Life Update!

 

 

1. This is what Columbus has felt like lately.

2. Starting April 1st, I will be offering blog design services, on both Blogger & WordPress platforms. Shoot me an email (laurennicolelove[at]gmail.com) if you’re interested!

3. I just re-designed my blog a bit & did some serious spring cleaning. If you’re reading this in Reader or your feeds, come poke around. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. I will be taking a 7 day vacation from life starting today, so I’ll see you all in April!

5. Want reading material in the meantime? Read my post for Deeper Story, “Love Was The Plan“, the Good Woman’s Guide to the 21st Century, or the lessons I learned from last time I took a sabbatical. And follow me on Twitter. ♥.

Thankful.

Hey everyone? I want to know what you are thankful for today.

I’m not going to waste words explaining why we should be more thankful, and what gratitude does to our hearts, and how easily we forget what we have when we are consumed with what we don’t.

We know all this.

so go ahead, leave it in the comments. i want to know 7 things you are thankful for today.

Even if this is like pulling teeth.

And then, once you write them down in the comments, go write them on your heart. Hold onto them. Remind yourself of them. Give them the weight they deserve. Combat your dissatisfaction and discontentment and hurt with them.

I want to read so many comments that I am overwhelmed.

 

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful. – Hebrews 12:28

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Q & A with Lauren: How Do You Get Motivated?

Hey everyone! So, I decided today that I wanted to start opening my email inbox to you guys. One of girls I’ve been talking with lately gave me a shout out on Twitter this week and confessed she was really struggling with something, and I told her to shoot me an email. She gave me permission to share our conversation with everyone, and I hope that maybe you can dig something out of it and apply it to your own life.

Do you have more answers or advice for her? Leave them in the comments!! W ant to ask me a question? Send an email to me at laurennicolelove[at]gmail.com & I’ll do my best to answer. Much love.

Note: This email exchange is 100% unedited. Cut and pasted. It’s long. If you only have a minute, please skip to the bottom and read the 21 point list that ended up being the crux of my answer to her!


Question, Part One: I’ve just been having a hard time getting motivated lately. There are so many things I want to do, but I don’t ever do them because I am so un-motivated. I know that you have gone through some of these kinds of places in your life, and so I was wondering how you got out of that “pit” because you’ve accomplished so much!

My Answer: Hey love! Man, that’s so hard. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Being unmotivated takes several forms for me, actually. Sometimes it’s just the general, “I just want to do NOTHING” and sometimes it’s “I want to do all these things but I don’t have the energy to, or I just don’t want to ENOUGH.” You know? So I think it helps to be able to pinpoint which of those it is. There’s also when you catch yourself starting to believe that nothing you want to do is truly worth doing, so you just start letting things slip out of your hands because you say things to yourself like, “well other people are already doing this,” or “other people can do this better so there’s no point in me doing it,” etc etc. I’ve definitely been in all of those places, countless times.

There are lots of things that I’ve done to try to help, and to push myself out of those spots. I am NOT a to-do list person, but sometimes if I make super cute ones, or really annoying ones, or cool ones, I catch myself wanting to check things off. I use teuxdeux.com a lot and I love it. Also, I am a big believer in setting goals for yourself. Weekly goals, monthly goals especially. Monthly goals are awesome because if you have a couple days when you just crap out and fall apart, you still have time to recover, and you can also break your monthly goals into smaller sub-goals that you do every week.

I have a lot more ideas and things to say about that, but first I guess I should probably ask you what are the things you want to be doing? What are you most passionate about? What are the things on your plate that you NEED to be doing, and are putting off? Spill them all. It always helps me to have someone look at my life on the table and say, “that’s important, that’s not. Stress about this, don’t stress about that.” I don’t mind doing that for you at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, what does your daily look like? Work, school, family, friends? What are the things you are committed to?


Question, Part Two: I think the things I am most passionate about are my music, and animals. I ultimately want to glorify God using my music and be able to worship Him in that, and someday I would like to have an animal rescue. As of right now, what I NEED to be doing is, well, homework. That is something I always always always put off, even though I don’t even have much of it. I also need to be finding a job. I am completely broke, and I haven’t done well with actually applying at places to try and get a job. I am also stressed about needing to be in contact with my parents and grandparents more. I do a poor job of staying in touch with them while I’m at school. My fish’s tank thing needs cleaned or he is going to die, but even when I’m not busy I never do it because I just don’t feel like. This weekend, I am working on planning my birthday party, so I need to get that stuff done.

