Minimal Intent


Posted by in Family Matters, Life in Order

Ever been caught in a whirlwind?  I feel like I am in the middle of a whirlwind of change – for the better. My last post had me sitting in my aunt’s old kitchen prepping for an estate sale and my final goodbye to her house.  It was all so bittersweet – BUT – what I failed to mention to you what else was happening in the background.  I did something a little crazy.  I had my husband look at a house solo without me and then put in an offer.  I…read more


Keeping Plates Spinning

Posted by in Family Matters, Life in Order

For much of my “mom life” I have frequently had one to many plates spinning at once – to the point when something caused my balance to falter, all the plates have come crashing down.  The most obvious way to prevent this from happening is to limit the number of commitments and responsibilities you and your family have.  Ideally, everything you and your family do should support your personal and family mission statements.  Anything, that is out of line with your personal values and mission are going to be more…read more

Getting Set for a Happy New Year: 2017 BuJo

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Happy New Year! One of the things that I know I *NEED* is a day planner of some type.  Last year’s I glued a bunch of printables into a composition journal – just to see what I used, how I used it, what I liked etc.  It was clunky and ugly but for the most part functional.  This year I decided to take a look at what I learned and pretty things up a bit, partly for aesthetics, partly for fun and completely because pretty and fun are huge motivators…read more

2017: Things To Come

Posted by in Becoming Chic, Family Matters, Kids' Capsule Wardrobes, Life in Order, Minimalism, Wellness

First, I want to thank all of you for being so patient with me during this past year.  I took a break shortly after losing my mom only to return and then leave again to care for my elderly aunt who also passed away in September.  2016 was a difficult and very bittersweet year for me.  I am still grieving the loss of these two amazing women but also I continue to be inspired by them – their legacy of tips, insights and inspiration will likely crop up in my posts…read more


Letting Go: Setting Goals

Posted by in Life in Order, Minimalism

Setting goals is part of finding motivation which is something we discussed last week but because setting goals is so important to the process I thought it deserved a post of its own.  Goal setting is personal and everyone’s goals should be unique to their own needs, desires and personalities. Remember how I said last week that what works for one person as motivation will fall flat for another well same goes for setting goals.  Your goals should be a product of your motivations and in turn motivate you to…read more

Your Own Beat: Likes and Dislikes

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This may seem the easiest part of marching to your own beat – simply focusing on your own likes and dislikes.  Here is the thing though, it is one of the bravest things you can do.  Why?  Because all to often we don’t do something we love because of what someone else thinks.  That or we do things we hate because someone else expects us to.  We give too much power to others or to our perceptions of what others think of us. Marching to your own beat means that the…read more

Core Values

Posted by in Life in Order

Last week I talked about the importance of personality in learning to march to our own beat.  I mentioned core values briefly in that post illustrating how knowing the strengths and weaknesses of my personality type helped me hone in on how to best apply my core values to my life.  Personality and core values are a little like peanut butter and chocolate.  They work well on their own but are especially good when combined. How do you know what your core values are?  Chances are you are already using…read more

Intentional Living and Personality

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Personality is one of the cornerstones of our personal identity and so few of us actually understand what comprises our personalities.  No quiz or test will ever completely encapsulate exactly who you are because our core values influence our personality.  On the flip side though our personality influences our core values as well as our likes and dislikes.  I found the easiest personality test and results to understand is the Myers-Briggs test also known as the 16 personalities. The quiz is quite lengthy but it will break down your “personality”…read more

March, To Your Own Beat

Posted by in Life in Order, Personal Mission Statement

A huge part of intentional living is doing you and not looking to others for direction – it should be about marching to your own beat.  Your live should be yours to live the way that feeds your soul, that brings you joy, and that works for you.  This isn’t to say that you should be concerned with others around you and their well being.  It is to say that other’s ideals, values, choices, lifestyles, convictions and expectations aren’t yours to fulfill.   It is your own ideals, values, choices,…read more

Closet Tour

Posted by in Becoming Chic, Life in Order, Minimalism

Today, I thought I would give you a closet tour of the little closet I share with my husband.  We share this and the hall coat closet.  This closet is in the smaller “2nd bedroom” because we gave the kids the larger “master bedroom.”  We don’t need extra space to spread out a wooden train set or built a Lego village in our room.  As such we also ended up with a smaller closet.  It is exactly 4 ft wide…did I mention we share?  This is how it stays most of the time although my…read more