Showing posts from January, 2011

This week in the life....

Was a cr8zy busy week that I wanted to share..

One of stimulation & sensory overload w a touch of consumerism.. Fell of that wagon!
Stayed @ Mandalay Bay Hotel room had gre8t view of the City, whirlpool tub, Loungey area & yummy king size bed.
I scored a few gift certificates that were for the Mandalay Bay restaurants! I highly recommend for gre8t deals on food!! Amazing!!
I enjoyed The Shoppes of Mandalay Bay & Urban Outfitters (did I mention sale?), and few cute locale shoppes...

Honestly being surrounded by all the bright lights, cold air, smoking & drinking was a bit much, I was over it the first day! I was ready to fly home!

Craft & Folk Art Museum LA & Metro...
Later in da week I celebrated my 12 year Recovery Bday! We decided to journey to LA & go to Craft & Folk Art Museum in LA via The Metro from Long Beach! Wow it was a adventure fa sure! I was a bit nervy since I had never ever really rode on mass trans…

Relax, Fish, Sleep in

Luv the following story! It's what minimalist living is all bout for me!!

From Chef Anahita's Facebook post

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village...
A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long." they answered in unison.

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,
and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. We have a full life."

The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard (a consultant?) and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a …

Minimalism is Dead? Long live Minimalism

In a Recent post, Everett Bogue declared, in effect, that minimalism was dead. As he bluntly stated:
“It’s an idea that came and passed. Minimalism was cool for awhile. Now, it’s simply the echo of a revolution that once was.”

For me the minimalist journey is a personal one, not dependent on anyone or anything. It's a inside job. More about me reconnecting w me.
On this & my other blog Sunshine Bliss I talk about relearning the fine art of being. I've been on this path for twenty years.
Get rid of everything then travel. Then settle, nest & par down again & travel. It's cyclical for me. My phase now is we are downsizing & planning on getting a RV to travel around in like I did 20 years ago. We've been planning this for few years.

The tag put on this is Minimalism, I dig it and am glad that w such movies as Zeitgeist the world is waking up from it's slumber & realizing we are all longing for connection & peace, and consuming is just another add…

Zeitgeist 3 Moving Forward Movie Thoughts

It was packed house @ Art Theater of Long Beach.
300+ peeps in support of Resource Based Economy! Say no to money!!

About Zeitgeist The Movie-
It's the most watched movie on the Internet. No money is made off the movie. You can watch it for free free online just go to Zeitgeist
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My Journey w Zeitgeist-

It fits right in line w my minimalist beliefs. Pay off debt, live debt free, minimize stuff, downsize & small living. Under the wire livin I call it.
Or as my friend Keith says:
love the concept. Live the high life by living low

- Shanti
photo: source unknown

One day @ Time

I was flipping thru a old BHG & saw a page on organizing your stuff for New Year (was from 2009).

I got so inspired by the comments & thoughts on the subject that I wanted to share my words there ideas!

The Process~
The process of decluttering, downsizing, organizing is ongoing, never ending @ always changing to fit your families needs. In other words your never done, finite, the end of the process. And it requires diligence & awareness on a continual daily basis.

Ask Yourself~
When decluttering, downsizing & or organizing ask yourself three pertinent ?'s
-Do I LUV it?
-Do I USE it?
-Could Someone Else?

Letting Go~
Take pictures of sentimental things that I can't part with! Then part w it.

So whatz keepin ya?
Get Krackalakalackalin on it!

And yes you may need some coffee for this hence the wise coffee owl!

- Shanti
photo: source unknown u

2011 Minimalist Dreamz

This year I found myself being less specific and more broad stroked about my /goals.

2010 Goals
I think it can from the fact that in 2010 I was very specific about what I wanted to accomplish (I had a Dream book made exclusively for 2010) and I didn't accomplish some of my goals. And as every month passed I was aware of this... UGH!!

In the NOW
So this year I've set up a book and the goals are monthly not yearly. As well as the book can be reused for next year and onward!

I also am keeping on with my seasonal dream book. I find a used book from the local $1 bookstore and use it to add inspirations and ideas for that season.... The only problem is keeping it after the season is over? I have two already from last year I hate to part with..

