• Slow Living 101: How To Start A Slow Living Lifestyle
    Intentional Living,  Self Care

    Slow Living 101: How To Start A Slow Living Lifestyle

    Sometimes I feel like life is passing me by and it really made me interested in learning more about a slow living lifestyle. I move so fast sometimes, mentally and physically, that I feel I can’t catch my breath. Waiting tables for 15 years I always told my trainees one of the best ways to be faster is just to walk faster. I developed a habit of walking fast everywhere though. I am a huge proponent of time economy and being efficient… The problem with speeding through everything… The problem is it has been applied to all areas of my life and I am just too fast. Everywhere. I am…

  • 12 Simple Tips Reduce Waste // Zero Waste Tips For Beginners
    Intentional Living,  Minimalism

    12 Simple Tips Reduce Waste // Zero Waste Tips For Beginners

    Want to reduce waste and save some money while doing it? Do you have a lot of clutter in your life? What if you could reduce waste to help save money and kill two birds with one stone? That’s what today’s post is all about: reduce waste in your life and save money at the same time! 1. Don’t Throw Food Away I am personally guilty of this, especially with produce. To reduce waste with groceries I have made it a mission to simply make more frequent grocery trips. If throwing away produce is a problem for you as well, try and load up on frozen veggies which are healthier…

  • How to Save Money Without a Budget | 4 Tips on Minimalist Savings
    Finances,  Intentional Living

    How to Save Money Without a Budget | 4 Tips on Minimalist Savings

    Sometimes I am not a very organized person, so learning to save money without a budget is something I have always been interested in. Keep reading to find out my simple and slightly lazy strategy for saving money without a budget! Written by: Melissa Reeves Tip #1: It’s all About Lifestyle Changes I want to equate this to the idea that the best diet is about making a lifestyle change and not measuring food or limiting yourself. Similarly, learning how to save money without a budget is about lifestyle changes and creating better habits. Tip #2: Start in the Grocery Store Besides living costs like rent, groceries are our families number…

  • Intentional Living,  Minimalism

    How to Live in a Car: Paring Down Drastically Adventure in Minimalism

    How to live in a car… Do you want to live in a car? Sounds like a promising beginning to a blog, right? I just want to premise this by saying that I am not suggesting this is for everyone or even that I would recommend it for everyone. The idea I really want to get across is suggestions on how you can get rid of so much that you could live in a car if you wanted to, or maybe just a Rv or whatever. If you want to learn how to live in a car, this is just a beginning. Written by: Melissa Reeves A Little Background When I…

  • build a versatile wardrobe
    Fashion and Style,  How to,  Intentional Living,  Videos

    How to Build a Versatile Wardrobe // 34 Outfits From 10 Items

    After wearing the same outfit for 21 days and creating a dress code out of it, I’ve felt intrigued at the idea of how to build a versatile wardrobe from a few items. Tell me if this sounds familiar… You’re subscribed to emails for a few clothing stores you like. All of a sudden, you get a sales email from Forever 21 and you excitedly head over to the website or app. You begin browsing and you see all these cute people wearing cute clothes and you imagine how DANG awesome you’ll look in those same clothes. You put in an order. Anxiously await for the clothing to arrive. Then…

  • how do you accept failure
    Gratitude,  Intentional Living,  Self Care

    What’s the Best Way to Overcome Failure

    The best way to overcome failure is to confidently know that 1) you’re not perfect at everything and 2) everyone experiences failure and 3) come up with a plan to attempt a different course of action. That’s truly the best we can all do. #1: Best Way to Overcome Failure – You’re Not Perfect The bottom line is that you’re not perfect—you are definitely going to make mistakes. But no matter how perfect you think someone else is, they make mistakes too. So, know that everyone else is just living their life like you are and doing the best they can. #2: Everyone Experiences Failure – Grow From It Again…no…

  • Grief,  Intentional Living,  Mental Health

    My Experience On The Other Side and Why #MarriageEquality Made Me Cry

      I am taking some new risks by writing this. No offense intended to anyone who has played a part in my life- just stating the facts as they happened. This post is about why #standbywendy and #marriageequality made me cry. Check out the links on the hashtags for more about what happened today. A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a gay friend I’d just met. He is involved in sex education and promoting equal rights through a non profit organization (more on that in another post). He shared a story with me regarding an opportunity he had to share some information with a young gay teen. The teen…

  • Beauty,  Intentional Living

    Beauty: It Touches Everything

    What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. — Thomas Crum On my vision board, one of the quotes says ‘Beauty: it touches everything’. One thing I am incredibly grateful for is the fact that even though I have experienced a lot of sadness since my dad’s death, I see the last few months as positive light. I have grown and changed and had opportunities to see vey clearly how God is carrying me and using me. I…

  • How to,  Intentional Living

    “I” Statements and/or Hedgehogs

    What is an “I” statement? Often I hear people talking about their own personal experiences using the words “you” and “we”. Ex: You are wrong; You are crazy; You need to; You can’t; We all need to; etc. Another way I hear “you” used is when people pause and say, “you know?” repeatedly. I may not “know”…so just keep talking and I’ll decide :o) Using “I” statements  makes me vulnerable and transparent, and prevents the other person to whom I am relating from becoming defensive. My feelings are always about me, even if your actions were harmful to me or another person. By using “I” statements, I simply relate my…

  • Intentional Living,  Spiritual

    Waiting is an Action

    In my article “Grounding” I talked about my need to focus more on positive self-talk. No matter what I do, it can be fixed or made to fit. With almost everything I have painted, I reach a point where I hate it. I leave it on the easel for a few hours, and sometimes a few days. I never feel any pressure to fix it right away, I just wait for the answer to come, And it always does. I am learning to do this in other areas of my life. I don’t always like what my life looks like, and sometimes I do things that look totally messed up.…