Blogging, Family

Dose of Minimalism & Big News On The Blog!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! I know it’s been a while since I last posted but it is for a good reason! So…last weekend we spilled the beans to our family about our big secret that we have been keeping!  We are expecting baby #2 end of August!  We are very excited to make our little man a big brother and were so happy to finally share the news with our loved ones.  It is hard to keep such a big secret for so long! We just wanted to make sure that we had told everyone in person before we went public with our news.  Needless to say our family and friends have surrounded us with love and well wishes and for that I feel so blessed!

I have been feeling just fine.  Definitely can’t complain!!  Life has gone on as normal minus a few queezy moments and a few meals left uneaten.  My workouts haven’t changed much yet but my bedtime has definitely gotten moved to earlier!!  I am missing a good glass of red wine now and then but have found a new love for sparkling water that I have never enjoyed before. Crazy what pregnancy can do to your taste buds!

On another note, I wanted to chat about minimalism for a minute.  About 10 years ago when I moved abroad to Europe my journey to live a minimal lifestyle really began.  I had to pack up my entire life into only what I could carry.  It was difficult but really enlightening to realize how much you really need to live…or don’t need as the case may be.  Upon my return home to the states I found myself getting rid of a lot of things that I hadn’t used while I was living abroad.  It was really lovely to rid myself of that weight that I had been carrying around.  And let me tell you, it was a lot of weight because I was a pretty big pack rat at one point in my life.  It wasn’t long after all of this that my now husband introduced me to the minimalist movement.  He was also interested in living a simple, minimal, meaningful lifestyle and so our journey together began.  We by no means live as extreme minimalists and I am sure that we could live with less but just the putting in the effort and having the minimalist mindset I think is a great way to live.

Why am I even talking about all of this??  Well once in a while I find it really cathartic and therapeutic to go through my house and donate or get rid of the things that we no longer use and that don’t bring us joy anymore.  This not only helps us keep our space clean and tidy but it also helps us center ourselves on what is really important in life.  Yesterday was a day that I did this…specifically with my closet.  I have recently resigned from my teaching position to stay home with our kiddos for the time being and I was finding myself staring at a closet full of clothes that I hadn’t worn in two years every morning and it was not helping me move into this new chapter of my life.  So yesterday I took it upon myself to go through my closet and get it cleaned out.  I am donating all of the things that I haven’t worn or that I was ‘saving’ for that one day when I might need it.  Come on!!  If I haven’t needed it for years I am probably not going to need it right?!?!  I feel so much lighter and ready to take on this new challenge in life.

Here are some before and after pictures.

Before!
After!

If you are interested in more info on this…check these out!!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Or anything by Marie Kondo)

Do you know anything about the minimal lifestyle movement?  How do you practice being mindful and living happily?

Happy hump day!

Stacey