july goals

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day is always such a fun day to celebrate; I feel like it’s always ridiculously fun. a friend and I have a tradition of playing at a park on Canada Day, but this year I think we’re going to head to the Edmonton Prospects baseball game. the baseball field has a great view of the fireworks area, so I’m excited for that!

july is also my birth month, so it’s kind of one of my favourite months of the year. this july is stacking up to be pretty fun - I’m planning my 25th birthday celebration (I can’t believe I’m going to be 25!), going camping and going hiking. but, just because july is a fun month doesn’t mean that I’m not setting goals! here are my goals for this month.

one / eat better. I know this sounds fairly basic to have as a goal, but I’ve honestly been working on it for about 2-3 weeks now because I know that getting into shape is only going to get harder from here. in the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been working on it, I’ve actually lost 14 pounds!! I just really want to stay focused on eating a very nutritious diet (and not something that is necessarily just low calorie) through july, and to do enough research on veganism that I can decide permanently.

two / hobbies. I realized on a road trip a couple weeks ago that I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I’ve been into writing for a long time, but I feel like the majority of what I do is hang out with people, watch netflix/movies and eat food. when I realized this, I decided that I wanted to spend some time discovering new hobbies. I’ve picked up hiking, slack lining and running in the last couple of weeks. the goal for july is to try as many new things as possible, and to spend more time hiking and slack lining.

three / hiking. speaking of hiking… I found that I loved it and I want to do it more. I read a study recently that suggested hiking can change your brain chemistry and make it easier to handle depression and anxiety. in the month I’ve been ‘into’ hiking, I have definitely noticed a change in my stress levels and I am way less anxious overall. this makes me want to keep doing it! my goal is to do at least one hike per week in july.

four / journalling project. I’ve been a big fan of Try with Lucie for a really long time on Refinery 29, and her journalling video inspired me. this month I’m going to try out 4 different types of journalling (one for each week of the month), and write a blog post on each one after I’ve tried it. 

five / minimalism & interior design. I want to get more into minimalism. I’m not sure if it’s something you could call a hobby, but I really enjoy decorating and styling my house in a minimalistic way. I also want minimalism to become one of the main topics for this blog, so I feel like I need to have a better understanding of it. this month, I want to read more books and watch more documentaries on the subject, and hopefully redesign my blog to reflect these changes.

so, those are my goals for this month! it feels like a few of them are a bit lofty, but I have next steps lined up for each of them. 

what are your goals for this month?

june goals

friends. wow. it has been such a long time since I’ve shown up here, and I am sorry.

life got very hectic back in march and didn’t slow down until this past week. I was burnt out, exhausted and just trying to keep up with all of the mandatory parts of my life - unfortunately this blog took a hit during that time. today, erin wrote a fantast blog post about balance, and it inspired me to come back here. I’m sitting here in my sweaty apartment, listening to that new bon iver, having the best soup I’ve ever made, and finally showing up on my blog. hello! I missed you!

in the last few months I had amazing times (seeing Bey, hiking, road trips) and hard times (primarily governed by my anxiety flaring back up), and through it all I feel like I’ve been growing so much. even though I haven’t been writing here all that much, you’ve been on my mind. I want this blog to be an exploration of minimalism and a space to document my attempts at adulting, in addition to the lifestyle blog that it’s become - I hope you’re as excited about that as I am.

to keep things consistent with who I am (and despite the fact that we are a quarter of the way through this month), I thought that today I would share my goals for this month!

one / make all of my meals at home. as I’m sure I’ve said hundreds of times before, I’m not a great cook. I’m working on that this month by making all of my food myself. so far, so good.

two / get outside. I really want to be more comfortable outside and get more exercise from things like hiking, canoeing and slacklining. this is off to a bit of a strange start this month (one hike in a thunderstorm, one hike resulting in getting very, very lost and being severely dehydrated), but I am actually very proud of myself for pushing myself so far outside of my comfort zone.

three / try new hairstyles. I feel like my signature look is ‘got out of the shower, brushed my wet hair, called it done.’ I’ve already been experimenting with braids and topknots, but I need some serious hair suggestions!

                     I recently tried these halo braids and felt like a princess all day - if you want a tutorial let me know!

                     I recently tried these halo braids and felt like a princess all day - if you want a tutorial let me know!

four / take care of me. now that life is slowing down, I can spend my time doing the things that make me happy - eating on my patio, discovering new music, reading books and sharing good times with good people.

what are your goals this month? what have I missed the past few months? xo.

confessions

happy wednesday! we’ve made it halfway through the week. because I work in retail, it is actually my friday today! I’m also ridiculously excited because from today it is only seven days until my sister gets here! I cannot wait for her to arrive; we’ve got so many fun plans from dancing to furniture shopping to photoshoots. she’s going to be here for a whole week, and I’m really looking forward to the vacation. today, for hump-day, I’m linking up with plucky for some confessions. 

I confess…

…lately I haven’t been feeling very “into” makeup. this feels pretty weird for me because I normally absolutely love makeup and putting on my face. recently I haven’t felt like putting on anything past mascara, and when I do put lipstick on, I forget to reapply it when it wears off. 

