30-day minimalism challenge: day 8

Yesterday, I learned to enjoy solitude.

My Tuesday schedule is pretty simple: I have classes from 2-3 and then from 6-9. So I have plenty of time during the day to do whatever I need to!

So my day started with some breakfast in the dining hall (sitting alone), I often eat alone here, so it didn’t seem that strange. Then, I took a little excursion into a neighboring town to look around at the shops and such. I went to a Goodwill and bought a baby blue cashmere sweater for $20, and walked around a few other stores. I went into a super cute antique store and searched around for a while, and I gotta say this was one of the best antique stores I’ve ever been into. I bought a silver Claddagh ring and some old photographs. I stopped at a local breakfast-y cafe called “Toast” and got an iced mocha for the road. I headed over to class alone, sat through class generally alone, walked home alone, ate dinner alone, and headed to my other class alone. I didn’t do any of this intentionally, either. I guess some days for me are “alone” days and other days I’m just a social butterfly.

But, I like being alone. A lot. Maybe a bit too much? My last year of high school was spent alone during the day, and then I would head to work. I didn’t spend my times constantly with any one person or eating lunch at school with anyone. It was alarming at first to get used to sitting alone while doing everything, but I really grew to appreciate being alone. And now, if I’ve been too social for the day, I know when to call it quits and spend some time by myself.

Loneliness was a journey for me, and a weird one at that. But now I am able to spend time on myself and loving myself. And I don’t feel lonely when I’m alone. I just feel alone. That is something that a lot of people can never come to terms with, so I’m glad I’ve learned it this early.


30-day minimalism challenge: day 7

Today, I’ll be explaining my stream-lined reading list, as suggested by this 30-day challenge. I really haven’t been thinking much about reading because I do so much reading for school, that my brain cannot even fathom reading for fun right now. But I’m gonna try to when I can, like on the train, when I have all my homework done when I’ve got nothing else to do.

Here are some books that I haven’t read that I definitely want to read at some point (maybe now, maybe later, whenever I get the time):

  • Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
  • The Alchemist
  • 10% Happier
  • I’m With The Band
  • Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
  • Get In The Van: On the Road with Black Flag

That’s all I’ve got for this list. This list is already pretty lengthy, but these are books that I’m actually¬†interested in, as opposed to textbooks.

30-day minimalism challenge: days 4,5,& 6

Hey again! The last few days’ challenges have been rather simple and self-explanatory so I decided to lump them all together into one post!

Day 4: No Complaint Day

This day of not complaining went really well! I think the only things I complained about were: my lips being chapped and my Indian takeout not having a fork. My chapped lips were just part of my day at Golden Gate Park, but the Indian food had me really perplexed. I was stuck in a huge park with no access to a fork near me. So I (ashamedly) ate it with a prepaid Visa card that I have never swiped anywhere, nor have I taken it out of my wallet. Gross, yes. But the food was delicious. Otherwise, I had a great, fun Saturday out on the town.

Day 5: Identify 3-5 main priorities

I gave myself about 15 minutes to sit and think about what I want right now. I wrote down lots of possibilities and options, and settled on these:

  1. Maintain good grades in my classes
  2. Keep creative projects going to give me an outlet for emotions
  3. Keep friendships strong and healthy, while making new friendships when I can
  4. Stay healthy

These priorities are all generally focused on myself and my own wellbeing. I can tell you that each of these priorities are just reminders for myself, and little train tracks to keep myself on track. “Healthy” is really used as a catchall term; I want to be mentally, emotionally, physically healthy as I can be. Taking care of myself if you will.

Day 6: Follow a morning ritual

This one was my favorite. I’ll detail my ritual below.

  • Wake up. This morning I woke up at 7am to get ready for my 8am class.
  • Go to the bathroom, brush teeth, wash face, moisturize.
  • Go back to my room, change (quietly, as to not wake my roommate) into clothes, brush hair, take medicine, eye drops, glasses on.
  • Go downstairs and eat breakfast! I had an English muffin with butter, a cup of tea, and some fruit.
  • Walk to class with a friend, go to class, take notes etc.

Having this little routine in the mornings helps me to start my day on the right foot, and gets me up and going when I would much rather sleep.


Here are some snazzy shots I took on my most recent roll of film. Some are in Encinitas, some are in LA at Griffith Park, some are at Balboa Park, the shot of the car is in Fallbrook.

30-day minimalism challenge: day 3

Hey there! I’m posting this a day late, but my 3rd-day challenge was to declutter my digital life.

Now, I don’t know the exact specifics of what this meant, but I tried my best.

I started by deleting all the files on my laptop that I don’t need anymore and filed the rest together into separate¬†folders depending on what they are. That felt really good because it cleaned up more space for school documents and downloads. Then, I cleared out all the pictures that I already have copies of and organized the other ones by date. This helps me as far as my photography goes, now I can see which pictures were taken on each roll. Speaking of which, later tonight I’m posting the scans of my latest roll.

Then, I hopped onto social media and unfollowed the accounts that I really didn’t need to be following such as; brands, companies, stores, and people who I barely know. I did this on Instagram and Twitter, but I left Youtube and Facebook the same.

Overall, this day made me feel a lot cleaner and as though I have my life together. (I absolutely do not.)

30-day minimalism challenge: meditation

Welcome to my second day of this minimalism challenge. The challenge for yesterday was to meditate for 15 minutes.

See, I’ve definitely tried meditating before and I’ve found some success with it, it helped me to center myself and calm myself down. I really like it, I just haven’t implemented it into a regular routine. So, yesterday I decided to meditate the first thing in the morning to start the day right. I’ve found little meditation audios to be very helpful and a good guide when I started meditating for the first time in a while. So I meditated for 15 minutes to an audio in the morning, and then at night, I meditated for 15 minutes before I went to sleep without any audio assistance or anything. Both of these meditations helped me center myself and allowed my day to be very intentional and calm.

I plan on keeping this a part of my daily routine because I liked it so much! I think meditation can help pretty much anyone as far as mindfulness goes.

30-day minimalism challenge: day 1

The first day of the minimalism challenge was to spend the entire day offline.

I woke up to my alarm and immediately started scrolling through Instagram and Twitter before I even realized that I wasn’t supposed to be doing that. It’s just second nature to me. By the time I noticed my internet use, I was already eating breakfast, so I continued to eat breakfast just staring out the window and sipping my earl grey. I was pretty good at staying offline during my classes, but my 3-hour lecture really started to test me. My afternoon was spent with friends eating, and a small excursion to the Mission District. So, I kept myself generally occupied with friends, naps, and food. It was hard not looking at memes and just scrolling through a feed. Generally, it helped me clear my mind, I had some slip-ups, but it was good to notice how often I use the internet.