me as a sort of substitution, to try to give up something for a certain period of time, and also to see how I can cope with it.
Now, by all means, don’t expect too much from me here 😉 I’m no heroine and currently too much involved in certain work duties that my favourite idea (no internet for 40 days) was crushed right away seeing that it would be a logistic catastrophe…
I then proceeded to think about the meaning of Lent and thought I must give up something I truly care about, but life taught me that it’s way too short to be deprived of any of the wonderful arts such as music, literature, and culture… Why should I deprive myself from the things I love most about life? From everything that brings me back into balance after long working hours? I shoved those suggestions aside and went on to think about doing something every day for 40 days, something I might not be too fond of, but as I’m currently trying to plank or work out every day this wouldn’t really be a new addition…
I thought about food then… Typical food types elected for the fasting season are meat and fish, but as I don’t eat much meat (I suck at preparing it) or fish (too lazy to prepare it) there’s no point really in electing them, right?! The next obvious suggestion that crossed my mind then hit me like a bang…
Ah, but I couldn’t…^^ I just couldn’t, could I? I usually have a tiny wee little sweet every day. Sometimes the tiny wee little sweet turns out to bring along his many friends to make a party in my stomach…^^ I know there are some family birthdays coming up before Easter so, in a way it was another no-no for me, but it would be an interesting challenge…
Now and this is where I crossed this idea a wee bit with the Konmari Method and the reason for you to see that I’m a total anti-hero here:
I decided not to buy any sweets for 40 days.
Because by doing so I’m using up all the sweets that are lying around my kitchen and which I’m keeping in stock or hidden somewhere, and then it’s another thing I’ve gotten rid of, KM’d or plainly just eaten, however you want to see this…
Mind you – I had no time whatsoever to celebrate Pancake Day, Mardi Gras or the likes, so I didn’t go out shopping for a lot of sweets to keep on stock and keep me going for the next 40 days.
So here’s on what I decided to try out:
* I am not allowed to buy any sweets until Easter.
* I may accept sweets from people as a present, but not eat them until after Easter.
* I may not ask people for sweets. They may not buy any for me.
* I may eat all the sweets I have on stock at home.
* I may eat sweets that lay around at work but am not allowed to have more than I need or take them away from the common room to my office or even home.
Right, a bit lame maybe, eh 😉 ? But I somewhat warmed up to the concept and specially to the feeling of having emptier cupboards afterwards and use up what’s been lying around here for a year or so. I just hope I won’t fall into cravings too soon and then get stuck after like, a week or so!!! That would be horrible but would also become a more interesting kind of challenge then, right 😉 ? Let’s see what happens 🙂
How about you – do you practice the Lent season or do some fasting during the next 40 days? Tell me about it, I’d love to know!