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“The Art of Decluttering”

I am barely recognizing myself this weekend. First, I spent a Friday night IN READING! To be fair, I did consume three glasses of vino too…

But I started reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I’ve heard a little about it but bought it last week because I fell into the Target shop-hole and bought everything in sight.

It’s a great book and fast read (me, likey that) and Marie pretty much convinced me that I need to get my shit together and get rid of things to make more space for life. It’s a great philosophy actually, at first I was like yeah, right. But she’s pretty good. Instead of the constant struggle of keeping your home clean, you need to just get rid of the things in your way and let go. Supposedly by doing this, you will never have to worry about cluttering up your place again. But we’ll see how that goes!

So, okay, step one: Get rid of unneeded energy. I don’t know about you but I’ve always had a tough time letting things go. I’ve gotten a lot better after moving over five times in the past eight years. In fact, I will throw things out just so I don’t have to deal with it and bring it to my next apartment. Maria teaches you that you should be choosing what you WANT to keep, not what you want to get rid of. When you start throwing things out she says, “take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” Okay, that sounds extremely dramatic, but it worked. I kid you not. Like, when I held a tank that I used to wear to college parties, yeah – I could let that one go because all I could think about was drinking jungle juice in that top. Which is a fantastic memory, just not in the place I am in life anymore (even though I still consume Barton’s almost every weekend).

Okay, so we got the deed down, throw things away you don’t feel sparks of joy for you anymore. Next, where the ef to begin? HAVE YOU SEEN MY HOARDS OF CLOTHES, BOXES, THINGS, MARIA?!

Maria says to start with clothes first, then books, papers, misc, and lastly, mementos. I thought, clothes – that’s easy. I have so many that I don’t wear. TONS of college shirts, hand-me-downs, etc. Bring it, Maria. So I went at it Saturday morning (again, who am I this weekend? Being productive on a Saturday morning??) I should mention that you have to start with tops and bottoms first, then work down the line to things like handbags and shoes. That’s the catch when “tidying up”, you can’t just become a clean machine, you have to do it in steps and don’t get ahead of yourself. So I started with clothes: tops, shorts, bottoms (not jeans), and shoes. That’s all I could handle.

I don’t have a before pic of my dresser drawers, but let me explain that every time I did all my laundry I could barely fit my PJ tops and bottoms in drawers. They overflowed. I started here because it was easiest. I don’t feel as much connection to these clothes so I went through it in like 30 minutes. This is all going bye-bye…

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BOOM SHAKA LAKA

So much win right there. I was like, wow. That was easy! OH! I forgot to mention another rule: no listening to music or TV when doing this process. Gotta connect with the threads. 😉

Next up, the scary closet. Here are the before pictures (don’t judge, I live a busy lifestyle). Kidding. I’m just a slob. MOM. DON’T. LOOK. 

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Pretty scary, right? It really wasn’t though! It was awesome! To be fair a lot of those clothes I already knew were going to Goodwill, I just hadn’t organized yet. I didn’t keep a timer on this, but it honestly didn’t take as long as I thought it would. Maybe about an hour?

I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a couple struggles in there. I put those to the side, but by the end everything was looking so clean it was easy to say, nah. I don’t need that. This looks too good and I don’t want to add you back in here to clutter it back up! You know what I realized though? I owned some clothes that were just “safe” pieces. Like a long dress that I didn’t even really like, but it was an easy dress to wear when I needed something more dressed up and would cover up if I felt bloated or wasn’t in shape. I got rid of it. Because I realized it was in a way, negative energy. I also got rid of those clothes that I was saving for when I slimmed down. You know those ones. An article of clothing that you own to hopefully fit in perfectly one day or if it’s just a “safe item” – get rid of it. It doesn’t make you happy.

Alas, here’s what happened. (P.S. Don’t vacuum marks make a place look super clean?)

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CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS!!!!??? Seriously, get this book. It’s worth it. Here’s what I have SO FAR for things to get rid of (ignore all the extra clutter around it, that’s a whole other day’s worth of work…)

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Peace, love, and declutter.

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving (and Changes Your Life)

I’m going to write this quick before the big Nebrasketball/Miami game tonight, so don’t judge with spelling and grammar please :p ( literally just misspelled grammar right there, but Grammarly saved me )!

So today is #GivingTuesday right? Well, I have an AWESOME charity, I’m super passionate about and have been meaning to conjure up a little blog post dedicated to it! It’s called Compassion. It’s where you can sponsor children from all over the world for $38/month. You get to write letters back and forth and Compassion does an awesome job of keeping you up to date on your little friend, including sending you new pictures each year!

So let me back up. How I got to the point of sponsoring a child? First off, I have always have felt a strong connection to Africa for some reason. That country is so beautiful and sooo sad. There’s so many things there that us Americans don’t even know about! The first charity I ever gave to was The Water Project, to provide clean water for those in Africa.

