Facing the reality: I may be a shoe hoarder!

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Shoes that I should dispose off, but haven’t. Can’t vs Should.

I recently retired a pair of shoes from service (last-but-one in the photos above), and they’ve been lying next to the bin for a few weeks now. When R enquired how do we dispose them off – waste or recycling – I didn’t know.

I don’t know, because I have not thrown away any1 shoes in the 5+ years that we’ve been living in this house. The last shoe I remember throwing away was a pair of generic sports trainers that I disposed off after the sole fell off. That was in 2012.

It hit me – I may be a shoe hoarder. Confronted by this realisation, I went around the house taking photos of all the shoes that may be past their dispose-off date. Here’s that list, with some notes: Continue reading Facing the reality: I may be a shoe hoarder!

I bought a grapefruit coloured yoga block

My 'grapefruit' coloured yoga block
My ‘grapefruit’ coloured yoga block

It’s bright1. It’s beautiful. And it’s unmissable.

Beautiful and unmissable – Those are top qualities in a product that I have to use thrice a day, to stretch my troublesome hip flexors and back.

No one likes stretching – it hurts, is boring, and has no adrenaline (or ego muscle) boosting effects of other exercises. Moreover, I need to do these thrice a day, unprompted!

So, I put on my self-designed design thinking hat, and ordered the exercise block in a colour that I can’t, and don’t want to, miss. Every sight of it reminds me I need to stretch, and it’s hard to not catch sight of it. And in a colour that beautiful, I want to use it – even if for painful stretches!

Yes, it’s grapefruit, not pink! ;)

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  1. In a room where almost everything is either black, or a shade of cream.