Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A sweet new year...

Hello to you, dear ones.  We packed our holiday season quite full and I was glad to keep busy.  I asked my Instagram friends to let me know if they had any topics they would like to see me blog on in the coming year and they had several ideas. Quite a few of them were things I'd already covered in years past in some capacity, but a few surprised me.  I'd love to hear from you all.  So far, I've gotten topic ideas such as these for the most part;

Organization
Hosting and party
Fashion posts such as my continued streamlining of my ten item wardrobe
Skincare and makeup routine + products I use
Recipes and Holidays
A day in my life
Book recommendations

So yeah... basically what I do now... just keep doing it I guess. Haha! (But really, you want to know what skincare routine I have?  That was cute which reminds me, this year, I didn't make resolutions and to be honest I seldom do.  The one resolution I ever made that I ever kept, was a promise to myself to take good care of myself as I age, and to keep my fingernails manicured regularly. But back to what I was saying... I think I'd love more than anything, to get a few more specifics.  People might say, "Post on organization" but in what way... your sock drawer? An entire room or closet....gimme deets please. Same goes for all of the categories... I would LOVE to hear from you so I know what to blog to you about!

Now a few fun/weird/random things...

I am wildly crushing on Instagram stories and it's my new random (sometimes daily) brain dump. PLUS I can see who is watching whereas I can't see that in my feed, because it's only reflected in likes and comments and there are a few people in my personal world that I thought never paid any attention to social media/my feed, and low and behold they never miss a story I record!! Makes me feel loved somehow knowing that. I deleted most of my account photos for a fresh start.  It was a grief process recovery thing and I won't get into it, I just needed a fresh edit on life.  

I got rid of my nose ring.  (I know, who really cares.)  I did say this was random. (I decided I didn't want to be a 70 year old with one, and it's become that thing that all the forty year old moms I know do so I took mine out.  I'm different like that. Wink.)

I rearranged the office yet again, making room for an air mattress because one of my besties is coming to stay soon, I cleaned out every drawer, shelf, cupboard and cranny in my home and I can honestly say I am truly on my way to becoming a retired/empty nest minimalist in the coming years because if it weren't for kids I think we could get rid of half of our belongings tomorrow. Dang kids.

Next year I am getting a big Christmas tree.  Just for the record. You heard it here first.

I am once again working extremely part time for my man as his office professional, after a life hiccup forced me to retire before even starting.  It's not fully worked out yet (there is still no reception area for me to actually work in, like we were promised when he moved in) so I am still behind the scenes for him personally, but it's something for me to do, and a way to help him.  There was so much heartache in the changes to our plan in early September, and the way they went down, that I am just happy to be finding my place FINALLY.  And I've forgiven and moved on but it was a hard month on my heart. Then we went right into October and my daddy died... I didn't enjoy the heartache and tears of the fall season at ALL.  Looking ahead and anticipating that God has some good things here for me and some real SWEETNESS.  I am planning to latch onto that wherever I can this year.

I decided last night that I am a borderline shopping addict and I cut up every single credit card in my name.  Even the Costco card because it's on the back of a visa card.  I think sometimes life makes it so easy for us to fall hard into too much of a good thing... (As does Amazon! Ha!)  I needed self-accountability and I'm the spender of the two of us, so I told my husband what I was planning on doing- his agreement was all the confirmation I needed for some changes.  (It's not like a daily thing, lest you get the wrong idea...it's just more than I personally needed to be doing and I knew it... the conviction hit me where I was. To others how and what I shop for might be normal or even a lot less than what's considered normal out there.)  But we all know when our normal is not right for US. Ya know?  So, we'll see how it goes.  My husband is so patient with me I can't hardly stand it sometimes.  I want to be a wife who makes him proud though and this was a big step for me.

Lent is early and I'm excited.  Doing a study with my family and I'll share once it arrives.  Giving up nothing, but seeking much. 


