Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christian Modesty vs. Muslim Modesty

I watched this video today by Father Paul and thought I would link it to all you beautiful ladies! I like this take on Christian modesty and believe that you CAN look modest and you don't have to look frumpy.

When I first started dressing modestly it was very hard to not look frumpy. The only store that sol longer skirts were thrift stores, and lets face it most of the skirts just didn't fit right. It took time, about 4 years to acquire a wardrobe I am not ashamed of! I plan on making a post about tips and tricks to dressing modestly soon. For now; enjoy the video.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Unending Love

Can one really walk outside and not appreciate or believe in Gods true, unending love? I think that we often glance at nature and don't realize the work, thought and beauty that went into it to create such a beautiful scenic masterpiece.

As I battle my anxiety today with my move; I will be focusing on Gods beautiful gifts to us. As I roll down the highway into Wisconsin I hope to embrace the true beauty that God has designed.

 I know that HE has a plan for me, and I am a stubborn women who wants to know everything now! I will waiting patiently though, and endure I mean embrace the journey along the way :-). Behold, I am the handmaid of The Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.

Jesus I trust in you.
Jezu Ufam Tobie.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Know Your Catholic When...

 I belong to a few different Facebook groups full of beautiful Catholic women! On one of the sites we have a on going thread of " You know you're Catholic when". With the permission of those awesome ladies, I took my top twenty five favorites and shared them with you! There are more than one hundred that the ladies have come up with and are constantly adding news ones! Thank you to ladies at the Facebook website for coming up with these!

                                                    You Know You Are Catholic When...

Your kids stall bedtime by adding many many intentions to nighttime prayers. I don't think it is appropriate to pray for Pinocchio.

*One of your kids comes storming into the house to tattle tale, but instead announces vehemently, "So & so needs to go to confession!"

* You plan your meals around your family's fasting and abstaining habits.

* You discuss where each persons rosary is from.

* You have gone, or have wanted to go to World Youth Day.

* You see a priest that wears the long cassock, and think, "I love a man in uniform!" 

*At one point your Facebook password was your Confirmation Saint.

*When you know there is a deeper meaning behind St. Valentines Day and St. Patricks Day.

*You go to a beautiful wedding and instead of numbers the tables are named after Saints! 

* Everyone who comes in your house asks "what is the chalk writing above all the doors in your home"?

* You fondly remember being very active at your colleges Newman center.

* You have participated in 40 Days For Life campaign one way or another.

* You go out to dinner with your Catholic girlfriends, almost everyone has a baby on the breast, and normal conversation includes calculating how many more babies you could have in your remaining years of fertility (a lot!!)

* You google which Saint you should ask to pray for you because you have (x) problem.

*You leap to correct someone whenever they refer to the Eucharist as being bread and wine.

*Parish hopping is not something you find strange. Same liturgy, same Eucharist, one body in Christ. 

*Half of your friends list disappears because it is Lent.

* You have Rosaries EVERYWHERE. In each purse, in diaper bags, hanging on doorknobs, under beds, in the laundry, in the car, in the other car, in the play room, under the sofa cushions...

*When you say a "Hail Mary" when an ambulance passes your house.

*Your daily routine consists of checking Facebook, checking Tumbler, and checking to see which saints feast day it is.

* Your family takes tours of cathedrals on every family vacation.

* You’ve been dressed up like an angel, a sheep, and a shepherd at least once (but probably three) times as a child. Don’t lie. Your mother has photos.
* You get excited about new conferences for women that are coming or are starting in your home town.

* You have discerned wearing a veil for Mass.

* You realize you are so lucky to be in a faith that values human life, lifts up women and protects tradition.

Thank you to the amazing group of women that made this list possible :-)!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Why I Veil; Part 5

In continuation with my veil series I am interviewing a lovely woman today about her covering. I met Karen through a Facebook page that is open to all women of different faiths. She was interested in being interviewed about covering from a Jewish perspective!  I think we as Christian Catholics have much in common with the Jewish faith and with so little woman covering it is great to support one another.

Why did you decide to cover?
 I've always enjoyed wearing cute head scarves or pretieds for fashion, bad hair day etc. However in November 2013, Marc and I got married. In Judaism, after marriage an observant woman covers her hair all the time. We use sheitals (wigs), hats, tichels (scarves). It's for modesty purposes as that our hair is only for our husbands eyes.

