April Favorites

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I can’t believe it’s May already! Last month was crazy. Between adjusting to my new life in Bellingham and starting my first quarter at Western Washington University, April just seemed to fly by.

First up on my list of favorites, is the ring pictured above. After living here for a couple of weeks, I noticed that a lot of people were wearing layers of lots of really cool rings. So when I stumbled upon this one at the farmers market, I knew I couldn’t leave it behind.  Continue reading

Update 3/29/17

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The view of Bellingham Bay from the University.

So I’ve been a little absent lately, but nevertheless I have been busy. Since I’ve last posted, I have finished my last quarter at Walla Walla University and have transferred to my new university. (And done a whole of other things in between…) That whole process involved moving from Walla Walla to home to Bellingham. It has been a stressful couple of weeks, but ultimately I know that I am doing the right thing. Transferring to Western is one of the best choices that I have made for myself in awhile, despite the fact that I am starting over completely.

It is scary to go where not many people go. I came from a conservative private school and not many people attended public universities. I am one of the very few from my class that branched out and even so, it took me two quarters at the wrong university to figure out that I wanted something different. I’ve not even been here a week and I am already loving it. It is scary as hell, I know like 3 people and they are all upperclassmen. Then there is me… a lowly freshman who tends to get lost every 3 seconds. But despite being friendless, lost, and very confused, I know that this is the right place for me.

I am slowly transitioning (…or maybe not so slowly) into the person I’ve always wanted to be, but never felt that I could be.

At my previous university I was required to have a mentor who was overly religious and quite judgmental of my choices. Our last meeting ended in an explosion of her passive aggressively disproving of my life and not understanding my choice. Fast forward to my first day here and I was getting my ears pierced and my brother and I came up with a great idea of writing a blog called A Letter to My Mentor. And although I won’t make a whole new blog, I am thinking of posting about my life here in bellingham in a series called A Letter to My Mentor. And if I keep it up, it will be a really nice way to look back on this big, exciting, and important part of my life.

So right now that is me. I can’t promise consistent posts, as I am still getting settled, but I hope that soon I can get back to regular posts.

Learning to Love What I Own

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A couple days after I cleaned out my closet at home.
I spend years with a closet full of clothes and a desire to keep buying more, yet simultaneously feeling like I had nothing to wear to everyday. Last year I bought a book by Mari Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. After reading it, I got rid of some clothes and other possessions, but I still couldn’t get rid of somethings even if they didn’t bring me any joy. I spend another fall buying more clothes for my first quarter in college. I always felt like I had a lot of clothes, but I was in for a surprise when I met my roommate. There is no judgement here, but she had considerably more clothes than I did. This made me feel somewhat better, but I was still struggling to get ready in the morning, and I wasn’t loving what I came up with either.

Fast forward to christmas break, I was surfing through Netflix looking for something to watch while I was knitting. I remembered bookmarking a documentary called The True Cost awhile ago and so I decided to finally watch it. Upon finishing it, I felt completely different. All of the sudden I had no desire to go out and purchase more clothes or shop at stores that support fast fashion. The documentary had gotten me on a roll and I started watching Youtube videos about sustainable fashion. After a couple of days, I decided that I didn’t want to buy anything new that would support fast fashion. But I didn’t stop there, it was another day and I was searching for an another documentary. This time I stumbled upon one about minimalism. After finishing it, I felt ready to make some big changes. I started with my old room at home and started getting rid of things that no longer brought me joy or no longer served a purpose for me. By the time I was done I felt like a big weight had been lifted off of me. Instead of my clothes lying in a heap, I laid them out on the floor and every morning it was easy to pick what I wanted to wear because all the items that laid before me, were pieces that I loved.

When I got back to my dorm room I spend several hours, packing away anything that didn’t bring me joy and unpacking and organizing that things that did. And since then, everyday it has taken me seconds to pick out my clothes and I don’t feel uncomfortable or mismatched like I use to. I even found ways to pair pieces that I loved, but never wear…like the skirt pictured above. I wear that outfit every week now, alternating between a black or a grey sweater.

