Little Free Library

In my neighborhood on a quiet street in front of a beautiful home, there is the Little Free Library. I discovered this lending library one evening on a walk by myself. It is a big red cabinet filled with borrowed books from neighbors and friends and strangers.

This entire project was actually born the day I came across the library almost a year ago. I instantly wanted to gather up my most-loved books, write little notes in them and share them here for anyone who discovered this semi-secret place.

Instead, I waited until I developed this project further and now I’m so excited to finally contribute a part of my story to the lending library. I’m in the midst of a spring cleaning which is the perfect time to put dust-collected books to good use. I am an eclectic person and enjoy things that don’t quite match or are piled up in a organized heap but I need to cleanse my space and let go of some worldly possessions I’ve been clinging to for too long.

I’m contributing 5 books today. A blank Moleskine notebook, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Wing Shop by Elvira Woodruff, and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Each book has a note about why I love it and wanted to share it. I won’t go into details on what I wrote  but each book came from my personal “library” (heap of books shoved into an Ikea shelving unit) and has affected me in some stage of my life. I encourage you to dust off your old books, share some love within the pages and donate them to your own lending library.

I really wanted to share my most-treasured book, The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.I happened upon it by accident at a time in my life when I didn’t quite know who I was yet (college…) But I still feel I need to hold onto it for a bit longer. However, I found solace in this seemingly random book I didn’t know I was looking for. Secondhand books hold a sort of magic in them and you never know when the book you donated will find it’s way to a person who might really need it.

Related Reading:

Little Free Library

The Untethered Soul Amazon Link

A Really Sad Reading on The Disappearance of Secondhand Book Stores

– Support Local Secondhand  and Independent Book Stores!

Twice Sold Tales – Capitol Hill 

Queen Anne Book Company – Queen Anne 

Pegasus Book Exchange – West Seattle 

Magus Books – University District 

Yelp List of Seattle Secondhand and Independent Book Stores

 

 

A Heart on a Fence

I wanted to share something that moved me to tears and smiles – a small cardboard heart hanging on my neighbor’s fence in the rain. It was in the same location I anonymously hung a May Day basket two days prior.

I don’t know my neighbor and he doesn’t know me though we’ve been living next door to each other for more than a year. I plan on replacing his heart with another note tonight.

Street Art

Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. Humans by nature look for connections in every day life that might apply to us personally. Some see these connections as just coincidence but I believe it is fate as well. For my second act, I hope to contribute a sign of faith to a stranger that may be looking for a sign (literally and figuratively) in times of second-guessing, self-doubt or despair.

The painting I used was bought second-hand from Goodwill. I made sure it had a solid hanging wire  and was in overall good condition. By using paint markers, I could write clearly over the painting with a quote. I wanted the design to be colorful and over the top. After returning from Thailand I discovered a new love for bold colors and patterns which signifies a vibrant life to me.

On the back of the painting, I wrote a few love notes just in case it is ever flipped over or falls down.

The painting was hung (albeit rather crookedly) on a telephone pole in a non-descript location around Queen Anne.

We all need some signs to help us keep going or let us know we are on the right path. It doesn’t matter if this painting is destroyed, stolen, or brought home to hang up on someone’s wall. I just hope this sign brings clarity to someone else as it did for me while repurposing it.

Related Readings:

Lincoln Assassination Witness: Coincidence and the Human Experience

 

 

 

 

May Day

May Day 2014

When I was little, May Day was a holiday when I ran around to my neighbors’ houses dropping off homemade baskets filled with flowers (usually picked from their own gardens…), ringing their doorbell, and then running to a near-by lookout spot in order to watch them discover their anonymous gift. This practice of flower-bombing brought me great joy and hopefully coaxed at least a small smile out of my neighbors.

I wanted to start my 100 Act challenge on May 1st in the spirit of the May Day origin – the welcoming of Spring and to share good spirits with neighbors and friends.

For this I am bringing back the old tradition of leaving homemade flower baskets on their doorstep anonymously. The point of anonymity is so that this small gift could be from any neighbor. I want my neighbor to share a generous smile with other neighbors and wonder if it was the family next door who delivered the gesture or the man across the street who always brings their trash cans in.

May Day

The flowers were luckily not picked from my neighbors’ gardens and instead bought on discount because of imperfections from the local supermarket. Most of the supermarkets use dying flowers as compost and will sometimes discount the ones that may be slightly wilting or have imperfections. If you are in need of compost, make sure to ask your local supermarket for some for free!

The baskets are made from old paper bags that have been repurposed and decorated. We have hundreds of old bags under the sink that can be used for many other purposes such as wrapping paper or blank canvases. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out Donald Robertson (Donald “Drawbertson”)  on Instagram @donalddrawbertson. He is a brilliant artist/repurposer who loves the brown paper bag as a medium.

Thank you  for reading my first post – I promise all the rest will not be this text-heavy!

Related Reading:

May Day – Wikipedia 

Donald “Drawberston” Instagram