It’s a concoction of amazing, believe it or not. First, I started my own journey with minimalism. It was a long, painstaking, arduous process of emotion and exhaustion mixed with moments of being overwhelmed. All due to the sheer volume of my downsize, having so many kids involved and years and years of accumulated “sentiment”. Continue reading
I was having a rough week. It wasn’t just the week, it was the three months of stress and emotion leading up to this week. I wasn’t sleeping well and my night time regimen had been consisting of 3 ibuprofen and a sleeping pill. Not a good thing. In my every day life I was plugging along. My book got finished, my podcast interviews were started and my website was being built, my blog was less consistent but going well. I was on unemployment and not successfully finding a job, which meant I was able to spend the summer home with the kids which I hadn’t done in 11 years. I was running, meeting friends, taking online webinars and classes. I hope other than D no one knew how much I was falling apart inside. D knew because he sees the worst of me and my stress leaked out in very unattractive bursts of crying, insecurity, raising my voice and wondering if he’d figure out I’m crazy and want to climb out the window in the middle of the night. So far, he’s still sleeping next to me. Continue reading
Oh, minimalism, how you have changed things. I’ve downsized everything in my life, including emails and the way I process social media. It’s truly not just about the number of items you own, but more about showcasing the things in your life that are most important. It’s different for all of us, and it pops up in weird ways. It started with my closet and garage and slowly, silently creeped into all areas of my life. And I love it. Continue reading
Last week I was looking at a company called Make Space, a pack/store/deliver company in New York, DC and Chicago. I talked with them about Marie Kondo’s organizing system from her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and decided to try it and share tips. I’ve heard (a lot) about the book – enough to think it was a little Woo-Woo for me. A little “out there”, a little too much get in touch with your self, but I’m too much of a challenge accepted kind of girl to say no. Besides, what if it actually worked? Being a minimalist means I already have less and downsizing means being better at utilizing space, so why not. Continue reading
It’s been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn’t worked for me and I’m OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it’s actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that’s where I’ll stay for now. My closet is still shrinking slowly, but it’s not the shrinking that’s interesting to me this past year, it’s the morphing. Continue reading
I did it again. I went on Pinterest. I loooooove visiting, but I only go on sparingly because I know I’ll be sucked in. Not in a bad habit way, I learn great things, read articles, find information. It’s awesome. But still, I know an hour (or more) can go by in a blink so I am cautious. This is what I noticed today. Pinterest is in my head. On my feed I see “get a tighter butt”, “habits of elite runners”, “how to stay fit in your 40’s” and right next to those are “artichoke spinach dip that will blow your mind”, “cheesy garlic bread”, “sinful mac and cheese”. How will I keep that great butt if I’m dipping chips in the artichoke dip? In another category that I love, I read “minimize your closet”, “tiny house ideas”, “12 things you own too many of” and right next to that I read, “closet must haves”, “you can never own too many sweaters”, “dream home closet”. So my Pinterest has ADD. Or I do. Continue reading
My order arrived from Betabrand!!! If you haven’t looked at their website, take a peek. I really super duper like a couple things about them. First – Customer service is off the charts amazing. Seriously I had one question and now I probably know some of the staff better than any of us imagined was possible. They are professional and they’ll work their butts off to help you out. I was looking for something out of stock and they’re keeping me posted on it which is awesome.
Second – the clothing quality is fantastic. If I’m going to spend money on clothes (outside of a thrift shop where I usually go) I want to rest assured it will last a long time. It’s not just how their stuff is made, it’s the fit. One of the places I can get things in a size 4 with a 34″ inseam and the overall fit is always amazing. Continue reading