Staying Motivated/Organized

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Hi guys!  This week has been really rough for me, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.  But guess what! Today is Sunday and we can start fresh with a new week tomorrow.  As I was deciding on what I should blog about this week, it hit me that a lot of people probably would prefer to hear a very real & raw post rather than one I felt obligated to write. Even if this week was the best week of your life, we all have times of hardship and troubles and I hope this post is something you can come back to.  Personally, anytime I am having a hard time it somehow ties to how unorganized and unmotivated I am being at the moment.  It's as if the messier my room or work space is, the messier my life is. LOL.  Sounds a little extreme, I'm sure.  But, next time you don't feel well emotionally or spiritually, take the time to look around and analyze & evaluate your current situation.  That would also be the perfect time to think about what you are prioritizing at the moment and to make any adjustments as needed.  Being disorganized causes not only physical disaster but also emotionally.  So, today... I'm going to share with you guys some motivation/organization tips. ( Since, in my book, they go hand-in-hand.) Hope these are helpful!


1. Go Outside

Seems simple.  But, when I'm binge watching Netflix, getting up and going outside is possibly one of the last things I feel like doing.  And I know I'm not the only one. ;) But there's something about getting up and taking a few steps outside your home that can really motivate you.  Literally, just go outside.  Take a walk, go to the lake, and if you are like me, just start with a cup of coffee in your backyard...  It can do wonders.



2. Clean Something

Anything.  Your bedroom, kitchen,  your car, work space, etc.  You don't have to go all out and scrub your toilet with your toothbrush, even just organizing a stack of papers sitting at your desk will spark the idea.  To me, a clean and livable space equals a clean and livable mind.




3. Write Something Down

Obviously, for me this comes pretty natural.  For others, it might not be as enjoyable or easy.  Sometimes even picking up the pen is hard work.  But, writing down how you are feeling is a way of letting go & letting loose.  Have you ever bottled up all of your emotions and then let it all out at once & suddenly you were okay? Yeah, that's what happens when you verbally or physically express your emotions.  Except here, journaling could be done more often and you wouldn't have to bottle it all up.  Once emotions are let out, you feel free and motivation and organization can come easier to you.



4. Talk to Somebody

And no I'm not asking you to "get help" from a professional... but I'm also not telling you to talk to your BFF you text everyday.  I mean, call up someone you haven't talked to in awhile. Like an old family friend, high school buddy, distant relative, etc. Don't tell them you are using them as a therapy session, though. ;) Just have a nice conversation.  A refreshing talk can really get your mind set in the right place.  And you never know, your grandma might have something interesting to say.



5. Don't Think

This one is weird.  This one is really weird.  Thinking is really all we do as humans.  But sometimes over thinking can take us down a twisted path and we can deceive ourselves into putting ourselves into a different situation than the one we really should be experiencing. Let your thoughts pass and create a better reality for yourself.  Motivation really and truly doesn't come from anything but yourself and your mind.  In order to stay organized you must be motivated, and to be motivated you cannot pressure yourself to think deep thoughts 24/7.  Have self control & enjoy what life has to offer you.



I really hope you guys can take something away from this and use these very simple practicals that I attempt to do everyday in order to keep myself sane. Do you guys have any motivation/organization tips? Let me know!



Happy Sunday



-Tori Xoxo

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A Nature Inspired Home

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Something my family always loved to do when I was younger was camping. I, personally, was not and still am not a big fan. But I can’t deny the sense of relief and relaxation, no matter how brief it was. Being outside, surrounded by trees, mountains, water, etc. is such a good feeling.  Nature is often used by people to inspire artwork, music, writing, and the like. But can you use nature to inspire home decor? Well, reader… of course ;) Interior design is just like any form of art and you can use anything and everything as inspiration! 

When I think of “nature-inspired” home decor, I envision a lot of wood furniture, green accents, plants, shades of brown or tan, etc.  I just love the idea of incorporating nature within a space to bring the same "breath of fresh air" feeling you get as if you were outside.


