Going backpacking through Europe for 10 weeks in the winter time changed me. I was twenty years old at the time but I think I learnt the lesson of detachment of ‘things’ pretty early on in life.

I came back to Perth and all I could see was clutter around me. I requested that family & friends no longer gave me ‘things’ but rather experiences if they REALLY had to (quality time is far more important to me).

I discovered The Minimalists and the Minimalist Living blog and every winter semester break, I would de-clutter as much as possible. I gave away books, magazines, clothes and shoes. I made ‘to buy’ lists before I purchased anything and I got smarter with my purchases. As I look around my room now, I am happy to say I do not have much that I don’t use.

So when I read about Natalie Jean’s pre-fall capsule collection, I was in. A capsule wardrobe is a mix and match of essential clothes that can be adapted for any occasion. And THIS blog post explains it all. Perfect timing with summer around the corner and September being a reasonably quiet month for cleaning and getting rid of more clutter, especially in my wardrobe.

FYI. If you search capsule wardrobe on Pinterest, there are HEAPS of ideas.

Has anyone else tried doing a wardrobe capsule or interested in doing one for summer?


Are you?

If you were to get really honest with yourself, would you say you love what you do everyday? Especially the time you’re trading for money? The time that you will never get back. I have to admit, I do not love what I do.

I love talking to people; I love looking at gorgeous houses and apartments and seeing how people live and how they decorate their homes; I love being a little investigator when things do not make sense; I love the work flexibility that comes with planning your inspections to suit you.

But I don’t enjoy the early starts, late nights and the crazy timeframes from the banks. The properties that are impossible to get through. Crushing peoples properties dreams day in, day out. Being unable to take a sick day when you are actually so sick, you can’t sleep at night (but there’s properties to inspect and reports to send off and taking a sick day will just make it more stressful in the coming days).

Last week, a friend died doing what he loved and that was wing suit jumping. The most adventurous person I knew, it was something he’s been doing for years and the videos he captured on his go pro were nothing short of incredible. The day that I found out, I rushed out of the office and drove straight to the beach near his house. I stood on the beach and just watched the sun go down; this was the only thing that came out:

I’ve disabled comments on this post because I’m not posting this for sympathy (I don’t even want to talk about it). I just want this to be the 100th reminder that life is SO short. You may be excited to see someone in a few weeks & then all of a sudden, that moment never comes. Al had a massive impact on so many lives. A month shy of his 26th birthday, he had been and done so much in a short amount of time.

The most important message he had for the world, that he lived every single day was, “find the courage to pursue your dreams. Be passionate”. And here’s to exactly that Al.