This year has definitely flown by, but I couldn’t have asked to spend it any other way! In this post, I thought I would just share with you some of the items that made it even better, and earned the title of…”the things I couldn’t live without”.
#1. Nalgene Water Bottle
My Nalgene water bottle has been with me from day one. When I decided to start becoming more minimalistic at the beginning of this year, I cleaned out my ever expanding water bottle collection and decided I only needed to keep one, and this one filled the spot. I decided to start putting stickers on it to remind me of the places it has been with me this year. For example, the NASA one is from my trip to the Air and Space center in Virginia and a Bridge Day one contains the memory I have of Bridge Day at the New River Gorge in West Virginia.
#2. Kavu Sling Backpack
My Kavu rope backpack has come in so handy this year for my camping trips, day hikes, exploring around, and just running quick errands. It holds more than it looks and is so easy to just throw stuff in it and to be hands free! It is definitely something I couldn’t see my self living without.
#3. Polaroid Instant Camera
If you love to document your life through pictures like I do, this is worth the investment. Polaroid instant cameras or any instant cameras are a creative, nostalgic way to preserve your memories. There is just something about having an instant picture of a special moment in time that creates a memory like no other.
#4. Natural Deodorant
Natural deodorant was probably my favorite item of 2017. I know that might sound strange, but it is true! If you haven’t read my post about why you should switch to natural deodorant, I recommend it. You won’t regret it! They have made me feel just better overall-for the environment and for my health. Some of my favorite brands include: Toms, Schmidts, Pit Paste, and this all natural deodorant I bought from a local vendor scented rosemary mint!
#5. Hippy Headbands
These headbands have been through a lot this year and each tell their own story. One was gifted to me by a friend from Nepal, two others were gifted by my lovely friends, and others I bought on a beach. I wear one at least 3 times a week, and they just add a vibe to your outfit no matter what you are wearing. I love the unique/lay back/ adventure-like feel they bring while also doing a great job of keeping my hair out of my face when I’m doing things such as yoga or hiking.
#6. 365 Bible Verse Prayer Journal
This journal has also been one of my staple items this year. Each page, for 365 days, there is a Bible verse at the bottom. I used this journal as a prayer journal. I have always had a hard time making sure I prayed every day, and also reading my Bible, so this journal was the best of two worlds. Every day, I would write down my prayers and read the verse that corresponded to that day. I highly recommend something like this if you struggle with getting your prayers and daily bible reading in! It is also very cool to track your prayers and to look back on where God has blessed you in your life.
I hope this inspires you to try out one of these items in the upcoming year! If you do, let me know, I would love to see!
Create a life of simplicity and your mind will become at peace.
May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.