If you’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, this book might make you incredibly jealous of Frances Mayes. Not only because she bought a beautiful house there but she was brave enough to do so. If you’ve never thought of going to Italy, this book will most likely inspire you to do so. Although a non-fiction memoir of Mayes’ experience of buying and restoring a house in Tuscany, it reads like fiction. Slow-paced, detailed but somewhat poetic writing style. I do wish it was edited down a little and organized in a more cohesive way like in little short stories. I think that there is way too much detail about the restoration process which I wasn’t expecting so I had to skip over quite a few chunks.
My rating: 2/5 stars
Have you read Under The Tuscan Sun? If so, what did you think about it?
I love journaling. I’ve been doing it since at least 13 years old and I have kept the journals to prove it. When I went through those old journals, I realized that I’ve been bullet journaling alongside traditional journaling (like a diary) for almost 3 years. In 2019, it will be 4 years. I couldn’t believe it’s been that long.
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll starts off with a history of how the Bullet Journal (BuJo) came to be, goes into how to use the BuJo and then why to use the BuJo. It goes into quite a bit of detail about bring meaning and intentionality into life. At times, it did feel like a stretch but I do agree that by reflecting or updating your journal daily helps bring you into the moment instead of just checking off your to-do list on autopilot. I agree that the BuJo is a tool that brings “a system into practice by helping us continually chipping away at what is unnecessary to reveal what is meaningful.”
Like most people, I thought it was just a way to organize your to-do list but after reading this book, I realized it could be so much more. I’m glad I read this book. It has inspired me to use it even more for my different goals.