Friday, April 1, 2016

So Much in April ~ Who Knew?

Things are greening up nicely around here despite the regular, roller-coaster springtime temperatures. We've successfully made it through another winter, though, and we're all feeling that seasonal shift.

So, Project 333 is done for the winter season for me and I really enjoyed it! The best part was using my clothes in new combinations that I never would have thought of before. I am finding, however, that this transition time is really hard, because - especially here in Minnesota - the temps swing so wildly that I am overlapping wardrobes. Spring and winter are in my closet right now and I'm just fine with that. If I want a sweater, I want a sweater and I'm not going to dig it out of storage. So, I'm not continuing at the moment with Project333. It was a fun experiment and if I choose to go back to it I will. I have lots of other things I'm thinking about and working on, though, as you'll soon see!

That said, I am sticking to my goal of all second-hand clothing this year and it's going very well in spite of suddenly needing to enhance my wardrobe with clothing for my new job. ! On Monday I will begin working at the beautiful public library in Hudson, Wisconsin, just over and on the banks of the Saint Croix River from my home in Minnesota.


Starting a new job is a big enough adjustment in and of itself. But I seem to have "go big or go home" tendencies. So, why not...

- train with my sister for a half marathon in October?

- participate in #30daysofbiking and get on my bike every day in the month of April? It's an international movement - you can too! Incidentally, I think I'm failing today; dh just left for a game night at church and this shortie can't get her bike out of the rafters in the garage by herself. No worries. I'm not one to let a few misses make me throw in the towel. Tomorrow, with its projected unseasonably cool temps and potential snowflakes will be perfect for a spin around the block. :P

- celebrate National Library Week (but everyone does that, right?!)

- finish sewing a dress for my graduation in May (I'm making the sleeveless, flared version)

- finish knitting a shawl to go with said dress for graduation in May

- attempt to read the ridiculously long book, Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (I can renew three times from my library before I have to check it out again. That's nine weeks! Can I do it???)

These are some of the things keeping me busy this April. How about you?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Lessons from Choosing Less: Practicing Using Zero-Waste Alternatives

Good, better, best,
never let it rest,
until your good is better,
and your better best!


Package free, plastic free lunch!
I learned this little sing-song rhyme about a decade ago when I was reading  a book by Elizabeth George. She didn't claim to have made it up, but was told it herself as a child when she was growing up. Have you ever heard it?

My girls used to groan when I would say it to them, usually with a chuckle. While not wanting to inspire perfectionism in anyone, I do believe in always giving best effort, so this is one little ditty that I have always remembered.

It has been running around in my head the last couple of weeks as I have been making greater strides in reducing unwanted stuff from my home, making do with and mending the things I already have and want to keep, thinking about ways to greatly reduce - if not eliminate - plastic, thinking about ways of getting needed items second-hand, and just rearranging my thinking overall about the ways to live as a citizen rather than a consumer.

Of course, it's a process.

I want to be careful, because in addition to these goals, I have to work with the budget we have set for ourselves for the year. Other than our mortgage, we have managed to remain debt-free since the late 90's. On one income, that always means being on a budget.

Our food has always made up one of the largest portions of our spending and over the years I have done various things to keep our food budget in check. I have never been much of a coupon clipper because most of the coupons are for packaged foods and I cook mostly from scratch. Other than that, I have tried things like memberships to wholesale clubs, shopping at various stores, buying in bulk, working from a menu plan etc. My efforts have proven relatively fruitful and I still do nearly all those things except for the wholesale club.

What I haven't done, though, is what I am trying now. Given the strict grocery budget that I want to maintain (the least amount of money I have spent on food in years) plus the zero-waste alternatives I want to aim for, I am only buying what we need for the week. It's only mid-January, so I'm only mid-way through my first month, but I think (I hope) I am seeing a way to make this really possible.

I am doing about half of my shopping at the co-op and the other half in other stores right now. That is quite a bit more at the co-op than I have ever done. But I am just getting a little of what we need.

Take popcorn, for example.


When I purchase popcorn prepackaged, I have way more than we will eat in a week or even a couple of months. I am not talking about microwave popcorn here, either; I pop popcorn on the stove. Despite claims that buying in bulk is always cheaper, I have not really found that to be true at our co-op. Yes, buying in bulk may be cheaper in their store than a packaged jar in their store, but oz for oz, their things are often more expensive than when I buy a large quantity at a grocery store. Certainly, they could not compete price-wise with a warehouse store, even for conventional (not organic) products. This has always driven me crazy, because I want to purchase things in bulk and I like all the things that our co-ops stand for, such as living wages, fair trade, supporting local farmers, etc.

