Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SIMPLIFY: My Office Space

Making goals doesn't need to be fancy or complicated. You don't need a special work book or day timer, or lesson plan, or whatever else.

Sometimes all you need is a coloured marker, and a scrap piece of paper (from a Ramada Hotel notepad apparently...), and a goal.
This is my new approach to making goals. Make an "I WANT-I NEED" statement and answer the following: Where, What, How, When.

And then work on it every day. EVERY DAY. I think that’s the key. A little bit at a time, and a due date that’s just far enough away to be do-able and not forgettable.

This is my "before". This is my space that is not working for my life. But I have already made a lot of progress, and I am feeling buoyed by how fast things are changing and starting to look the way I want them to. And all the crap that I am getting rid of! Feels so good!


I still have some emotional blocks when it comes to my photos, but I am pushing through. And when I am having a rough day already, I don’t open those boxes!


And here is a progress shot. I got so much accomplished in this space last weekend. I every piece of furniture around, save one. And as soon as I laid down in my bed for a nap afterward, I knew I had made the right choice.

Can I just take a moment to ooh and ahh at the sunlight filling my room?

Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

It feels good to have a goal again, and to know what I need to do to get it done. It is empowering, and it gives me the inspiration to DO MORE in other areas of my life.

I still have lazy Sundays where I just watch entire seasons of Veronica Mars on Netflix, but I'm okay with that too!

Friday, January 30, 2015

"Scrapbooking" in 2015

I thought I would share a little bit here about my "scrapbooking" plans for 2015. What I should say is my NON-scrapbooking plans, cause I am done with that shit once and for all.*

*I'm talking about full layouts, traditional albums, that sort of thing. I will still be creating mini albums like it is going out of style. Which it isn't, just so you know.

I have a two-fold process for documenting my year in photos and words.

ONE: A PHOTO ALBUM! I know, it's crazy right?! Absolutely revolutionary! It's like the Original Project Life! (I'm being facetious here, but I hope you already figured that out...)

I am going for one photo per day. Or Less. Or More. Print the photo. Write on the back. Put it in the album. Easy peasy.

TWO: The Weekly Story. This one is still a work-in-progress. In that, I'm not sure how I want it to look. I know I want to capture ONE STORY PER WEEK. I know I want to include at least ONE PHOTO. I know I want to be able to include MEMORABILIA that goes with...a drawing, a ticket stub, etc. But I don't want it to be fancy, or take up a lot of space, and I don't want to have to "embellish" anything. I'm getting back to B.A.S.I.C.S. with this one.

OMG I JUST HAD A REVELATION! Wheee! More to come...

And that's that.

You know what's really going to be tough about this? Seeing all my friends' beautiful layouts pop up on their IG feeds and blogs, and wanting to continue to be part of that creative community. But I KNOW that this is not the right thing for me.

I just have to "stick to my guns"...and find other ways to continue to connect with these women that are in my life thanks to scrapbooking.

I'm sure there must be other things we have in common.

Beer, for example...

And now some LINKS. This is the stuff helping me along the way!
Part of the process for simplifying my memory-keeping is going to be getting more organized with the photos I take (and keep). Enter One Year to More Organized Photos. This blog series is going to be so much help!

I really enjoyed Elise's write-up on how she is changing her documentation for the year. Very inspiring!

My Weekly Story Book will probably come from here, or maybe here. I am very excited to get started!

And finally, if you take out all the talk about God, this post summarizes exactly what I want to see in my scrapbooking future.

And that is all...I wanted to add more photos, but this is just my Blog and not my Blog-Job so we're good!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Making My Word Work For Me

I have learned over the years that the One Little Word exercise is different for everyone.

For me, the One Little Word exercise is about opening your mind up to all the possibilities to allow yourself to fully experience, learn from, and grow from the expression of your word over the year, while at the same time being REALISTIC about those possibilities as well.

I follow a site that focuses on the "Capsule" wardrobe: Project 333. Part of my "Simplify 2015" process this year is to tackle my closet and eliminate a lot of the stuff I don't wear/need/use/love. (See yesterday's post) She offers other advice and courses on simplifying other aspects of your life. A recent post on her blog includes a link to a course she is offering called "Simple Year". Essentially, you get expert advice every month on simplifying different (all) areas of your life.

