Why I No Longer Write For Millionaire’s Digest

Minimalism ‘Challenge’ – Fighting the Urge to Shop

I want to go shopping. Online, of course, because I’m making a conscious effort to refrain from any impulse shopping & because I can never find what I’m looking for in 100% natural fabrics without spending days in a row hopping from store to store & I usually find myself settling for something that ‘will do’ as a substitute.

In order to slow myself down, I’ve developed a habit of googling minimalism to reassure myself that I can manage with the items I have. Besides, soon I will be able to fit in some of my other items, as I’ve been working closely with David from Chape on toning up and slimming down my body.

You know what I’m starting to notice during these google sessions, though? It’s that so many of these writers are using the terms ‘building your minimalist wardrobe’ – ’10 items you need for your minimalist wardrobe’ – ‘Growing a minimalist wardrobe’. Pardon my stupidity, but isn’t the whole thing about paring down? Living happily with the items you currently own? Not SHOPPING MORE????? How does this in any way fit in with the actual minimalist theory?

Now, I don’t have a closet full of options. I did a purge about a year ago, and gave away many of the items I had that were not sustainable or natural fabrics. You may think me crazy, but these are the items I love and want to wear, so there was no use in hoarding a closet full of ‘meh’ items. However, it absolutely baffles me as to how someone could read one of these articles, give away 80% of their items, and then go shopping to replace those items with more items, but items which cost probably 70% more than the original donated item. (Let us not forget that the big advice is to buy high quality basics – which usually cost no less than 150 Euro per piece. ) Now, investing in a needed item which will last for years, I understand and agree with totally. Most times, you have to pay for quality of make & fabric. But throwing things out & then buying more really just seems like a good justification for a shopping trip to start your new life. And that just seems silly.

What do you think?

-Mliae

February RBRC: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is my RBRC book for February. Well, actually January and February. I cannot accurately remember how I came to have this book in my possession. I would never purchase a book this size for myself, so I am assuming that this was a ‘read it & pass it on’ gift.

This book is actually also a movie, but I did not see the movie so this review is only about the book. This is a rather thick book to read, so it did take me 2 months time to get through it.

This was a good book. It did take a large amount of time to get involved in – more than the 1st 100 pages. But once I managed to get myself tangled in the characters plot, I was hooked.

Some people have said that they are not big fans of the book because the author is seemingly ‘spoon-feeding the plot to his readers’, but this is actually something that I appreciated. In a read this size, it is easy to get lost in the plot. Especially when it seems to fluctuate between the history of a problem and the present time set in the story.

I would recommend this book – especially to those who do not require a dictionary to read it. I would like to watch the movie now that I have read this. I do think I would probably be a bigger fan of the movie, than of the book.

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! I have been running this challenge for 2 years. I will link to your RBRC post on my upcoming post on the 1st of each month!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

Getting to know you 15.09.2018: Decisions or Time?

Would you rather have the ability to reverse one decision you made every day, or stop time for 10 seconds every day?

Oooohhh…this is going to be a good one 🙂

My answer: Stop time

-Mliae

Random Factoids 28.07.2018

‘You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.’

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I beg to differ! *holds nose -hm m mm m. Damn…I can’t breathe either. Who would’ve thought that would be true?! You know what, though? This would be a GREAT bar bet game!

-Mliae

Random Factoids 28.05.2018

‘Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, minerals, water and vitamins.’

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Bees! I need bees! Who’s brave enough to help me and not get stung? 🙂

-Mliae

Getting to know you 15.05.2018: Unused keys

Which keys on your keyboard do you never or rarely use?

My answer: ø  – I had to get an international keyboard but I can safely say that I have used the ‘ø’ key more in the post than the last several years.

What about you?

-Mliae

Random Factoids 28.04.2018

‘Handshakes were originally meant to make sure that the person you were meeting, wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon. The hand clasp proved that your hand was empty and  shaking was meant to dislodge any weapons hiding up the sleeve.’

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I will never be able to shake hands again without reciting this, like a geek on crack, to the person I’m meeting.

-Mliae