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The Ultimate Gift Guide For Minimalists

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on October 20, 2017

Yes, I know that you maybe thinking that it’s way too early for Christmas. 

Well, let me tell you that it’s NEVER too early to get ready for the holidays. Plus, planning ahead of time is what decreases stress and increases bliss before the craziness of the holidays come in full force. So, if you’re looking for a little bliss, and looking to prepare in advance for some holiday shopping, keep reading. I’m collaborating with my wonderful blogging friend, Erin from A Welder’s Wife to bring you some gift ideas for the minimalist friends in your life. So, make sure to read her post on the same topic! Erin is a talented writer, and her blog posts on minimalism are always inspirational.

Keep in mind while reading this post that the gift ideas are meant to simply someone’s life. They aren’t things that your aunt or sister would expect unless they are living a minimalist, simple lifestyle. So, while these gifts might not seems like the right type of gifts that would appeal to everyone—they will definitely work well for the minimalist friend on your list who you know will appreciate a gift that simplifies their life.

1| Reusable Bags

One of the top items I use and love is a reusable bag for grocery shopping, and it has decrease our need for gathering plastic bags from Target. Instead of holding onto plastic, your friend will help the planet by using a bag for all of their shopping. Plus, they can use these for traveling or errands. For the reusable bag, you can include other gifts inside that you know your friend would love like a book on their wish list, their favorite candle, or a tin of Christmas cookies. Make sure to include a note that explains her favorite things in the bag and that the bag that holds everything is reusable and can help make any farmer’s market trip stress-free and easy!

2| Cleaning Cloths 

I’ve been taking steps to reduce the amount of unnecessary products like napkins, paper towels and similar items. So, I’ve been using more green-friendly products that make cleaning simple and easy like these cleaning cloths. Any busy mom, or environmentally-conscious friend would love these. Not only can they be washed easily, but they also replace up the 15 rolls of paper towels. You can feel good about helping the environment and giving a gift you know your friend will be using every single day. You can create a gift with items that are made from recycled materials, or gifts that give back to charities to help the environment. This is especially the perfect gift for your minimalist friend who doesn’t want extra things in their home when they can get everything done with one item.

3| Coconut Oil

You’re probably wondering what friend would want coconut oil. Well, fear not because you don’t have to give your friend a jar of coconut oil and call it a day. Coconut oil can be used not only for cooking or cleaning, but also for beauty items as well. It’s the perfect, multi-purpose item that your minimalist, simple-living friend and use all-year long. Coconut oil can be use as a moisturizer, cuticle treatment, deep conditioner for your hair and more. So, you can create a relaxing, pampering basket that includes: coconut oil, a face mask, essential oil, and you can even create a DIY scrub that uses coconut oil in it!

4| Gift Cards

While you have a ton of options with this one, you have to keep in mind that you want to think about where you’re buying the gift card for? Is it a store that will promote unnecessary shopping? If yes, then it might not be the best gift for your minimalist friend. Instead, treat your friend to a gift certificate for a local market, an all-natural, beauty shop, or a place where they can get anything they need (hello, Target)! Make sure you’re intentional about the gift cards you choose. If you know they’re working on home projects, buy a gift card from Lowe’s or Home Depot to help them out. Keep in mind what your friend loves, and they will be sure to appreciate the thought.

5|  Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Another gift where you’re probably thinking, girl, no one wants cleaning products for Christmas. And while I agree with you, I also think that you can make anything personal and useful to a minimalist. Minimalists love gifts that make their life simple, and a multi-purpose cleaner is definitely a great way to reduce the amount of products you’re using with chemicals. Another basket idea you can make can include home essentials like the multi-purpose cleaner, essential oils for a relaxing space, the cleaning cloth mentioned above, mason jars (to store food, prep meals, or store other home items), and other things you know your friend or family member would find useful. Remember, it’s all about gifting items that will simplify their life, and that will be used in their home.

6| All-In-One Planner

If your friend is a die-hard fan of using a traditional planner, an all-in-one planner is the way to go! Choose one that not only keeps their daily schedule in track, but it can track meal planning, the amount of much water they drink, workouts, daily to-do lists, positive mantras, and more. Finding a planner that can help organize all these items will be sure to simplify your friend’s life. You can also introduce your friend to a bullet journal and get a few colors pens to get them started. Maybe it’s a project you both and begin together to help simplify your lives. Take the day together to start planning your monthly, weekly trackers and lay out your new bullet journals together.

