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Aug. 14th, 2010 09:18 am
lizziebelle: (eye)
I read an interesting article yesterday that really resonated with me, about simplifying your life. This is something that I've been wanting/trying to do, and not just for financial reasons. I complain that my apartment is too small, but in truth it's that I have too much stuff. I know I need to seriously edit my stuff, as my brother calls it. I have been talking about doing it for ages. The problem is, how/where to start? It's so overwhelming.

The person featured in the above article has a blog, charmingly called Rowdy Kittens, and she has lots of great tips and links to get you on the path to simplicity.

One of the things from the article that I really liked was the emphasis on experiences over possessions. Taking a vacation with your family, say, instead of buying a fancy new car/large-screen TV/etc. We (as a society) are so deeply entrenched in consumer culture that we don't even notice it anymore. I really only started noticing my own tendencies when I didn't have the cash to do it anymore. I didn't think I was that much of a shopper, and compared to most people I know (coworkers, family, neighbors) I wasn't, but I did shop more than I needed to, and bought things I didn't really need, and haven't really used.

Yes, I am sick and tired of my wardrobe, but it's rather more than an awful lot of people have, and there's nothing really wrong with it. Sure, I could use some new shoes that aren't beat up/stained/worn, but the ones I have are serviceable. And so on.

I've been doing some inner work that nicely ties in with this, I think. I've been working on forgiveness. Forgiving everyone, and I mean everyone, both past and present, for anything they've done that has hurt me in any way. That's harder than I thought it would be, especially when someone continues to hurt me after I've forgiven them. Forgiving myself is just as difficult. But I have to, in order to move on. The rut I'm in is as much my own making as not. Probably more.

So, every day I will be doing something, anything, to reduce the clutter in my life. Start small, keep at it: that's my new motto.

simplify

Aug. 14th, 2010 09:18 am
lizziebelle: (eye)
I read an interesting article yesterday that really resonated with me, about simplifying your life. This is something that I've been wanting/trying to do, and not just for financial reasons. I complain that my apartment is too small, but in truth it's that I have too much stuff. I know I need to seriously edit my stuff, as my brother calls it. I have been talking about doing it for ages. The problem is, how/where to start? It's so overwhelming.

The person featured in the above article has a blog, charmingly called Rowdy Kittens, and she has lots of great tips and links to get you on the path to simplicity.

One of the things from the article that I really liked was the emphasis on experiences over possessions. Taking a vacation with your family, say, instead of buying a fancy new car/large-screen TV/etc. We (as a society) are so deeply entrenched in consumer culture that we don't even notice it anymore. I really only started noticing my own tendencies when I didn't have the cash to do it anymore. I didn't think I was that much of a shopper, and compared to most people I know (coworkers, family, neighbors) I wasn't, but I did shop more than I needed to, and bought things I didn't really need, and haven't really used.

Yes, I am sick and tired of my wardrobe, but it's rather more than an awful lot of people have, and there's nothing really wrong with it. Sure, I could use some new shoes that aren't beat up/stained/worn, but the ones I have are serviceable. And so on.

I've been doing some inner work that nicely ties in with this, I think. I've been working on forgiveness. Forgiving everyone, and I mean everyone, both past and present, for anything they've done that has hurt me in any way. That's harder than I thought it would be, especially when someone continues to hurt me after I've forgiven them. Forgiving myself is just as difficult. But I have to, in order to move on. The rut I'm in is as much my own making as not. Probably more.

So, every day I will be doing something, anything, to reduce the clutter in my life. Start small, keep at it: that's my new motto.

flowers

Apr. 19th, 2009 07:04 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

fiery, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was another lovely day for walking, and there were lots of flowers in bloom down at the park and wildlife sanctuary. There were a ton of people there, too; the parking lot was completely full by the time I headed home.

On the wildflower path, I met a woman who works there, and we had a nice chat about the flowers there. I clued her in about the trout lilies in the woods, and how woodruff is used to make May wine. She has been making little signs for the flowers that don't have them, so now I know what coltsfoot is, and that [livejournal.com profile] dalbino83 was totally right about the bloodroot. :)

Check out my photo blog for a post about the wildflowers. To see the rest, including forsythia, magnolia, and more tulips & daffodils, check out my Flickr stream.

From an old housemate, a link to a poll about Obama that needs some votes from progressives, because the conservatives have been flooding it with negative votes. Pass it on.

