I Got Those Post-Semester Breakup Blues

An exercise that I do with my undergrads at the beginning of every semester is an identity web. I demonstrate by writing APRIL on the whiteboard, and then surrounding my name with identities that influence my life: STUDENT, TEACHER, BIG SISTER, CHICANA, WOMAN, ABLE BODIED, among others. It’s a fun exercise that gets them starting to identify who they are, what matters to them, and what privilege they have.
Then at the end of the semester we revisit those webs and reflect on any possible changes in their identities. And this time I had two big changes under STUDENT and TEACHER.

The semester ended a about a week ago and I’ve been having a pretty hard time. I submitted final grades, turned everything in for the class I was taking, now everything’s done. Over. Nothing else needs my attention. And it’s so damn weird.

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Living with Less Plastic: Deodorant & Toothbrush

Something I’ve mentioned before is that I’m becoming more conscious of my consumer habits, and I’m trying to produce less waste and decrease my personal demand for plastic. One way I’ve started is by replacing my deodorant and toothbrush with more sustainable options.

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6 Things I Learned While Shopping For My Capsule Wardrobe

After deciding to try the capsule wardrobe, I wanted to go shopping to put the wardrobe planner from Caroline at Un-Fancy to use. I was excited to try to shop within the practices of the planner, and with my new vision and acceptance of my current closet (all 99 pieces of it).

These are the 6 things I learned at the consignment store! Continue reading 6 Things I Learned While Shopping For My Capsule Wardrobe

First Shopping Trip Of My Capsule Wardrobe

I cleaned out my closet two days ago and decided to commit to a modified capsule wardrobe at least through the end of June! I knew I couldn’t pare my wardrobe down to 37 pieces so I settled on 99. Which is quite a bit more than 37. I know. But it’s the most I want to do right now

Part of the capsule wardrobe changing-season ritual includes a two week period at the end of each season where you plan and shop for the coming season. The spring season started in April so I’m actually two weeks behind, but that’s fine! I still approached it similarly and went shopping yesterday. Continue reading First Shopping Trip Of My Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe: How I’ve (kinda) Started

I’ve been watching House Hunter shows with my roommates and we got hooked on Tiny House Hunters – where someone who wants to start living tiny tours different tiny homes, and it’s so adorable. And it’s rekindled my interest in minimalism (and started two nights of binge-googling and pintresting tiny house plans).

Somewhere along this tiny living research train I read about the capsule wardrobe via Caroline at Un-Fancy and I was totally sold. The idea is that you condense your wardrobe to 37 season appropriate items that you love, fit you well, and fit your style – and in doing so you live more simply, eliminate busyness, and spend less money. Continue reading Capsule Wardrobe: How I’ve (kinda) Started