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WHY do I feel the need in my life to have so many choices! I am starting to realize that it just makes things harder instead of easier.

Take for example, clothes. Those who know me well, know I have a lot.  I say I wear at least 90% of what I own, depending on the season. I like to have options because I have a lot of colorful shoes that I need to coordinate with my outfits, right?

But having so many options gets overwhelming and makes me late for work.  3 pairs of gray pants, 3 pairs of black pants and brown pants, skinny jeans, athletic pants, leggings...I wish I could decide what I liked best and just stick with that, but I cant seem to do that. For awhile I was in to the colored or patterned jeans but lately I just dont want to wear pants. Haha, just kidding. I just want to wear soft , comfortable pants. Not pants that are tight on my legs. It just feels so restrictive. Maybe I need to lose some weight? Or get a little less skinner type of jeans? No! I have too many pants already. If anything, I should be downsizing in that area. I dont know why I struggle each day to figure out what color to wear. Its not a huge struggle but I need it to be faster than what the routine is right now.

Shirts. Tons of shirts. Long sleeve, short sleeves, quarter length sleeves and capped sleeves. Shirts for layering, like tank tops. Plaid short and long sleeve shirts. Shirts for Sunday. Shirts with logos. So many shirts in so many colors. Owl shirts and bird shirts in general are something I am a #1 fan of so I have a fair amount.

Dresses. Skirts. Maxi skirts and knee length skirts. Wrap dresses. I like to take my #ootd and #selfiesunday pictures for Instagram and dont want to post the same dress every week. It would be nice to just have 3-5 things I can mix and match instead of 15 different options in my closet. If only it were that easy. I have colors for fall/winter and spring/summer. Sunday clothes are not things I wear during the week unless a dress-up event is going on. My Sunday clothes tend to be a bit dressier than what I wear on a day to day basis.

Jackets. Hoodies. Sweatshirts. Button up and zip up jackets. Jackets/sweaters for church because the building is cold - even in summer. Work is cold with the ac blasting - even in the summer I am sure. I have the bigger closet where we live and its full from end to end. A smaller section is dresses and a couple hanging organizers but the rest is jackets. 2 jackets from my mission are still hanging in there. Shameful I guess to have held on to them for that long. 

With all the clothes I have.. I do try to recycle, ie: post them on apps like Mercari and Poshmark in hopes of selling them for a few dollars. I post them on the yard sale pages with usually not much luck. I would love to host a clothing swap with friends but nobody has seemed too interested. I did host one once and my sister + 1 friend came and we had a blast but it would have been cool to have more people there. 

Pretty much all the clothes I buy are from Savers or D.I to be honest. Sometimes garage sales. A few have come from stores like Plato's Closet, Uptown Cheapskate and Hut No. 8.  I rarely pay retail price for clothing. My like for clothing seems to change so muc that its not worth spending $30 on a shirt because I am only going to like wearing it so many times.  Why am I this way? Is it because where I live has so many shopping options around me?

I have recently heard of a minimalist living lifestyle and it intrigues me. I have been slightly tempted to give it a try and challenge myself to do it but am afraid of failing I guess because I have so many favorite shirts, dresses, jackets and pants. How do I narrow it down and decide!? I have tried the 'turn your hangers backwards and when you wear the item, turn the hanger forwards' and it has worked a bit but my closet, especially the one with jackets, is kind of tightly packed so its hard to do that. 

I wish I knew why I felt the need to have choices that run from A to Z instead of just a few choices , those can be my A,B,C. It is nice not having to do laundry very often because I dont run out of things to wear however, I spend a lot of time deciding what to wear sometimes and it feels so ridiculous that it should take that long. I will put an outfit on and decide I dont like the way it looks or fits, throw everything off and try again. Oye. 

My sister has helped me match up shirts to skirts which I think has been really good to have every outfit hanging in the closet, ready to go. I need to be more strict with myself that when I put an outfit on, if I dont like it for whatever reason, it needs to go in the donate pile. I cannot keep hanging on to items that I constantly tell myself that I will wear another time. It's a waste of time and space.
Have you run into this problem? How do you combat it or are you still trying to figure out a solution?

Tony and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary last weekend by going to southern CA to do some fun things such as Medival Times dinner, Universal Studios and the beach. We stayed the night in Vegas and my Macbook started making a crunchy sound. Tony told me to shut it down and don't turn it on the for the rest of the weekend because my hard drive was crashing. Scary and sad! Luckily we were able to save everything plus most everything was backed up. Friday morning when we woke up, my iPod touch restarted for no reason and did not want to get off the reboot screen no matter how much we tried. There went my camera for the weekend, or so I thought. Once we arrived in L.A. , Tony, who is not a fan of Apple at all, esp iTunes, installed iTunes on his laptop and set to work to fix my iPod. I had already gotten on Craigslist to see about buying another one but by the time we went to Universal Studios on Saturday, he had the iPod up and working again! So amazing he was able to fix it at all. I seriously thought it was toast.

It took a bit longer for my laptop to be fixed but the new hard drive arrived on Saturday & Tony was able to install it as well as the new OS (which is so different from what I had before!) and I have lots more room to hold all my pictures and files now. Okay, a majority of what is on my laptop is pictures. It will be nice to get organized and back to blogging again. I can blog on the other computer but have to email pictures to myself, 5 at a time, so it can be cumbersome.

I had a fantastic weekend with Tony & we have 1 more week together before his internship starts and things get cray cray. These will be blog posts coming soon if they have not been written and scheduled already.

Friday night we went to our ward YW dinner and girls camp fundraiser - dessert auction.

Then we headed to SLCC for the Bruin Bash, one of my favorite fun things to do in Utah.

Saturday we slept in and lazed about until we headed down to Payson for a tour of the new LDS temple. Then we went to Orem for lunch.

Got back late in the afternoon and I did some cleaning, tv watching, iPod playing,etc until I saw a post on Facebook that a swarm of bees was up for grabs.

I can't wait to blog about this - we went to catch our first swarm of bees and we both got stung in the process. It was super scary but we managed okay.

Sunday was church, I feel like I haven't been in forever. It was nice to have not much else planned for the rest of the day except to spend time together and go check on the bees.

Tomorrow we are hoping to go to the Tulip Festival in the evening at Thanksgiving Point.

My sister is in Peru and will hopefully catch all her flight so she should be back Monday night as well.

Sandra is back at work after a week long vacation in CA and my coworker Tiffany and I could not be more relieved. 

School starts on Wednesday so that will be interesting! 2 new classes and most likely rooms full of students I don't know + a new schedule to get used to.

How about you? What fun things are going on in your life? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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I have quite a few blogs and I just feel like I need to tie them all into one place so this is where I decided that is going to happen. I'll still be blogging on my other blogs but I will link all my posts to this blog so you can easily find them. We'll see how it goes!

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