With bulk products, though, I can control the amount that I take home with me and I can actually see a way that I can continue to save money. Yes, I will potentially have to go to the co-op more, but I don't mind. It is actually the one grocery shopping experience that I enjoy. It is lovely inside, small, and smells wonderful. And I am slowly beginning to know some of the staff. Not only am I in there more often, but I also call ahead to speak to the lead in the deli and have her cut pieces of cheese for my girls and wrap them in brown butcher paper for me rather than plastic wrap. I know that Bea Johnson would take her jar, but the co-op doesn't do cheese slicing all day; they only do it once a day and so I have to have them set some aside for me when they are doing the cutting they would do for the day. So far it is working really well and they seem so pleased to be able to help me out in this way!

Speaking of Bea Johnson, one point that she made in a panel presentation that she participated in at Google really resonated with me and made me think of the hidden costs of our "cheap" packaged food. She said:

If you don't buy packaging, if you buy only what you need, you can invest your money into things that matter. Every time you buy packaging or a disposable product, it's literally investing your money into the landfill...basically throwing your money out the window.

When you purchase packaged goods, very little of the product you actually use or have is what you have paid for. Instead, you pay for the advertising and the design of and materials made up in the packaging. Purchasing items from bulk bins means that you only pay for the product itself, because the weight of the bag or jar is subtracted.


So the new approach for me is that instead of bulk buying meaning convenience (having a large amount on hand at home that ultimately cost me a few cents less per ounce, but includes packaging and sits in my home for months), I now have a smaller amount of fresher ingredients to use and I am only paying for the product itself.

Johnson insists that her lifestyle has saved her money. I don't believe I will ever be as minimalist as she and her family are; I don't think I want to be and of course, that is okay. But I am hopeful that I will be able to achieve my goals within my family's budget. So far, so good!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Learning: Experiments with Capsule Wardrobe - January

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that taking a picture of yourself every day can be very revealing. As I mentioned on my Instagram feed, I am not a huge fan of taking selfies... and certainly not every day! But my aim at the start of this project was to post one daily photo on Instagram to hopefully show others how many choices there are when it comes to creating a wardrobe, not just with limited items, but also with thrifted or handmade clothing.

Of course, I am mainly aiming to teach myself a number of things along the way. I assumed there would be lessons in creativity when it comes to working with fewer things. There have been those lessons and I am really enjoying that aspect of the project so far!



But I am also learning things about fit and flatter that I hadn't noticed so much until now. One lesson concerns the length of my sweaters. I like the length of the sweater in the large photo below the best. But when I look at the rest of the photos in the collage, I see that there are no others that length! In fact, I have always preferred slightly longer sweaters (which is obviously why I have more of those!) such as the cream colored one and the raspberry one in the bottom row.
 

My hand-knit navy sweater is not as long as those two, which is good, but I can see that I will adjust my knitting to closer match the tan sweater or at least keep the lengths of my knitted items more in between the blue and the tan sweater lengths. I also could have used more waist-shaping in my navy sweater: another note for future projects.

I already knew this, but I like skirts and dresses more than pants (or even skirts/dresses over pants!). I want to find more of those for future capsules or to replace pieces (maybe some tops) in this one.

I'm going to give up the striped sweater. Not only is it thin, but it is worn and more pilly than I'd like and I just don't like it as much as I used to. I've swapped it out for another old sweater, but one that is in better condition and is more versatile. It was one that I did not initially want to put away in storage, but did so in keeping with the item number allowed for Project333.


I am also done with the raspberry sweater. This was one that my daughter, Maia, was going to donate and I thought I might try it. As you can probably tell, I am not one for wearing a great deal of color; I like neutrals. My kids are always trying to get me to wear more color and so I do try different things from time to time. But I always slowly end up weeding them out! That's a waste of money. I think I do better with having colorful accessories. The raspberry sweater, though, was an easy one to try because it was free and it was already here. But I don't really care for the color on me and it's not one of those pieces that Marie Kondo has taught us all to think about: it doesn't "spark joy".

