Re-vamp, coming at you!

Happy February 1st, y’all! I am working on re-vamping this site. I’ve trailed off for a bit, but I am working on getting back into posting all of my #SLDMChallenge updates and all of my efforts to simplify my possessions/my life in general. It has been a crazy year already, and we’re only into month #2! 2019 is going to be awesome, I can feel it!

I am working on refocusing on the QUALITY of my life/the things in my life, rather than the quantity. It is a process and my motivation to do so has seemed to come in waves. If you scroll down on the blog page a bit, you’ll notice that, right after a HUGE break-up in July, I started cleaning out my closet pretty much once a month. I am not sure what I was trying to accomplish with that, but whatever the goal was then, I seem to have lost sight of it. I am trying to understand what created that urge in the first place, but also why the urge to simplify has seemed to vacate since.

I feel like I was trying to let go of all of the “negative” things in my life, which would makes sense; trying to start fresh, etc. Though I have begun to work through that whole situation in a much more positive way, my efforts have also begun to bring some personal questions to light. For example: What is truly important to me? Why do I impulsively do things when I am upset? How have I changed since July? Have I actually begun to truly rediscover myself? — Loaded questions, for sure & only time will tell with all of that.

Thus far though, I have learned that some of the personal goals I am looking to pursue include acquiring better quality clothing, getting into the habit of buying/eating better quality food and traveling to more places. Additionally, I have learned that I am FINALLY in the field that I want to be in and that is a part of my life that I was missing out on for a long time.

Long story longer, 2019 is the year that I am going to begin truly pursuing the things that I want to accomplish. To clarify, I am not saying that I am not accomplished at this point in my life, what I am saying is that I have accomplished a lot of things that do not hold any weight for me, realistically. It is really interesting to reflect and recognize how vastly different my current goals are, from my goals 5 years ago. I have a lot of work left to do, but I am excited to “get to gettin’,” if you will.

Stay tuned!

 

Vacation things & donut day!

I am so sorry for slacking on posts. I just haven’t had the energy or attention span lately!

Okay, as promised, here’s my vacation and packing update!

So, my friends and I went to Maine for the long weekend and this is what I brought along:

 

To be honest, I think I packed more for this trip than I needed. I have yet to master minimal packing for beach trips! Here’s an itemized list of what I brought with me for 5 days on the Maine coast (including notes on what I didn’t end up wearing/using!)

1 pair of flats (dancing was planned, but we didn’t get to it! Wound up not needing them)
1 pair of sneakers (didn’t wear these once, despite that we walked all over the place!)
1 pair of boat shoes
1 pair of flip flops
1 LBD
Distressed jeans
Regular jeans
Rain coat
Sweatshirt
4 casual shirts (only wore two of them!)
2 tanks (1 dressy, 1 casual)
Bathing suit
Necessary under garments
Beach cover-up
Beach bag
Swimsuit bag
Small over-the-shoulder bag
7 pairs of socks (only used 4)
Sunscreen, shampoo and other toiletries
Some books for the beach
Phone charger

Here are a few pictures from the trip!

 

 

It was a lot of fun, but I definitely could have packed less. Lesson learned. I also bought more clothing while I was up there because I made the mistake of not keeping many fall items the last time I cleaned out my closet. Rookie mistake.

In other news, TODAY WAS DONUT DAY. It’s been a while since I’ve treated myself to that! But the fall flavors are out now and I couldn’t help myself!

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I’ve been going to zumba 3 or 4 times a week for the last month or so and I am LOVING IT. I have already lost 5 lbs! This Apple Cider donut probably didn’t help with my weight loss goals, but it was worth it!

What else has been going on… I am EAGER to make the jump in careers from Finance to Human Services. Only a matter of time now. Please cross your fingers for me.

I’ve done a lot of growing, mentally, this last month. It has been 3 months now, since that breakup I went through and I am now just starting to realize that’s I’ll truly be OKAY. It’s a refreshing feeling and it get’s me really excited for the future.

That’s all for now!

THANK GOD IT’S WEDNESDAY

Hey. What’s up? Hello. I keep taking unintentional hiatuses. Sorry. These last few weeks have been slightly insane. I can’t complain, but I am going to say that I need way more sleep than I have been getting.

Where do I even begin? How many days has it been? Oh, right! I went to the Cape for an overnight last week! It was fun, but very humid! It was great to see my family and get some beach time in! I packed super light, because I was there for less than 24 hours, but I promised you an itemized list, so here it is!

 

 

  • 1 maxi dress for our annual family dinner (which doubled as a beach cover up for the following day)
  • 1 pair of shorts + a tank top to sleep in
  • 1 pair of “fancy” sandals to wear to the family dinner (which doubled as beach shoes for the following day)
  • 1 pair of jeans + 1 tank top + boat shoes which I wore during my travel time down and drive back (outfit pictured above)
  • 1 (very) small over the shoulder bag to accessorize my dinner outfit & hold my money, card & phone
  • Necessary undergarments (duh) x3
  • 1 Hoodie because this is New England and you just never friggen know
  • Beach towel
  • Baseball hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Phone charger
  • A book to read at the beach
  • minimal make-up & personal hygiene/hair care items (cover-up, sunscreen, mascara, foundation, toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste, face wash and 2-in-1 shampoo, hair straightener, comb and deodorant

The Cape is ALWAYS beautiful and I wish I could have spent more time down there, but I am glad I got to go. Here’s some pictures!

 


What else? OH YEAH! I went to the Alkaline Trio show in Boston on Saturday. I have been DYING to see them play! They have remained one of my favorite bands for many years. Here’s a video!

In other news, I’ve also been going to zumba four times a week and I LOVE IT! Finally finding a way to work out that I can get excited about makes me very excited about my fitness goals! I used to dread the gym, but going to the zumba studio instead has really changed that for me! I get to shake my butt to get back in shape; I am living the dream! haha!

I think that is all for now. I have my last “big” vacation coming up on Thursday of next week! That day can’t arrive soon enough! Very much looking forward to spending 5 days on the beach in Maine! I’ll do a “what I packed” update and all of that for that trip as well! Until then, enjoy the rest of your week/weekend!