Book Review: The Joy of Less

14031150_913314408780880_1747901709_nAs I was browsing the new book section at my local library I was attracted to a beautiful book, which happened to be as beautiful as the cover. The book is “The Joy of Less” by Francine Joy. She is a minimalist that shares her and the minimalist philosophy, her “STREAMLINE” method, room by room how-to, and lifestyle. It is similar yet different than “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo which is another lovely book on the point of minimalism.ย 9781607749721

 

If you’re curious what the STREAMLINE method is:

S tart ย  over

T rash, treasure, or transfer

R eason for each item

E verything in its place

A ll surfaces clear

M odules

L imits

I f one comes in, one goes out

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E very day maintenance

 

STREAMLINE. Pretty simple.

I found the book refreshing, beneficial, and recommend it to anyone who is on the search for a peaceful home and on the search for a method to declutter and minimalize.

Happy Readings!

 

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Book Review: Running Strong

51eG5w2HhCL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Both times I started running postpartum (after the doctor approved it of course) I ended up getting injured. Both times I thought I can do this, but my body disagreed. So I was not only in the search of quick healing but also a good injury prevention book.

My favorite running injury prevention book I found hands down is “Running Strong” by Dr. Jordan Metzl. Not only does it cover a variety of types of injuries, but also ways to help avoiding them.ย It is filled with photographs and illustrated anatomy to better show injury and prevention.

Whether you are a runner or lover of physical fitness, this is a must have book in your home library!

Find Your OM: Coffee Shop Challenge

I’d like to challenge you all this week for “Find Your Om!” In any variation of yoga class, your teacher will ask you to center yourself, find your center, to breathe for you and someone outside of the room, etc. When you center yourself, you are bringing awareness to your body, breath, and mind. You are able to fully enjoy your practice with mindfulness.

Today I stopped by my favorite coffee shop with one thing in mind, I’m going to get a delicious Aztec Mocha (my favorite) and a raw bar (think generic Larabar) and finish reading my book “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo. As you might be able to tell, I was taking myself on a little date! I was prepared to fully enjoy the company of myself. My book was great conversation and my drink delighted my senses. I even saw a friend of mine sitting by himself, which I’m sure I could’ve joined him, but no, I smiled and waved and found a cozy little corner for that mindful romance.

While I waited for my drink to be made, I noticed that just about everyone there was fully immersed in work. I saw laptops, tablets, phones, earbuds, textbooks, notebooks, folders, papers, and fine coffee being ignored. This wasn’t a college coffee shop or a break room in the office. It’s a coffee shop, and one that even roasts its own beans!

Sure I know that you’re busy, and it’s excellent to drink coffee with a side of work, but myIMG_2311 challenge for you this week is to take yourself out on a coffee date! Be mindful of your experience. Smile and say hello to others, smell and taste your drink, and enjoy a little conversation in the form of a book (and no cell phones out either-this should be a “tech-free zone” aka “TFZ” after all)! I’m not asking much, but to dedicate a little part of your day the way you would to a yoga practice. It’s a way of extending mindfulness from the yoga studio to a daily activity. You may surprise yourself by how enriching, awakening, and romantic it can be.

Namaste,

Katie Anne