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Lately I have been completely obsessed with podcasts. Specifically the How I Built This podcast and I had this life changing moment listening to Yvon the owner of Patagonia and hearing his story. I was so so so inspired – like really felt the need to seriously change some things about my life. I have thought about these things before so it really hit me hearing him talk about them. You will have to listen to the episode to really get the full message but he talked a lot about how important it is so buy things that we plan to keep for a very long time. And he also said how people tend to think a minimal/simple life is an impoverished life but it is in fact a rich life. That resonated with me because especially these last couple years I have felt really frivolous with what I purchase. I will admit that I tend to love to switch things up a lot – especially with clothes. I love to have a variety of winter coats and dresses in all variations of colors etc. But it starts to feel a bit claustrophobic with so much stuff. Not even just in reference to clothes but baby toys and house stuff etc. I want to try to be much more thoughtful with spending and instead of quickly buying a tent for an upcoming camping trip, really research what is the best for our family and what will last us years and years to come. I also really want to go through and just declutter our life. Anyways, I was just really inspired by that one and it got me thinking a lot! Not saying I am overnight going to be minimalist — I literally want to but am trying not to stress myself out and do a complete 180 — but I definitely want to take steps in that direction starting with decluttering and not impulse buying. (note that it will take some time for me to totally narrow down 1. my lipstick collection and 2. my swimsuit and dress collection haha) I also became so obsessed with Yvon and his views on life that I watched 180 Degrees South which is a movie (on Netflix) about his first trip down to Patagonia and a guy who recreates the trip – anyways that is also inspiring and makes you think a lot about how you live your life. He also has a book that I want to listen to while at the gym, I will let ya know what I think. But I lovvved how he runs his business and I guess the book is a bit about that. (also fun fact: David’s parents until about 3 months ago, were living in Patagonia serving a mission!)

As for a fitness update – some of you have asked!!! I have been working really hard to be diligent about getting to the gym and lifting weights and trying to up the weight each time and really take my time and do everything slow and right. I currently go about 5 times a week. I haven’t been amazing about my eating and I know that plays a MAJOR role in building muscle so I am making that my next goal to get started with that. I don’t like to overwhelm myself with too many goals at once so getting back into the groove with working out was my first goal. You guys gave me TONS of good recommendations for a health coach on insta (so thankkkk youuu x 100!!!) and I have found a few people I want to reach out to and see if they have openings. Although I just want to stress again that I am not doing this to “look better” or any other reason than it is a new goal that I am excited to push myself and work towards. I like to try new things and this is something new that I can challenge myself with physically. Some people like to say I am “too skinny” or I should gain muscle to be a role model for young girls and I think its super important to remember that all women and girls can be a role model REGARDLESS of what their body type is. Skinny or strong or curvy or pear shaped or whatever – you are a role model when you are striving to be your best self. END OF STORY.

These photos are from Sunday night! It was a stormy night with lightening and thunder and it was sprinkling. I love hot thunderstorms in Arizona. So I love to be outside and in them! We decided to roast s’mores in our fire pit. It was a lot of fun because I love hearing the kids and their excited voices.

PS let me know if you listen to the podcast or watch the movie and what you think of it!

PSS I am having a little sale tomorrow and selling a bunch of our clothes, shoes, activewear, and lots of stuff. You can see the details here. All money received will go to help someone in need.

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  1. If you need to narrow down your wardrobe you should sell clothes on poshmark! I would soooo be ordering some of your old swimsuits! πŸ™‚
    xo

  2. Love your posts Amber. You should check out The Minimalists podcast. They have the best tips on a minimalist life. Episode 3 talks about how to be minimalist with children. Stay awesome X

  3. Thanks so much for the How I Built This recommendation. I started with the Patagonia one and have been working through the rest ever since. This is my new favorite thing right now. Thank you!

  4. Ooooh my gosh ! Yes!! I LOVE the How I Built This podcasts and Yvons in particular really stuck out to me too. My husband and I have a business together that we started and it is so inspiring to hear how he started his company and his beliefs on how to run it. I love that he encourages his employees to take surf breaks and that he literally leaves for months out of the year because he has faith in his employees. I seriously just love all of the episodes and how inspiring they are for young entrepreneurs. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Amber,
    I’ve been following you for quite a while now but this is my first comment here.
    I wanted to let you know that I love that you think about decluttering and buying less stuff that will be used more often. This is not only beneficial for having a beautiful, decluttered home but also for the environment. Thanks for drawing attention to this.
    You are doing a great job with your blog!
    All the best from Germany πŸ™‚
    Maya

  6. I’ll have to check out the podcast. I was really inspired by his “Let my People go Surfing” book (maybe that’s the one you are referring to).