Here are some of my favorite nature- themed interiors:








 "NATURE ALWAYS WEARS THE COLORS OF THE SPIRIT."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thursday! xoxo

Tori



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Top 5 Inspirational Quotes

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Hi guys! This week I just wanted to share some of my top 5 inspirational quotes with you!  Whether you are anxious about an upcoming test, suffering a bad break up, handling health issues, friend drama, etc, I suggest using quotes to motivate yourself. The few I’m about to share with you are only some of my go-to quotes.  Since I love writing, and words (to me) are the most powerful thing on this planet, it is only right for me to indulge in the inspirational potency of these quotes in my times of need! I usually just pull quotes from books I enjoy, my favorite website ever (pinterest.com) ;), from teachers, parents, friends or any other blogs/websites I can find them! It is easy to inspire and motivate yourself to do anything when you have a helping hand. Here you go!!!


“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you.  Be always searching for new sensations.  Be afraid of nothing.”
  • Oscar Wilde


“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”
  • John Quincy Adams


“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”
  • Andrea Dykstra


“The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.”
  • Aristotle


“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  • Maya Angelou



Do you guys have any favorite inspirational quotes?

Happy Thursday!! Xo


↣Tori

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MINIMALISM

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When people think of minimalism in terms of interior design, they typically tend to think of it more as a lack of design.  Which, isn't true.  Just because minimalism is absent of elaborate & intricate designs and styles doesn't mean there is no structure to how to the design is displayed.

A question a lot of people ask themselves is, why exactly is minimalism trending?  What is it about this style that is so satisfying?  I personally love this style because of how sharp & to the point it is.  You can tell a lot about a person by the way they design their home and minimalism expresses such a clean, simple, and free idea without losing a sense of purpose.  Minimalism is so easy to achieve and although it doesn't bring "warmth" to the home, it can still bring the cozy feeling we all know and love.

Now,  how is minimalistic design even achieved? Two words: Bare. Essentials.  You must consider what is a priority in the space you are minimizing. You should remove any extra items not necessary for everyday life. If you have a room full of furniture with ornate designs, it would not look minimal at all. Lamps, blankets, clothing racks, small plants, etc. are all good items to incorporate into your minimalistic home.  Another VERY necessary step into minimizing a space is to only integrate neutral  colors.  Bright colors can often open up a space, but when trying to achieve the "bare essential" vibe, neutral colors are the only way to go.  Again, these things can sometimes scare people into thinking they are losing identity within a space, but when minimalism is attained sufficiently, it is easy to encompass any sort of identity in the home.

All in all, minimalistic designs have been a hot trend since the 1960's and I believe will continue to do so.  It may seem easy to achieve minimalism, but it is actually harder to commit to the reduced mindset and to continue to capture the affect. But who doesn't love a little challenge? :)

Here are some of my favorite minimalistic interiors!


















































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Happy weekend!

-Tori
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Tori's Bohemian Favorites

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I cannot believe this year is already happening so fast- welcome to the second month of 2017!  Since I naturally have such an anxious personality, a mindset I set for myself this year was to be more easy going and relaxed. As February rolls around, I've got to keep in mind this goal and some inspiration for this relaxation I'm trying to achieve can even come from within! Within your home, that is. ;) 

Using bohemian styles & accents, you can create a delicate vibe and an overall welcoming and open space. To me, bohemian themes go hand in hand with the idea of being "easy going". This mood board I created displays some of our favorite pieces and colors that are spot on for a classic bohemian bedroom.  Being "bohemian inspired" doesn't necessarily have to mean far-fetched or unconventional decor by any means. Adding different textures, patterns, and bursts of color can create the open atmosphere you desire. Bohemian styles are oftentimes so appealing for the artistic flavors and bursts of quiet energy that seem so comfortable and homey! And who wouldn't want a cozy home? 

One of my particularly favorite trends is the colorful throw pillow. Adding a throw pillow, such as the one displayed in the board, to any space can add a hint of character. In this specific setting, it adds to the bohemian vibe by displaying more texture and color! As you can see, bohemian themes are one of my ALL TIME favorite styles of interior and it's so easy going, that it's practically timeless design. 

Do you guys have any favorite bohemian trends?  Happy February! Xo

Tori 
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