One more piece I'm saying goodbye to is one that I just got (ugh!) and that I wore once before I started this project. I have tried it on a few times, but have not selected it for an outfit yet. Despite people telling me they liked the sweater the day I wore it, I don't care for how it fits me (just a little too tight) and despite the fact that I think the cut edging on the hem looks cool on the hanger, it doesn't look as good on me. In fact, I often feel that when people tell me they like an item of clothing that I am wearing, but I don't once hear that I look nice, I am suspicious. I feel like they notice the clothing more.

I'm not saying that every time someone might say, "I love your jacket!" or "That's a nice sweater," that I don't take it as they mean it. But as many designers and stylists say, you want a person to notice you and not your clothing in particular. Anyway, that's how I felt about this sweater and am letting it go too. Thankfully, since my clothes are mostly thrifted, it is not a huge loss financially. In fact, I think I paid $3.99 for this one:






I actually bought this one because of a sweater that I saw and loved on Julianna Margulies a few seasons back on "The Good Wife." I may still knit one similar, but one that fits better.

So, that is two items down that I could replace with something from storage. I just haven't gotten around to looking again yet and I'm okay with that for now. I am currently knitting a sweater (and am hoping I will like the fit... it's out of chunky yarn, which is always a roll of the dice!) and I am finding I have plenty to wear as-is for now.

If you are doing a capsule wardrobe, what have you learned? And if not, do you think you would ever try it? Do you give yourself personal challenges? Courtney Carver, founder of Project333, just wrote a terrific piece that articulates some of the reasons I like to give myself personal challenges on a regular basis. Hop on over and have a look and enjoy this January day!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week One - Project 333 & Happy New Year!


Hmm... maybe it's the lighting in my room. My photos are all pretty grainy. Oh, well. I've got too many other things I want to do rather than editing photos all day. So here is my first week (I started a day late, hence the 6 photos) of Project 333 and I'm really liking it so far. I can see that the striped sweater/gray cords combo is one that should remain at home (like it did; I was putting away Christmas decor that day) or just not come out to play at all anymore! In fact, I MAY swap out the striped sweater altogether for something different that I have in storage; we'll see.

It was kind of an odd week anyway, being a holiday week and all. Though I didn't do hair and makeup every day, I still like to "get dressed" even when I am on vacation. A normal week has me a little more pulled together most days.

Already the project is stretching my creativity which is one of the things I wanted. The gray dress in the large photo in the collage is one that I've had for 5 years and has normally only gotten worn in the same way it was sold: sleeveless with a belt. This is it here:


It's very flattering as-is, but doesn't get worn too often since it is sleeveless and is kind of dressy on its own. But layered, it is much more versatile and it is my surprise favorite outfit of the week! Don't you love it when that happens?! But I don't think I ever would have even thought to try it when I was using all of my other clothes. It simply would not have occurred to me to try it with anything else. So far, the project is off to a good start.

So is the rest of my year... all three days of it! :)

I have spent a good deal of time thinking about all of the things I want to do in the new year. I am not talking about radical changes. Most of the things/goals I have set for myself are more like just trying to incorporate new practices that continually reflect my priorities. This morning I was introduced to Sarah, a YouTuber at "Marital Glue" via another YouTube host, Hilary of "My So-Called Home." Sarah was talking about "3 Ways to Prepare Your Heart & Mind for the New Year." She talked about goal-setting and it seems she has a very similar philosophical approach about it to my own ideas about it. She said that she approaches setting new year's goals, "... in a way that what will really make what matters to you happen...and to really think about what those things are that really matter."

One of the things that really matters to me - and has for years - is my personal footprint. A number of years ago I began thinking a lot about the amount of plastic in our lives - in my life - and I took some steps to reduce it. But I didn't go very far with it. I felt challenged by finances and a feeling of being very alone in my concerns and practice. Fast-forward to 2015/2016, and there is a booming community online of other like-minded people incorporating zero-waste (the new terminology for it) practices and reducing consumption overall. So, this year I am revisiting seeking out and choosing zero-waste alternatives wherever and whenever I can. This time around I am learning from some great blogs: Zero-Waste Home, Zero-Waste Chef, Trash is for Tossers and more (search Google or Pinterest or Instagram and you'll see what I mean). And I am feeling a great deal of support and shared values over at My Make Do and Mend Life and the groups Jen of that blog hosts on Facebook.

