I have a small  number of articles of clothing compared to some people, and a larger amount compared to others, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that the amount that I own serves my needs and feels comfortable– that it contributes to me being able to live my best life, not causing unnecessary stress.

Things I’ve noticed about what works for me:

  1. I can’t do patterns. My closet is mainly solid, I think I have a couple shirts with some logos which I don’t really like (don’t want to be a walking billboard for a brand), I’m trying to find quality replacements for these at goodwill, and find other uses for these shirts. But mainly I like solid colored clothes because they all go with each other and are easy on the eye, simple to wear.
  2. My color scheme is made up of blues, greys, whites, greens, browns, maroons. All the colors can compliment one another, so I can literally grab any shirt and it will go with any bottom.
  3. The level of fanciness is pretty low in my wardrobe, but my lifestyle isn’t very fancy– my wardrobe directly reflects how I live my life. I have a fair amount of outdoor and workout gear, and casual clothes. It would be silly for me to own lots of fancy dresses if my lifestyle doesn’t permit me to wear them.
  4. I only shop at goodwill, thrift-shops, second-hand, or get hand-me-downs for my new additions to my wardrobe. I have a choice on where my money is spent and what I am contributing to. I chose not to contribute to the fast-fashion industry or animal cruelty by spending my money on used vegan clothing. I also want to say that I do own a couple non-vegan clothing articles that I purchased before I went vegan, just as I own a couple items that were made a huge clothing stores that I bought before I became a minimalist. I will continue to wear these until they are worn through– because I don’t want to be wasteful be discarding a perfectly functioning item. But when they are used through, I will obviously make a different decision when I purchase a new addition to my wardrobe.
  5. Everything I own I like. My whole closet is a collection of my favorite pieces, so no matter what I wear I am always comfortable and confident.

Some pictures for you. This is all I own (except PJs, workout stuff, underwear and socks ya know and dance stuff, but this is my WARDROBE) sorry this is out of order… 

also some outfit inspiration 💓


What I’ve learned to love about myself and how 

I recently looked through my two year journal from the start of my sophomore year in high school to the end of my junior year. I was surprised at some of the entries because I hadn’t realized how much I’ve changed and grown. My sophomore self was so concerned with material things, I had multiple entries about what clothes I thought I needed, I had entries about things that I hated about myself. I had entries about why dance was unrealistic as a dream (as if dreams were supposed to be realistic?). Looking back through these entries was eye-opening to see how much my life focus has changed. In my current journal I’ve written about finding meditation and yoga and the result of that in my life being a more positive mind and grateful attitude. I’ve written about how I’m trying to manifest my own destiny by finding positive energy within myself and in the universe around me, drawing from that and turning it into a reality. So now that we’ve established that something in my mindset has changed about how I perceive myself, let’s look into what it is and why. 

What I’ve learned to love about myself 

Let’s start with physical attributes: something everyone struggles with, something I still struggle with. 

I have learned to love my hair. I love its natural craziness, unruliness. I love it’s golden red brown color. I no longer complain about how thin it is, or how I wish it was straight, or how I wish it were something that’s its not. I’m embracing what it is and loving it. How did I do that? Day by day, looking in the mirror and telling myself that my hair was made a certain way, and it is completely unique to me. Day by day telling myself I love my hair, just as everyone should love their hair, it is a part of me, and something to love. Over time I started believing my thoughts. 

I’ve learned to love my freckles. I didn’t used to like them when I was younger, but with time and consistency of me trying to find beauty and uniqueness in them I learned to love them. 

Learning to love my body. This has been a rollercoaster for me, and for a lot of teens and adults. I used to see if only for its aesthetic and if it didn’t look how I wanted it to when I looked in a mirror I allowed that to cast a negative shadow on how I viewed myself. I’m not saying I ever hated my body, but I did allow how I perceived it affect my mood. Now I am still struggling with this, and living in a dorm with no parents I still sometimes struggle with indulging in too many larabars or dates after dinner as no one tells me what is the right amount. But most of the time I eat for health– not for what it will do to my body’s appearance, although eating a healthy whole-food plant based diet in my experience does usually produce results. My mindset has switched to eating for health on the inside instead of appearance on the outside. I can still look in the mirror and be unhappy today, but more and more I look in the mirror and see strength and beauty and health. It’s the consistency of telling yourself that you are strong and beautiful and healthy that makes you eventually believe it and want to encourage it even more. 

