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Some days, we’re just not feeling 100%. People, events and obligations are tugging at us from left and right, each taking bits of our precious time and energy one by one. On these days, it just doesn’t seem possible to put in our usual “all”… so we choose to put in nothing.

It’s all or nothing,” we think. “I woke up late. I’m tired. If I attempted to do yoga right now, I’d barely get halfway through my usual sequence before having to call it quits.” So we just don’t do it at all.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Aarona Ganesan, who will be leading our upcoming yoga retreat in Mexico. That day, she shared some advice that really stuck with me: “just show up.” No, it might not be the best yoga class you’ve ever taken. You might struggle to keep your mind clearer than you usually do. The pose you naturally fell into last week might feel simply unattainable. But, you know what? You’ll be happy to have shown up.All_3Today, I challenge you to adopt the “every little bit counts” mentality. Maybe the extent of your yoga practice today is holding child’s pose on your bed for 45 seconds. Maybe your workout is 10 quick squats while you’re waiting for your roommate to get out of the shower. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, my loves. Every little bit counts.All_4The beautiful thing is that this mentality can actually spill into all areas of life. Maybe you’ve been avoiding calling an old friend because you can’t find time for a thorough conversation. Take 30 seconds just to say hi. Maybe your apartment has gotten out-of-control messy, and you don’t have the energy to do an in-depth clean. Set aside 10 minutes. Target one corner of one room.

Baby steps, a little at a time. Every little bit counts. With this mentality, we realize that we don’t need to fear seemingly daunting tasks. Life is all about staying balanced, and keeping the flow. As long as we’re doing something, we’re doing juuust fine.All_2

+How do you take one thing at a time?

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Alexandra -Oct 05, 2015, 12:52PM
Love how reassuring and simple this post is. It definitely makes me realize that all the little things add up to for the bigger picture and sometimes we don't even notice:)x
Sarai @ Confessions of an ex-ballerina -Oct 05, 2015, 12:13PM
I've struggled lately with working out a few times a week. Ever since I got sick its been hard to motivate myself to just do it, but I keep telling myself that I just need to do as much as I can handle. I'm not making it through the whole workout anymore but I'm still refreshing my body. Its good to hear someone else thinking the same way. Thanks.

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Post image for Going Home: The Mountains of Utah

Living far away from home. It makes you reflect on and realize the things that truly matter, the things that make your heart sing, and the places from which you seek refuge and comfort.Read More

Faiza -Oct 05, 2015, 9:50AM
For me, I believe it's the trees that connect me to home, but the universe as a whole. I'm in love with how many there are and their age. But, the mountains, I don't have many here. And the mountains are my call to adventure. I must travel to Utah.
Lang Tran -Oct 02, 2015, 9:37PM
Like the author, my heart and soul always yearn for home and my family there. <3

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It’s October (October!) next week — time just doesn’t seem to slow down, does it? How can we make the most of time when it seems to be moving faster than ever?Read More

Chiara -Oct 03, 2015, 10:58AM
This is the most perfect read of my current self. Thank you Free People for always saving my life.
Jodi -Sep 30, 2015, 2:59PM
Netflix series gets me every time. I don't even realize that 5 episodes have gone by and I've been sitting on the couch for 6 hours. Unplugging is definitely the answer. Thank you for the helpful tips.

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Post image for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Chapter 3 Discussion

Today we’re discussing chapter 3 of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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fp julie -Sep 29, 2015, 11:36AM
Rita - so glad to have you along :) the book itself is laid out so simply, it's the STUFF that can be overwhelming! But tackling one category at a time makes this much easier to deal with.
fp julie -Sep 29, 2015, 11:35AM
Lovely Witches - be sure to let us know of your progress :)

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I have this thing with walls.They surround us. We live inside them, we walk around them, we put them up and knock them down. Some are colorful, others plain. They may just shelter you, but they inspire me.Read More

Caitlin -Sep 25, 2015, 1:57PM
I think I share the same fondness for walls that you do! Last summer I visited New York and it's a no brainer that the walls are pieces of art there. More recently, I visited Portland with my boyfriend and we fell in love with the beautiful brick walls covering the city as well as Voodoo Donut's pink walls.
Michelle -Sep 25, 2015, 10:08AM
Wonderful pictures! I love how you capture the special charm of every wall.

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Post image for 4 Ways to Embrace Autumn’s Arrival

Today we celebrate the first day of a new season.

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Faiza -Sep 26, 2015, 7:42AM
Autumn stole my heart many years ago. I definitely want to go for a walk through the woods one of these days with a friend by my side and a hot chocolate in hand. (I will not forget my camera either, it's so exciting to capture nature's beauty).
Bethany Grace -Sep 25, 2015, 4:07PM
i'm so excited for fall time! Rest is so essential! I love cuddling up with some teavannah tea! Keep Dreaming, Bethany

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In a final farewell to summer, we look back on the good times…

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Tereza -Sep 23, 2015, 3:59PM
Lovely photos and memories
Kiss & Make-up -Sep 23, 2015, 6:04AM
What a great summer it has been :-)

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Post image for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Chapters 1 & 2 Discussion

This week we’re discussing chapters one and two of our September book club pick: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

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Elizabeth -Sep 29, 2015, 12:40PM
Hey FP -Just started reading this book so I'm determined to catch up and for once read along with the book club. However, I'm commenting because I want to propose an idea. Has FP ever considered conducting book club gatherings in the store? Following along with the blog is wonderful, but it would be great to have some in store events that bring together all lovers of Free People. Hope something like this is in the future plans!!
Jessica marie -Sep 27, 2015, 2:22PM
As soon as I read your review I clicked straight on amazon and ordered this book! I can't believe how in sync this is with my current feelings. Myself and my partner are looking to downsize to a tiny home, to save money, and as we like the idea. And I've recently felt completely over whelmed with the amount of items I have! (Clothes especially!) And I have a huge list of creative to-do's that I keep putting off until I 'declutter' and have the space to be creative! To the point where i feel i spend all my time moving items around my flat instead of doing anything productive! Cannot wait for this to arrive- I really need the motivation ! Thanks for sharing :) xxxxx

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Post image for Photo Diary: Northport, Long Island

A visual diary of a Northeast coastal town. 
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Aimee -Sep 16, 2015, 11:19PM
It is so strange to have this pop up on my pinterest feed, Northport is my hometown!
saylor -Sep 16, 2015, 9:13PM
I love this photo set so much. Makes me wanna quit school and travel

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Post image for Photo Diary: Roaming Wyoming

If you’ve never been to Wyoming, this photo diary will show you what you’re missing out on! Read More

Bethany -Sep 17, 2015, 8:24AM
I love this post! Wildflowers + Crisp air are my favorites. Keep Dreaming, Bethany
Evelin Kivi -Sep 11, 2015, 8:17PM
These photos are absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring. They actually make me miss summer even though autumn is my favourite season by far.

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Post image for September Book Club: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Our September book club pick is here – it just might help you refresh and renew for the season ahead!

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Petite Picks -Sep 12, 2015, 4:54PM
Karen -Sep 11, 2015, 9:25PM
I've read others that are enamored with it too. Each to their own, of course. I didn't love it, don't at all see the gold in it and enthusiastically recommend other books on the topic when asked.

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Post image for 10 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

Celebrate the last few days of summer by making each one count.

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Lisa -Sep 06, 2015, 7:34AM
In Norway, summer ends when August does. After that it gets really cold outside.

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