Then I watched Blood Diamond. Yes, the one with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. You can roll your eyes at this, but it hit me so deep. I was like nope. No. Naw. I need to help in any way I can to this country.

So I did some research and found Compassion. Spending $38/month sounds like nothing, but that adds up because you don’t want to just stop sending money ( you can if you need too, though ), but you can sponsor someone until they’re 18 – so in the long run, it adds up. But so worth it.

Then you “shop” for a child, which was extremely heartbreaking. They tell you how long that child has been waiting for a sponsor and some have been waiting years. *Que many, many tears*

I wanted THEM ALL. I had to stop though, it was too much. I found a little boy in Ghana named Lewis who was 10 years old. OMG LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. So Brandon and I went for it, and now sponsor Lewis, who we call “Little Lewis” AND HE’S THE FREAKING CUTEST THING ON THIS PLANET.

I immediately cried when we finished the process. Happy tears because we can change a child’s life and sad tears because it hurts of the position they are in.

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Two weird things we learned about sending letters/gifts:

  1. You can’t send them large items and toys ( we wanted to send basketballs… ) lol but only things like coloring books, stickers, small things.
  2. It takes FOREVER to receive and send letters. When we get a letter from him, I think it was a couple months ago that he wrote it. So you will only get about 4-5 letters a year depending on where your child is located.

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The great thing is that when the Holidays come around, you can give gifts to their family, we give $25 and you can also choose things out of Compassions’s “Gift Catalog” to give to other families like goats, clean water, education, and to children who are waiting to be sponsored.

If this is ever something you have considered doing, I highly recommend it. It’s amazing for both you and the child!

You can also give a gift from the catalog! 🙂

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Let me know if you have any questions regarding Compassion – I’m happy to answer!

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Shonda Rhimes Might Be My Spirit Animal

I’m suffering from a serious case of “I want to write 10 blogs at once, but not finishing one of them” so I’ll keep this short because it’s AWESOME.

I started reading Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.

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Everyone who indulges in a weekly feast of TGIT knows who this chica is and she’s BOSS. Scandal is arguably one of the greatest shows, ever. Anyway, I highly recommend the book! I’m a little over halfway through and it’s awesome! It kinda took a bit to pick up but when I hit the chapter where she gives her Dartmouth Commencement Speech, I WAS HOOKED. I’m glued to this book.

Ah, so good.

Watch for yourself. And read it whenever you need a little pick me up 🙂 

How much do you just want to work your arses off, now? I LOVE IT!

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Top 10: Bloggers to Follow

When I’m not blogging ( let’s be real, that’s a lot of time ), I’m admiring the other bloggers out in the world and dreaming about how I want to be like them one day… *sigh*

These ladies are all admirable and work their tail off to get their blog where it is today, seriously–I’ve been watching them for over two years now.

When my job at the time had me focused on blogs and blogger outreach, I immediately fell in love with the lifestyle and still to this day, blogging is my dream job ( even though my non-consistent posts show the exact opposite ). Sorry, I was probably too busy on these blogs instead of writing my own…

The Daily Tay 

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Some of you might be familiar with her – she’s a UNL alum ( REPRESENT! ) and now living in Chi-Town! I found her one random day a couple years ago and the rest was history. She’s the first blog I type in my URL every day to see what she’s up to next. She’s hilarious and is the founder of Nebrowse and Talk Herbie to Me. Seriously, how cool is that!?

( Speaking of Nebrowse, those Party in the PBA shirts ARE IN!!!! )

 

The Skinny Confidential

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Dude. This chick is on fire. I’m obsessed with her “in your face” health blogs and she’s always so real. I also get way too excited for her Snapchats ( follow: laurynevarts ). She’s a lifestyle blogger with an awesome taste in clothes, home decor, and overall attitude. She also has a book ( I have it, it’s pretty good for clean recipes ) and a new workout program that I have yet to try out!

 

Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Anyone who follows lifestyle or fashion blogs – this is probably no new name for you. This is like the mother of all blogging. Sometimes I get annoyed by how perfect she seems, but then she puts out a new post and I’m like okay, I dig. She’s a fun one to follow and also on Snapchat > e.schuman. The best thing is she throws out about 3 blog posts a day! So you’re never bored on her blog.

 

The Blonde Abroad

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Any travel fans in the house?! Of course there is. She is one of my two fave ( other one coming up next! ) travel bloggers. Also, fun to follow on Snapchat: theblondeabroad because she snaps A LOT and it’s when she’s traveling. I’m mostly also in love with with her website design. I could click around all day – her entire website is click bait. But the bait is pretty good, so there’s that.

 

World of Wanderlust 

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The second installment of travel bloggers whose life you wish you had. This lady has created an entire business out of her blog. She takes the best pictures too. If you’re ever planning a trip to Europe ( or anywhere pretty much ), she most likely has at least 5 blogs on your destination. Girl is LEGIT.