How did your friends/family/boyfriend/husband react to you covering?
My  husband is fine with it as he's Jewish as well. Whenever I'm covered he calls me his little "jewess". Some friends or family comment saying "since when did you become so religious". They're just being judgemental. They don't know our religious path. Others have said to me "it's so beautiful seeing you cover and show the world your new status of a married woman".

 Any recommendation for women who are thinking about covering full time?
I would tell anyone thinking of covering full time exactly what a Chabad Rabbi told me, and it really helps a lot.
This Chabad Rabbi told me the following:
"Don't take on everything at once or you WILL falter. Start slowly and gradually increase observance as you become more and more comfortable. Then you will look at covering as a beautiful mitzvah and not as a chore".

Thank you so much Karen for sharing your story! I think your quote from Chabad Rabbi definitely   hit home for me as I often want to " do it all". By starting slow and gradually increasing our devotions we can be assured that we are doing God's will!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Hidden Traumas of Catholic Womanhood

 A few weeks ago I read a wonderful article by the FOCUS blog. Focus is a wonderful organization that stands for " Fellowship of Catholic University Students". I have been to one of their conferences and it was amazing, turned my life around for sure!

They had a wonderful article entitled "The Hidden Traumas of Catholic Womanhood".  Many people often think that women that are a part of religion are severely oppressed by their Church. In my own experience The Catholic Church gets a lot of criticism from others because women are not allowed to be priests, therefore many think that women are severely oppressed in the Catholic Faith. As a Catholic women I can vouch for the fact that this is wrong and misconstrued.

Before I share some quotes from the Focus article, I should explain my thoughts of the role of women, and why it is often misrepresented.
 One main Bible passage that is often put to play when talking about obedience, submission and
oppression is   Ephesians 5:22-33

"22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

I think people that read the first line of this Bible passage often stop at the "Wives, submit yourself to your husbands".That is unfortunate because the meat of this passage isn't until 25 where it puts pressure on the husband to love his wife JUST as Christ has loved his church. Ladies, that is BIG. 
Christ love is represented every time we look at the cross. He died for OUR sins and for OUR salvation, and a man is love his wife the same? That is HUGE!

I think this is a wonderful picture of a household. Christ bears the greatest cross of making sure everyone under him are taken of. The husband must provide for the family as well as protect it, AND help his wife with the children and managing the house hold. What a great support system the woman/wife has!

The FOCUS blog had a wonderful article, as mentioned, that they posted. the link is here. I truly encourage  you to read it even if it is only for a laugh :-). This is what we as Catholic women deal with; note; it is not oppression by the Church :-)

               Being asked how you feel about the oppressive male hierarchy in the Church.

       Watching your fiancé’s face crumple in horror as NFP class murders any remaining shreds of     feminine mystery.

                                         People going postal over one little convent visit.

   Attempting to “actively participate” in Mass while sitting behind an NFP family and their swarm of aggressively adorable children.

                            Attempting to grow in virtue whilst dealing with crazy hormones.

Luckily the perks outweigh the traumas!

Knowing that you really are a beautiful, wonderfully made daughter of God, who requires no alteration, and you belong to a Church that will nourish you in this.

The incredible hope and joy that comes from belonging something that is so much bigger than you, but that you can see and touch and taste. Something painfully human, but also beautifully divine.

 And, most importantly, the beauty of completely, utterly, and irrevocably belonging to Him.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun in the Land of Cheese!

 I am moving in a little over a week! The last month has been such a blur.

*I had to give my two weeks notice into work, which went over very well! Work asked me to stay a few weeks longer, which turned out to be a blessing because they extra income was definitely   needed!

*I had to find, and confirm an apartment in Madison which is proving to be wonderful in its own little way.

*I had to give notice to the CCD program where I teach. This was very hard because I had an opportunity to grow closer to my students, and see each of their personalities shine. Teaching them has truly confirmed unfulfilled want to be a teacher!

*Our poor puppy was run over by a car which was a big medical expense, but we are nursing him back to health slowly and we Thank God that the expense we occurred was huge for us but minimal in the medical world.

I am working on tying up some loose ties here in Illinois. My anxiety has spiked more than the usual these last few weeks, and I am so grateful for a fiancé who understands how to deal with me at those moments. I am ready for this move, I am excited for this move but there is still so much to do!

