So back in October 2015 I was totally sick of all my purses. I was the definition of a purse hoarder – always buying a new cheap purse and racking up my collection, with zero room to put them all. Nevertheless, since I was buying cheap purses they were always falling apart. I’ve had so many straps rip, inner-linings tear, and zippers fall apart after using them on a regular basis. Also, with using multiple purses all week, I was leaving important stuff in different purses that I would need…such as my subway card, my I.D, even my whole wallet from time-to-time.
I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism. I know some of you that ship has already sailed. But honestly, the more I think about it, I believe minimalism can easily be the secret ingredient to living a thriftier, healthier, and happier life. Think about it; the less you own, the less you have to worry about, the less money you spend. When it comes to your house, your closet, even your choices at the grocery store – giving yourself less options can actually open you up to some freedom in the long run.
It was 4:30 p.m. I just finished a shift for work and, after scrolling through my Instagram for thirty minutes, I felt anxious and shameful. Why? Because I wasn’t getting anything done in my to-do list. I mean, I just got off work and spent time to decompress – which in any other eyes seems completely normal. So why in the world was I feeling so shameful for it?
We are only a few days (heck, few hours) into 2017 and I’m sure you’re already feeling a little anxious about those goals you set. How easy let ourselves slip from those goals we set at the beginning of the year. Yes, they feel exciting at first, but even after a few days in I’m sure they can feel tiresome and you question all reasons to why you create new year’s resolutions in the first place. Especially if your goal was to spend less or be better with money. My friend, let me help you out a little bit!
Although right now we’re a bit broke, I have to admit that I have been fortunate throughout my life to travel quite a bit. My amazing parents have taken me to different corners of the world – from Paris, Florence, Munich, the Swiss Alps, and more. We traveled the west-coast taking a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, hiked the Grand Teton mountains, and have probably scaled the entire east coast. In my years of travel experience, I have picked up a few tricks along the way…ESPECIALLY when it comes to packing. Hope you don’t mind if I gloat, but I have that weekend-in-a-backpack routine down pretty good.
This week I’ve been doing some blog upgrading and a bit of research on what people want to know about thrifty living. Along with the more practical stuff about budgeting (which, don’t worry, we have worksheets coming via my newsletter), I also found that people just need cheaper ways to go about life. Food, style, how to make more money…all the more practical day-to-day tasks that require spending and how to lessen those costs.
Hello everyone! As some of you know, this month I’ll be starting a home decor series in my apartment, and I figured before starting any projects I would talk to tan expert. Meet Michelle! She is a good friend of mine who lives in Minnesota with her husband, Ross, and works as an interior designer for Bria Hammel Interiors. The room you see above is one of the beautiful spaces her team put together!
Living in a tiny home for two? For us, the emphasis is certainly on *tiny* #thanksNYC. However, there are always pros for the cons, and when it comes to small studios that means the amount of cleaning (or lack of cleaning) that we have to do for our space is incredible. I like to take time on my weekends to clean up the apartment, and with a small space such as ours it takes me just over an hour to get through my entire list.
After a few years of living with roommates and getting situated with another person, I have created a seamless cleaning schedule that makes sure to cover all of my bases. I thought it would be helpful for others to share the cleaning schedule that we now implement in our OKay household. Plus, what better way to do that but through an infographic?
Okay so here’s the thing. Despite the fact that these past few weeks have been busy with finishing grad school and what not, I have to admit that I was just embarrassed to write anything on this blog. To be real, budgeting has been extremely difficult and I didn’t want to admit to everyone how terribly awful I am at doing this. So naturally, I would just pretend this blog doesn’t exist and try to move on.
However, in a few weeks I am getting married and moving to New York City with my soon-to-be. With the wedding around the corner and trying to plan finances for the future, I am realizing that my budget is so incredibly important and I need to be disciplined in not only that, but many other areas of my life. Looking back at all the projects or even assignments from my past, I realize that I’m great at vision but stink at disciplining myself to keeping up with it. Not just budgeting, but even blogging too. My life needs more discipline, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one.
If you’re anything like me then you probably need some discipline in a few areas of life as well. Here’s a few reasons to why discipling is so, so important.