10 Tips for Meditation

10 Tips for Meditation

Today, I am going to share some tips with you on practicing meditation. I used to worry all the time about having the ‘perfect’ environment before I started using mindfulness techniques. I’ve learned over the last few years that mindfulness can be just as powerful in my car than it is in the comfort of my own home on my yoga mat. Continue reading “10 Tips for Meditation”

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Malaysia | Bohey Dulang Island

Malaysia | Bohey Dulang Island

When we arrived, we walked down a jetty over beautiful, crystal-clear water. You could see the bottom of the sea bed. Other small islands that were nearby, looked like mounds of broccoli. I’m not kidding. The trees were so vibrantly green!

Cases of stairs started off this short hike. Within two minutes, I realised the mistake I’d made. Steep inclines are no joke! There were several times I thought of turning back, but something kept telling me not to give up. I was also walking with my boyfriend, so I wanted to reach the top as a team. It would be an experience (good or bad or both) that we would endure together. Continue reading “Malaysia | Bohey Dulang Island”

Declutter Series 2: Maintenaince

Declutter Series 2: Maintenaince

Clutter, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Survey results from an Australian Institute, Stuff Happens:

  • 42% of respondents agreed that their clutter makes them feel either anxious, depressed or guilty.
  • 88% of homes have at least one cluttered room.
  • 29% said that clutter stops them enjoying their time at home.
  • One in five (21%) said that clutter in their home impedes their ability to move around the place.

A lot of what these respondents felt, relate to my sentiments back then and even now. In my first Decluttering post, I wrote about the beginning of my journey. Just because I’ve started this journey, it doesn’t mean my house is completely spotless 24/7. That’s when I realised, maintenance is something not many people talk about. How can I keep my place tidy after decluttering? After a few years of learning, testing and trying, I have some tips to share with you, so keep reading!

What to do when things start to pile up.

1. Take inventory.

Choose one room or section to focus on. What items are piling up? Whether it’s books, dishes or laundry, make a mental note.

2. Put each item back in it’s place.

If from time to time, you leave items in places they shouldn’t be (like me), put the items back in their place. For instance, pens should be stored in a pencil case or pen jar. Socks back in the sock section of your drawer. Laundry in the laundry basket… you get the picture. If there is no home for this item, either discard it, re-use or donate to charity, family and friends who need it.

You’ll be surprised that once you make this a habit, your space will stay clean with minimal effort. Preventing things from piling up = less feelings of overwhelm, guilt and anxiousness. Stop the cycle.

3. Don’t be a hero.

Often times, we feel obligated to clean EVERYTHING all at once, to stop feeling guilty or embarrassed. I don’t suggest this – unless you have the energy. If you stop half-way or get distracted, you’ll only feel more guilty for not doing it all.

Take it one step at a time. Finish one section, then move on to the next. Anyway, one section that’s tidy, is better than none!

4. Check for appropriate storage.

When I moved in with my boyfriend, I had stacks of books in a box because I had no shelf. Once I had enough money, I bought a shelf and finally have a spot for my books.

When your items are sorted in specific categories, check whether you have appropriate storage solutions. There are many videos on Facebook and YouTube that could give you ideas.

Questions I ask myself: Is this useful? Does this fit with my lifestyle? Can I re-purpose this? Is it an item I enjoy? If the answer is no for any question, I either donate, discard or sell it online.

Next, let’s look at ways to stay motivated when cleaning, organising or decluttering.

How to stay motivated.

Remember why you’re doing it.

For me, I clean because I don’t want my living space to be overwhelmed with clutter. If you don’t have a reason to clean, I would suggest to watch decluttering shows like Minimalism, Consumed, Hoarders and Extreme Clutter. Sometimes we resonate with people who are in a similar situation that we are in. Watch a few episodes and reflect. What parts of the show did you find useful? What parts of the show don’t apply to you? Years ago, I knew that having piles and piles of clothes without storage wasn’t the best idea, but I didn’t know that I could just declutter them – I was taught to keep/treasure items to the point of being overwhelmed with clutter.

Capitalise on the urge to tidy.

If you’re feeling the slightest urge to declutter/clean, I suggest to capitalise! There’s no better time than right now.

Reward > chore.

Some people may view cleaning as a chore. For others, it can be a source of catharsis and relaxation. For me, I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle. Thinking about needing to clean makes it feel like a chore, but when I’m actually cleaning, I zone out and enjoy the repetition. By the end of it, I feel rewarded because now I have a tidy home, ready for cooking, creating or even lounging. So keep that in mind: if your living space/house/apartment/room is tidy, there is more time to enjoy life! I am not encouraging you to clean 24/7, I am encouraging to take small steps each day to living a clutter free life.

Choose a colour palette.

This year, I have been transitioning from an all black, grey and red palette into colours including white, beige and orange. I spent some time making my own colour palettes I liked and searched on Pinterest for further inspiration.

