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the life changing magic of tidying up : clothes

2017 January 18

IMG_1502i’ve had the plan to read the life changing magic of tidying up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo for quite a while. i’d been putting it off, letting the excitement come to a rolling boil. sometimes it’s fun to want something real bad and put it off just long enough so that your want for it grows to it’s fullest and THEN jump in head first. i spent car rides listening to random podcasts on the topic, talking to friends about it, and watched youtube videos before i even checked if the library had it in stock. i promised myself i’d finished the novel i started over christmas break first and that was punishment in itself. anyway, i finished the novel. checked out the book i’d been literally dreaming about, and started reading. i carried it around with me all week, so pleased with it’s petite size and cover.

I read it in a few days, and thought it was almost over hyped. although that’s probably because i’d been hearing so much about it over the past few weeks and felt like i already had a good understanding of the concept. the concept being: your house should be filled with things that bring you joy, and ONLY items that bring you joy. as for getting to that state of equilibrium, choose what in your house literally sparks joy while holding it – and choose to keep it. (opposed to “choosing” what to give away). donate the rest. (although she says “depose” or “throw away” a lot in her book which made me cringe every time) (she also talked about ripping out your favorite pages in books you only sort of like, gluing them into a notebook, and throwing away the rest of the book. my gosh. that’s horrible advice and made me not like her a little more than a little bit)

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IMG_1496anyway this past monday i did the first step: clothes. i woke up early, took a shower and even did my hair – just so that i would be in a good state of mind to do a scary thing. then i took out everything clothes realated i owned and dumped them on the floor. i picked up each one, felt for the joy, and ended up giving away half of my closet. (some to goodwill, some to my mom so she can deal with it, and some i sold at buffalo exchange) it felt great !! half way through i forgot i was supposed to be personally thanking each item i was choosing not to keep, thanking them for the time we spent together and what they taught me. upon realizing i almost tumped over the bag and started again, but decided blowing a general kiss in the bag’s direction would be good enough. blah blah. up next books + knickknacks + papers + sentimental mementos.

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anyone else read this little cutie and put the methods into practice? anyone inspired yet? side note, anyone have any good podcasts to listen to now that i’ve literally listened to every one with “tidying up” in the title on itunes. HA !!

 

 

houston events calendar: january 16 – 22, 2017

2017 January 15
by dena

houston events calendar january 16 22 2017(from the top of the hill in assisi, italy BTW)

monday january 16, 2017:

tuesday january 17, 2017:

wednesday january 18, 2017:

thursday january 19, 2017:

friday january 20, 2017:

saturday january 21, 2017:

sunday january 22, 2017:

on going events this week:

  • ice skating at discovery green !!

houston events calendar : january 9 – 15, 2017

2017 January 8
by dena

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did you think i died or gave up on the blog or something !! well surprise i didn’t,  i was just out of town. anyway back in houston now and ready to try a little harder in regards to panchoandleftey in 2017. not saying its a resolution or anything BUT what i have going here has so much potential and all the roadtrippin i’ve been doing has given me some mixed feelings about what home is and how i can stay invested and inspired in my own backyard. so above is a little picture i took in venice back in october and below i your houston events calendar for the week !! enjoy y’all !!

monday january 9, 2017:

  • cheap skate night . discovery green . 4 – 10pm . $8 !! go for a date night !!
  • houston urban gardner talk : winter farming w/ urban farmer tommy garcia-prats . west gray multiservice center . 6:30 – 9:30pm . FREE . come and sit next to me in the back row !!

tuesday january 10, 2017:

  • well dang . come hang out with me and nick at double trouble, we’re bringing a hot glue gun wink wink

wednesday january 11, 2017:

thursday january 12, 2017:

friday january 13, 2017:

saturday january 14, 2017:

sunday january 15, 2017:

on going events this week :

  • 19 days in january : 19 films + community events before inauguration . rec room . 8pm each night . FREE . click the link to see what’s happening tonight !!

houston events calendar: december 5 – 11, 2016

2016 December 4
by dena

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CRAFTIDOTE GOT POSPONED – come see me THIS sunday 12 – 5  and buy my houston ornaments !!!

monday december 5, 2016:

tuesday december 6, 2016:

wednesday december 7, 2016:

thursday december 8, 2016:

  • unsilent night . 105 sabine . 6-8pm . FREE w/ RSVP . OH NICK!!
  • movie: elf . discovery . 7 – 10pm . FREE

friday december 9, 2016:

saturday december 10, 2016:

  • hatha yoga . discovery green . 9 – 10am . FREE
  • instore: handsomebeast . cactus music . 3pm . FREE
  • RESCHEDULED: designcraft holiday art market . market square park . 10am . FREE . so glad this got rescheduled so i can go !!!
  • movie: love actually . market square park . 7pm . FREE
  • BUN B . discovery green . 7 – 9:30pm . FREE
  • toxic shock hosting: huge clothing swap + pad / tampon collection . 609 oxford . 2 – 5pm .
  • LIGHTS IN THE HEIGHTS . any boy want to bike around with me ?!?

