Open When Letters

Have you given or received Open When Letters?

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These take some time to make but are completely worth it. Google Open When Letters for a ton of ideas on how to use them. They make fantastic going away presents.

These were part of my daughter’s going away gift for college.

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Need a gift for a high school graduate? These are great.

#ThingsTotallyWorthDoing 🙂

 

Scanning and Shredding

I am currently working on downsizing the paperwork and photos in our home.

ScanAndShredMemories
Finally working on minimalizing papers.

My daughter has successfully begun college! She’s doing great, and that makes this particular transition super easy on me. Thanks, sweetie!

I have been diving into a few projects of my own, while I have approximately four weeks of what the outside world would consider, “off.” One of these projects is to scan and shred items that have no reason to be taking up physical space in our home, anymore. Those “memories” of past years, and some boring documents, too.

The first few piles haven’t been bad, as they were boxes of documents that have moved from the last two homes without being opened. Kind of easy to know I don’t need these papers regularly. 🙂

Help: I am listening to The Minimalists podcast while doing this to keep me in the right frame of mind.

Note: I procrastinated starting this project, but have now reached a bit of a groove with it. With each box I empty, we gain more space in our apartment, and it is less that I need to clean around/dust. Woo hoo! Win, win!

We Went Van Camping

We successfully van camped, but didn’t get any photos of the van. :/

My daughter and I successfully van camped last week.

What is van camping?

Well, for me, it is when you wish you had a camper, but you decide that your minivan will do just fine for sleeping; because while you do have a tent, you don’t want to sleep on the ground.

The funny part is that I forgot to take pics of the van as a tent. For the record, it worked well, and we plan to do it again! I am not sure how all three of us would be able to make it work, but for two, it was lovely.

Here are some photos/comments:

Moments to Treasure

Thoughts running around my head after a couple of days in my daughter’s soon-to-be college home.

MomentsToTreasureThoughts running around my head after a couple of days in my daughter’s soon-to-be college home.

Moments to Treasure

  • Independence in Your Teenager. As frustrating as it can be when you are within the same walls, it is this same independence that will provide you comfort that they will be able to handle themselves when you are not around.
  • Future Activities. You discover an Escape Room. Your teen immediately begins to formulate a trip there with her future dorm friends. By the time you leave town, three new friends have said, “I’m in.”
  • When your child says, “Yay, a fair trade shop.
  • Enjoying the trip home with your teenager who will be staying behind next time you make this trip.
  • The Time between now and move-in day: a turtle’s pace for your teenager and at the speed of light for you.

 

To the parents sending their kids to college.

Yeah, this is where I am. I could write a post but my friend, Jen, says it all too well. I just looked it up to re-read. Thank you, friend. 🙂

I’ve never really understood the whole bird metaphor when it comes to kids leaving the house, but it’s all over the place this time of year. Especially on social media, we can’t seem to escape all the lovely, soft focus pictures of perfect little empty bird’s nests, overlaid with sweet sayings in curly font. The […]

via To the parents sending kids to college — Interrupted Stories

When You See Your Life in a Thistle Plant

Apparently I like to compare my life to a thistle plant when I go walking in silence.

I went on a walk/kind-of-a-jog, this morning, and kept seeing thistle plants.

I got all metaphorical looking at them. I mean, here is a tough plant. Considered a weed around here, it has solid stalks that hold the flowers in place as they sit in a variety of stages of life. A few ends are not even open yet, some are in full blossom, and others have turned brown and have served their purpose. A lone bee sits on one end gathering pollen, and I can’t help but see my life in this plant.

The stages of life that are ending; careers and jobs that have served me well; friendships that may have had their season; the journeys that are about to begin; and the life experiences that keep me grounded through the happy and the suck moments in life.

It is easy to get caught up in the moments at the end of the flower but remembering the big picture and that it all fits together (even though I may not see it now), can keep me grounded and make the next season even better.

Hmmm, this is apparently where my mind goes when I don’t listen to podcasts.

Thistle with text,"When you recognize yourl ife in a thistle plant."
Thistle be my thought for the day.