7 Things That Were Worth My Time Last Month…And 3 Things That Weren’t

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By Kate Kole

I know that yes, technically I have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé. But even if that is true, I still don’t always feel like I have enough hours to do all the things I want and need to do. It inevitably seems like certain items on my TDL go left unchecked, and if I’m being completely honest, other tasks that didn’t even make the original list (ahem, a Modern Family rerun and a “quick” Target stop) manage to get crossed off.

For the sake of time management and better utilizing those same 24 hours in the day that Queen Bey and I share, I’m taking a closer look at what’s been worth my time lately, and what hasn’t. Continue reading

The Gifts I Gained Through Minimizing

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By Kate Kole

I’ve experienced the craving to live with less for a while. Not to create scarcity or restriction in my life, but rather, to live simply and more intentionally. Put in the kitchiest of ways, to have a place for everything, everything in its place, and for all of those deliberately chosen and placed items to have a purpose.

So, room by room, closet by closet, and drawer by drawer, I set out to trash, recycle, and donate all the excess stuff I’ve managed to accumulate in the last 30 years. When I habitually found myself unable to sleep at 4 am, I rolled out of bed and began tackling one project at a time. Surprisingly, the sorting, decluttering, and tossing became therapeutic. It felt freeing to quite literally let shit go. Continue reading

4 Valuable Things I Discovered While Creating A Vision Board

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By Kate Kole

While cleaning out my closet over the weekend, I stumbled upon a box of empty picture frames. If I’m being completely honest, it was actually a box of frames and about 30 other random items, but for the sake of this article, we’ll focus on the frames. Most were still in good condition, so I knew I’d want to put them to use. That being said, we already have a couple full picture walls in our home, and rather than add to them, I was hoping to use the frames more “creatively” (I place creatively in quotes because I’m pretty sure I never received a grade above a B- in my art classes, so you can imagine how far my crafty skills extend).

I’m not sure whether it was the start of the new year or watching the episode of Fuller House featuring DJ’s ‘Things to Do Before Turning Forty’ board that first sparked inspiration within me, but whichever it was – I quickly decided how the frame that matched my office décor would be used. And with that, I set out to create my own vision board – less focused on ‘things to do’ and more as a means of highlighting my priorities for 2017. I rounded up some old magazines, cleared space on the kitchen table, and got to work drawing out my dreams. Here’s what I discovered in the process: Continue reading