A Little Laughter, A Little Challenge

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Does anyone else start things on September 1 the same way they do for a new year? Despite being 10 years removed from any kind of schooling, there's something about that back to school season that has the same new year energy for me. I just started my latest round of a 101 in 1001 list in May so I'm not in the mood for a bunch of goal setting, but I am in the mood for I'm doing a fun challenge that I haven't done in awhile - the Fall Film Challenge. Movies and prizes, oh my!

How I Slow Down the Days

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

I know I've mentioned slow living a lot. In my diet, my routines, even in the content I consume. So many people are disillusioned with the breakneck speed of our modern world, even more so after the various lockdowns we've had, and slow living sounds like a lovely alternative. And so I've shared the details about these sub-sects of my life, about stitching them together to create a slower life in the long-term, but that doesn't answer the question for a lot of people of 'how do I slow down today?' So I have a few tips for you on how I instantly slow down a day that's feeling just too rushed. Things you can do this very moment to take that first step of slow living.

Let’s Chat about Fulfillment in Life, Even as a Homemaker

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I wanted to take a post to have a chat about fulfillment in life. Mainly, to dispel the notion that a person can't find fulfillment being a homemaker. Through various other posts about my schedule, I think I've answered the 'what do you do all day' question in terms of household tasks. But I think there's an underlying thought that comes with that question. People don't just mean 'what fills your hours' but 'how do you possibly find those things fulfilling? Without a career, isn't there an empty portion of your life? Are you meeting your potential?'

Adopting a Minimalist Diet

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

When I posted about our updated kitchen and the super adorable pantry containers, I wanted to share about what I've been eating and just how I make those pantry staples into meals. But I figured that would be quite a hefty post. Instead, I wanted to focus separately on slow food and a minimalist diet.

I have a lot of goals related to slowing down different aspects of my life. And my diet was definitely one of the things I wanted to makeover to be more simple and slow. That's where slow living started, after all, with the slow food movement. It was all about focusing on sustainable, local, organic, and whole foods and was a direct resistance to the opening of a McDonald's in Rome. McDonald's might not be my personal vice, but that doesn't mean I don't have plenty of my own.

Timeless and Sustainable Wardrobe on a Budget

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Even though the time frame started in May, you know I've been checking things off the 101 in 1001 list. It seems like a lot but those 1001 days go by quicker than you think! And I particularly wanted to make a game plan for some of the items that would take longer or potentially cost more money. Two that stuck out are to completely update my wardrobe and accessories. Needs change as you get older and I haven't updated my closet in years. At the same time, I don't want to go out and purchase all new items without a second thought, as it would be a waste of money and resources. I knew I needed a better game plan for choosing quality.

Because I don't want to wear things once and throw it away - I hate that I did that in my college years, what a waste those Forever 21 shirts were that fell apart after two nights out at a bar. I want quality, long lasting items. I want to be able to mix and match everything in my closet, everything should fit my daily lifestyle, and it should feel like 'me.' And every single item should bring me joy. I'm still working on acquiring everything I want to for my own closet, but at least I know what I'm looking out for. Here's my system, in case you want to build your own timeless and sustainable wardrobe on a budget: