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#BYE 2020

NYE has always been my favorite holiday – if you know me at all, you know I’m big on goals/goal-setting. I’m definitely finding it to be more challenging than usual to set mine for 2021 + also try to continuously expect the unexpected. While plenty of sh*t has happened in 2020 (+ is still happening), + some goals had to be put on hold, I really believe it’s more important than ever to celebrate even the small wins. LMK what y’all have been up to! 🤠 

Here are some of mine from this year:   

  • started a new role at work (from Copy Editor to Creative PM) 💻
  • broke my record for # miles ran in a month (new record = 140) 📈
  • paid off my student loans 💸
  • read 100 books (for the second time! first was 2018) 📚
  • stopped drinking alcohol 🚫
  • started daily meditation ✨
  • finally invested a lot of time + effort toward my #1 goal in life 🔥

1.1.2021 update – here are some of my resolutions for 2021:   

  • be more intentional.
  • be happy more. take time to enjoy things/life.
  • make it 1 full year w/o alcohol (already 10 months in)
  • save more $ now that my student loans are paid off
  • spend less time on my phone
  • take at least 1 day/wk to just relax + not be productive
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The Minimalists

I can’t believe I never posted about The Minimalists on here before – I guess I just kept it to Facebook + IG. I just saw they’re coming out w/ a brand-new Netflix documentary, Less Is Now – available on 1.1.2021. ✨

In the meantime, their 2016 documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, is still currently available to stream on Netflix.

I really don’t remember how I stumbled upon them in the first place, but I know I started reading their books back in 2014, although unfortunately (very much in the spirit of minimalism), I lent out most of their books, which haven’t been returned to me, so am currently only in possession of a few. 😅

I’m also in a Minimalist Facebook group + attended a meetup + discussion a few years back at an IL suburban library, which was a great opportunity to connect w/ some likeminded people. 🤓

I was lucky enough to meet them at the premiere of their first documentary in Chicago at the Portage Theater. (+ I’m still very proud of myself for being the first to stand up + ask a question during the Q&A portion of the event!)

They also have a podcast + YouTube channel! If you’re interested in beginning to live a minimalist lifestyle, check out the video introduction below or skip right ahead to playing the 30-day Minimalism Game! 😉

When I first started selling a lot of my possessions back in 2015/2016, I used eBay, but now I’m mainly only selling clothing items + like using the DePop app! I have a rule that I’m not allowed to buy something new unless I “get rid of” something old/something I don’t wear anymore, but to reduce waste + get some of the $ back, I try to sell my items to a new owner.

It’s very simple to list for sale + I choose to ship through DePop, so all I have to do is print a label that’s sent to me when an item is purchased, put the item in a box + place it in the mailbox for USPS to pick up. The payment comes in through PayPal, which is really easy + convenient. Items that don’t sell after some time are usually donated to The Salvation Army.