My days are usually pretty uneventful. Monday’s are busiest for me, with class in the morning and at night and then our floor does “Girls’ Night”. I also have a morning and evening class on Tuesdays, and then the rest of my week, I only have one class a day. I have an hour of counseling on Wednesdays, but that is pretty much it. I don’t work right now (as you have probably guessed), so I pretty much just sit at home on my computer not doing homework. Ha. It’s a daily battle of dealing with roommates/friends also. There have been a lot of issues with some of my closest friends, so it’s really hard for me to just sit here, but I never really have anything to do. And I never really want to do anything but just sit here or sleep. I’m not really that busy, I just don’t want to do anything.

My Answer, Part Two: Ah, okay. I have a better feel for where you’re coming from now. Here are some sporadic thoughts & truths that I’ve come to realize over the past several years. I hope this helps. Give me your thoughts on them!!

1. always remember what you want, and what you hope to be. that will be what drives you, don’t ever lose it.

2. never beat yourself up for stopping, resting, failing, or not accomplishing as much. you’re human. accept it.

3. understand that everyone you look up to fails, and fails hard. everyone ahead of you has been exactly where you are.

4. be painfully aware of what kinds of things you procrastinate against. dig and press into WHY you don’t want to do them. you’ll learn a lot about yourself here.

5. figure out which things you are truly obligated to and which you obligate yourself to out of guilt. get rid of those second things. clean up your life. IE: that fish tank causing you stress? get rid of the fish. seriously. get rid of it. having a fish does not make you a better person.

6. learn what time of day you are most mentally & emotionally driven to accomplish/resolve/tie up loose ends. clear out that time of day if at all possible so you can act immediately.

7. get it all out. sit down with a huge piece of paper and draw out your life. venn diagrams, lists, maps, circles, pictures, anything and everything. this is step one to getting the clutter and “overwhelmed” feeling out of your mind. it’s hard to move forward before you do this.

8. when there are worthless things (i.e. homework) that you have to do, don’t think of them as what they are, think of them as character building. tackle them & tackle them hard. you’ll find that it’s mostly a mental obstacle, and they’ll get easier.

9. let go of emotional stress with family members. it’s better to love them fully in sporadic bits, than half-ass it all the time and never feel like you give enough of yourself.

9, part b. set times. instead of ‘oh man i’m such a bad daughter’ for five solid emotion-wrecking minutes, call them and say, ‘HI MOM i only have 5 minutes just wanted to say i love you!” and get off the phone in 4 minutes and 59 seconds.

10. ask god for a job. admit that it’s hard for you to work on finding one, and let him tell you exactly how to go about doing it.

11. get visual inspiration. find out what motivates you and inspires you and makes you wish you were better, and SATURATE yourself in it.

12. stick notes, pictures, beautiful things on your walls. this will help push you to move forwards towards more of it.

13. realize that sometimes our bodies need a push to act. drink coffee, do something physical, get in the sun if possible. personally, coffee is responsible for 98% of my productivity.

14. ask for help. every time you start to feel guilty for not being motivated, ask god for help. he loves you, and he. will. help. realize that everyone took help to get to where they are.

15. pay close attention to the music you listen to. get rid of emotionally draining/down beat music for a week and listen to music with pushed drum beats and energy.

16. goals. make them. write down 5 big things you want to accomplish in april. write down 2 minor things you want to accomplish every week in april. and pick certain hours & days to work on each goal.

17. to do lists. use teuxdeux.com, or make physical to do lists and hang them on your bedroom wall. keep a little booklet of things to do, ideas, inspiration, thoughts, plans in your back pocket.

18. document your progress. tackle things one at a time. want to make progress in music? realize that you’re building a resume, and document your life in the world of music. write down everything you played that day. blog what you wrote. talk to yourself and to the internet about what you listened to today that added talent to your internal repertoire and understanding of music theory, structure, skill, feel, agility, and experience. hate that you can’t remember the circle of fifths, the correct fingering for two-octave scales, or how to play augmented scales or transpose songs written in minor keys? write those things down, and tackle one every week. too often we make progress and don’t see it because we aren’t documenting it.

19. talk to people who motivate you. want to get up and do something, but realize you won’t on your own? have a person that will give you a 30 second pep talk on the phone or gchat and push you just hard enough to actually MAKE you start.

