Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Tomorrow I am hopping on a plane to Colorado! I am so excited to visit Colorado for the first time, even if it is only for four days and three nights. On one of my flights I would have to buy a carry on bag if I wanted to bring one, so I decided to challenge myself by only packing a backpack. Here is what I came up for a vacation of hiking and seeing the city.

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The first day, I am taking a mid-day flight and then driving from Denver to Boulder.

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The outfit I picked out is perfect for air travel because it is super comfortable and includes some of the bulkiest items. One of the most well-known packing tricks is to wear your bulkiest items onto the plane so that it saves room in your luggage. Also, planes tend to get cold so despite the weather in Colorado being mid 90’s, I figured it would be a good idea to bring a light jacket. Finally, the t-shirt that I am traveling is also going to act as pajamas for the rest of the trip.

Day two is going to be the main adventure day. We are going to be hiking and doing outdoorsy things.

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This outfit essentially repeats all the items from the previous day, except I have swapped out the t-shirt for an athletic tank. Not, too much to say about this simple hiking outfit.

Day three is going to be an exciting day exploring the city of Denver.

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I know for a fact that I am going to be sweating profusely, so I went for a lightweight tank dress and some really comfortable sandals. It would have been easy for me to pack another casual outfit where sneakers would be appropriate, but I decided that there may be opportunities to go out to dinner and sometimes it is nice to get dressed up on vacation. Even if it is just a *little* bit dressed up. Also, I figured that this dress could be worn after I went hiking as something clean to change into for the evening.

For day four there aren’t really any plans made, but we have a late night flight out of Denver and back home.

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I decided on wearing another casual outfit, because I will be exploring the city and I would need to hop on a plane. There’s not much to say about this outfit except for the fact that I can mix and match the denim shorts and any of my other pieces to make another casual outfit, in case there needs to be an outfit change mid-day.

That wraps up my travel capsule wardrobe. It includes three tops, two shorts, one dress, one jacket, and two shorts. I am hoping to take pictures of my outfits throughout the trip and compiling them into one blog post, documenting all the different ways I wore this clothing!

Thanks for checking out this post. I am hooked on capsule wardrobes right now so if you have any videos or blog posts about capsule wardrobes please leave them in the comments and I will check them out!

 

– Good Vibes –

 

Athletic Clothing Declutter

As I am planning on moving in the next two months, I figured it was finally time to downsize in a more critical way. I have started with decluttering my active wear and I hope to get to decluttering more areas soon.

Here is the video I filmed for my Athletic Clothing Declutter. This is the first video I have ever made and I am testing out some editing software before I decide to commit to one platform. For now, please ignore the watermark and enjoy my video!

 

July 14, 2018

A while ago I got my phone screen replaced by a third party. I wanted to save money up front, but over the long term my phone was not operating the way it was supposed to. Finally, my phone decided that it did not want to work at all. I brought my phone to be fixed and the technician told me that normally he would not be able to repair it because third party modifications make the phone ineligible for repairs; however, he did agree to repair it. What I learned was that in my efforts to save up costs long term subsequently led me to investing in a worse product that required more maintenance in the first place. If I hadn’t tried to cut corners, then I would have saved money in the long term and been able to enjoy a properly functioning phone.

Thus, today the saying, “pay less now, spend more later” came to fruition.

Today

Today I took the short cuts. I stayed in bed playing on my phone for far too long after I woke up. I started my computer work with YouTube playing. I accomplished the bare minimum and rewarded myself with excessive television and napping. As a result, I was feeling short. Short on energy, short on clarity, and coming up short on my goals. The short cuts I took caused me to eat easy foods that required minimal prep time and had minimal nutritional value. I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym and any motivation I had in me when the morning started was quickly consumed by Netflix.

I knew I felt miserable because of my inactivity today. I did not do anything to stimulate my mind, body, or spirit, and I desperately knew I had to. So I mustered up enough courage to go for a walk in the trails by my home. I wish I could sit here and tell you that this walk was completely life altering and never again will I have a short cut day where I am so bored and yet I keep refreshing Instagram. I also wish that I could tell you that my walk reversed any sort of “damage” I had done today. In some ways those thoughts are equally as ephemeral, containing no real tangibility for redirection.

What I can tell you is that my walk reminded me of the “todays.” Trying to stay present is a difficulty of mine, and each “today” is a new learning experience and an opportunity to practice mindful living. Being out in nature reminds me of the kind of person I want to be, attentive, clear headed, and at peace. While today might not have been the example of who I want to be, I know there will be another today, tomorrow. All I have to do to seize the day is to ask myself, “who do I want to be today?”

