My last week in Portugal.

It's been more than 2 years since I began living in Portugal and in the blink of an eye it's time to return. Of course, this remark is slightly tongue-in-cheek, because this journey certainly has had its ups and downs. So it does feel like I've been here forever on...

My non-relationship with exercise.

If you’ve been around these parts long enough, you’d know that one of the banes of my life is exercise. I should do it to be healthy, but I don’t. I’ve tried all sorts of things – jogging, lifting light weights, home exercises, tennis… but none of them lasted long.

When plans change.

Life frequently takes twists and turns. At times you’ll face situations that are somewhat out of your control or perhaps the result of bad decisions. On hindsight, my life has been pretty much a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs which at times had me gripping...

Minimalism: my progress.

It’s been a while since my last post and I do apologise for that. We’ve had visitors here in Portugal and I’ve been spending time with them so I sort of went on a temporary hiatus from the blog. But I’m back, recharged and rejuvenated for the...

Finding your passion in life.

Everybody is passionate about something. Some are passionate about the creative arts while others are passionate about the sciences. There are some people who we feel are fortunate enough to have a job they are passionate about, while for...

Slow mornings with my thoughts.

Two months ago, I shared with you my morning routine. In a nutshell, I used to begin my day in a rush because I loved sleeping in whenever I could, even on work days. I would sleep until the last possible minute, do everything hurriedly (washing...

Are we there yet? The myth of destination.

All of us have been exposed to the concept of arrival early on in our lives. I remember asking my parents relentlessly back when I was a kid whether we’d arrived at our destination or not. “Are we there yet?” This happened countless of times. We...

All the stuff. EDC for a typical work day.

I used to be the person who carried everything with them in a large tote or backpack. I always made sure I was ready for a variety of occasions. Water, umbrella, pens, laptop, notebooks, camera, first aid kit, makeup bag, etc... you name it, I...

Domestic goddessery.

I have discovered a completely new side of me. The "domestic goddess". But I use this term loosely. Very loosely. Growing up, I used to hate cleaning. Crockery in the sink, hair on the floor, etc (gross right?)... I guess I got by because there...

Start the day right.

At the turn of the year, I realised that I needed to re-examine the way I begin my day. I’m a chronic snoozer. That is, without fail, I tend to hit the snooze button and say to myself “just 5 more minutes”. The problem with doing that is that a)...

Making all the plans. 2018 planning system.

One of the things I felt like I needed to work on in 2018 was efficiency and productivity. I have such a terrible tendency to allow time to slip away doing goodness knows what, especially during my "free time" which could be legitimately put to...

Wanna give up? Tips to stay the course.

Okay, so it's almost the end of January and you're wondering a) where on earth the month went and b) how on earth you are going to keep up with the number of items on your list of resolutions moving forward. "New Year, New Me" is a concept that...

Cluttered space, cluttered mind – the minimalist workspace.

  I used to have a mug that said "creative minds are rarely tidy". Every time Dad or Mum nagged at me to tidy up, I'd brandish that mug with a flourish like it's a legitimate excuse to be messy. It isn't. Mind you, I've been messy all my life. This is...

Tchau 2017 and hello 2018!

    Once again another year has flown by and a new one has arrived. Every time a new year begins, I get all excited thinking about the endless possibilities and the things that I want to promise myself I will do. But quite frankly, each time I've hopped on the...

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