Simplify Sunday- A More Streamlined Life

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” Lin Yutang 

I was going through an old book where I have written down quotes over the years that have touched me. A friend wanted some quotes, so naturally I flipped through my book. I selfishly kept this one for myself, and for you.

As much as I am a doer, someone who must accomplish and be on top of everything, someone who will never forget your birthday… I am also a firm believer in keeping life simple and trying to let things go.

Don’t misunderstand- I often SUCK at letting things go. However, I have made a large effort over the last year or so to do just that. Love and let live. Say no more to things that I just don’t want to do. Stop creating ridiculous tasks for myself that just don’t need to be done. I do still have a running to do list, but I don’t force myself to not relax until everything is done. Sometimes (okay, often) I just sit at home and enjoy the company of my Shibas.

A critical part of my success is minimalism. I have never been able to relax in a messy environment. I’m sure anyone who is into minimalism already knows about Marie Kondo’s book, the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In the spirit of minimalism, I put it on hold at the library (I almost never buy books. I read very quickly, and just don’t like having things sitting around that I no longer need. I always end up donating them, so I try to not waste my money.) and waited for a few months. This week, it was my turn and I was excited to pick it up. I haven’t finished it yet. I got too excited about going through stuff, and went and did that instead!

Really, her philosophy is very similar to what mine has been for a while- get rid of as much as possible. You don’t need it, you won’t miss it. If it doesn’t give you pleasure, get rid of it. In the YEARS I have been doing this, I know there have been one or two things I have missed, but I literally cannot think of what they have been.

I consider my “things” to be pretty parred down. Still, I regularly go through them and almost always have a bag in my closet where I place things to be donated. This time, I filled six bags. Four will go to Teen Challenge and two will go to a women’s shelter. I noticed I was getting rid of several pieces of warm clothing and a blanket. Honestly, I’m lazy, but my conscience won’t let me out of making that extra stop in the dead of winter. It makes me sad to think of others being cold and wet. So, there were a few items that I was on the fence about getting rid of; but once I realized I would be making the trip to to shelter it was easy. I may get pleasure from looking at this scarf, but I have worn it once. It can make someone else warm, so let’s get rid of it! This post on inspired me to try to make better use of the things that I’m donating.

I want to live in a cozy, peaceful environment, and for me I can do that best with no clutter. Then I can cuddle my dogs and be happy with all of the warmth and love in my life.


Free Book! Only 10 hours left to enter :)

the Street LawyerIn case anyone else wants to enter my free book giveaway from this post, I just wanted to post a reminder that there are 10 hours left in the contest.

You can get entries by leaving a comment, tweeting, or following me on twitter. Use my Rafflecopter link below to register your entries (note- I added those who left comments below but didn’t claim them as entries on Rafflecopter)! A winner will be chosen using the random winner choosing option tonight!

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update: Lisa is the winner! Go over and congratulate her at


Book Review and Giveaway- the Street Lawyer

the Street LawyerI won a free copy of The Street Lawyer by John Grisham in a giveaway from The Dysfunctional Writer. Thanks, Brandy! I was super excited to win a free book, and even happier when it arrived. In the spirit of free books and minimalism (passing on what I no longer need), I am going to send this book to one lucky reader (details at the end, see how I try to make you keep reading my babble?). It’s going to be like the sisterhood of the traveling book!

I read this book in two days. I’m a fast reader anyway, but I couldn’t put this down. I love John Grisham! I haven’t gotten to read much with the puppy and work, and it was so nice to get caught up in a book. Everyone needs to do this! I hadn’t read a paper book in months.

Anyway, on to my review. This is going to be short, because I don’t want to give any spoilers. Sometimes it takes me a chapter to get into a book, but I was so drawn into this by the second page. I didn’t read the book jacket, so I had no idea what was coming. This book is a bit of a heart breaker because it deals a lot with homelessness and people that are doing their best to help others. It’s a quick read, but it really stuck with me. It made me want to do more to make a difference, which was not at all what I was expecting from a John Grisham book. This one is a little different, but I think it’s my favorite one yet. It is definitely worth buying, or at least checking out at the library.

What about y’all, do you like to read suspense novels? I’m using Rafflecopter to do this giveaway, since I’ve never done one before. You can get entries by leaving a comment, tweeting, or following me on twitter. Let me know if you like the Rafflecopter method or think it is dumb 🙂 You should also know, this book doesn’t look brand new. A child in Brandy’s life blessed it with some artwork, so it has a little bit of soul!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

update: Lisa is the winner! Go over and congratulate her at