#15 Get Rid of 2 Unnecessary ‘Things’ Each Month: February


Earlier this week, when I was taking care of the aftermath of my sister’s baby shower, I happened to open one of the closets in my apartment and noticed that my shoe holder had fallen down from where it was hanging. Ok – great Alysa – why do I, as your reader, care about this? Here’s why: to me, this was a ‘sign’ so to speak that I need to get rid of some of my shoes – which is something that I have never really been able to do. I always think ‘this pair could go with this outfit or that outfit’ and ‘just because I don’t wear them now doesn’t mean I won’t in the future.’

Lucky for me, I saw how this could directly play into my list of 24 adventures (#15 to be exact). I decided that I didn’t need all 50 some pairs of shoes and that it was time to let a few pairs go. I’ll admit, it was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. You see, I can remember stories about each pair of these shoes and where I got them or who got them for me (some form of attachment, I would assume). The pair of black/silver and pink tennis shoes on the left hand side were from Costco out of all places and were given to me by my parents. The two pairs of flats next in line (gold and pink) were both pairs that I bought for recruitment. I bought the brown booties from Kohl’s. The brown Birkenstocks are the first pair of Birkenstocks that I owned (and by far the hardest to give up but they’re cracking). The cheetah print flats are a pair that I bought for fun (and, to be honest, have rarely worn…). Last but not least, the white and blue basketball shoes are the shoes I wore when I played AAU basketball in elementary school and junior high (why I still have them I’m not sure – but I did try them on and they still fit haha).

I could talk about my shoes for hours. But, for the purpose of this blog post, I’ll move on to the second ‘thing’ I am getting rid of for the month of February: one of the two alarm clock/radios I have. Why I have two, I don’t know. However, I do know that two is not necessary. AND I have no clue how to use the alarm portion of this so it’s time to go. As you can probably tell, this was REALLY easy for me to get rid of – I have no attachment to it whatsoever and don’t know how to use it.

Through this, I have realized what I tend to spend a lot of time focusing on – things! What do these things bring me? Nothing! Cheers to continuing to build my life with Jesus as the center and continuing to get rid of these things that do not bring me happiness!

P.S. If you want the alarm clock/radio, I’ll give it to you for free if you pick it up.

-A. Stukes




24 Adventures Before 24

The list for year 23 (to finish before December 23):

  1. Work out at least 6 days a week for 2 months (4 weeks).
  2. Visit a new NBA Stadium/Center/Arena.
  3. Invent my own cocktail.
  4. Make 2 crafts solely following instructions via Pinterest.
  5. Go on a whole day biking adventure and document each stop.
  6. Get a massage.
  7. Have a technology Free weekend (Friday through Sunday).
  8. Travel to a new state.
  9. Get a tattoo.
  10. Go 2 months without drinking alcohol.
  11. Camp under the stars.
  12. Do something out of character.
  13. Find my ‘place.’
  14. Conquer a fear.
  15. Get rid of 2 unnecessary ‘things’ each month.
  16. Create/cook a 5 course meal for me + 5 others who do not know each other.
  17. Go on a weekend getaway.
  18. Eat at Torchy’s.
  19. Read 7 self-improvement books.
  20. Attend a meetup event.
  21. Don’t eat out for 2 months straight.
  22. Go to an Iowa State Away game wearing over the top school spirit. I’m thinking bringing my flag, face tattoos, etc.
  23. Run a 5K.
  24. Hammock at an unusual place to hammock.