At first glance, this seems like the perfect "A-HA" moment!

"I chose my word, and now this year-long workshop to help simplify my whole entire life falls into my lap! It was meant to be!"

Except I hate classes like this. They stress me out, they overwhelm me. They always seem to ADD to the complexities of my life instead of help alleviate them. And while usually do end up taking away some useful tips and strategies, I cannot justify all the baggage that seems to inevitably accompany them.

I am not making excuses to avoid the hard work involved in a class like this.

I am listening to myself and my experiences, and proceeding accordingly.

I may or may not find something that clicks and helps guide my "Simplify 2015 Journey" this month, or next month, or at all.

Sometimes it just doesn't work that way, and that's cool.

But I'm keeping my eyes (and heart...feelings aren't lame) open all the same!

Happy Friday Yo! This weekend I am looking forward to:
- Printing my December Daily photos and putting that baby to bed!
- Working on my 2015 Stories Album (my memory-keeping project for the year...perhaps a post is required)
- Farmer's Market!
- Swimming!
- Cleaning my living room... #onedayatatime #babysteps
- Starting construction on the record storage legs for my plant shelf!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SIMPLIFY: My Closet

Those people that have a "casual uniform". You people! I am so jealous* of you.

Y'know y'know y'know the people I am talking about. The "plaid shirt + jeans" guy, or the "slouchy white tee + sweater + black jeans" girl. They wear some combination of the same thing everyday and look damn fine doing it. They have figured out what makes them look and feel good, and they just press repeat.

They have figured out what makes them look and feel good...

I am having an identity crisis. And it can (strangely) be connected back to my closet.

I have long been told (longer than memory...in my mind always) been complimented on my style. My clothes. My outfits. I always thought that I didn't dress for those compliments, but my prior reluctance to simplify things speaks otherwise. I have realized this past week or so that I have been dressing based on how I

And when the weekend comes and I put on a t-shirt, my denim button up, and some leggings or jeans, I feel much more myself. It's a simple thing, feeling good in your own skin. And I definitely feel good in my own skin. It's my clothes that I'm struggling with.

A thought that spiders out from this is that I am more than my clothes.

I hope that once I move toward a more "boring"** simplified wardrobe, the people who were complimenting me on my amazing style will still see my personality under that white tee. On the other hand, who cares?!

My clothes are an extension of me. They are not me.

I am damn awesome. And I know that. And people who really care about it know that too.

So I am going to make a conscious effort to separate my feelings from my clothes this month (this year), and simplify the shit out of this mess.

Side note: One of the great things I have discovered about myself after going through a really shitty time, is that I have started to give myself permission to feel confused, or crappy, or tired, or lazy and not feel bad or guilty about it. I'm allowed to have shit days or choose to give myself a break, without it taking over. Have my moment, leave it behind. End Note.

I still have to work out how this is going to work for me. I don't have lots of cash just lying around to re-vamp my closet. But I have committed myself to purging a lot of items this past month and I already feel slightly lighter. But there are still holes. And those holes stress me out in the mornings when I have to make a decision. (Have I mentioned I hate making decisions when faced with too many choices...)

For now, I am off to make my first baby step. My first action item in the grand scheme of things!

I am going to buy a plain, white, V-neck tee.

Wish me luck! I hope there aren't too many choices....HAHAHAHAHAHA!

*Jealous is a word-feeling that I want to work on this year. Like, really work on.
** Boring is a loaded word that comes with assumptions and I am trying to move away from those thoughts, which is obviously going to be difficult for me.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Simplify 2015

I have found my "One Little Word" for the year. Or rather, it found me.

Simplify

And not the math-related version of the word, 'cause that's the top Google results.

SIMPLIFY the process.

SIMPLIFY my expectations.

SIMPLIFY my house, my closet, my life.

2015 is the year of SIMPLICITY.

Oh man...this is going to be hard...I started and stopped writing this post a dozen times. I am not good at simplicity. I am good at drama, and over-complicating things, and over-analyzing things. And apparently I am rusty with my goal setting as well. But perhaps this tiny non-post of a post is for the best. I am, after all, trying to simplify things this year. Why make this more complicated? Why not just leave it here...

p.s. Apparently "One Little Word" is a trademarked thing. So you should check out Ali Edward's site for more info. Or whatever...