Five Things I Learned in February

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1. Timing is everything ... hold your tongue until the time is right to bring up something or address a challenge.  You don't need to react to everything - some things you can just let go unacknowledged.  It makes for a more peaceful day.

2. Just show up ... showing up is a lost art and so easy to, well, not show up.  So many excuses ...  I'm too tired, I don't know anyone, I don't have anything to wear, I don't feel like it, I don't know how ... on and on we go.   You never know until you show up and if you don't show up .... you go nowhere and going nowhere is basically one foot in the grave, in my opinion.

3. Stop fooling yourself that one little bite won't hurt or one little taste won't derail your healthy eating goals.  Yes, in fact, yes it will.  All those little 'it won't matter' actions add up to one big matter and you never get anywhere ... read #2 on where I said nowhere gets you.

4.  I would rather be busy than bored!  Boring is the kiss of death!

5.  It's amazing what one can find in a Thrift Store!

March Minute Challenge - Closet Shelves

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

And we continue ... actually pretty impressed that I've been doing this every day so far this week. Usually I give up after two-three days, so pretty impressed.  I think it's because it's a little each day so not to feel overwhelmed.

Continuing on my closet ... today's 10 minute challenge are the shelves in my closet.  Let's just put it out there that I do not like my closet!  I dream of having one of those walk in closets where you could spend a whole week in and never leave ... complete with a mini fridge, chaise lounge and a chandelier ... unfortunately, that's not in the cards at the moment and I'm a firm believer of working with what you have and loving it.   So I make the best of my little closet.  I do want to get new built in shelves, new lighting and paint some day ... but for now, I'll make do.

The Before ...

The After ...

March Minute Challenge - purses/bags

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fourth day of 10 minute organization challenge - today I organized all my purses and bags.  I didn't get rid of any .... I purged all my bags a few months ago, so all the ones I have now are the ones I don't want to part with.  However, at least they are now organized.  In case anyone wants to know, I bought the organizers from Walmart - the Better Homes and Garden closet organizers.

Before ...

After ...

March Minute Challenge - Whites/Grays/Browns

Monday, March 5, 2018

Back again for the third day of March 10 Minute Organize Challenge.  Continuing in my closet - I finished decluttering my whites, grays and tan shirts.  Doing pretty good - this time about 10 shirts out!  I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to be a 30-35 pieces of clothes in my closet - but each time I clean out my closet I get rid of more and more stuff.  I haven't bought anything new in a long time ... so perhaps some day I'll get there.

The Before ....

The After - I know doesn't look like a big change, but in person it does feel like I have more room....

And here is the pile of donations!  It's hard to part with clothes that I still like, but haven't worn in forever and know I probably won't - so out they must go!

March Minute Challenge - Blues/Greens/Reds/Pinks

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hello again - day two of our March Minute Challenge - 10 minutes a day decluttering/organizing anything in your home.

Today's mission was continuing with my closet ... this time I tackled the blues, greens, reds and pinks ... was able to donate more than I did for my black clothes - good progress!

The Before ...

The After ...

March Minute Challenge - Closet Black

Saturday, March 3, 2018

I decided for the month of March I'm going to start a March Minute Challenge - well 10 minutes actually. Every day in the month of March, starting today, March 3rd,  I'm going to set my timer and organize one area of my home for 10 minutes.  It's doable, fast and it will feel like a small accomplishment.

Today's challenge ... the black section in my closet.  The Before ...

The After ...

10 Things to Consider Doing Before Bed

Saturday, February 10, 2018

1. Clean the kitchen - nothing worse then waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes.

2. Prep for tomorrow - make the lunches, pack the book bags/work bags, set up the coffee, set out the workout clothes.  Anything that makes it easier for you in the morning.

3. Take a walk if the weather is nice - just step outside one last time before calling it a night.

4. Make yourself a cup of mint tea - aids in digestion.

5. Skin care - do all the things!

6. Brush / floss your pearly whites!

7.  Write in your gratitude journal / say your prayers.

8.  Read a book.  A cool feature if you listen to audible is the sleep timer you can set in the app.

9.  Lotion and lavender oil.

10.  Charge your phone and set your alarm.

10.a.  Kiss your loved ones goodnight,

FIVE Things I Learned in January

Saturday, February 3, 2018

1. I have finally learned how to get over my resistance to working out consistently. 

It has to do with my Questioner Tendency (see below to learn more) ... meaning that I was exercising for the wrong reason - to lose weight.  Since I didn't see significant changes in weight loss after exercising consistently, I lost steam because my questioner tendency kicks in making me, well question, if it's worth exercising at all. 