But, as promised here are some of the pictures from the move in weekend to Wisconsin. Please pardon the mess, it is still a work in progress as I am still technically living in Illinois full time!
This is the apartment! Still have a lot to do! The kitchen is tiny, but I am convinced I can make it work! Thank you to all the people who helped move everything!

A little but of our set up :-). Still working on finding a few furniture pieces, specifically a stand that will serve as a mini alter table.

After all of that hard work we had to play! The Madison area has so much to offer! We got to go to the Saturday Farmers market, take a walk by the lake, go to the doggy park, visit the Civil War Museum, visit the capital, and try on cheese-hats :-)

I hope to take more pictures when I am all officially moved in and have decorated for Advent! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five Favorites; Catholic Memes

Linking up quickly with my Five Favorites today! Today I will share my Five Favorite memes with you! I did this a few months ago and I think it was so much fun!






Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

An Open Letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Dear Ms. Lawrence,

I have read a recent interview in a particular magazine that has focused on the horrendous scandal that you were a part of. Let me apologize for the horrid crime that has been committed against you. As a fellow woman, I feel for you. Your most private affairs were stolen from your phone and placed for all the world to see.

My letter to you is not to offend you, or to put you at the stake,  but rather to rebuttal the last sentence that you wrote when asked about the scandal. I won't go into what is moral or what is not in a relationship. I won't go into church doctrine, or even individual values. I won't criticize those that should know that in this day in age  whatever we put on our phones or on our computers is nowhere near private. That is not the point.

I will however, pick a fight at your last few words;

“I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for,” she said. “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
I don't think you should have to apologize for the crime that happened to you. I do think you should have to apologize to the woman you made feel inadequate with your statement and then many men you have judged with having a weak will as well as stereotyping men as a whole, with those few words.

As a woman, I often feel inadequate. The magazines tell me my face has to many blemishes, the stores tell me that my skirt size is too big. A flip of the channel and I will realize I cannot compare to the models, actresses and other beautiful women out there. I am told tips and tricks to try to "fix" myself as a woman; dress sexy for your man, tease him, tantalize him so that he stays.

Why? Why should I hate the body I have and constantly mold it into something that will never be? Why should I be told that if I don't send my boyfriend/fiancé/husband nudes that HE is SO weak and can't control himself that I have to provide those photographs or he will cheat on me with porn.

Why should I have to worry " is last picture I sent scandalous enough". Why must I think that my  boyfriend/fiancé/husbands willpower is so weak and that he needs constant self gratification.  NO. I don't believe you are right Ms. Lawrence, and correct me if I am wrong, but I think that you too may be affected by the media and possibly share some of the same feelings that I have; feeling inadequate.

We as women ARE good enough. I am happy that you have been in a loving, healthy relationship for four years but I think that your reasons for sending those pictures of yourself are demeaning, to yourself. You may refute my statement by saying that I am naive if I think differently about men, especially those who are in a long distant relationship.

No, I simply hold males to a higher standard and believe that they are stronger than the flesh, and you Ms. Lawrence, you are good enough.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Why I Veil; Part 4

In this segment of  Why I Veil, I am sharing another story of a Catholic sister who not only veils for Mass but has the devotion to cover full time. I think this is a beautiful notion, one I have been considering as well. I would like to introduce to you; Maria De Bruyn.

 I asked Maria if she would share her journey as to why she started veiling for Mass...

"At first I was very much against covering at mass. In my ignorance I thought that veiling had something to do with Vatican II and the people who veiled were just refusing to accept Vatican II. It took me a long time to start veiling. Well, I saw my online blogging friends, bringing up the issue of veiling, so I had to research it. I spent months debating about it with my husband, discussing every argument for and against it. To this day, I haven't found any good reasons not to veil, and a lot of good reasons to veil. Veiling is very much of a mystery - "because of the angels"...Why people stopped veiling suddenly after almost 2000 years of veiling is also a mystery...I wanted a way to show reverence to Our Lord in the tabernacle, so I followed the tradition of so many others for so many millennia. I started off wearing a snood. 

