Announcement: New Blog!

A little while ago, I posted a blog talking about why I was choosing to be a minimalist. Since then, I have gotten rid of 75% of my wardrobe and now only have the clothing that I wear and feel great in. Next on my list of areas I need to de-clutter is books. (I’m dreading this a little bit.)

As I was going about transitioning my lifestyle, I found myself drawn not only to minimalism, but also to simple living and sustainability. The three go hand in hand to build a life that isn’t only de-cluttered but also healthy and environmentally friendly. I’ve always been a little bit of a tree-hugger and a romantic, so this seems to be a natural progression.

All that to say, I will be launching a new blog called Lindy-Loo on Wednesday, July 6!

The blog will chronicle my journey toward a more minimal, sustainable, and simple lifestyle. I will talk about what I’m doing to change my lifestyle, like de-cluttering and using sustainable products. I will also talk about people who inspire me to live this lifestyle.

I am so excited to share this journey with my little audience. Everything is easier to talk and write about when you’re excited about it, and I am pumped to see where all this takes me.

So come along on the journey! I can’t wait to see where this all goes.

Baby Rhinos

I didn’t post a blog yesterday.  I could say that it’s because I was in Africa saving baby rhinos, or that I was in Seattle building a tiny house to travel North America in, or that I was smuggling Bibles into China. But all of those scenarios would be lies.

In all honesty, I completely forgot to write one until 10:30 last night and I had to get up at 5:30 this morning to go to work. I decided to act like an adult and get enough sleep. (Act, mind you. Not be.)

Anyway, last night, as I started to fall asleep,  I kept coming up with great ideas for blog posts. It was frustrating for me because I wanted nothing more than to get up and write the darn post, but I knew that I needed sleep for my early morning.

I have discovered that my creative juices are most potent at night when I’m tired.  I’ve heard it explained that as one gets drowsier, the filters in the brain that often block creativity go down. This is why insomniacs go through intense periods of creativity.

My problem is that, as I get these great ideas, I also fall asleep and forget them. Great ideas down the toilet.

To combat this, I have a great note-taking app on my phone. I use it write down the spectacular ideas for blogs I have throughout the day and at night while I’m laying in bed.

Although not all of these become blogs, several have. And they may be ideas that I can come back to later and develop into bigger and stronger ideas and subsequent blog posts.

When We Were Kids

I love swimming. To me, it’s like yoga: concentrating on my breathing, the repetitive combination of foot and arm movement, the water flowing over my skin and through my hair. It clears my mind, forcing me to focus in on the minute details: how my fingers a spread, how far my shoulder rotates, how to keep breathing. It’s an exhilarating feeling when I notice how much a tiny shift in my form (what little form I have) affects how the water moves around my body.

My family and I would go swimming nearly every week at the YMCA when I was in middle and high school, and they still do, most Tuesday evenings. My youngest sister was in the pool, splashing and playing, before she could walk. My brother, sister, and I would drop diving toys in the deep end and see who could retrieve the most the fastest. Needless to say, going to the pool is one of my family’s favorite activities.

Up until tonight, I hadn’t gone swimming in nearly a year. Life got busy, papers piled up, and I didn’t really feel like getting covered in chlorine water, especially in the winter. And where I go to school in Northern Pennsylvania, you avoid going outside at all costs anyway, wet hair or not. I had other priorities.

However, tonight I was free, and with nothing to do tomorrow morning, I went with my siblings to the local YMCA, the pool that taught me to love the water. I was reminded of why I love it so much. Besides how relaxing I find it, the pool is a great equalizer, especially among siblings. The four of us have had several squabbles over the last few days, so going to the pool, where we could dunk and splash and race each other, was therapeutic on several levels. It took us all back to a time when things were simpler, when we were kids.

What activity do you find most relaxing? How do you feel most united with your family? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I have convinced my good friend and fellow blogger, Karen, to participate in the July Blog-A-Thon with me. You can check out her blog The Shadows Prove the Sunshine here. She’s a great writer and hysterical soul, so go give her blog some love.

July Blog-A-Thon

I have been blogging on and off for almost three years now. It started when, after a rather epic white water rafting trip, several people encouraged me to create it so i could share my story and pursue my goal of being a writer.

I had dreams of becoming the next big internet personality, with thousands of followers. I guess I thought it would be something that happened overnight, like I would wake up with millions of reads and an invite to the Ellen show.

Sadly (and more realistically) none of these things have happened.

I have tried (unsuccessfully) to create a steady blogging schedule for myself several times.  I would make it a few days in, writing little blogs that looking back now really we’re that great. I would tell myself that this time would be different,  that this time I would actually stick to my schedule.  It would fizzle out in just a few days. And by a few days, I mean 2.

So to cure this, I am going to go for the easiest schedule: every day. For the month of July, I am going to write a blog every single day. Intimidating, yes. Exciting, absolutely. These blogs may be small; an essay, a photo gallery, or even just a few thoughts I had about something that day. They may be larger, like me giving a few thoughts on a current event.

Although I am doing this for several reasons, building an audience being one of them, I’m mainly doing this so I don’t forget how to write. As a writing major, I am constantly writing while I’m at school.  Over the summer, I don’t have that constant stream of writing. While it is nice to have a break from the always-looming deadlines of academia, I don’t want to get out of practice.

So here’s to 31 blogs in the next 31 days. I can’t wait to see what happens this coming month.

Here we go! I hope you come along for the adventure.

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