How you lost $1000 without even realizing it

Money and I haven’t always been on the same page. Like most 20-somethings, I have had to do a lot of research, reading, and listening to learn about my relationship with money. Like most 20-somethings, I have started with a practically blank slate when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and planning for retirement. Non-loaded mutual fund, dividends, Roth IRA… uhm, excuse me?

I can’t tell you how many times I have put myself in a bad money moment. Recently, I decided to take an amazing, unforgettable trip to Las Vegas and put it on the card. Granted, I immediately paid the statement balance from the trip (interest free), but that is absolutely not how I should have handled that situation.

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This is how I went from Total Slob to Clutter-Free Queen

If you were to ask my mom what my room was like when I was younger, she would laugh and describe a pathless floor covered in clothes and crafty things abound.

I can’t tell you how many times I was threatened with a garbage bag: “Faith Holly (note the middle name usage), if you don’t clean your room right now, I’m going in there with a garbage bag and you’ll never see that stuff again.”

Now, you would think that would be an effective threat to a kid with a love for the mounds of stuff that I constantly drowned myself in, but here I sit knowing that I never took it to heart. Continue reading

The Truth About What Happens When You Become a Minimalist

It’s funny to me how this happened. I remember hanging out at a bar, talking to my new friend Phil and learning about minimalism for the very first time. He talked about how much it changed his life, how little he owned now, and this new-found freedom he felt.

Well, here I am about six months later… I caught the bug.

Diagnosis: Minimalist in Training

I have significantly decreased my belongings to about 25% of what I used to own (yes, literally). And. you know what? I have to say, minimalism has made my life a lot less enjoyable in a lot of ways.

It was a few weeks ago that I stumbled on Erin’s post on A Welder’s Wife that talked about some of the same feelings that I have had and am currently processing: 10 Ways Minimalism Ruined My Life Forever. Here are some of my own takeaways… Continue reading

Life Update: Why Less Really is More

This post is a bit different than my others and is going to set the stage for my posts moving forward. No more gimmicky stuff. I really just want to share with you what’s going on in my life, what’s working for me, what’s not working for me, and everything that I am using to fuel the positive changes in my world.

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a writing hiatus throughout the month of February and I want to give you some background into what I’ve been doing and how I found myself there.whylessreallyismore

As you know, my word for 2018 is FOCUS.

So, in true New Year’s resolutioner fashion, I began to drastically change my life — I made the decision to focus my life and I was going to do it. I made the decision to focus the things that I surround myself with and made the decision to choose what I wanted to focus my time on. So, I began to minimize.

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Five Ways I am Focusing 2018

As I approach the new year, I am doing something different.  I am using 2018 to hone in on what I want out of life, what I want to see from myself, my surroundings, and my relationships. With all the reading I have been doing, all the content about mantras and mindfulness, I have made the decision to identify my word for 2018:

FOCUS

For those of you who know me, you may be laughing right now. As someone who has been diagnosed with ADHD, my life’s word may just need to be focus…hah! But, all joking aside, this word and what it represents for me is so much more than just making sure I am paying attention when someone is talking to me (yes, active listening…)

Here are the Five Ways I am Focusing 2018:

1. I am taking control of my addiction to stuff. 

This year, I want to focus on what I like and don’t like and what I am keeping around just because “I have to”. Today, for example, I went through my earring box (DIY Hack: it’s a tackle box organizer) and effectively went from 50 sets of earrings (real life) down to 20 sets of earrings (still don’t know how I can wear that many, but it’s a start). How someone could ever need 10 different size/shapes of plain round metal studs is beyond me. I’m now down to TWO sets of plain round metal studs. The number of Goodwill trips that I have made within the past month (see Getting the Jump on 2018 for why I started early) is exorbitant and as I pair down my life I am grateful to contribute to their mission. Let’s ditch some stuff. 

2. I am shaping my world to reflect what I seek to manifest within. 

When I moved into my apartment last summer, my main goal was homey AF. My house growing up was always full of knick-knacks, furniture to fill all the spaces, and  totally covered walls. Thus, I have a seemingly innate need to fill every nook and cranny. It’s time for a change. It’s time for me to bring order to my world, to use my environment as a vessel of accomplishment and not that of overwhelming demise. My apartment felt heavy – time to lighten up. Over the past month, I have gotten rid of: two tall bookcases, a couch (I still have another), an over-sized coffee table, a dresser (I still have, you guessed it, another), and numerous pieces of art and mirrors I have since out grown. I now have a smaller coffee table in my living room and a smaller chair next to my couch. Oh, the room for activities! To increase the use of my farm desk (and by that I mean: to actually use my farm desk), I moved it out of my bedroom and into my living room next to my sliding glass door. My bedroom now serves as my sanctuary of sleepy time and my desk is now flooded with daylight for maximum productivity. Let’s get sh*t done.

