quick lit – next page, please {april 2019}

April was the month of Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I had read one of her earlier works, Maybe In Another Life in March of 2017.

Read

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This was a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and I was determined to read this while everyone else was reading it. I often feel left out of conversations because I seem to read something after everyone else has read it. I plan on doing a full review of it in the near future.  I will say that Daisy Jones was so interestingly written, the story is told as an oral history, that I wanted to read everything Taylor Jenkins Reid has ever written. So I did. I read everything on her backlist that was available at my local library.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I stayed up half the night three times to read “just one more page”.
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This complicated story about what could happen if your husband, who is also the love of your life, goes missing and is presumed dead, only to reappear after you have moved on and have a fiance’. Definitely, another page-turner.
  • I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott. My full review will be out later, but I must say that there were parts that brought me to tears.

Currently Reading

  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my pick from the three Anne Bogel recommended to me when I was a guest on her podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 179.
  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I am reading this because it is the next pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my Enjoylife Project: Create Home thru Konmari has been delayed. I’m rereading these according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. I’m working on Komono now.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. This one was abandoned because there were so many other interesting things I was more excited to read and it was due at the library and couldn’t be renewed. I may go back to it. I may not.

What have you been reading?

enjoy life…

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.

what i’m into-keeping me sane {april 2019}

I invite everyone to share your link to your What I’m Into blog posts in the comments below and let your community know that you are doing so.  We do this every month, next on Monday, June 3.  Let’s spread the word.    

So, as most of you are aware by now April was very exciting for me and I stayed sane by taking it one day at a time.  I wish I could say that I was wholly successful. For the most part, I was. Here’s the rundown of some of my activities for the month.

What Should I Read Next Podcast

I was so honored to be a guest on the podcast What Should I Read Next this month. The episode aired Tuesday, April 9, 2019. I don’t know if I have ever been more excited and more nervous in my entire life.  I couldn’t sleep Monday night. I was terrified that I would sound like an idiot, that people would laugh, and ultimately, that no one would like me. Crazy, huh?

But it turned into one of those experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  You guys proved my trepidations to be unfounded.  I was shocked at how many of you reached out with book recommendations and some just to say that you related to what I said.  Sometimes, I struggle to feel like I belong anywhere and to remember that there are others like me. It was like I had found my tribe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all of you.

Met a New Favorite Author

The Women’s Economic Development Council here in Huntsville, cohosted with Snail On the Wall books, the author of I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott. It is always such an honor to meet another writer and especially the author of a published book. This brings my total to four; I have met Charlie Lovett, Anne Bogel, Meera Lee Patel and now Mary Laura Philpott. It was a wonderful event and can you believe someone recognized me from What Should I Read Next podcast?

A Trip to the Pacific Northwest

I made a trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was only my second time in Seattle and due to a travel snafu (don’t you just LOVE those?), instead of flying over the mountain pass, I took a shuttle to get to Yakima and got to see the beautiful evergreens standing amidst snow and fog. It was a beautiful sight to see. And now I know why Stephenie Meyers set Twilight in the Pacific Northwest.

While in Yakima, my sister took me to this cute indie bookstore, Inklings Bookshop. They had painted the shelves with chalk paint and had written quotes on them.  I have never seen it before.  It was so neat. The downside of the trip was that I got sick. AGAIN! (see my previous month’s roundup)

PANOPLY 2019

I was so happy to be able to volunteer at the annual spring arts festival in Huntsville. I have wanted to volunteer for a long time (seven years or more). I know.  It is so sad that it has taken me so long to do the things that I have always wanted to do but it will never be too late to do things until the day that I am dead. So, I’m trying to keep moving.

In addition, I attended my alma mater’s homecoming on Sunday after I returned from my trip to Yakima. I went to see a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time. It was fun seeing her but I hung out on campus longer than I should have and had a minor meltdown on Monday.  I was so tired and sick and I didn’t listen to my body and rest.