One little project I've already done in this vein is to be done using cotton rounds for removing my makeup. I cut up an old, cotton, stained sweatshirt and an empty tea tin and am now using these. It works perfectly and looks pretty on my bathroom counter!


But that's not all! This theme carries over into my creative life as well. Kate at A Playful Day (podcast and blog) is hosting "The Makers Year" all year, which is a "creativity and sustainable living challenge." And my friend and knitwear designer, Sarah, at Imagined Landscapes is hosting a GAL - a "goal-along," which many of you knitters and crocheters is a play on the KAL/CAL "knit-along/crochet-along" that you are probably familiar with. I will be participating with both of them through Instagram and occasionally here.

Whew! It makes me fairly buzz with ideas! And that is another goal... to take things slowly. One of the things I love about the internet is that it connects me with really creative, interesting people. I love knowing that there are others out there around the world seeking out ways of expression and living life that are life-giving and unique. At the same time, it becomes easy to jump around from idea to idea and not focus. I am really trying to be more mindful of doing one thing at a time. It's not so easy in our hyperspeed world, but it is something I began working on last year and am bringing into 2016 with me.

Speaking of mindful, I do have one short-term goal and that is to complete Yoga Camp with Yoga With Adriene. As I mentioned, most of my goals are just practices, but I have a few that are actually materially measurable:

Complete 30 days of yoga in Yoga Camp
Sew a dress
Make a sofa for the dollhouse

Yoga Camp is free - and free is good as I work at finishing up my last semester of school and then begin looking for work. In the meantime one of my big financial goals is to continue feeding my vegetarian family of four a whole-food diet on $346 a month. That's the original $500 budgeted minus the additional $54 a month added to my health care plan minus $100 a month I would like to save toward a vacation in August. So. Can it be done? I don't know! Right now my strategies are: menu-planning, little to no pre-packaged snacks, and maybe even just eating less!

There's plenty of fodder to talk about here on the blog! I'd like to do that, but again, it's catch as catch-can while I'm still in school. I hope to be able to track my progress with all of these things and continue to share new ideas with you in the new year; I will do what I can! In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all friends. I hope your new year is bursting with some inspirational ideas if that is what you want, and relaxation if you'd rather take that. Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Winter 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Who knew that trying to create a capsule wardrobe could take all day? Well, it has taken just about that, but I am done now and here are the results for my Project 333 undertaking:



Aaaaand... it's 32 items pictured here. Lol. I am NOT going to try to figure out which thing is missing; I am just going with this for now. You get the idea! :)

I have been a long-time proponent of voluntary simplicity and have written here about my own attempts at living lightly over the years (hence the name of my blog). So, when I started hearing more about capsule wardrobes, I was intrigued.

The idea of a capsule wardrobe has been niggling at my brain for at least the last 18 months or so. Jennifer Scott writes about it on her blog and in her books. There is plenty of capsule wardrobe information on Pinterest and on the internet in general and I have also watched a number of YouTubers discussing and sharing their capsule wardrobes.

I love clothes. I love the way they can make you feel and the things you can say with your clothing. But, as I mentioned in my prior post, I am not alone in my love for clothing and we here on planet Earth have developed a pretty big problem with the amount of waste that our excessive production of clothing (as well as many, many other things!) has produced. As with most things, it is best to practice moderation.

I thought that I already had a pretty small wardrobe, so I wasn't going to try making it any smaller. But then I started counting my things and they added up surprisingly quickly!

Before:


This is my half of the closet I share with my husband. It's more like 3/4; he takes up less room! This is nearly everything I have except for a partially filled bin with some summer clothes and pajamas. But upon beginning to count my things, I decided that Project 333 might be the starting place for me to begin to minimize my wardrobe and make it into something that has fewer things, but more of what I actually love. I don't know that the clothes that I have selected are just that, but they are a place to start.

I'm not going to end up doing the project quite as strictly as the rules say, but it is a beginning. I have selected 33 items which include my shoes. These 33 items are to be my working wardrobe for 3 months - a season, hence the "333." Now, with the original project rules, you are supposed to include jewelry, outer wear and accessories in your 33 count, but I am just not there yet and I may never be. I have about a dozen scarves and a collection of jewelry that I weeded out this past spring. I plan to use these pieces to add color and variety to my very neutral wardrobe. Maybe I will find I am not using them. As I learn, I will let things go, but I a not going to do that in one fell swoop.

