All posts filed under: minimalism

Summer 10×10 Recap

I’m squeezing out the last drops of summer before welcoming cooler temps, changing leaves and chunky sweaters.  Before all that- I wanted to share my VERY belated Summer 10×10 recap. For anyone new here (WELCOME!!!), 10×10 challenges involve choosing 10 garments (excluding workout attire/jackets/outerwear), styling them together 10 different ways over a period of 10 days, and sharing them with the 10×10 community on Instagram. The seasonal challenge began several years ago with style bloggers Style Bee and http://www.un-fancy.com and it’s something I look forward to year round! The experience fosters creativity with my wardrobe and helps refine my capsule style.  I don’t restrict my closet to a certain number of items, but instead I ensure every single piece in my closet is utilized throughout the year. Since I LOVE to occasionally thrift, I practice a ‘one in, one out’ rule to keep my closet tidy. 80% of items this round were thrifted!  Excluding my Nisolo shoes (my splurge items), the total cost of all other items is around $50.   I prefer fall and winter layering, …

Zero Waste Gift Wrap

We’ve covered zero waste gifting, but wrapping and unwrapping the gift is oftentimes the best part! Traditional wrapping paper isn’t always recyclable, especially if the paper contains tiny shiny, glittery particles.  It’s no surprise that we create 25% more waste from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, with a large portion being disposable paper waste. 

5 Minimalist Habits for Success

If someone were to question me on my latest success story; I would tell them I navigated the Boston public transit system to and from the airport without asking for assistance.  Major win for us directionally challenged souls! How do we measure success in today’s culture; is it amount of income? Accomplishing meaningful work? Number of social media followers?  Or could it be the high you feel after dragging yourself out of bed and kicking that AM workout’s booty?  Maybe it’s nailing an in-office presentation or simply spreading joy. I’ve been intrigued by the habits of successful individuals for some time- especially fellow colleagues in the nutrition world.  Having just returned home from the annual Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE), I was able to hear from and connect with many fellow superstar RDs and I have the dish on what habits help them achieve greatness!  To be successful-no matter your definition or profession-try adapting these five habits into your daily grind: REMOVE THE CLUTTER: Physical and mental clutter is ultra-destructive to creativity and productivity.  Nutrition entrepreneur …

My Minimalism

My minimalism journey began in the midst of a ‘quarter-life crisis’- stuck in a career I wasn’t passionate about, living in a city that wasn’t ‘me’ and dating a guy that lacked my core values.  I wasn’t living the American dream and making 6 figures like some self-proclaimed Minimalists, but I had a decent paying career as a foodservice Registered Dietitian. And I was a dreamer…without a plan other than to make myself happy and live a purposeful life.  So I took a risk and quit my job, traveled across Europe, broke up with my boyfriend and moved to a new city.  Since then I’ve been extremely blessed to say the least and credit’s due to having faith and taking a leap. I’ll save the mushy details for a later date. After decluttering my life of that which no longer served me-I was free to focus on my passions.  That my friends… is Minimalism.  You don’t have to earn a 6 figure salary to be happy and live a purposeful life (if so-I’d never make it). If you can …

Our Minimalist Wedding

What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season? Mr. Grey? Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season? Oh, it’s here! We are in full on wedding-season-mode, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last month. I still can’t believe that TODAY we celebrate our one year anniversary! YAY US! If you missed the post on how the universe planned our minimalist wedding you can read it here. Not long ago, I was asked about my most recent greatest accomplishment, to which I replied-planning a wedding AND honeymoon for under 5,000 US dollars. According to The Knot, a wedding planning site, the average American spent $32,641 for the big day in 2015; and that’s excluding the honeymoon! Say waaaaaaaaa! But it doesn’t have to be that way, ladies! I know it’s one of the biggest days of our lives, but do we really need to put ourselves through months of stress, meticulous planning and extreme work-outs, all for an elaborate party we’ll barely have time to eat at, while dishing out …