Becoming a Minimalist: The First Step is Admitting You’re Not One

By: Sophia Romero I worked at Girl Scout camp over the summer of 2015 in Angel Fire, New Mexico and I thought I was staying the whole duration without going back home to Albuquerque. However, to my dismay I had many opportunities to go back home which I took full advantage of. Among the staff were girls from America and other girls from different parts of the globe. Since they traveled a great distance to be here, they obviously had to pack light and only the essentials. Unlike my international…

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Living With and Embracing Allergies

By: Kaitlin McKay Allie the Allergic Elephant has been a friend of mine for many years. As a child, I grew up watching Allie the Allergic Elephant to understand what a peanut allergy is and how to deal with it. It was scary having to practice using my EpiPen on an orange and watching it turn a sickly green. Growing up with allergies has not only been an obstacle, but it has become a part of who I am. At a young age, my parents found out I was allergic…

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What is Outdoor Living in a Nutshell?

By Jena Slater “[What] I like about the outdoors is, I really think it reflects the beauty of God’s Creation in a way that really cannot be expressed in words,” and “That’s part of why I like the outdoors,” said Christopher Barber, a freshman who is double majoring in Vocal Performance and Trumpet Performance here at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Outdoor Living can be a place to escape. For others, it is a lifestyle they would not trade for anything. Our definitions of outdoors vary from person to person.…

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ATTENTION: Mothers Need to be Supported in Today’s Society

By: Celeste “CJ” Thomas A woman’s role in the household is simple: tend to the home, and take care of the children, or at least that’s how it was seen until the 1970’s. Today, women have many opportunities in addition to being a homemaker. In the 21stcentury, women all over the country have strong successful careers alongside happy and healthy families. The problem arises when women are societally or personally scrutinized no matter what choices they make regarding motherhood. A mother who chooses to work outside the home is regarded…

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Happiness: An Inside Job

By: Sophia Romero I think everyone has had the line go through their brain that they don’t deserve something. Whether it’s a new job, a competitive internship, or even a position in a student organization. Believe me, I have been there. We have all been there. After having these reoccurring thoughts, I decided to do some research of my own to achieve real authentic happiness. I watched Tony Robbins “I’m Not Your Guru” on Netflix, which sparked a hunger for change to alter my thoughts and my mindset for the…

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Minimalist Fall Bucket List

By: Sophia Romero Fall is upon us. Leaves are turning yellow and orange, the weather is getting cooler, and it is finally time to pop in the Halloween movies or watch Harry Potter, and wear sweaters. What also comes with fall are the traditions to partake in. Here are ten minimalist ways to celebrate fall without breaking the bank. Go on a picnic: Venture into nature with your pals and enjoy some good food! Go for a bike ride: In Albuquerque, there is a Bosque walking trail where one can…

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7 Ways to Prepare For Fall on a Budget

By: Kendall Schneider Save money on candles: Create your own yummy pumpkin scent by combining coconut oil, a little bit of pumpkin pie spice, and a little bit of cinnamon into your wax burner or in a pot on the stove. It will make your home smell heavenly! Make your own wreath: Dollar stores usually have plain wire wreaths that you can decorate yourself. Pick up a wreath and some pretty colored fake leaves. All you have to do is weave the leaves into the wire wreath and you will…

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Three Minimalistic Blogs that Inspire me to Live Simply

By: Sophia Romero Nourishing Minimalism by Rachel Jones: http://nourishingminimalism.com/ Rachel Jones is a mother of six and recovering from her “messy” personality. Through her blog, she hopes to inspire individuals by transforming their home into a peaceful, tidy space as opposed to the cluttered space one is used to. Rachel was clear in her “about me” page that the focus of the blog would remain on the home. However, she also incorporated decluttering in regards to papers in the home, what someone should do if they are feeling overwhelmed, and coping…

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How to Help: Online Stores Donating Proceeds to Hurricane Harvey Victims

By: Kendall Schneider The news is filled with devastating stories, photos, and video clips covering the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma. Each time I read the news or turn on the TV, I am deeply saddened; I feel as though I cannot do much to help, especially being hundreds of miles away, not to mention being in college. However, the past few days I have found myself continuing to look for ways to help. I went on a mission to find companies that are donating all…

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TED Talks about Minimalism to Spark Real Change

By: Sophia Romero TED Talks: I am sure you have been familiar with the organization that enlightens individuals about topics ranging from, education, business, science, relationships, etc. I tend to watch Ted Talks when I want inspiration or solicited advice from a stranger. I gathered a few TED Talks from YouTube to spark change within yourself to live a frugal and minimalistic life. A Rich Life with Less Stuff The Less You Own, The More You Have The 100 Things Challenge Less–The Lifestyle The Ten Item Wardrobe Life is Easy.…

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