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Bernie Or Bust

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over the last 6 months my personal instagram became a bernie account but if you go back far enough you will see my actual posts and get an idea about me, who i am and what im about etc. People give likes and comment and i think even some forget you’re an actual person. My name Is Nicki, I am 31 I have 3 adopted children. I have a job and work sometimes more than 40 hours a week… i am not on any government assistance. I will not be voting for ANYONE other than Bernie even in November BERNIE OR BUST!!!

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ELIMINATE not Accumulate!

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blogs-daily-details-minimalist-design-trend-900Society tells us the more we have the better off we are, the happier we will be, the easier life will be and on and on… but the truth is more stuff isn’t making us happier if anything its making us more depressed, more distracted, more disorganized, and making life in general more difficult. Its a very hard habit to break the “stuff cycle” isn’t one you can just snap your fingers and say i am gonna have less shit and then bam you do it… maybe a few people out there but not the majority! Living with less stuff is going to honestly be more work… At first because all this stuff didn’t pile up over night and all the stuff that bugs you isn’t going to end up IT… what about the boxes you have no clue whats in or the stuff tucked away in drawers and bins around the house or what about under the bed, this list could go on and on. So many people are looking for an “easy” way to become minimalist like there is some set amount of items or some formula that once you do get to that point you have some how arrived, NOPE! There is no easy fix there is no formula no secret just different things that work for different people. For myself this has been something i have wanted for years and i do go through things and eliminate a lot but for myself i feel like its not enough because for me it isn’t. SO many minimalist posts and blogs are helpful but i see a few out there that say you need a certain book, or you need certain things to organize or something in general that is going to cost you money, I 100% disagree DON’T SPEND ANY MONEY on becoming a minimalist. At some point you may need something and minimalism isn’t saying your limited to 100 things or you cant spend money its about awareness and to get started the focus should be purely on elimination and not accumulation, the key is mindfulness the first stages were just getting a feel here were learning so adding or spending ANYTHING is a big fat no. The focus should be just picking an area to start on and working on it and focus on removing a few things, whether you sell them or donate the items need to be out of the house within a few days but for me i work 40 hours so sometimes it takes up to a week so i give my self 7 days and if there is nothing promising on the items they are donated. I will say there is an exception with something very pricey i usually allow myself 30 days to sell if i cant by then i just find someone who can use it and i dont feel like its wasted or a loss. Minimalism can feel so unattainable but the truth behind having to much and minimalism is actually pretty basic, its quiet simply remembering that less stuff is less drama, less mess, less money spent, less dusting, and more time and space for opportunity!

I have decided for myself and to share with others wanting the similar things, to put together a minimalism in 30 days series in which i plan to break down my personal journey and discuss my personal progress and so on.

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Minimalism is a journey not a destination

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It took me a really REALLY long time to understand that minimalism is not a place its a journey, a really really, REALLY long journey. I am by far from a minimalist but i always love the calm spacious look of minimalist interiors. I just can never seem to attain or maintain that look… for one i have kids not one, not two but three plus 2 other children live here along with 2 more adults. We actually have a pretty good sized house but we still have way to much stuff… I have tried a lot of things to cut our stuff down but if i don’t do it pretty much constantly it piles back up at a ridiculously alarming rate. My latest thing is i have about 4 really big garbage bags of stuff i need to get rid of but most of the stuff i want and honestly need to sell its just been really hard to find the time to actually do it… plus having to ship a lot of it, i really hate having to do that, but its like $200 or more i could make off the stuff… Some stuff i decided i would for go selling and just give it to people i know who would use it as thats worth more to me than money. I don’t honestly know how to find balance and time to focus of just getting rid of this stuff i just have a super hard time just donating it when i could really use the money… I think realistically this is where i have to make a decision if making money off of these things is such a big thing i need a time limit on how long i have to make that happen…

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push through

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I have so many things I want to do and so many things I have to do its incredibly hard to find time to get everything done. Having depression just makes it harder. every year i go through this some years its really bad others is a lot milder. This year its not so intense but its still hard, I feel sad i feel anxious and over whelmed easily which makes almost everything much more dramatic and difficult. Working 2 jobs keeps me pretty busy so while i typically hate work and dealing with not 1 but multiple bosses that are unorganized and unreliable I also think it cuts down on time spent with nothing to do so im not as sad or down and i certainly do not have much time to sit around and let it get to me. Its been a long time since i was in a relationship this time of year but I think on most days it helps keep my depression to a minimum, but occasionally there are days it makes it harder too. I don’t write on here much mostly because i don’t have the time most of my time is spent working and just trying to get through this and hoping it wont last for to much longer…

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