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Setting goals

I’ve been realizing more and more lately that regardless of the goal you’re trying to set – finances, losing weight, running faster, building a business, going on a vacation – the steps are the same. Being a goal oriented, list making type of person, this was actually reassuring. When there is a desired result, the same steps apply. Even if I’m getting my hair done…… Continue reading

When The Threat Is Over

We wondered in the threat of this fire looming over us, if all that we drive away from we can live without, should we downsize more? Sure, the couch, table and desk are nice commodities that I don’t want to live without. A comfy bed, comforters and pillows make life (and sleep) happen more easily. When I went to work and D stayed with the kids, I had to dig clothes out of my car. We all did. Before I left for work, I had to make sure everyone had what they needed for the 10 hours I was gone. But it wasn’t what we had packed that made the biggest impact. It was what remained. Continue reading

Minimalism Lessons

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

MakeSpace, Marie Kondo and Minimalism

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

Taking Chances In Life

Taking chances is hard. Scary. You may be afraid that people will tell you it can’t be done. That you’re silly. That you’ll never succeed. It’s amazing the heat you can get from naysayers. Why? Because they’re more afraid than you are. They don’t want to take a risk. They want to play it safe. They’re even afraid that you’ll succeed or prove them wrong, or – God forbid – move on without them. Thank those negative, spineless, so called friends. They’re part of the reason you will succeed. Continue reading

Giving Reviews Make Me Happy

I’ve had a couple people comment lately that I must get a lot of stuff with the way I pimp out certain companies. Nope. Let me fill you in on something, friends….. Compliments are free. So is saying thank you. So is “liking” someones picture or post. Believe it or not, leaving a comment is also free!! I kid you not….. Referring someone is ALSO free!! One of my favorite extroverted tendencies is my love of connecting people. It’s like a high for me. I don’t even care if I introduce two people and I’m no longer involved in the circle. I just get off on putting people together who can mean something to each other. It’s amazing.  Continue reading

Living With OCD & Anxiety

Dane was cleaning up his part of the bedroom recently and when he looked at the trash, he said, “You should write a post of what it’s like living with someone with OCD”. He took a picture and texted it to me. Sure. Bash the man I love about something that might occasionally drive me just a little crazy?? Maybe not. “Can I talk about your anxiety too?” I asked. “Sure!” he said. “I know you’d never be malicious. Go ahead. Maybe it will help someone. Maybe it will even help me.”. That, my friends, is a big deal to me and so I tread gently but honestly as I write this. Continue reading

Minimalism And Kids

As if minimizing your home wasn’t challenging enough on it’s own, add kids to the mix. Every commercial, store advertisement, radio ad eggs them on to want more. On top of expert marketing targeted to children, other kids are happy to show you what they have that you don’t. It’s horrible. Candy by the checkout line horrible. Kids want to collect everything from pet rocks (we have a collection outside – visit them there!) to broken jewelry to stuffed animals (one of the most worthless collections in my opinion) to anything they can find. Changing these habits is a pain in the butt but worthwhile.  Continue reading

The Purge One Year Later

It’s the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away’s after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that’s gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what’s more important than constantly cleaning and “organizing” clutter. What remains is what we love – except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually. Continue reading

Winter Running

It’s cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It’s everywhere. I’ve only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I’ve also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair weather runner – or at least less stupid about running. Winter running isn’t just about the clothing you wear – although that makes it manageable – it’s about being safe and following rules differently. Continue reading