Minimalism for Book Lovers

If you’ve been around a while, you might have guessed that I am something of a minimalist. I don’t like clutter and I don’t like excess.

I wasn’t always this way, of course. Once upon a time I used to hoard. I loved owning movies and tv shows on dvd. I would buy an overwhelming number of books, especially after Book Outlet became a thing. Every day I would check for sales and I was constantly looking to add to my growing collection.

At my peak I had three full-sized bookshelves, stuffed to the brim with books. Everytime I bought new ones I’d have to rearrange those shelves to find the space.

I know why it got so out of control, too.

In trying to discover new books to read, I found this thing called Booktube, and one of the conventions of such a channel was this thing called the ‘Book Haul‘, where booktubers would show off all of the books that they purchased that month. So I began to do the same. I wanted to own a lot of books, because maybe then I would feel like a true reader. That it was something I was supposed to do. I bought into hype and bought books I might not have been as interested in because they looked pretty or because someone on Youtube managed to pursuade me.

Thus the collection started. And it continued to grow until about 3 years ago.

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5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Life Right Away

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’m not a productivity guru. Well, I’m not an organizational one either, but I am the type of person to organize receipts by year and month and I have an organizer in my bag, so I like to think I’m a little more predisposed to living an organized life than most.

And this has only grown as I’ve grown older and accumulated more stuff. I have a lot going on right now and I like to keep my life as simple and organized as possible, and I have a few tips here to help you do the same.

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The Lonely Life of the Writer

I’ve been asked before if I was lonely, and my answer was immediate:

No! Of course not! Why would I be lonely?

I’m not an unhappy person. Far from it. I love writing. I love that I have the means and opportunity to be creative, and express myself in new and exciting ways. To tell stories. To inspire and entertain others. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. And it makes me happy doing it.

But being lonely and being unhappy is not the same thing. Not that being lonely can’t lead you to unhappiness, but you can be a happy and productive member of society and still be lonely. To still want, or even need some connection.

It’s what makes us human.

Why else do we tell stories? To connect with others. Whether they be fictional or otherwise. That desire is intrinsic to our profession.

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You Only Fail When You Stop Trying – The Writer’s Diary

Hello. It’s been a while.

I mentioned in a previous post what a struggle it has been to keep up with a demanding blog schedule on top of writing my book and everything going on in my personal life.

There were no Writer’s Diary posts last month and the reason for that is a simple one – I made next to no progress where my writing was concerned.

April had not been nearly as productive as I’d have liked. And my first thought is automatically one if failure – I failed to be productive. To get work done. To schedule my time more effectively. Which I’m not wrong about. I did fail, where my writing was concerned. But I had other obligations, and I spent a lot more time reading and playing video games. Relaxing. ‘Refilling the Well’ as they say. I’m trying really hard not to focus on the failure part. It’s not easy juggling so many things at once, and I need to allow myself that space to fail and try again, hopefully with a better result. What matters, in the end, is that I keep trying. That I grow as a person, and adapt my methods to suit my skills and needs.

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My Five Favourite Ways to Handle Stress

I have had a busy couple of months, and that’s not about to change. To say I’m dealing with a lot of stress is an understatement, so I have a couple of tried and true methods for helping deal with it.

I’m going to lead with a disclaimer that I am not a medical professional, and if you are experiencing panic attacks or prolonged, debilitating bouts of stress, then I highly recommend you speak with a doctor. What I’ve listed below are things that I have found work for me, especially as I’m going through one of the most stressful periods of my life. I’ve listed them here in the off chance that they help someone else the way they’ve helped me, but if your stress is negatively impacting your health, please seek professional help.

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Digital Decluttering: Organize Your Digital Life in the New Year

With the start of every new year is yet another opportunity to organize your life. As I’ve become more and more interested in minimalism, I’ve become more aware of what I surround myself with – what takes up space in my life and if its worth that space. And the new year is the best time to re-evaluate what I have, what I want to get rid of and what I need to replace.

It’s both liberating and relaxing to get rid of all that excess. My mind feels clearer and I feel more in control. Mess is chaos. Organization is orderly. It’s clear to see why we lean towards one over the other.

But one thing I don’t think about is my digital space.

My laptop, my tablet, my phone – much of my life involves interacting with some sort of digital space. Maybe because I am still finding an organization method that works for me or the fact that I tend to start all sorts of creative projects, but I just end up with all sorts of files in every digital nook and cranny. Some of which I never touch again. Others which I scramble to find and simply pray that I remember a word in the file name so I can search for it.

We spend a lot of time on our devices. Why shouldn’t they be as organized and decluttered as the rest of our living spaces?

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