10 Simple Ways to Start Adding Minimalism to Your Life

Minimalism is a lifestyle choice that essentially requires the disposal of things that do not bring joy in order to create space for things that do. This revolves around getting rid of the negative and unnecessary, without guilt and remorse. You can choose to focus on physical possessions, such as maintaining a minimalistic closet  or toxic relationships. I prefer to use minimalism as a guiding principal for relationships, emotions, and household items. By letting go of what you do not truly care for, someone else can come along and love those things. Although I don’t necessary think this quote applies to (most of the) people you have to let go, it is true that one man’s trash in another man’s treasure. Why hoard something that brings you stress?  To give you a little taste of the pleasures of minimalism, I’ve created a list of 10 simple ways to add minimalism to your life today.

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  1. Declutter all technology, including emails and apps.
  2.  Identify toxic relationships by writing them down.
  3. Clean under the bathroom sink
  4. Write a letter of gratitude.
  5. Create a “To Don’t” List.
  6. Stick to one makeup item, such as lipstick or mascara.
  7. Choose one habit you’d rather live without.
  8. Schedule a full day of free time.
  9. Empty a junk drawer.
  10. Go a full 24 hours without social media.

7 Things You Should Never Do in a Job Interview

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You’ve gotten the experience. You suffered for 4 years to get the degree. You volunteered or interned whilst dreaming of the day when you could be rolling in your own cash. The only thing standing in your way? That damn paycheck! Get the job of your dreams, that you deserve, by following these few rules of interviewing.

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1. Don’t bad-mouth a previous employer.

It’s first in line for a reason! It doesn’t’ matter how bad the situation was- unless it got legal and you won- it’s going to come off as catty. If you are definitely positive you left your last job because of the employees/employer, this is something you are going to have to practice prior to verbalizing the facts. Ask an honest friend to quiz you on why you left your last job.

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2.  Don’t use your phone.

I’ll poke out any eyeballs that start to roll at this one. No shit you know not to text or answer a call. This includes looking up numbers, dates, etc. You should have your resume with references printed out prior to the interview. Another option is to have these written on your handy dandy mini notebook.

 

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3. Don’t ask for a pen or paper.

You should always, always have a little notebook and pen on you. It’s like having a sidekick of yourself. Write down any awards or skills or stories that are not portrayed on your CV. This is also where you jot down those references  so you don’t have to take our your phone. Keep a list of questions that you plan on asking the interviewer. Think of something, even if it’s simple. “What does the average day look like?” is a great one.

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4. Don’t forget your smile.

Seriously. Just smile. No matter what the profession, a smile displays confidence and shows you’re excited to be there. It’s not about looking nice, it’s about the attitude it shows. Girls, don’t wear lipstick you aren’t comfortable with! Having a bright red mouth looks great, except when you are trying to purse your lips. Do what you feel most comfortable doing, as long as it involves a smile.

 

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5. Don’t bring anyone along.

Mom, boyfriend, dog, no one. If someone is kind enough to give you a ride, they will understand to wait in the car. This doesn’t mean they can hang out in the lobby, especially if your company is in a self-contained office. No matter how qualified you are for the position, the appearance of a lack of independence is game over for most applicants.

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6. Don’t treat the interviewer as an interviewer.

My job attempts and successes can be divided into two stark categories- jobs I got & connected with the person who was interviewing and jobs I didn’t get & interviewers who I don’t even remember talking to. Every.single.one. Find a way to make a connection with them! Maybe they love Boston and you used to go there during summers growing up. Or you both adore the donut shop on the other side of town. Try to get them to chat a little bit to make it easier on you.

 

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7. Don’t try out a new hairstyle (or make-up!)

Stick with what you know! Everyone has a go-to makeup and hair routine. If you don’t, let me know and I will tell you my secret, short, and sweet routine. This especially applies to dying your hair. There is a good chance they have looked you up on LinkedIn and Facebook, so don’t confuse them with a drastic change. It could also get embarrassing if they confuse you with someone else who was invited to interview.

