Glasses; Money; Phone

A couple of days ago I was reading yet more blogs about minimalist lifestyles, and came across  one called “Be More With Less (life on purpose)”.  One post in particular caught my eye – What’s in your purse.  (It’s an American blog, can you tell?)  Love the picture, by the way – wish I could find a handbag that colour!

Anyway it reminded me of a trick my daughters (now 20 and 23) have adopted to remind themselves of the essentials when they leave the house.  They chant “glasses, money, phone”.  These being the essential, irreplaceable things that they will always need.  Sometimes they will add other items, such as tickets (if travelling or going to  the theatre etc), or keys (as they have become more independent).  But it always starts “glasses, money, phone”.

If you believe that parents can learn from their children, here is the proof, as we have adopted their mantra, and found it helpful.  It also helps to remind ourselves that only a fraction of what we carry in our “purse” is really necessary, and when I have an hour or two to spare I intend to go through the contents of mine and reduce them drastically.

Of course, intentions are not deeds (who said that?  Maybe I made it up).  Here’s a better quotation: “The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.” (Roger Nash Baldwin, pacifist and communist, and one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union)


>Lost & Found

>What I let go of in 2008

Full-time working
3kool, my first baby (to her first full time job and own flat)
4kool, my younger baby (to the other side of the world on gap year travels)
My addiction to bread
7lbs in weight

(There must be more, this is why I need to keep a diary…)

What I found in 2008

Good, beautiful and interesting things to put in my little book
I can live without a computer (for a while at least)
Weight-watchers (again)
How much better I feel on a healthy diet
I don’t know 4kool as well as I thought

This sort of thing makes you think, doesn’t it?

>What I found and What I let go of…

>2 posts in 1 day. meh…

The other day I was reading Not Plain Jane (because she was listed as a “Blog of Note”, and because she has been having cancer treatment), and was struck by two things.

One was what she said about the cancer treatment defining her life at the moment, and yet when she seeks to define herself, cancer isn’t at the top of her list. I like her thinking.

The second was her take on the New Year list – she has a list of “What I let go of in 2008” and “What I found in 2008”.

Following on from Jimmy’s “100 things I want to achieve in 2009”, this sparked off an ambition in me to write a list of things I want to let go of in 2009, and things I want to find in 2009.

I’ll do it when I’ve got time…