Earlier this week I got some of the best news that I’ve gotten in a very long time. I was accepted into a full time MBA program and was granted a scholarship that would cover 70% of my tuition. This was an amazing accomplishment for me and although it was just my safety school (I’ve only applied to two schools so far and have about five more to apply to), it still feels good to know that I have achieved something I’ve been trying to achieve for the last two years. It also feels good knowing that come August I can finally quit my job and start transitioning out of my current job field and into my desired field of consulting.
Ever since I moved back to D.C. in a hurry last year after breaking up with my ex, it has been a fight for me to get my life on the proper course. It has been a year since I moved back and everything that I said I was going to do I have done. One of those goals were to get into an MBA program and it feels good to know that the time I put in, in taking the GRE, writing the essays, and filling out the application has all paid off. It feels great going into 2017 knowing that I am going to be starting a new journey in life one that will have life changing affects. I am super grateful to God and my sister who helped me get to this point.
I can not contain my excitement about traveling to Cape Town South Africa. It is crazy that in less than two weeks I will be making my first journey to Africa. I honestly never had traveling to the continent of Africa on my radar, so the fact that I am actually doing it is an amazing blessing. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I am going to Cape Town for my sisters wedding but luckily for us we will still be able to do some touristy things. We are already locked in for a few dope activities including a hike of Table Mountain, a tour of Robben Island, and a hop on hop off bus tour of Capetown. Somewhere in there I will try to go to the beach too. And of course my sister has some wedding events that will be going on as well. Needless to say we will be very busy once we get to South Africa.
It has been freezing in Washington DC the last few days so getting a break from the cold weather will be nice. Right now is South Africas summer months so I will be able to bust out my summer gear for a week! I cant wait..I cant wait…I cant wait!
At the end of 2015, I moved back home to the Washington DC from Portsmouth, Virginia. While I was packing I realized that I had TOO many things. Too many unworn items of makeup, shoes, and mostly…too many pieces of clothing. As I packed up all my things I was extremely overwhelmed by the amount of clothes and shoes that I had. Clothes in the closet, the drawer, under my bed, in my car trunk, and in my storage unit. Some of the items were things I wore once, things that I bought just because, and things that I was just too lazy to send back. I realized then that I wanted to strive for a life of minimalism. I just had way too many things and I wanted to try to eliminate as much junk inside of my home as I was trying to eliminate within myself.
I could have just given a mass amount of my clothes away to the Good Will or Salvation Army, but I didnt want my clothes being added to a mound of clothes that is sent overseas to pile up on the side of the road somewhere (this is actually toxic to locals). So I decided that I was going to sell as many items as I could on Poshmark. Poshmark is an app that allows you to take pictures of your clothes, write a description about it, set the price that you want for the item, and sell it.
I also decide to stop buying so many clothes. We all have our vices. We all have the things that make us feel better, mine has always been buying things. Having a new outfit that someone could compliment me on was one of the things that made me feel better when I was down. Obviously this is not the best tactic in searching for peace and comfort so I decided to enforce a spending freeze on myself unless I absolutely needed it.This has been the hardest thing, but this past year I have been doing really well sticking to this plan!
The last thing that I decided to do was start wearing my old clothes again. You know how it is, we wear something for a season, discard it and never pick it back up again. Well this is something that I decided to stop doing. I have decided to start wearing my clothes until they run down and must be thrown away rather than just replacing it with a newer version just because. I cant tell you how satisfying it was for me to start back wearing an old shirt that I had purchased in 2011, and wearing it until the sleeve tore. I know this sounds super janky BUT if all of us began buying clothes only when we really needed them just think of how much money we would save a year.
Now that 2017 is approaching I am hoping that I can continue my journey to minimalism and eliminating the unnecessary out of my life. I am hoping that all of this will assist me in decreasing my materialistic ways and continue down the path of financial freedom, gratitude, and appreciation.