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Link Love: 77

Welcome to Link Love! That time of the week where I share the best the Internet has to offer. Here we go!

George found these hilarious pulp art book covers and there’s a ton of trailer ones. The one above is from this site. The captions are the best part. Here’s a couple of my favorites:
– “Their love was as mobile as their home and just as carefree.”
– “They Lived In A House Of Sin — On Wheels!”
– “Thrown into dangerous intimacy by the cramped quarters of the trailer camps, the traveling construction men and their young restless women sat on a powder keg of sex.” LOL.

Love this article from Sarah Von Bargen, “Every choice is a chance.”

We often hear about women purging their closets, so I thought it was refreshing to read a man’s take on becoming a fashion minimalist.

I’m excited to read Erin Loechner’s new book, Chasing Slow*. She’s the creator of Design for Mankind. I actually got teary-eyed talking to my husband about her design aesthetic, (it’s just so good!), so I can only imagine what a train wreck I’ll be after I read her book.

10 ways to help you say no.

This 540 square foot apartment isn’t my style, but it’s so lovely.

It’s supposed to snow here this weekend which isn’t uncommon, but we still live in the south and often lose power when it snows. Here’s hoping you and I stay warm and connected!

love,
melanie

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10 of the Best Books about Tiny Living

10 of the best books about tiny living (3) I love very few things in life more than a good book. And books that teach you something– that’s even better! Today I’ve got my friend and fellow bad-ass tiny houser, Leah Nixon here to chat about our favorite subjects, books and tiny houses! Leah has built and designed her own tiny house and she’s currently working on her tiny studio. Leah’s recommendations are up first and then I’m chiming in. Take it away, Leah! Continue reading

10 of the Best Books about Traveling

Best Books about Traveling

It’s that time of year where I want to hop on a bus, train or plane and travel somewhere. “Anywhere! Anywhere!” And one of the best parts of traveling? Yes, the opportunity to see places you’ve never seen, but there’s also so much down-time. That beautiful, glorious down-time that makes for great reading time.

Today I’m sharing 10 of the best books about traveling. Read them while traveling or read them at home! I hope they stoke your fires of wanderlust. Continue reading

Book Report: December and January

Reading by the fire
I had been doing a book club on the blog where we would read a book about minimalism or living small and then I’d report on it. I fell out of the habit because I got stuck on a book I just simply could not get through. And life is too short to read boring books, am I right?!?

I’d like to get back in the book club habit, but first I thought it might be interesting to take a break and talk about the books I read in December and January. These books have no theme, really. It was just what interested me. And sometimes that’s what I need. Continue reading

September’s Book Club Pick

The not so big life

September’s book club pick is The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters by Sarah Susanka. Sarah is an architect and is best know for her “Not So Big house” books. I’ve had this book sitting beside my bed forever and this will force me to read it! Read it with me and we’ll discuss on September 1st. Let’s get to readin’!

love,
melanie

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A Small Life Book Club: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

minimalism

This month I read Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. I “read” this book via audiobook. That may have colored my review. In this case, I enjoyed the reader’s voice. It was authoritative, yet personal– like a good chat with a long-time friend.

The first part of this book shared Josh and Ryan’s journey to minimalism. While I found that part relatable and quasi-interesting, I enjoyed the second part of the book much more. The second part of the book describes the five dimensions of living a meaningful life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

I must admit, I have an easy time with the “stuff” aspect of minimalism. I love throwing stuff away. And I love a clean, sparse space. The “stuff” that I hold onto is mostly mental stuff. I get really caught up in the day-to-day junk that doesn’t add value to my life. This book helped me to reflect on what’s truly important and a little more difficult– the mental part of minimalism.

I did enjoy this book. It was a quick, worthwhile read, but I did have a few bones to pick. I think an issue with much of minimalism writing is that it is written by people who once made a great deal of money. The authors do admit they were once in debt, but they also had six figure incomes. Once you start exchanging unimportant large expenses for smaller ones, like a mortgage on a large house for rent in an inexpensive apartment, you’ll be able to cut expenses incredibly quickly. With a six figure income, you’ll get out of debt quickly and you’ll be able to save quickly. For most people, it’s not so easy. I wanted strategies for sustaining minimalism. What do I do when minimalism gets really hard? It often does. How do I contribute to my health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution when I have little time for myself? Not everyone can quit their full-time jobs. I want to hear from those single moms who found minimalism!

Maybe I need to write the answer. Maybe “Minimalism for busy people” will be my next book? 🙂

Have you read Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life? What strategies do you have for sustaining your minimalist lifestyle? Let me know in the comments.

love,
melanie

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A Small Life Book Club: August’s Pick

minimalism

August’s pick for the book club is Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life.* It’s by the guys who write TheMinimalist.com so I’m pretty excited about it. I think it’ll be a lighter read than the last book. 🙂 God willing, we’ll be discussing it in just a couple weeks on August 3rd. So download your copy today!

love,
melanie

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