It was a little boring writing about each day's challenge so I decided to do a few at a time. So far I've defined goals, evaluated commitments, examined daily habits, started learning a new skill and the two most challenging things: cleaned out my closet and didn't buy anything for 24 hours. I'm half way through with the challenge and while it's been very introspective some of the challenges were not feasible in my life. For example, not checking email until lunch. Email is a major part of our business, so while I didn't check my personal email I still had to check my work email.
In other news, I'm working on some new photo ideas as well as helping Jeff set up his society6 page. I'll have a post about it when he gets stuff complete.
Day 9's challenge was to downsize my beauty products. I don't really wear make up, but I have accumulated lots of costume make up and hair supplies for pictures. So after sorting through all of it I think I got it downsized nicely into things I actually use.
Everything in the medicine is what I use every day.
My make up now fits neatly in a little wire divider. Nice and organized.
Day 7 of my minimalism challenge was to streamline my reading list. This was hard because I'm one of those people that has multiple books going at one time. I decided to focus on one book and evaluate my other choices. What it came down to was setting aside Hollow City, the sequel in a series that I had started, and focusing on finishing Eyeless in Gaza, which I'm really enjoying. After that I've got three more books on my list: Eye of the World, The Gold Finch and a book that my boyfriend got me for Christmas (with a french title that's hard to spell). I think focusing on one book will allow me to slow down and enjoy reading each piece.
Day 8 of the challenge was to learn to enjoy solitude. There wasn't much learning here as I crave alone time. I love having a day to myself where I can relax and work on my photography and crafts. I especially enjoy cooking for myself. It lets me try new recipes and slow down and enjoy the cooking process.
I'll have another post later today about day 9's challenge.
I'm a day late with this post, but oh well. The challenge was to follow a morning ritual. This is hard for because my mornings are usually so rushed since I leave for work very early in the morning. One ritual that I have though, is to make a cup of green tea every morning. I love using my tea kettle (unless I'm in a major hurry then I use my kuereg). It's a nice little four minute breather amidst the chaos while I wait for the water to heat.
On weekends when I have more time Jeff and I have coffee and listen to records. Both rituals are nice, but I prefer the slower paced weekends.
Day 4 of the minimalism challenge was no complaint day. This was super easy because it was Saturday and all I did was go shopping with my mom. Not a lot to complain about.
Today's challenge is a little more complicated. I'm supposed to identify my 3 main priorities. I'm not sure what constitutes a priority in my life. I suppose number one would be my job. Number two would be the cats and I suppose number three would be photography. It seems weird to list them like this, but it was nice to think about what I think is important.
*exciting news! my boyfriend and i have both decided to start accounts on society6 to sell our work. we're in the process of selecting and editing pieces that will be available. if there are any specific pieces you guys would be interested in getting a print of let me know.
Today's minimalism challenge is to de litter my digital life. This is definitely something I need to do not only with my phone apps, but with the list of emails I subscribe to.
My shopping apps are what's most out of control. I don't use most of them and they tend to clutter things up. So today I'll be removing myself from email lists and evaluating what apps I really use on my phone.
I'm really pleased with how well this challenge is going so far. My least favorite was the first day because I spend a lot of time online for work and for researching picture ideas. Although it was hard it really put into perspective how much time I waste online.
*new pictures finally! i've been busy, busy, busy working on new ideas, but haven't found a lot of time to shoot any of them. i should have a few more new things up this week. also, you can follow along with my 30 days of minimalism challenge that i'm doing.
Today is day one of the 30 day minimalism challenge that I'm trying out.
Day one's challenge is to stay offline for one day. No instagram, Twitter, blog reading or email all day. (I wrote this last night so I wouldn't be cheating) this will be the hardest day for me since I'm constantly checking my phone and reading blogs and online news articles. However, I do like the idea of a challenge that eliminates things that aren't super important to life, but have somehow started taking over one's life. I'll have more updates tomorrow.
Over the holiday I got the opportunity to shoot some photos of a store that my friend owns. It's called Muse by Lucca. The store has an amazing selection of the most beautiful housewares and accessories as well as some great clothes.
Iron Masters made all of the custom tables and store fixtures to add to the overall modern elegance of the store.
Muse is located in Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City. If you're in the area go by and check them out!
*I really loved getting to photograph muse, it was a nice change from shooting portraits. I look forward to photography the other lovely Lucca stores.
*I have a lovely announcement that I will share in a couple days regarding my photography. I can't wait to tell you guys about it.