Whatever you decide to purchase for your minimalist friend, keep in mind one question: “What will help simplify their life and make their life easier?” Whether you put together an at-home spa basket, or a bag or home essentials, you can be certain that she will love the gifts that are simple and what will improve their life. Don’t forget to check out Erin’s post where she shares even MORE gift ideas for the minimalist friends on your holiday gift list. Be sure to stop back next week where we collaborate on another holiday-related post for you!

What gifts have you given to a minimalist friend in the past? What are some minimalist gift ideas that YOU have been given that you have loved? P.S. what is one thing on your wish list for the holidays? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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10 Questions to Help Declutter Your Closet

Posted in Fashion, Lifestyle
on October 4, 2017

Are you ready to tackle your closet?

Don’t be overwhelmed. You got this, girl! Today I’m sharing some of the questions I ask myself when I’m decluttering my closet and what I find to be the most helpful. All it will take is a little time and patience to work through your closet and ask yourself the following questions.

1| Do I need it?

Be real with yourself! If you don’t need it, don’t keep it. It’s seems simple to say, “Of course I need this.” But dig deeper. Why do you need it? Are there other reasons why you want to keep it? Do you truly need it? Be honest about your answers. Then decide if you need it.

2| Do I love it?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve kept something even when I don’t truly love the item. This is no bueno and you shouldn’t do this. Make sure you’re only keeping items you truly love and that bring you happiness to wear. You’ll love getting dressed when you have a closet of clothes you love.

3| Does it look good on me?

We all that one top that doesn’t fit right or a dress that doesn’t flatter our figure. But you don’t want to donate/sell it because you feel like you’re wasting the item. Remove the idea of waste from your mind. If you’re keeping an item in your closet and not wearing it—you’re wasting it. So, grab your BFF, husband, or mom and get a second opinion from someone else who won’t steer you wrong.

4| Does it fit my style?

Y’all, I know you have some clothes that don’t reflect your personal style lying around in your closet. And you know you’re not going to wear them anymore because your personal style has changed drastically since high school. This was also me. I held onto clothes I LOVED in high school but they simply weren’t my style anymore. “But I LOVED it back then,” I told myself. Well, you don’t now and you won’t wear it. So get rid of it.

5| Can I pair it with 5 other pieces in my wardrobe?

There’s nothing worse that having a piece of clothing that you can’t ever wear because you have nothing to wear it WITH! AKA, several skirts with awkward colors and patterns that truly didn’t look good (even with neutral tops). Yet, I held onto those skirts for years without wearing them because I felt guilty. So they collected dust before I finally decided that it wasn’t worth keeping them anymore. I know they probably have found a better home now.

6| Do I wear it regularly?

There are some articles out there that can break down how often you wear an item to see if you’re truly getting enough value out of an item based on what you’ve spent and how often you wear it. But, you know if you’re getting the wear and use out of an item. If it’s past its prime, or damaged—toss it. If you wear it a few times a year, note it as a special occasion item. Remember to consider your lifestyle when you’re asking yourself these questions.

7| Am I keeping this out of guilt?

Because you don’t want to get rid of your bridesmaid dress from your cousins wedding from seven years ago even though you’ll never wear it again because it doesn’t fit. Don’t keep something out of guilt. Donate to a good cause like a Prom Dress Drive or a similar charity. Someone will be able to use it and love it. That reason alone should be enough for you to donate it!

8| Have I worn it in the last year?

To keep myself in check on this, I set all my hangers facing the opposite way of how I would hang them. Once I wear something, I make sure to turn the hanger the right way. It works as a check mark saying, yes I wear this piece. After six months or a year, see what items are still facing the opposite way. Do you love these pieces? (I mean…clearly you don’t.) Run through the other questions and see if it’s an item you can donate or give to a friend.

9| Am I saving this “just in case?”

But let’s be real for a minute. Saving it just in case of what? You might find that after three years of not wearing the sweater, you might fall in love with again if you keep holding onto it? It doesn’t work that way, girlfriend. Donate or sell those items, and you won’t have to worry about keeping anything “just in case” ever again. #amiright

10| Why do I feel like I can’t get rid of it?

