The Voice Within: Wisdom from my Grandmother

Be.

“But what is your spirit telling you?”

There I was, sharing my story of heartbreak with my grandmother, hoping she would shed some wisdom on my life. And she hits me with this question, “But what is your spirit telling you?”
I’ve never been asked that question before. I sat there in silence. I started to talk about my heart. “Yes Rae, but your heart can be swayed. Our hearts may feel one thing, but our spirit is what truly speaks to us.” As she did shed her wisdom during that conversation, I couldn’t help but replay that question in my head that whole day.

Still.

“But what is your spirit telling you?”

In search of the answer to that question, I decided to rid myself of all distractions, which came down to television, my phone, the radio, and my apartment. A friend of mine called up and we decided to hit the road. I had no expectations of what to do or see. I just wanted to be. We took a 4 hour round trip sharing life, laughs, and quietness. We hopped in and out at small towns with mountainous views, snapping pics, and feeling the waves (heat waves that is). I laughed as loud as I wanted to. Sat in silence when I needed to. Took as many pictures as my phone allowed. It was like we were journeying west, moving onward.

And listen.

On the way back home, I realized the feeling I had been missing. The feeling of being unapologetically myself. Free.

I prayed hard that night and poured my hear out. I wanted, NEEDED to hear God’s voice. And then the question whispered to me once more.

This time I knew my response, but I was afraid to answer.

I whispered to my heart, “You can do this. This time is for you. You must let go.”

Sometimes we don’t realize the answer to our question is there all along. Sometimes we must go deep within. Reconnect with spirit. It won’t come easy, but when you finally feel it. You know.

Be still, & listen.

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.

“There’s beauty everywhere!”

As part of this minimalist journey, I’ve learned so much about enjoying the simple moments in life. In this series, Loving Little Things, I will be sharing weekly finds. These will be shared as images, quotes, and pretty much anything little thing that sparked something for me.

A small thing: Barr-Co.

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I really enjoy this line of skin care. I first stumbled across the line in San Diego, California while perusing in and out of small shops. Not only are the scents fresh, they’re made with oatmeal and other ingredients that help with my eczema and irritated skin.

A quote:

“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” – markus aurelius

I’ll be keeping this quote in mind as I am organizing my capsule wardrobe for the next month. It’ll be my first time having a capsule, since I have began the minimalist journey. The capsule wardrobe is for the month of July, as it is my last month in the states. It will be full of roadtrip adventures with the beau and tearful goodbyes to family and friends. Therefore the last thing I want to spend time on is searching for something to wear. So be on the look out for more travel guides.

 

A photograph: How will you change the world?

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A photograph at the closing of the year where my (now former) students wrote their name and future career. It’s a question even we as adults should reflect on time to time. After all we’re their role models and their our future.

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.