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book of january: the life-changing magic of tidying up

My dearest bought this book recently. She was so inspired by the book that she shared it with me and I’ve also spent the time to gather some knowledge from it. Marie Kondo is superlatively enthusiastic about tidying up. Which of course is a good thing if you’re going to write a book about it.

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As the reader I was struck multiple times by Kondo’s attention to detail. Which, again, shouldn’t be all that surprising. None the less, I found myself surprised. I learned a lot from Kondo’s book. Like “it isn’t desireable to stay in a stat of excitement forever”. True dat.

I really like the book, and it’s gotten me excited about the forthcoming 6 months where our home project will be to handle all of our possessions to find out if they bring us joy. Read the book and you’ll know what I’m talking about. And know I’m (probably) not a total kook.

The big take home is to tidy in the right order:

Step 1: Discard

Step 2: Decide where to put things

Yeah that’s it. But you gotta do it all in one fell swoop, Kondo says 6 months is an appropriate amount of time (so, yeah I didn’t get that from nowhere). Though I did find the book a little heteronormative at times, I generally really liked it. Plus, I’m super pumped to get at the tidying!

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book of january: seriously…i’m kidding

Do you ever need a laugh? I mean do you ever need a laugh like a fish needs water? Like a jetliner needs Bernoulli’s principle? Like a person living in a sunless place?

Well I needed a laugh. So I read Ellen DeGeneres’ third book Seriously…I’m Kidding. It helped. I laughed.

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I mean not at all the jokes. I didn’t want Ellen to be getting a big head or anything, she’s important enough as it is, I don’t need to be feeding the fire. But I did laugh. Out loud. Which is always an accomplishment for a book, I think. Because you look like a real loon chuckling alone to yourself on the train as you read. You look like a real psychopath when you belt out a screech of a laugh that gets louder and uncontrollable by the end, sitting alone on a train. Oh, with a book then too.

Seriously though, great book, funny jokes, classic Ellen times.

If you haven’t already been convinced by Ellen to go out and pick up a copy of your own, go do it today. And, while I unfortunately can’t speak from experience, I’m pretty sure this would be even funnier as an audiobook. As often happens with funny people.

Happy laughing!

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achieve your financial dreams

I’ve noticed that a lot of people I know, and stalk over the Internet, have made resolutions involving money-saving. This is great, I say, I’m all for saving money.

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While banks and financial groups tend to release money-saving tips, or money spending don’ts this time of year, I feel I have something extra to bring to the table. So I want to share that with you. In my years, I have implemented quite a number of money-saving strategies, and I feel I have now been able to wade through the get-rich-quick schemes, and the save your way to millions ploys to deliver you what really works, in three simple to follow steps:

Tips on saving money for 2013:

  1. Cut up all your credit cards. The trick to saving money is to stop spending it. While you’re at it you should cut up your debit cards, and increase the security on your bank accounts so that it is required to take a week or more to withdraw any sum of cash. That’ll teach you.
  2. Minimize shopping, only buy the necessities. In today’s day and age marketing and advertising is just screaming for you to spend all your money and spend it now. In order to avoid temptation it’s probably best you never go outside. Or watch TV. Or read.
  3. Create a budget and stick to it. On the surface this may seem like the most difficult of the three tasks, but I think you’ll find without access to money and no temptation whatsoever to spend it, it’ll become wonderfully easy to follow the plan you lay out for yourself. In fact if you can survive never leaving your living space with an excruciatingly limited access to your funds this third task will be the easiest of them all!

Live long and prosper.

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