The non-physical stuff 

Right now I’m living with my beautiful roommate who has this amazing laugh, it’s contagious and loud and crazy. It’s uncontrollable. I rarely laugh like this. It takes something or someone that really gets my humor to get me laughing like that. But I’ve learned to love that just because I don’t laugh loud often doesn’t mean I’m not in a positive mood most of the time. I’ve learned to love that my emotions are understated. I’m subtle. I’ve learned to love that that I can register how I’m feeling internally, and my expression is quieter. Both are good. I used to compare myself to others and wish I was more expressive with myself or wish I could act more calm and cool in certain situations or wish I na awesome laugh… but right now I’m learning to love exactly who I am. 

I love that I have this source of creativity that’s inside of me at my core and sometimes it has to be freed by multiple outlets all in a spontaneous hour! Like the other night I felt a wave of creativity come over me, I was playing guitar, then I decided that I needed to paint to express my creativity in that way, then I needed to journal. All the same thing needed to be said I just needed different ways to say it. I used to be afraid to embrace my creativity and I used to look around to see what others were doing- I was not confident. With time and small steps, day by day, put some of my ideas out into the world and see how it would make me feel. It felt good. 

I love that I’m letting my dreams guide me for a while in life. I’m letting my dream of travel take me to Europe with my best friend for 3 weeks in May, I’m letting my dream of dance help me apply to some crazy conservatories, I’m letting my dream of learning guitar happen when I play it everyday. I used to be a little scared to dream. But day by day, I allowed myself to dream a little more, and see what it felt like. It felt good. 

In conclusion 

I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve grown more and more into myself everyday. And no, not everyday is a huge advancement forward, some days I feel like I’ve taken a step back. But it’s the big picture that matters, and it’s all the days, all the moments being lived, all the interactions that happen that build up you and your life. If there is something about yourself that you want to have a better relationship with, just start telling yourself good things about it. Write positive things about it. See the beauty of the uniqueness of you. Everyone is beautiful because everyone is entirely unique. If you believe that about others, you need to believe it about yourself. Take it day by day. Keep a journal. Look back and reflect and see how far you’ve come already. Envision where you want to go. Start loving something about yourself today, and it will happen in time. But you’ve got to start right now. You’ve got to start with passion. 

Thank you for reading. Comment down believe something you love or are learning to love about yourself. 

BULLET JOURNAL: September and my setup for October 

This is my theme and cover page.



This is my monthly log. Where I track events and set my goals for the month. This month some of my goals were to finish applying to colleges, know a whole song on guitar, and get my auditions set up for colleges.


This is my habit and expense tracker page. On the habit tracker side I have habits I want to keep consistent or form like meditating, practicing yoga, doing some other art besides dance, feeling good about my food choices, drinking lots of water, and journaling. I also have a mood and sleep tracker. The expense tracker is just so I can see how much I am spending so it doesn’t get out of hand :). I started a tracker for hours on my phone, but decided that I should just turn my phone off during the day instead and I stopped tracking it.


This is my first weekly log of September. I have weekly goals in the top left hand of the spread that stem from my overall monthly goals. These goals were to work on my guitar song everyday, finish the common application and another college application. Below that I have a weekly event log for appointments on certain days. Then I have a running to-do list organized by !!! for high priority and !/!! for low priority. On the right side of the spread I have my academic agenda.


This is another example of a weekly spread in the same format. This week I wanted to finish a book, have a rough draft of all my supplemental essays, eat for health and stretch every night.


Here the format on the academic planner changed. I just wanted to demonstrate that you can customize as you go, its about finding a layout that works for you.


Here, on the left side of the spread I can write any reflections on September. On the right is my theme for October.


I have the October calendar under my monthly log and I have my event calendar split in the middle of the page, so I can write events on one side and planning for blog posts on the other. On the right side I have a page to write my goals for October, which will stem from my yearly goals.


This is the same format for my habit and expense tracker. I have yet to decide which habits I want to keep track of, and if I will continue the sleep and mood tracker. This is as far as I set up in advance. I plan each week as it comes, so that my bullet journal is flexible and functional.

