30 Day Minimalism Game

One of the things DJ and I have been trying to do over the past year is purge items we no longer need in our home. Recently, I read a staggering figure that the average home contains 300,000 – 500,000 items! That is just such a baffling number and I know there is no way we need all of those things. I want to make more space in our home and in our lives and I know that a big part of that is clearing out the physical clutter.

To help jump start this process, we decided to both participate in the Minimalism Game that was create by The Minimalists over on their blog. You can read more about the game here and print out their calendar to track your progress. The basics are that each day you get rid of progressively more items. So on day 1 you get rid of one item, day 2 you get rid of two items, and so on. By the end of the month you will have cleared a whopping 496 items that you didn’t need out of your home. And since both DJ and I are doing this challenge, we’ll have moved almost 1,000 unused items out of our space.

For the items we’re clearing out, we’re dividing them into 4 categories:

  1. Trash – for items that are broken, damaged, or no longer have a useful life.
  2. Donate – Most of our clothes and kitchen items will go into the donate pile to go to a local charity.
  3. Give to family/friends – For things that work just fine, but we no longer need and fill a need for family and friends, we will pass those along for a second life.
  4. Sell – For some of the higher ticket items that we no longer need that are still in great working order, we’re going to sell these on places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Poshmark and put the money toward paying down my student loans.

I’m super excited about this challenge and will be documenting my progress weekly over on my Instagram. Be sure to tag me if you decide to play along!

Ready for 2020? Looking back on the 2010s

Are you ready for 2020? I know I am. While each year feels like a fresh start, the beginning of a new decade has this feeling of entering a new phase of life. I have big plans and when I think about what I can accomplish in the next 10 years, I get excited. With that being said, I thought I’d take a look back over everything that happened in the last decade.

2019: Traveled a lot — Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Denver, Cancun, multiple trips to New Jersey and Philadelphia, and sourcing all the shop supplies from all over the world.

2018: Celebrated my 30th birthday in Las Vegas, renewed our vows at a castle in Scotland, opened our retail store Azonia, and went to Punta Cana for the first time.

2017: Launched Legally Empowered, went back to working for an old employer, and got promoted to Director.

2016: Left the law firm to start my own practice, started working with artists and entrepreneurs, got admitted to the tax court bar.

2015: Brought Bella (the dog) home, graduated with my tax LL.M., and accepted a position at one of the biggest law firms in Maryland.

2014: Decided to go back to school for a tax LL.M. at the University of Baltimore, reentered lawyer life, and renewed our vows on the beach in Cancun.

2013: Bought a new car, took DJ to Paris for his 30th birthday and put our love lock on the Pont des Arts on the Seine.

2012: Worked in the marketing department for an online university, made handmade jewelry that was featuring in a gallery show, and went to London.

2011: Bought our first house, brought Olivia (the cat) home, graduated law school, took and passed the bar exam, had neurosurgery for my Chiari malformation, and started life as an attorney.

2010: Went to Paris for the first time and married the love of my life at a historic mansion in Frederick, Maryland.

It was a long, crazy, amazing decade. I can’t wait to see what the next one holds.