Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spring Is Here!

I caught my first glimpse of Springtime leaving work today. This beautiful Crabapple tree was in full bloom this afternoon. I had to stop and snap a photo. The pink blossoms look so bright in front of the clear blue sky. I'm looking forward to flowers and sunshine and warmth: all things that make Spring my favorite season.

It's been quite chilly the past few days so I've mostly been inside. I've been in an organizing mode. Since I've moved in, my closet has been a nightmare. I could hardly get inside and my clothes were so jammed on the racks that it took forever to find an outfit. In my happiness book, Gretchen proposed an amazing theory when it comes to cleaning your closet. There are three statements you say when you're looking for an outfit to wear. Here's what those statements really mean. "I would wear this" means that you haven't in fact worn it. "I have worn this" means that you've worn it twice in the past five years. "I could wear this" means that you've never worn it and you never will. When you find yourself saying the phrases it's a red flag for THROW IT AWAY! Same goes for shoes, handbags, scarves, and accessories. I have a pair of earrings that I love, but I have nothing in my closet that would remotely go with them. I've had the pair for about three years, and maybe worn them once. Boldly, out they went.

Spring cleaning can be fun when you have the mindset that you're de-cluttering your life. I feel so much better when I open my closet knowing that I only have five pairs of jeans to sort through instead of fifteen. One problem I had with cleaning out my closet was that I found that I have serious T-shirt withdrawal problem. I had about 100+ T-shirts all from events that I participated in. It was fun to look back and remember my high school days but it was time to get rid of a few. I'm now down to about 3/4 of what I started with. I'm still working on it...

I'm looking forward to rearranging my living room and changing it up a little bit. I've always been in love with the coastal, cottage look so I'm trying to lean towards that decor, especially in time for summer. It's going to be a slow process but I know that when I'm finished it's going to look great.

Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, I'm going to be adopting my first puppy. I've sat and thought about it long enough and I know in my heart that a dog would make my life so much more enjoyable. I'm looking at an authentic Siberian Husky from a breeder about an hour away. I'm going to take the trip up there and check them out and get all the information about taking care of one. If it's in my favor, I'll have a husky right around my birthday in May. I'm so anxious and excited about adding in this HUGE responsibility and that's an understatement. It's not something I can just give back, this dog will be in my life for a long time. I promise, I have evaluated the pros and cons of this scenario and I'm up for the challenge!

I'm about half way through The Happiness Project, and Gretchen never ceases to amaze me. She's so wonderful and I feel like I know her in real life. I urge you to purchase this book if you haven't already. It's seriously changed my perspective and I just all around feel better about life. Her new book, Happier at Home, is the next on the list.

Spring is here and that means all the fun seasons: Easter, Passover, St. Patty's Day, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Graduation (for some), Mother's Day, my hunny and I's Anniversary and MY 21ST BIRTHDAY! Can you tell I'm excited?

I'll be posting holiday decor ideas for each of these seasons so get ready!

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