Sticking to a colour palette has helped me purchase items I thoroughly enjoy and use, time and time again. Colour preferences may change throughout the seasons – that’s fine! What I want you to remember though, is having a palette-base will take away the guesswork when you’re shopping, thrifting or re-purposing. Keep it simple!

Ask for help and have fun.

I know, it can be daunting and you may feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. But if you have people in your life that you can trust, REACH OUT. Life’s struggles don’t have to be experienced alone. We are on this Earth to help each other. Perhaps a friend or family member can do the dishes while you tidy the dining area. More pairs of hands are better than one! You can make it a fun activity by scheduling a lunch or special takeaway dinner! 2 in 1 deal: a tidy home as well as spending time with people you care about.

Finding balance through living life simply has improved my mental, emotional and physical health. Remember, nobody is perfect and no home is perfect, so don’t hold yourself to such expectations. If you are cleaning today, don’t forget to have fun with it!

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Review: Avène Face + Body Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin

Review: Avène Face + Body Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin

Humidity is the friend I didn’t know I needed.

While I was overseas in Malaysia, my skin thrived in the humid weather. Besides the sweating, I loved it! However, it soon dawned on me that returning to Australia would involve dry, merciless heat…  It was my mission to invest in a good quality moisturiser that I could bring back!

I was at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, browsing through a local pharmacy when I came across this brand, Avène. I’d heard of it, but never thought much about it. The pharmacy assistant explained this moisturiser was good for dry, sensitive skin. Now, I’ve experienced the horrors of all kinds of ‘suitable’ creams that didn’t hydrate my skin but made it dryer/sting/tingle or made no difference at all. This Avène cream was said to be appropriate for eczema and very dry, sensitive skin. It had no fragrance. Despite my hesitation, I decided it was time to give this product a go.

My review.

When I arrived back in Australia, as expected, my skin started to break out with dry patches around my face and arms. My eczema-prone skin started to itch. Flying on multiple planes probably didn’t help out, either. I immediately started using this Avène cream. Within the next few days or so, my skin started to feel smooth, hydrated and dewy without feeling ‘heavy’.

It has been about four weeks since using this cream, and the dry patches on my face are no where to be seen! Besides my nose, from wiping it all the time, thanks to an unwelcome cold/flu.

The Benefits of Avène:

  • Fast-absorbing. I’ve found this moisturiser to be relatively fast-absorbing so when I’m rushing to get ready for work, I can moisturise, dress and go!
  • Fragrance free. Although I am a sucker for pretty-smelling perfumes, soaps and lotions, this fragrance-free cream adds to the sensitive skin suitability. There’s no risk of reactions to a fragrance or feeling my nose itch every time I breathe in.
  • Slightly dewy. I find when I use this on my face, it does give a slightly dewy feel. I have been digging this look, especially whilst in this transitioning spring-summer weather! If you’re not a fan of this, then perhaps this product is not for you. However, I will say I use a little more than the amount of surface area I have. Maybe if I used less, my face would feel more matte, than dewy.
  • Clinical studies included. On the Avène website, there are 2 results of small clinical studies indicating hydration increase after 6-7 days of use. My psychology-based brain finds this inclusion quite intriguing.

How I use this moisturiser.

I use Avène once or twice daily, with powdered makeup over the top, if I feel like it.

For a few months now, I’ve steered clear of foundations/BB creams to give my skin some freedom. These days, I only use blush, bronzer and a brow pencil. The less I use on my face, the better my skin looks and feels. I make an effort to stay hydrated too. Thanks to this new Avène cream, I feel confident that my skin is being taken care of while I go about my daily routine.

I’ve always wanted to find ways to embrace my youthful 20s! And you should too. Regardless of your age, enjoy the beauty that your body + skin is. True, no one is perfect but it doesn’t take perfection to ‘radiate beauty’. Take time to look after you. Whether it’s a new skincare product or taking a break from a strict routine… Enjoy it.

When we are honest with ourselves and our flaws, confidence grows!

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Finding Creativity At Work

Finding Creativity At Work

 

The little waitress.

Most people who know me, know that I worked in hospitality for a number of years. Running food, washing dishes, making drinks and taking orders – the usual front-of-house/all-rounder duties. Although I enjoyed hospitality for it’s fast-pace and it’s people, I could not be creative. I could neatly arrange table decor, fold pizza boxes and garnish fresh smoothies (I LOVED doing these tasks), but I could not pour beautiful latte-art for the life of me. One reason was that I lacked training, and the other was that the year I tried latte-art, was the year I knew something finally needed to change. Instead of creativity, I focused on building rapport with customers, doing my best to ensure they enjoyed their experience wherever I worked (I have previously worked in cafes, restaurants, clubs). Continue reading “Finding Creativity At Work”