Sometimes, I’ve been stuck after asking myself the above questions. And I find that I always come back to one of the above answers: feeling guilty about getting rid of it, keeping an item “just in case,” etc. You’re only human. This is why I will sometimes default to the 3-month box. I’ll keep a small pile of items I’m not sure about and if I try to go looking for that piece, then I know it’s time to get rid of that item. But make sure you don’t keep adding pieces to that box and not doing anything with them later.

When is the last time you took time to declutter your closet? What questions would you find the most challenging? What other questions would you ask yourself if you were decluttering your closet? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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My Vision Board for the Next Three Years

Posted in Lifestyle
on July 31, 2017

HEY HEY HEY

So, hopefully you guys saw the tweet or Facebook post I shared last week that explained why this post didn’t go live on Monday. Long story short, I was in the middle of updating my blog design and working on some backend work for the blog when some of my drafted posts got deleted. Thankfully, only two were deleted and not a month’s worth of content, so I’m blessed that a ton of work wasn’t gone.

But, I had to rewrite this post and I’m currently in the middle of my busy season at work where I have FIVE events over the course of three consecutive weekends. I had to compromise and let this week’s post go and share it the following Monday (AKA today).

If you aren’t up to date on this series, make sure to read how to create a vision board that will ACTUALLY help you achieve your goals, and read how I began creating vision boards and my previous success using them.

Now that you’re caught up to speed on what happened last week, let’s get into the third and final post in my vision board series where I share my personal vision board for the next three years. I’ve never been very open about sharing my goals, especially on the Internet, so this is a HUGE step for me. We’re going to go through my board by “categories,” so it’s a little easier to follow and read.

Travel:

This category is very straight-forward because I want to travel. One of the biggest things I want to do is travel to England and Ireland with Josh among many other places in and out of the United States. I know that lavish traveling isn’t going to be an option, so I don’t plan to take month-long excursions in Europe. But I plan to be smart about planning and spending money on traveling. What’s one place you have traveled to recently that you have LOVED? Share your experiences in the comment below!

Career:

Focus on my career: I’m in full-time marketing, and I can honestly say that I’m truly passionate about what I do. I love my job, and I couldn’t ask for a better-fitting job to begin my marketing career. My goal is to really focus on learning, growing and developing my skills in the field over the next three years.

Volunteer: I know this doesn’t sound a career-based goal, but it is…so hear me out. There are many opportunities to volunteer your skills and talents for free to non-profit organizations. My goal is to dedicate some time outside of work to volunteer my marketing skills to an organization that can benefit from it. Now, I’m not promoting working for free, but I also believe in helping where you can, especially if it’s working toward a cause you’re passionate about.

YouTube: Because #Accountability is a real thing, I decided to share that my biggest goal for the next three years is to START MAKING VIDEOS. Keep in mind, this is something that I’ve wanted to do for YEARS, but I’ve been too terrified to do it because I feared the judgement that would come from it. Not anymore. I hope to start creating video content for the blog to grow and connect with an audience I’m not currently reaching.

Home & Life:

Engagement & Marriage: Y’all, I swear this wasn’t planned because I wasn’t planning to get engaged so quickly when I created this board. So, this is one plan in my vision board that’s already in the works! Sometime in 2018, I will marry the love of my life. P.S. do you have any wedding planning posts from your blog? Share your links in the comments!

Buy a House: Adulting is SO REAL, am I right? Although Josh and I love our townhouse, we can’t have pets here, and we are hurting without a dog in our lives, so we are beginning the process of house hunting. No, that’s not the only reason we are house hunting. We are doing it for many other reasons, but I will say owning a dog is a reason on our list. This is a huge goal I want to accomplish by 2020.

Minimalism & Simple Living: I began my minimalism and simple living journey over a year ago, and I love what it has done to my life. I want to continue the process of decluttering my life and focus on living a simple, intentional life. This is always a work in progress, so I’m hoping to continue this from now through 2020.

Own a Dog: Because TBH, I feel like my life is meaningless without a dog. No other comments needed.


