The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Planning for a Mental Escape

Vacation: a long overdue activity that I need in my life right now.

I have happily booked two upcoming getaways.  Both involve the only coast I like traveling too. (My coast. West coast = best coast). And both involve sunshine. California. Can I just say that I will fly anywhere as long it's under three hours? Yup, I'm that easy going.

The first weekend of May will be spent in San Diego. Luckily, it's late enough in the year, that I hope the beach is warm enough to chill out on. We'll be traveling with our tiny tot, Jack, and Matt's brother with his wife. I'm already wishing we could stay longer. I need a mental vacation. Just to regroup and refocus. To remember why I'm doing what I'm doing and to dream big dreams to go after.

The last weekend of May will be spent in the LA area. Hopefully, Santa Monica - ish. A gal pal and I will be taking the weekend off. I need more weekend getaways in my life. This will be the first weekend traveling without my family. Not long enough to miss them. Which is a good and a bad thing. Again, by that time of the year, I'm really thinking the weather will be perfect.

One of my most favorite things to do while vacationing is just sit in the hotel, watch a movie and order dessert room service. Oh the coziness of it all. There's so many pillows on the bed. The blankets a fluffy. I love hotels. You know, the clean ones that is. It's going to be a looooong two.5 weeks. Oh and it's to rain here the rest of this week while my parents are relaxing in Palm Desert. See, I was born to love California. It is not overrated.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: 7 an experimental mutiny against excess

I read this book last year. It was life changing. Not like, my whole life is different life changing, but in a I definitely am different in one area life changing. It was a mutiny against excess. Clothes, spending, waste, food, possessions, media, stress. It was Jen Hatmaker's experiment. A rebellion of sorts against modern society and our culture at large. And it changed my life.

Waste. We are all very wasteful. It's part of how we live in America. I figure once I know better, I need to do better. I will never be perfect but if I take one extra step to reduce waste in my personal life, then I know I am making a difference. For example, I RARELY use paper towels anymore. I knew of people who practiced this already but I didn't really care, yaddiyaddiya. If I threw a scrap paper in the garbage every once in awhile, I didn't care. Now, I see things so differently. Now, I don't know why I would use a paper towel when dish rags and hand towels do the same job and all I have to do is throw them in the wash. So what if the garbage is closer to me, a couple of extra steps to the recycle bin is all it takes.

Clothes. We're planning a trip to San Diego at the end of this month and I desperately needed a new swimsuit. Desperately. Four different bikinis sat in my drawer unused for months and years. But no, I need a new one. OK, so then a few days later, I was just like, no, I do NOT need a new swimsuit. I will wear what I have because I don't even regularly go swimming up here in cold water Seattle. Make what you have work. $60-$100 on a new swimsuit could actually be a really fun adventure. I'd rather have a fun adventure.

Spending. This is a life lesson that I learned the hard way, as most people do. Proud to say we are debt free after focusing hard with A LOT of self control. Being purposeful and thoughtful about spending habits is something that I think is very important. But I also think that sometimes you just need to have some fun. Money was also made to enjoy and there ain't nothin wrong with that!

Media. We'll as I wrote previously, I practice #socialmediafree weekends. I also practice no using smart phones on the couch. I really try not to be on my phone in front of the kid. One of my goals is to have one day a week where I don't watch TV at all. Sometimes I accomplish the goal and other times I don't.

Although the book is by a Christian author with a Christian perspective, I really think this experiment is insightful for all people with all beliefs. Be careful if you read the book, it will change your life. If you do read it, come back and tell me your thoughts.