 

 

 

Overall, have confidence and be polite! Any go-to tips I missed?

What To Do Every Sunday to Prepare for Monday

 

Sunday is the most important day of the week and arguably the most fun, the secret weapon that will make or break your week. I LOVE my Sundays, having mimosas with friends maybe catching some fooseball. But, when the sun starts to set, I retreat to my home to prepare for the week that is nearly upon me. Here are the 8 things I do every single Sunday to prepare me for the next week!

 

8) Take alone time

Living with your significant other has a ton of obvious perks… In fact, there’s nothing to complain about over here, except the fact that I sacrificed having a pink and champagne bathroom BUUUT that’s a battle not being waged today. Every now and then you have to actively seek alone time or you won’t have time to get to know yourself and ensure you’re on the path you’re supposed to be on 🙂

 

7) Check my finances

Just because you don’t check your bank account doesn’t mean it isn’t suffering. I know after a long (fun) weekend it can be difficult to bring yourself to do it but you MUST.

 

6) Stock up on healthy food

I admit it, I get HANGRY. Like really hangry. Like it’s known when I say “ I need to eat” it’s not a suggestions it’s a life or death situation for anyone within a 15-foot vicinity of me. Try to keep different levels of healthy, nutritious food. Berries, bananas, and unsalted nuts are super easily to munch on and require no prep time. Be sure to get all of your colors!

 

5) Review the past week

Nothing messes up my Monday worse than a non-reflective Sunday! Doesn’t mean I can’t participate in an early brunch, but I thrive on having time to review what went well and what I did poorly.

 

4) Prep for fitness

Making sure you have clean sports bras, matching socks, hair ties, and whatever else you enjoy in your fitness routine is essential for success. It also doesn’t hurt to plan out your workouts ahead of time.

 

3) Catch up on the world

Taking time to catch up on world events is great for personal growth AND makes you more interesting than you already are, especially to employers. There are also a few blogs that I check weekly and bask in the glory of having a full Sunday evening to enjoy them, ahem, Alex in WonderlandTravel Alphas, and Helene in Between.

 

2) Treat myself

If I haven’t made it clear yet, I LOVE baths. The whole idea behind spas and aromatherapy and all things relaxation is what keeps me going. Put on some relaxing music, light a candle, and put the phone on “Do Not Disturb.” Maybe sneak in a glass of pinot. It’s good for you!

1)Practice gratitude

It’s a work in progress, I admit it. Just like anyone, I get caught up in the every day hustle and bustle of life and can look past what’s really important. Taking time to appreciate what I have clears my mind so I am able to go out there and get the things I desire.

 

 

What’s your Sunday routine? Anything I’m missing? Besides brunch?

 

23 Things to do on Friday Night Instead of Getting Drunk

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Look, drinking is usually wonderful. But every now and then a Friday rolls around and the last thing I want to do is down a bunch of wine that will make me feel quite ill in the morning. Here are my favorite 23 things to do on Friday night when I don’t feel like getting drunk.

23. Go to a dance class

 

22. Paint your nails

 

21. Bake something delicious

 

20. Pamper yourself with an at-home spa night

 

19. Listen to an album you used to love

 

18. Create a work-out playlist

 

17. Write a bucket list

 

16. Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while

 

15. Plan a vacation on Pinterest

 

14. Practice meditating

 

13. Write an unexpected thank you letter

 

12. Go to a comedy show

 

11. Do an adult coloring book

 

10. Skype with a friend you haven’t seen in over 6 months

 

9. Visit the highest point in your city

 

8. Clean out your wardrobe

 

7. Try a new you-tube make-up tutorial

 

6. Have a photoshoot

 

5. Go on a dessert date with a friend

 

4. Watch your favorite childhood Disney movie

 

3. Do a vision board

 

2. Put on some house music and practice shuffling!

 

1. Write a letter to a soldier

 

 

How do you spend your Friday nights? Anyone not drink at all?