  7. Thanks so much for writing about this! I’m trying out to be a bit more minimalist in terms of stuff lately as well and I just get really in the mood and start throwing everything out lol
    I need to find a balance quick hahah but I love how inspiring you always are babe, keep it up! β™₯

    http://www.pamelayaquelin.com

  8. Listened to the podcast per your recommendation and wow! What a cool dude. I laughed when the host asked if he ever wanted to be a priest! He had really cool ideas and his ideas seem so modern for him to of put them into practice all those years ago!
    It was inspiring! Got my wheels turning in thinking of a business to get into to be able to stay at home with my little baby, Peri Kate!
    Have you listened to any other ones? What do you recommend?

  9. I’ve been following your blog for what must be 4 years how (wow!!) and truly you are someone aspire to be like! Your positivity and true goodness always brighten my day- I always make it a point to check in a couple times a day to see new posts or to watch your story! Thank you so much for sharing your life and love for fashion & more πŸ™‚ you are definitely an inspiration in SO many ways and your blog was something I always looked forward to through the ups and downs of my high school experience, since it was something good to look forward to when I was getting bullied or being put down. You also inspired me to start a fashion blog to embrace body positivity, which I hope continue as I head to college (I just graduated high school!) and after!! Best wishes always to you and your amazing family! πŸ™‚

  10. AMEN, AMBER. If you are working towards your best self you are a role model. Your size doesn’t dictate that. I love how you’re trying a minimalistic approach – so inspiring! Have a great weekend, babe xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  11. Loved this! I too have been trying to live a more intentional life and be even more intentional with the things I buy for myself and the kids. It was only recently that I realized how much excess “stuff” we have and don’t need or use. It is indeed an ongoing journey but I think it’s amazing to even start and think about those things in a different perspective! Also, I am obsessed with podcasts too and didn’t know about this one!! Thanks, I just added it to my ever-growing list! πŸ™‚

    xx, Tiffany
    https://www.littlemissdessa.com/

  12. We also want to buy things we plan to use for a long time. We now buy things we use ones or twice on a 2nd hand site, and then sell it right after we used it for the same price on the 2nd hand site. So you don ‘t waste any money of buying new stuff, en then go for less to someone else!

  13. I truly enjoy reading your blog, Amber! You are such an inspiration and your kind heart and beauty shines through each and every post. You’re spectacular!

    Alex Wennen
    wennenalex.wixsite.com/wwam

  14. I have recently come across your IG account in my feed. You are darling. And brave, I don’t know how you tolerate the unsolicited advice but I guess that’s the name of the game. 😊 So here is my two cents.
    I totally going to watch 180 degrees south. I’ve been trying to thin my life out for a while of excess. It’s definitely a process- I don’t think it ever ends, it’s ongoing. Read the magical art of tidying up. And watch the minimalist documentary. So inspiring.
    You’ve got a kind heart. Beautiful family and pure intentions. I admire that.

    1. Thank you!! I am so glad you’re following along now πŸ™‚ And yay I love all the suggestions. I am going to check them out. Thanks again for the kind words. xoxo

  15. Amber I love your post and your consideration of a more minimalist lifestyle! You’re such a great role model regardless of what hurtful people say! I have a heads up: a seller on Poshmark is using your photos to sell her items. https://www.poshmark.com/listings/5978a2d1b4188e08ef01e50e
    I wanted to let you know because I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for a while and I can see how harmful picture stealing can be. Have a great rest of your day!

