I can’t believe the end of the year is here. I definitely say that every year but doesn’t it seem like time goes by so quickly? I can remember being a kid in my bedroom, with all my hopes and dreams and thoughts, and now here I am years and years later, a 27 year old gal with a house and career. Sometimes it seems mind boggling that I’m not just playing pretend and that this is my real life.
So it’s officially the end of the year, the holidays are over, my birthday has passed and this weekend is New Years Eve and then low and behold, a New Year is upon us. I’ll have a bigger post on some of my thoughts as we enter the new year but I’m definitely looking forward to it and the new opportunities the year will bring.
Things I’m Enjoying
The Muncher Multitool
I recently backed the Muncher Multitool project on Kickstarter and it looks awesome. I’m a big fan of picnics and we go beach camping every year so having a tool like this is sure to come in handy. I love that I can just clip it to my backpack and have a spork, knife, bottle opener, screwdriver, etc. the list goes on. Can’t wait to receive mine!
I love these little Field Notes Notebooks. Last year, I signed up for the subscription and got so many different ones which was so fun. Although I love technology and keep most things digital, there’s definitely a value for me to keeping a notebook on hand to jot down ideas. Sometimes it just feels better. Plus I’m one of those people who still believes there’s something romantic about putting pen to paper. Must be the English major in me.
The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a minimalist. Like, no where close to it. I have lots of stuff, definitely too much. But right now I’m a point where I would like to be a lot more intentional about what I own and keep in my house. I think Marie Kondo brings up a lot of valuable insights in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, especially when asking whether or not an object brings you joy. I also recently read this piece talking about how if the stuff you have in your home is just taking up space and your’e not using it, you’re essentially just paying rent for it to be there. It really put some things into perspective for me so this week I donated five bags of things to Veterans, threw away a bunch of stuff and sold other stuff. I’m not perfect, for sure, but it was a start and it feels good.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is probably my favorite HP book. I’m always amazed at what a mind JK Rowling has, how she could weave so many ideas and seemingly insignificant pieces of a story to become something so much more. These books are magical. I read all of them probably at least once a year, though I’ve recently started listening to the Audio Books instead. Makes my commute and car rides so nice.
Tonight we’re going to buy the fight and see if Ronda Rousey can win back her title. I’m not super into it but my friends are and we’re having our annual Christmas get together so it should be a good time.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year! Here’s to beauty, joy and new opportunities for all of us.
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