Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Five – Items on my Christmas Wishlist

Seeing as how I'm in a massive downsizing campaign recently I find it very very hard to buy anything at all. I just find "stuff" a bit worthless. My husband knows this very well as he saw me deliberate over a £6 scarf for ten minutes before I walked away!

However, there are a few things I really do want (not need) and I hope to get for Christmas!

Pocket Watch

Finkgifts on etsy has my favourite ones. I'd prefer a silver pocket watch that has both a necklace chain and a proper watch chain. I've wanted one for years but have never had the spare cash to buy one.

Luma Loop

The Luma Loop would help in that I hate (absolutely hate!) the Nikon neck strap that came with my DSLR. I really want a strap that goes across the body and from my research the Luma Loop is the best.

Nikon 55-200MM F4.5-5.6 AF-S VR DX Lens

I really want a telescopic for a variety of reasons and this lens seems like the best buy. If I haven't bought it by Christmas this will be my present from the parental figures (thanks Mom and Dad!).


I would kill (okay, not literally) for a good set of knives! I hate the ones I have but every time I walk into somewhere that sells knives I get confused and frustrated and just walk out. So I'd love someone to just give me a good set without me having to do the decision making.

B12 Jabs

Okay, so this one is a bit far-fetched. I have a b12 deficiency and I get jabs in my arm every 3 months. I really think (as does much of the family) I'd do better with monthly jabs. However, convincing my GP of this is difficult. So, if somehow for Christmas he was convinced that yes I do need them monthly.. well.. it'd be the best Christmas present I ever had. Ever. In my whole life. Just sayin'

Well, that's my list of five Christmas wishes!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Minimalism isn't something I talk about or write about often. In fact I can can on the number of times on one hand when I've mentioned it to anyone other than the husband.

My path towards being minimalistic has been slow and trying. It started when I was sixteen or seventeen - I realised my parents were hoarders and, to be frank, not that cleanly. I knew that I wanted a change and since I couldn't change them (which took me years to realise) I decided to change myself.

My friends always refer to me as the "clean" one the "organised" one the "put-together" one. But this is an entirely new thing in the past six years. It started slowly - getting rid of childhood things, unwanted gifts, etc. In the beginning I bought entirely too many boxes to organize my "stuff" before I realised that I needed to get rid of stuff before I could have any hope of organising.

Now, at twenty-two, I finally feel like I can breathe. I've gotten rid of hundreds of things in the past year and I still have more to go. My goal is to eventually own less than 100 things (not counting books) but I still have ages to go. The first thing I did was write down everything I own (not owned between the husband and I, but mine alone to do with what I please). The list is over 300 lines long in my text editor and that's grouping loads of stuff together!

Minimalism is about simplicity. Simplicity in what you own and how you spend your time. I no longer feel the need to be Superwoman. In fact, I quite enjoy being lazy on occasion. My time is finally, after twenty-two years, my own.

And it's so freeing.