Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up By Marie Kondo

FullSizeRender“When one or the other of these thought patterns makes it hard to throw things away we can’t see what we really need now- at this moment. We aren’t sure what would satisfy us or what we are looking for – as a result we increase the number of unnecessary possessions. Burying ourself both physically and mentally in superfluous things. The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t. All you have to do is eliminate what you don’t need by confronting each of your possessions properly.” -Marie Kondo

There definitely is some magic to it. Cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things are kind of on repeat over here- I always seem to have a bag for donations. Kondo, by way of her book brought the “final” clarify I needed, by her very simple, yet very effective question: does it spark joy?

Though it is really that simple, there is a recommended method and process to it- so don’t skip out on the book. In some of the reviews, Kondo, gets some flack for talking about the “feelings” of socks. But you get it- especially if you believe everything is energy.

By going thru Kondo’s process, I think success is more of an outcome vs not.  And not because I am the type of person who has nothing… I do like things and have many interests (especially creative interests), which require tools, etc. Even with this, I am now more aware of what’s around me- I don’t want a ton of things, and it’s mostly the things I love/spark joy vs not.

How cool is it to know you are surrounded by things that only spark joy?? Pretty amazing! Highly recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. 🙂

Maya Angelou: Every woman should

flowersA WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
a youth she’s content to leave behind.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE 
a feeling of control over her destiny.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
how to fall in love without losing herself.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
whom she can trust,
whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t take it personally

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
where to go
be it to her best friend’s kitchen table
or a charming inn in the woods
when her soul needs soothing

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
what she can and can’t accomplish in a day,
a month, and a year.

– Maya Angelou

60 Minutes Charlie Rose Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist’s Mission- Inspiring!

nd-tyson-earthrise-comp-2-movNeil deGrasse Tyson: This was the first time any of us had seen Earth the way nature had intended, with oceans and land and clouds. So many of us had only ever seen Earth on a school room globe. And so this is the birth of a cosmic perspective. Back then that idea did change our world. Earth Day was founded. Leaded gas was banned. DDT was banned. All of a sudden people were thinking about Earth as a world, that we’re all in it together. We’re thinking we’re exploring the moon and we discovered the Earth for the first time.ndt60minutes This might just be my favourite 60 Minutes episodes- ever. The universe, the planets, stars, and energy… #iamwearestardust. Hello! It’s inspiring, enlightening and a very good reminder to look up and savor the present, to be kind, compassionate, caring people- not just for ourselves and loved ones, but the world. May we all enjoy our home. The overtime clips (watch these too) and the full episode can be found here. Hope you watch. 🙂cassini“If you look at Earth from space you see a dot, that’s here. That’s home. That’s us. It underscores the responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. Thank you all.” -Carl Sagan

Turning Off Technology / Be Present

If this video doesn’t convince you to put down your phone…We’re all guilty of it, but we must really make an effort to detach from technology. Turn it off. Don’t be on it when you’re talking on the phone. Let’s be more present so we may live, love, and look at the stars- in real time. 🙂

Dr. Tung’s Ionic Toothbrush System Review

IMG_2371Zing! Who doesn’t love themselves some easy oral care for their pearly whites? This toothbrush from Dr. Tung’s is pretty amazing. Overwhelmingly there are positive reviews amongst some negatives. But… think that is because it used to have the word “sonic” as part of it’s description- so everyone was thinking it would be like their Sonic Care and massively vibrate. This toothbrush doesn’t do any vibrating in the physical sense. It does however have some ionic power when a wet finger touches the metal band whilst brushing your teeth. Their claims on removing more plaque are true- your teeth feel like you just had a good cleaning- no joke. Plus, the bristles on the brush are actually quite nice- I recommend. About to get another to keep in the bag. Get yours here. Cheers!

How Do You Define Yourself?


“You have to be fully aware and confident that you are enough just being you,” Lizzie Velasquez said. “That’s enough! You don’t have to live up to anyone else’s standards, you don’t have to look like anyone else, you don’t have to compare yourself to anyone else. You being you is enough, and you putting your positivity and good vibes out into the world, once you get to that point absolutely everything will fall into place. Whether it’s your personal life, your work life, your school life, your confidence, everything will fit once you believe in yourself.”

Watch this inspiring talk and perspective on life from Lizzie, who has a rare congenital condition that does not have her name. The condition affects her eyes, immune system and causers her to have 0% body fat. She’s had to deal with and move beyond the lowest forms of human behavior directed at her one too many times, but still she has an awe inspiring take on life. We can all learn from Lizzie. 

Gratitude for all the things in your life as you’ll see it takes you far and keeps you in your light. How beautiful and powerful is that? x

p.s. How do you treat others? It’s a reflection of what’s inside and also self-defining. 

ppss. See her movie preview here

DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS GRAIN-FREE BLACK BEAN BROWNIE RECIPE

IMG_2258Wanted to try making black bean brownies forever- but couldn’t find a recipe I totally liked. So I came up with my own version… Not too sweet, moist yet dense and they hit the spot. Def guilt free enjoyment. I cut really cut out the sugar and the cacao powder on this recipe- I’ve found when using a lot of cacao powder it seems too dense. You may want them slightly sweeter and I might add a tad more coconut oil or an extra egg next time. Let me know what you think. 🙂 

DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS GRAIN-FREE BLACK BEAN BROWNIE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups or 1 14-oz can of unsalted, cooked black beans
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a non-stick 9 x 9 square baking pan (I use glass)
  3. Place all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in blender (I used a Vitamix- the beater/bowl combo wasn't enough)
  4. Pour batter into the greased pan.
  5. Add chocolate chips to the top
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy!
http://www.happyhealthybalance.net/delicious-nutritious-grain-free-black-bean-brownie-recipe/