  16. I love this post! I am currently trying to simplify my life and started donating alot of clothes and throwing away things that basically sit in our drawers. I also deactivated all of social media and so far so good…no temptations to go back, just missing your Instagram posts, but thankfully I can come back to your blog whenever I want 😁

    I’m going to have to check that film out on Netflix tonight after the kiddos go to bed πŸ‘

  17. great post! i think with being a successful blogger it can be easy to fall into a “consumption lifestyle” when your handed free stuff a lot, and you literally make your living by advertising for companies…not only do you start to be inundated with stuff stuff stuff but it ripples out to your audience.. i know in my own life i try to keep things to a minimum… be happy with my simple, nice car and keep it clean. ride my bike. go outside and hike if I’m bored, not go to the mall… also, i live in a small condo so we try to have a “one-in-one-out” concept when we buy, whether its kitchen supplies, food, clothes or shoes….xx

  18. Shoot! Just catching up and missed your sale yesterday! Would love to support you in helping who is in need…def let me know if you’ll be doing that again! Just moved to the area recently(from LA) so I could stop by with my little and say hi!(and I have like 3 friends out here too…so…yep..ha!)

  19. Love this post, and now I really want to watch 180 Degrees South on Netflix! I work as a home organizer, and even I live in the struggle of wanting to keep things simple and also loving clothes, makeup, hair products, etc.! In general I try to work with the philosophy of “something in, something out”, but every now and then I do a big sweep through the house and minimize even more πŸ™‚

    simplyhomeaid.com

  20. What charity/cause are you donating the proceeds to? Or if it’s an individual and you don’t want to give away too much to protect his/her privacy, what about their situation led you to want to help them specifically? Thanks!

  21. I need to get into podcasts more! And love these photos and YAY for donating the money to charity – y’all rock!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

  22. I completely agree!! Living a rich life doesn’t always mean consuming things. I did something similar not too long ago where I only hold on to things I absolutely need or use. The feeling of getting rid of things that you don’t need is such a freeing feeling! Good luck with everything! xoxo

    http://www.thatindiegirl.com

  23. That film was great. I love everything Patagonia stands for. Good on you for trying to better yourself- it’s not easy but it’s better for all of us to live on less πŸ™‚

  24. Loved this post so much! I watched 180 degrees south years back and have since also loved listening to Yvon, he also has random videos/interviews on Vimeo. Simplifying life with two little kiddos and one on the way is a ever evolving process around here but feels so freeing! Thanks for such a great read and nice reminder about the important things!

  25. 1- love the idea of simplifying life for sure! 2- I like that you made goals about it and they are simple goals πŸ˜‰ 3- the message about being a role model is great. Look at what a wonderful family woman you are. someone your age could be off partying and living a crazy lifestyle. So lets look at more than what people look like. How are they living their lives? Love this post Amber!

  26. Excellent post Amber!! You and your family are adorable. Good luck on your minimalist journey!

  27. I love that you donate the money from the sale to charity/someone in need! Also I agree about role models not needing to have a certain body type. I work with eating disorders and actually we put a lot of emphasis on not focusing on bodies/looks at all, just looking at what people do! So I’m with ya on that! I wish I could come to your sale! I went to the one you had foreverrrrr ago in SLC and got such good stuff at such a good price! Hope you sell a lot of stuff and good luck decluttering!
    xoxox
    e
    Emmy Coletti Blog

  28. “…you are a role model when you are striving to be your best self. END OF STORY.” I love this statement! Thank you!

  29. Hi amber! I’ve been following you for a while and I love your content. Also, I love this post! I definitely consider myself a minimalist and an advocate for living a simple life. However, what do you mean when you say that living a minimal/simple life is impoverished? By choosing to life a minimalistic/simple life, that means you have the privilege and means to live your life that way. It isn’t something that is forced on you because you are poor and living an “impoverished” life. Also, this statement makes it sound like “impoverished” people have chosen to live a simple life, when in fact it was forced on them – they were not given another choice. I would be very careful how you word this because it sounds like you are coming from a place of privilege and wealth and not considering that not everyone is given the choice to live their life how they please.

    I wish you the best in decluttering/simplifying your life & I can’t wait to read more of your content!

    1. I have never considered a simple life or a minimal life impoverished – I was quoting what Yvon said just because I love that he noted how rich a simple life can be. Because I agree that simplicity is rich in all the ways that it can be rich – more fulfilling, you appreciate things more, you feel free of clutter, you can enjoy what you have, etc.

    1. I may in the future but I have nothing planned right now ( I had a ton of stuff it was easiest to sell in person.

  30. Who exactly will the money be going to? I’m sure you’re not keeping the cash for yourself especially since I believe much of these things were given to you for free so that would be extremely shady, but please be more specific who the “someone in need” is.

    And these are your kids to do with as you like, but I strongly encourage you to avoid showing them partially nude or in diapers/underwear. Sick people steal images like these for disgusting sites. I’m sure you don’t want your children’s images used like that.

