A writerly short written summer 2014
I walk down the street not thinking much, but incredibly content. It’s rainy and cold. My glasses are covered with water droplets and fogging up. I take them off. “Road Work Ahead” reads ablur.
Pretty sure the thing that kept my sanity last year was reading. I’d tried before to read a book a week and fell short at 36. In 2016, with a full time job, a 2 hour commute, a regular workout schedule, finding a house, a DIY wedding and a 3-some week honeymoon, I managed to read a hefty 57 books. Here’s what I read…
Some people say, “The hard times help you appreciate the good.” I couldn’t disagree more.
There will always be hard times. You can truly learn to be grateful every day for all you have, without hardship as an excuse. The good and bad don’t exist as a contingency.
May = cold rain and unpredictable weather in Denver. On a day like today, when the skies are dropping hail and the day is best for reading, I find that pre-established sentiment to remain consistent. Having come from Florida, I missed the seasons that guide the natural ebb and flow of moods and activities. Being privy to seasons now, and understanding my own lack of control over the weather and the way of things in general, I find myself more at peace and forgiving than ever of all I cannot control. Grateful even for the things that don’t kill and only make us stronger.
In this post, my only real intention is to talk about my season and what’s going on, so I can look back and remember this otherwise hardly documented time.
“Erin Elisse uses big picture thinking to reach today’s mindsets.”“Sprouting Mind- A deliberate living blog.”Erin Elisse relaunch- “Big picture marketing.”
I’m a homebody by default, but love going out and having (or overhearing) good conversations wherever I am. In the past, when I’d go out alone, my openness to whatever came led me to some very interesting ideas and thoughts that influence me for days and even years on end because they were based off personally had experiences my mind actively deconstructed and sorted. Often, the conversations, thoughts or observations I make turn into a shaping that I then incorporate into my book.
Lately, I’ve attended a number of holiday events as an undercover marketing/writing caterer. That’s how it feels anyway. I’m a marketing professional who gets this pretty unsolicited insight into professionals’ homes, lives, businesses, opinions and ideas as “the help.”
While there are many fantastically “interesting” overheard conversations, there is one I’d like to share.
I recently read The Art and Magic of Tidying Up, which teaches you how to arrange your personal systems so you are always organized, without having to spend laborious amounts of time/energy to keep it up. She advertises that every single one of her clients have never gone back. For me, the methodologies presented in the book certainly changed the way I think and live, filling in a few understanding gaps I had in arranging my personal systems.
Great book, but this blog post is more about something she mentioned than the book itself. Read more