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A little unexpected down time

Hi Friends! So, full confession: when I started writing my Fit-Tuesday post this morning I had a bit of a meltdown. You see, I’m transferring this lovely little site from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site so that I can expand my suite of offerings to include products and all sorts of fun, interesting, and inspiring stuff, just like what you see here every day. And I’m REALLY excited for that change! But change is hard, and learning new things in order to make that change can be really hard. So this morning when I got an email that said “your domain has been successfully transferred!” I thought “yay! that’s wonderful” and continued on my morning routine, having no idea that the translation of that email was “IT’S TIME TO FREAK OUT, JULIE, YOUR SITE IS DOWN!!!” And when I got another email a couple hours later from someone saying, “hey, I noticed you just started your site and I would love to help with web development” I thought “well, fine, it’s not perfect, but that’s …

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Minimize Your Wardrobe – Tour My Minimized Closet

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — In my last #minimize wardrobe post I rounded out the Closet Clean Out challenge with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I was inspired – yet again – to switch up the originally scheduled post because I want to have a little more fun with the capsule concept and incorporate it with the self-portrait challenge #myselfiescrapbook. That means ONE final week of the wardrobe challenge before we move on. I’ve been wanting an excuse to spruce up my closet a bit, so when the …

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Clutter Comes in All Forms: Sifting through Mental Clutter

I embarked on the #minimize challenge earlier this year with a distinct purpose: to minimize the extra “stuff” in my life, and to allow room for us to grow into and with our new space. And, as you can see from the closet clean out challenges and the previous #minimize projects, I’ve done a lot of work to slowly but surely increase efficiency and decrease all of the “extra” in our home. But as I worked to finalize the last “minimize your wardrobe” post (which will release next week instead), I found myself totally paralyzed and unable to finish it. And after some reflection, I had a mini-epiphany about clutter and decided to write this post instead. Clutter comes in all forms. It’s not just in our closets, or in the corners of our homes. And it’s not just that one table that never seems to be clean. And it’s not just the never-ending laundry pile. And it’s not that bag of baby clothes you need to sort and store. There are two other forms …

Whether you're starting a new business or a running program, you need a rest day | How I Sustain Blog

Dissecting the “Rest Day” in Fitness & Starting Something New

Let’s talk about rest and what it really means. You may have noticed the slightly erratic nature of my posting schedule here on the blog last week. Sorry about that. It turns out, I misunderstood the true purpose and the intention of a rest day. Couple that with failing to acknowledge how hard it is to run long distances and how intense my workouts have been lately, and you get one absolutely exhausted wannabe-runner. Starting Something New You see, I’ve taken on a personal challenge to run a half marathon this year. I don’t know when the race will be (a friend and I are running together), but I’m hoping for a mid-June date – before the heat of the summer, but with enough lead time for me to reasonably train. If we can’t find one in June, we’ll probably look towards September (yay – even more time!). If you’re a runner, there is a lot of information out there to help you start a new training program. I am not a runner – or …

If You Want to Build a Business, Get to Know Who You Are

This title sincerely sums up the last few months of my life. I’ve been asking the same questions over and over and over again: Who am I? What do I want to do with my career? Who do I want to work with? And how do I make that happen? Every time I think I get close to an answer, I head down the decision tree. Let me give you an example: I am someone who is passionate about crafting and teaching others how to craft. Therefore, I want to build a business around handmade things. I would start with DIY tutorials, crochet patterns, and sewing projects on small handmade items that have purpose and meaning, that are simple but beautiful. That would eventually build into a monthly kit subscription which would teach people who don’t craft how to make beautiful handmade things. I would almost love that. But I know it wouldn’t be fulfilling enough. So I moved towards this: I am someone who is passionate about memory keeping. Therefore, I want to build …

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Minimize Your Wardrobe – Challenge #4: Every season is a fresh start

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — Last week I continued Closet Clean Out miniseries by cleaning all the cluttered corners in our closet. Each of these projects have been slightly life-changing, but between last week and this week, I really feel like I’m winning at life right now. Today, I’m rounding out this series with some talk about seasonal clothing. Weather before Fashion You see, I live in New England. We have Seasons here, capital “S” to emphasize that it’s currently under 30°F outside and we’re in mid-March. In the summer, we usually have a few weeks …

Friday Photo & Words: On Seeking my Through Line and Learning to Pivot

Every Friday I share a photo and a story. A lighter touch. An easier read for the end of the week. Friday Photo + Words is my best way to end the work week. — Last week I had the privilege of coaching a friend who is in the process of developing a blog to expand her existing business. It was one of those conversations where we both had lots of “ah-ha!” moments and it was exactly what I needed to start the next stage of this career that I’m slowly building for myself. You see, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately. To be honest, it feels like I’ve been in this “what do I want to be when I grow up?” line of thinking for just about ever. And with each opportunity and project that I take on, I feel like I get closer to it – but never quite there. For a long time I was limited by financial obligations. I financed my own undergraduate education and, even with grants, …

On Changing the Conversation with Myself and Achieving Annual Goals

On Changing the Conversation with Myself and Achieving Annual Goals

For such a goal and checklist-oriented person I’m not sure how I’ve managed to squeak through the last two months without talking about goal setting more. It’s something I do every single day. It’s how I manage my life. It’s something I really enjoy (is that strange? probably). Last week I met with a friend to discuss her goals. She started a blog and she wanted some coaching on where to take it. This is a subject I’m VERY good at consulting on, and terrible at advising for myself. I’ll explain more. With concrete goals – like walking every day – it’s easy to plan, schedule, measure, and mark it as complete. It’s easy to set the boundaries. It’s easy for me to define what a “walk” is. I know that might seem a little obvious, but bear with me. One of my annual goals is to walk every day. Now I live in New England, and our little town in Massachusetts has had a record amount of snow in February. No matter what rules …

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Check out my Feature Post on Becky Higgins’ Blog

Remember my Friday post “around here“, where I mentioned I was getting a feature this weekend? Well it’s up on BeckyHiggins.com – today! They say that when you have the chance to be featured on another blog, you always share your best content there. I truly feel I captured that with this post. Background It’s the story of my last year. It’s the story of what happens when your life simultaneously crumbles all at the same time and you think it can’t get any worse – and then it does. It’s the story of how you work through hard moments because it’s the only choice you have. It’s the story of finding inspiration to persevere when all you want to do is give up. It’s also a story of love. And repair. And growth. And inspiration. Read the full story here. In Other News: New Product Coming Soon! Occasionally, on Sundays, I share updates to the blog, sneaks on what I’m working on, and things to expect in the week(s) to come. Today, I have …

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Cultivate: One Little Word in February

For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about cultivating the best parts of me. So join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word. — In February, my word cultivate was all about developing my thesis for the year. Developing direction. A plan. A strategy. A focus. I realized this month that my word “cultivate” is not just about cultivating personal interests and hobbies, it’s about developing my next career. You see, I’ve always felt that my interests are disjointed. I am creative, by nature, but I need order and routine. I am self-motivated and independent, but I love working …