I heard once you should have something to look forward to in approximately six days, six weeks, six months and six years from wherever you are.  I loved that. Mine are- a couples getaway, a visit from a friend, a family vacation, and living in a tiny condo with my man as empty nesters. (Very excited about a spring vacation with our kiddos and I'll share more as we get closer.. but if you have any must see places in San Francisco, please share!!) (Also... should I be worrying about the fault lines and earthquakes? I was worrying about them in the middle of the night last night.  Also I am terrified of bridges and they are making me walk on the Golden Gate.. I might die.  Like, literally.  Especially if there is an earthquake. I've seen the movies.  The bridge never makes it!!) 

Lastly, my word of the year is, "Breathe." (Perhaps I should have breathed while writing the above paragraph.)  I was telling Adrain and he teased me non stop about it... and then one evening I saw a cute necklace with a metal stamped word, "Breathe" on it and showed it to him. I said, "See? I think this is God confirming that this is my word because I was just thinking about it and then here it appeared in my feed." (He rolled his eyes... YES he actually DID, and laughed as he started to say something about it.. and as he was speaking, my phone dinged with a DM notification... it was someone totally random sending me a magazine article on the word BREATHE!  I may have gotten a bit feisty and shoved my phone in his face with a, "Oh yeah?  How's that for a God confirmation big guy?"  (Poor Adrain. He should not try to un-logic me from my logic.  It's really unwise and bad for his health too I think.) (You understand this entirely I am confident.)

Okay I think I need to hit publish and go.  I have a million photos I could edit and post in here but they have nothing to do with the content and I'm running behind so it's a photo-less one for you today.  Please, please, please let me know specifics of your interest here in this blog, for the coming year and I'll do my best to blog about it!  Love to y'all.
XOXO,
Sasha




27 comments:

  1. We have never been to San Francisco so I am looking forward to your posts! You have truly been my inspiration for more simple living and decorating. I love your organization and declutter posts. They have inspired me over the past few years. I have created a much more simple home for my family, but I still have more to go. I look forward to your 2018 posts!

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    2. Thank you so much... you've been such a huge source of encouragement to me these many years and I so appreciate it!
      Sasha

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  2. Thanks for sharing Sasha. I would love to hear about what you're reading, bible studies etc. I'm an emptynester and trying to be a minimalist so I love the decluttering posts. Do you have ministries/causes that stir your heart? I'm trying to figure out what mine are, even at my age. How do you manage your time and time on social media? Those are things I wrestle with and would love to hear others perspectives. Hope these ideas help, have a blessed day!

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    1. Jeannie,
      Thank you so much for your ideas. I'll definitely try to do a post about my favorite reads at some point! One devotional that I am LOVING right now is actually a Jane Austen Devotional. It's got an excerpt from Jane Austen books, and then the page beside it contains a great little devotional that connects to that text. It has been incredibly timely and enjoyable to boot!

      As for ministries... Here is my very first thought and I'd love to chat more about this in a post someday. I think that GOd often puts a burden for something or someone on our hearts through experiences, and until He does that, just picking anything or anywhere to serve is good because when you're already moving, God can easily turn you a bit to the specifics. For example, I used to make up homeless bags to hand out and though I enjoyed it, I wouldn't say that it was my whole service heart if that makes sense... however, that idea stayed in my head and after experiencing the loss of my dad and dealing with hospice and a week of constant care, I found a heart passion for others in hospice. Families who needed a little care package with socks, chapstick, lotion for a loved one, a blanket for a waiting spouse, granola bars for those late night vigils and such... .so my passion for serving was found. I think that's a great way to be open to what God has to stir your heart. :)