sunday december 11, 2016:

on going events this week:

 

 

houston events calendar: november 28 – december 4, 2016

2016 November 27
by dena

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look how cute i was at my craftidote booth last year – come see me and my crafts this saturday in the antidote coffee parking lot !!!

monday november 28, 2016:

tuesday november 29, 2016:

  • gong on giving tuesday . mystic lyon . 7 – 8pm . FREE // donation

wednesday november 30, 2016:

thursday DECEMBER 1, 2016 (END OF MY WHOLE30 MONTH !!!)

friday december 2, 2016:

saturday december 3, 2016:

sunday december 4, 2016:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: november 21 – 27, 2016

2016 November 20
by dena

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happy thanksgiving week y’all. i’m going to the country, then off on yet another camping trip with my bf. all the travels. nick – hope all the warm feelings from shout outs last week can carry over, becuase i’ve got like nothin for ya this week. whamp whamp.

monday november 21, 2016:

tuesday november 22, 2016:

wednesday november 23, 2016:

thursday november 24, 2016:

friday november 25, 2016:

saturday november 26, 2016:

sunday november 27, 2016:

on gonig this week:

 

 

houston events calendar: november 14 – 20, 2016

2016 November 14
by dena

houston-events-calendar-november-14-20-2016monday november 14, 2016:

tuesday november 15, 2016:

wednesday november 16, 2016:

  • hump night . rec room . 8 – 9pm . FREE   *oh nick!!!

thursday november 17, 2016:

friday november 18, 2016:

saturday november 19, 2016:

sunday november 20, 2016:

on going this week:

 

houston events calendar: november 7 – 13, 2016

2016 November 7
by dena

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what the election night plan friends?!?!

monday november 7, 2016:

  • my so called mondays: episode 14 . rec room . 8pm . $ // ?
  • the judgment of fools HTX . rec room . LAST NIGHT = TONIGHT . $ // nick THIS is the thing you were talking about huh?

tuesday november 8, 2016: ELECTION DAY AND ALL THE POLL WATCHING PARTIES

wednesday november 9, 2016:

transfigured night: kinetic . turrell skyspace . 7:30 – 8:15pm . FREE (date night?)

thursday november 10, 2016:

friday november 11, 2016:

saturday november 12, 2106:

sunday november 13, 2016:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: october 31 – november 6, 2016:

2016 October 31
by dena

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hi hi it’s dena. i’m back HOME IN HOUSTON. my trip to italy was perfect-o but now it’s nice to be home and get back into my routine. don’t be mad BUT i went out to watch the anthony bourdain houston show last night instead of working on this dang calendar. AND tonight’s halloween so yikes, i’ll work on it at some point.* DID IT !!!

monday october 31, 2016:

tuesday november 1, 2016:

  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30pm . FREE (does the new owner of a red yoga mat i scavenged from my evicted neighbor want to bike there with me?)
  • show : frank freeman / mccullough ferguson . ladybirds . 7 – 11pm . FREE      !!! GO FRANK GO !!!
  • open mic at the shed . 5312 pease st . 8:30 – 12midnight . FREE + BYOB

wednesday november 2, 2016:

thursday november 3, 2016:

  • i think i’m going on a MFAH movie date … what about y’all ?

friday november 4, 2016:

saturday november 5, 2016:

  • yoga . discovery green . 9am . FREE
  • girl crush holiday market . tout suite . 12noon – 6pm . FREE YAY !!!
  • in-store: birthday club . cactus music . 1 – 2pm . FREE
  • callisemica (calligraffiti // lettering // typeart art opening) . visionary heights 1331 nicholson st . 6 – 10pm . FREE (i’m SO interested in this !!!)
  • art opening . the jung center . 5-7pm . FREE
  • methods of survival: amongst other things book release! 2608 dunlavy . 7 – 11pm . FREE
  • movie: star wars the force awakens . discovery green . 7-9pm . FREE
  • show: tommy tine tonight . miller outdoor theatre . 7:30 – 9:30pm . FREE

sunday november 6, 2016:

on going events this week:

 

houston events october 24 – 30, 2016:

2016 October 25
by dena

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dawww, look how adorable we were last nye. (ask dena to tell you the story of mak trying to find her on the front lawn of the party that night.) anyway, here are the events happening this week. if you’re looking for spooky theme parties, cover bands with pun names, and block parties with costume contests this is DEFINITELY your week.

monday october 24, 2016:

tuesday october 25, 2016:

  • lambda nextgen happy hour . pearl bar . 6-9pm . FREE
  • you know the drill. double trouble! (wait, dena, will you be back TOMORROW?)

wednesday october 26, 2016:

thursday october 27, 2016:

friday october 28, 2016:

saturday october 29, 2916:

sunday october 30, 2016:

on going events this week: