The month of July has been filled with stress, and almost all of it is over STUFF. We’re moving into a new (and much smaller) apartment from our old rental house and the need to purge our belongings has never been more necessary. And yet somehow I still find myself held back by silly reasons to keep all kinds of useless things around.
I am insanely schedule-driven. I love my calendars and my annotated lists and spreadsheets and just in general filling up my time productively. I know that internal motivation is where it’s at in the psychology research these days, but hot damn if I don’t get a real thrill out of crossing off to-dos one by one.
As we’ve been downsizing drastically for our big move we’ve repeatedly run into issues with finding ways to get the junk out of our house. Here in Portland we get one trash can that’s picked up by the city every two weeks that we share with our two roommates, so we have to be very strategic about tossing items in there. Besides, I’ve seen Toy Story 3 and I always assume that objects are sentient just in case. Continue reading
Hello and welcome to the day one recap of our epic backpacking saga! If you missed my first post on prepping for our trip, my good friend Julianne & I set off this last weekend on an adventure to push our limits and really explore the beauty of Oregon. Many of these photos are courtesy of her far more artistic eye.
The first day we set out early, which was an excellent idea given the miles we had in front of us, and we knew that we were ‘front-loading’ with our hardest day first. The pros: we had the most energy and mental fortitude; the cons: our packs were at their heaviest and we were still figuring out the best way to distribute the weight on our hips and shoulders. Continue reading
It’s the longest day of the year, friends! It’s also the perfect time to stay up well past your bedtime (mostly because the sun hasn’t even set yet if you go to sleep at 9 like my granny self) and dream up your ‘Summer Bucket List.’ This year I’m really trying to prioritize experiences over things in all areas of my life. I’ve been on a Minimalist kick, and I’m really enjoying the memories I’m creating. Continue reading
My friends and I have had Crater Lake National Park on our Oregon-centric bucket list for years. With a few of them headed off for graduate school at the end of the summer, there was no time like the present to check that one off. Here’s the thing though: on a good day Crater Lake is about 4.5 hours away from Portland and while I can rock out to Oops I did It Again and A Thousand Miles in the car for a few hours at a time, even I have my limits. Continue reading
After 8 years of dating and 4 different living situations, Ian and I are FINALLY moving into our own place together. In some ways it feels like a step back since we’re going from renting a house to renting a one-bedroom apartment, but it’s going to be so worth it to finally live without roommates. Plus the location is perfect for both of us! Continue reading