Just like the creations I build out of LEGO bricks or the stories I create on the page, I am constantly working on building a life and figuring out how to adult. I'm Just 1 Person Blog: http://imjust1person.com
My 2019 Rainbow Reading List
I’m just 1 person who read a lot of LGBTQ+ books during Pride Month in 2019. Honestly, I read a lot of LGBTQ+ books throughout the year, but I decided it would be fun to see how many I could get through in just a month. Pride Month was the perfect excuse for me to read so many wonderful books. I even found myself waking up a little earlier than needed some mornings to get some reading in before work.
My 2020 Rainbow Reading List
I’m just 1 person who read a lot of LGBTQ+ books by people of color during Pride Month in 2020. Given the #BlackLivesMatter protests and the state of the world, I used my Pride Month reading project to read mostly books with Black and Brown characters and by Black and Brown authors.
Where My Journey Toward Pride Began
I’m just 1 person on a constantly evolving journey toward pride. I could fill a book with the search for myself, though by the time I finished the book, I likely would have discovered new things about myself I would want to include. My understanding of my gender and sexuality grows as more terms are defined and as I explore who I really am. It has taken me years to find myself on the asexuality and genderqueer spectrums and to be open and proud of those parts of me. I can’t fit it all into one article, so I thought I would discuss how my journey began.
Displaying Your Collections
I’m just 1 person with a lot of collections. In a previous article, I discussed making your home your own by surrounding yourself with design choices and room arrangements that make you happy. In this article, we’ll focus on one aspect of that: displaying your collections.
Top 7 Ways to Tidy Up Your Digital World
I’m just 1 person who tries to keep both offline and online worlds clean and organized. That’s easier typed than done. My inbox is usually a mess, my files are everywhere, and I often have to search to find what I need when I need it. Please learn from my laziness and keep your digital world tidy. Here are some ways to do that.
What Should I Store?
I’m just 1 person who holds onto a lot of things. I have never had the sort of disposable income to buy whatever I want, so if I have spent money on something, I feel compelled to hold onto it just in case it will be useful in the future. The truth is that much of what I’ve held onto actually has come in handy in ways I hadn’t expected. That Swedish Olympics hockey jersey my dad bought me decades ago was the perfect thing for me to wear during a presentation about Swedish writer Fredrik Backman. That old rotary phone that was in my house when I was growing up made a perfect prop for a Harry Potter event that involved simulating the Ministry of Magic phone booth entrance. But that broken floor lamp I’m holding onto in case I need it one day for spare parts… maybe that’s not going to be as useful as I think.
Building a Cleaning Schedule That Works
I’m just 1 person constantly building a cleaning schedule. The most important thing I’ve learned about cleaning routines over the years is to figure out what actually works for you. You might get lucky and stumble upon the right routine early into your process or you might need to refine your schedule over time. Ideally, your cleaning schedule should meet these two requirements:
Does Size Matter (for Challenges)?
I’m just 1 person who joins a lot of challenges. And thanks to my blog, I’m setting even more for myself every month. But challenges come in all sorts of sizes. Earlier this month, I discussed small, specific, well-chosen daily goals. I also covered larger, broader dreams turned into goals for bucket lists. What about the sort of challenges that fall in the middle? Some challenges can last a year, a season, a month, a week, or even a day. What are the benefits of large vs. small challenges? Which should you go after?
G'day from Australia (Travel from Home #11)
A friend once asked me how I choose which countries to fake visit. Often, it starts with the food. As I'm a terrible cook and have no disposable income, I have to choose travel destinations with food options that I can easily acquire. Australia proved to be an interesting challenge on that front. When I think about Australian food, I think of two things: Tim Tams and Vegemite. I prefer sweet things to salty, so vegemite was out of the question. But Tim Tams are something I've associated with Australia since the Australian BookCrossers bring a whole lot of them to every BookCrossing convention. I knew they were available at Target. The key word there being were, because there were no Target stores in my area that carried them, and they could not be ordered from Target online, either. I discovered Trader Joe's had a similar product of Aussie-style cookies, but none of the stores near me had those either. So I had two choices: give up on Tim Tams and choose something else or give up on Australia and choose a different country.
Make Your Home Your Own
I’m just 1 person with a unique style. I suppose you could describe my decorating style as “child at heart” or “overwhelmed fangirl” or “cozy and comforting.” I like to surround myself with things that make me happy… and there’s a lot that makes me happy.