I even managed to sleep in a bit this morning, *and* get some laundry done. I feel quite accomplished. *g*

flowers

Apr. 19th, 2009 07:04 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

fiery, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was another lovely day for walking, and there were lots of flowers in bloom down at the park and wildlife sanctuary. There were a ton of people there, too; the parking lot was completely full by the time I headed home.

On the wildflower path, I met a woman who works there, and we had a nice chat about the flowers there. I clued her in about the trout lilies in the woods, and how woodruff is used to make May wine. She has been making little signs for the flowers that don't have them, so now I know what coltsfoot is, and that [livejournal.com profile] dalbino83 was totally right about the bloodroot. :)

Check out my photo blog for a post about the wildflowers. To see the rest, including forsythia, magnolia, and more tulips & daffodils, check out my Flickr stream.

From an old housemate, a link to a poll about Obama that needs some votes from progressives, because the conservatives have been flooding it with negative votes. Pass it on.

I even managed to sleep in a bit this morning, *and* get some laundry done. I feel quite accomplished. *g*

lizziebelle: (bored now)
It's still hard for my brain to accept that December is the slow season, after all those years in retail. Which makes me want to hibernate even more.

At least today was decent out, if not especially warm. I wandered down to the park at lunch, and watched the gulls sitting on the thin ice of the pond and occasionally breaking through. Check out the pix at my photo blog, or over at Flickr.

On the way in to work this morning, I was delighted by the silvery frost that was lit by the rising sun. I could have stopped every couple of minutes to take pictures, but I resisted, as being late for work would not be a good thing, especially since I'm the one who usually opens up the office. Must maintain my reputation for punctuality. *g*

I'm thinking it's a good night for chili.
lizziebelle: (bored now)
It's still hard for my brain to accept that December is the slow season, after all those years in retail. Which makes me want to hibernate even more.

At least today was decent out, if not especially warm. I wandered down to the park at lunch, and watched the gulls sitting on the thin ice of the pond and occasionally breaking through. Check out the pix at my photo blog, or over at Flickr.

On the way in to work this morning, I was delighted by the silvery frost that was lit by the rising sun. I could have stopped every couple of minutes to take pictures, but I resisted, as being late for work would not be a good thing, especially since I'm the one who usually opens up the office. Must maintain my reputation for punctuality. *g*

I'm thinking it's a good night for chili.
lizziebelle: (george)
From E! online, George Clooney says this about Proposition 8:

    "At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black."


You go, George! *g*

Link courtesy of Huffington Post.
lizziebelle: (george)
From E! online, George Clooney says this about Proposition 8:

    "At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black."


You go, George! *g*

Link courtesy of Huffington Post.
lizziebelle: (Default)
Halloween is in two days! Samhain is Saturday! Wheeeee!

Here's some fun, spooky links from the Boston Globe for your shivery delight.

25 Haunted New England Inns

Halloween secret spaces

Haunted New England

Famous New England Gravesites

Bonus: possibly ghostly pic that I took last year at this time. Is that fuzzy bit by the small gravestone a spirit?

leaves all around
lizziebelle: (Default)
Halloween is in two days! Samhain is Saturday! Wheeeee!

Here's some fun, spooky links from the Boston Globe for your shivery delight.

25 Haunted New England Inns

Halloween secret spaces

Haunted New England

Famous New England Gravesites

Bonus: possibly ghostly pic that I took last year at this time. Is that fuzzy bit by the small gravestone a spirit?

leaves all around

Yaddo

Oct. 25th, 2008 10:09 am
lizziebelle: (little me)
I grew up not far from Saratoga Springs, but it wasn't until long after I'd moved away that I visited Yaddo. I went there with my parents for a benefit concert by the Depasquale String Quartet, which was headed by my dad's best friend, Bill Depasquale. There was a young woman playing piano as well, some up-and-comer, but I don't remember her name.

Since it was a benefit, in Saratoga, in the middle of summer, there were a lot of hoity-toities there. I remember charming Marylou Whitney (as in Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney) by feeding paté to the cat. She thought that was adorable. I had no idea who she was at the time; my dad told me later.

That was the night of the Perseids meteor shower; I remember flashes of light, which I thought were camera flashes at first.

Yaddo is an artists' colony, and the only part of it normally open to the public is the rose garden. I have some pictures I took there years ago; I really should find them and scan them in. I have a nice one of the fountain.

I was reminded of all this by an article in the NY Times about a Yaddo exhibition at the New York Public Library, which mentions a lot of the famous writers and artists who have spent time there. I was disappointed that it didn't mention that Edgar Allan Poe was purported to have written "The Raven" there, though. That's pretty cool, don't you think?