20. get organized. you don’t have to spend a week cleaning your living space from floor to ceiling, but it’s worth blocking off a solid 2 hours to organize the hell out of your desk and throw away things you don’t need. they’ve done extensive studies on kids showing that their emotional and intellectual clarity reflects the organization and cleanliness of the space they are in. suck it up and do it.

21. be patient. give yourself grace, and know that when you move slowly it is okay. it’s a balance, and moving slowly means you’ve got half of it down, and just have to work on the other half.

Also, reading this might help you! I wrote it awhile ago: + Life Lessons: What I Learned In The First 22 Years +

LOVE.

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+ Life Update. +

So, just a little update. My blog has been changing & I’ve been writing a bit more than usual. It’s been really fun to watch it evolve over the last year or two, bouncing around from photography, inspiration, poetry, creative writing, cosmetics reviews, thoughts, life updates, projects, and pretty much everything under the sun.

It’s still evolving, and I’m not sure I’ll ever have a clear-cut style on here, but I wanted to ask all of you what you’d like to see more of. What do you guys miss, and what would you like to see? How have you felt about the writing? I love conversation – let’s talk. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be writing with Max over at MakeItMad in February and I’m really excited for that! If you haven’t checked him out, please do.

Next week I’ll be heading to Blissdom in Nashville with some of the greatest people to hang out, speak, and kick some Love Bomb butt. Let me know if you’ll be there! I want to say hi and give you a hug!

I’ve also been digging Kaleigh Somers – one of the more talented female writers I’ve come across lately. She’s a sweetheart.

My most recent blog posts have been pretty intense, and I’ve thrown my heart and mind into writing them. If you missed them, you can check out Mastering Life in 2011: The New, Sexy 1950’s Culture, Branding Your Life: Welcome To The Internet, Your Jokes Suck: Why I Won’t Date You, and Losing Everything.

I have a button for my blog now too. Several people have asked me for one, and I finally got around to it! I’d be honored if you took a moment to copy the code over and link to me on your blog. It’s right heeeeerreee:

laurennicolelove


I started a photo blog, which has been a long time coming. Here are some of my newer photos, and go follow my photo blog if you’d like to keep tabs on what I’m doing with photography!

Much love, everyone. I’ve been bit by the fashion bug this month, so prepare yourselves for a little more estrogen & glitter than normal! Twitter or Liked my fan page yet?.

+ today. +






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+ 2011 +

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+ december & pornography +

Part One: It’s December 1st, and you know what that means. Time for Lauren’s annual crisis.

For some reason, right around Thanksgiving, I question everything I’m doing and everything I am.

It’s like climbing a mountain ever year, and as soon as the snow hits, I slide right back to the bottom of it.

I’m learning that the valley is a good place. I make the closest friends here.

It slows me down, and it forces me to face my imperfections. I become real – something I have a gift for escaping, and have had ever since I was twelve years old, sitting in the car asking my dad, “what is ‘me?’

I woke up in the middle of the night last night, sprawled between my bare mattress and my comforter (I was too exhausted to get my sheets out of the dryer last night when I got home), staring at the ceiling. I felt like I was seven. 23 year old women should have sheets on their beds. Time had stopped, and I gave myself five minutes to hate everything.

To hate that I’m 23 and in an inconvenient limbo between child and adult.

To hate that I’m selling myself short in school. That I’m still in school.

To hate that I’m a workaholic and have missed out on a lot of life.

To hate that I’m not half as good at anything as I want to be.

To hate the way people perceive me, and my inability to communicate who I am.

To hate that I had no interest in getting out of bed in three hours for anything.

To hate that I come to this place, over and over and over.

I’m 23, and still asking what is Me.

In the shower this morning, the shampoo bottle was a million miles away from me. There was a gap between my finger tips and the tile that was making my head spin. Some part of me was infinitely objective, distanced from everything I was in physical contact with. Hello, preposition.

When I find myself here, it is easy to believe that I am the only one. To believe that no one else feels this distance, and that everyone else is in tune with life, except for me.

But it’s not true. We all experience this. And we all hate these same things.

I have no guarantee that quitting my job is the best decision or that taking anti-depressants during the winter is a good idea.

When you don’t know anything, you fight to find what you do know.

And this is what I knew, at 3:30am. God has never failed me, not one single time. I am loved and protected and he will be my dad. He is worth trusting. I will never be homeless. Joy does not come from things. He knows me better than I know myself. He has given me a compassion that fights to get out of my chest and he will do so, in his way and in his timing. Every time I’ve worked towards something, I’ve obtained it. Worrying is pointless. I am blessed. I know that I desperately love people. Every struggle I’ve been through has always paid off. I’ve always come out better on the other side. Always. I know that as hard as things are, I love my life.

