loving little things.

A wall: Paris on Ponce- Atlanta, GA

I’d like to celebrate all of the beautiful wall art displayed all throughout Atlanta.

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A coffee shop: Bad Owl Coffee- Henderson, NV

I left my wand at home, but when you carry magic with you everywhere, you figure, this coffee stirrer will have to do. Besides, this coffee shop is now on my list of faves, as they carry food. Pictured here: A Biscoff Latte that tastes just like the cookies.

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A message (to give my future husband): Recess- Las Vegas, NV

Because everyday deserves a “happy ending.” Oh! And please let my future husband know the “Ways to My Heart.”

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A window: “We Welcome All” a West Elm

I think this window says it all.

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loving little things.

As I am gaining a better perspective of  “the art of slow living,” I’ve learned so much about enjoying the simple moments in life. In the “loving little things.” series, I continue to share my weekly finds. These are shared as images, quotes, and pretty much anything little thing that sparked something for me.

A moment:

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Mommy & Me Quality Time – I currenly live over 2,000 miles away from my mom. In about 4 more weeks, that distance will be greater. This past week, I spent time running around the city with her and it completely filled my soul. It’s nice having summers off and being able to take a flight just to see her smile.

A sign:

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Chalkboard signs are the cutest. Especially when they have an uplifting message. I inured anyone reading this post should also read this sign and are the same message from me- “Shut up, I think you are GORGEOUS!

A meal: Jumping Rice & Rolls -Las Vegas, NV USA

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I have been eating so unhealthily this summer. So much, to the point that my stomach rejects the mere thought of putting anymore fast food into my body. I decided to stop by a local restaurant to have something a little more pleasing. I was completely satisfied with my Terikaki Salmon and Jasmine Rice Jumping Bowl and my body was too!

The Golden 3: Letting Go

I’m a firm believer in self-reflection on who I am as a person. Inside and out. There are many areas in our life that we can work on. I say “we” because I am included and far from perfect. But imagine if we continue to better ourselves and progress in our daily lives. Oh how our world could change! This summer I’m letting go of 3 things.

1. Shopping apps and email subscriptions.

I tend to check my email a lot. So much, in fact, my boyfriend asked me to check them later one day. There’s nothing important in those emails. Nothing but stores promoting their weekend and holiday sales. Which make me spend my money. I know, I know. I could just not go to those stores, but I’m still working on that. And this is the first step. Give me time…lol.

2. Numbers in my phone that are never used.

You know what numbers I’m talking about. The contacts of people from high school, who you run into. You say you’re going to meet up “soon” and three years later neither one of you have called. Don’t forget about that person whose number you keep ‘just in case.’ Letting them all go! “New phone. Who dis?”

3. Two -words “What if?”

I’ve asked myself this question quite a few times over the past few months. Truth is, I should not focus on the “what-if.” It either did or it didn’t. The present is what’s important today. Being focused on the ‘now’ allows us to minimize distractions in our lives. We are able to decrease worry and sadness over false ideas.

I hope these three things I’m letting go of, allow me to save money and time.

Are you letting go of anything this summer? Share by dropping a comment below.

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The Golden 3: 3 Tips for Purposeful Shopping

Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, I was working in the field of retail. More than 30 hours a week I was surrounded by garments, jewelry, accessories, and my all time favorite SALES! Yes, they got me. I would always tell people, “I like my money where I can see it. In. My. Closet.”

I would buy items that would be trendy at the time and style it and make it my own. I mean, no one would really ask you for your help if you look like you needed it yourself. I remember my last count of jeans was 52. Yes, you heard me right!

Every season, I declutter my closet. Out with the old, in with the new. But ever since I began this minimalist journey, I’ve realized that it takes more than decluttering. There is a level of “letting -go.”

DesignIn today’s series of Confessions of a Shopaholic “The Golden 3: Purposeful Shopping,” I would like to share three questions that may guide you to shopping smarter.

  1. Is the item something you can see yourself having long-term?
  2. What is the quality?
  3. Do you really love it, or can you do without?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy shopping and like to buy items that I believe would be a perfect addition to my closet or home. But, it has to be just that. The Perfect Addition!

