I Thought I Was a Minimalist


 I’ve been told a time or two that I over pack. I go away for the weekend and take “enough for a week”. Now, whenever I’ve heard this, I’ve just shrugged it and say that I need it all. And when I went to Florida for 10 days last month I really did! At least I thought I did.

Packing list for Florida:

  • 10 Pairs of shoes (2 Pairs of heels, one pair of sneakers, 3 pairs of sandals, 4 pairs of Gabriela Ephrems)
  • 9 Dresses
  • 5 Bathing suits
  • 2 Skirts
  • 2 Pairs of jeans
  • 6 Tops (Tshirts, nice blouses, etc)
  • 2 Pairs of shorts

   Okay after typing that now it does seem like a bit much. But haven’t we all been on a trip and thought “Ugh, I wish I brought pants instead of this dress?”. They make memes about this, people. So why do I do it?

   Well here’s the thing, I’ve always liked having a million options. I mostly blame my older sister for this, when I was younger I would go to Wisconsin with family and my sister would constantly remind me to pack extra of everything “just in case” and well Jessica, I’ve never needed all the extras. I probably wore half of what I packed and that’s usually what happens.

  So, now it’s time for a change. This isn’t just about packing clothes for a weekend or how to pick between what item you need more or less. This is about the feeling that you need more than what you have. These are material things, the fact that you are able to even get away from work/school is enough. No one there will remember your outfit. You’ll be so excited to be there that you won’t even care. You’ll see your pictures and care more that it was taken in a different city or country than what you wore in it.

   Late September I will be going to Rhode Island for a weekend, expect an update. Wish me luck and say good bye to this girl!


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