I was a little nervous wearing it, since I attended Spanish mass, but the priest complimented me on it right before mass started, I could see it made him happy to see me covering my head. Sometimes I wore berets or scarves, things that did not stand out too much. The snood also really helped because my daughter loved to pull my hair. Out of sight, out of mind! I also began covering full-time. This was a lot easier to do as we lived in a cold climate and it was more rural, so I didn't worry about sticking out too much. When my husband quit his job to go back to school, we moved to SoCal. There were lots of other students who veil at the very beautiful chapel of his college, so I felt very comfortable wearing a mantilla at the time. Since we moved here, I have mainly worn mantillas to mass, because they work well with the year-round hot weather here."

Starting to veil can effect many people in our lives, thankfully Maria has a very supportive husband!

"My husband has been very supportive. We talked through the pros and cons of it. My daughter loves the starter mantillas I invented. She likes matching them to her dress. Although now she wants to have her own eternity veil so she can feel more grown-up. I never try to pressure her to wear one, but always ask if she wants to wear it. Because there are not many girls her age who veil, I think the peer pressure can be difficult."

I asked Maria for words of wisdom for women and young ladies who want to start veiling or covering full time.

"My recommendation is to really think about it in your heart a lot. If you have someone you can talk to, that can really help too. You will know in your heart when you are ready to make that leap. I have met so many ladies in my facebook veiling group and through my Etsy shop who are veiling for the first time. What an amazing thing to do! It takes so much courage and I'm always inspired by the examples of others. Keep in mind that if you are not ready to wear a mantilla, there are many other types of headcoverings that you could try. Start with a headband or a hat if you don't want to stick out too much. Or try a church or a different mass where you have other people who veil, so you can feel more comfortable. Most of all, ask God for guidance."

Maria owns a awesome Etsy shop. I hope that she will let me review it for my store review series!

"My shop is 3 1/2 years old. I started off making pillows, aprons and bags. My most popular items were aprons. However, it was hard to keep up with the aprons as most of my orders came right before Christmas and it was hard to get everything done in time, since most of my orders were custom orders! So for the last year I have focused on making mantillas. I make veils for both children and adults. One time during mass, I was inspired to make starter mantillas such as these: 

 Several rows ahead of me, I saw a mother constantly trying to fix a doily attached to her young daughter's head. In my mind, I thought of how the children in Spain wear combs, and I had the bright idea to replace combs with barrettes, and that is how my starter mantillas were born, at mass! They have been very popular with moms who want to introduce their daughters to veiling but want something that will stay on their head securely while also being comfortable and stylish for the little girls. My daughter and her friends also like to use them to dress up as brides in their spare time  

All of my other veils are designed by me, and I have done many custom orders as well. I use a variety of different laces for different budgets. I love scouting out unique, designer laces. These are more expensive, but what a joy to wear them and to sew with them. I am not really sure where my shop will be in the next month or the next year. I also homeschool my daughter and my husband is a student at Thomas Aquinas College. We started our own web development company and that work also keeps us busy. However, every time I think of focusing on just the web development company, I get in a lot of orders, so God seems to have some other plans for this shop.

 Some ideas I have are making modest skirts for women and girls, as well as making more headbands and snoods. I would love to get a better camera, so people can get a better view of the items in my shop. I would love to hear from others and see if they have any ideas of what they would like to see in my shop. I love working with all of my customers and getting to know them and hear their stories. 

Thank you for the opportunity to say a little about myself and my veiling story.

Thank you to Maria for sharing her lovely story! To visit her shop just click here!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Food Modesty

Today I am guesting hosting the wonderful, lovely, modest Amelia from One Catholic Mama. I have been reading her blog for a little over a year, and love each and every post. Amelia is REAL, she shares her woes and her joys. She too is a a fellow crunchy gal, who has been "crunchy" before it was cool. I asked Amelia to write a post about food, but keep in my theme of " modesty in all aspects of life". After you indulge in this great post I encourage you to pop over to her page, especially on Sundays where she shares what she wore!

Modesty: A word with many definitions.

One definition I found is: the quality of being relatively moderate, limited, or small in amount, rate, or level.

How does that relate to food? Well, I think in some sense we are called to be modest with our food.

Modest in our intake of course...I think nowadays many people forget that gluttony IS a sin.

However, even besides that, I think being modest in our food choices is important. Simple foods and whole foods.    Foods with few ingredients...all of which are pronounceable and recognizable.