 

Pumps and Iron

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Calling all fitness fans! This cat makes tons of at-home work tutorials that you have probably run into a time or two while perusing Pinterest. She’s also pretty hilarious and not afraid to share her embarrassing stories or pictures with you!

 

Just The Elevator Pitch

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I love reading this blog because it’s not just funny and has colorful graphics, but the girl can write! I love reading her writing. It’s the type of writing that I’m like, why didn’t I write that or think of that combination of words? It also helps that she’s a patent agent. She’s kinda on hiatus right now, but stick around until she gets back. You won’t regret it.

 

BLAWNDE

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You know Suja juice? Well, this is the founder! She’s not only a total babe ( girl crush ) but she’s interesting to follow and makes you wonder, “How the hell does she do it all?” She mostly features posts about her food ( lord, who doesn’t admire healthy food porn? ) and about her outfits. You’re probably rolling your eyes now, but I swear, she seems pretty cool.

 

Burlap & Crystal

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This is for people who love to cook and admire good interior design. The funny thing is, she’s actually The Skinny Confidential’s step mom! Does this mean it’s time to set you up with a blog, Sheryl? ( My mom. ) Hehe. But really, I’m not as dedicated to her blog as the others above, but everytime I visit it, I find myself on it longer than I should be…

 

Helene in Between

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Another hilarious lady who writes about everything under the sun! She’s starting to get into more blogs about blogging, so if you’re a writer yourself or thinking about getting into blogging – she’s your gal!

 

Bonus: Life Modifier

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Straight outta KC – this chick is awesome and has arguably the coolest graphics in town! She’s a blogger you will want to keep your eye on, she’s always up to something new, including creating baller Etsy downloads!

 

If you want an easy way to follow these and other blogs, sign up for Bloglovin and you’ll get updates once a day on new posts. And while you’re there – follow me! 🙂

 

Any other blog fans in the hizzy? Who do you follow? 

 

Why You Should Make a Dream Board

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Before you laugh at this blog post, hear me out. I love inspiring things. The Secret is like my bible, Tony Robbins and TED Talks are my muse. So when I was told that I should thrust all of my inspiration onto a board, I was all about that. I also have a weird hoarding problem with magazines so this was the perfect opportunity to dispose my clippings so I can hoard them even longer… on a board. 🙂

So what is a “vision board”? Well, it’s “A tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.” ( source )

Here’s what you’re gonna need to succeed ( literally ) 😉

+ A vision and a dream ( hehe)
+ magazines, book, anything you want to snip away at
+ scissors
+ a board
+ glue // tape

Start clipping away at anything that fits your “vision” or inspires you.

then voila ( aka “walla” ) – anyone? anyone else spell it like that? No? Okay.

Your vision board is complete and you will change yo lyfe! Just look at if every day and manifest the powaz!

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Peaceful-World

You guyz. I’m stoked for this post. My good friend Annica from Life Modifier ( awesome blog, go check it out!! ) asked me to be part of the #BeKindBlogCampaign. So glad she did because I LOVE the idea behind this!! I also see it all to often that people get dragged down so darn easily these days. I’m not saying I don’t have my occasional let down but I’ve always been pretty positive in life ( Positivity is my #1 on my Strength Finders too! ).

There’s something that comes to mind when writing this because I was literally just thinking about this the other day. So let me start with this:

I don’t believe in a bad day.

I never have. It just doesn’t make sense to me. How can one have a bad day when they are breathing and alive and have a new day ahead of them? I understand some people have days that I wouldn’t be able to handle in a million years, but like I said, positivity. Top strength so I let it shine the brightest in me.

I’m not gonna lie though, as I’m getting older I’ve *almost* caught myself slip a time or two. Something will go wrong when I’m not in the best mood and it brings me down but then the little young Steezy in me reminds me that “there’s no such thing as a bad day.”

I think when we start to age we deal with harder things and we give up our naive, young, fun and bright selves. Don’t forget that we’re still all children just living on this earth together. I leave you with this:

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BTW: Have I ever mentioned I want to be a life coach? 😉

Seriously though, if anyone ever needs a little positivity or faith HIT. ME. UP!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

You control your day/mood/peace/well-being. BE IT.

I’m gonna shout out to a couple other awesome bloggers out there to the kind and love spreadin’! 😉 Helene in Between ( she’s great, check out this post, you’ll ROFL ) and A Love Triangle ( She’s as pretty as her blog ) 🙂

A Dose of Buddha Steezy

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#BLOGTOBER14 | DAY 15 | Favorite Quote and Why

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I EFFING LOVE THIS!!! Everything about this quote is the best. It’s inspiring & real.

This quote literally sends chills down my spine.

Ever since I was little I always knew there was a reason for each person’s existence. I even knew my reason when I was young. I feel like I’m here to make people happy and bring positivity and light to their day ( awww sorry for the saps). If you find out what your purpose is in life, or even just soul search for it, that’s what I believe is livin’ my friend ( “L – I – V – I – N” – Matthew McConaughey )

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Peace, love, and finding out why you’re here.

 

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