Posted in THOUGHTS

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: 34

Howdy! Let us get personal.

I felt sedentary in 2021. Last year was a bit weighty. I wanted healing, newness, change, and growth and nothing worked. We were living in a much strange way of interacting with life. For me, it led to a withdrawal of old, unhealthy habits.

I recently just turned 34. I promised myself for the upcoming days to embrace newness every single day. I will explore a new dimension of my existence within the confines of my boundaries. I know it will be hard to get away from this rigid idea of myself or remain within any walls that exist only in my head. Every day will be an option to live in a way that feels good, to be doing things that align with what I value most.

To anyone reading this: If you long for transformation, start small. Maybe instead of buying your hard-boiled egg, boil your own. If you are just trying to get through today, have a shower and sleep. The world and your issues can wait. Trying something new does not have to be some complicated and stern thing.

To my gallant queens: Happy International Women’s Day! Be the nurturers, the soothers, and the steadier of rocked boats that you are. BUT minimise pleasing and placating the world as if your lives depended on it.

Sending virtual hugs your way,

Jinky

Posted in lifestyle, MINIMALISM

7 MINIMALIST RESOLUTIONS

A happy new year and welcome to the first entry of 2020! Let’s face it everyone is having resolutions, so are we. As a baby in minimalism, I know that I still have a lot to learn on this journey. I have taken an interest in this lifestyle from late 2018 and although I have decluttered a solid 50% of my physical belongings during 2019, I know for a fact that I still keep things and issues more than I need. As the new decade just commenced, I want to have a plan and take it farther as a minimalism adapter. If you have taken an interest in reading this and the idea of minimalism resonates with you, thank you! Here are my 7 resolutions in the realm of minimalism. I hope you can take something with you and that this makes sense to you the way it does to me.

1. Only Own One Of Rule

Avoiding duplicates. I am still working on this. Seeing my pens, notebooks, journals, shoes, the list can go longer. I still hoard them for the reason that I can’t just throw them away. I need to do something about it. We don’t need that many pens and shoes unless we use each of them every day which is way far from possible.

2. Invest in Quality over Quantity

To name a few: tackling tasks, clothing, relationships. From day 1 at school, I was taught to multi-task and put my eggs in multiple baskets but I absolutely don’t have to if I don’t need to. What I want to do is prioritize, keep the things that will last longer, and have anything that I’ll get sufficient use out of. The rest is just clutter.

3. No Buy Challenge 

Setting a goal not to spend money for a day, a week or even months. Say, for example, bringing packed lunch at work or fight the aching desire to eat out because I’m too tired to prepare a meal at home. Commit to no shopping for a month or 3, or just being intentional about the things I want to bring in my space.

4. Say No

This one I struggled for as long as I can remember and honestly, I still do. I will feel bad if I say no like 80% of the time so I ended up saying yes anyway, which can be destructive sometimes to my health, my values and my goals. I will make it a goal for 2020 to be comfortable saying no to things that don’t make me feel good, don’t benefit me and don’t serve a purpose.

5. Create a Routine 

Routine is a good kickoff start in forming a habit. On my day off is when I re-visit my to-do list for the entire week/month and tackle my calendar for appointments and deadlines. I will try to schedule my work-related meetings and whatnot at work. Basically, all things related to my fulltime job will be done during workdays and personal matters will be done at home during days off. I want to focus on work and not be distracted with personal issues and the same thing goes if I have a rest day. I also have started to schedule to water my plants (very important) so I don’t mess up the days’ intervals and eventually kill my plants.  I do flip with these routines sometimes especially when I am too tired but I will make it happen, master them, and eventually able to do it by default.

6. Limit Plastic Use

Okay, you don’t need to go blown-out zero waste but at least make an effort to minimize it. I am so pleased I have cut down my plastic use to 50% if not more for the entire 2019. This as well doesn’t mean you have to discard all your plastic belongings and change to glass containers or other sustainable alternatives. That again defeats the idea of having plastic as waste. Continue using them until their last life and try not to acquire additional plastics. If I’m needing for a certain thing to buy and its wrap in plastic I would look for an alternative, whether it’s in a glass container or I buy it in bulk and popped out my reusable bags. I can only count with my fingers the amount of time I have been in a coffee shop and had single-use cups for the whole 2019 and I always have a stainless steel fork in my bag that comes in handy for whenever my colleagues and I eat out after work. If you can’t avoid ordering food out at least refuse to have the plastic cutlery and condiments then use your utensils at home. If you buy a single item in a shop, ditch the plastic bag and pop it in your handbag or just hold it as it is. I always do that, it doesn’t hurt. Although sometimes it’s hard to try to go grocery shopping without plastic at all, this 2020 we’ll try harder.

7. Simplify Food 

The first point is to go back to basics. Fresh produce and less processed food. I know that ready to go food comes with convenience because I actually do but it’s not healthy in the long run. Not healthy for your body, your wallet, and the environment. Opt for simple food that is nutrient-dense and ditch junk food. Vegetables are doable and you don’t have to make it too complicated with all the seasonings and grillings. I don’t go crazy with them because I think its unnecessary, but if you do then, by all means, you do you no judgment just make it simple with your own definition of simplicity. About minimalism with food, it doesn’t mean you have to eat less at all. It means we should only eat what our body needs with a bit of sustainability. For 2020 let’s make it a mission to keep it simple and only consume healthier food.

Life is too short to do things we don’t need and don’t serve a purpose. Focus your energy on people, things, and experiences that matter and make you happy. Now is the time to drop everything that is not working for you because you glow differently when you’re doing better.

Let’s make 2020 simple!

