[DML] Cleaning my Phone (1)

Hi guys! So, as per my Declutter My Life Challenge, I will be writing blog posts about the process I am undergoing to maintain a non-messy lifestyle.


Today, I have gone through my phone- particularly the photos. For many of you who don’t know, I have a tendency to hoard photos: especially memes and selfies.

Whenever I delete a photo, I ensure that I actually want it removed. If there is some question as to if I should remove one, I ask myself a series of them to decide.

Do I have any future use for this photo?

Can I find this photo elsewhere (old messages with friends) as needed?

Does the photo have any sentimental value to me?


If I find that there is future use, I keep the photo, along with if yes to sentimental value.

However, if I am able to find the photo as another file (in a text message with a friend, for example), then I typically delete the picture. If I end up needing the photo in the future, though, then I refer to the place needed.

In the future, though, I will be avoiding saving so many images unless I am absolutely positive I am able to use them. While internet memes are great, a clean phone is even better!!

[Help] Back to School Tips

Hi guys!

Even though I’m done with schooling, I know very well that a good majority of my friends are not, but rather are just returning to their journey! So, I figured a small list of tips might help!

1. Use a planner or a bullet journal- whatever will help you keep track of deadlines/homework!

  • If you struggle with planners, simply make one that will work for you! I avoid planners altogether and use a bullet journal!
  • Just don’t go in assuming you’ll remember everything. You won’t.

2. Know your classes!

  • You need to know when, where, and what your classes are. Don’t walk in late- show initiative and show early!
  • Keep your schedule handy for the first week or until you’re comfortable without it.

3. Be prepared!

  • Do not be that person who needs to ask for a pencil because they forgot their pencil case at home: pack your backpack the night before!
  • Try not to overload on supplies to take to school- you’ll need some for home.

4. Have a planned system!

  • You need to decide how you will keep organized!
  • I hated lockers. I refused to touch mine, so I decided quickly I would keep everything in my backpack. It was heavy, but it worked in my favor.

5. Cut out negativity from the get-go!

  • If there’s a dark cloud in your life, sever ties. You need to maintain a content mental state!

6. Go through course material beforehand!

  • Do some summer studying if you still have time! Refreshing your mind on what you have already learned will aid your learning process!

7. Start your routine 1-2 weeks early!

  • Do not go to bed at 3am on the first day. In fact, start getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour so you’ll be ready for the early mornings ahead.
  • Avoid coffee at all costs. It might help temporarily, but the crash is troublesome. I did the same thing with candy and sugary cereals.

8. Read the class syllabuses!

  • Note that learning the expectations your teachers have is immensely important in organization.
  • Do not argue with teachers on their rules… just don’t.

9. Do not be in a hurry to grow up!

  • High school is a journey. I wish I had taken more time to realize and appreciate that!

[DML] Introduction / Challenge

Hi guys!

My name is AJ, for those of you who don’t know. I’ll be 19 this month, and as I have started work, my life has gotten severely cluttered in many ways. I have developed a challenge for myself in order to declutter my life!

The challenge itself will last a couple weeks- but the effects will need to be maintained over the course of my years. I have taken some of the most messy aspects of my life and am going to write a blog post about how I’m going to essentially fix them.

  • My Phone
  • My Room
  • My Laptop
  • My Work
  • My Mind

Stay tuned for more blogs- oh, and if you’re interested in doing the challenge yourself, let me know and show me how it goes for you!!

Why I Don’t Pick Sides

Hi everybody! Today, I wanted to discuss a topic that I haven’t really addressed in full. In passing, I might have mentioned that I do not like involving myself in others’ drama or that I prefer to stay neutral. However, I have never outright given reasons explaining why I do this.

What does it mean to choose a side?
So, when somebody confronts me with a problem with another individual, I am often prone to wanting to involve myself- especially if I have already formed an opinion on the other person. As I tend to be a rather soft-hearted being, I struggle at times with stepping back with a neutral mind.

However, I currently serve as an administrator on a central hub for a particular website- and I recently attained the position. In the process, I’ve definitely learned that neutrality is a must in order to keep the peace. Bias leads only to further conflict that can easily be avoided.

Why do I refuse to fight other battles?
I never used to avoid others’ arguments; in fact, I always involved myself in debates that were never mine to begin with. As I’ve mellowed gradually through the years, I’ve discovered that other people will not grow up if they have their battles fought for them all the time.

One example I refer to is back when I was a new sophomore in JROTC- in that class, you’re expected to know how to put on your rank and military uniform a specific way. I always relied on my then-boyfriend to put on my rank- then, when we broke up (thus, avoiding each other), I had a hard time setting my rank.

The thing is, I eventually learned. In the process of my struggle, I gained practice in just doing the task. If I deny others the ability to fight their own wars, they are never going to be able to grow as human beings. In time, they’ll learn to appreciate the journey.

[R] How I Found My Special Place

Hi everybody! So, today’s blog post will be a bit personal, because not necessarily everybody knows the beliefs I follow and the practices I attend to. For those of who you are unaware, I am an eclectic person- I take beliefs from different religions and apply them to my own, but I mainly follow a Pagan-related system. With that in mind, I realize not everybody feels as connected to nature as I do- but there is one place more than anywhere else that I have bonded with.

I have always been an indoors person, truth be told. I don’t like venturing outdoors very much, mostly because of my irrational fear of bees, but also because I don’t take enjoyment in sitting in sunlight and whatnot. That being said, I go on a walk almost daily primarily to get some exercise, but also to meditate.

My special sanctuary, where I feel closest to nature, is actually the playground of an elementary school. Some might view this as odd, but considering I am from Alaska and nearly every place is surrounded by some form of forest, I suppose that makes up for it.

I attended the elementary school as a little girl, but I have always found myself drawn back to the swing-set overlooking the nearby field. I noticed this summer that whenever I meditate at the given place- usually on the swing itself- I feel safe and I also sense an inner tranquil. Some people have to venture more to discover their special place. After all, it took me years to really confirm that the particular playground was mine.

Is there a particular area you feel drawn to outside of your home? That might be your place, and you’ll never know for sure unless you try to discover it. 🙂

Growing Up

It gets better. I’m not lying: it really does. Truth be told, life is super hard. I know that. Depending on your beliefs, it’s one of the truest journeys you’ll ever have, but also among the toughest. The thing is, though, if it was honestly easy? Everybody would be more than eager to grow up and go through the motions. Everybody would do it, which is why life is the way it is. These struggles are not going to define nor kill you. If you are given a challenge, all I ask of you is to embrace it head-on. Yes, it is going to tear and sting and you will fall a couple of times, but it never changes. As children, we learn how to ride a bicycle. Obviously, all of us learn at our own pace; some with more injuries than others. However, it is well worth it when you can look back with satisfaction and say you survived.