the book club

Cue Slim Shady, but cleaning out my closet is an incredible feeling. Decluttering is therapeutic- out with the old and in with the new (if my budget allows me.)  

At the end of winter, I got a head start on my spring cleaning. I feel I hoard clothes, and think that if I didn’t wear something one season, maybe it’ll stand a chance next season. Nope. I finally purged all my clothes that hadn’t seen the sunlight in over a year, and did it ever feel good.

As I was on a roll with my closet, I then began with my bookshelf.  Last week, I made a list of all the books that have been sitting on my shelf that I have not touched since purchase. Building on yesterday’s theme of practicing silence, I have not been in the mood in the past six months to sit and enjoy a book. I often find myself distracted with technology- my phone, social media, Netflix, music, etc. By finally disciplining myself to clear out my bookshelf, I made a list of all the books that I have and want to read. The list was lengthy, but I am inspired complete it by the end of summer. I am hoping to read one book a week and carry this motivation week by week.

My goal for reading all these books and sticking to this commitment is to find some clarity and perspective. I want to get back to things I love doing, and not make it feel like a chore. By instilling some routine with my reading, I can get back to what I’m passionate about. I think our passions get mixed up with our commitments sometimes, and get pushed to the side as we prioritize other important things. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too, and by that I mean loving the work you do, or loving what you study. But sometimes, that gets lost and we need a little reminder to take us back to what we love and know that there can be a balance. 

My first book up is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. 

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

I stumbled across this quote before I started my travel blog back in 2016, and it is something that inspired me to dive into travel and not be afraid to face new situations. Travel is exciting, and taking risks is thrilling. I am excited to start (and finish) this book. Look out for my review on it next Wednesday 🙂 

 

And that’s how I’m feeling today. 

Larissa 

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