A lot of people think that eating healthy and whole and clean is difficult.  It’s actually not. It’s actually very simple, with just a bit of practice and some lifestyle adjustments.  Sure, there may be a bit more washing and chopping and prepping than just sticking something in the microwave, but overall, it doesn't have to be complicated.  You don’t need a lot of sauces and marinades and breadings.  You don’t need to be a gourmet.  You can’t don’t to spend an hour in the kitchen.  

Take an apple for example...wash and eat.  Simple, healthy and delicious.

Even something like winter squash is easy enough to cook.  At the most basic level, just wash it, prick it was a fork and throw it in the oven and bake for about an hour or so.

Our ancestors ate fairly simple foods...those which were available and those which were in season.  They didn't have a million, expensive spices, they didn't have complicated kitchen gadgets like spiral vegetable cutters and juicers.

Of course they had to do things like grind their corn into maize and butcher their own animals.  So, we have it REALLY easy nowadays because we don’t have to do that.   Thankfully.

It actually isn’t any more work to take a whole, raw chicken, and roast it in the oven than it is to buy a rotisserie chicken and heat it up.  It takes longer to roast a whole chicken, but it doesn’t take any more work on YOUR part...the oven does all the work.   So, it really just takes more PLANNING, but not more work.  And, if you have a crockpot you can throw that chicken the crockpot and cook it all day and then just broil it briefly to a crisp the skin.

It really isn’t that complicated to make your own chicken broth instead of buying it.  Just throw the bones from that roasted chicken into your crockpot, cover with water and cook overnight on low and then strain out the bones..  You can add your salt and spices and whatnot once you turn it into soup.  
Fruit and nuts and carrots make better snacks that cookies and crackers...and they tend to be a more modest snack.  Does anyone ever really overeat carrots?

And, once you get the hang of it, preparing your own fresh veggies is a snap.  When I make salad, I simply wash/dry/shred the lettuce and toss it with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and maybe some spices like basil and oregano.  It really is very simple and modest, yet still delicious.

Other vegetables are also super easy to prepare...just wash, chop and roast/steam or saute.   And many can be eaten without any preparation other than washing.

One thing I’ve learned, is that the first time you prepare a new fruit or vegetable is the hardest. Then it gets easier. I used to be very intimidated by pineapples, until I started buying them on sale and realized how easy they are to peel and cut.

Of course, you can’t make changes all at once.  It takes baby-steps, so just start with ONE step to simplify your eating and make it bit more modest and wholesome!

And thanks so much to Joanna for having me guest post on her wonderful blog!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saint of The Month; Saint Francis of Assisi

As w begin the month of October it is time to change the  Saint of the Month! This months Saint is one of my favorites and dear to my heart; St. Francis of Assisi. I am so excited for the children to learn about St. Francis, especially since we have all heard the name around lately with St. Francis being the pope and all :-).

Looking at his feast day I completely forgot that the 4th of October is St. Francis feast day, how perfect! St Francis is the patron Saint of animals, merchants and ecology.
I think that St. Francis story is very humbling and it can be read in entirety here.

I have been a animal lover all of my life, and with living on a farm he has always been a Saint that I turn too. When I was discerning religious life for myself, I knew that if I were to go through I would go the franciscan route. I heavily discerned with the Sisters of The Third Order of St. Francis.

The prayer of St. Francis has always been a favorite of mine; and one that I turned to in time of anxiety, despair and unrighteous thoughts.

"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life."

I hope that this month I can spread the joy of St. Francis to my students and be a worthy servant such as he was.

Thank you for stopping by! May God Bless you abundantly!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Why I NFP; Part 2

As I continue this series I will share part of why I am learning Natural Family Planning and why my fiance and I will entrust Gods will to fulfill our lives with bundles of joy. Today I will be addressing one very important question that many that practice NFP are encountered with. The answer is through an analogy from the book Good News about Sex and Marriage by Christopher West.

" Well, wait. What is the difference between abstaining and contracepting if the same intent is not to get pregnant?"

 Most engaged couples come to realize in planning their wedding that there are people they know whom with good reason they can't invite to the wedding. The proper thing to do is simply not send them a invitation. Can you imagine sending a dis-invitation? " We are getting married on June 21, but we do not want you to be there. Please do not come". That would be and obvious breach of the relationship.

This is what married couples are doing to God when they contracept. By engaging in intercourse, they are sending God an invitation to join them in bringing about his most creative act, but when God opens the invitation it says in bold letters, " DO NOT COME, WE DON'T WANT YOU HERE".

