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!

 

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.