Life With Hannah

How to Cut Your Closet IN HALF in 20 Minutes! by Hannah Byrne

Are you getting married, moving, need to purge, or ALL THREE?! 

Then I've got a spring cleaning project for you to do (and a video at the end!)

Between prepping our house for move-in day and packing up all our stuff, I neglected to really go through my closet and only bring things I still want. Moving is the best time to part with old, dusty clothes that never see the light of day, but unfortunately I didn't have the time to do it all. With that being said, it was definitely time for a spring clean.. I mean really you guys, I've got clothes from high school in there that are just collecting dust and taking up real-estate.

I've seen a lot of chatter about the "capsule wardrobe," which sparked my idea to share this with y'all! But as much as I'm up for a challenge, I don't think I can commit to only having like 30 pieces in my closet. I'm pretty sure I have more than that JUST in workout gear (oops). So instead, let's just commit to cleaning out what we really don't need! You in?

Here's how I did it in 20 minutes!

1. You HAVE to be in the right mood.

This is #1 because it's #1 in importance. Look, I've tried to clean my closet on days when I'm not in the mood and it's a disaster. I usually end up putting everything back and giving up. Twenty minutes is not that long, so you're going to need to make decisions quickly. Make sure you're up for the challenge and ready to tackle it head on! Otherwise this won't work... Or it will take you like 6 hours haha

2. ONLY commit to cleaning what's hanging in your closet

Maybe you have a ton of time and want to completely overhaul your entire wardrobe and that's awesome! - But cleaning what's hanging can be more than enough for one day. Don't stress yourself out!

3. What has to go?

- Torn/ripped/unwearable 

- Haven't worn it in a year+

- Too small

- Just PLAIN UGLY

4. What can stay?

- Pieces you love that fit well

- Pieces you wear during special seasons 

- MOST IMPORTANT: Be honest with yourself!!! That's the only way you're really going to be able to "cut your closet in half!"

5. Pull EVERYTHING out of your closet to start and lay it on your bed

6. Hang what you're keeping back in your closet & toss the rest into a "no" pile

7. Once you're finished, fold all of the clothes that are in the "no" pile

This gives you a chance to see everything one last time. Remember, it's not gone until it's gone. So don't stress out. You can always change your mind here. But I would encourage you to stick with your initial gut reaction to each piece! 

8. Donate pieces that are only lightly worn. Toss the rest!

Well that was fun! I hope this post didn't feel like it was out of left field - I've got this itch to do lifestyle blogging and thought I'd give it a go! And working with couples who are getting ready to start a new journey together, I thought a few lifestyle posts might be helpful! Let me know what you think!

Our Trip to Iceland in the Winter: Part I by Hannah Byrne

I'm all about being optimistic. Staying positive. Looking on the bright side. But before you scroll through the next 75 images from our "crazy, amazing, fantastic" trip to Iceland, I wanted to keep it real for a second...

The first day we got there I was, well... I was a hot mess. This trip revolved around me shooting Lilja & Hannes' wedding. I had prepared so much for it. I was ready to kill it on their wedding day! The rest of the trip? Well, I didn't prepare nearly as much. I had been to Iceland before and thought, hey! We can just wing it, right?! We will just be driving on one road, how hard can it be? HAH.

Literally the FIRST thing we did was arrive to our rental car company, only to realize there had been a bit of confusion when the car was rented... (Oops). When we left there I felt like I had just opened my bank account and dumped it on their counter. Womp womp.

Stephen was a CHAMP through it.  He kept our spirits up and we headed to The Blue Lagoon. After that, we headed on a little road trip to an amazing waterfall! We drove about an hour only to realize that the "waterfall" I had plugged into the GPS wasn't actually a waterfall. I had gotten a few names mixed up and, well, yeah. That sucked. 

At this point in the day it was probably 1pm. The last time we had eaten was 6am at the airport. I had a session scheduled (in the middle of nowhere) for 3ish. We were pretty close to that location already and didn't have time to drive out of the way to find food. Long story short, we didn't eat or drink until 7pm that night. Yeah, I know. Stupid and totally avoidable. But it happened.

All this to say! It's so easy to look at someones life online. Traveling, living it up, always at a party, having the time of their life. But really? You have no idea. Things look so much cleaner, simpler, safer and happier online. Especially when you're looking at a life someone curated for your eyes. 

But honestly, even after all that, we did have an incredible trip! Stephen showed me a TON of grace. We decided to "go with the flow," ended up seeing things we hadn't planned and laughed at ourselves a LOT. Looking back, now that my emotions aren't involved, it was a great growing experience for us. And I'm super grateful that Stephen was with me to experience one of the most incredible places on this earth!

So here it goes! The first part of our Iceland adventure for your viewing pleasure! 

(Another great resource if you're going to Iceland - 100 Best Things to Do in Iceland)

What I've Learned Traveling SOLO by Hannah Byrne

I'm a bit over half way through my solo trip to Spain and thought I'd share a few things traveling alone has taught me for anyone considering it!

But let me back up first. Before I left for this trip I was.... well I was REALLY FREAKING NERVOUS. I've traveled a lot and have been abroad... but alone? That was a new beast for me. Let me clarify by saying I do have a sweet friend here in Barcelona, so she has been really helpful in giving me tips/tricks. But flight to flight, train to train, shoot to shoot, I'm doing it solo. 

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” - LOTR

1. GOTTA HAVE GUMPTION

What I've learned so far is that you've gotta have gumption if you're going to travel by yourself. Gumption sounds great until you actually have to use it. It usually involves leaving comfort zones, welcoming intimidating circumstances and lots of bravery. From having THREE flights get cancelled to getting around a new city with crazy public transportation, I didn't really have a choice. FRIEND, YOU GOTTA HAVE GUMPTION. The best part? You do have it! You just have to really bring it out in yourself.

2. GOTTA LET IT GO

You are at the mercy of your circumstance. You can plan. You can prepare. You can have a checklist, schedule and timeline. But I can guarantee that it's not going to work out the way you thought. Like I said before, going on an adventure inherently opens you up to unforeseen situations. If you don't prepare your heart for this, it would be really easy for anxiety, fear and anger to ruin your trip. FRIEND, YOU GOTTA LET IT GO.

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3. GOTTA HAVE TRUST

HOLY CRAP Y'ALL! I think I've prayed more in the last 7 days than I have in the last 7 months. (Womp, womp - I think that shows a bigger issue here... But let's not focus on that for now.)

In general, traveling opens up LOTS of opportunity for plans to fall through, things to change and LOTS of unintended events to happen. HENCE PRAYER. Maybe I love travel so much because it allows me to fully rely on the Lord to provide in so many ways. Many times, you're forced to accept the hand your dealt... Like THREE flights getting cancelled (Can you tell this part of my trip was really hard for me? Haha)

I have seen God do amazing things, both big and small. From somehow getting me a seat on an already fully booked flight, to opening my heart up to a silver lining when my flight was delayed for 15 hours in Dublin. He's taught me that going on an adventure MUST begin with allowing yourself to be joyful in every circumstance. I'm so thankful to embrace each moment as it comes and truly fall on my knees in gratitude for what HE has done. FRIEND, YOU GOTTA HAVE TRUST.

I'll leave you with one more LOTR quote until next time...

“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”