To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven.
For most of my 20s, I spent my days waking up in dread to the sound of my alarm clock; driving to work sick to my stomach because I dreaded my job, and reacting to the constant stress in my life by shopping for clothes I didn’t need.
After submitting my resignation from a job that was just not aligned to my strengths, interests, and who I wanted to become, I drove home, laid down in the center of my closet, closed my eyes and thought, “God—please just tell me what you need me to do.”
(Pause. Insert dramatic silence here. No response.)
“Well—so much for that. I guess now since I don’t have a job for the next two months, I have time to clean out my closet.”
(Long sigh followed by a self-induced admonishment muttered under my breath—“Jackie—get your life together.”)
As I started browsing Pinterest for some closet organization ideas, I came across a documentary called “The True Cost.” One-hour and thirty-two highly emotional minutes later—I stood corrected and convicted—the change I was praying for was hidden somewhere amid the chaos in my closet and my relationship with clothes. And so my capsule wardrobe was born.
Capsule wardrobing started as a way for me to say “no” to “fast fashion” and live more with less. However, capsule wardrobing blossomed to become a transformational shift in the way I viewed the people, places and things I invited into my life. I decided to commit to living life in sync with the rhythms of Nature—to live not pining for seasons of the past nor to live anticipating seasons of the future, but to live as a conduit for principle-driven action in the present moment.
Capsule wardrobing took me on a journey from decluttering my closet to decluttering my career; from decluttering my home to decluttering my emotions; and finally, going to law school to declutter my mind and come full circle to engage all parts of myself—not just my creative and intuitive self, but my linear and analytical self as well.
On this blog, I document my journey as a second-career, non-traditional law student. I also share about places I go, the things I’m doing, the books I’m reading, the music I’m enjoying, the films I’m watching, and the things I’m consciously inviting into my capsule wardrobe and my tiny home. For me, capsule wardrobing was not just a solution to a problem—it was (and continues to be) an intentional choice to live a present, reflective and clutter-free lifestyle from the inside-out.
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