Have a tip to share about being mindful while shopping? Share below. Don’t forget to comment and like!

 

The Oahu Travel Experience

Destination: Oahu, Hawaii USA

               This year’s birthday was an absolute dream come true. I celebrated my 27 Spins Around the Sun on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I have always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. So much, to the point that, birthdays from 12-21 were all “luau” themed. To my parents luck, they were always able to use the same decorations and I was never disappointed. Hawaii was everything I ever dreamed of…from the food, fun, and of course the beach, I was indeed destined to experience FUN IN THE SUN. This is by far, the best birthday celebration yet!

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Pack and Go

As part of my transition to living a minimalist lifestyle, I am working to making my trips away apart of that as well. Check this link to help with packing for your next trip. This 4 day round trip from Las Vegas to Honolulu required little prepping and packing.  

Purposeful Packing Tip: Small luggage and a carry on bag. No check-in needed! Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Stay

Pacific Beach Hotel

Steps away from the beautiful sands of Waikiki Beach lies Pacific Beach Hotel. Pacific Beach Hotel has newly renovated rooms that were modern and very clean. The hotel is walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and cafes. 

As transportation to get around the island I used Uber. (Need the promo code for $$ off, comment below!)

We also rented a car from Enterprise using Expedia. The pick-up location is a short walk away from the hotel.

Eat and Drink

-Atlantis Seafood & Steak

-Grab a spiced chai tea latte from Olive & Oliver Coffee Bar.

-Head over to Goofy Cafe & Dine to try their Big Island Honey French Toast.

-After you hike to Manoa Falls, dine at Manoa Treetops Restaurant. Beware of the running chickens!

Play and Do

Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park was my dream come true! 

Waikiki Beach and Shopping

Waimanalo Beach State Park– My preference for white sand and less tourists.

-Go snorkeling in North Shore. This was an adventure list item I was able to cross off the list. The experience was breath-taking…literally!

-Stop by the Makapu’u lighthouse before landing at Makapu’u Beach.

-Hike to Manoa Falls.

 

See

We rented  a car for a day, which allowed us to navigate the island a little more and go off the beaten path.

-Aloha Tower

-Street Art in The Ward Village District

-Makapu’u Tide Pools

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Hula Figurine at Olive & Oliver’s Cafe. You must try the delicious Taro muffin at Goofy’s.

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Green Luscious Mountains in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Chief’s Luau Aloha Experience

 

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Makapu’u Lookout!

Adventure Awaits!

 

Adventure Thrill List: Snorkeling

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This trip I decided to cross a thrill off my list in Ko’Olina. Snorkeling in 35 ft. of water  with fish, turtles, and other beautiful sea creatures. You can either go during the day to possibly catch a sight of a few dolphins or in the evening to watch the sunset on the horizon. This experience included dinner and drinks. Well worth it!

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If you’ve been to Oahu, please share you adventures below. I hope you enjoyed the Oahu Travel Guide and safe travels to you!

The Golden 3: 3 Ways to Pull Yourself Up

 

3 Ways to Pull Yourself Up this Week

This post serves as a pleasant reminder to myself: to do things for myself that I should do, before I need to do them. My mood hasn’t been the best lately. We all have our struggles, whether they be little or big. But, I’m not going to let the mood stick. Today, and everyday, I must choose JOY! My mother always says, “Go there, but don’t stay there.” It’s about time I take her advice and climb out of the rut I’ve been feeling. So today I’m sharing my The Golden 3: 3 Ways to Pull Yourself Up and maybe they’ll come to help you too.

A Delicious Dinner 

Nothing compares to a good meal at the end of a rough day. Typically, I like to try a new restaurant. This week, I plan to try cooking a new recipe.

Private Dance Party

It may sound a little crazy. But it’s really not. Follow these 5 simple steps to DANCE IT OUT!

  1. Head to the living room.
  2. Turn it up on your favorite jams.
  3. Grab your microphone (or spatula).
  4. Let the music hit your soul.
  5. DANCE IT OUT!!

Be Still.