    1. I absolutely do not have to disclose who the money is going to. Especially since most people who I know that really could use the money are privately suffering or in need. This is going to a person who I think could benefit from it and no one needs to know who it is, in fact I don’t even plan to tell them that this money is from us.

      1. Love your response Amber. I can’t believe people pick apart and criticize acts of kindness and generosity. I’m sure if you mentioned specifically what you were doing with the money she or someone else would think you’re exploiting someone’s situation or bragging. Don’t let those types of comments spoil the joy of giving!

  31. Amber, you should watch the documentary “Minimalism” on Netflix, it’s so good and inspiring!

  32. I just recently went through my whole house and started getting rid of a ton of stuff, it feels so good to have clean closets and to have my house back in order so I totally get where your coming from.

    Monica
    http://www.ginghamandcord.com

    1. Yay! I love hearing that. It really is the best feeling ever!! I have a lot more to do πŸ™‚

  33. I just finished listening to the podcast! Yvon sounds like such a chill guy. I’d love to meet him and even work for him! I definitely see the good with paying more for better quality overall. It’s not the easiest transition, but I’m going to try harder now.

  34. Hey Amber!

    I love reading these “life update” posts of yours πŸ™‚ You really should think about doing these more often, like every month ore so.
    I love listening to podcasts but I havend heard of the one you recommend πŸ™‚ But I already am a little bit into the topic of thinking before buying and I love to hear that you want to start doing that as well! I also just try to do little steps at a time and try my best, its not that easy! Especially when there is so much to buy everywhere…
    I would love to see a video of your gym routine / of your favorite workout! And when you start eating healthy again, I would also love to see more of it! Health and food is just so interesting πŸ™‚
    The pictures are super cute and it reminds me that I have to make s’mores again!

    Love from Germany
    Pauline <3

    http://www.mind-wanderer.com

  35. Simplify! You’ll be surprised at how little you really need to be happy and teaching your babies a valuable lesson.

      1. I have grandchildren and love seeing you with yours. You are doing a terrific job! Best of luck in pairing down.

  36. We have been on our minimalist journey for a little under a year now. Clearing our lives of what is not important making more time, money and energy for what is important. We buy less toys for the kids and in return do more outside the house. Forgo material gifts in exchange for experiences. Are more mindful of all purchases. Purchases higher quality and less trendy. It has been an amazing journey so far. I hope you can find what you are hoping for.

    Ashley

  37. This is such a thoughtful post! I always TRY to be a minimalist and throw stuff out, but then it never really works and I want to keep everything! Hahah. Oh well, just gotta keep trying to get rid of stuff! Best of luck with your sale! πŸ™‚

    -Marissa
    http://www.quartzandleisure.com

  38. AHHH us online girlies will miss out πŸ™ What about online for those that live further away?

  39. First of all, I love your blog, mostly reading about your day to day life with your little family, you inspire me to try new and fun things with my son. As others have suggested, I would highly recommend The Lofe Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I recently started Marie Kondo’s voyage of going through all of my stuff and only keeping those items that spark joy and love the focus on only keeping and buying items that spark joy. I’ll have to check out the How I Built This podcast, thanks for sharing!

  40. Oh my goodness! I don’t enjoy many blogs about fashion, healthy whatever, and parenting. They often give this illusion that if you follow their steps and change everything you’re doing life will be perfect. Amber, I read yours because it is positive and also feels real! You are already a great role model right there! Focus on love and life and let any judgements go. Because really, you are so blessed! Honor those blessings.
    Ps I have also been “skinny” my whole life and all the comments make me feel uncomfortable.i am currently pregnant and gained lots of weight. It has oddly made people really happy to see. Weird. I say be a role model and rock the body that God gave you!

  41. Love love this post! I’ve been running around with the same thoughts and haven’t been able to get myself to truly start simplifying! My husband and I live in a two bedroom apartment and it’s starting to just feel too crowded with all of our stuff! My dad warned me that you will always fill the space you live in, regardless if you need it. Thanks for the motivation to finally start simplifying!

    xx, Christine

    http://www.shesjustmysister.com

  42. This is wonderful Amber. I have been doing the same thing. Getting rid of stuff is SO FREEING. My husband is seriously the most minimalist guy there is (totally by accident) and he always pushes me to get rid of stuff. I groan about it at first, but it’s such a great feeling to let stuff go.

