What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #4 Keeping up with the Joneses (Kardashians)

When I was in college, I found a group of "friends" who liked to maintain a certain image.  While I loved my college, I found that many of the people who attended the school had their parents paying for everything.  I was lucky that my parents were paying my tuition. My first semester of college, … Continue reading What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #4 Keeping up with the Joneses (Kardashians)

Life in the World Outside of Grad School: When Will I Have Time to Blog?

I would like to apologize to my readers for being MIA the last week and a half.  I had every intention of posting my series bi-weekly.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately, rather) life got in the way.  Last week I started a new job at a summer camp and don't have as much time as I've had … Continue reading Life in the World Outside of Grad School: When Will I Have Time to Blog?

What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #3 Your Expensive Gadgets

Oh! How we get attached to our fancy gadgets.  It's pathetic.  I get it though, because I do it too. We spend $199-$399 on a cell phone and then all of our hard-earned money goes down the drain when the screen cracks. Or it falls into a huge sloshing puddle when you get out of … Continue reading What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #3 Your Expensive Gadgets

What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #2 What to Wear

Clothing is a mode of personal expression, personal style, culture and history.  They keep us warm and dry. And without clothes, we'd all be walking around naked. We cannot escape these simple facts.  For me, however, I'm starting to feel like making clothing choices is taking too long. As I researched my Fashion for Minimalists … Continue reading What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now: #2 What to Wear

What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now and Why, #1 Your Weight

I wanted to do a 10-part series on the things that we stress over but really shouldn't.  Over the next five weeks, I'll cover Ten Things You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now and Why. I'll post one every Monday and one every Thursday. (Yes, I'm getting started a little late, but why put my … Continue reading What You Should Stop Stressing About Right Now and Why, #1 Your Weight

Must Be the Feeling: A Romance of Stuff

my thoughts exactly…

Annamal house.

There are few things I love more than spring cleaning. Something about cleaning house from floor to ceiling and hauling away boxes of junk fills me with an indescribable sense of serenity and relief. Perhaps it speaks to a deep need for order in my life, but something about walking into a clean, organized room fills me with the same excitement I get whenever I get to buy a new notebook.

The process of cleaning and removing stuff is rarely a simple one.

Every time I do a thorough clean-out, I’m forced to reflect on my relationship with stuff: our long history, and all the hopes and expectations I have surrounding it. I have courted stuff my whole life, and it has courted me. It has called to me, tantalized me, and I have pursued it with passion, only to feel disenchanted…and yet determined to pursue it further. A kind…

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Slow-Paced Careers

The American workplace simply isn't cut out for stress-free, slow-paced living. Yes, you can argue that how you perceive and respond to stress plays a big role in how a job feels, but it is unlikely that you'll find a slow-placed, low-stress career working for somebody other than yourself. Employers, by their very nature have … Continue reading Slow-Paced Careers

Fashion for Minimalists: 10 Rules

I've always been intrigued by fashion, and how some people manage to look so put together, all the time.  I don't want to say that I was ever too poor to have a cute outfit, but as an adult, I feel like I'm just figuring out how to dress myself. The more I'm inundated with impeccably dressed … Continue reading Fashion for Minimalists: 10 Rules

How Stress Affects the Body

So I recently saw this awesome infographic on the Secrets of the Fed website. I know the site can be a bit provocative, but you really can't argue about this image. Every time I see something about the negative consequences of stress, it reminds me to stay focused.  I'm minimalizing and slowing down for a reason. … Continue reading How Stress Affects the Body

Making Time to Cook and Eat

If you don't mind my ramblings, read on:  Right now I'm on a no-chemicals, all-natural foods diet. Actually, I'd really like to make this a permanent thing, but I have to cook everything; it is so time consuming. I'm not complaining, I've lost weight and I feel wonderful. Yet, it really got me thinking about … Continue reading Making Time to Cook and Eat