19 August 2014

The Need for Distraction

Personal Picture // Singapore, June 2013.

As I discovered willpower is a finite resource, I also noticed the brain isn't in full activity all the time. It can only think hard, solve problems or engage in creative activities for so long before it needs down time. In other words, we need distractions, but our consumerist society made sure these distractions were linked to shopping.

10 August 2014

Ever Transitional

Personal Picture // June 2014

Life is always changing, ephemeral, transitional. Japanese call it "Muj├┤", the impermanence, the uncertainty, the transiency of life. Cherry flowers which scatter at the wind right after they blossom. The sound of waves. The smell of freshly cut grass. Seasons, holidays, our student years...

05 August 2014

While I am away...

Source: Instagram @kalygolo

I am flying to Ireland in a few hours for my cousin's wedding. Summers are weddings. Lates twenties and early thirties are weddings. Family reunions, feasts, meeting long lost cousins and fidgeting over what to wear as a guest. I'm counting on Irish beer too, for this one. Here are a few random bits and thoughts to leave you with while I am away for the rest of the week...

03 August 2014

Food For Thought // #10

Artichoke Flower // Personal Picture

Here is the latest Food for Thought post, mainly focused on perspective and how changing our own view of the world can improve our situation and make us happier. My communications teacher used to say: it's like changing your camera lens - the situation itself doesn't change, but you approach it with a different angle.

30 July 2014

Fast Month #1: On Mindset

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As I officially started my Levelled Up Shopping Fast about a month ago (on June 19th), here are the impressions and learnings from month one. The beginning has been harder than I thought, as I underestimated the importance of mindset and unconscious behaviours (damn brain biases). Here are some learnings from my missed start, as well as the rest of the month, as I went back on track.

26 July 2014

Level Up Mini Challenge: Shop Your Closet

Two pairs of Repetto & Converse // Personal picture

Here is a new Level Up mini-challenge, based on a little experiment I have been conducting with my own closet lately. As one of the ways to increase the "use" part of the consumerist cycle, how to both improve the life span of well-worn items and increase the rotation of the least worn, with a little wardrobe editing at the end of the challenge.

23 July 2014

The Health Files: Nutrition Basics

Thai Salad // Personal Picture

Today, I'd like to introduce a new post idea: the Health Files. As I chose the path of simplicity, I also started paying more attention to my health, researching various topics, and shifting my daily habits. Although I am not a health professional, and my notes are only the result of personal reads and experiments, I thought it may be interesting to share my findings with you.