30-Day Minimalism Challenge // Day 2: Meditate for 15 Minutes

I’m joining a day late but I still can do it in January, just it will take me to January 31.


As I mentioned in my New Year’s resolution post, this month I will be doing a 30-day minimalism challenge to get a fresh start and practice mindfulness, solitude, and simplicity. Feel free to join in if you want, I posted an image with all the challenges for you at the bottom of this post for reference.

Minimalism and Zen go hand in hand. Minimalism is about not making life too cluttered, nor too busy. Minimalism is about not being wasteful. It’s about figuring out what true happiness is, not what advertising tells you it is. Anything that is unnecessary is wasteful, and in a world where the trash is piling up and none of us is any better for it, maybe it’s time to try a new way.

I’m starting with doing 30 days, just to give it a try. What I like, I’ll keep, what I don’t, I’ll toss.

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Quote of the day

“If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.” —Miguel Ruiz

So long friends,


I forgot…

For the first time in a quarter of a century I forgot to buy myself a gift… I can’t believe it! You see I have a little tradition going – since me and my ex split up I’m buying myself a gift on his birthday. It really cheers me up and reminds me of  an excellent decision I have once made (I’m the one who said ‘good bye Charlie’). I was celebrating that faithfully for twenty four years and yesterday somehow I missed it.

So long my friends,


bits and pieces

Bits and pieces is born. I’m very new to WordPress, I guess it will take me a while to learn how to beautify this blog. I have another one on the blogspot dedicated to my hobbies (evalinamaria.blogspot.ca) and this blog will be dedicated to my writing. Yeah, can you believe that I do want to write and write good? I’m creating this little corner so I can start my Blogging 101 course.

I just noticed that this WordPress has a word count. I love it! A while ago I was reading Stephen King ‘On writing’ and he said that anyone who would like to improve their writing skills must write about two thousand words a day. I think that’s a lot of words but my goal for 2015 is to do just that – take King’s advice and write as much as I can with a minimum of 2000 words per day. O boy, that will be a lot of writing…

Since this is my first post – let me introduce myself. My name is Evalina Maria, I’m quite mature person who loves good writing, cross stitching while listening to audiobooks, reading and watching a good movie once in a while. I have a dog name Frosty Girl and I love her dearly. She is kuvasz (Hungarian sheep dog) and she is almost two years old. She is a very good girl but a slow learner or maybe her learning progress is limited by my inability to communicate with her… well one of us needs a good trainer. Just recently I have discover ‘Pet Corrector’ and, cross my heart, that is the best training tool I ever had. It is a small can that makes a hissing sound. Frosty Girl likes to bark while inside the house and I wasn’t able to stop her until now, just one little hiss and she stops immediately. I would love to show you my Frosty Girl and the ‘Pet Corrector’ but first I must learn how to insert the picture into the post… I’m telling ya, I have a lot to learn!

And look at that, I just discover how to add pics! So, here is my Frosty Girl:Frosty and a super moon Sept 8 2014

and that’s the ‘Pet corrector’:

0428798_1If you have a dog that barks a lot, get it! You’ll love it.

So long!