The Shoebox Chronicles: How living in 300 square feet has given me the freedom to live more

If you asked me five years ago when I got my first apartment if I could ever see myself living in a space that was 2.5x smaller I would’ve said “no way!” Coming off the heels of living in my family’s expansive 3,000 square foot home I thought my measly …

A tale of two cities: How to balance the old with the new

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a little while now, I have to say that I love it. I love the winding streets, the call of the seagulls, the rocky coast, and the slower way of life. Sometimes it feels like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler …

The universe will help, but YOU have to take the first step

I have an interesting relationship with faith. I went to Catholic school for 12 years and for all intents and purposes was raised Catholic. As I got older I realized that I didn’t really believe in the Catholic faith, but I did believe in the universe. I believe in the …

The Maine journey: We finally made it!

I am happy to report that Carm and I are safely in Maine! I apologize for my lack of posts last week. For those of you who have done it, you know that moving across the country is a journey and a really time-consuming process. There is so much to …

My Maine reasons

Many people have asked me why I want to move to Maine. Family members are perplexed, friends are concerned, and Mainers are curious. “What makes you want to leave Chicago and move to Maine?” There are a lot of reasons. Some reasons are general and some are more specific to …

How to NOT worry about relationships when planning a big move

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships, especially those that will change after my move. The relationships I have now are great, but every one of them is going to change once I move 1,000 miles away. I keep thinking about how certain people in my current life are …

Little setbacks are a part of life

Setbacks are a part of life, or so I’ve been told. Being the careful planner that I am I try to avoid them at all costs. I got back from Minneapolis on Monday and just as I was getting back into the swing of everything I found out that my …

How to make moving easier on your pets

Moving is stressful in so many ways on us humans, but don’t forget that it’s also hard on our pets. They see us making piles and packing up our things in boxes in anticipation of the big move. They see us packing up our sheets and comforter (their sheets and …

The 7 phases of minimalism

In less than 6 weeks I will be packing up my belongings and moving to Maine. All my past moves have lead up to my biggest and longest journey yet. Since I’ve moved so often I’ve gotten pretty good at getting rid of things. However, this time I don’t have …

Keeping your sanity during your last few weeks at work

Your sanity is a precious commodity during your last few weeks at work. Maybe you’re moving out of state in a few weeks (me) and need to quit your job, or perhaps you’re changing jobs and staying local, either way the last few weeks at a job can be pretty …