I am trying to do that now. More often or not, to stay sane you have to get rest and quality sleep.  I hope I feel better next month so I can complete tidying my home.  I want to finish Komono this month.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Thank you for linking to your own content.  Thank you for your comments. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

enjoy life…

6 tips and tricks for tidying paper

We are creating home for our EnjoyLife Project this year. The first step is to purge my home of the unnecessary, anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or loved. I am using the KonMari method, developed by Marie Kondo, a Japanese decluttering guru and author of two book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up {LM} and Spark Joy {SJ}.  So far, I’ve introduced the project, discussed my criteria and completed my clothes (part I and part II) and books.

Graphic. konmari paper

As promised, I am back with my tips and tricks (from Marie and myself) for Konmari(ng) papers. Papers was, by far, the most difficult category for me to tidy. I detailed the experience in a previous post.

Clutter is nothing more than the physical manifestation of indecision. – Marie Kondo

This was never more true for me than with papers.  Most of my paper clutter was from previous lives that I have lived and wasn’t fully ready to let go.  These included the notebooks that I made when I aspired to be hip and thin.  Now I realize that the goal to be hip was probably never that attainable for me in the first place.  And thin, as I had been envisioning it, was probably even less so.  Now, I’m working to feel comfortable in my style choice and to be healthy and so anything that doesn’t pertain to this new direction was out of here.

Additionally, there were papers from my previous careers (administrative support, event planning, project management, and grant writing).  I think I kept them because I wasn’t sure whether I would be doing that work again. I have been so indecisive about the type of work that I wanted to be doing in the world and going through my papers has forced, OK, that might be too strong a word. Going through my paper has strongly encouraged me to commit to the decision of my life’s work. And surprisingly, not surprisingly, it has come down to what will “spark joy”.

TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Bring ALL of your papers into one place. This is very important because it lets you see the sheer volume of all the papers in your home. Staring at it all, I was shocked and appalled and you will probably be surprised, as well.  My papers covered a space that was five feet long and three feet wide.  The stacks stood up to two feet high.  It was very overwhelming.  But I needed to see it-to realize in no uncertain terms how bad it had gotten and that now was the time to do something about it.
  2. Start with the premise that ALL papers will be discarded. You are only choosing what to keep. This was incredibly freeing but also incredibly scary! And to this day, I have a nagging feeling that I have discarded something that am going to need. It hasn’t happened yet, but I am waiting for it.  However, I followed Marie’s advice and kept only the papers for which there was a clear purpose. The rest (four trash bags worth) are gone.
  3. Start with papers that evoke no pleasure. Tax documents, bills, etc. These are fairly easy to deal with. Need it; don’t need it. It’s simple. I used a combination of guidelines from Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey to determine which of my financial records to hang onto. After I did those, I moved onto my other papers.
  4. Save greeting cards, letters, journals, etc. for tidying sentimental. I began to lose steam when I tried to sort things that I was truly sentimental about. I say truly, because I have had a thing for papers since I was a child. I have always had “very important papers” even when they were just literal scribbles because I didn’t know how to write yet.  My mom has a recording of me imploring my sister (ok I was actually yelling) to “get off of my papers!”  I believe I was 5 or 6 at that time. But greeting cards, letters, etc. should NOT be sorted with this category if you have a special affinity for those things and so I have saved them for the sentimental category. 
  5. Create a pending box to handle papers that need to be dealt with later, and keep forging ahead. This is important. Don’t dawdle and linger. If you are not sure, put it aside and keep pushing.  I didn’t do this a few times and lost momentum. And once momentum is gone, it is very difficult to get it back.  Not sure? Put it aside for pass number two or three.  As you keep going, you will begin to “hone your sense” and you’ll know what you need to keep. Which bring me to my final tip.
  6. If you have a lot of papers, it may be necessary to go through it in several rounds. It took me a total of three rounds to know definitively what I was going to keep and what needed to be dealt with.  And after three rounds I was able to get the stack of papers to be dealt with down to a magazine box that I use as my pending box.

So, that’s it.  If you have any questions please, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments or sent me an email directly.  I would LOVE to answer them for you.

enjoy life…