Desperation and insecurities are gifts. I am thankful for them.

Here’s to December and finding out what kind of lessons are learned through meltdowns, failure, freaking out and persistent joy.

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Part Two:

I’m going to make this incredibly brief. There are few men I respect, few men whose writing gets my complete attention, and few men who are still fighting.

Go add this man to your blogroll, rss, google reader, bookmarks – whatever it is you do.

www.makeitmad.com

Max Dubinsky’s mind is something worth keeping tabs on weekly. He has invaluable perspective.

We do a lot of talking about fairly weightless things. MakeItMad isn’t one of them. Make it your job to talk about Max. I want to see his name everywhere.

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+ baby. +

My sister recently posted these of us. Oh, little babies. I didn’t realize how much of the same girl I am. I miss the south, and I miss the simplicity of quietness and observing the world move. I wish I was still three years old, and could get away with speaking barely at all and listening to everything. I have little to say, and I feel consistently forced to say more than what I have in my mind and my mouth.

Love simply, speak softly, believe passionately, give sacrificially, move slowly, watch constantly.

Childhood, you were an invaluable gift to me..

+ It’s my birthday! +

It’s my birthday!

I have so many thoughts and I’m high as a potato on caffeine so this is going to be difficult to bring down to the ground.

First off – infinite thanks, gratitude, appreciation and crazy love for all the incredible people in my life that have been just catapulting their excitement and love to me since before I even woke up today. I literally do not have half the words to communicate how much all of you mean to me and how beyond blessed I am. I have been given more encouragement and more community than I could have ever dreamed of. God is so good. I wish I could give everyone a supermassive hug and take everyone out to dinner, just for being my friend. I hesitate to mention certain people for fear of leaving others out on accident – but there are so many of you who have gotten me through this past year, sharpened me, taught me, motivated me, inspired me, loved me, cried with me, dreamed with me, explored with me, and prayed with me. I am obligated to thank as many of you personally and publically for enriching my life & making it into something SO full I can barely keep up. Here goes!

I’m going to start with Jamie because she just tweeted at me- hah! Jamie, you are one of the most joyful women I know – you work hard, you just ooze out love and care, and your packages and letters have always come to me at the perfect time. You’ve made my days so much better and I look up to you and hope that I will accomplish just as much as you do & give as generously as you do when I am a wife and mother. Oh, and your emails lighten my heart. Love.

Kelly M., I consider you a sister. I don’t know how or why we’ve stayed as close and I pray every day that I am as good of a friend to you as you are to me. I love you and can’t wait to come see you again in Charlotte. You have been a saving grace to me in ways you probably don’t know. God used you to bring me back to him and remind me of the type of girl I want to be, right when I needed it. I love watching you fight to love Jesus more and love those around you and your constant desire to do and be better. You are beautiful.

Katie H. – Oh man, I have so many sisters! God gave you to me as a big sister just when I needed one, and your creativity and enthusiasm puts sparkles into all my days! Hahaha. Thank you for being around constantly and letting me pour out my heart to you at any moment. You are insanely talented & your heart is so real. I love it.

Paige – I’m knocking out all the sisters. You are my baby sister and one of the most special people in my life. You already know that you are one of the funniest people alive and your heart is exponentially bigger than your body will ever be. I cannot wait to see what happens with your life. You inspire me with your strength, your love for God, and your wisdom. I wish I could give you the world. You are one of the most beautiful people God has ever made.

Nate – Living life has changed drastically since you entering it and I’m so grateful for it. Thank you for being a good man and working your ass off and bringing me alongside you. Talking with you every day is a gift in and of itself. I believe we have created more jokes than any two people in the history of the world. Blah blah blah. ๐Ÿ™‚

Josh H – Yo Digeratii! Birthday twin! You rock my world by making me laugh uncontrollably nearly every day and I’m stoked to get to know you more over the next year. Happy birthday to you too, today!

Craig – I count you as my brother and one of my closest friends. I love our freak outs, our bff talks, your crazy motivation for life in general and how faithful you are to be there for me and listen to my rants. I am so glad you re-appeared in my life after years of us both getting our crap together (more or less) and I know that somewhere in the next couple years, a mindblowingly awesome trip will happen together. And I am not talking about drugs, I’m talking about Australia or something. Hahaha. Never doubt your worth, how much you are loved, or how much much better you make my life just by being in it. I love you.

