My “Jump Off the Ladder” Challenge, and a POLL!

A few of you may know that I am working on my

Jump Off the Ladder challenge.

I have decided that for the month of June I will challenge myself to go running for at least 20 minutes a day, three days a week. A challenge which, so far, is going alright. The greatest obstacle so far has been the weather. Naturally, since I decide I want to do a challenge that requires me to be outdoors, (I don’t have a gym membership) Murphy’s Law kicks in and it pours rain all week.  However, since I don’t like to dwell on failure, only lessons, I am deciding to see the positive in this.

This weekend, Schofie and I made HUGE headway in the “get rid of your crap” department. For me, living off of nothing but the land in a tree house or Hobbit Hole would be amazing. For him, the idea is fun, but unrealistic. He doesn’t quite understand why I need to seasonally (ok, sometimes monthly) do a massive purge and donate a ton of things. It’s cleansing to me, and with less stuff I find it a more peaceful atmosphere. I would love to jump on board the ‘minimalist’ train. For him, it’s stressful, and an emotional experience. There are memories associated with each item, and after all, we may use it in the future.

After many a discussion and frustrated tears, Schofie decided that since it made his wife happy and healthy, she could get rid of whatever she wanted. (Excluding things explicitly his i.e. clothing)

Seriously, how did I get a guy like that?! 🙂

So I went to town in our kitchen, and am throwing a massive garage sale. I’m not anywhere close to finished with my purge, but here is a start:


Seriously, who needs all this stuff?

So needless to say, I sort of have two challenges this month. I am so excited to see where this’ll take me! Also…

I’m working on a project and need your help!

Please fill out the questionnaire below. If you think of any answers not listed, let me know!

Yep, I’m Jess From New Girl.

I have always been a rather…. strange person.

Now, I like the person I am, don’t get me wrong. However being weirdly introverted isn’t always a great thing. I’ve had friends invite me out for drinks and instead of saying, “Sure, I’d love to!” I’d make an excuse and stay home to watch New Girl. (Which is like watching my life. I am the awkward, quirky Jess, of course.)

I am perfectly content just chilling at home with my husband. We don’t have any kids yet, (I say ‘yet’ because he wants five of them. I then start coughing, and suggest three.) and so its quite easy for me to just have a quiet date night whenever our schedules allow. This brings me to the topic of THE BOX.

I have a beautiful little box I have created for myself. It’s wonderfully comfortable, with lava lamps, and hippies who dance under the moon. In fact, it’s spacious enough for a couple of cool cats to join me on occasion. Somehow, by the grace of God, I have found myself out of that lovely box lately. A couple of days ago, I would’ve said, “I am a singer, and have not found any way to sing in over two years!” and then it donned on me.

“I am a singer, and I have the power to make this happen.”

And so, I gingerly dipped my toes into the proverbial pool of creativity. The proverbial fish apparently nibbled on my proverbial toes, because here I am with an audition coming up, a blog with readers I love, and creativity is oozing out of my every orifice. (Ok, ew. Oriface? Gross word in general.)

The point I’m trying to make is this:

You have the power to change your life.

My best friend Amanda helped me to learn this by starting her own store. She’s passionate about simple, minimalist living and believes it can be applied to every aspect of ones’ life. So what did she do? She quit her office job. She decided that the idea that we work our entire lives at a job we hate is ludicrous  and she chose to be fearless. She dedicated her life to helping others, and created (Check out her site, her craft is incredible!) I have never seen her happier and more full of life since she did this. Why don’t we all do this? Because we get caught up in the lie that says we are powerless. That things just…. happen to us. Sure, we see inspiring people like Amanda and really admire that they had the courage to take a leap of faith, but certainly we could never do the same…. LIES. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy? What have you never dared to do because it’s just too stinkin’ scary?

Do that thing.

Are you really living if you don’t?

Peace and Love!