{be} simplified

Simplify & Refine

So this year my “Word” of the year is {be} Simplified. This branching off of last year’s {be} well, and the prior year’s {be}; all culminating to the creation of the {be}! In order to simplify life and focus our attentions on our future, goals, and what we {be}lieve is truly important in life, we have adapted a new “lifestyle”. We have simplified our life but changing the where we live and what we live in. Th RV has eliminated the unimportant material items from our life. One could probably argue there are still lots of things that we have that we do not need. So as we extend this mission for the year, I {be}gan to reflect on where else I spend time daily that may not be as necessary as it feels. Well, sadly i found that to be the time I was spending in front of the mirror every morning getting ready. Do not get me wrong, getting up and getting ready every day is important. It is important to have a sharp, and well kept appearance out in the world because first impressions are everything. First impressions can make or break connections when networking. It can seem as if we do not care enough about ourselves to take care of ourselves if we do not stay cautious of our individual appearance on a professional level. So to keep first impressions at their best potential, I did some reflecting on what that actually takes in comparison to what I was doing in my daily routine. So a foot and half shorter, I found a professional look that takes a lot less time and hassle on my daily routine. As much as I prefer long hair, it takes a lot of effort to keep it looking professional. This shorter cut saves on the morning routine allowing for more time to get to the things that need done each done. The lifestyle of an Entrepeuner requires lots of focus, eliminating the unnecessary things (the things that can be eliminated without a negative impact on the balance of life) can yield more focus and time.

I even expanded upon this hair transformation into limiting the level at which makeup is being done daily. When there are meetings and more formal settings in my calendar I will consider full application of makeup. Although, for the day to day things I have found it isn’t necessary to completing the professional look. Again, there is importance to taking care of yourself, so I apply a simple CC cream to even out the skin tone and give protection to my skin through out the day. This one item allows me to provide support to the professional look I want but does not require the time of a full application of makeup. I may think “I look better” with eye liner; but that does not mean it completes the professional daily look. It took lots of inner reflection to get to these lifestyle changes. But, I am excited to see how they allow my daily success to play out! 

Until next time,

{be} #salty

Ashley Jane

{Be} Simplified

To {be} simplified is not as easy as it sounds. We are taking the leap of faith and joining in on a movement we believe will demolish debt and provide us a better life. So from 2600 square feet to 400 square feet our family of two adults and three furry pups are clearing out the old and having a minimal new. This all began with a simple challenge accepted back in October: declutter and simplify your closet. I had a very large closet and lots of clothes that were not being worn. This task was rather simple to start. I was pretty aware of what clothes I wore
and what clothes were just collecting dust. The task got complicated when the challenge unexpectedly carried over into every of my life.

What started as a small idea became a huge disruption to my preferences. We discovered some frustrating news about our home, we spent our savings fixing it and our first thought was “what now?”. When we chose to invest our time and income into two businesses we delayed the part of the budget for home “things”. We had old furniture, acquired deor through time, and for us it a made the home beautiful, it made it a home. We had to chose to fix it before investing in our future, we had to delay more than expected, and we hadn’t even made a dent in the principal value as the home and our ownership was only a few years old. Well that is the reality of home ownership, you own, you fix it. Unfortunately for our situation the insurance company and the builder of the house failed us. So we were on our own. In these situations we bite the bullet, do what needs to be done and fight to recover. 

This time it was different, we kept looking at houses and we didn’t see them as homes. We saw them as structures in the way of our goals. Not probably the first thought of most, but we usually do and see things differently. We looked through and saw the debt we would take on and combine to debt we would endure from the house we were selling; we just couldn’t pull the trigger on it. Everything seemed to be complicated with buying a new home, and nothing was “right” for us and our situation. So one day my husband text me while he was at work; “you should look up 5th wheels, we can still have 400 square feet of living space and the price is lower than you expect”. I started looking and responded; “we can get the truck and the 5th wheel for twenty grand under budget of the house”. The rest is history.

The journey has laughs and adjustments to come but we are excited about what it holds for us. In spirit of the holiday season, I laughed this year as I accepted the statement “these are a few of my favorite things”.