    Thank you for your honest and perspective – truly one of your best posts. And I want to listen to that podcast now!

    Kendall
    http://www.weekendall.com

  43. Like s few other commentators, I also recommend that you watch the “Minimalism” documentary on Netflix. It’s another inspiration, and it also discusses how minimalism isn’t an exact science, you still apply the key ideas to your life as they best fit. Good luck with your goals and reaching them!

  44. Wow those are the biggest marshmallows I’ve ever seen! Glad to hear that you are working out more! That’s definitely something I need to work on. And I think you’re a great role model! You’re really transparent about everything and genuine. To me, that matters the most!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  45. That’s awesome! I’d also suggest that you watch the documentary (it’s on Netflix) called ‘Minimalism.’ It’s so inspiring and encourages simplifying your life and how living with less stuff can make you happier. Let us know what you think if you watch it. Meanwhile, I’ve gotta gotta go get ready for my trip to Costco today LOL. XOXO

  46. You should read The curated closet by Anuschka Rees. It is all about minimalism and being happy with your own choices and choosing the right stuff to buy and knowing your style etc. Take a look at her blog too, she talks about minimalism there and what I mostly like about her is that she says that minimalism is not about having just a few things but more about having only the right ones, those that make you happy. And this is diffenrent for everyone. So having several winter coats can be in a way minimalistic too if you really feel that you need them all…

  47. I agree with you – I hate that people criticize others who exercise and eat healthy by saying they are trying to lose weight for me personally it’s about being healthy and looking after my body, true I don’t want to put on to much weight either but for me personally I want to keep my body in good order to last me longer. So I agree with you don’t bother about others they probably just envy your determination . Lots of love xxxx

  48. First of all, something about little ones enjoying life in their diapers is just the most beautiful thing ever! Love. Second, AMEN to your note that all women and girls can be a role model regardless of body type! How you parent and how you love your kiddos is definitely an inspiration to me – not to mention your motivation, work ethic, and ability to set goals and achieve them. Yes, I drool over your wardrobe and epic travels, but more than that, I love reading your thoughts, and I more often than not come away inspired or just a little happier πŸ™‚ Thank you! And lastly, I’m totally going to listen to that podcast. My husband is always talking about trying to be more minimalist, and I agree, there is something so totally satisfying about a purchase that lasts and gets love for years. I hate realizing I’ve impulsively bought something that hardly gets used or worn. Thanks for the recommendation!!

  49. Ahh I wish you were doing the sale early in the day too! Too bad I can’t make it I would love to shop your closet. I LOVE your style.

  50. Love love love this!! I am also kicking myself into gear and trying to hit the gym but not overwhelm myself and set unachievable goals. Also, I would line to tell you, I know how much the kind and encouraging comments that Ehrin left meant to you. (I think I spelt his name right) I hope that in some way, my comments and support, along with other followers, will be able to reach you in the good way that his did! You are an amazing role model as a person, business owner and most importantly as a mother. Keep it up Amber!
    sageblackk.com

    1. Was about to go to bed and saw this comment! I just wanted to let you know how much that meant to me to read, thank you! And thank you for your kind words. It really makes me happy to see what amazing women read my blog and I’m inspired by all of you. Xo

  51. I love this! Girl, you’ve got to read “the life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo! She gives really practical advice about living a simple life and going through all your stuff and surrounding yourself with only things that you LOVE. I think you’d really like it and its super helpful!!

    http://www.romebythehour.com

  52. I love everything about this!!! This post says a lot about who you are. Thank you for sharing!
    At the end of the day it’s not about stuff, it’s about the experience and how you made others feel.

  53. YOU are so inspiring!!! I just have to let ya know that I’m in grad school working on getting my doctorate in physical therapy (which is crazy hard work lol), and I read your blog to relax like I’m paid to! Everything you post is just so honest and inspiring! Like obviously i’m obsessed with watching funny videos of atticus and rosie and getting your beauty tips lol, but I love how positive you are. You are such a role model for women of every background and you promote love and kindness on the reg. I just love you. So thanks so much for posts especially like this!! I’ve been wanting to improve my morning routines to be more positive and productive and so I was looking for more blogs like yours, and there just isn’t any out there!! I’m totally going to try out that podcast! Keep up the good vibes and hard work chica, you have made a such a positive influence in my life!!! xoxox

  54. Hey Amber, I am also obsessed with How I Built This and some other podcasts that have really inspire and change my perspective on life. For the last 5 months my husband and I have been decluttering it our closet and house. We have found some awesome organizations to donate these items to and we have felt joy in doing so. As we moved into a new home, now we just have what we need and adds value to our lives. Without mentioning, that when you have less things, the house looks cleaner most of the time and makes us more relax and happy!