…forgetting to reapply my lipstick frequently means I’m rocking the “outline o” that tends to appear as lipstick transfers off of your lips. this means lately I’ve been running around looking like a weirdo. great.

…I get really offended when people say they like tea better than coffee, but not because I want them to like coffee. back in the day, I used to be a GIANT tea drinker (like 6 cups a day, minimum). while I still love tea and usually have a cup before bed, coffee has become my one true love. when people say they prefer tea, I always feel like they’re insulting me because I’ve always secretly felt that tea is more sophisticated than coffee. 

…I’m kind of embarrassed that I just had a rant regarding tea and coffee. my life is clearly full of excitement.

…I’ve been thinking a lot about what exactly I want this blog to be as I’ve been writing up my fresh about me page. this blog’s one year birthday is coming up, and there has already been so much change from my original vision. I know for sure that I want this to be a space to talk about relationships, adulting, minimalism, and hopefully makeup too. does this mean I’m settling into my genre??

well, that’s what I have for today, amigos. I hope you’re having a lovely week and that your march is off to a great start. what do you have to confess today?

the astonishing way that minimalism improved my life

a couple of years ago, I had a job at a locally owned bookstore here in edmonton. one weekend, we were having a sale, and my manager asked that I put some of the sale products on the front display table. I set up a well-organized and balanced display, but when my manager returned, she told me that I needed to put a lot more products on the table! a customer overheard this, and laughed as she undoubtedly saw my dumbfounded reaction to the instructions. “you must be a minimalist,” she shared, “I can tell you like the empty space!”

this comment didn’t really ring a bell for me - I hadn’t heard the term minimalist before, and I’d never considered that I might have a different space-design preference from the people around me. three years later, minimalism has become a definite hot topic, and I can’t help but feel like it’s still the ideal style for me.

robineylea - anxiety and minimalism

interestingly, minimalism has become more of a lifestyle than a personal style: it’s become more about keeping your life balanced and organized. this lends itself to fashion (which I’m learning about now!), decorating, organization, and planning. 

as someone who struggles with anxiety, I have definitely noticed the power of minimalism on my mental space. when I get home and my candles are balanced out along my tv stand, my mind breathes a sigh of relief. when the floor in my bedroom is empty, I sleep better. when I’m in the kitchen and my countertops are bare (save for my coffee pot!), I feel less inclined to overeat. I know that this sounds dramatic, but I genuinely mean it. living as minimally as possible makes space to sort out my mental dirty laundry, and this makes life easier. 

if you’re interested in trying out minimalism, I have a few pointers that help me to stay balanced.

one / consider minimalism the act of making space for the things you really love. it can be really hard to part with things, but I promise it’s worth it. minimalism isn’t about getting rid of everything you own - if you really love something, then keep it!

two / think of empty spaces as a luxury. having space on my countertops or the surfaces throughout my home directly translates to my level of stress in a given room. creating that space feels so luxurious to me (which might sound odd), and it definitely creates relaxation for me.

three / remember that donating things gives them a second life. when getting rid of stuff, I often felt a lot of guilt: either I spent good money on an item or received it as a gift from someone I cared about. I soon realized that when I hung onto these belongings out of guilt, I continued to carry around that guilt anyways! if I spent $100 on something and just let it sit in my closet, I felt guilty for wasting the money, and that guilt stayed with me. donating items will get them into the hands of someone who will use them!

I would definitely not say that I’m a minimalism expert in any way! I’m still learning all the time - I love watching youtube videos, reading books and browsing pinterest for ways to expand further into minimalism (any suggested favourites are welcomed!). the life changing magic of tidying up has definitely been a favourite I have returned to many times for ideas and inspiration, and I’m hoping to read spark joy very soon. the power of minimalism continues to surprise me - it’s almost like a form of self care in my world.

have you ever experimented with minimalism? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below! xo.

instagram lovin'

the ‘gram is my favourite form of social media. I love scrolling through the beautiful pictures and daydreaming about outfit inspiration and travel destinations. looking through my feed is like taking a mini-vacation. I'm a pretty dedicated follower to my favourites, so I thought I would share them here today! there are basically three themes to my instagram feed (pacific northwest, lifestyle, style) so I’ll share some from each category. 

pacific northwest

real talk: I am working very hard on becoming better at being outdoorsy. the truth is that I absolutely love mountains and I am obsessed with the ocean… but I am an indoor cat. I’m scared of wildlife and bugs and I am not very coordinated. these insta-accounts remind me that being outside is beautiful, fun and exciting.

staypnw / jontaylorsweet / veekster

lifestyle

I just like looking at bright, pretty things. well organized feeds filled with coffee, plants and cute interiors are hard to come by, but some of my most loved feeds. the brighter the photos the better, in my opinion.

laurenswells / lucylaucht / juliamanchik

style

as you may know, I’m trying to find my personal style in 2016. well, these girls have their style figured out and their feeds are highly curated to show it off! I love getting inspiration from these lovely ladies, and even though I’m not sure if any of them have exactly the same personal style that I am aiming for, their insta accounts are totes on point.

thefashioncitizen / aliciafashionista / thedailytay

so those are some of my favourite instagrammers. if we’re not following each other, we probably should be! you can find my instagram here!

tell me in the comments below who you love to follow on instagram, as well as your username so I can check you out! xo!