Our family has (not to brag or anything) perfected the art of road trip travel. Whenever we come back from one of our traditional 2-week road trips people always tend to ask how we manage to pull off these amazing vacations. The truth is, taking a road trip allows you to do more and see more while sticking to a more modest budget than most people think. You just have to be strategic about it. Here is the rundown on how taking multiple stops on a big cross-country road trip can help break up your trip, allow you to see more, and how you can do it all without totally breaking the bank!
From the second we start grade school we are taught to live by a routine or a rigid schedule in order to accomplish all of the things we “have” to do in a day. The thing is, this whole routine thing doesn’t always work for everyone. As someone who didn’t love the routine, rules, or general structure of school, I don’t know why I ever thought sticking to that same structure into adulthood would somehow work for me. It’s like I was conditioned at a young age to believe that in order to be successful you had to be a Type A personality. Well, friend, let me tell you if you are working to fit that mold that you weren’t made for you are going to spend most of your life feeling out of place and probably super cramped. If you’ve had a hint that maybe this whole routine thing isn’t for you, then you’re going to love this post. Here are 6 little hints that it might be time to break free.
For so long I read book from experts telling me that if I wanted to be successful I needed to basically wake up, have my feet hit the floor at 5am and then book my ass to the gym with a massive smile on my face and a heart jam-packed full of gratitude. But, here’s the thing…I am not a morning person. I’m also not a natural mover, I’m more of an emotional, spiritual, slow processor. I grew up my entire life feeling out of places in schools that weren’t designed for me and as an adult it felt exhausting feeling like my morning had to also fit a certain mold if I wanted to have a successful morning routine / successful life. Well, I’m officially throwing out that stupid rule book and helping out my fellow slow movers. This is a list of 10 things I have found to be insanely beneficial to allowing me slow time in the mornings while also kick-starting my day in a successful way that works for me. Hopefully you find something that works for you as well.
When I first started my minimalist journey, I would see so many minimalist kid rooms or toy rooms that were sparse and immaculate. This made me feel like I wasn’t doing good enough considering that my kid’s room’s didn’t look like they fell out of the pages of Pottery Barn and the fact that they were usually a mess. In my declutter “fits” I would often (and I’m not proud of this) sneak into their rooms and start putting toys into bags for donation. If I didn’t see them play with the stuff, then it had to go! However, times have changed drastically. While my kiddos are still required to keep their rooms clean, for the most part, they are off the hook when it comes to minimalism and decluttering. Here’s why.
It is absolutely crazy to think that it has been 5 years since we officially purchased our downsized house! There have been so many small victories and lessons to be learned throughout this journey and I love sharing them with as many people as possible. The thing is, you can try to tell people…you can try to prevent them from making your same mistakes and even though they might side-step some things, chances are they will find new, different mistakes to make. Even though that may be true, I still wanted to take this time for you and for me to share 5 of the biggest lessons (and mistakes) I have learned during the last 5 years living the simple life.
Back when I started my minimalist journey, I had begun reading in books that talked about how a lot of times we attach ourselves to things. We can attach to titles we are given, people, and of course, our stuff. At the time, everything in my life felt wrong. It felt like I had attached myself to all the wrong things and I was so desperate to break free that I just started decluttering and letting go of stuff. Like I was in a sinking ship and the only way to survive was to start tossing stuff overboard. The more I let go of the more I was forced to face my true self. No more covering up big problems with shiny toys. Now looking back, I can see so clearly how filling our homes and lives with more in an attempt to create a rich fulfilling life can leave us broken and far from the life we actually want.