  55. Would David share tips on how to get this tone from editing. I love the look. You’re family is so precious.

  56. Thank you for the great podcast recommendation! I have been looking for more motivational podcasts to listen to!

  57. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while now and your values and kindness really shine through. I love this post! My husband, 2 kids and I recently sold everything that didn’t fit in our van and car and moved from a 3 bedroom house in WI to a 2 bedroom apt in Denver for his job. It’s been the best decision for us and really allowed us to live clutter free and focus on the experiences and doing things together. I now own 1 pair of jeans and 1 purse and no one has noticed me being “less fashionable”. In fact, they see the JOY that comes from living with less. Obviously your career requires more than 1 pairs of jeans so NO judgement whatsoever in however you do things but I wanted to share my experience….and I should add that my husband is in Tempe for work this week and I’m trying to get him to go to your sale so I can score just one more pair of jeans, haha!

  58. Hi Amber! I just graduated college and moved to Gilbert AZ from upstate NY for a job in Scottsdale and would love any salon/restaurant/shopping or any other recommendations you may have for places I should check out in the area! I also heard that thunderstorm the other night too…I had no idea it could rain that much here!!

    Katie

  59. I love that podcast also! The Patagonia episode was great. I think the TOMS, AirB&B, Five Guys and Lonley Planet episodes are my favorite. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  60. YES I loved 180 Degrees South! My Husband and I just watched it literally 3 nights ago. I have been looking for a new podcast to get into so I will have to try How I Built This!
    Loved everything about this post!

  61. I like that you don’t claim or try to be perfect at anything- that’s inspiring. Minimalism is difficult to achieve 100% of the time, which can turn people off even trying. I think it’s great you are going to try instead of just thinking “great idea, but too hard.” So thanks for sharing!

  62. His book is great! Definitely gets you thinking as well. Especially as a business owner yourself, I think you’ll love it! ❀️️

  63. I am constantly striving for simplicity and I just am not very good st it haha. But I think it’s ridiculous that people can’t consider you a role model because you’re thin. I think that you embracing your body and loving it at every stage is role model behavior.
    Xo,
    Emily
    http://www.theeclecticfashionista.com

  64. No matter your body type, thick, skinny, apple, hourglass, sporty, muscular, ect every single one is beautiful. I’ve been following you for awhile, and I KNOW the hate you get for “being too skinny.” My sister-in-law has your same body type, literally no matter what she does, she is small and has a small frame. She also is working on building muscle, for no other reason than to feel strong. Your heart, soul, and character are what make you beautiful. That is what makes you a role model. I love your uniqueness! Keep it up!

    Kayla Brandner-Reid
    http://www.sequinsandsubstance.com

  65. I started decluttering my house two years ago and now I enjoy much more peace in my life. It is a long journey with several frustating moments but everyday I am more thankful with the goal I set that sunday morning. πŸ™‚

  66. This is sooo sweet amber!! I love love love this idea! And the declutter thing?! So awesome! I wish i lived in states so i could swing by and get some fun stuff! Hopefully you will do one online with some of the left over stuff! πŸ™‚ thank you so much for sharing this! Hope you have a fab day sweet girly!

    (@practicalpoise)

  67. Love this!! My husband is in the military, so we are constantly getting rid of things and trying not to clutter. I feel like it’s in my blood now and there’s no going back! Lol http://www.firstcomesmrs.com

  68. Love that podcast! Another fun one is The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

  69. I love this post!

    I decided to live a more minimalist lifestyle two years ago and it has made a huge difference! I also live by a capsule wardrobe which is also really helpful to buy good quality items that will last for years but to live with less. Quantity over quality, I feel like there is such a peace of mind when you are more aware of your own consumerism. Check out the unfancy.com it’s great for capsule wardrobes.

