My KonMari’ing has returned after a brief hiatus.
Two nights ago, I revisited my bags and backpack drawers and felt that good whoosh of success after completing it.
Up until now, almost all of my KonMari’ing has been on my own belongings (clothes, books, papers, accessories, miscellaneous stuff). Occasionally he’ll check out what I’m getting rid of (in case there’s a costume piece he wants to keep that I don’t), but mostly he’s just been my supportive cheerleader as I tackle my stuff on my own.
Last night, Brandon and I started our joint kitchen KonMari’ing.
There are three agreements that Brandon and I made before we got started last night. I wanted to share these in case it helps others who are “choosing what to keep” and getting organized with a partner.
1) Before diving in, we agreed that we didn’t have to do the whole kitchen and pantry area all at once, guessing we would be happier if we broke it down into shorter segments. (When we were wedding planning, we came up with the phrase “I love you and I’m at a good place to stop” when we reached a limit – we applied that concept here.) Sometimes it’s good to push to get to the end of a project, but not always. Sometimes it’s better to have a successful same-team-win feeling a few times in a row rather than hitting an exhausted level and having some communication breakdown.
I will not react to hate with hate.
I will try to understand those I do not understand—not shut them out or call them names.
I will learn effective ways to encourage others to love more, even those who are different in person or opinion.
I will learn effective ways how to help others fear less.
I will step up more to help others—especially those who do not have the privilege I happen to possess.
I will not be silent when I see others show unkindness (including “jokes”) to people of color, immigrants, the poor, women, and others.
I will listen more.
I will allow myself to grieve but I will NOT freeze. I will let this feeling make me stronger and get more involved.
I will not give up hope.
I WILL LOVE.
If YOU can help me learn how to effectively get involved, how to help increase love and acceptance in others, how to help decrease fear, and how to speak out when I see hateful acts, I welcome this advice now and in the future. Post your thoughts, ideas, and links in the comments of this blog post or share with me on Facebook or Twitter.
What if every Seattleite who is worried about their power going out during this weekend’s storm took a moment to donate just $10 to the homeless shelter of their choice? Can you imagine the impact we could have as a community?
Tonight, I’m grateful for the roof over my head. Because losing power (and internet! OMG!) is nothing compared to out in the cold, blustery elements.
Tonight, I’m donating $50 to DESC. Join me in donating to them (or your favorite shelter organization)!
If you have a favorite homeless shelter organization, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to learn who YOU support and why.
Here are five “pockets” that I thought y’all might appreciate this week!
Swink Style Bar & Susan Grace Skincare free event + giveaway
My client Swink Style Bar is co-hosting a free event with Susan Grace Skincare on June 2 + they’ve launched a giveaway for a free blowout and a trio of skincare products to celebrate. You can enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three.
My Mom, Dad, and fiancé had an incredible tasting with caterer Blue Ribbon Culinary Center this week. We’re going to try some more potential caterers for our wedding in Seattle, but this place really impressed us and is definitely on our list. The port-infused goat cheese and fig bruschetta was one of our favorites.
“Tonight You Belong to Me”
I rediscovered this gem on youtube this week of a dad and daughter singing a duet. Still one of the cutest things on the internet:
This is one of my favorite google chrome extensions. One of my bad online habits is having too many tabs open at once. With a click of a button, OneTab collects all your tabs onto one page for you to easily delete what you no longer need to view and keep the rest on the list to reference later.Total game changer!
Everytown for Gun Safety
The “Inside Amy Schumer” show introduced me to an organization called “Everytown” an organization focused on bringing together Americans to end gun violence and build safer communities. Every day, 91 Americans are killed by gun violence. Let’s work together to educate the masses and make a change.