Why Getting a Dog in College Was a Smart Decision

Want to get a puppy in college? Read why 5 years later I still think it was a great decision to get a dog. || a tipsy gypsy life #advice

Who doesn’t love dogs? Growing up, I begged and begged for a dog of my own. Sure, we had dogs, but we never went looking for them. We found one* running around my family’s business. We loved each other, but I could tell he loved my dad just as much. I wanted my own dog. Not a puppy. A big, slobbery, furry dog was all I wanted. So best believe when I signed my first lease, the first thing I did was adopt a puppy. People who didn’t know me thought it was a terrible idea. People who knew me weren’t surprised at all.

It was hard. He was the biggest rascal puppy I have met to date. He wanted to be around me and my roommate all the time. He’d knock over my wine if I wasn’t playing with him. When I’d bake, he’d sneak onto the stovetop and steal 1 cookie at a time so I wouldn’t notice. One night, after about six months, I went to New Orleans and asked my roommates to keep eye. That MF chewed up my brand new pair of royal blue Jessica Simpson pumps! And yeah, Jessica Simpson pumps were out of budget when I was 19! Part of me believes it’s karma for being a hellion in my youth, but I would not want him any other way.

But… Five years later… He has been there for me. Can’t say I was the best mum. He held his bladder when I was too drunk to take him out. When I was a senior, someone tried to break into my house. Banging and trying to kick it down. Smokey lost his mind and scared them off. He will literally come sprinting from anywhere in the house if I start crying, hop in my lap, and lick until I laugh. He gives me licks after I feed him as a “thank you.” He shivers with joy when I return from a trip. He’s my (really terrible) running partner. He’s my best bud.

*Side Confession- this poor thing (Nesta Mojo) was about 15 lbs underweight, missing skin, and had a serious rope burn around his neck. Apparently when my mom took him to the vet, he had a chip in him, which means he had a home. We kept him. Not sorry at all!* 

It made me develop a backbone.

Imagine this- you are all alone in the world. You are taken from your mom and dad and siblings. You can’t see or smell for a few weeks. And you have to potty outside… Having a living thing depend on you can get intense! But you’re going to have to develop that backbone sooner or later and man, did mine come in STRONG.

They teach you responsibility.

When all my other friends were staying out till 3 or not coming home at all, I had to be a big girl. No matter how tired, happy, or crunk I was, I had to go home.every.single.night. And if you know me at all, this was NOT easy. Not only do they need to go potty, they notice when you’re gone. Don’t be a dick.

You learn how to budget.

Puppies ain’t cheap. We’re talking hundreds of dollars worth of shots in the first few months. Two shots per year until they are 3 or so, then, yearly shots about 100-300 for the rest of their lives. You also have to pay for dog food.

They force you to create a schedule.

If you’re new around here, you might not understand how naturally free-spirited I am. If there are any ENFPs out there, you feel me on this. When they are young, you have to make sure to get them either outside or on the puppy-pad every 3-6 hours.

Keep in mind… 

If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, pay attention to where you plan on living. Many dogs, referred to as “attack breeds” are not allowed on many apartment complexes. Pitbulls, German Shepherds, and Dobermans are almost never allowed. Out in San Diego, I even had issues with Smokey being part bloodhound.

Yes, you can get them registered as your “emotional support animal.” However, in many places, your dog has to pass the Good Canine Citizen Test.  It’s not that easy! 

If you want a puppy, you should NOT get one. If you want a dog, you should. They will live (HOPEFULLY!) 8-16 years. That is a serious commitment. I got Smokey at 19. I will hopefully (but realistically) have him until I am 30. YOU ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON AT 19 AS YOU ARE AT 30. Don’t get a puppy because you want a fluffy toy. Don’t get a puppy because your ex dumped you. Don’t get a puppy because you’re lonely. And please for the love of God, DON’T DO IT FOR THE GRAM

 

Did you have a pet in college? Would you change it if you could?