6.02.2014

My New Year Inspo & a Chat

I turned 31 years old last week.  
I thought I'd stop feeling like a kid by now but I'm starting to think I'll always feel this way.  
Thank God, right?




 And as much as I was so excited to take on a new year, officially into my 30s, I'd been caught up in a swarm of thought almost the entire month leading up to the day.


So much inspiration, so many ideas.  And yet, I hadn't been doing.  Sure, I had definitely been busy, doing lots of things.  But I can't say I was doing a lot that was actually important to me.  Doing things that reflected my inspirations and ideas and made my heart skip a beat when it materialized.


 When I started The Tiny Closet, I was incredibly inspired and curious to see what the heck my life would be like if I stopped shopping mindlessly (and so frequently) and created a closet of clothing I absolutely adored.  I thought it and I've been doing it.  Yay me :) 

So this year I've decided I'm going to tryyyyyyyy referencing that same just-do-it formula with all the rest of my grand schemes and dreams in life.  
All of them.  One at a time of course.


And what better way to compartmentalize, analyze and organize to materialize your dreams than.... Pinterest!

For me, nothing minimizes the daunting task of goal reaching quite like Pinterest.  Perhaps you've been following me?  
I've been using it as eye candy and inspo ever since I started it but now it's time to get serious!  Kind of.  I had a really frank talk with myself like 

What's important? ...like really important
What do you like to do?  ...totally love
What would make you happy?  ...over the moon happy

Wouldn't you know it, my answers were just like my closet.  Tiny.  Let's categorize it, shall we?

Adventure
Food
Fit
Style

The above I have already.  But just like my Tiny Closet, I want the things in my life to be things I absolutely love.  Not things I settle for or possess mindlessly.  So like I did with my Tiny Closet, I shall also do with my life.  
Because Tiny really is a lifestyle, you know.


Adventure
Something completely different, outdoors, and extreme.

Pinterest Board: Places

Travel is always possible.  In the day-to-day small mindedness of everything, I forget how easy it really is to take little or big trips to refresh my perspective.  From now on, I refuse to think I live in anything less than a magical land.  Be it Burma or Malibu.


Food
healthy, interesting, easy

Pinterest Board: Yummy Ideas

Snacks, bowls, meat, colors.  If I need to eat smaller, healthier portions, it might as well look something like this.


Fit
Who says I can't still have the body of a 21 year old?  Body image is a very personal topic - 
one that I don't prefer to discuss on my blog as I've believed it has nothing to do with style.

Style is equal-opportunity fun, I say!  

But then I started thinking, well if you're not happy with you body, how can you be happy in your clothes?  Especially if you love style and fashion?  

My very first post was on health and beauty.  If you feel great about the way you look without clothes, then clothes are really just the icing on the cake.  

Style is more experimental, more fun and more expressive when you feel peaceful and proud of your body. 


 Annnnnnyway, I've decided to once and for all give my body a big hug and kiss by giving it a life it deserves and putting it.to.work!  
These pins above are from a private board and each one a reminder that a healthy, fit body starts with changing your mindset.  


Style
The Tiny Closet.  I have a signature style, whether I like it or not.  I like it.

Pinterest Board: Tiny Closet Style

Casual comfort is where I live.  Also, one word: oversize.  Give me drape and loads of material with which to swim in and I'll be a happy woman.  I look forward to many, many more Tiny style posts of my adventures in the myriad looks of oversize, casual, minimal, chic clothing.

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Thought I would just share some of the fun, contemplative things going on in my head and some plans of exciting things to come.  Here's to being 31!
Thank you for reading.  Really, thank you.

23 comments:

  1. Love the photos! Being a kid at heart is a blessing!!
    http://www.fashionablyspeakn.blogspot.com/2014/06/meet-cast-summer-breeze.html

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  2. Basically, everything you said. Thank you for being you, I love reading here! And I am not following you Pinterest!

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    1. Thank you, Erica! So glad you love reading!

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I loved the images! I wish you well on your 31st year. Your style and blog (in general) is truly inspiring...can't wait to see more. XO!

    ~Whitney
    whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Whitney :) I am so happy I can inspire you!!

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  4. happy 31 yrs to u and wishing you many more positive years ahead. stop by my blog sometime! love reading your blog by the way!

    http://loveforlifefoodieandinspirations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the bday wishes, Destiny! Your paintings are beautiful. Truly!

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  5. Happy 31st year of life! stay young and creative!
    http://www.jadorejoelle.com
    Marra

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  6. Your blog is a breath of fresh air. Absolutely love it. Happy 31st Birthday!

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  7. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your Pinterest inspiration, I'll definitely start following you.

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    1. Thank you, Shen! Thanks for following!

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  8. Mrs. STYLISH, ADVENTUROUS Natalie on so many levels; I await the day when we see photos of your Tiny Closet. Like, I'm so curious... How BIG (literally) is your tiny closet? Is it organized by color, items? Does your closet have sliding doors or is it a walk-in one? Hmmm.....You may have post something like this already and I'm late??? Whatever it looks, I am sure it is the bomb dot com! ��
    By the way, I am following you on Pinterest. :)

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    1. LOL Shante, you know my friends keep telling me to post photos of my closet! Even though it's organized, it aint that pretty to look at. I'm still thinking up a cool set up for my Tiny Closet :) I will say though that it is small. Very small! Can't wait to show it so stay tuned!

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  9. Happy Belated Birthday Natalie. Kudos for taking your inspirations, ideas, life and dreams in hand. Now go forth and rock all of who you are, want to be and want to do.

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    1. Whoohoo!! Thanks for the lift off, Cheryl! Love this comment :))

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday! I'm happy that you're doing so introspection regarding what you really want. It's important as you get older not to lose your sense of adventure, purpose and self. Thank for reminding me to do the same. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the bday wishes! Thank you for reading Chevanne :)

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday! Your Blog offers such inspiration. I pray that you live to see many many many many many many many more birthdays and that this year ahead is truly amazing for you in every sense.

    God Bless

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  12. Happy belated birthday! And I love your organization of thoughts!

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  13. Happy belated birthday. Sending you wonderful well wishes and positive energy from Ghana. You are truly an inspiring, courageous, stunning and amazing woman. It is great I have a little opportunity to read your post/blog (I have internet access for a few days), so I can catch up on your new fashion, style and fitness tidbits. Keep posting and expressing charm and grace for women of all ages, size and ethnicity can appreciate. :-) Ciao

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