It’s raining most of the week and Cooper is still on his winter break, so we’re stuck indoors. It’s cool because we’re getting so much stuff done around the house!!!
Last week I watched the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix and have been listening to their podcast this week while I work. It’s been super inspiring to start the New Year with some good intentions. Getting rid of this clutter is already helping my mental health All of the clutter that I have tolerated for the past year is going away and I can feel stress lifting! At times during this process, I’ve wondered how I let some areas in my house get so bad. Now that I am making time to figure out what should remain, I am more apt to making better habits for myself and family.
This is what I have on the docket this week:
I’ve already been documenting my progress on my Instagram stories this week.
I’ve loved seeing responses from readers who are also working on/motivated to work on decluttering their lives too. So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months, so don’t worry. We’re in this together!
So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m already doing 6k (I knooooow) and I have so much more to go! I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months. So, don’t worry we’re in this together.
If you need a little more inspiration, here are some of my organizing posts from the past.
Doing the capsule wardrobe challenge really helped me hone in on my personal style last year. I find that restriction breeds creativity! I LOVED the challenge of coming up with many different outfits with a limited amount of articles.
If you’re curious how to set yourself up for success each week, try doing some meal prepping on a Sunday. It’s a must if you’re looking to get control of your diet/health during the year. Arm yourself with good choices!
Currently wondering how I ever went a whole month without eating bread.
Currently wearing yoga pants because they fit and they make me more motivated to clean my house. Is that weird? Probably. Sometimes I put my sneakers on because it also helps.
So, we’re home this Christmas break. We’re laying low, although Casey has been working a lot. No trips planned. If you’ve been following along on Instagram Stories (@shutterbean), we’ve been doing a lot of art around here and I’m slowly trying to get myself organized around the house. I’m in the process of rearranging our (MY) books and finishing up our bedroom. Just on the search for lights…and am having a hard time finding ones that we can both agree on.
This whole month my house has been a disaster zone, so I am looking forward to it being straightened up and organized. I’ve been putting Cooper to work while we’re stay-cationing. I’m making him earn screen time by doing chores and helping me organize. He’s really good at matching socks and that makes me sooo happy. That’s one of my least favorite things to do when it comes to laundry.
Next week, I plan on figuring out my Instant Pot situation, taking trips to Salvation Army (goodbye rice cooker and crock pot?) while I purge a bunch of stuff and pair down my closet. Dim Sum is in my future. I have a craving for it, so maybe we’ll make a weekday SF adventure for it.
I’m also wanting to make some intentions for 2017. I did it a few years ago and would love to be more intentional as we head into a new year. I am ready for a clean slate/fresh start.
You to heed my advice-
ALWAYS LOOK FOR ANYTHING IN YOUR GLASS OF WATER ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND BEFORE YOU DRINK FROM IT.
I woke up. Took a sip of water and was like-
What is this in my mouth?
It feels like a nail clipping. WTF
And then I spit it out. Looked at my bathroom sink
and it was
Like a big gnarly white one.
I now have lids on every glass I drink from.
OK, let’s break it down.
Inspired by: The book,Overview. The photography is so beautiful. Earth is AMAZING. If you’re like me and LOVE seeing the patterns on land & water while you’re on an airplane, you’ll love this book. The imagery is spectacular.
I’m inspired by light and rainbows right now. The winter light in my house is really beautiful. There’s this haze in the morning that brings me back to my childhood. Santa popped a rainbow maker in Cooper’s stocking so we’ve been obsessed with watching the rainbows fill up our family room when the sun comes up in the morning. The other morning Cooper woke me up because he saw the pinkest sunrise and he knew I would love it. Makes me happy to see that my love for nature is rubbing off on him. He is a light seeker.
Watching: I haven’t been watching much TV this month because I’ve been working at night. Although I did have a little Real Housewives Beverly Hills binge during my introvert session after Christmas. It was niiiiiice. I watched the movie Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things. I thought it was really good. Now I want to travel and throw everything out.
I’m not sure what jogged my memory of the movie 12 Monkeys, but we watched it this week. I had been wanting to for awhile. It’s as good as I remembered it to be in my early 20s. It was made in 1995!! It would be such a different movie if it was made now. Probably filled with CG. Brad Pitt was kind of my hero in my early 20s. I loved him in Fight Club and he was loony tunes in 12 Monkeys. He knows how to act crazy.
I forgot to tell you last month that we also went through the show- Good Girls Revolt. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a little hit of Mad Men (I miss that show). I believe it’s on Amazon! The fashion/set design is pretty awesome. Cindy is one of my favorite characters (on TV, maybe ever).
Thinking about: 2017 and minimalism. I didn’t really follow a capsule wardrobe in Autumn (after almost a year!) and it really threw me off. What was I thinking??! (I wasn’t) But it just reinforced the fact that my life suffers without plans and intentions. I want to spend 2017 coming up with systems and structures that make SENSE and make me WANT to keep them up because THEY WORK. The capsule wardrobe was a really good system because I was DELIBERATE about what I was doing. It’s time to figure out what I must/need to sacrifice so I can pair down all of the things I am managing in my life/in my brain. It could be as simple as going paperless. Action needed!
Listening to: I guess I have to quit it with the Christmas music. I made this Christmas mix last year and I’ve been listening to all season. Also, if you’re on spotify, you can get your 2016 mix of all the music you listened to (repeatedly) for the year. Mine is pretty random, just like me. Shutterbean 2016 Mix. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Vitamin String Quartet while I work. I love when they play a song I know.
Dream Life: Oregon…still. Woods…grocery stores. I do a lot of grocery shopping in my sleep. Weird, huh? Every now and then I will get a flashback of one of my dreams while I’m going about my everyday life. There’s a lot of deja vu happening lately. Life is interesting, to say the least.
Eating: All the bread. Thinking about doing Whole30 again for a nice reset. But to balance it out, I’ve been eating spinach like a mofo. It’s all because I got a giant bag of it at Costco and I’ve been working my way through it. I like it sauteed in olive oil with tons of garlic, red pepper flakes and a splash of vinegar at the end for tang. I just need to get myself into some better routines. The holidays threw me off.
Drinking: Lemon Ginger Elixir. It’s this concoction that I’ve had a local hippy grocery store called Good Earth. I’ll make it for the blog soon because it’s good. It’s got a kick but I believe it totally helps fight colds.
I’m also super obsessed with this Lemon Ginger Kevita. If I could have a tap of it at my house, I would. There’s just something about the mouth burn that I’m hooked on. So yeah, anything lemon + ginger and I’m there.
What have you been up to??
How was your December?
How are you going to make 2017 great?
You know the drill. Leave your stream of consciousness in the notes!
This week is all about reflection and…… trying still fit into my pants. 2016 was pretty full. Elastic waistbands and all. There were ups and downs. Highs and lows. Ebbs and flows.
I’m ready for 2017, what about you?
I poked around my google analytics and figured out what the top 25 posts on Shutterbean were this year. Also, YOU GUYS!! In March I will be working on this blog for 10 years! We have to do something special, right? So, here we have it.
Here are the Most Popular Posts of 2016 on Shutterbean:
I did the Whole 30 from the end of September to October. It was challenging but I made it through. This post has been circulating around the internet a lot since! I’m already figuring out what month in 2017 I’ll do my next one. Yes…I totally could use another round. I need another reset.
Someone asked if I could write about the AFTER period.
All I have to say is that I have been eating too much bread.
My body doesn’t like bread even though my mind wants it.
I am trying to work that out. It’s taking me longer to break that habit than I thought.
Another popular post. Although, “snacking” isn’t really allowed on Whole 30. My purpose of this post was to show some ideas of stuff I snacked on as a meal instead of making myself a whole labor intensive meal. We have snack dinners all the time at my house. Life is busy, yo.
Out of all of the capsules I did this year during capsule wardrobe project (by Fall I ended up blending winter & spring) this one was one of my favorites. I found a lot of my basic outfits in this capsule. It really helped me fine tune what my style is.
This week, I am going through my closet to pair down my wardrobe even more. There are too many things taking up room in my closet that I will probably never wear again. This time of year makes me want to purge everything! I love it.
One of my most popular beverage posts this year. This turmeric latte is a great afternoon pick-me-up. Turmeric is good for inflammation— which is something I realized that happens to me (as well as bloating) when I eat too many carbs. Getting older is really fun.
This capsule made me realize that I have to have purple/blues in my wardrobe. I love a pop of green too. It’s a color scheme that makes me happy and people compliment me when I wear those particular colors. So, that’s cool!
I learned that I can’t trust that I will like trending season color story, so it’s best for me to collect the things I like- in the colors I want and make up my own wardrobe. Trendsetter, I’m not. I just want to be comfortable. I don’t want to waste time figuring out what I’m wearing because I know whatever I have in my closet works well together for me. That’s my style now.
After 10 years of holding out on you, I finally shared what I make on every one of our Thanksgivings– this pecan topped sweet potato situation. My Aunt & Uncle used to make it when I was young and I’ve carried on the tradition. I’m working on my Thanksgiving menu here on Shutterbean slooooowly. It took me 7 years to give you my Creamed Spinach. Maybe next year I’ll show you how I make my turkey?
2016 was the year that I showed the internet what a huge pen nerd I am. In the process, I found so many other people like me so THANK YOU. Thank you for being proud of loving pens. You are awesome. In 2017, I am going to try to put something magical together…hopefully with pens. I’ll keep you posted.
In 2016, I brought back some of my High Straightenance posts (thanks to my partnership with Seventh Generation!). I also did my laundry room and linen closet. I’m happy to say that I’ve kept up with all of these spaces. I have some closet cleaning to do this January, but other than that we’re good to go. Anything you wanna see in 2017? Let me know!
This year was a little weird as far as meal prep goes. I spent most of the year shooting & styling the recipes for One Potato, so my weekly grocery routine was thrown way off. Most of our meals involved leftovers of some of the meals I made or something pieced together with leftover ingredients. On a shoot day, I would be making 3-4 recipes, so I always had ingredients overflowing in my fridge. My fridge was in flux most of the year, but the process made me think A LOT about what makes a really good simple weeknight dinner. It was such a good learning experience.
This post ignited my love for making art. I felt like a scientist in my bathroom and it was soooooo nice to step away from the kitchen a bit. Some of you tried tie-dying with bleach and sent me pictures of your results. Let’s do more art in 2017, K??
One of my goals is to teach Home Ec. Did you know that? This post was a good reminder of all I already know and some of what I’d like to teach. Taking care of your kitchen/appliances is super important!
Game changer recipe. I loved how many of you tagged me in photos on Instagram (@shutterbean #shutterbeanrecipes) of these rolls. These rolls were on the tables of a lot of your holiday dinners and that made me so dang happy.
Habits! I talked about habits. I created a lot of good habits this year and got rid of quite a few. In 2017, I want to work on mapping out my daily routine in a healthier/more productive way. Let’s figure that out together!
I worked on this post with my favorite bread company- Dave’s Killer Bread. I first had their bread when I was up in Oregon for college and when I was approached to work with them I was like SHUT UP! NO WAY.
Now I am just hoping that I can find a Sin Dawg somewhere in CA soon…..
Transforming my kitchen was one my favorite highlights this year. It made SUCH a difference. Mostly, I just feel more comfortable working in a space that makes me sooooo happy. We’re currently working on our bedroom now. I’ll share some photos soon.