I also have two winter coats and a pair of outdoor boots, shawls, and scarves and hats that I have knit. I won't be giving those things up. Knitting is one of my passions and this is about joy, not deprivation. I did, however, get the items down to those you see at the beginning of the post.

Undergarments, pajamas, and workout clothes do not count toward your count. I don't know if tights would have counted in the original project, but I have 4 pair: black, brown, navy blue, and gray and I am not counting them, just as I am not counting my socks.

So, from the work I did today, I had these to donate:



these to store:


and this is the final closet:



I covered up the shoe rack in the picture, because I am just leaving the other shoes on the shelf to be considered when spring rolls around (I won't leave the towel there; it's just for the picture!). Courtney Carver suggests you box and tape things up and while I would like that affect visually, I don't want to move my shoes to another part of the house right now. Hopefully, this exercise will show me just what I really need and use and the shoe shelf itself can be minimized. For now, it's staying. I plan to take this wardrobe to the end of March and then transition to a spring wardrobe.

I can say I almost did not finish this set up. The first part of the exercise was easy; I had favorite pieces and I knew how I wore them. But the fewer choices that remained, the harder things got! I have a couple of things put away right now that I didn't want to have to choose and there are a couple of things I kept in that I'm not sure about either. But we shall see!

I like being pushed to be creative with what I have and see how much I can enjoy my things. I think for this first quarter, I will post an outfit-of-the-day with the #Project333 on Instagram and I'll try to post a weekly round-up here. Also, I may be on the lookout for a pair of new-to-me brown boots. As I mentioned, I am purchasing all second-hand this year, so it may take a while. I love the brown boots I have, which were bought 4 years ago at a thrift store, but they are wearing out in areas. They are not leather (which, being vegetarian, I prefer that they are not) and some of the vinyl has peeled away in areas. I did find this post on repairing peeling vinyl boots, so I'm going to give it a try first and see if they end up looking acceptable to me.

My goal is to try this throughout the year, though I'm going to check in with myself at the end of each season and see if and how I want to continue. Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

SSASS in the New Year: Thrifty Goodness and Second-Hand Style

I love this time of year. It's not just because Christmas is an important holiday in the Christian calendar, but also because it never fails to give me pause for reflection and think about ideas for the coming twelve months. I know that not everyone gets into goal setting and resolutions, but I have learned - after trying to go without setting intentions - that it makes me pretty miserable to skip out and call January 1 just another day.

Christmas has become such an interesting cultural phenomenon. I wonder if we'll ever be able to stop this crazy train? There are so many emotions packed into this season: joy, wonder, idealism, excitement, sadness, loneliness, nostalgia, frustration, stress, anger. Plus, its the end of a calendar year and the beginning of a new one. It's this huge culmination of feeling, consumption, history, and the future all wrapped into one. It has impact whether or not you are even a believer.

So the other day, while we were between the last co-op classes for the semester for Eve, we were looking around at some shops and trying to find something for Eve to give to Maia. We grew ever more frustrated as we just couldn't find something that, within her limited budget, Eve wanted to give her sister.

There's a lot that goes into this, of course:

Eve doesn't have a job yet and as a teen, doesn't always budget ahead for Christmas with her small allowance, so when December rolls around, she doesn't have a great deal of money to spend. Not a big deal, and totally understandable, but she's been frustrated as she's gotten older and wants to give gifts herself. She'll have a job by next Christmas, though, so this shouldn't be a problem for her next year.

Maia does have a job and, as she lives at home and doesn't own a car, she doesn't have a lot of costly expenses yet. She'll actually be paying for health insurance for herself this year and will have some other school expenses coming up, but these past couple of years have left her with a good deal of "disposable income," and she pretty much can afford whatever it is that she wants.

So, the idea that because it is this time of year, Eve is expected to essentially find something to give to the "girl who has everything," just doesn't feel right. Don't get me wrong. Eve and I love Christmas. It's not that Eve doesn't want to give her sister a gift, but its just that the messages are so loaded against her if she doesn't or if she can't. And it's also that it's supposed to be "special," you know? Because it's a Christmas gift, the cultural message is that it's supposed to be kind of remarkable in some way. No Little House on the Prairie penny candy, or hand-monogrammed handkerchief is acceptable (though I'd take the hankie any day).

But a note of thanksgiving here: my girls adore each other and if one couldn't give the other a gift for the holiday, it would be fine - as it would be with the rest of my extended family. I really am blessed with a great bunch. But it's the message - that mad, ad-machine that just drives me crazy.