Love,

Jinky xx

 

Posted in lifestyle, MINIMALISM

14 THINGS I DON’T SPEND MY MONEY ON

1. Mouthwash

Mouthwash doesn’t fix bad breath, oral hygiene does. I brush my teeth, I floss every day and visit the dentists every 6 months. That’s it.

2. Shampoo on a bottle/body wash/body scrubber

I’m using small towels that I have for ages as a scrubber, a way cheaper bar soap, and a bar shampoo that lasts up to 3 months. It’s a low waste too and good for the environment. It is a win-win.

3. Packaged Food

I slice and make my own food with youtube. It’s cost-effective and healthier.

4. Hair Dye

I’m embracing my natural hair colour, though sometimes when I see photos of my dyed hair I kinda miss it. But no, I can’t. It’s too much work maintaining it and it’s costly. Besides, black hair is cool, too.

5. Trendy Items

I never buy them anymore. I’ve learned my lesson when I was decluttering my stuff and found the items that I bought because at that time it was on-trend. You forget about them in a matter of weeks and eventually will toss them. It’s sad, don’t do that.

6. Getting my nails done

I’m doing them myself. The amount of time I came home disappointed because the shape wasn’t right against the fact that you paid for it, is just a little bit much.

7. Stationeries

I am the type of person who used to write on actual papers, loved to stick cute post-its on the wall and just fancy collecting beautiful looking notebooks or journals. Up to these days, I am still trying to finish up the ones I have accumulated over the past years. I never buy them anymore.

8. Subscriptions

I only have one subscription now and that is the Lightroom that I use to when I edit photos for my Instagram and blog. I terminated my Netflix subscription plus the multiple photo editing apps subscriptions because honestly I don’t need them and I can sort on some other ways totally for free. Like watching movies online or youtube.

9. Knick-knacks

They make the space looking cluttered and they do not serve a purpose at all. They collect dirt and have to spend time cleaning them. So, no.

10. Alcohol

I don’t do alcohol anymore. I had my time during school days.

11. Meat

Fruits and vegetables are way cheaper and packed with nutrients.

12. Coffee Shops

I have minimized my consumption of coffee to only if I’m on night duty and that my ways of having to stay awake aren’t working. Thus, coffee shops serve a purpose no more. I write or read at home or in the park.

13. Sugary Beverages

I don’t drink soda or processed juice or anything of such. I drink plain water and fresh juices on occasion.

14. Taxi Fares

I don’t know if it’s just me but I don’t like the smell of a taxi, it makes me dizzy. Here in UAE taxis are unreasonably expensive! I don’t mind taking the bus. I can take a nap, listen to a podcast or just be alone and take time to read or think. Bonus point, it’s cheap. You’ll have to make time though, but it’s doable. I can make time. *wink*

 

These are the things I don’t spend my money on anymore. Things that I have completely stopped buying, replaced with healthier option or more affordable option. Whatever works for me might not work for you. I hope you found this helpful.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Jinky xx

Posted in MINIMALISM

50 THINGS TO GET RID OF TODAY

When I became interested in a minimalist lifestyle, decluttering physical things was the first step I did to get to know what I need and don’t. Today I’m sharing 50 Things To Get Rid of, that might jump-start your spirit if by any chance you want to declutter.

  1. Borrowed items
  2. Flyers and business cards (store them digitally)
  3. Knick-knacks (mine’s a bottle opener I bought in Malaysia that I NEVER USE, among other things)
  4. Receipts (again digitized them)
  5. Paper bags and plastic bags
  6. Pens that aren’t working
  7. Expired certificates (everything is digital, don’t print and save the planet)
  8. Plane tickets (I mean who else is printing plane tickets? Well, I used to and glued them in my memory book. But now I have my memories in photos)
  9. Shoe boxes or any boxes with the thing that it comes with (you will not need those boxes in the future if you don’t have so much stuff)
  10. Sentimental items (I mean surely you can treasure someone by their good heart rather than by a physical item)
  11. Things you keep holding on from your ex-friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband (unless you’re using them and they’re serving an actual purpose)
  12. Chargers or wires of old gadgets
  13. Alarm clocks (use your phone as your alarm)
  14. Not working hot tools
  15. Extra hair brushes/hair ties/hairpins
  16. Expired hair products
  17. Expired makeup products
  18. Broken or wacked makeup products
  19. Empty bottles of lotion
  20. Free samples
  21. Empty perfume bottles
  22. Perfumes that you don’t like
  23. Dirty and unused makeup brushes
  24. Empty lipsticks
  25. Skincare products that you are allergic to
  26. Skincare products that break you out
  27. Skincare products that never used
  28. Dressers and vanities (keep and fit everything in one closet)
  29. Extra garbage bins (you consume less, you produce waste less, you will not need tons of bins)
  30. Decorative rags
  31. Mismatched pillowcases
  32. Uncomfortable pillows
  33. Extra blankets/sheets
  34. Mismatched socks
  35. Old and loose underwears
  36. Ill-fitting clothes
  37. Never worn clothes
  38. Free and promotional t-shirts/hats you will never wear
  39. Bags you have never used for a year
  40. Coloured belts
  41. Extra sunglasses
  42. Broken hangers
  43. Uncomfortable shoes
  44. Extra mugs
  45. Extra plates
  46. Kitchen gadgets
  47. Duplicate tools
  48. Expired goods
  49. Foods with mould in the fridge
  50. Empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner and whatnot

Here are some ideas you can do with your decluttered stuff:

  • sell them
  • donate
  • re-purpose
  • give to your friends and families
  • simply throw them away and don’t repurchase

I hope you enjoyed reading this list, found it inspirational and gave you some ideas of the things you can declutter. Whatever isn’t serving a purpose in my life might be serving a purpose in yours.

Thank you for reading and please don’t keep more than you need!

Love,

Jinky xx

 

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