I wrote volume one of Five on Friday back in July 2016, and I honestly loved it. It’s been on my mind ever since. Now more than ever feels like the perfect time to revisit this concept I fell in love with because it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, let alone written about my life. So, in the spirit of overcoming my blogging rut, let’s talk about where I’ve been — and also where I’m going. I didn’t mean for this to happen, but when I picked out the five biggest things that have been happening in my life since last posting, I realized these five things are also things I really want to focus on and bring to my blog going forward, so if you love this Five on Friday, stick around, because you’ll love what’s coming next.
Oh, and P.S. I couldn’t be happier to be back.
ONE | Moving
One of the biggest life changes I’ve had recently is moving! On October 1st, I packed up my first ever solo apartment and headed closer into downtown Nashville with two awesome roommates. I enjoyed living alone for a number of reasons and am so, so, so very glad I did it at least this once in my life, but at the end of the day, saving money and having someone to talk to after work outweighed the things I enjoyed about living alone.
I’m still not completely settled with a crazy work schedule and other events, but each weekend I get a little bit closer to where I want to be. Last weekend I hung four wall shelves and went shopping at Target for some organizational necessities, which I didn’t find, but I did end up with a floor-length mirror. This weekend I’m going to mount my TV and take a trip to The Container Store for under-bed storage and cute bathroom containers.
TWO | Hygge
I discovered Hygge earlier in 2017, and I just now started reading The Little Book of Hygge to better understand this heart-warming concept, and I can’t wait to continue. I mean, how can you not like a little illustrated book about wool socks, chunky sweaters, candle-lit rooms and hot cups of tea? If you have honestly no idea what I’m talking about, I highly, highly recommend doing a little research or buying this book.
As a very, very brief intro to the concept, Meik Wiking, Author of The Little Book of Happiness and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen explains, “Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness and well-being… It’s about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness.”
Winter is the most commonly talked about time in regards to Hygge, so now is the perfect time to start incorporating little aspects of it into your life and learning more.
THREE | Natural Beauty
Natural beauty is something I’m still trying to transition into. I’ve told myself that I will finish all of my old beauty products, but I’ll only purchase natural from now on. Some items I may even give to friends to help move this process along faster (I have a lot of products sitting in the shelves in my bathroom). I’ll keep you updated on how this transition goes… The last time I purchased organic shampoo and conditioner, I couldn’t stand the feel of my hair… I lasted less than a week.
If you’re wondering why it’s so important to choose organic, natural beauty, be on the lookout. I’m writing an entire post on why I’ve chosen to make the switch and why it’s so important. I’m also in the process of creating a round-up of all of my favorite products so far.
FOUR | Decluttering & Letting Go
Moving in with roommates also meant downsizing. I’ve never done a huge overhaul of my closet, so now really felt like the perfect time. I know some people keep around their clothes from high school and college (and maybe that works for them!), but most of the time, I just find myself shoving those clothes to the side in search of the newer pieces I’ve bought because they feel more “me.” I’ve changed a lot in the last nine years — and so has my style. So, while I tend to hold on to these clothes for emotional reasons, remembering when/where I bought them, who bought them for me or where I wore them, it was time for me to let some of these things go and only keep the truly important ones. I never knew downsizing could feel so good.
I never thought I would be so grateful for downsizing, but being forced to get rid of my unnecessary things never felt so good.
— Ali Lowery (@aliinbloom) October 13, 2017
FIVE | Sustainability
Since moving to Nashville and starting work at a holistic health and wellness company, I’ve learned a lot of things — and I mean A LOT. I’ve always been the type of person to recycle, stay active, be a member of my community and eat what I considered to be well. Coming from a small town in Illinois, I guess I kind of always assumed how things were done there was, well, how things were done.
After moving to Nashville, it became astonishingly, quickly obvious that isn’t the case. For such a populated city, Nashville has a massive recycling problem. My passion for the planet started to grow. After learning SO much about the problems in our food system today from my job, my passion for the planet only continued to grow and an interest in farming began. Now? Talk to me about anything sustainability-, permaculture- or environmentally-related, and I probably won’t shut up.
A couple weeks ago I watched the Netflix documentary Sustainable. It obviously doesn’t go completely in-depth about everything there is to know (it would be the longest documentary ever if it did), I think it’s amazing to have a video like this out in the public to draw awareness and intrigue. I’m trying to do my part by writing up a few sustainability blog posts for you in the next coming months. Stay tuned.
I'm only halfway through the @SustainableDoc, and I'm already so glad this movie is out there for people to watch. SO important.
— Ali Lowery (@aliinbloom) October 5, 2017