A lot has been going on behind the scenes in my life. Good things, I think. Things that are going to allow me the chance to focus more on writing…if I choose to focus on writing.
I add that last part—“if I choose to focus on writing”—because I’ve read several authors’ musings about their writing careers. I’ve seen writers speak out both for and against the creative writing MFA. One common theme though is what the MFA gives you and one of the main things is that it gives you the time to write. It’s up to you whether you actually write or not.
I’m in a unique and privileged situation that gives me the time to write. I have to decide to utilize it.
Consider this my declaration—I’M GOING TO USE THE TIME GIVEN TO ME TO WRITE!
What am I going to write?
This month I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I began with one story idea, which I completely abandoned by the end of day two. I rebelled a little and picked up a beginning that I had for a completely different story and have gone from there. I have no idea whether this will be any good or not, but I’m hoping it will get me in the habit of producing daily and begin exercising my creative muscle. Truth be told, I’m drawn more toward the personal essay, so that’s where I’d like to turn next. However, I think NaNo is just too good of an opportunity to get into a daily habit of writing with a word goal.
But also, I want to blog more often. I’m going to make an effort to do that in the month of November as well. I think this will help keep my creative non-fiction muscle from deteriorating. I know it’s already the fifth (ooh! Guy Fawkes Day!) but in Novembers past, at other places, I’ve posted about something I’m thankful for each day of the month. It’s doesn’t always have to be something serious. It can actually be quite frivolous. The point is to examine what you have and to be thankful for it. So often I know I take things for granted and I really shouldn’t do that. I’m been kind of grumbly about things in my personal life and have generally been feeling kind of crappy. I hope that looking at what I’m thankful for will help break the cycle and create a better attitude. I’m going to post other things too, but I’m also going to do a daily post about something I’m thankful for.
I’m procrastinating a bit because I have to pick up my grandma in a little while, so I don’t see the point in getting going on my NaNo writing just yet. I’ll get there. Don’t worry.
I have been striving for more simplicity in my life. Cut out all of the excess. Focus in on the basics. Though I work from home, I make it a point to put on “real” clothes each day, instead of just wearing yoga pants all the time. I do this because I feel like it tells my brain to take my work seriously and because I’ve discovered that I get depressed if I spend too much time in lounge clothes.
A while back, I found an article in the Washington Post how much easier life is with a capsule wardrobe. I recognize this to be true. I find myself wearing the same items time and again. Only occasionally will I pull out that one shirt or that one skirt, so why not just get rid of it? Even more interesting to me were the statistics about clothing waste in the United States. I would highly recommend reading this article if you are at all interested.
I spent the past few days researching capsule wardrobes. I finally created a master list and edited my closet almost entirely down to it. My closet could still use a bit of work. I have a few more tops and dresses than are on the list. But I got rid of the ones that I just don’t wear except once in a blue moon. I was able to donate two trash bags full of clothes, shoes, and hangers this afternoon and this was after I donated a couple of trash bags full of clothes over the summer. One of my under bed storage containers is maybe half full of summer stuff. (The other one has clothes that don’t fit, that I’m just not ready to give up on)
There are some items on this list that I need to buy. But I’m not going to just rush out and buy the first one I see. I want to buy a quality piece that will last for a while. Since these are all basics, there is no reason that an item would be out of fashion by the next year. There are even some things on this list that I don’t have that I’m really questioning getting, like a black skirt. I already have a black pencil skirt. Do I need another black skirt?
- Black V-Neck Sweater
- Basic T-Shirts—White, Black, Gray, Navy, Striped
- Long Sleeved Blouse
- White Button-Up
- Blue Button-Up
- White Sleeveless Blouse
- Black Blazer
- Blue Blazer
- Striped Top
- Denim Chambray Top
- Tunic Sweater
- 2 Dressy Tops
- 2 Dressy Tank
- Long Sleeved Tops
- Gray Trousers
- Black Trousers
- Navy Skirt
- Black Skirt
- Pencil Skirt
- A-Line Skirt
- Dark Wash Jeans
- Skinny Black Pants
- Cigarette Pants
- Jumpsuits–Black, Blue, and Dressy
- White Shorts
- Denim Shorts
- Black Shorts
- Maxi Skirt
- Black Dress
- Maxi Dress
- Lazy Weekend Dress
- Shirt Dress
- Wrap Dress
- Trench Coat
- Rain Jacket
- Safari Jacket
- Denim Jacket
The idea is that you keep your accessories on trend. I tend to keep my accessories (scarves, purses, etc.) pretty basic and high quality as well.
I feel like I can really see what’s in my closet (Steve’s stuff is in the bottom right; I didn’t touch his stuff). I know that all of my pieces go with each other. There is a unified style exhibited, instead of things being all over the map. I know that I can confidently dress for any occasion that life throws at me.
I found a blog and some articles about minimalism, so I’m beginning to process that information and will make some changes around the rest of the house. And maybe even refine my closet a bit more.
Happy Champagne Thursday! 🥂
It’s a little tradition I began when I was younger, inspired by Failure to Launch.
On Champagne Thursday I like to take some time to celebrate. Anything, big or small, serious or ridiculous. It’s a party for myself to acknowledge and celebrate the little things in life, least of which is surviving most of the work week.
It’s been a hell of a week, so I really needed this.
Today I am celebrating:
Good new business contacts
Feeling a sense of direction
Feeling some passion
Developing a routine that serves me
Ceiling fans on low
Ripe peaches in the fruit bowl
Reading on the couch
The sound of (relative) silence
This tradition that has made me smile for nearly a decade
A well-organized notebook
Flirty texts with Steve mid-morning and mid-afternoon
A sense of adventure
Bigger wine glasses
Seriously, NYRB Classics
Jazzy classics with booze
Rituals that serve, not guilt
Red lipstick, pearls, and red nails
Happy Champagne Thursday, Everybody! Cheers!
Welcome. This is my first post at this space. I know–this is kind of a lame title for a first post, but it’s also kind of true. This blog is about my journey through life, where I’m figuring things out as I go. Hopefully I’ll get better at naming posts.
Anyway. . .
I’ve had other blogs in the past, but they were more fly by night and haphazard than I am wanting this to be. I actually put some money into this one, so hopefully that will propel me forward. Kind of like buying new workout clothes when you join a gym.
A bit about myself. . .
I’m Lori. I’m in my early 30s. I live in northeast Oklahoma in a tiny town about 45 minutes from a city. I live with my boyfriend, Steve. His teenaged daughters stay with us a couple of days each week.
I just finished law school and passed the bar exam. I also have two master’s degrees (history and library science) and two undergraduate degrees (English and history). I’m most proud of the history degrees and the law school.
I’m currently in the process of getting my law practice up and running, but my true passion is writing. Thus, I’m trying to figure out how to make the twin pillars of duty and pleasure co-exist. Steve is very supportive of my writing, so I’m trying to parlay that into something more than just a hobby.
Additionally, I love reading and cooking. I dabble in yoga, though I’m trying to make it more a part of my life. I am a wine enthusiast–cabernet sauvignon, prosecco, and cheap champagne are my go-tos. I also love me a good glass of bourbon or a dirty vodka martini. I love watching baseball. The Yankees are my team. I love traveling with Steve–we’ve been to some great places and I know we’ll go many more.
It would be fair to say that you can expect to see posts about all of the above on this blog. Although, maybe not so much about the lawyer stuff, especially once my practice gets going because it’s not very interesting and privacy/ethical concerns.
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