This week, my husband and I made the decision to move into an apartment with about 550 square feet of space. With medical bills and school loans to pay, we can only afford the tiny 1 bedroom apartment, but we have several positive things to say about the location. However, the small space will definitely challenge us, especially once the baby arrives. We decided to see this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves to live a more minimalistic lifestyle over the next year. I came up with our first task on Wednesday, which I will call the “100 Things Challenge.”
Some of my readers have probably heard of Dave Bruno. A few years back, he decided to challenge himself to live for a year with only 100 personal items in the pursuit of simple living. For more information about his challenge, watch this Youtube video. While my husband and I don’t feel quite up to the challenge of living with only 100 personal items, we have come up with our own challenge: get rid of 100 items by May 1st. By get rid of, I mean sell, donate, give away, recycle, or throw away (as a last resort) items as we pack up and move into our new place.
I happily report, I sold a chair to one of my housemates this morning. Our first item: gone 🙂
I feel slightly guilty for the time I have let pass since my last post. I have several reasons for this, but it mostly comes down to laziness. During my blogging hiatus, I managed to work on some sewing projects. However, I doubt my skills have improved. Observe the evolution (or rather, de-evolution) of my skills as I try to make a stegosaurus:
First attempt, notice the overlapping “tags”.
Second attempt, crooked “tags” and a short tail from where it jammed my sewing machine.
My last attempt, still have crooked “tags”. I should have continued using fleece; it ended up being more forgiving.
Eventually, I decided I should try something new. I feel proud of my next project.
Now, on to my excuses for my blogging absence. Most recently, I started a new job where I provide companionship and help to seniors still living in their homes. I enjoy the work and the flexibility of my schedule, but the morning shifts leave me feeling tired. I also recently started working for an Hossier Ag Today (an agriculture radio company) on a freelance basis. Visit http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/national-ag-leaders-celebrate-agriculture-day/ to read my latest article. I write about two articles a week for the website.
Perhaps my best and longest-running excuse for avoiding the blogosphere is . . . Baby M will arrive the middle of July! Tomorrow, I will reach the 24 week mark. I had horrible all-day sickness during the months of November and December and evening sickness in January. My nausea mostly stays away these days, but I still suffer from a lack of motivation to do much more than lounge around the house. My husband and I look forward to the arrival of our first child. I promise to avoid turning this blog into a baby journal. However, my readers can expect to see periodical updates.