Over the years I have learned more and more about myself. I would say that over the past five years have been the most amazing growth spurt that I have every had to date. I have a greater sense of compassion, I can see where someone is coming from even if I don’t agree with … Continue reading I QUIT. And I am happier than Ever!
Paying it forward. Let me start off my acknowledging the fact that I am very privileged to make the suggestion on paying it forward. My job sent me to work at home over two weeks ago. I have been able to maintain my current salary. As a result, I have given myself a mission to … Continue reading Paying it Forward
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt, and Waste by Cristin Frank Not your typical decluttering, … Continue reading Book Review: Living Simple, Free & Happy by Cristin Frank
March is nearing its end where my mini theme was to go zero waste-ish. NO PLASTIC WRAP WAS USED! Do not use plastic wrap. – NAILED IT! Do not accept or use plastic utensils – DONE Repair my favorite bag, do not replace it – DONE for $5 Attempt to reduce food packaging waste – I … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Slow – Mini Themes
Thankfully that I picked Slow to be my 2020 theme. Not sure how my mind develops these ideas but I am grateful that this idea came to me and I accepted this idea. Maybe it’s like the Big Magic that Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about. Today I am here to writ about slow cooking. When I … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Slow Cooking
I am currently living, working, and doing my whole life at home. Guess it is pretty easy to go slow right now. I have one important task each day. That is to wake up and start working at home on time. That’s it. Some people have asked if I am losing my mind. Truthfully, I … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Slow – It’s Pretty Easy Right Now
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti Are you looking for a hilarious book? Don’t go any … Continue reading Book Review: Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert After weeks of lamenting on how to properly review this amazing book, I am going to try. While … Continue reading Book Review: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way by Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles … Continue reading Book Review: The Book of Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia Puigcerver and Francesc Miralles
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir I was looking for a lighthearted and easy read. You know the kind of book … Continue reading Book Review: Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir
Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really Is So Much More Courtney delivers again! After writing about Project 333 in her … Continue reading Book Review: Project 333 by Courtney Carver
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a live “Book Tour” on Friday, April 10th at 12pm EST. Check out an article by Modern Mrs. Darcy. Regardless if you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, one of the best ways to support your favorite authors is to review their books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. … Continue reading Book Review: How to be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer
Over the past couple of weeks I have made one very strong personal rule. I am going to buy made in America as much as possible whenever I shop. As you know, I’m currently on my second year of no shopping with a couple exceptions. My shopping is fairly limited to start. However, when I … Continue reading Made in My Own Country
Never miss a Monday workout they say. So never miss a Monday challenge. Challenge #1: Find a yoga class or workout class for free online. AND do it! This morning I streamed an at home boot camp class through my local gym. Looking for a free yoga class? Check out Studio Be‘s vinyasa class. Challenge … Continue reading Life Interruption: Challenge of the Day
The plastic wrap might not have been used this month but my goodness the plastic that came into our house this past week is INSANE! One company sells individually frozen and plastic wrapped chicken tenders. Is that really necessary? No. But guess what, with our current situation, I bought two boxes of them. Now I … Continue reading Giving Myself a Little Grace on my Zero Waste-ish Month
Let the challenges continue! Challenge #1: Identify one disposable item and find a sustainable replacement. For the ladies, switch from tampoons/pads to a menstrual cup. For everyone, switch paper napkins to cloth napkins. Now I’m not saying toss your current supply, but let it run out and then replace it with a sustainable option. Challenge … Continue reading Life Interruption: Challenge of the Day
“We are the subjects of an experiment which is not a little interesting to me. Can we not do without the society of our gossips a little while under these circumstances, – have our own thoughts to cheer us?” “Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to … Continue reading Stop Passing Old Musty Cheese
Due to the most recent interruption in our lives, I have been reflecting on things that I miss after I completed my KonMari tidying event. I donated countless carloads full of household goods. I threw away close to a dozen bags of garbage. I up-cycled several ThredUp clean out bags. I touched every item that … Continue reading What Do I Miss Now After KonMari?
