Saying Goodbye

We have just embarked on a new year and a new month. A time to say goodbye and start anew.

Let go of the old

Although there is really nothing special about January 1, most people view this ordinary day as a special chance to create some type of change in their lives.

One of the big goals that my husband and I have had for the past few months is to edit down our lives. To us, that means letting go of things that we don’t need or use.

For me, this has primarily meant a change in shopping habits.

A few months ago I made the decision to stop shopping…for an entire year. While it might seem unconventional or strange, I can say that it’s actually brought a wonderful feeling of freedom.

If we’re not careful, our possessions can start to control us and hold a power that they should never have.

I’ve found that the fewer items I have, the simpler my life becomes

And with simplicity comes peace and a lot of joy.

I’m not trying to convey that everyone needs to go out and sell everyone they own. However, if you have a feeling of restlessness that won’t seem to subside….maybe give it a try

so where to start?

1. find a trash bag

2. Fill the trash bag with clothes, shoes, anything that you don’t use but that someone else might want

3. Take the bag to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.

That’s it. Just start with one bag.


The Motivation Manifesto: FREE book & course



The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.”

Paulo Coelho, author of THE ALCHEMIST

I just wanted to share a great book and resource that I recently discovered. Brendan Burchard is the author of numerous books including: The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, Life’s Golden Ticket, and most recently, The Motivation Manifesto.

I have read all of his previous books and am excited to read his latest release.

Through his website, Brendan is actually giving away FREE copies of The Motivation Manifesto. The only catch is that you do have to pay $7 for shipping. However, I think that $7 for a hardbook book is still a great value.

To learn more, feel free to watch the video below or click here to be re-directed to the Motivation Manifesto website.

Also, as a bonus for ordering the book on his website, you will receive access to a free 12 week course that will go over the book in great detail.

Even though I haven’t received the book in the mail yet, I’ve already started week 1 of the course, and I love it so far.

check out the free MOTIVATION MANIFESTO

So, for $7 in shipping, here is everything that I received:

  1. Free hardcover book + 12-week Motivation Manifesto online course. (Value $297)
  2. Free tools and action worksheets to help you find even more clarity and motivation. (Value $97)
  3. Free Facebook group with Brendon for 12-weeks (Priceless. Ask him anything)

If you are looking for a new book to read, I hope you take advantage of this great offer. Brendan is a dynamic speaker and has a lot of wisdom to share.

Have a wonderful week!


I’m currently reading: The One Thing & Small Victories by Anne Lamott

I’m currently listening to: Lord of the Rings station on Pandora

Current Location: Gainesville, Florida

Current Favorites: She Reads Truth App & Coach App (formerly called Lift)

Modern Mrs Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge



Hi Friends,

I’ve decided to take on a new reading challenge for 2015. Anne, at the blog Modern Mrs Darcy is hosting a new challenge for 2015 with 12 categories of books for the new year.

I’m excited to get started and will try to and read one book a month from each of these categories.

I was immediately drawn to this particular reading list because I think it will be a good opportunity to try reading some new books that I wouldn’t normally pick up or try.

Feel free to head over to the Modern Mrs Darcy website to check out all of the details and read more.



Currently Reading: The Gifts of Imperfection & The One Thing

Currently listening to: 6 hour Mozart playlist

Current location: Gainesville, Florida

Favorite things: The Simplified Planner & Starbucks Christmas Blend

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Travel Must Have’s Part 2

Travel Must Have's

NIKE activewear pants
$94 –

Fossil Passport Case

Old Navy plaid shawl

In addition to products, I also wanted to mention a few helpful travel resources.
What’s interesting is that these resources can be used in two ways whether you are in fact the traveler or if you are interested in making some extra money and providing a service for other travelers.
  1. AirBnB

I’ve used AirBnb both in the United States and abroad and have had a great experience each time that I’ve used it.

The hosts have always been very professional and the homes were impeccably well-kept and exactly as I had expected from the pictures.

  1. RelayRides

RelayRides is a relatively new service that is a similar service to Airbnb but for cars.

You can either loan out your own car or borrow someone else’s car and in some cities you can even pick up cars directly from the airport. To learn more about their airport rental services click here. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they seem to have this service available in most major airports around the U.S.

I think that it’s a really interesting concept and while I haven’t personally used this service, I would be interested in using it in the future if I would need to rent a car for a short period of time while I’m traveling in the U.S.

Have you tried either Airbnb or RelayRides? What has been your experience with them? Feel free to leave a comment?

Are there any other similar travel resources or products that you would recommend?

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