It all started with an Instagram post. Free Label was a brand I started following after seeing them featured in one of the garment‘s online pop-up shops. In fact, I had just recently placed an order for my first piece from them (the must-have Andie bra). The post was calling for models – regular women of all shapes and sizes – for what would become the everywoman campaign. The models would share their measurements to help women visualize the clothing on different bodies that might be more like their own and to see how the sizes would actually fit.
Before I could talk myself out of it, I grabbed my measurements and submitted them. The next thing I knew I had been selected for the shoot and the date had been set.
It’s the end of the year and for my paper planner nerds out there, it means it’s almost time to break out the 2018 calendar. I’ve been using Inkwell Press planners since their first launch (I believe it was the 2015 bound planner). The company has grown exponentially since then, offering a line of organizational planners and products. This year they’ve included a new bound planner, which I’ll be giving away in this post! Keep reading for a list of reasons I love this company and don’t forget to enter to win a LiveWell planner of your very own! (You’ll have to forgive the terrible lighting. It’s winter in Canada and daylight is hard to come by!)
For the past few years I’ve been focusing on downsizing the amount of ‘stuff’ I own. It started with creating a capsule wardrobe and progressed to anti-hauls and decluttering my makeup collection. We recently moved house and I’m blown away by the number of things that we were able to let go of with little effort. The shift towards a more minimalistic lifestyle has been really positive. Living with less has made me feel so much lighter. So when I saw a video in my YouTube feed about decluttering the ‘fantasy self’, I was all in (thanks Allison Anderson!).
Your fantasy self is an idealized version of you. It represents who you want to be or think you should be as opposed to your true, authentic self. The basic gist of it is, we end up holding on to all kinds of crap in order to support the lifestyle of our fantasy self without even realizing it. This idea was really intriguing to me and I thought it would be interesting to figure out who my fantasy self is and what she’s keeping in my house.
They say that when it rains, it pours and that’s been true for us lately (in a good way). This summer has seen new jobs for both my hubby and I and, most recently, a new house! We’ve just finished the process of selling our first home and buying our second. It’s been a whirlwind and we’ve learned a lot since buying our first place 4 years ago. We’re moving at the end of the month and I thought I’d share a bit of our experience. I’m not an expert, but if you’re thinking about moving, here are the most valuable pieces of advice I can offer you:
In my recent anti-haul post, I mentioned that I’d be doing a ‘no buy’ for the month of March. I’ve been working to simplify my life over the last year or so and the move towards having less stuff really appeals to me. With goals of traveling more and having experiences rather than things, I know I need to make a lifestyle change to make this a reality. My first step in this direction was adopting a capsule wardrobe, which I’ve loved and am still doing.
I recognize that I spend a lot of money on mindless things, and so am trying to be a more conscious consumer for the month of March. I’ll be spending no money on clothes, makeup, or household items. It probably sounds silly, but I’m always bringing extra crap home whether it’s a lip gloss I don’t need, some cute planter, or new towels. If all goes well, I’m planning on expanding this even further in the coming months. There is one exception to my no buy, which is that I’m able to pick up a new pair of trainers since the ones I’m currently wearing have holes in them and are due to be replaced. I’m also allowing myself to re-purchase anything I run out of.
While I love technology as much as the next person, there’s something about a paper planner that just makes my heart happy. Sitting down to intentionally plan out my week helps me feel settled, organized, and ready to get shit done. I’ve been using some variation of the Inkwell Press Livewell Planner for the past three years now and I really can’t see myself using anything else. Their product line has expanded considerably and includes (among other things) meal and fitness planners, desktop calendars, post-it notes, stickers, and pencils . Not only are the products top notch, but Tonya who owns and runs Inkwell Press just comes across as the sweetest, most genuine person who truly cares about her customers. I get a lot of questions about my planner, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. Even if you’re not in the market for a planner, I’d encourage you to sign up for the Inkwell Press mailing list. Tonya sends a beautiful FREE desktop and phone wallpaper every month (did I mention it’s free?). If you want to see inside this pretty planner, keep reading!
Even though I’m not much of a new year’s resolution maker, I do like to take this time to reflect on the year that’s gone by. 2016 was a bit of a roller coaster and ended on a really low note for me and a lot of people I know. There’s been a lot of loss and heartache amid the peaks of this past year, so instead of thinking about what I want to do in 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to leave behind.