March 13, 2017

Weekend Compilation: Simplicity

This weekend was a cozy one.  The highs for Saturday and Sunday were both in the teens + windy, so we mostly sipped hot tea, read and cozied up on the couch to watch a movie.

Training.  5 miles for a Half Marathon in May.
The high was 13℉ with 20 mph winds on Saturday, so the treadmill it was!
Oh and a sweaty selfie to document. 😉

Reading.  The Magnolia Journal.
(and a manicure Friday night with Mike's sister, Carly.  Color is Marshmallow by Essie.)

Over the weekend Mike's mom finally received her copy of the Magnolia Journal, which was one of her Christmas gifts from us.  After she flipped through it, she passed it over and let me read it.  A few pages in, a word caught my eye.  Specifically the quote above, "...beauty lies in simplicity." - Mark Hyman.

Simplicity.

I don't think it's a coincidence I have seen that word on repeat since the new year.  January 1st, Emily Ley kicked off her Simplicity Series.  Each day for the month of January, she would share a task on social media that helped to simplify your life.  This was helpful as I was deciding which items to let the movers pack and move, which things I wanted to move myself, and which things to give away and donate.

Have any of you read Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?  That's next on my reading list.

Once we begin unpacking, I plan to do another clean sweep to really eliminate those things I have that are really just things. Clutter. Stuff. Knick knacks.  My goal is to pare down to the basics.  What's funny is I had a closet full of clothes and shoes in the apartment.  I think we both thought that it would be a quick process to find a house and have a fast closing, so I literally packed 6 tops, 2 pairs of jeans, 3 running/gym outfits, a pea coat and a rain jacket, 3 pairs of boots (brown, black and booties... because it is winter in upstate NY after all!), and 2 pairs of tennis shoes (1 pair for running and 1 pair for the gym).  That's it.  And you know what?  I've been living just fine.  A closet reevaluation will be in order too, as older Cape Cod's don't have much in terms of closet space.

I know we're almost at the end of Q1 but I've decided to make simplicity my goal of 2017, because beauty lies in simplicity.  Have a beautiful week, friends!

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