Listen, I know there are a lot of scary things out there, lots of unknowns, and what ifs. Rather than letting it occupy space 24/7 in your mind, I have a three challenges for you. Do you accept them? Challenge #1: Post a picture of beauty. Is your pup snoring and sleeping in a cute … Continue reading Life Interruption: Challenge of the Day
Today was an unusual day. Around 2 pm today a company wide email was sent out outlining that we would be working from home until at least the end of March. It was bitter sweet. On one hand I love working in yoga pants and wearing sports bras over a dress and a real bra. … Continue reading How I Plan to Continue Living my 2020 Theme of Slow Despite Chaos
Our whole world has been turned upside down in some form or other within what felt like two days. My personal emotions are all over place. My ache is flaring up, my body aches from stress, and yet all I want to do is to run into the forest behind our house to hide. Yesterday … Continue reading An Interruption From My 2020 Theme
March started with my 2020 micro Slow theme of Zero Waste-ish. I actually declared a zero waste-ish month without giving Mr. BMM a heads up. Why? It’s my goal. Not his goal. He has no plans on converting to a composting toilet or using moss as toilet paper. Besides, I’m the one who does the … Continue reading Less Plastic, Less Waste, Less Drama
Well another month and another update on my No Spend Challenge for 2020. Let me be honest, I almost caved in for a new bag. Almost. However, I finally figured out how to repair my current bag for $5! I love this back, I fit the usual items, plus gym clothes, and literally carry about … Continue reading February 2020 No Spend Recap
Slowing down this year as part of my 2020 theme has given me the space to think, reflect, and attempt micro changes. The February’s Slow theme of self-care gave me the gift of pretty nails and smooth cuticles on a regular basis, I slept more and complained less, and took the time to care for … Continue reading 2020 Slow Theme: March – Zero Waste -ish
Actually this weekend has been all things slow. I just love when you slow roast some thing in the oven that takes a couple of hours. You can’t run out. You just have to be home and enjoy the aromas. I made my first pot roast today. It was delicious. Mr. BMM and I sat down … Continue reading Slow Sunday
Self Care February was certainly a great idea. I finally went to physical therapy and found out that I have plantar fasciitis issues. Truthfully it’s been bothering me for two years but I kept thinking it was everything but plantar fasciitis. In the spirit of Self Care February, I took on the challenge of figuring … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Nearing the end of Self Care February
I don’t know about you, but winter is not my favorite time of year when I can’t get outside. Today’s weather was a pleasant surprise of 50 degrees. Back to our front porch with a jacket and blanket for some more porch reading.
Part of my 20 for 2020 goals is to read at least 5 fiction books. If you look back at my prior blog posts or read about my top books that spark joy, you can see that I tend to read more self-improvement/ minimalism books. With a little help from my local library, I should … Continue reading Challenge from My Local Library
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five star all the way! Who this book is for? Those that think that they must keep a magazine worthy home. Those that think rain or sunshine are always reasons to clean. Those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed doing all the things. Those who think their household chore list is off balance. Anyone … Continue reading Book Review: Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints
I love making lists. Lists are the most perfect way for me to show what is going on and keeping organized. Lists might not be for you and that is totally ok. But here is a list of my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Minimalism. There is white space in my days… well I … Continue reading Why I Love Minimalism
This little blog called the Beautiful Minimal Millennial is celebrating its first anniversary. I started this blog to keep me honest with my spending habits and help me build better money habits. I will be honest, growing up I remember two financial phases. The first phase was frugal, coupon clipping, and watching every penny come … Continue reading Happy One Year Anniversary to the Beautiful Minimal Millennial
Part of cutting back on the unrealistic and insane cleaning narratives, a door opened for me to spend time giving myself some much-needed self-care. While attempting to give myself self-care during my second no-spend year could be challenging, I came up with 5 frugal and some free ideas. Just like Jonathan Fields described in his … Continue reading Mini February Theme: Self-Care
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow. If you are looking for a book that makes you question everything (literally everything), then this is the book for you. The book has lots of information from Kant and other philosophers with excellent and well researched thoughts. It questions everything like money, religion, forms of government. The explanation about the blue dot study … Continue reading Book Review: Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Altshuler Earlier this year I posted about having a list of 20 for 2020 items or mini resolutions for 2020. Here is an update on my 20 for 2020 progress. CREATE – My professional Theme for 2020 Attend a meditation workshop … Continue reading January 2020 No Spend Recap
Last year I suffered quiet a few running injuries throughout the year. After reminiscing with my trainer, I explained my 2020 theme of SLOW. My intentions aren’t to run SLOW but rather take my time building up my running base. For the first three or four months of the year, my goal is to run … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Slow Applies to the Gym
I am entering my second month of my 2020 Slow Theme. By going slower, so much stuff has bubbled up. So much so, that I decided to have mini-monthly resolutions to support my theme. February’s theme is around chores and cleaning. I have written in the past about feeling overwhelmed and wanted to reevaluate my … Continue reading 2020 Theme: Slow Applies to Chores – February
Ugg. Just received the most recent cable and internet bill. Our cable company just hiked up our bill another 8% this past month with an increase in their random “fees”. I swear they increase the charges and then later take away favorite channels. There has to be a better way! They increased the “broadcasting fee” … Continue reading My Battle With The Cable Company: Do I really need internet?