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  3. I love reading your blog, so let me start by saying... anything you write about I'll read. But here's a snippet about what I feel like I need this year, not saying YOU have to be my sole provider, but maybe it will help with specifics?? With two small kids and a full time job I struggle with keeping the house up day to day. And I'm not talking baseboards and ceiling fans (does anyone actually CLEAN those?!). I just mean the floors, counters, laundry, etc. I love this stage of life and even the chaos most of the time, knowing that before long I won't be stepping on Shopkins or crayons or pretend food every time I turn a corner. But that doesn't change the fact I need basic surfaces (and underwear) moderately clean most days. I feel like decluttering would help A TON and I'm ALWAYS trying to clean something out. But it just seems never-ending. And when my house is cluttered, my mind and heart feel cluttered too because my ineptitude as a house keeper is always staring me down. For instance, my buffet in my dining room is a HOT MESS. I KNOW I don't need 20 mason jars in there... but I just can't seem to part with them. WHY!? Heaven only knows. I picture yours... with a simple glass jar of cereal, a simple roll of paper hung above with a message for the season, but I just can't get there. I need SIMPLE to at least EQUAL the chaos of the day to day. If I could come home to non-cluttered tables and counters, that in and of itself would be a miracle. (Does anyone else seem to have enough pieces of random paper to paper mache a life-size replica of the Eifel tower??) Anyways... perhaps my rambling gave you some specifics... or perhaps just specifically how crazy I am... ;)

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    1. Hi Meagan,
      Thank you for this wonderful imput!!

      Firstly, I so get it... littles are hard to manage and when you've got outside things pulling at you, such as a job, you've definitely got to give yourself plenty of grace... it won't always be chaotic and the chaos definitely changes as they age but it's gone so quickly. I'm nearly to empty nest stage so when I say it goes quickly, trust me... hold fast to that and it will help you get by when you're just done. That said... yes, you do need spaces for yourself and for containing clutter. I will try to share how I manage the papers, the clutter and the pending. In the meantime... here are some off the top of my head ideas.
      Let's talk about your buffet. Buffets are meant to be used for serving, containing serving items and being a dining help. If yours is 70% display only, then it's not helping you. If it's not used for the above at all, you might consider moving it to another spot where what it's holding would be better put to use for that. For example. If it mostly holds mail, papers, homework, random bits of things and such, it might work best in an office area, and utilized for that purpose instead. If it's a catchall for when you walk in, you might consider moving it to a place where it can function as a catchall and turn it more appropriately into that kind of a piece. If however, it truly is meant to function as a buffet in a dining space, you'll want to remove all that isn't function and meant for dining purposes and then sort that. Try to keep to 70% function and 30% pretty if that helps. As you sort, use a sticky note to make categories. (Junk, donate, consign, store in garage, put away somewhere else, Etc.) once you've got piles sorted and labelled, then tackle one at a time and put them where they must go. Get donate right into your car. Toss garbage out and go and put things away where they SHOULD go. This will help and this process can be used for everything else in your home that needs a good sorting and decluttering.

      A good rule of thumb is this... if you've got a huge collection gathering dust and you can't part with it... keep three and store or share the rest. If you store them and don't miss them, you can part with them. If you know someone who would be blessed by them, you can share them.

      Let me know if this was helpful~
      Sasha

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  4. We went to San Francisco last year and it's such a lovely city! We have 3 littles, so that's always fun and interesting and we obviously didn't get to see as much as we would've liked to. BUT, one of the things on my list was to see the Full House house. Simple, cheap and yet so cool! Not sure if you were into that show, but it was pretty cool. The pink lady houses in that area are simply adorable and a must see.

