It's Been 5 Months

Well, hello there! It’s been 5 months since I last wrote or created anything. It’s been so long that I truly forgot my login details to even gain access to my blog again. That alone can tell you how much of a break I truly took from anything regarding LoDownLiving. But, today I woke up with a feeling I hadn’t felt in a long time. Today I woke up wanting to write again, wanting to create again, wanting to put something out into the world again. It’s a feeling I had been longing for over these last few months & I wasn’t sure it would come back.

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The Basics of Cycle Syncing

Cycle Syncing has become a popular topic among menstruating millennials, but what is it and how does it help you live your juiciest life? Cycle Syncing is the practice of tracking your menstrual cycle through all four phases (Menstruation, Follicular, Ovulation & Luteal) and understanding how those phases affect your mood, energy, cravings, and bodily needs. The most simple definition of cycle syncing I’ve found is that it aligns your strengths according to the phase of your menstrual cycle with eating, exercise, and other self-care practices.

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Dear Lo: I Want To Go Minimalist - Do I Have To Throw Everything Away?

Now that minimalism is a growing trend, there are a lot of different messages out there about what minimalism actually is. Some people associate minimalism with stark white walls, others with having little to no possessions, and those that think it's about throwing everything away.

One of the questions I get the most is if being minimalist means you have to get rid of all of your belongings. And, for what minimalism means to me, I'm here to tell you no. Sure, that may end up being something you want to do at one point or another - or maybe not. But creating a minimal life or becoming a "minimalist" does not automatically equally throwing everything away.

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How To Create a Minimalist Wardrobe

For most of my life, I've never really been into clothes much. I enjoy wearing cute things but, a day full of shopping (in stores or online) has never really been my jam.

That being said, how in the hell did I accumulate so many clothes? I can truthfully say that over that years, I somehow had a lot of clothes in my possession - most of which I rarely wore. I'm the type of girl that finds those 2-3 pieces and wears them over & over again until they have a hole, and then continue to wear them until I must throw it away.

When I began my minimalist journey I knew right away that I wanted my closet to be as minimal as possible. Since I don't have a huge passion for clothes, I didn't want to spend a ton of mental energy on what I was going to wear.  I wanted to have nice pieces that complimented my body well and all relatively worked together but, I didn't want to have a lot of clothes.

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