It’s that time of year when I do my taxes and nearly puke because 63% of my student loan payments went to interest and I got back less than one month’s payment on my taxes. I’m pissed! Student loan interest rates are insane! You cannot avoid paying your student loans unless you die. The government … Continue reading Student Loans for Millennials: How I Plan to Keep $23,000 (of Interest) Rather than Pay Lenders
Over the past two weeks I have been trying to figure out how to slow down but still accomplish what truly needs to be done each week. Over the summer, I piled chores, workouts, and other things into a couple days so that I had time to relax with my family the other days. I … Continue reading Sort of Crushing My 2020 Theme: Slow
Back to my first full work week since before the holidays and my headphones have been working in overdrive. I stumbled across some of the most beautiful and amazing podcasts about minimalism this week. Since I am a recovering shop-a-holic, listening to podcasts about decluttering and minimalism help me keep my old behaviors in check. … Continue reading From Clutter and Over Consumption to Simple and Minimalist
Happy New Year! Welcome back! I am officially, really back! Did you have a chance to check out my 2020 Themes, No Spend 2019 Update, or my 20 for 2020 articles? If not, check them out. I like to start each year with a plan and intention. I am thrilled that my 2020 theme is … Continue reading Happy New Year!
If you listen to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier, you already know about putting together a list of 20 items or mini resolutions for 2020. Last year it was 19 for 2019. My list involves some solo items as well as some to get me outside with others. It also includes things specific to me and … Continue reading 20 FOR 2020
Today I present my personal theme reminders. I want to live a SLOW life and professionally I want to CREATE. Personally my 2020 theme is SLOW. I want to live a slower, more intentional life with less insanity. Professionally my theme is to CREATE. I want to CREATE great content on this blog as well … Continue reading Presenting My 2020 Themes
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Welcome back! It’s post-Christmas! I am feeling relaxed and ready for this New Year. I certainly missed writing. I missed sharing. I miss you all! In the New Year, there will be some changes for me. I decided that my 2020 theme would be Slow. The idea of a theme came from listening to the … Continue reading Thrived During the Holidays and Picked a 2020 Theme
Earlier this year I set out to read 25 books. By May, I met my goal. I mostly replaced TV watching and social media with books. You could say I previously spent a lot of time on social media and binge watching HGTV. Over the past couple years and a push from not wanting to … Continue reading My Favorite Books from 2019
Enjoying the holidays with a little break from writing. I will be back with new content in the New Year. Wishing you all the best!
What a week. I found myself grocery shopping slowly as I listened to The Slow Home Podcast episode, Busy and slow – can they co-exist? Usually I like to take in all of the sights and sounds of the grocery store. I truly enjoy the experience. However, I felt a bit overwhelmed this week so … Continue reading Slow, Snow, and Insanity
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Insanity. Yes. Pure insanity. Marie Kondo now has a store! A store where you could buy her favorite things that spark joy to her. I love the KonMari method. I liked Marie Kondo until this point. Her shop says toss your crap and buy what makes her happy. Then guess what. You will not be … Continue reading The Queen of Tidy Wants You to Shop her Joy Sparking KonMari Items