Kara Schilling



About Me

I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in English, Mass Communication, and Communication Studies. I love to explore how humans interact, communicate, and why we like the things we do. My passion for marketing developed during my five years with Aspen Heights Partners.

During that time, I was able to improve my skills in marketing, social media, and learned how to deliver true customer service. I'm a coffee, craft beer, and Texas wine apologist & will use an ampersand any chance I get. I look forward to walks with my Australian Shepherd and travels around the world.

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The Good Year

I was considering what the year two thousand and eighteen would mean for me, what I was bringing into the new year, and how I could live everyday with intention. I just kind of felt like I needed more good my life. I asked myself 'what does living a good life look like to me?' I came up with, less emails, more time throwing the frisbee for my dog kind of good. Less time scrolling through Instagram coveting earrings and more time spent with people sitting in the same room kind of good. Spending less money on things and more on traveling or upgrading my house good.

My list of good continued and as it grew I found myself consistently going back to the aspiration to simplify areas of my life and to be content with who I was and the things that I had. I noticed a pattern and began to question how I spend my time, my money, and what I really value. Asking myself these questions gave me the realization that I didn't have to sell all of my stuff and live in the wilderness, nor did I need to stop treating myself to my favorite pour over coffee to live in an idealistic way. I could start living this way now, I just had to start somewhere. So, I thought it would be fun to do an experiment. An experiment to see if I can still revere my style, have fun with trends, and get dressed up for events and special occasions all while still fulfilling my financial goals. I decided to challenge myself to only shop at Goodwill --for an entire year.

Shopping at Goodwill or any other thrift store will not be an unprecedented practice. Although I've always shopped at the gamut of department stores and boutiques alike I also grew up on going to Goodwill with my mom. We would walk the aisles going on treasure hunts to see who could find the best name brands for the lowest price. There is this enchanting experience that only a thrift store can offer of finding something that's either vintage and one of a kind or that top you wanted from H&M last year that was always sold out in your size. Today I avidly shop at Goodwill and people are always amazed when they find out that my dress, handbag, my anything is second-hand, and even more amazed when I tell them the little amount that I paid.

You might wonder why I would put myself through this, that it will be too grueling, others might think I'm not adjusting my life by much at all. For me, this feels like the right first step to living a more simplified and intentional life and investing in people, relationships and things that matter to me most. It will give me a chance to refocus my time and my money. Throughout the year I will routinely ask myself if the things that I'm surrounding myself with bring me true joy in hopes that I get one step closer to living a content, simplified, and joy-filled life.

I've been inspired by Emily Ley's Grace Not Perfection, blogger Hannah Cross with Homemade Banana, Brighton Keller, Brighton The Day, The True Cost, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō.

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I'm located deep
in the heart of Texas.