Eventually I would like to try out the concept of a capsule wardrobe, I counted the pieces that I have currently in my closet and it totals up to around 50 pieces including shoes and not including workout clothes and I still have some summer clothes stored away at home. I think it would be cool to try project 333, but I haven’t decided yet.

The other really cool thing that I’ve noticed since paring down my possessions is how its affect my anxiety. I feel less anxious everyday. I’m not worried about how I look anymore, because I love all the pieces in my closet, and I’m not faced with extra decisions everyday that can lead to ramping up my anxiety. I discovered that something as simple as getting ready each day was actually starting my day with a dose of anxiety. I had too many choices and it was always overwhelming. But now my day starts out easy and stress free.

Let me know your thoughts on minimalism.

January Reads

This month I finished two really great books; All the Light We Cannot See and Euphoria. All the Light We Cannot See came to me highly recommended and it turned out to be one of those books where when you start reading it you just can’t stop! It is set during World War II and follows the story of a blind girl and an orphan and their lives throughout the war. Heart wrenching and captivating, would recommend to anyone looking for a good book. (Note: It is not historically factual…)

Euphoria was almost equally as good, but a little more heavy. It’s about three anthropologists and their adventures in New Guinea. Here is a description I found that sums it up much better than I could have…

“English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, he is on the verge of suicide when an encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink.”

One of my new years resolutions was to read more, I made a particular goal to read at least one book a month . That doesn’t seem like a lot, but I wanted to give myself an attainable goal to accomplish each month, despite if my life gets busy. Having said that, I think that I am off to a safe start on my goal. 1 month down, 11 more to go!

Let me know what books you read this month and if you have any recommendation for me on books to read next month.

 

Bullet Journal

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I’ve been using the bullet journal method for almost a year now. My first entry was for the month of April and over the months I’ve figured out layouts that I like. I definitely no longer follow the template, but rather just make up layouts that work best for me. Pictured below are a few of my current favorite pages.

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New Years Resolutions 2017

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I firmly believe that if you want to make a change in your life you don’t have to wait until the new year begins. But I still like to write down goals for the year and by posting them here, I hope to be able to look back on them in a year and see how far I’ve come. So here are ten goals I hope to accomplish this year:

  1. Go zero waste
  2. Drink 2L of water everyday
  3. Read one book a month
  4. Open an Etsy store
  5. Practice yoga once a week
  6. Meditate Daily
  7. Reduce the amount of stuff I own
  8. Become more consistent with blog posts
  9. Knit a sweater
  10. Save money to travel

Let me know if you set goals for the year or if you believe in making new years resolutions.

Happy New Year!

Travelogue: Weekend in Bellingham

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My first weekend of Christmas break I took a trip to go see my brother in Bellingham. My day started with an early train to Bham from King Street Station. I had to get up pretty early to make sure I got to the train with plenty of time to spare. This was my first time taking an Amtrak train and it went pretty smoothly. But I did end up meeting two girls who had a bit of a rougher morning. The were on their way to Vancouver, BC, so logically we should be on the same train, right? Continue reading

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

The past couple months I have completely fallen in love with the zero waste movement. Although I am not completely zero waste, I have been taking steps to get there. And a big one is changing the way my family does christmas. First up on the list is placing sustainable goods in stockings.

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Weekend Links 12/16/16

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This week I finished my first quarter of college! The last two weeks were full of snow and ice and I was pretty happy to come home. 38º degree weather doesn’t seem so bad after 15º temperatures plus a wind chill. This weekend I am heading off to Bellingham to visit my brother.It will be good to visit Bellingham again, and I expect the weekend to be full of fun and adventures. Here are a few links from around the internet…

I love all things tiny house.

A beautiful travelogue.

Some healthy, but delicious recipes for Christmas.

Beautiful photos that make me want to travel.

Tasteful winter decor, my favorite type.

Cute Life Aquatic patch.

I love these gift guides.

A book to read on the train.

Polar bear prison.

Something funny.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!