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14 things I don’t do

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“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” Shauna Niequist

From the minute I read this line in one of Shauna’s books, it stuck with me. As I get older, I realize how important it is to prioritize, to be intentional with my time.

It’s okay to say No, to not do things just because someone else does them. They are living a completely different life than you. Say No and feel okay with it!

Here are some things I don’t do:

  1. I don’t wash my hair everyday. It’s curly, which means it doesn’t get oily, therefore I can go about 2-3 days without washing it and it still look okay. This saves me at least 20-30 minutes some days. Plus I’m good with a ponytail.
  2. I don’t deep clean until things are noticeably dirty. Other than sweeping the kitchen and keeping the sinks/toilets clean, the gap between deep cleanings is large.
  3. I don’t comment about public events on social media. I’m passionate, but I’m not one to air out all my thoughts on the internet.
  4. I don’t purchase gift bags for every present I give. The bag you open is usually recycled from a past birthday or Christmas. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you!
  5. I don’t go to everything I’m invited to. Sometimes it’s because we’re tired or busy, other times it’s because I simply don’t want to. #honestytime
  6. I don’t iron. Ever. I hold shirts and dresses up to my sister and ask “Would I have to iron this?” If the answer is yes, the shirt goes back on the rack.
  7. I don’t Snapchat. I don’t check-in when I arrive somewhere. I don’t play trendy iPhone games. It’s just not me. But no judgment.
  8. I don’t wash my jeans until I’ve worn them for about a week. I don’t even wash workout clothes after each use. Especially if it’s yoga or a walk, I’m re-wearing that tank top and sports bra again.
  9. I don’t watch live tv. We have an antenna, and we watch television via Netflix and Amazon Prime when we want to watch.
  10. I don’t balance my checkbook.
  11. I don’t drink soda. Never have, probably never will. Carbonation is not for me.
  12. I don’t do yard work. That may change if we ever get a garden or flowers that I enjoy, but I’m happy keeping the inside of our home happy and clean. J handles the outside.
  13. I don’t leave the house without a watch. I usually only take it off to shower, and feel disconnected without one.
  14. I don’t go out after 9pm. At a certain point in the evening, I’m not leaving the house. I’ll stay out late if I’m already out, but besides that, you can find me at home.

A handful of Nos which lead to some sweet Yeses: 

Quality time with my husband. Hosting friends and family. A more generous life. Set aside time for reading, prayer, writing, or creating. Making our home a warm and peaceful place. Laughter and grace when things don’t pan out perfectly. Letter writing to friends. Focus on people instead of objects. Margin for rest. Daily exercise.

What do you say No to that makes space for a good yes?

My Mini Binder Set Up

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Last month, upon a recommendation from a friend, I read Anne Ortlund’s book Discplines of a Beautiful Woman. In one of the chapters, she talks about how she stays organized using a mini binder. I’d never thought of this idea, but decided to adventure in. It has been super great! I took a good bit of inspiration from her stories, but I also tweaked it to match my own ‘needs,’ and wanted to share it with you. Today you can spend oodles of money on designer binders and refill paper, which is nice, but I still think Anne’s inexpensive system is simple and helpful.

Being a mini binder, it’s small and easy to slip down in my bag for work, and not obtrusive to take into the doctor’s office or car repair shop (I say from personal experience).

It has been great for keeping all the many open tabs of my brain in one happy place.

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Calendar

I ordered custom mini binder calendar pages from Amazon, and they are fabulous. Sections for notes, a pretty design, all kept in the front of my binder.

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Pillow Talk

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I’ve never been one for being particular down to the decorative pillows, then again I’ve never ‘had’ my own home before. Yes, there was my college apartment, but even then I never went out of my way to plan or match or design the room. With J and I currently looking for a place to live, I find myself seeking out creative DIY home crafts and daydreaming about what I want rooms to look like.

Always fun to adventure into something new, here are some small room additives that I find delightful.

Pillows

1. Stein Mart | 2. Anthropologie | 3. Dormify | 4.  Pencil Me In | 5. Stein Mart

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Decorative Uniques

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J and I are currently looking for our first home, and I’ve noticed something about myself that has hardly been true until now. I daydream about home decor. I daydream of what’s whimsical, what’s unique, of what’s cute and clever (I am a graphic designer, after all).

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1. Moscow Mule Mugs from Gent | 2. Neon Pink Lamp from Mana Mana | 3. Umbrella Ring Dish from Anthropologie |4. Argentinean Candy Jar from Anthropologie | 5. Sweet Tooth Cookie Jar from DIGS | 6. Oak bookend with vase from Bella Home Accessories | 7. Root Serving Platter from Uncommon Goods

Now, the chances of any of these lovely items actually making it inside my home might be another story, but…. if the opportunity presented itself. Enjoy my findings!

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