Last week, I announced I’d done one final declutter and had officially removed 65% of my belongings from my home; this means I’m living with just 35% of what I once owned (which are now 100% of my belongings and there’s literally nothing left to get rid of). For the first time, since starting on this journey, I felt a tiny bit of pushback from a few readers/followers. It wasn’t negative, but the concern was that I’d potentially given away too much, and a few people even wrote to say they wished they could do the same but they’d never be able to do what I had done. The minute I read that, I knew I wanted to write this post.
It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway – too long, in fact. Today, I want to change that by giving away something that I so badly want to read myself: two copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.
I’ve never given away a book I haven’t first read myself (that’s what happens when you can’t shop and are still only #11 on your library’s hold list), but this best-selling guide to decluttering your home has received so much praise, I don’t think it will disappoint.
I’ve been thinking about running a lot lately – daydreaming about it, wishing I could throw my hair up, tie my shoelaces and hit the pavement. I miss the adrenaline that kicks in after running 5K (3.1 miles) and realizing your body can keep going; more than can, it wants to. The feeling you get when you recognize that your joints and lungs are so in-sync you never want to stop; it’s indescribable. Lately, I’ve been daydreaming about all of that, and the runner’s high that sweeps over you when you finally do slow down and stop, signalling a job well done.