Jesse K – Jesse, I love you. I am so thankful that you’ve been in my life since I was 10 or 11 years old. No matter what city each of us is in at the time, you remind me of all the good parts of home and none of the bad. I admire your mind. I admire your talents. I would do anything for you and I hope you know that, always. A part of my heart is yours and always will be. I miss our Milo adventures and your hugs. Love you forever.

Lauren S – Did you know that you are the picture of unconditional love? You have been an incredible friend for me and stuck it out when I go MIA for weeks at a time. The mail you send me is incredible and I save every single bit of it. I love you so much & hope we get closer this year. There have been two letters sitting on my desk for a month, waiting for the post office hours to align with my not-at-work hours. I love you.

Cheryl – You kick ass. You’ve added so many laughs to all my days and let me tell you probably the most absurd and unsharable parts of my life. I’m so glad that you exist and that we are on the same level with our craziness. You just make me so happy. And thank you for introducing me to Jen. Hahahaha

J Money & Josh – I AM SO EXCITED FOR 2011. I already have a solid love for both of you and I’m so stoked to see all the awesome things that come from working with you guys. Thank you both for being phenomenal people. Hugs hugs hugs.

Kansas – I feel like I’m a broken record because I just told you this, but you’re so solid and I’m so thankful for it. Thanks for being around for me and being a voice uninfluenced by hormones, hahaha. I appreciate every single time you offer to help me or listen to me. I don’t take it for granted.

David – I’m sad you’re on tour and I don’t get to see you for awhile. ๐Ÿ™ Big hang outs when you get back. Thank you for fighting in my behalf, loving on me, praying for and with me, inspiring me to be the woman I need to be, and cutting through all the bullshit to help me find who God is and what he wants for me. You are blessed, and I’m blessed through you.

To all the Crimson boys: I love and miss you. Saud, you inject so much joy into my life and I’m down with you being my little brother forever. Josh, I admire your heart. Yates, Nick, Dan – hugs to all of you. Come back alive, please. โ™ฅ

Christen – GOOD GRIEF I am so glad I met you. You are an incredible woman and I swear everytime I see you, you just soak me in Jesus & super joy. Thank you for your hugs, your hospitality, and your crazy gifts through the Spirit. You’ve helped heal me from so much and I cannot express how thankful I am for you. Thank you for welcoming me into your life so quickly and so warmly. Love love and more love.

Patrick – Man, I just love how consistently you cheer me up via Twitter and how encouraging you’ve been to me throughout the last year. You have such a great heart and you’ve stuck around and made some of my really awful days way better and my good days even greater. Thank you.

Johnny – I’ve thanked you a hundred times for your encouraging texts that I get all hours of the day and night. You’ve kept my chin up during some pretty bad days. Thank you for caring so much and for keeping tabs on me.

Kelly Tonsetic – Thank you for having a relationship with me where half the time I’ve been bawling my eyes out. I know God better because I know you, and your love is contagious. Everytime I see you I am surprised by how beautiful you are & how joy and a clean love just radiates from you. You should be proud of the woman that you are. The man who gets you will not deserve you.

Sandy S. – Woman, I love you. Your hugs make my weeks bearable and you are so faithful to be a crazy caring friend. Thank you for confiding in me, and letting me confide in you. Your on-a-whim prayers rock my world. I love you.

Inky – Crazy girl, you’ve saved my ass so many times and made my life so much more fun. I wish I was close to you so I could be a better friend – but I’m coming to Nashville in January! And oh, that will be too much fun. Your texts make my day happier & I am so jealous of your energy and love for life. I admire you for how much you’ve been through. You’re resilient, I hope you know that.

Jessica T. – There aren’t words to communicate what I want. I have more love and empathy for you than you will ever know. My heart has broken with yours over this past year and I am going to tell you again how proud I am of you for remaining the woman that you are despite everything else life has handed to you. You are selfless; know that, believe that. I have been blessed by you so much and hope to never, ever lose touch. I love you.

Krista L – Ooo I love you. I know I just told you this, but you are transparent in your love and so genuine in everything you say. You are a beautiful woman & God dropping you into my life was a gift. You are so talented and I am so proud of how hard you work. You inspire me. Your entire life is just pretty and sweet. I look up to you. I am excited to see you tonight.