2011 Reusable Monthly Goals Book w pockets, paper & clear inserts!

Seasonal Dreamz Book

My Minimalist Journey
As a minimalist grrl I have to think of why should I keep last seasons dream books?..
Even if I luv it, cre8ted it out of nothing, and…

Organic Spa Free Online Mag


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- Shanti


I luv luv luv this quote!!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~Anais Nin

photo: unknown

I see these in my future!

Would like pair of toe socks for my assorted flip flops for chilly dayz!
I luv Little Miss Matched they sell in sets of three mismatched! So cute!


Granny Chic Hip

Thanx to Trend Hunter these pieces of furniture r just so scrumptious!

Luv the bright patchwork design!

This gives me ideas for redo of free/cheap dumpster furniture!!

Cute like it w the tufted design!

I luv all things patchwork!


My 12 Year Sobriety Gift

I'm so blessed & Greatful!

My 2001 Cherry Condition
VW Bug~
Itz going to save us $250.00 month by getting rid of Truck & Gas it would gobble!! So Itz also just plain good horse sense!!!

Tony gets to drive Scion Xbox to work!!


Martha Stewart Compact Craft Armoire

I have luved this from afar for years! It's in my inspiration book!
It can be used for alot of things but I like the whole Craft Set up! Hidden by day & fantabulous by night!

I found this today & had to share it! How gre8t 4 minimalist living & small sq footage apt!

From Martha Stewart

What may appear at first glance to be an unconventional armoire is actually a set of bookcases attached along one side. Opened, it's a compact, self-contained innovative crafts or office nook. Closed, it's far more decorative than any tidied-up desk, without the slightest hint of its contents.

To complete this project, use two store-bought bookcases with adjustable shelves. (Avoid models more than 5 feet tall because they typically have a fixed center shelf.) You may want to cover the back of one -- one that will be the front of the armoire when closed -- with wallpaper or a higher-quality wood that's painted to match the project.

Maximize your work space by using a deeper bookc…

Whole Living 28 Day 2011 Detox

I've been wanting to do a cleanse & the New Year is a gre8t time for me to start!
I haven't done one in year or so, and feelin time is right!

I subscribe to Whole Living & get the daily emails. They r kickin off the 28 Day 2011 Detox Today!
Today is easy for me, cut out caffeine & go to bed early. I don't do caffeine & plan on hitting sack early!

- Shanti
photo: whole living

Gratitude Quote Jan. 3rd

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

- Shanti

Gratitude Quote Jan 2nd

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

Gratitude Journal App

- Shanti

Cre8tif Dreamz Journal 2011

Having a nice New Years weekend & enjoying the cool weather & warm Chai Tea momentz!

Last year I did my first ever Cre8tif Goal Journal.
Every month I would write, sketch, glue, stick ideas, pictures, etc that inspire me to create. I would also journal my accomplishments & fun events for that month. It turned out to be a fun retreat for me & something I looked forward to playing with!

This year I'm doin something different and focusing on monthly goals!

I am using library card envelope to hold my Monthly Goals.
Then ATC's w my goals. Their doable & attainable!

I've also found a kickin small 3 ring binder @ Borders from my fav company Paperchase!

It's a Household Organizer w 50's motif. I plan on redesigning it for my Cre8tif Journal 2011. It has 12 pockets (one 4 each month of mementos, etc.), plastic ATC pages one for each month & since it's three ring binder I can add more pages, etc to it!

It's going to be a wonderful year & I'm…

One Little Word 2011

If u want to do something different this year hop over to One Little Word 2011
And ask yourself what word you want to represent or inspire u!

My One Little Word is: Uplift

Definitions of uplift
v. t. - To lift or raise aloft; to raise; to elevate; as, to uplift the arm; to uplift a rock. 2
n. - A raising or upheaval of strata so as to disturb their regularity and uniformity, and to occasion folds, dislocations, and the like. 2

I would like to uplift myself & others in 2011!

- Shanti

Quote 2011

Happy Blessed 2011!!

Forgive the Unforgivable

- Shanti