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Lately I've been aching to return my life to simplicity, something that I have been dodging for awhile, although the idea of it has seemed so lovely. With that, I've been taking silent stock of the things that I hold on to and make room for.

If you know me well, you know that there are four things that I have an extensive quantity of: books, clothes, shoes, and music. None of these I'm really very willing to part with; I actually told my mom once that I would give up my bed if I ran out of room for books, and sleep on either the floor or a pile of books. Luckily it hasn't come to that yet, but I'm still willing to do that.

I've been going through my clothes, seeing what still fits and what I can take to the local women's shelter. Every time I go through clothes, I stop at this one dress. This is my absolute favorite dress; it's the perfect colors, silky fabric, and just looking at it makes me happy.

I've never worn it. Anywhere. Ever. I keep wondering why I hang on to it if I never wear it, and it just sits in my closet.

So I passed the dress on. When I gave it to my friend this morning, she held it up and shouted, "Are you serious? This is gorgeous, why are you giving it away?!"

The smile on her face as she held it up to her and twirled a little bit made me realize, what good is beauty if no one sees it, if it's not shared?

There are 2 MUSTs on my list this year:

1) find beauty and share it
2) love

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