    Good luck with your new goals Amber xx

  70. Love this! I’ve also tried to make these kinds of changes the last couple years and it is liberating! A couple of my favorite books on simplifying are The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Little Book of Hygge.

  71. I sort of cringe when I see women on Insta buying and showcasing tons of clothes, shoes and make up! I am a becoming a minimalist myself and belong to a few minimalist groups and it’s been an amazing transformation in terms of getting rid of clutter, buying with purpose, mindset, de stressing etc So good on own you for considering the idea of minimalist😁

  72. I think it’s awful that people comment and tell you to gain muscle to set a good example. Your body is YOURS and yours alone. You tailor it to look any way you damn well please and if other people don’t like it, then they can look elsewhere. Why does anyone ever feel it’s okay to negatively comment on someone else’s body? We all have our own goals and ideals in our minds of what is aesthetically pleasing. Keep doing you!

  73. Thank you for an inspiring post today! Love how you write about living a more simple life, as I think it’s something we all strive for time to time but it’s so easy to get lost sometimes. I can’t wait to listen to the podcast.

  74. You should read the book: “the life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo. (If you haven’t already) It has really helpful tips on narrowing down belongings to only what’s important. <3

  75. I love that podcast and that episode specifically. I saved it on my phone so I could listen again I loved it so much… wry inspiring. I came away thinking it was a great company that needed my support on top of the quality over quantity. I didn’t know about the movie and will definitely check it out so thank you!
    People telling others they need to change or be a certain way to be a role model bothers me. I think they are usually looking for an idol rather than a role model because role models are people with imperfections and you can give and take things you admire realizing they are just like everyone else being the best they can. If they really want this perfect image for their children they should turn the focus on themselves because picking on others certainly isn’t the way to do that.

  76. You need to watch the documentary 180 degrees south. He’s on it and it gives you a great backstory on him and his business partner. It’s a wonderful story and fits with your theme of minimalism as well. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1407927/

  77. Important question… What’s your shoe size??? πŸ˜‚ Love this post!

  78. Love this post, I am going to listen to podcast. If you want to declutter your closet you should start selling some of your items on DEPOP app (damselindior blogger) does this! Such a good way to get rid of the old things that are cluttering up life/space and make room for new things!

  79. wonderful! i thought about commenting on a past post which featured a very inexpensive clothing company out of China- the clothes may be cheap but what is the true cost of these cheap disposable goods? i think we’ll find the answer to be quite sad. i am sure many young women look up to you so inspiring them to consume less will only make for a better world.

  80. Love it! I have definitely been feeling the call to simplicity myself as well! I recommend the Minimalism documentary on Netflix for further inspiration! ❀️

  81. I know someone already mentioned this in the comments but absolutely check out “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!” Definitely worth a read if you’re looking to declutter and embrace a more simplistic lifestyle!

  82. I’ve been obsessed with 180 Degrees South for years! Also, the soundtrack is amazing.

  83. Amber you are a role model to me! I have been following your blog for some time now and I just love everything about it. You are such a great mom and wife! Thanks for the inspiring blog posts and just all around good vibes.

    Lots of love!
    Sarah

  84. PS. I could totally use some of the stuff you are removing from your closet I would even pay for the shipping costs haha. I LOVE your style

  85. I’m not sure why people would tell you to change the way you look so you can be a role model. A role model is someone to be admired for who they are and the good they contribute to the world. Good for you for realizing that appearance shouldn’t be the basis for choosing a role model, and good for you for choosing to simplify your life. Too much stuff will shatter your focus.

  86. I am loving this post about minimalism and being a role model! I am also currently trying to invest in more long-term timeless pieces, rather than just buying everything cute that I see (the struggle haha!), and I also love what you said about being a role model. No one’s body type should ever define whether or not they are capable of being a role model!!

    Lots of love,

    Rachel

    http://www.looklovelyliving.com

  87. These pictures are simply beautiful! Where on earth did you buy those beautiful outdoor lights? I must replicate!
    You and your husband have such a great eye for photography and framing! And lighting and editing…..
    Really loving you comments on decluttering. I think I may follow suit and do a little downsizing. I tend to hold on to so much! I need to re-read Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

    xoxo
    http://www.happygobliss.com

  88. I think it’s smart that you want to take it slow. I think people jump in heads first, and have no direction to what they really want to rid their lives of, and then they get rid of what they may have wanted to keep. Or, people declutter and continue the cycle of consuming and decluttering. So, I look forward into your journey of minimalism! Great post!

    Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

  89. Thanks for the tips! A little question on the topic!Do you sometimes think of your role as a blogger, who is part of the”machine of consumerism”, a bit overwhelming? Do you think minimalistic views could be applied to the products you choose to advertise in your blog I would be so happy if that would be something you could take into account ❀️ Love your blog! Would love to hear your thoughts in more depth.

    1. Oh absolutely! It for sure overwhelms me. I get so conflicted because I love the minimalist mindset and lifestyle but I also LOVE fashion and so for me I think I need to learn to make more compromises. The older I get the more my priorities shift and I care less about fashion and more about good and lasting habits. But it is hard for me (right now) to find the balance. I definitely want to make changes and will definitely be sharing how I make those.

  90. This is awesome. I have felt really similarly and committing to a change towards simplifying is super empowering. Reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was huge for me, as well the Minimalism documentary on Netflix. You are absolutely a role model–keep doing you.

  91. It’s great to see that you’re getting interested in minimalism! A a role model, it would be great to see you showcase pieces of clothing that can be worn in different ways for different occasions rather than buying so many different pieces for different occasions. As much as I love fashion…fast fashion is so dangerous. We need to think more about quality and classic pieces that can stay in our closets for years. πŸ™‚ have you heard of the 333 challenge?

  92. Living with a minimalist mindset is so freeing! My husband and I have this type of mindset, and it’s truly a step by step process. But I’m the long run it frees us up both financilly, mentally, and physically! I literally just got done selling sooo much of munch clothes, shoes, bags, and kitchen wear and I love it. I’d go to your gagragw sale if I wasn’t in the same process of minimizing haha! Best of luck with it, I’m sure tons of ppl will show up!
    Xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com

  93. Amber, this post is amazing! Thank you for sharing! This has been something I have been struggling with for a while now.. There is such an insanely high expectation for women to keep up with the latest trends and show our “best” selves all.the.time. It is exhausting and I think simplifying is what a lot of people need to do to make their lives happier! I know its something I need to make mine happier and I am totally going to go look up these podcasts and get inspired! I feel like I got a breath of fresh air reading this post! Thank you sincerely again!

  94. How I Built This is hands-down my favorite podcast! Guy does such a wonderful job with his guests, getting them to share little secrets and really get to the heart of why and how they built their business. Every episode leaves me so inspired and makes me want to go for some crazy idea but I never know what my idea would be haha. My favorite episodes have been Dermalogica and Spanx, but I haven’t listened to Patagonia yet so I am excited to hear it!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

  95. Love this. Yvon Chouinard is a hero of mine so it’s great to hear you enjoyed that episode as well! He has so much great insight that I think many people would benefit from.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  96. My husband and I are OBSESSED with How I Built This! We’ve already listened to every episode. Another podcast I think you’d enjoy is At Home With, it is hosted by Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton who are beauty bloggers from the UK and they interview female entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry. It’s very inspiring and very soothing to listen to. Perfect for a car ride or even when cleaning the house. Also, I too started to get into weight lifting to try and get stronger rather than just striving to be “skinny.” We recently just bought the Weight Gurus scale from Target and it tracks your weight, muscle mass, fat mass, water weight, and bone mass! It’s amazing (and a bit shocking) to see the numbers all broken down! Also, it’s awesome to see muscle mass go up and fat go down even when the scale stays around the same number. It’s really helped me stop getting so stuck on a number and letting that dictate how I feel about myself.

    xoxo

  97. Love this πŸ’› When I watched The True Cost on Netflix, it completely changed my outlook on clothing. You’re an amazing role model. Keep up the good work chica!!

  98. Love this post, I am totally that person that has way too much stuff (that I most definitely don’t need). Having less would definitely help with stress and make life easier. Excited to hear some updates, you should definitely share some tips on how you are getting started! Also excited to hear more about your workout journey – build that muscle girl! πŸ™‚

    Lauren Lindmark | http://dailydoseofcharm.com

  99. Ah I am obsessed with How I Built This! I have also learned so much from how he runs Patagonia, I watched 180 degrees south a few years ago and it has just stuck with me!

  100. You should also check out The Minimalist documentary on Netflix. It has a very similar message to Yvon and it gets you excited about decluttering and living with less without making you think you need to get rid of everything!

    Thanks for sharing!!