Getting lost

And finding what you need.  We are on vacation, we’ve taken two weeks, packed up and hit the road.  It’s the longest we’ve been away from home as a family and it’s exactly what we needed.  You take a step back (or away) and suddenly things come in to focus.  Without the demands of laundry, keeping house, my life’s routines, it’s easy to look at life a bit differently.  I realize now, it’s not about where you go but simply getting away.  We’ve stayed in motels, hotels, and with family, we’ve eaten home cooked meals, PBandJ’s at rest stops, one unfortunate Cracker Barrel meal, and dined with fine linens, we’ve found dragons in clouds, told stories about the people around us sharing the roads, abused song lyrics, and soothed a few homesick tears.  Our plans were loose, our expectations low, our packing minimal (more thoughts on that later)……it’s a recipe I highly recommend.

Happy Summer.

White Sands, NM

Pleather Shorts – Three Ways

When you commit to reducing your waste your shopping habits tend to be one of the first things to change.  The first time I watched the story of stuff my immediate proclimation was:


For ME, that was not sustainable for many reasons, I enjoy clothes for one.  BUT I knew the way I shopped needed to change.  Currently about 85% of what I purchase is used.  For clothes that can mean consignment stores, Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Thrift, Vintage and much more.  I also shop, and therefore buy, MUCH less now, so I try to do a “Three Ways” list in my head before buying.

For example, my $16 pleather shorts from Buffalo Exchange.

To the park with kids:

Book club:

Date night:

Make the stuff you buy and already have work triple time, in buying less I’ve found I have a lot MORE to wear!

First Day

800 arrows is a journal spanning the directions life takes me.  Parenthood, health, education, reducing waste, fashion, books, blogs….you get the picture.  According to Malcolm Gladwell*, I’m a maven, one who acquires knowledge and burns to pass it on, no persuasion, no claims of expertise.  Some things take me right, some left, some led to happiness, others to frustration, some times spastic and chaotic but whatever the direction, I’m loving the ride.

*The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

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