I was excited to read that the 7th day of the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge is dedicated to streamlining your reading list. I love reading, and I’m so excited that I’ve had more free time to read for pleasure since I graduated college. Reading more is actually one of my goals for this year. I have a few books on my mind that I wanted to try and read, so looks like now is the perfect time to make an official list! My Current Reading List The Wife by Meg Wolitzer – After I graduated and finished reading The E-Ticket Life, I was lost on what I shouldRead More →

I usually have a morning routine when I have class or have a shift in the morning, but on my days off or if I work a closing shift I’m unfortunately rather lazy until I absolutely need to do something. When I approached this day’s challenge to follow a morning routine, it was on a day off, so I was curious to see how and if I’d actually follow through with completing the challenge. My Experience: The night before I had a feeling I was going to keep my lazy habits and not wake up or get out of bed until 11:00 or 12:00…so IRead More →

At first when I read this day’s challenge, I wasn’t quite sure what type of priorities it was asking me to identify. After discussing some ideas with my roommate, I sat down and thought about everything I consider important in my life. From there I was able to discover what I consider a priority in my life, and thus this list was born! (Note: This list is in no particular order. I couldn’t decide which ones were more important than the others after a certain point.) My Top 5 Priorities Relationships – This doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships (beings that I’ve been single for almost twoRead More →

I’m so sorry I skipped a few days in the challenge! My family came to visit so I was actually planning on taking a few days off to focus on vacation with them. I’m going to be playing a bit of catch up the next few days, starting with day four of the 30 Day Minimalist Challenge: No Complaint Day. I actually gave this a shot last Thursday, and can’t say I made it through the entire day without complaining. It’s interesting to think about, and not really a quality I’m very aware of myself unless I’m purposefully talking negatively about something consistently. My Experience:Read More →

This was probably the easiest “challenge” so far. Day three of the 30 Day Minimalist Challenge asks you to declutter your digital life. Every once in a while I actually already do this on my laptop and iPhone, especially at the end of a semester. Much like little Wall-E, I don’t like feeling like I’m swimming in files on my desktop or applications on my phone. My Experience: Whenever I declutter and organize my digital life, I go through all of my documents and downloads on my laptop and see which ones I can send to the trash. Most of the time I find random downloads that IRead More →

The second day of the 30 Day Minimalist Challenge asks for you to meditate for 15 minutes. I’ve practiced meditation before, a few times when I’ve been overly overwhelmed and stressed about various aspects of my life. Right now I’m not particularly stressed about anything (I finally finished a seven day work week so I’ve been celebrating by watching Parks and Rec in bed all day.) I was curious to see how meditation would work when I was already rather calm for the day, and I think the result was rather interesting. My Experience: I downloaded an app on my phone called “Take a Break.”Read More →

The 30 Day Minimalist Challenge starts off with probably the toughest challenge of the entire 30 days: Stay offline for one day. At least for me, I couldn’t imagine going an entire day without using the internet. I decided to  kind of tailor the challenge to at least not use social media until after I was done with work, and see how long I could manage afterwards. My Experience: The night before I deleted Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and any other social media app I had on my phone right before bed. This way I wasn’t tempted or forgot first thing in the morning when IRead More →

Now that I’m done with college and taking on the new year, I thought it’d be a good idea to take a step back and figure out what I really want to do with my time. I’m so used to the pressures of always working on projects or homework assignments, but now that I’m not studying for tests I’d love to use that time productively and find new hobbies and things I enjoy doing. A blogger I follow, Cara from Onwards and Upwards, posted some of her resolutions and reflections for 2016. She included a 30 day challenged dedicated to focusing on a more minimalisticRead More →

And just like that, we’re facing a brand new year. 2015 was a year of hope and new beginnings for me. The previous year was a particularly rough one. Filled with heartbreak, failure, and a lot of soul searching to figure out what I truly want and how I need to achieve it. I declared 2015 to be the year I focused on ME, and boy I sure did. I kicked off the new year with a surprise: My book was officially published! I couldn’t believe it. One of my biggest dreams came true. It was absolutely unreal. I continued the great start for the newRead More →

When I heard that Emily Osment was going to be in a new show on ABC Family, I grew curious. Yes, I was one of those people who watched Hannah Montana…I admit. However it’s always interesting to see where some of those child actors go after their “glory days” on whatever Disney Channel show they used to be on growing up. Plus, Ashley Tisdale is one of the producers, which peaked my interest for the same reasons. (Okay yes I was also a High School Musical and Suite Life of Zack and Cody fan.) Young and Hungry was basically what I predicted. It’s a simple, feel-goodRead More →