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This is what acceptance looks like

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A while back, I resolved to learn how to accept what is, give up compulsiveness, in order to become more, you know, Buddhist monk-like. The only part of this resolution that stuck, however, was cleaning my house less often.

I don’t consider this a success.

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Things I would be, think, and do differently if not for the opinions of others or other self-imposed limitations: A complete-as-I-can-get-it-right-now list

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  • I wouldn’t wash my clothes every time I wore them.
  • I would collect beautiful garbage everywhere I went and use it to make amazing art pieces.
  • I would never negate a compliment.
  • I would never argue.
  • I would never defend myself.
  • I would someday “walk the earth,” stopping only to sleep in hotels and eat at restaurants.
  • I would sip coffee all day.
  • I would eat stir-fry every day.
  • I would never wear a bra. Ever.
  • I would never say “yes” to things I didn’t really want to do. (That includes sharing my food.)
  • I would never be in a hurry.
  • I would spend more time digging in the dirt.

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Before and after photos of a newly naked house

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Here’s a photo of a friend’s living room before I showed her how to naked-ify it.

Here it is after:

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Here is her master bedroom before:

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And here it is after reading my book:

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Conclusion: my book is awesome. My photography is not.

Pick up your copy of The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home on Amazon.

Things don’t cost what they cost

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Thanks to everyone who downloaded my latest book, The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home already.

For everyone else, an excerpt:

“It’s as true of a blender as it is of a dog: things don’t cost what they cost. They cost what they cost to buy, maintain, move around and store. All these factors cost money (yes, space alone costs money: square footage is the number one factor in home price, and have you seen your heating bill lately?), but there are several other costs to consider, and both are more valuable than cash. The first is the cost of your time: the sheer number of minutes that add up to hours that add up to days that you spend rearranging, cleaning, protecting, and working around your stuff. And the second is the cost of your emotion . . .

“For the purposes of this book, the terms “bare” and “naked” aren’t so much about wearing no clothes as they are about wearing nothing that distracts from your beauty.
It is the total and complete absence of clutter.”

Mollie

There’s just something deep about it

Thanksgiving today. I did not celebrate. Instead, I did some work, did some chores . . . you know. Got stuff done.

I enjoy doing mundane things on holidays. There’s just something deep about it that I can’t quite explain.

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As it turns out, being old is pretty awesome

My husband knocked down a wall in our garage today. It was cool, if messy. Our plan is to make a woodshop in there and make custom shelving throughout the house. This development combines with my recently acquired love of gardening (free fruit? I’m in!) to mount a solid case for our advancing age.

Fortunately, as it turns out, being old is actually pretty awesome.

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I prefer to call it frugal

Even though the word itself is rather ugly, I do prefer, when referring to my personal spending habits, the term “frugal.” It’s stifled, yes, but it’s also . . . noble. Well–a little, anyway.

At least that is what I told myself today as I stopped at the bank for the free coffee.

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A cabin truth

One weekend last summer some friends and my husband and I rented a cabin. The water was too cold even for SCUBA diving and the cabin was crowded and small, and yet, we had a lot of fun. The best part was when I went to bed early, about an hour before everyone else, and lay in bed just listening to the others talk in the next room. It felt like being at home–a home, that is, that’s full of family.

This is what it means to be human.

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Has this ever happened to you?

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Got a new headshot a few weeks ago. The lady took like fifty pictures and I chose the two I liked best. However, when I got home and went to the website to download them, I noticed it: They’re the exact. Same. Picture.

“What in the world am I going to do with the picture I like slightly less well?” I wondered. “Well, I guess I’ll put them up on my blog and write a post about it, warning all who read these words against making the same terrible mistake.”

I guess I just wasn’t thinking clearly on this one. Seeing pictures of myself in all my awesomeness does that to me sometimes.

You understand.

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The superbowl was . . . epic?

So, the Seattle Seahawks won the superbowl a few weeks back and apparently this was a pretty big deal around here. Wish I could tell you that I was one of the 700,000 people that was crowded along a two-mile stretch of downtown Seattle in 30-degree weather to admire the players and take 45 minutes to get across the street, but honestly, it probably sounded more fun than it actually was.

Anyway, I heard the fireworks. That was probably just as cool.

In any case I should probably tie this back to spirituality somehow so here’s something cool and spiritual about the Seahawks I enjoyed reading: Get on the Field

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