Happy New Year Redux

February 8, 2013 § 1 Comment

Despite my best intentions, 2013 is not proving to be my best year yet.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Photo credit: vpickering)

Work stress, health stress and family stress are conspiring to make the new-ish year feel very old indeed. So instead of continued fretting and pouting and choosing to live a potentially self-fulfilling prophecy that 2013 will prove to be all bad, I’ve decided instead to reset the year.

I’m going to mentally clear out the negative clutter of the year to date, and start over again on Sunday, the start of the Lunar New Year. I figure that I celebrate so many different holidays as it is- the Jewish New Year (and we even have a separate New Year for trees!) the Gregorian New Year and so many little milestones and celebrations, that it seems a waste of time to mourn about a few really crappy weeks.

I feel better already.

Here’s to new beginnings again.

Minimalism is Simple

January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

According to this somewhat tongue in cheek infographic by Scott Beale on LaughingSquid.com

My favorite takeaway? “Don’t fear empty space.” Tell that to my cluttered desk. And one that I disagree with completely – “Don’t be too expressive.” Never. I’d rather be crowded with beauty, ideas and inspiration, than peering through the empty abyss of a completely uncluttered life. One supposes it’s truly all in achieving balance.

Meanwhile, oh 2013 and my noble intentions to be spare, sparse and minimalist, why hath thou forsaken me already?

My Closets Taunt Me

May 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

I have more on my agenda for today than you can imagine, yet it’s the thought of putting away my clothing tonight that haunts me most. I’m not sure I can face another round of push/pull/tug make room for my dress in that crush. Oh minimalistic ideal- why hath thou forsaken me?

Time to ramp up the purge process again. Who’s with me?

Useless Tchotchka #12837

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Warby Parker, an eyeglass company known for their sleek styles and affordable pricing have produced a product that almost defies

Mr. Peanut

Image via Wikipedia

belief. I say almost, because one imagines that a company geared to hipsters, cheapsters and those looking to make an inexpensive fashion statement might actually find this item useful.

It is…

a monocle.

No, really. A single framed eyeglass generally favored by movie villains and war criminals has suddenly reemerged as a seemingly viable fashion statement.

And how soon after purchase and the initial ‘ooh,’ ‘aah’ and chortle do we suspect this will be filling landfills and junk drawers everywhere?

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