this blog post should be called ‘what i was reading’ not ‘what i’m reading’. it’s a little overdue because i read these books a while ago but i loved them so much i wanted to share.
Big Magic>>> talk about inspirational. i felt like i was sitting through a one on one counselling session for art with elizabeth gilbert. this book is so great especially for creatives and artists who may feel blocked or uninspired from time to time. i don’t feel like i get artist block but i do take breaks for sure. i used to feel guilty about taking breaks from my creative outlets but over the years i’ve grown to love them. i love getting back into whatever projects i had going on or starting with a new eye. i now find them necessary especially with photography which can require a lot of screen time. i do find myself getting overwhelmed sometimes. i’m the kind of person that has minimum 20+ things on the go at a time. combine that with two kids and it’s no wonder i like taking creative breaks. i’ve said to jamie before that i wish there was 10 of me so i could actually finish everything i want to in this lifetime. his eyes got huge and took on a slight terrified look and his response was ‘no way! there’d be 10 times more chaos!’ (i think he’s sick of sitting on my sewing needles). i suppose he has a point. gilberts point is to just get it out while the idea is there. create, create, create! we were born to create! this is a book that will be sitting on my shelf for many years, lent out and flipped through when i’m feeling lazy artistically. words cannot express how much i loved this book, how much it moved me and i would highly recommend it.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up>>> i became obsessed with this book. it basically took over my life for a little while which was a good thing. i’m not sure how many boxes, bags and carloads of stuff went to the thrift store since i read this book. i lost track. it was like a blur. all i could hear were marie kondos words in my head and i would go into full on purge mode. like i was in a dream or a trancelike state. my closets make sense now, they are no longer total chaos. i no longer have nothing to wear (we all know that feeling) even though i have about 1/4 of the clothing i once had. i shop differently. if it doesn’t ‘sing to my heart’ i can forget about buying it! i will not have something i don’t love wasting space in my closet anymore! so i’m saving money since reading it. bonus! my sewing space is organized for the first time ever! i had to go through 8 years of fabric and notion collections, it was madness. i still have a ways to go and i still want to do more culling. i’ve been putting off culling my boxes of photos. that one’s tough. kondo writes that it can take some people up to 8 months to cull. it’s taken me well over a year, i’m getting close though! i estimate 2 years for me and the reality is it may never happen. i am still trying and even though my house can still look like it’s been robbed by a gang of meth heads there is always a box waiting to be filled and hauled to the thrift store and it’s not as crazy as it once was!
and on a little side note: i love magazines because they’re so easy to flip through plus photography. but they usually make me feel like crap. like i should weigh 20lbs less, be airbrushed every second of my life, i need to buy this and that and let’s shave about a decade worth of aging off while we’re at it…. so i stopped buying them. then i discovered Bella Grace. it’s full of beautiful photography, poetry and is about finding magic in the ordinary. it’s a breath of fresh air in the magazine world. it’s the only magazine i buy now besides the occasional photography magazine.
i find it’s hard to find the time to get much reading in these days but i know the days when i do have time to read will come all too quickly. i’ll take the chaos and occasional book for now (and by occasional i mean about 1 or 2 per year, haha!)