I hope that this is helpful and maybe inspirational to start a bullet journal! If you have any questions you can contact me by clicking on the contact link under “Menu” on my home page, or leave a comment! Also let me know a goal you have accomplished this month and one you hope to accomplish in October!

Natural Hygiene

One day I was taking a shower and I looked at the ingredient list on my shampoo bottle. I was actually surprised by the length of the list, and the number of ingredients that were foreign to me, which may seem silly because I was putting them on my body and hair for years. I started looking at all of my other hygienic products and came to the conclusion that the majority of my face-washes, shampoos, conditioners, etc. were mainly made up of chemicals that I could not pronounce. I delved into some research about ancient Egyptian health and beauty techniques and traditions as well as Native American beliefs. I read about the use of oils in the ancient Roman and Egyptian skin care, dental care and hair care. I read about a common Native American traditional belief that “cosmetic’ and hygienic products should be edible. This made so much sense to me, because the skin is so porous, anything put on it will be absorbed into the cells and bloodstream. Therefore putting chemicals on it is not an act of health. I also found the idea of using oils for face wash, because I myself have combination skin (some parts dry, others oily, some with acne and some with just plain, old, breakouts), so the thought of putting MORE OIL on that mess seemed a little counterproductive. The research proves valid though, at least for me, the scientific idea that “like dissolves like” (oil dissolves oil) means using an oil to wash my face, dissolves the oil deep in the pores, as well as moisturizes my dry skin.

My Oil Cleanser

1/3 castor oil, 2/3 jojoba oil, a couple drops of lavender essential oil. The castor oil is the oil that’s going to clear out the hardened oils trapped in your pores, the jojoba will help with that, but will also moisturize and the lavender is helpful for anti-aging and clearing skin imperfections.

Make sure your hands are clean, and then take a couple drops of this blend in your fingers and massage it into your face, focusing on trouble spots for a couple minutes (YES, a couple minutes, your skin deserves your time and love), then take a wash cloth that has been run under hot water, wring it out, and hold it over your face to steam (further opening your pores), then use the cloth to exfoliate your skin, remove the oils, and cleanse your face.


I use a mix of 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water to tone my skin after washing. The fermented and unpasteurized proteins in the vinegar replenish my skin and also close the pores.


I wash my hair only once or twice a week now with a “shampoo”. The days when I don’t sweat that much, I just massage my scalp with my hands and try to work the natural oils from my scalp throughout the rest of my hair. When I do sweat I just hop in the shower and do the same thing, but rinse the excess sweat out with water. The day when I do wash my hair I work a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) into my roots and hair, let it sit for about 3 minutes and then use my face toner to rinse out the baking soda. This cleanses the natural sebum in my hair, and the apple cider vinegar gets all the baking soda out and locks in moisture.

This takes time to build up too. It takes hair time to adjust to washing less, and get over that “greasy hair bump” where maybe one day after washing your hair is already a greasy mess. That greasy hair bump might move to being two days after a wash, eventually three days and so on. Hair isn’t meant to be washed that regularly and especially with the harsh chemicals in most shampoos on the shelves. It is meant for the natural oils the body already produces to moisturize and protect the hair. This method is generally known as the nopoo method.


Aluminum is usually the active ingredient in antiperspirant deodorants which is close to the breast and again the skin is porous (aluminum plugs the pores to stop sweat), it also is a potential agent of transfer of parabens to the lymph nodes around the breast which is something to avoid for breast cancer.  Bodies sweat for a reason, they sweat to cool us down and rid the body of toxins, so if we plug up some of the main pores that do this, we are we being unnatural.

1/3 coconut oil, 1/3 baking soda, 1/3 arrowroot powder, 20 drops of essential oil. This is my recipe for homemade deodorant with no aluminum. It gets rid of the body odor, but I still sweat. I also used to get red bumps in my armpit from shaving and from my old deodorant, but now they are gone, and my armpits are happy. I also shave with a stainless steal men’s razor Van Der Hagen. CLEANEST SHAVE of my life!!! Also better for the environment, because stainless steel is biodegradable and because I only have to change the blade every month or so it is a good environmental choice, and ends up being less costly over time, even though the first purchase is probably around $17.

