The five strategies I use to clear my house and my mind

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When I moved across the country from my family I took whatever I could fit in three suitcases and a carry-on. Unintentionally, I had become a minimalist.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last too long. Over the past two years, I have accumulated quite a lot of, well, clutter. I lived with…


If your healthy norm isn’t established, every unhealthy choice adds up very quickly

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I hear all the time from fitness influencers something along the lines of-

“Don’t worry about splurging on an unhealthy meal. You’re not going to gain 10 pounds overnight.”

“One “cheat” meal isn’t going to reverse your progress.”

“Treat yourself. A few treats won’t set you back.”

I used to…


They’re the best when you’re balling on a budget, and can be just as rewarding

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Most people love to travel. Unfortunately, traveling, in the way most think of it, isn’t accessible for everyone. Flights are expensive, gas is expensive, hotels are expensive, and every day you’re away, the cost adds up exponentially.

But by thinking of vacations in this way, we’re limiting ourselves.

Day trips…


And how to balance all of the “hards” that you’re supposed to choose.

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You’ve likely seen this quote running around on the internet somewhere—

“Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.
Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.
Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard.
Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard.
Life…


And learning what you don’t know could change your life

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I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. But how many phrases have you heard so many times that you forget to process what they mean?

For me, this is one of them.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

It doesn’t just mean that we all have areas where we…


How to emotionally and physically handle your first few months

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I was diagnosed with Celiac disease on December 13th, 2020, the day my intestinal biopsy results came in. I’ll always remember the date. If 2020 wasn’t a crazy enough year, this autoimmune diagnosis certainly threw a wrench in my year.

It’s a condition where your body has an autoimmune reaction…


When you lack motivation, there are still ways to get stuff done.

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Today is a blah day. I have so much to do. But I don’t have motivation. I woke up tired and I felt like I could lay in bed all day.

But I don’t WANT to lay in bed all day. And I know it wouldn’t make me feel better.


How to set one up today and start investing when you have ZERO prior knowledge (and why it’s so important).

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Disclaimer- I’m not a banker, a financial analyst, a financial advisor, or anything of the like. I’m simply a girl who was blessed with parents who taught me how to invest. I want to share that knowledge with you.

If I, a 25-year-old who hates math, can figure out how…


3) A 5G iPhone

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This piece is the second in a series of my best ever purchases. I live a very frugal life, doing everything as cheaply as I can so I can splurge where I want or need.

For me though, even my “splurges” are typically pretty cheap. For instance, in the first…


Not doing something perfectly is better than not doing it at all

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The number of times I haven’t sent an email because I was too anxious I didn’t write it “correctly” is ridiculous.

Or I spend hours, or honestly days, writing an email and then send it a week after when I should have. …

Trudy Horsting

Writer. PhD Student. Frugal Traveler. Passionate about health, personal growth, and saving money.

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