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March 5th, 2019

Recap: January and February 2019

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue my monthly recaps, since they aren’t always that exciting, but I do enjoy having these recaps to look back on. (They’re especially helpful every time I write my year in review.) Instead of forcing myself to recap monthly, I thought I’d try bimonthly and also a different format!

Highlights

  • We had some cold and rainy days, but fortunately, the Pokemon Go community days and special events fell on days with decent weather. We met up with friends several times at a large shopping center for lunch, Pokemoning, and walking around with the baby.
  • Talia celebrated her first Chinese New Year with my parents and got her first red envelopes!
  • I organized our company’s quarterly hackathon with another manager at work. I’ve participated many times in the past, but it was my first time organizing it!
  • I started off the year uninspired by my toy photography. I normally take photos of Nendoroids, but I mixed it up a little by taking photos of a friend’s LEGO sets and a few non-Nendoroid figures. That definitely gave me the spark of inspiration I needed, so I hope to do more outside of Nendoroids!

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January 24th, 2019

The KonMari method, part 1

Well, I caught the bug that’s been spreading. You know the one where you watch just one episode of the new Marie Kondo show, and suddenly you want to refold all your clothes and declutter your whole house? Yeah, that’s the one.

Though I knew of Marie Kondo and her popular book before, I had been avoiding it. I wasn’t into decluttering at the time, and then when I finally was, I wanted to do it my own way because I had heard her method was a bit on the extreme side. Her Netflix show piqued my interest though.

What I saw was Marie giving guidance and then leaving her clients to pick what they wanted to discard. The end result were homes that still looked normal instead of the stereotypical minimalists homes you see where they only own like 10 things. Sometimes the house still had more things than I’d be comfortable with, but the owners were happy and that’s what mattered. I realized that her method might be more reasonable than I thought.

From there, I read her book, and it really spoke to me. She wrote about how, in the past, she’d declutter and declutter but never feel satisfied. That’s me right now! No matter how much I’ve decluttered, it’s never enough. I still feel like I live in clutter. She also wrote about how she’d blame her family for clutter but then realized her own room was still cluttered. She needed to take care of herself first.

And so, I’ve decided to use her method but only for myself right now. I told my husband I was going to try it, but I’m not forcing him to nor will I touch his things. I need to do this for myself.

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December 26th, 2018

New beginnings, sort of

Hello and welcome to Paper Stars! Over a year ago, I said that I was going to move my blog, Silent White, to a new domain, and here it is finally. I originally wanted to have this up early this year, but I ended up pushing it off. With all the pregnancy and baby stuff I was dealing with, I sat down and made a list of priorities. Moving my blog was just not at the top of the list nor anywhere near the top.

As mentioned before, part of the reason was to somewhat start anew. All entries from 2017 and 2018 have been moved over. Some entries from 2014-2016 are here, but I deleted many of them. All entries from 2008-2013 have been removed.

I wanted a new domain name too. I love the name Silent White, but I didn’t originally choose it for a blog. It was an art site at first. Silent White is also not a very personal name since I took it from a song title. So, when thinking of a name that meant something to me, I thought of origami – something I’ve loved since I was young. Then I remembered the origami stars that a couple coworkers and I made for our team and how everyone on the team now has a jar of stars on their desk. (The one in the header is mine.) Thus, Paper Stars!

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