I am fortunate to have some readers like this series, but this will be the last one under this tag.
Today, I am letting go of my "letting go list."
I decided to let go 365 things this year, in the middle of March 2015. Since then, I have counted a little over one hundred items I let go. I took pictures and shared my thoughts, which became a bit tedius. I know I am not accomplished this feat, I will admit my defeat and retreat. (It's Wednesday and I am a bit tired this morning if you can tell...) I am still happy about the progress I made and items I removed from my home, even if it's about a third of what I set out to make.
It's not that I wanted to discontinue letting go, as a matter of fact that will continue off the record for the most part. It's my desire for my blog to be a positive, happy respite for myself and anyone who wants to read it. Rather than mentioning what I am getting rid of, I want to write more about art, culture, and traveling, which is my true passion.
Fall art season is starting, and I have season tickets to a few groups to attend, which I am very excited about - and I would like to share some thoughts if I see something spectacular. I also read/listen to a lot of books, so I want to share thoughts on these as well, in addition to cosmetics. also fall trip is coming up....
Here are things I liked a lot right now.
Musical – finally saw Wicked last month, it’s totally worth the hype. Amazing set, amazing performances, so fun. Go see it.
Books – I finally got into Earnest Cline’s Ready Player One which was published in 2011. I feel there were a lot of great books that were published that year, but had hard time reading this one because I am not interested in Sci-Fi or computer games. I finally got a great audio copy read by Will Wheaton (!), and it was towards the end I couldn’t stop listening. One of the reasons why I love books is because it transports me into the world I had never known- in this case, gaming society in near future. I enjoyed it, very entertaining.
2011 was also the year The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo was published in Japan. This book was translated into English and published in US in 2014 and has been quite a hit here in US. I am into organizing, so I read this book in my native Japanese some time ago and now in English. It’s translated well and speaks to my mind. Her way of tidying is unique and instinctive, which I really like. Her method, “Konmari Method” is based on her own experience and method that was worked for her. I believe everyone is different, and I love incorporating her method to my own. I still keep in mind “one in one out” so that I don’t hoard things in my closet. Speaking of hoarding, I also read “The Hoarder in You” by Dr. Robin Zasio, published in 2012 recently, and this is also an insightful book for people who are interested in hoarding/organizing.
This is almost embarrassing to admit, but I finally listened to books on tape version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larson - and enjoyed a lot. it was published in US in 2008, I have owned this book since then - but never actually touched the book. It's easier to listen to book while I walk outside or paint at home. It was an intriguing book despite very disturbing scenes at times. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.. and now a new one might be coming up!? I am so curious about that.
I am now listening to Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. ... not because it's a class requirement. I have always loved to read, and it's more fun when it's not required :)
Have fun everyone!