“Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”

Roy T. Bennett


Minimalism Got me Here: Weekend Relaxation

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is my weekend summary.

Getting his fur done!

Hiking with the family!

Eating ice cream at the local dairy farm and picking up farm fresh eggs!

Snuggling on a rainy day!

Reading books!

Making meals from scratch!

The journey to reach this point has had lots of sweat but it sure is sweet to have my time back. I feel like a kid again!

Best Podcast of the Week (5/11/2019)

The Sustainable Minimalist Podcast wins the award this week!

Ready to declutter your closet?

When it comes to our wardrobes, the most sustainable practice is to wear what we already own. Donating clothes contributes to textile pollution; as such, it’s prudent to wear + re-wear our garments until they’re thoroughly worn out.

But what if we have a closetful of items we simply aren’t wearing?

If we’re being honest, what if we have a wardrobe comprised of garments we’ll never wear again?

Amanda Warfield is a capsule wardrobe expert who argues that the average woman only wears 20% of her closet, 80% of the time. That’s because we naturally gravitate toward the few items that fit our unique body type + make us feel fabulous. Conversely, we shy away from pieces that don’t quite fit or bum us out.

When decluttering your closet, here are the 7 items you’ll want to keep but can (+ should!) responsibly let go/

Check out the link to the show notes for an easy map on what to keep vs toss from your closet!

Breaking up with my Phone: Part 1

Made some changes recently in an effort to break up with my phone.

  • Analog clock in every room – no excuse that I needed my phone to check the time.
  • No phone in the bedroom – found the perfect alarm clock that shows the current and alarm time on the same screen.

  • No phone between 7pm and 7am except if the phone rings. I set up this automatic response to all text messages. Now there is no fear of upsetting someone because I didn’t respond immediately.

Taking a break from tech 📱💻 until tomorrow morning. Phone ☎☏📞 calls are welcomed!

Making progress!

Minimalism Got me Here: A Completely Voluntary Work Uniform

Inspired and in awe of the simplicity of a work uniform, I instituted my own uniform in corporate America.

  1. Must be a dress
  2. Must be black or gray
  3. Must go with my favorite pair of black shoes
  4. Must be machine washable
  5. Must be easy to iron
  6. Must look dressy and causal
  7. Must spark joy for me because I have duplicates

Now I have a closet of winter and summer dresses. I rotate them between seasons. Pick 5 each weekend to iron. And always look put together, professional, and completely relaxed wearing my favorite dresses and shoes each day.

My inspiration came from this article:

Why I Wear The Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day

An art director on why she leaves the creativity behind when it comes to her professional wardrobe. By

Another inspiring article:

From The New York Times:

How to Perfect the Art of a Work Uniform

A study suggests that when we wear certain clothes, especially uniforms, we take on the characteristics associated with those uniforms.

Book Review: How to Break up with Your Phone by Catherine Price

5 out of 5 stars to Catherine Price with a simple and straightforward 30 day plan on How to Break up with Your Phone without philosophical quotes from Aristotle (queue Cal Newport). Catherine got me to think deeply and also laugh.

“Checking your phone is like picking your nose; there’s nothing wrong with it, but no one should have to watch you do it.” – Alex (pg. 123)

Well ok Alex!

After the KonMari of my physical and mental stuff, I felt stuck with digital baggage. Enter my attempt to break up with my phone.

Two years ago I broke up with Facebook and now I am attempting to break up with my phone. Even considering an old fashioned flip phone if I can’t actually break up with the smart phone this summer. (Might be my inner questioner/rebel tendency according to Gretchen Rubin with a personal challenge.)

My summer 2019 goal:

We should be using our apps because we’ve made a conscious choice to do so – not because of manipulative psychological tricks that are meant to make money for someone else.