3. I am going to have fun being active!

Something that I struggled with this past year was finding a workout regimen and sticking to it. I. Just. Can’t. So, instead of creating imaginary goals for myself that revolve around what the cool kids are doing on Instagram (crossfit, powerlifting…), I am going to create and follow workouts that actually align with my fitness goals (and are possible in the gym I workout at!) What are they? Look and feel fabulous while having fun doing it! There aren’t any competitions with anyone but myself and I am all about mirror motivation. So, here’s to dropping my weight a bit and upping my reps, because I want a bodybuilder bod. And, working in more super sets because I love getting sweaty and pushing myself every time I step in the gym. Let’s get ripped!

4. I am investing in healthy relationships

For some time, I have had some walls. This year, the healthier, shinier version of myself will invest in healthy relationships. I am going to dedicate myself to developing rewarding and long-lasting connections. The kind of relationships that don’t go up in a firey blaze and go out in the blink of an eye. I’m looking for those good simmer on the stove relationships that just get better with time. In 2017, I have made decisions for myself based on what I want from my relationships and have made some not so easy choices, but I know moving forward that I will thank myself for taking the hard road. Because, I’m worth the time and effort. Let’s love our self and others!

5. I am giving RLI the ultimate makeover.

This year I am going to take RLI to the next level. I am honing the focus of my content and making my site reader and, ultimately, SEO friendly. I am committed to consistently publishing content and getting my email list up and running. By the end of this year, I will have finished my first eBook and made it available to my following. If you’re reading this, you can expect big things from me and I want to take you with me. 🙂 Let’s crush 2018!!!!

Do you have a word for 2018? How are you going to focus your new year? Leave me a comment! I love to talk goals and how we can reach them together. 🙂

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Life’s Little Breaks: Getting Back on Track

The Holidays. Oh-so-loved by all for the rib stickin’ good food, hilarious times, and much-needed vacation that comes with them. There is really nothing like getting to spend quality time with fresh-baked pie, your loved ones, and (hopefully) yourself as you take in not having to go back to work until the New Year. But, now it’s over. Continue reading

Getting the Jump on 2018: Finishing Well

My mom and I were all snuggled up on my couch, full from downing some of my homemade chili, and taking a break from beginning the transformation from my everyday apartment to Christmas Wonderland. After browsing through what felt like hundred of curtains for her living room, the phrase “finishing well” came up in our conversation. The connection didn’t hit me until later that night when a Three Bullet Sunday email from David Bach came to mind. He took the time to share with his readers the importance of finishing 2017 well to jump-start the success of 2018.

Why is ending 2017 on a good note so important for the success of 2018? Continue reading

Making Your Own Adventure: NYC’s High Line

IMG_20170907_140028788_HDRVisiting New York City is one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far as a baby explorer within the US. From the architecture, to the incredible cultural diversity, and the uniqueness pouring out of every crevice. Every time I looked in a new direction I saw something different and interesting that caught my eye and made me thankful for the incredible adventure I was embarking upon. One of my favorite highlights from my trip was NYC’s famous High Line.

The juxtaposition between urban and natural makes for such a refreshing take on the city. In an area with such limited green space, the creativity put into this attraction is surely not to disappoint.

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Making Your Own Adventure: MKE Edition

I LOVE MY CITY! Milwaukee is my favorite city that I have lived in (thus far.) This place is full of interesting places, amazing things to do, and wonderful people to meet. Towards the end of this summer, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: being active and going on an adventure. This is the story of my self-made Milwaukee bike tour. Continue reading

Be the Snowball: Generating Your Life’s Momentum

The Snowball Effect. We’ve all heard of it. The once little snowball packed by tiny hands at the top of the sledding hill suddenly comes barreling down larger than life. Little do most of us know: this is your life.

Have you ever just gotten into a habit without even realizing it? Just started doing something and then one day have a realization where you become conscious of the fact that you have begun touching the tip of your nose to avoid touching the rest of your face so that you don’t keep breaking out because of your dirty, grubby fingers and it’s actually kind of weird? (May or may not be a person example…) Well, it happens to a lot of us and it can be used to your advantage!

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The clock in my bedroom the constantly keeps me on time in the mornings.

I have a routine, or a string of habits, that I go through almost everyday when I get ready for work. I start by Continue reading