Picture via http://www.saratoga.org/postcards/

Yaddo

Oct. 25th, 2008 10:09 am
lizziebelle: (little me)
I grew up not far from Saratoga Springs, but it wasn't until long after I'd moved away that I visited Yaddo. I went there with my parents for a benefit concert by the Depasquale String Quartet, which was headed by my dad's best friend, Bill Depasquale. There was a young woman playing piano as well, some up-and-comer, but I don't remember her name.

Since it was a benefit, in Saratoga, in the middle of summer, there were a lot of hoity-toities there. I remember charming Marylou Whitney (as in Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney) by feeding paté to the cat. She thought that was adorable. I had no idea who she was at the time; my dad told me later.

That was the night of the Perseids meteor shower; I remember flashes of light, which I thought were camera flashes at first.

Yaddo is an artists' colony, and the only part of it normally open to the public is the rose garden. I have some pictures I took there years ago; I really should find them and scan them in. I have a nice one of the fountain.

I was reminded of all this by an article in the NY Times about a Yaddo exhibition at the New York Public Library, which mentions a lot of the famous writers and artists who have spent time there. I was disappointed that it didn't mention that Edgar Allen Poe was purported to have written "The Raven" there, though. That's pretty cool, don't you think?



Picture via http://www.saratoga.org/postcards/
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
But then, you knew that, didn't you? *g*

I don't have to write a rant about Sarah Palin and the RNC; [livejournal.com profile] zarq already did. Complete with links.

Vote for [livejournal.com profile] madwriter! I'm going to.

Thanks guys, for making my evening! :)
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
But then, you knew that, didn't you? *g*

I don't have to write a rant about Sarah Palin and the RNC; [livejournal.com profile] zarq already did. Complete with links.

Vote for [livejournal.com profile] madwriter! I'm going to.

Thanks guys, for making my evening! :)
lizziebelle: (rocks fall)
Well, it's quiet in here, anyway. :)

For those of you who, like me, need to justify your procrastination, here's a great argument for how it's really all just strategy for getting things done: Structured Procrastination.

For those of you who, also like me, question the science and motives behind 'green' products, perhaps they're not as green as they claim to be.

For a giggle, visit the Museum of Bad Art.


So, what fun things have you found on the interwebs lately? :)
lizziebelle: (rocks fall)
Well, it's quiet in here, anyway. :)

For those of you who, like me, need to justify your procrastination, here's a great argument for how it's really all just strategy for getting things done: Structured Procrastination.

For those of you who, also like me, question the science and motives behind 'green' products, perhaps they're not as green as they claim to be.

For a giggle, visit the Museum of Bad Art.


So, what fun things have you found on the interwebs lately? :)
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
This one's for [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine and [livejournal.com profile] queenoftheskies: you can design your own logo for your Prius!

For all you Flickr-ites, you can have a book made of your photos. I'm thinking of you, [livejournal.com profile] lamentables, and all your wonderful India pictures! I'm also thinking that, when I get a little extra money, I'll do a wedding one for my brother. A nice anniversary gift, n'est-ce pas? Ooh, the possibilities are endless...

Speaking of Flickr, I've been getting wicked spring fever by looking at my photostream; specifically, the pix I took last May. *sigh* I always get spring fever this time of year, for as far back as I can remember. I'm so tired of bare trees and brown grass. I need green, and flowers! I look jealously at my Flickr contacts' pix from areas that are already in bloom, and sigh some more. I'm worse than a kid waiting for Christmas. *g*

Ah well... at least the sun is out today.

*sigh*
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
This one's for [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine and [livejournal.com profile] queenoftheskies: you can design your own logo for your Prius!

For all you Flickr-ites, you can have a book made of your photos. I'm thinking of you, [livejournal.com profile] lamentables, and all your wonderful India pictures! I'm also thinking that, when I get a little extra money, I'll do a wedding one for my brother. A nice anniversary gift, n'est-ce pas? Ooh, the possibilities are endless...

Speaking of Flickr, I've been getting wicked spring fever by looking at my photostream; specifically, the pix I took last May. *sigh* I always get spring fever this time of year, for as far back as I can remember. I'm so tired of bare trees and brown grass. I need green, and flowers! I look jealously at my Flickr contacts' pix from areas that are already in bloom, and sigh some more. I'm worse than a kid waiting for Christmas. *g*

Ah well... at least the sun is out today.

*sigh*

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