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I’m currently on a huge closet overhaul/attempt to become a minimalist due to the following factors:

  1. Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last year. It’s been all over every blog/Instagram post, but the gist of what I learned? Keep only what you love. And yes, it really is life-changing.
  2. Discovering capsule wardrobes via The EveryGirl. Another blog hit of 2015, capsule wardrobes involve paring down your wardrobe to a set number of mix and match items every few months or so. I was drawn to the concept since I suffer deeply from decision overload.
  3. Necessity. Moving across the country with only the things I could fit in my Jetta has forced me to purge just a wee bit.
  4. Giving up shopping for clothes. After a wedding/honeymoon and busy traveling schedule all last year and a big move to kick off 2016 (all which were 110% worth it), money has been tight. I’m opting to not buy any new clothes for 2016 and so far, it has been pretty effortless. As an incentive (if I make it through this) I’ll buy myself a shiny new laptop for Christmas. Challenge accepted.

I’ll admit, it has been a long and pretty painful process so far. After a trip to Plato’s Closet and countless bags of donations, my closet could still use some work (as seen above). I’ll get there. More to come on this journey and my second attempt at a capsule wardrobe.

Half Full Mentality

 
The other day, I caught up with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and the inevitable question that seems to haunt our adult lives came up: “How’s work?” The responses were typical — “busy”, “sucks”, “same old” — until I heard myself saying aloud, “I like my job.” Whaaat? This was met by some laughter and disbelief, and I’ll admit, if you had asked me the same question just a few months ago, I wouldn’t have had that answer. But I realized nothing had really changed in my job, and it got me thinking: how did I get here?

The “here” I’m referring to is my current state — this state of content, and (most days) pure happiness. I am currently at a place where everything in life is just good and right, and even when it’s not, I’m able to help myself get to that place. It hasn’t been easy to get here, and I definitely still fall into a rut some days, but I think I’m here now, or at least, closer to “here” than I’ve ever been before.

I’m planning to write in more detail about the things that have changed my perspective on life, but here’s the “short” list in the meantime:

meditation | mindfulness | prayer | Blogilates | eating healthy | reading | staying organized | having a routine | Five Minute Journal | my 21 Day Early Bird Challenge | lists | Thrive by Arianna Huffington | family & friends | the Moment app | drinking water | sleep | really prioritizing | living in the present | nice weather | Happier podcast | anticipation | goals | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | blogs | decorating | self-care | … and much, much more.

Anyways, this is just a sign of all the fun to come! 

DIY Ikea Marble Coffee Tables

Since I move so often, I’m hesitant to invest in quality furniture for fear of buying something that doesn’t quite fit in my future home. That’s why I’ve had these two $9.99 Ikea Lack tables acting as my coffee table for the past year (inspired by this ingenious EveryGirl article).

Unfortunately, the phrase “you get what you pay for” lived up to its hype, and I just don’t think the little guys are gonna make it much longer.

Exhibit A:

I don’t think that’s supposed to happen…

I’ve had my eye on this marble West Elm coffee table for awhile now, but that price tag currently makes my stomach hurt (wedding budgeting is rough). So what’s the next best thing? Marble contact paper of course!

I found this roll of white marble on Amazon and went to work.
   The legs of the Ikea table screw right off, so I made sure to undo those first and just cover the top. I will admit, the contact paper was a  huuuge pain to work with at first. I was hesitant to rip off all of the backing at once and just plop the sticky stuff on there, so I tried slowly and methodically ripping off a little at a time. That was a mistake. Little bits of the backing refused to peel off and I attempted to scrape them off until I would get frustrated and end up wasting a huge chunk of paper that inevitably got crumpled up into a messy, sticky ball. So, long story short: Rip and plop is the way to go. Actually, more like: measure, carefully rip, align, stick, smooth annnd…voila! Fancy marble coffee tables! (kind of)

I’ll admit they’re far from perfect (you can see the seam and air bubbles up close), but it’s a temporary fix and at least gave the room a fresh look. It’s also secured my decision to go the marble route someday, without me having to cough up $600 so I’d say, wins all around!