Bria S. & Laura L: I don’t know why I just grouped you two together in my head but it’s probably because you both have equal amounts of love, talent and joy. You both know what you’ve been through and I count myself blessed to have seen the insides of your lives, if only for a bit. You are both proof that women are beautiful in their strength and have a capacity for expressing care & support for others even when you are struggling yourselves. I cannot wait to get to know you both better. Thank you for being friends to me. Dammit, words aren’t good enough – hugs to both of you and I wish I could take you both out for dessert.

Tyler – I am so proud of you. You have one of the sweetest hearts in the world and it just makes me beyond happy to see how hard you strive to love everyone around you and love God. You’re a good son, a good brother and a good friend.

Phil & Julie Shomo – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being faithful to do what God has called you to do. Your faithfulness helped bring me out of one of the worst seasons of my life, and you saved me from a lot of pain and bitterness. Julie, I cannot thank you enough for the hours you’ve spent talking with and praying for me. Your wisdom and your love is invaluable and I will never forget you pulling me aside to tell me that you believe in me. You have helped lay a foundation in my heart that I cannot put a price on. Thank you.

To my lovely girls: Jessica, Lydia & Bahareh. Life is a rollercoaster and thank you, thank you, thank you for staying on board through thick and thin. You are some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever come across in my life and I am so glad I can call you mine and be included in a group of so much heart, passion, talent & beauty. I cannot even imagine what our lives will look like when we are 25, 30, and so on – I am SO excited. I love you.

To my real sister, Courtney, and my real brother, Kevin: We’ve been through a lot, yeah? Thank you both for being proof that there is love that supercedes all the fights, pain, struggles, disagreements and hardships of life. I love you both more than anyone else on this earth. I don’t know how to put this into words too well, but when we are together and laughing over years’ worth of inside jokes, I am the happiest woman. I get to see sides of you that no one else sees and I LOVE YOU for that. I love that I can see the heart of both of you apart from all else. Both of you are incredible people. I cannot WAIT to see where all of us go with our lives and I will be here for both of you, no matter what. I’m sorry for all the times I haven’t been the sister I should have, and I’m thankful for the unconditional love you’ve shown me. You guys keep me on my toes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love you. P.S. You guys are both super-pros at giving hugs & expressing insane amounts of joy. You rock. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I will be adding to this throughout the day, but back to work I go!

My life changed last night at midnight because of this, and I can’t wait to share with all of you what it means and how this affects me. I have so much to say, but it will have to come later. Love times a thousand..

+ giving, minimalism, & perspective +

It’s Friday! I’m ecstatic! It’s been such a glorious week. November is coming through on it’s promise to be great! This is going to be such an organizational nightmare of a post, I’m sorry.

I have had an unbelievable amount of energy for no understandable reason – I’m attributing it to the fact that whenever I bike or walk anywhere I sing, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” like a crazy person. Been singing that song since I was a baby and there’s no reason to stop now!

I’m crazy looking forward to doing a Love Bomb video update this weekend. Exciting stuff is coming up! I’ll also be blogging more for the ItStartsWith.Us blog so you’ll see me around over there, too.

ALSO. I’m doing a Minimalism + Giving Project for all you bloggers! I already have several bloggers committed & I’m really excited for this!

If you want to participate, make sure you say so in the comments!

By November 20th, we will all be donating 10+ items of clothing to Goodwill or a local charity of your choice. I’ve been really convicted by the outrageous amount of clothing I don’t wear anymore, and all the excess materialism in my life – and I’d love to do this alongside all of you.

Email me a photo of you + your clothes you’re donating by November 20th, and I’ll blog you as part of the project!

AND. I just spoke with Goodwill International & was showed their little donate calculator, which is sweet. So if you’re donating to Goodwill, list out everything you’re donating so I can get a grand total from this whole project to share with them!

I have a tiny little post script about minimalism. I’m getting hooked on it, but I’m not sure it’s wise. I want stability, I want permanence, & I’m the woman that makes a house a home. All these being the polar opposite of minimalism. (Unless I’m wrong. Do you disagree? Tell me.) However, none of those things are here and now. So I’m leaning towards minimalism for the next couple years. Is it wise? Do you think it will have long-term consequences? Is it regrettable in anyway? To see how intense I’m talking, read Living With 75 Things and Quitting Your Day Job — Should I just develop a Lauren-version of minimalism, and tackle it for 2011, including my finances too?

If you have 10 minutes, read this post by Max Dubinsky, called “Welcome To The Human Race, It’s Very Uncomfortable Here.” Get some perspective. I cried..