Pack Rat or Minimalist?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Rise and shine, it’s running time! :mrgreen:

I went to bed last night thinking about my 5-mile run in the morning. At the time, I didn’t think I would want to get out of bed for it, but when I opened my eyes and saw the sun shining, I threw on my running gear and headed out right out the door. Sometimes not thinking about a workout and just doing it, makes it so much easier to get started.

While waiting for my Garmin to load, I snapped a self-portrait. (Yes, I rocked a Dove deodorant tank top. I’m cool like that! ;-))


I tried to work on my pace on my run this morning. Usually, I go out pretty fast and end up losing steam toward the end. I started at a medium pace and tried to pick up my speed toward the end of the run. Here are my splits:

  • 9:15
  • 9:15
  • 9:14
  • 9:07
  • 8:46

Total: 45:38



After my run, I stretched and showered, and then hit the kitchen to make breakfast. Oatmeal was on my mind this morning, so I made the creamiest bowl of banana oats.


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned outs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 2 scoops of Barney Butter


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I’m heading to NuVal for the afternoon, so I packed a lunch to take with me: vanilla yogurt with Kashi cereal, red grapes, and some coconut cashews.


Pack Rat or Minimalist?

I found another thing that I can’t part with: my college acceptance letters! Is that weird? Like my photo albums, I just can’t seem to throw them away. They still mean a lot to me.


College acceptance letters? I find it kind of strange that I can’t seem to part with them considering the other things that I’ve thrown away in the past few days– some of which might horrify you and will definitely freak out my mom. (Sorry, Mom!) Here’s what I’ve tossed:

  • Graduation programs from high school, college, and grad school
  • School papers, essays, reports, notebooks, etc.
  • Old report cards
  • Trophies, awards, and certificates
  • Notes from middle school and high school
  • Programs from school plays, dance recitals, band concerts, etc.
  • All prom and formal dresses
  • Almost every card ever given to me (accept for a few from Mal and my mom)
  • Our Save the Dates from our wedding
  • Our wedding program
  • Our wedding invitations!!! (I’m pretty sure my mom and sister have a copy.)

I’ve even tried to donate my wedding dress a few times, but my mom won’t let me. She’s very protective of it and wants one of her granddaughters to wear it someday. Oh, Mom. I wonder if there’s room for it in her new trailer? 😉

Is it weird that I’m not more attached to these things? I guess my minimalist husband has finally worn off on me. He tosses everything!

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Question of the Day

Are you a pack rat or a minimalist?



  1. I definitely don’t like clutter. I really love to declutter and get rid of things. I find, however, that I really have a hard time throwing out handwritten cards or notes. The thing is, I never ever go back and look at them, so I really don’t know why I’m hanging on to them. I don’t think I kept my college acceptance letters very long at all. I’m sure I threw them away as soon as I made my final decision.

  2. Definitely a minimalist. Sometimes I’m sad that I am SO much so that I don’t keep hardly anything. When I divorced I literally took barely anything, told him I could care less he could have it all.. I wanted my kids & my animals. He was greedy from day 1 so that thrilled him & he sucked as a dad so that thrilled him more cuz kids & animals were the last thing he cared about. LOL End result was that I barely have any pics of the kids as babies, he took all pictures, all VHS Tapes of their childhood days, etc.

    I’ve replaced some things from friends & family but I still am not a big “keeper”. I am happier that there is digital because I have a lot of stuff kept online via either my gmail or my various photo site accounts that if I ever figure out ALL of them I’ll have a ton to show. LOL But I have this theory I have memories that nobody can take or change & when I’m too old & feeble to remember it then who will care anyways if I had pictures or memorabilia to show others? Right?

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