 

– Many Good Vibes –

 

 

Following the Syllabus

I graduated college. I accepted a full time position at an accounting firm. I have started studying for the CPA. I signed a lease near my place of employment. I have followed all the requirements on the syllabus, I should get an A now… right? At least, I should be feeling as good as I would if I had gotten an A, an A-… a B+? Heck, I’d even take a B. But there is no reward system in the real world. I do not receive a grade for doing what I am “supposed” to do. In actuality, receiving A’s requires a different grading system. It’s not a system implemented by and institution, given out to your by your mentors, scaled against your peers. You grade yourself.

When you wake up in the morning and when you look in the mirror at night, you grade yourself. Maybe subconsciously, but you have a general understanding of how well you accomplished your day. You could have done everything you were supposed to that day and still feel like you failed.

I guess to an extent I feel like I should be happy because I did everything I was supposed to do. But by following the syllabus I have neglected to ask myself the “why” questions. I have failed to adequately justify my reasoning behind my decisions and now they’re coming back to bite. Now, when my plans are challenged, or my motives are questioned I cannot justify them, to myself or to others. My purpose is unclear, and in order to grade myself effectively the decisions I make need to be aligned with a purpose.

I hope you are all willing to join me on the painful quest to discover my current motivators and I hope I have your support as I challenge these motivators. By understanding, then challenging these motivators I hope to transform them, creating new motivation for actions that will be appropriate for my ultimate happiness.

 

Thank you as always. x

Minimizing your Yes’s

As I am finishing my final semester of college, there is a certain amount of frenzy in the air.  People filled with the sadness of closing one chapter in their life and with hesitance of what the future will bring. In this frenzy, people try and squeeze in as many of the things they will miss about college into one semester.

Throughout my college experience the things I value have shifted, perhaps in places where my friends have not. Somehow, I don’t just think you have to be in college to experience your interests beginning to drift from your friends. With all these conflicting interests, and the desire to connect with people (who you are most likely not going to get to live in such close proximity to again), you may find yourself saying yes to more things than you want to. And so, in order to prioritize your happiness and goals you are going to have to learn to minimize your yesses.

I’m not going to tell you that it is easy, because it is not. Sometimes, you’re going to say “yes” to things that you shouldn’t have, and say “no” to things that you should have said “yes” to. But no matter what, if your intention is in the right spot, the things you say yes to will become fruitful.

For instance, I am going on spring break with some of my friends and the trip is not cheap. Because of this, I have to cut back on a lot of my other expenses. So I have to say “no” to going out to eat and getting drinks (which can all be argued that this money would be conducive to spending time with friends) so that I can say yes to a memorable experience that I get to share with a group of friends.

Learning what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to really requires that you decipher what you value from what is superfluous. You need to determine the things that are truly worth your time, money, effort etc. from the things that we do because we feel as if we are supposed to do them (regardless of the actual value they provide).

Hopefully, this starts a conversation with yourself about the priorities in your life that you need to say yes to. I am personally just beginning to scratch the surface of this topic, so if you have any advice please mention it down below!

Watching Others Change

As a college student I arguably spend more time with my friends and peers than perhaps an adult who doesn’t get to live with their friends. As you begin to simplify your life, the people around you begin to see the changes of your new lifestyle. They see how visibly clean your space is, how much more relaxed you are, and people can generally sense when your attitudes and goals have changed. Sometimes when people see these changes they are not thrilled. They can ridicule and question you for your decisions, without having any real understanding in how much your life as improved; people simply projecting their insecurities onto you. On the other hand, the majority of people I interact with see the changes I have made in my life to be positive ones.

There is a difference from others simply observing your behaviors and when they begin mirroring your behaviors. I have had a few of my friends tell me in the recent months how they have been minimizing their belongings, and how they see the benefit of having less things. They come to tell me about the changes they are making in their lives with excitement, and how I have been an inspiration to them. And although my main purpose in practicing minimalism is to improve my own life, I would be lying if I said their words weren’t motivating, flattering, and reassuring.

I bring this up, not to “toot my own horn”, but to stress that people learn through observation. There is no way that you can force minimalism onto anyone, but by acting as a model for them, they can begin to improve their lives in the ways they see fit. It also feels much more rewarding to have someone change their lifestyle because of how much they noticed your growth than dragging someone to mimic your way of life.

I hope this post reminds you that you are doing the right thing for yourself, and even if friends or family members do not agree, they can see the positive changes in your life. You never know what could happen, maybe on day they will be so moved by your journey that they start one of their own.

 

Let me know what you think down below. All the best!