The New Capsule Project
When I conceived the idea of this blog back in 2014 or 2015, I had big plans. I dreamed of overhauling my life in a way that simplified everything, from clothes to meals to travel. I intended to share my systems and to help others in the way I hoped my ideas would help me. This is still my dream. Yet, as with many of you, life gets in the way of getting things done.
Rather, I allowed life to get in the way of working hard to build this blog in the way I want to.
I made some fun clothing capsules on Polyvore because that is what I told myself I had the bandwidth to do at the time, and I had fun doing that! But, there was little value in these posts beyond some pretty clothes and ideas for a capsule wardrobe. That doesn’t sound too bad, though, right? People love examples of capsule wardrobes. I know I do!
It isn’t bad at all. But it also is not as helpful as I want to be. In my view, the best way to encourage change and foster development is to ask questions that require introspection and individual analysis. We have to look inside ourselves in order to truly understand why we want something, even if it is just a particular outfit.
Over the past year, I have taken a lot of time to look inside of myself to figure out how to turn this blog into the creative outlet I had hoped it would be. I had listened to all of the “experts” who told me I had to niche down to a very specific topic. I’m sure they are correct, I know they are, but this has taken all of the joy out of writing for me.
I don’t want a “side hustle” - I’m too old for that - I want what I’ve termed “a side joy.”
Like many, I have a lot going on in my life: a demanding full-time job with unpredictable hours, night school for an LLM to focus on a specific area of law, yoga teacher training, and all kinds of other things, not to mention taking care of my own health and spending time with loved ones. Oh, I also got married somewhere in there! I have always loved to write, and I get so much satisfaction sharing creative ideas and things I’ve learned with others. This blog was supposed to be a creative outlet, but I lost that because I was trying to turn it into a business that was inauthentic to who I am. I don’t want a “side hustle” - I’m too old for that - I want what I’ve termed “a side joy.”
Before you click off this page, I want to assure you: I will still be writing a ton about capsule wardrobes and minimal wardrobes, color palettes, and all kinds of things related to fashion and style. In fact, there will be more of all of this, it just might be a bit different.
I will still share sample capsule wardrobes, but I will continue to emphasize that every person is different and will give you tools to make the capsules true to your personal style and life. There are plenty of other sites out there offering cookie-cutter wardrobes that do a completely amazing job, and I urge you to check out their pre-made capsules if The Minimalist Wardrobe Challenge doesn’t work for you. (Ahh, but wait, I have big plans for that, too! If you buy it now at the current low price, you’ll be able to enjoy everything I have planned when the price increases significantly.)
What to expect from The New Capsule Project.
We will be talking a lot more about values-based living. About simplifying our lives in a way that promotes wellness and allows us to live more authentically. We will be expanding our topics to include food, wellness, travel, mindfulness, and, of course, more vibrant minimalism.
We will continue talking about style and color and will add more beauty-related topics. You will read a lot more about making sustainable, ethical, and humanitarian choices, but we promise not to be preachy. I say “We” because you will likely start to see some posts by my husband.
It will take a little while to get set up, but we also plan to have a lot more guest posts and reader features, so start thinking about whether you’d like to contribute now! (Contributor page coming soon!)
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you’ll love the changes we have in store!