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    1. Oh, and ride the trolley. It was a super long wait when we went, but totally worth it. Just keep riding until you have to get off. Let's you see so much when someone else is driving and you don't have to walk all of the hills ;)

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    2. Leng,
      Thank you for the great tips!! I'll be sure to check these options out. We'll have teens of course, so I'm hopeful we can really go and not need to rest much. And the trolley is high on my list!
      Sasha

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  5. So... I'm the totally random person who sent you the pic of the magazine cover ~ so funny at that moment I had such a STRONG urge to do it. I Rarely ever do things like that. lol
    I love when you show pics of your closet. How you had things arranged. I loved the pics of the different outfits!
    I loVed the brown bags of food for each week. Do you still do that?
    Can you give ideas, pics on how to store off season things ?
    My very favorite is your party ideas and decorating. Take us on a photo shopping tour with you to Hobby Lobby, Costco your grocery store good will etc ....what you get and what you are going to do with it. I get soooo overwhelmed at Hobby lobby even with a list -
    You are authentic and inspiring, just keep it up!



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    1. Thank YOU!!! I'm so glad you got to see my little story of how that transpired. What a funny and God-sent (I believe) confirmation! Thank you for being a part of that!
      Sasha

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  6. Paint question....What colors do you think would work to lighten up a home? I have very little natural light b/c of a large porch across the front of my home. Do you still love your paint colors? Do you recommend eggshell? I'm "hoping" to paint sometime soon and would love your suggestions. I live in a small home too...around 1500 sq ft, so anything to help brighten things up.

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    1. Hi Sandra! So a little trick I learned, was checking the LRV (light reflective Value) on the back of paint chips. If you go into Sherwin Williams and ask them to help you, they can show you what to look for... a higher LRV number, means that more light gets in with that color and you can select your choices based on that if you're trying to narrow it down between a few options. I personally love light colors... light grays, light creams and light tans. In my house, I have Rice Grain which is a light creamy tan with a touch of gray/green to it.

      Another idea for your porch... we have a large front porch that blocks light so we painted the ceiling of it white... a very bright white. It made a huge difference, since our exterior color is a rich gray.

      Good luck!
      Sasha

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    2. Thanks so much! I had no idea there was any such thing as LRV, so I will make my way to the paint store this weekend!! I'm so thankful to learn something new everyday, and super thankful for sweet people who teach us. :)

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  7. Hi Sasha...a couple of thoughts for your San Francisco trip. The Alcatraz tour is AMAZING! Make sure to buy tickets in advance. They sell out quickly. While you’re down at the pier, you can see the sea lions! I know you said you don’t like bridges, but the Bike the Bridge bike tours to Sausalito are great fun. You ride one way, and take the ferry back. Muir Woods is gorgeous, a beautiful and peaceful walk through the Redwoods. You need to at least drive by the Painted Ladies Victorian houses, and drive Lombard, thr crookedest Street. For food, Tartine us a must. I’m gluten free, as you are, and there are a couple of things you can eat, but it’s best for the gluten eaters. Just up the street is Bi-Rite creamery. Fabulous ice cream. Make sure you eat some sourdough bread! That’s all I can think of at the moment. We love visiting the city!
    As for your blog, I would love to see more organization, DIY, and learn where you get your basics, like your vases, for example. Thanks for your DIYs! And inspiration!

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    1. Thank you SO much!! This list was really helpful and we'll be sure to hit many of these up! I so appreciate your comment as we begin to plan!

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  8. My last several posts have not been posting. I have always written nice comments. If you have a problem with me, please be courteous and let me know.

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    1. I have no idea why they haven't posted on the actual blog and I was wondering about it myself...i see them in my inbox though and have always enjoyed them. I'm so sorry... it seems to be a computer glitch, as I have not done anything to them, promise! 


      Sasha 

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  10. Getting caught up by reading more than tiny squares and love your heart. <3 Fresh starts are so refreshing. I had to giggle about your nose ring. I always thought I'd get one and then it seemed EVERYONE had them. Can't rebel like everyone else of a certain age, lol. I gave up any online shopping for the start of this year - after breaking down all the dang Amazon boxes after Christmas and just feeling fed up over it all. It just gets to be too much/too easy/etc. Can't wait to see where this year takes you.

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    1. Shannon, so true right? I think almost all of my friends did it. Ha!

      Let's say NO to Amazon together girl. haha!

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