I encourage to do your own research and determine what hygiene products you want to naturalize. Let me know other ideas and methods for hygiene products!!!






How I practice Self-Love

Well let’s first define self-love as a feeling of being content that you are uniquely, fantastically, overwhelmingly you, and that there is no one else in the entire world exactly like you. A feeling that you are happy that you have your own set of creative thoughts and talents and ideas and aspirations. A feeling that you are awesome enough to deserve whatever you want in life (to follow your dreams, to be happy, to be successful, you name it.). A feeling that you deserve health and self-care. This is my definition of self-love. It encases mostly love of your internal attributes (loving the way you think, your intentions, dreams, awesomeness, talents) as well as your external stuff (body-confidence, knowing you are beautiful, etc.).

Oh, you already feel self-love? GO YOU!!! That’s amazing! Want to know how to cultivate it further? Keep reading. Struggling with the idea of loving yourself exactly as you are? Keep reading to get some inspiration and some ideas for self-love practices that might help you.

What is a self-love practice? Doing something that makes you feel good inside and good about yourself; it could be anything that does that for you. This is very broad, so I’ll tell you what mine include and how they help me feel self-love and how regular practice helps me feel self-love in my core and more throughout the day.

  1. Yoga. I have been practicing yoga almost every morning for all of August and September. When I feel the connection of my body to my breath and my breath to the present moment I feel at peace, content and energized. I feel self-love for taking care of my body, mind and spirit during and after the practice. If you are feeling interested in yoga I recommend “Yoga with Adriene” on YouTube, the “30 Days of Yoga” is a great way to start a regular practice of yoga for beginners and she incorporates talk about self-love.
  2. Journaling. I have been journaling for over 2 years pretty consistently.  To write down all my jumbled thoughts onto paper helps clear my head, helps me feel release. I journal when I’m feeling stressed to ease my stress. I journal when I’m feeling sad to reflect on why. I journal when I’m feeling happy to record that moment so I can look back on it when I’m feeling down. I journal about anything that’s on my mind. I journal about questions I have. Journaling is a way for me to free my thoughts and at the same time record them– a way to reflect and grow. This creates a feeling of self-love, especially when I write down things that inspire me, people and experiences that I am grateful for, things that I love about myself, little quotes, happy memories.
  3. Practice good, natural hygiene. Everyday to look in the mirror at myself and tell myself that I am worth the time and effort to truly take care of my body and health is very much an act of self-love. You know the basics of brushing your teeth, flossing, showering, washing your face… but stop looking at it like a chore. Learn to love cleaning and taking care of yourself. You deserve to feel amazing about your body. Look outside of the basic self-care. Maybe once a week give yourself a spa-day, literally. Put a facemask on, exfoliate, whatever your body is telling you it needs. Takin the time for yourself to properly clean and feel good about it is an act of self-love. (ALSO be aware of what you are putting on your body) I am not so much about all those toxic chemicals that are in a large amount of hygiene products. Let me know in the comments if you want a post about how to make your own with natural ingredients that are much cheaper, very effective, and good for the environment and your health!
  4. Eat for health and love. When I eat foods that make me feel good on the inside and taste good I am taking care of my body and I feel self-love. I eat a vegan diet for ethical, environmental and health reasons. I eat a mostly whole-foods vegan diet with the occasional treat of something life a vegan baked good with refined sugar and something with added oils. Processed vegan food still isn’t healthy, but it is important to eat for mental health as well– being restrictive about food is no acto fo self-love. So yes, I don’t eat a 100% whole-foods vegan diet, but I do eat a vegan diet with the occasional treat. Eating this way makes me feel so good on the inside, and is absolutely an act of love for the world, the animals and myself. I would like to say that having a healthy relationship with food is important for self-love. If you feel like you are being restrictive or obsessive about food please talk to someone and get the information you need to start going in the direction of intuitive eating. I know it is hard, but know that you deserve so much, and you deserve to feel so great about your body and the food you put in it.
  5. I take time for myself everyday to practice another art besides dance. I play my guitar, or I watercolor or I write a poem. Taking this time to just jam out or be lost in the moment makes me feel refreshed and creative, and awesome. Taking the time to do an activity that makes you feel good is always an act of self-love.

