Tossing the clutter to have a more meaningful life!

Some Sailboat Porn…

Beautiful sailboats…dreaming about my next home!


New Minimalist blog!

One of my favorite commenters has started her own blog, so be sure and check it out!

Have fun Tammy – I’m looking forward to your posts!

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Bicycle Crazy!

Well, as I mentioned in my last blog, I splurged a couple of months ago and purchased a bicycle.  BEST purchase I’ve made in a while!  I discovered a new portion of the Mountains to Sea trail not far from where I live and have been taking the bike there every week for a good long ride.  I’m not exactly sure of the total mileage, but I THINK to the end and back is maybe around 15 – 17 miles.  Again, I’m not 100% on that.  The main thing is that this is not only a fun way to exorcise, but it’s also a GREAT way to relieve stress, which I’ve had a lot of the past several months.  I wanted to share some pictures with you that I’ve taken the past couple of months of the bike and the trail, so here goes….

Loaded up and ready to go!


The branch that connects to the Mountains to Sea Trail….


The Mountains to Sea Trail – bridge that crosses the Neuse River.  This trail is awesome – paved the whole way with several bridges along the way.


As you can see – the views are great alongside the river.  Views like this the whole way down the Mountains to Sea portion of the trail.  Relaxing and peaceful.


So there ya have it!  Where I’ve been spending most of my free time over the weekends…part of the reason why it has taken me so long to get a new post up here.

The next post will be an update on how things are going for me in the minimalism world.  I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

Thanks for reading!



Freeing up the bookshelves and many more…

I really wish I had a “before” picture, but you will have to imagine the bookshelves in the picture loaded with so many books that you couldn’t squeeze a piece of notebook paper in between books on any of the shelves.

Needless to say – I feel that I am making progress!  I took all of the books that were not my favorites and donated them, only holding on to a few that I love to re-read and one or two that I have not read just yet.

I also made great progress in the garage over the past couple of weeks.  It is so nice to have more room in there even with the car parked in the garage!  The space is liberating!

While I’ve been sending a lot of things out, I did break down a few weeks ago and purchased a bicycle.  I believe this was an excellent purchase, as I am getting more exercise and have found a great way to relieve stress that builds up during the week.  More posts to come with pictures of the biking trail I have discovered in town…

Until then…thanks for your support and have a fabulous week!


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Everybody Deserves a Vacation

Good blog post by Lisa on enjoying life – so very important!

Everybody Deserves a Vacation.

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The ManateeFritters App is now available on iTunes…

Great app to a really cool blog – be sure and check it out!

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Random Rant: Tired of the poop!

What is the deal with people refusing to pick up after their dog?

I live in a small neighborhood where the houses are extremely close together. Today, as I’m on my daily walk with Lucky, I look to the side, and there it is. A HUGE pile of “you know what”, right in front of someone’s front door and next to the sidewalk. It can be smelled by anyone within a 5 foot area. The flies are loving it, and of course Lucky wants to go check it out. Not only is the sight and smell atrocious, but it’s not healthy for other animals.

Now, keep in mind this neighborhood has an HOA with rules stating that if your pet poops, you scoop. I respect this rule because I understand someone not wanting to step outside and right into a mushy, smelly present on their lawn. I would prefer not to receive those lawn gifts either.  However, not all people have these feelings. It seems that some just don’t really care if there is a sewage depository on their small front lawn. Believe it or not, the HOA poop or scoop rule tends to make them even more determined to forgo the scooping and force everyone else to walk past the piles of smelly “you know what”.

So, my question again: What is the deal with people refusing to pick up after their dog?


Enjoying more of the simple things

This weekend, I took some time out to enjoy simple things like spending time with my dog, Lucky, and also reading a good book.  It reminded me how much simpler things are when I keep the TV turned off, turn off the work cell phone, and keep the work laptop OFF for most of the weekend.  The past 3-4 years of my life have been so absorbed and focused on the career aspect of my life that I feel like I’ve missed out on life itself!  Does anyone else out there have this problem, or am I the only insane lunatic out there who has a difficult time separating work from personal life?

Tonight, I took a break from late hours of work and decided I would go for a run.  It’s been so long since I went for a run.  The past few years, I’ve been the first to admit that if anyone saw me running, there would be 1 of the 3 following me – a mad dog, a person with a gun, or my ex husband.  Well, tonight I figured I didn’t need any of those 3 beings behind me in order to feel better about myself, enjoy the night air and take time to think about life.  What a good feeling – I may get back into the habit of this exercise thing.

Now that I’m done with the run, and since there’s no mad dog, person with a gun, or my ex husband lurking behind me, I’m taking some time out to read that book I couldn’t put down this past weekend.

This book is making my dream seem more realistic.  The book is “The Motion of the Ocean” by Janna Cawrse Esarey.  It’s based on an adventure by a real life couple who realize they are so absorbed with the unimportant things in life and sell most of their possessions, quit their jobs, and sail off in a 35 foot sailboat across the Pacific.  Janna tells the story in first person and I’m about 80% through the book right now.  Ever since I picked it up, I have been sucked into their adventure of stress, fear, excitement, and humor.  Janna has a way of seeing the humor in most of their adventure and I find myself laughing out loud from time to time.  It is truly a great book – especially for me at this time when I’m starting to realize that I can make my dream a reality one day and actually do this!

So for those dreamers out there like me – do yourself a favor and get this book!  As always, thanks for reading my rambling thoughts and for all of your encouragement and support.

Cheers to all of you daydream believers out there!



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Chipping away at the Clutter Monster

Wow – what a busy past couple of weeks it has been.  I feel like after this weekend, I’m finally back on track with de-cluttering my crazy world!  This weekend, I took a lot of things to Goodwill for donations.  Old dishes that have been boxed up for over a year, old purses and bags that have been stuffed in the back of the closet for way too long, and other nick knacks I haven’t looked at or used for so long that I forgot I even had them!

How many purses and backpacks could one person possibly have you ask?  Well – I stopped counting at 15…it was too depressing to keep up count.  But oh boy what a feeling of relief after I unloaded the car at the donation center!  I drove away feeling like a chunk of cement was chipped away and tossed from the massive rock of stuff that is holding me down!  What an awesome feeling!  I managed to clean out the small closet in my spare bedroom, which I use as an office, as well as clean out a good portion of another closet and the garage.  I also tossed a lot of old cosmetics that I have been hanging on to for some unknown reason.

Now, back to the debt portion of my journey.  The really cool thing is that I’m going to finish paying off that credit card next month – WOOHOO!!  That means I can concentrate efforts on getting that car payment down which is like a menacing monster following me around right now.

I took a look at the bills I have going out – utilities, mortgage, college loans, etc – stuff that is none credit card related.  It looks like once I have the credit card paid off, I will have about $400 a month extra after bills.  I think my best bet is to maybe throw a little of that into savings – I would like to continue to build up the savings in case of any emergencies that pop up.  Then, pile majority of it into the car payment.  I am going to feel things out and see how it goes, but that’s my plan for right now.

I’m glad to be back on track and feel pumped up about my adventure after unloading a lot of things today and making progress!

Maybe I will be on that boat in another year!  Who knows…  🙂



Temporary Roadblock to the Journey

OK – so the plan this weekend was to go through the monthly bills and figure out how much is going out each month in order for me to better set a goal on where I need to be in my plan to conquer that debt monster.  Unfortunately, reality at work hit hard this week and ran a little over into my weekend.  The monthly bill review is delayed until I can get my head above water at work. 

I do want to thank all of my readers so far and especially my commenters – what helpful suggestions and ideas!  I hope to be back with you next weekend with a better post on my minimalism journey. 

Thanks and have a great week!



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