Finding a moment of peace is one of my best ways to pull myself out of a rut. During this time I like to reflect by writing in my journal, completing a Bible plan, reading a book, or simply laying in silence to the sound of a meditation series.

Overall, today is already looking up for me. And if you’ve found yourself to stumble across this post because you needed some ideas to help you get out of your rut, hopefully you’d give these a try.

What do you do to shift your mood? Share by commenting below.

The Golden 3: Lessons We Learned in 5th Grade

3 Motivational Reminders from 5th Grade

Although May is my favorite Month of the year, it is also state testing month for us teachers and students out there. After 5th Grade Boot Camp, a time when we crash course the kiddos with everything they learned from the year, they were definitely feeling the overload. I didn’t want them to feel discouraged, so I decided to think of something else I could equip them with. Something better.

I wanted to motivate my students to not only do their best, but to believe in their best. Even adults have tests, though they do come in a different form. We ourselves can sometimes become overwhelmed. So I send you off with this Monday’s Golden 3, three quotes to provide motivation for whatever mountain you have to climb this week. Sometimes simple reminders can go a long way.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra.”

-Jimmy Johnson

“You are capable of more than you know.”

“Don’t Stress

    Do Your Best.

        Forget the Rest.”

Road to Minimalism

Road to Minimalism

May 11, 2017

This month has been filled with rest, relaxation, and love. After enough rain in April, I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom in May. I recently decided to make a lifestyle change towards minimalism. “What is minimalism?”you ask. Well, let’s find out together.

I’ve been dibbing and dabbing with the idea of living a “Minimal Lifestyle” for a little over a year now. I grew curious about what it means, what it feels, and what it looks like to live simply. There are many universal practices and skills of how to be a minimalist but, after much reading of blogs, articles, and videos I have come to understand that

Minimalism is ridding myself of the excess while gaining simplistic living by my own means -for me.

So here I am, ready to take the leap, wings spread, in flight. SOAR! -May 2017

“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”
Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

The Goal

I understand that this will be more than decreasing the amount of items in my wardrobe, an in that case, I must take my time. I’m hoping this lifestyle change will lead to a complete transformation in the interactions of my everyday life but in order to begin, I have three primary goals for this year:

  • Self Care/True to Self (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  • Financial Freedom
  • Purposeful Planning

“…minimalism in the service of others is a logical extension of the same ethos of selflessness.”
Joshua Becker, The More Of Less

The First Step

I want to began at my own pace. So to began, I’ve decided to work through the seasons of clothing in my wardrobe. Ridding myself of items that I no longer wear, I do not need, and don’t really like. I am also purposefully packing, when it comes to travel (post coming soon).

“This is today! What will tomorrow bring? Life arrives and departs on its own schedule, not ours; it’s time to travel light, and be ready to go wherever it takes us.”
Meg Wolfe, The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having It All

Wanna Know More? Check out these blogs.

Are you on the same journey or considering minimalism? Any suggested blogs or vlogs for me? Share by dropping a comment below.

Live and Live Some More

I often hear from fellow friends, family, and new acquaintances, “I wish I was out there livin’ like you” or “I used to do those things but, it’s too late for me now.” To both of these I respond, “LIVE AND LIVE SOME MORE.”

Honestly, I was in the same place before. There I was thinking that I couldn’t do these things that I love (traveling, home decor, etc.) until I graduated. Then came the excuse, “I’m not independently where I should be for me to have enough for that.” It was not until a tough moment in my 20-somethings that I realized, I have to live and live now. I started by making intentional trips to Atlanta after work and on weekends. This led to me exploring what I call, my own backyard, finding new neighborhoods and the things they offered. Later, a friend and I decided to do a 5k race that turned into a dance party for 20 bucks, and after that my aunt and uncle bought me a passport and took me on my first international trip, Aruba. Let me tell you this ya’ll…

The Game Changed!

Everybody’s way of livin’ isn’t yours. Find what motivates and inspires you. Find what fits and rock it in every way. Do something you love and build on it. Besides, the only truth we must prove is the truth of being ourselves.

I say all of this to tell you, in any way you can,
Live and live some more!

Good Vibes Tribe and Happy Easter!

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