These are some of the practices I have that make me feel self-love. I want to reiterate that any activity where you feel good on the inside and feel good about yourself brings you self-love and the more you do it the more self-love you feel, the more you can bring that feeling with you outside of the activity. Your self-love practice doesn’t have to include yoga, or journaling, or anything that I talked about, but really look inward and think about what makes you really happy, what makes you love yourself– now practice it regularly.

If you love yourself already, awesome, you know that you are awesome and are capable and deserving of everything you want in life, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. If you are not there yet, know that you are just as awesome and capable and deserving of everything you want in life, and you will feel that about yourself with practice and time.

Thank you for reading, please leave any questions in the comment section, and let me know one of your self-love practices.

ALSO: read, “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. It is a huge inspiration and life-changing in my opinion.


Think wide open

“Think Wide Open” A spoken word poem written and spoken by Rylee Moore. Video by Rylee Moore and Alaja Badalich. Guitar and artwork by Rylee Moore. This video was made in response to a college application prompt: “think wide open”. Enjoy. 

Getting back on track

Ever feel so ambitious about setting goals and trying to form new habits and trying to turn your life around– so proactive that you are trying to upgrade all at once, only to realize that you are completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of goals to accomplish and habits to change?

Ever feel like you are falling short of your goal because life gets in the way of it– as if life is putting your goal to the side no matter how hard you try? Ever feel like little to-do lists push your goal to the background?

I do. And I’m here to tell you that it happens, it’s a human thing– this “getting-off-track-ness”. I’m also here to tell you how to get better about staying on track, and how to get back to reaching your goals and living your life after taking a detour.

  1. How to stay on track in the first place
    1. Bullet journaling. I highly, so highly recommend this because it funnels large goals into smaller parts that you can accomplish over the time span of a month and week– making your goals tangible things that you are actively working towards as opposed to dreams floating around in your head.  (Read my blog post about bullet journaling for in depth explanation about what, how and why)
    2. Don’t go overboard with the goal setting. Make your goals realistic and honest– something you genuinely think you can do with hard work, and something you truly decide for yourself you want to do. You have to want to accomplish your goal and you have to believe you can.
    3. Remove other distractions that interfere with your goal so that you can FOCUS. For example if I’m trying to write a blog post once a week and I keep checking my phone or answering emails while I’m trying to write the post its probably not going to get written. So… I turn off my phone and give myself a set amount of time where my sole focus is to write a blog post. Another example would be if you are trying to eat cleanly, having junk food around the house is probably not helpful. Remove distractions so you can focus on your goal. Don’t give yourself an excuse.
    4. Be held accountable. You can do this for yourself or have a friend do it for you. Give yourself a reward if you reach your goal (if the goal isn’t enough of a reward), and if you don’t reach your goal by a deadline give yourself some reprimanding. A reward for doing yoga for 30 days straight could be you buy yourself a fancy coffee, something to keep you accountable and make yourself do the yoga every morning if the reward and the yoga aren’t motivation enough could be if you don’t do it everyday you have to do your least favorite chore, or pay your friend 20 bucks. This reward and accountability system usually only is needed on days when you’re feeling like procrastinating and just feeling down, but for the most part you should want to work towards your goal. If you find yourself not wanting to work towards your goal more often then not it’s time to reassess your goal.
  2. How to get back on track
    1. Determine the reason that you got off track. Really spend time evaluating and reflecting on why you got off track so that you can see the source of the problem, look at your goals again, determine if you need to change the goals or change some other aspect of your life.
    2. Come up with a plan as to what you will do differently this time so that you aren’t repeating the same problems again.
    3. Believe in yourself, and forgive yourself. Life happens, it gets in the way, but our goals are always there when we are ready to accomplish them.
    4. Realize that your life is so much more than your goals. Your life should not be a checklist, if should be well-lived and enjoyed to the absolute fullest. Your goals just help give your life a general direction.
    5. Tell yourself you are a badass and continue with goal accomplishing as a person who has learned and grown from getting off track.

Everyone gets off track with their goals. You have to forgive yourself and truly reflect on yourself and your circumstances to change your plan of attack. You have to be confident and believe in your ability to accomplish your goals. You have to love yourself enough to not let yourself down, and if you fall off track again, love yourself enough to pick yourself up. Love yourself, FOCUS, breathe. You got this.


