Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash By Bridget Baker Decluttering and keeping your home “tidy” have been trendy topics these days. Experts have written books on the benefits of simplifying your life and letting go of clutter. These passionate minimalists have posted videos on YouTube sharing items they’ve let go of, and in turn, what you should let go of. Knowing what to do may not make the difference, however. Having someone else telling you how to let go of a certain amount of items per day or month, or to only have so many items in your closet, may help [...]
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Photo by Briget Baker By Bridget Baker They say “life is what happens while you’re making other plans,” but what if you could choose to live more simply, in a way that makes you more flexible and adaptable? What if you could make your life happen and then make new choices in each moment, when life “happens” to you? If something falls apart in your life, do you have the room to be flexible around it? Is your life and calendar scheduled to the hour, or does it allow room for weather, for illness, or for the unthinkable? If you could [...]
Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash By Bridget Baker I looked up at the black and white clock, hearing the subtle buzz of the second hand as it moved along. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…the bell rings and it’s officially summer vacation! I could now run wild and free, untethered by school lunches, teacher’s rules, and the limitations of the recess bell. That memory from getting out of school each year always meant the possibility of swimming pools, summer dance camps, and the freedom of being able to sleep in. It was a defining moment. Not only is my birthday in [...]
Photo by David Ede By Bridget Baker I’ve always been a self-proclaimed “city girl.” I love to walk, and I especially love a good stroll to a local coffee shop or to meet up with friends. Considering myself an “urban hiker,” I was one of the few people I knew who actually walked when I lived in Los Angeles, and I felt freedom in the mobility that my feet offered me. To me, “opting outside” meant taking a long walk, even if the path was littered with trash, graffiti, and the sound of honking horns. I made it a point to [...]
Photo by Jim Wilson on Unsplash By Bridget Baker TURNAROUND APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF THE BRICK MAGAZINE SUBMISSION: NOT SURE WHERE/HOW TO GET TO YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO? TRY A TURNAROUND! By Bridget Baker Do you have a dream — big or small — but you don’t know where to start? Are you inspired to create something that makes a lasting impact in the world, but you can’t imagine how you’d get there from where you stand now? When you plan a trip, you think of where you want to go first. You don’t concern yourself with how you’ll get there, you [...]
Photo by Stephanie Renee Cluff on Unsplash By Bridget Baker When I was young, I wanted to be a ballerina…and a biologist, a window dresser, a fashion stylist, a newspaper columnist, a movie star, and a world traveler. Anything and everything seemed possible. I had no fears or concerns about how any of these dreams would come true. I was in the place of pure, unadulterated desire for more. I had passion, and I wanted to have it all. As I got older, it became clear that if I chose one dream, I may not be able to choose another. The focus and commitment [...]
Photo by Diana Simumpande on Unsplash By Bridget Baker In the past few years, we’ve become much more aware of our stuff — or, more specifically, the need to get rid of our stuff by decluttering and letting things go. Concepts like only keeping items that “spark joy,” or the notion that all of your physical possessions should “bring value” in your life, may have you in a frenzy of sorting, purging, and donating. You may think that if you could just pare down your belongings enough, then you’d BE enough. Well, what if it were never about the stuff? What if I told [...]
Photo by Bridget Baker of the 24-foot travel trailer that she, her husband, and her little dog Little live in. by Bridget Baker The shiny promise of a new year brings with it the commitments to take action, hopes for a more prosperous year, and fantasies of breaking all of your habits and changing “all of the things.” We get a burst of energy, motivated by how-to and resolution articles, showing us that we can wipe the slate clean of the previous year and start fresh. Two days in, however, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed already. We take on too much [...]
The true gift lies in what’s behind the “stuff” By Bridget Baker Across much of the world, we view the holiday season as “the most wonderful time of the year,” and a time full of “comfort and joy.” This focus on being “jolly” and “merry and bright” can go from a positive emotion to a feeling of pressure to give more, to celebrate more, and can hit on pains you never knew you had. How could a holiday time that’s supposed to be so “happy” start bringing up feelings of stress, lacking, and frustration? In the true spirit of giving, what [...]
by Bridget Baker November is a time of harvest, of abundance, and a time to gather with friends and family to talk about what we’re grateful for. It’s a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors and celebrate what we have. In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to embrace what is, and be fully present in the moment. However, the very next morning — or even the same night —we suddenly become a culture of greed and spending as Black Friday sales advertising asks us to wait in line for “door-buster deals.” How did we stray [...]