Welcome to the first category of my KonMari declutter! According to Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, clothing should be tackled before anything else. It is supposedly the easiest category. I say supposedly because maybe it is in comparison to the other categories (which I haven’t started yet). But in my experience it was tough! It was time-consuming and it was actually more confronting than I thought it would be. Here’s why!
I’ve been going on somewhat of a journey these past few months. I guess I have been feeling a bit stressed and crowded – maybe just a touch of year-end-blues. I have been feeling like there is a lot of excess in my life. I’ve been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment (probably a reaction to watching The True Cost). I’ve also been thinking about how I want my house to be tidy and ‘peaceful’ but it always seems to be in a state of disarray, with a lot of clutter, both out in the open, but also inside wardrobes and cupboards.
This led me to start looking into Marie Kondo, whose name I had heard enough about on social media but I didn’t really know anything about her tidying method. A quick YouTube search had me watching several videos on the KonMari method of decluttering (see some of my favourites linked below). Soon enough I was online ordering both The Life-changing Magic of Tidying and the sequel Spark Joy. And getting super excited about starting my own journey.
Cath Crowley is one of my favourite Australian YA authors. She can do no wrong in my eyes. And while I’m still not over the ending of the Gracie Faltrain series (thinking about it now still hurts *sob*), when her latest novel, Words in Deep Blue, was released I knew I had to read it. If you’ve never read any of Cath Crowley’s books or are considering reading Words in Deep Blue, here are 4 reasons why you should drop everything and start reading!
Confession time. I’m a historical fiction junkie. Pretty much every book I read these days is set during a different era. It’s one of my favourite ways to learn about different periods throughout history. Through these amazing stories I’ve been imprisoned in the reign of terror during the French Revolution, lived through two world wars and been locked away in a concentration camp, campaigned for women’s rights in the late 19th century, and been privy to the rise and fall of families at the Tudor Court. So if you are like me and love this genre, or if you are interested in diving into a different era, then here are some of my favourites that I’ve stumbled upon over the years.
We all have our favourite books. The ones that we could reread over and over again. Sometimes it’s hard to even put a finger on why we love them so much. It might be relatable characters or a plot that is pure escapism. For me, I hold a soft spot for books that I read in my younger years. These are the ones that I will constantly go back to and read. It’s a way for me to relive my childhood and recapture nostalgic feelings and emotions. Rereading a favourite book is like a mug of hot chocolate on a winter’s night, a hug from a friend or unicorns. Pure joy. These are my favourites…
This year I have once again set a 50 book reading challenge. After a strong start to the year – I got sucked into the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and binged read most of the books in the space of a month – things have now slowed down a bit. However, this last month has actually been pretty spectacular for me book wise. I read The Winner’s Trilogy (definitely going to be one of my top reads for 2016), Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin and finally I branched out and read some NA (New Adult) by Colleen Hoover. Check out my thoughts on them below 🙂
The Vending Machine dispenses tasty internet snacks to satisfy your taste for junk at the end of a long working week!
I know it’s such a cliche to say this, but last month went extremely quickly. Sadly, I wasn’t as productive as I hoped to be and quite a few of my goals weren’t met (practising Italian every day on Duolingo and hanging pictures around the house). BUT I did manage to complete a couple of my other goals! One was to make a cocktail (which I did when I put together a batch of Sangria) and another was to try a new recipe. Not only did I make bagels from scratch last month but I also made the most delicious blueberry and peanut butter chia puddings. Having never had chia pudding before I was delighted by how tasty and moreish it was. Looking ahead, I’m glad that the stress and overindulgence of Easter is over and I look forward to having a bit more time to get stuff done (fingers crossed). Check out the April book and movie releases that I am looking forward to, Melbourne events that I want to go to and a few personal goals that I will hopefully meet this month.
Obsessed with Jane Austen like me? Do you enjoy watching ladies of leisure strolling the gardens and trying to catch the eye of the eligible beau? There’s something so magical about these stories, and if you’re a Cactus Pop regular then you’d know that I am fairly obsessed with my period drama. (See Darcy Vs Thornton Showdown and Definitive Jane Austen Collection).
But there’s plenty of other great adaptations out there just waiting for you to watch them. You may have heard of these authors, but have you seen some of their lesser known adaptations?
What’s up, March? You sure did come around quickly. I’m looking ahead at all the books, movies and Melbourne events that are coming up in March. I’m also setting some monthly goals (eek!) in an attempt to make the most out of every day. I figure if I write it down here that will make me somewhat accountable and I will (hopefully) achieve some of my goals. Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments 🙂