Minimalism and making time for myself 

A vital part of my happiness is taking the time to just be with myself and do things that make me feel at peace. Meditation has recently become a part of my daily morning routine along with yoga. For the past 30 plus days I have practiced both every morning at 6:20 in the morning before school. It helps center me and connect my breath, my mind, my body and my soul to the present and to my intentions for the day. This is me taking time for myself. This is me having the time to create my own happiness. It doesn’t have to be meditation or yoga, although I do strongly recommend trying them out based on how much they have improved my outlook on life– IT CAN BE ANYTHING! It can be reading, to journal, riding a bike to work, cooking, you name it. Find an activity that you can do alone and find peace in. Make time for this activity, because it is important. Make your happiness a priority and you will be happy, put it on the side and you won’t be.

I looked at my life and really decided what brought me happiness and what didn’t. Everything that didn’t needed to go, and everything that did automatically had more time and presence in my life therefore, increasing my happiness. I decided that stressing about homework didn’t bring me happiness but I also know that doing my homework is necessary so I compromised: I now try to complete it in the most efficient way possible, so that less time is spent on it, and I never go above and beyond my own satisfaction on an assignment (I don’t go above and beyond to please a teacher, I complete the assignment to the best of my ability so that I can gain knowledge but I’m not trying to impress anyone with it). I really don’t like wasting time on my phone so I’m gonna try to turn it off during the day, and check it once at lunch for important emails and once at night, instead of checking it throughout the day (which has been adding up to about 3 hours of screen time!!! ISN’T THAT INSANE???). These are both very new things that I’m trying to do. I realized that I love to journal, so guess what– I made time for it. I realized I have a newfound passion for guitar and decided to make time to learn how to play it. I realized that I really enjoy deep conversations with good people, so I’ve been making an effort to put myself in situations where I can have those experiences, I’m making time for socializing.

I do this because my happiness is a priority. I am important like all humans and animals are. I deserve to be happy just as much as any other person or animal on this planet. However happiness isn’t going to just come to me one day, I have to take it upon myself to make it within my self, to seek it. I have to realize that I already have access to positive energy within me and I have to choose to use it. I need to remember that I am pretty great, that I am enough. More than enough.

You are important. You deserve to be happy. You have to look within yourself for that energy. You are pretty great, you are enough. More than enough.

Minimalism to ease stress

What are you stressed about? 

Do these stressors have something in common, and is there something you can do to ease this? For me, my stressors are related to my never-ending checklist of homework, of things to do for college, of things to do for dance, of just things that I need to get done: stress for me is caused by overwhelming checklists. There is a way for me to ease this stress through minimalism…

Minimalist checklist

The long-term checklist: I spent a lot of time thinking about what I see for myself for the long term and what I want to accomplish and become. These well thought out goals are both reaching, in that they require work to achieve, and honest, in that I think I can do them. A balance. From there what can I accomplish this month to work towards my goals, and within that, what can I accomplish this week to work towards my goals? This takes care that I achieve my long-term goals.

The daily checklist is both made up of small parts of my long-term checklist and things that I just have to do… these are half the stress.

Prioritize. I have to determine what tasks must be done right away, what can wait, and what it isn’t beneficial to me. I then make sure I do them in that order.

An important note

Give yourself time. Schedule in a break, a time for art, a time to get enough sleep, a time to exercise or get outside. For me, I schedule time to do yoga and meditate every day, I schedule time to play guitar, I schedule time to journal. I make time for things that make me happy, things that take away the stress. Do this for yourself, and you will find you are less stressed and more wanting to accomplish your goals.

Thank you for reading, let me know what your distressing activity is.

Update on the Bullet Journal

This is my monthly set up. 

I’ve taken my yearly goals and funneled them to what I want to accomplish this month. I then have a calendar for events I know are happening this month, a habit tracker for things I want to do everyday towards my goals, an expense log to track my incoming and outgoing money and my weekly spreads. In my weekly spreads I have a date-specific to-do list and a running to-do list which are just tasks that can be accomplished based on priority but sometime during the week when I have time. So far this month I’ve found it very helpful. My theme is black and pink and flowers for the month. I use G2 Pilot 07 pens and Le Pen in Orchid for the pink. My journal is a Leuchtturm1917 hard back dotted in orange.