So, now that you’ve read my short series on Vision Boards, tell me—what goals and dreams do you have for YOUR vision board? Are you ready to make your vision board to help you achieve your goals? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love: June

Posted in Lifestyle
on June 26, 2017

June was a whirlwind y’all,

I’m not going to lie when I say that I have been living and planning for the summer months throughout the month of June because the next two months are going to be insane. I’m working hard to share amazing content that I’m passionate about, and I’m in the middle of a busy season at work and in my person life.

I love summer, but I always find that it goes by WAY. TOO. QUICKLY. So I made it my mission to make as many plans as possible for the month of July and August despite potentially being overwhelmed. It’s going to be an interesting two months ahead, but I’m excited.

Let’s get on to the June favorites, shall we? Make sure to share your favorites from June in the comments below so I can see what you all have been loving, too.

1| Beautiful Weather

I was finally able to lay outside and work on my tan this month, which is exciting for someone who enjoys the sun. Despite having some rain throughout the month, we finally stepped into 70-80 degree weather. It feels so darn good to be able to wear dresses, skirts and wedges all the time. It makes getting ready so much more enjoyable every day. I’ve also been doing little things like reading on my porch or blogging on my patio. It’s amazing what good weather will do for you.

2| Taking Risks

Real talk: I stopped taking risks in life. And it wasn’t fun AT. ALL. I was bored with life and needed excitement and thrill back in my life, so I decided to start saying yes and take risks. Let me tell you, there are going to be some exciting things happening in 2017 because of that. Whatever risk you’ve been avoiding recently like applying for that promotion at work or starting your own business—let this be your reminder to GO FOR IT. You got this, girl.

3| Focusing on Self-Love

I finally decided to get serious about self love in June, and I can’t express how positive it has been for my overall health and well-being. Bottom line, you need to love yourself, and you need to focus on taking care of yourself in the process. You’ll see so many benefits from it, and you will feel nothing but bliss. I promise. Stop the comparison game and the negative self talk because you are amazing. Point. Blank. Period.

4| Making time for Friends

Sometimes, you simply need time for your friends. Although work is crazy, and it can be difficult to make your schedules work—you need to make time for your friends. Whether it’s for happy hour after work, or a sushi night at your house with a bottle of wine, surrounding yourself with good friends is so important for living your best, most blissful life. Even if your friends live hours away, make time for a FaceTime call to catch up. I talked with my best friend on the phone for two hours about everything in life, and how we were excited to see each other. It made my week because I was reminded that even though I can’t see her often, we will always be close.

5| Intentional Living

I’ve been focusing on minimalism like decluttering my home, and being ruthless on what I bring into my own home by stopping unnecessary shopping. I wanted to focus more on intentional living and slowly. Essentially, enjoying the little things in life and not sitting on my couch and aimlessly scrolling on social media every day. Instead, I want to focus on my goals and create a blissful life. I’ve been appreciating my morning coffee and eating my meals without having my phone nearby. Let me just say there WILL be a post coming your way soon on this topic.


Sharing Love

If you’re knew to these posts, I’m all about sharing the love in the blogging community because there are some amazing bloggers out there who deserve to have their content shared with the world.

12 Thing I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

“You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.” This was  huge truth bomb for me. I’m happy that once I got to college I was comfortable with myself to do what I wanted to do and make my own path instead of doing what everyone else was doing. If you need a little encouragement or are looking a post that will help you reflect on your own experiences, make sure to read this post!

A Tiny Traveler: Apartment Tour 

I LOVE watching/reading people’s home/apartment tours. This probably comes from my love of home renovations, interior decorating, etc. I’ve always watched HGTV even when I was in elementary school. I watched all the shows from a young age because renovations and contracting runs in the family. You can say I’m hooked. So whenever a blogger shares their home, I love to see how they decorate and what their personal style is. I love Natalie’s style, and how minimal and simple her apartment is. You’ll definitely want to pin some of these photos for your some apartment inspiration.

Why You Should Take More Risks

Summer is always dishing out some amazing, relatable content on her blog; and that’s why I love to read her posts. She shared some truths on why you should take risks in life, and that it’s always important if you want to learn and grow. I couldn’t agree more with some of the things she shares in her post. It reminds me that I want to take more risks, so if you’re looking for some encouragement to start your own business, make a career move or any other risk in life—you’ll want to read this ASAP!

