Confession: I didn’t read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Sure, I flipped through it a few times on my way past the Costco book tables, but I had a hard time getting over the emotional tightness that scrunched up in my stomach every time I saw the words “tidying up” on the cover. What’s that emotional tightness called again? Oh yeah- guilt.
I’m not really a tidying-up kind of a girl. I struggle. S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E. I love reading books, hate tidying up.
Turns out, though, that I can be inspired by beautiful journals filled with wise words. I can’t wait for the new year to start so I can begin the process of simplifying my life and my home. Here’s the caveat: I’m not inspired by the thought of having a cleaner (or emptier) home. I’m inspired because the journal speaks to my deeper heart longings: to “spark joy.” In fact, there’s a reminder on every page.
I think people try really hard to live the way they think they should, but they lose sight of why. I should have a tidy, simpler house… but why? This journal reminds me of the whys: because happiness comes with giving, not getting. Because things can’t make me happy. Because you can’t take it with you. “There is great gain in godliness with contentment,” as Timothy says.
The journal is itself clean and simple. Every page has a date on it, with three sections: three years of documenting what sparks joy in your life. The dream is that at the end of those three years, you will find that your life is simpler, happier, and more focused.
I hope to become more thoughtful about my (new) home and how I live in it, and this journal is a powerful tool on that journey.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.