So here we were, looking around and I suggested we go into the nearby mall to walk around to see if anything struck her fancy. Eve reluctantly agreed saying, "But there's nothing but clothes in there, Mom." And she was right! Here in Minnesota, we have the famed, "Mall of America" which has quite an assortment of stores (but still TONS) of clothes. But the smaller malls seem to have lost a lot of their variety. Now, I'm not nostalgic at ALL about malls of yesteryear, but I do remember that there used to be book stores, toy stores, game stores, hair salons, movie theaters, etc. in malls. This mall, though, has very little of variety now. There is an Apple store, cosmetic/bath stores (Bath and Body Works, Sephora, Lush), Claire's jewelry, but most of the rest were store after store of clothes.

Most of my clothing is second hand. I would have to say 85 to 90% of the clothing I own is thrifted and I have been doing this happily for years. I haven't ever issued myself a challenge to make sure that I don't shop elsewhere, but I had been thinking about it for the upcoming year just to stretch myself and my creativity. But there are so many more reasons why this is a good idea and some of these were illuminated for me when Eve made the point about all the clothes in the mall.

First of all, as we walked around, I wondered, "What if all the clothes in this mall were piled up? How high would that pile be? How much would it weigh? How many people could it clothe and do we even need that much?" And this wasn't even the Mall of America! It boggles the mind to think of all the clothing and other merchandise that is in that place!

And then I did just a tiny bit of research. From one webpage, The Council for Textile Recycling, I learned these statistics


The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.



While the EPA estimates that the textile recycling industry recycles approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) each year, this only accounts for approximately 15% of all PCTW, leaving 85% in our landfills.


The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.

 From The Atlantic, I learned that, "Americans now buy five times as much clothing as they did in 1980."

That is truly bizarre to me.

There are so many reasons why we are where we are with this issue, and a lot more has been written about it than I can touch. But it's enough for me to take a step back and at least think about what I am doing. There are various movements happening in response to over-consumption and a number of them deal with clothing specifically. Minimalism is a growing movement. Capsule wardrobes are very popular. And many, many people know about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even if we aren't all doing something about it, many of us know we just have too much.

Given my proclivity for reflection this time of year, I have often come up with a word-of-the-year. It's even a tag in my sidebar! :) A friend of mine asked me if I was going to have a word this year and at that point I had been mulling over some of these ideas and challenges in my mind. We have some expenses coming up. Like I have over the many years that I have been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, I am prepared, once again, to make cuts to our budget in order to attempt to stay debt-free on our one income. I am so close to finishing school and in the spring, job hunting will begin in earnest. But in the meantime, I still have an internship and a second semester of both homeschooling and my own schooling to complete. So, partly out of necessity, I am practicing more creative, frugal habits.

But I also find that I enjoy things so much more when they have meaning behind them. So, when I knit a garment, it has memories and lessons attached to it. When I make an item of clothing or alter a piece I wouldn't otherwise use, I like it more. I like when I can mend something and I like when I think of a new way to figure out a problem without buying something to solve it for me right away. And I like practicing contentment.

My word-of-the-year is actually going to be an acronym: SSASS - "Simple, Sustainable, and Significantly Slow," because these are the habits I aim to cultivate in this new year. And I plan to have fun with it, so that's where the sass comes in. :)

I hope I'll have and take the time to blog about this too. It always helps to have company along the way any time you face a challenge. Yes, it's a way to be accountable, but writing also helps me clarify my thoughts and telling a story often enhances the journey. I hope to be able to do that. Thankfully, there is a great support network out there online: YouTube channels, Facebook groups, bloggers. Others doing things a little differently and telling their stories. It's all pretty fascinating and a great group of creative people. I'm all for creativity and a little bit of sass too! It should prove to be an interesting and fun challenge and year!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hiatus

Gee, could you tell?

:)

Wow; I am finding there's really only so much social media a person can handle! I'm just loaded down with school assignments - my own and home school stuff. No time for blogging right now. I am spending the little bits of free time I get usually knitting. I am spending more time over on Instagram because it's quick. That's what fits for now. I'm mrspivec on Instagram, so pop on over there if you want to stay connected that way. I know that I would regret pulling this blog down once my life settles back into a better rhythm of normalcy, so I'm keeping this here and hopefully in a few months I'll be back!
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