How & Why to Set Goals As A Couple 

This post was inspiring for me because I’m all about setting goals for myself every week, month, and year. If there’s something I want to accomplish, you can guarantee that I’m going to find a way to make it happen. #committed. But when I read about setting goals as a couple, I thought that this could open a door for even more goals to achieve. So I’m going to sit down with Josh and talk about goals we have for our relationship, life, etc. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together as a couple.

12 Powerful Things to Remind Yourself Today 

Erica is my girl. I feel like she’s one of those bloggers who is your virtual BFF. She shared some amazing and inspiring reminders that you’ll definitely want to read today like you’ll want to book that flight instead of buying a T-Shirt. And that you should live to work instead of work to live. And everyone knows all her advice and comments are true. So, if you need a simple, feel-good post that will bring you all the bliss in life, you’re going to love this post.

What posts have you been loving this month whether it’s from your blog or a blogger you love? What have you been loving this month as far as Netflix shows, recipes or your favorite trips?! Make sure to share all these wonderful things in the comments below!

 

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5 Tips If You’re Interested in Minimalism

Posted in Lifestyle
on June 7, 2017

So, you want to be a minimalist?

Well, to be honest, I don’t truly consider myself a “minimalist” because there are a ton of expectations surrounding that word that I don’t agree with. But, I do tell people that my lifestyle has minimalist/intentional living ideas in it. Whether you’re just beginning your minimalism or you’re reevaluating your lifestyle altogether, here are 5 tips I give to people who are interested in pursuing a more simple, minimalist lifestyle.

1| It’s not all about Pinterest

Just because you see photo after photo of a perfectly white kitchen, white furniture, with very little color doesn’t mean that you aren’t a minimalist if you don’t want to replicate that in your own home. Although there are people who love white everything in their home and who a minimalist, that doesn’t mean all minimalists live in a perfectly white home. The same can be said for your wardrobe or anything else in your life. Just because it’s shown that way on Pinterest doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

2| Don’t make it overwhelming

The issue with calling yourself a minimalist is that you are immediately placed in a box where people place unnecessary expectations on you, and you feel trapped, overwhelmed and stressed. The purpose of this lifestyle is to remove stress in your life. If you decide that there are some things that are overwhelming about this lifestyle, take a step back and give yourself time. You don’t need to rush this process. You don’t need to follow through on every process just because some YouTuber told you to, which brings me to my next point.

3| THERE ARE NO RULES

I could write a novel about this because I’ll keep things short and sweet. There are no rules. There is no godly book of minimalism that gives a code to live by that you must follow or you will never be able to identify as a minimalist. You don’t need to downsize to a tiny home. You don’t need to be able to pack all your belongings in one suitcase. There are no rules with this lifestyle, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. What works for your will not work for someone else. That’s okay. That’s how it should be.

4| It can fit your lifestyle

The goal is to identify what your main goals are with wanting to pursue this lifestyle altogether. Are you looking to stop spending money unnecessarily on clothes, jewelry, shoes? Are you looking to save so you can pay off your debt? Are you looking to simple more simply because life has been stressful? Whatever your goals and intentions are: write them down and revisit them frequently to check your progress. Use that to work minimalism into your life that won’t bring any stress and will help you to achieve your goals.

5| You can stop/change 

Similar to anything else in life, if there’s something you don’t like about what you’re doing with this lifestyle, you can change it or stop it completely at any time. It’s okay if you work through some decluttering and downsizing to a smaller home if that’s your goal. If you want to practice saving, and conscious shopping but you don’t want to practice other areas of minimalism—that’s great, too. The point of this journey is to find what works best of your and your life. Something might not work for you, but you shouldn’t stress over it. Find what you love, and pursue it. Find what you don’t love and get rid of it.

I hope this helped anyone who was questioning whether or not this lifestyle would work for them. Although it can be very overwhelming to think about changing your life, remember that everything is temporary. You can apply this lifestyle to fit your needs and your life to help achieve your goals. You don’t need to follow any rules except the rules you give yourself on this journey. If anyone makes you feel stressed about not being “minimalist” enough, remind them that’s your journey and you’re happy with the way you’re living.

Have you ever considered minimalism? What is holding you back from trying this lifestyle? What questions do you have for anyone who is a minimalist?

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