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More of Less: December

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In the “More of Less” series, I share a list of things I have decided to minimize. Each month I reflect on the month before and select new practices that allow me to live more intentionally. This December, I have reflected on what served me well and what did not. Maybe you’ll decide to join me in being a bit more intentional, even with the small things.

Less unhealthy eating choices.

I must admit that I have fallen into a slum when it comes to cooking lately. I have been ordering take-out since Thanksgiving, maybe even before. This week I will begin making healthier choices. Along with this, I will start trying to adapt my taste buds to things such as natural juices and fruits. This will definitely be a challenge!

Less unnecessary clothing/items.

I’ve noticed quite a few items in my closet that I have not worn since I’ve moved here. I guess they were items that I would possibly wear to work, but I’ve realized they are either no longer my style, take too long to iron, or aren’t very comfortable. For those reasons alone, something has got to go!

Less taking work home.

As a teacher, you often feel like your job is never done. You end up talking about your students somehow in every conversation with your family and friends. Whether it’s my laptop, paperwork, tests. Truth is, I’m not getting paid to work at home. I work a long enough day 5 days a week. My home is my sanctuary and time after work is best utilized doing exactly what’s best for me. (Like planning the upcoming winter Euro tour. Can’t wait!)

 

Inspiration

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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Inspiration

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!

Inspiration

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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Inspiration

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.