So instead of exercising to lose weight, I changed my mindset and now I exercise for my overall well-being ... more focused on feeling 'happier' afterwards rather than losing the pounds.  This ultimately has helped me be more consistent and getting to the gym because now I go for enjoyment and not just focusing on the maximum calorie burn classes.  I think enjoyment - leads to consistency - which leads ultimately to the end goal in mind.  This article articulates it best.

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) 

(Do you want to know what tendency you are?).

2. Consciously applying active listening skills (basically holding your tongue!) with your teen is hands down the best thing you can do to not only encourage their own problem solving skills, but also in preserving a healthy relationship during an already difficult phase of the parent/child life trajectory.

Great article about this.

3.  Indecision is actually a decision.  Be a person of action - you either do or you don't, but just decide.  My husband and I have accomplished more this past month, then the last 6 months since we started applying this philosophy.

4.  I can make a whole chicken in the Instapot in 30 minutes ... it's our Sunday dinner go to ... with the added bonus of chicken for salads during the week and home made bone broth.  Check out my Pinterest for a great recipe.

5. The ability to reframe a situation is probably the most valuable skill you can cultivate in life.

January 2018 Favorites

Monday, January 29, 2018

I'm BACK ..... and here are a few of my January favorites!

1. Mint Tea -  I've been trying to establish a more defined evening routine and one cornerstone habit  brewing myself a cup of mint tea as a sign that the evening is winding down.  I  love how refreshing it is and it helps with digestion - a perfect after dinner tea.

2. Breville Tea Maker -  I actually bought this last year and I have never loved a kitchen gadget more!  It's perfect for brewing both loose tea and if you have tea bags you can just boil water.  So convents - and look it's on sale at Amazon!

3. S'well Bottle - one of my New Year's Resolutions is to drink more water.  Well, if I'm going to force myself to drink water throughout the day it better be convenient and something I want to grab ... this S'well bottle I got as a Christmas gift fits the bill!  I love it and it definitely has caused me to reach for my H20 throughout the day. I actually got this exact marble one - love it!

4.  Barefoot Dreams Cardigan - I got this at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year and this winter I basically live in it.  It's the most comfortable cardigan ever and feels like a cozy blanket, but stylish enough to wear at.  It's a staple in my wardrobe!

5.  UGG Slippers - A Christmas present I bought myself and have worn every single day!  I bought mine at Nordstrom, but couldn't find them anymore.  I found them on Amazon and they are actually on sale!  I kind of feel like buying a back-up-pair they are that awesome!

6.  Christopher Allen YouTuber - I binged watched him over the holiday break.  I love his home decorating style ... I've started visiting more Thrift Shops for unique homeware finds  because of him - just watch you'll understand!  He's just so genuine and so inspirational.

7.  A Thousand Splendid Suns - my book club pick for this month .... an oldie, but goodie.  I never read this when it was all the craze a few years ago.  I'm so glad I got a chance to finally pick it up - so good!  I finished it in under 48 hours!

8.  Favorite saying, "The quality of your thoughts, determines the quality of your life."  SO TRUE!

9.  Bullet Journaling - I've fallen for this planner obsession big time.  I love the freedom and artistic expression it allows.  If you want to find out more about a bullet journal system, check out this YouTuber - Bo Ho Berry

10.  The Simple Sophisticate - podcast.  I've stumbled upon this podcast last year and I've been loving it ever since.  Every Monday, she uploads a quick topic on everything from self-help, French-chic, or lifestyle recommendations.  She has an awesome blog as well and posts daily.

That's it folks - thanks for visiting!

Day Eight - France

Friday, October 21, 2016

This morning we woke up, had a lovely breakfast at the chateau and the headed to the famous Amboise market.  Now this was a typical French fresh market - so incredible!  We spent a couple hours just leisurely strolling among the food vendors sampling all the goodies.  We picked up all we needed for a perfect little picnic back at the chateau. 

Before we headed back, we went Chateau Villandry.  Absolutely stunning gardens - the are the most famous in all of France.

 At the end of the day, Olivia actually agreed to do a little photo shoot at the chateau.  It was so fun!

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