On the other hand, couples who abstain from intercourse to avoid pregnancy are simple not sending an invitation to God. If the couple has a good reason to avoid a pregnancy, God can understand that. There is no breach of relationship".


Suppose you sent a wedding invitation to someone whom you already couldn't make it to your wedding. How would you feel if he has a change of plans and unexpectedly showed up? You might be surprised, but you wouldn't want to kick him out. After all, you will invited him to come. If you did want to kick him out that would demonstrate that your invitation was insincere in the first place.

This is analogous to the NFP couple having sex during infertile time. They send an invitation to God saying he is free to create new life is he so desires but they are nearly certain he won't. If God has  a " change of plans" you might hear the couple speaking of a  surprise pregnancy but you'll never hear them speaking of a unwanted pregnancy. If they do then it will show you that their invitation to God was insincere in the first place"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Favorites; An Organized Way To Pack

Five Favorites: Favorite ways to get organized

For those who know me, know that I have moved around A LOT. I have had many homes for the last 22 years of my existence. While some people dream of traveling the world, I dream about settling down. Even in college, where you would think my life would "settle" down for 4 years I went through 5 homes!

Homesickness is something that I could never relate too, nor did I or do I have attachment issues with homes, momentous etc. I do however, because of this have awesome organizational skills. In todays segment, I will share my Five Favorite ways to organize one self for a move.. to a new home, back to school, or in my case to a different state.

1. Start Early
I start packing as soon as I find out a move is in place, yes, in some cases a year early. In other cases it has been only a week in advanced. Life throws curve balls.  I have always been in school or working throughout my years of moves,  I just packed when I could. I found that if I did it little by little, I was more organized, and less stressed.

2. Gather Materials

Gather materials needed for packing so that when you have time and motivation to do so you have all of your supplies close by. I like to keep a variety of sturdy boxes in all different sizes on hand, newspaper for wrapping delicate objects, tape to tape boxes shut, and a wide permanent black marker or two. I would also advise to stay away from gathering large or un sturdy boxes. Trust me. I have learned the hard way.

3. Make a List/Label Everything

Lists and labeling are my forte, they simply make my life idiot proof. When you pack a box, label it with the room it is going in and then what is inside of it.
For example " KITCHEN: TALL GLASSES, DELICATE". This way when you are moving, and especially if you have help during your move, there is no stalling time of " what is in this box?"or people not being cautious with glassware etc.

4. Less Important Things First
Depending on your situation and how much time you have this may or may not apply. As a self proclaimed master of moving I like to start with things that are less important first. My packing usually goes like this...
- Books/movies
- Not seasonal clothing
- Kitchen/Pantry
- Shoes/Clothing
As mentioned this list varies for everyone. I usually have all of my clothing packed a week before and just leave a set of clothes for the week and a bag for laundry. I also designate a room or a space in a room for all my boxes, this way I can still keep the rest of my house/dorm/cubicle clean and have a growing space of packed items.

4. Throw Away/Donate Items

When I start going through packing I have three piles; A pile for things that can be packed now, a pile for things that I will need for the next X amount of time of living in  current location, and a pile for things that could be donated or thrown away. In coordination with my blog theme; modesty in all aspects of life, I do serious thinking of what do I really need. I hold on to some precious momentous, but there are somethings that need to either be pitched or passed on to someone else.

5. Down to the basic...basics.

After months/weeks or days of packing I am usually left or living in a complete chaos of destruction, (that is how you know you are doing it right, haha). I like to be completely and utterly packed usually a week or 5 days before said move. I leave only what I will absolutely need; outfits for the week, basic toiletries, and basic food that can be made quicker or items that will need to be eaten up.

At this point I usually leave one pair of shoes that will match all of my outfits, a meal that can primarily be made in a pan, little if any make up as well as hair grooming items. I do this because the day before and the day of the move I know will be chaotic and I am in charge. I don't want to worry about forgetting my favorite pair of shoes, or my expensive mascara. I want to wake up, put on a comfy, lady like outfit, simple hair, simple make up, eat a protein breakfast, and get my crew going. There is no time for  " oh that one more thing". This causes things to not be in their labeled box and causes unnecessary stress.

This is how I pack to keep my sanity, still be able to work a full time job, go to school, and have me time.  This may not work for you :-) or the person next to you.

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