Minimalism Challenge Day 9:
Downsize your beauty collection

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I was so excited to clear up my make up on Day 9. My beauty collection has been growing for the past year as I tried to figure out what I like. Also, I noticed I started buying things (only 2-3 items though) I heard about on YouTube and that was it. So here’s what I did.

Step 1

Purge! I didn’t have that much to purge, just 2 items.

Step 2

I wrote down a detailed inventory of all the make up I own (in Norway, because I was few things left in Greece, which I will be added to the inventory eventually). Turns out I own 91 (!!!) make-up items.

Step 3

I decided what items I would like my dream make up collection have. Apparently I enjoy putting on neither bronzer (and I own two bronzers) nor contouring (I have only one shadow that I could potentially use as contour if I ever needed it and it’s one of my staples for my brows and eyes, MAC’s Omega). My ideal make up collection only has 27 items, 10 of which are different lip liners and lipsticks. Lipstick is the one thing I really enjoy and that’s why my ideal collection has so many of them.

Step 4

Don’t buy any makeup until I’ve used up what I have. Of course if I run out of mascara I’ll go buy a new one. That way I’ll be able to someday have my ideal make up collection and not throw away all the stuff I bought and I wouldn’t repurchase.

Step 5 (optional!)

Project pan 🙂

As you can see, I didn’t really downsize, because all of my makeup is quite new or I plan to use it up, but I have a plan and I won’t purchase anything (even lipsticks!) unless I am out it. Downsizing feels good!

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 8:
Learn to enjoy solitude

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I was always a person to be happy left on their own and for the past years I’ve grown into a habit of traveling by myself, spending hours upon hours on flights, on airports, in cities I’ve never visited before. I am good at being on my own and I really enjoy the solitude. In fact, sometimes I even crave it. This wasn’t a big challenge for me. I finished Day 8 on a Friday evening by painting my toes on my favourite orange-red colour (Too too hot by Essie), made pancakes for dinner, left the dishes unwashed, watched the last episode of The Good Wife uninterrupted, picked up a book, went to bed really late and generally engaged in my secret woman behaviour. It’s good to be on your own sometimes. Next time I’ll add some Chinese take-away to the mix.

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 7:
Streamline your reading list

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I made this day all about cleaning out my Instagram, Bloglovin and YouTube subscriptions. I decided I don’t need to keep  any blogs and YouTube accounts I am not enjoying or the ones that I am hate reading (because yes, I am one of those people). There are some blogs that put a smile on my face and these are the ones that I kept after my clean up. I was very strict about that and I went down from following 176 blogs (that I wasn’t actually reading anymore and didn’t click on their new posts) to 36 that I absolutely love and want to read each and every post they upload. I also cleaned up my Instagram, so that when I decide to browse I get inspired, not upset. Same goes for YouTube. I don’t need to follow people that hoard make-up, while I am trying to size down my collection. Sorry, not sorry. Cleaning out my reading list was a huge step towards feeling more inspired by the people I follow and that made me very happy.

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 6:
Follow a morning ritual

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Every morning I follow the same routine. Do the exercises for my back, eat the same breakfast, make the bed, put on make up and clothes and I’m on my way. That day I decided to spice it up a bit and I made myself pancakes. I followed the recipe from Jamie’s Everyday Superfood and they were the most delicious and very healthy pancakes. It was a nice Monday morning and I had an unexplained positive feeling all day.

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Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 5:
Identify your main priorities

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Sometimes it is easy to feel lost in a huge to-do list and miss the focus on your main priorities. Redefining them, or even remember what these are, can help feeling motivated and putting life into perspective. Here are my top priorities at this point of my life.

Finish my PhD

This is a top priority at this point of my life. It’s my top goal and I have a good amount of work still to do. Focus, focus, focus.

Quality time with my family and friends

Sometimes I feel every meter of the distance between Norway and Greece. It is so difficult to be close to my family and friends, when I am so far away, but it’s a priority for me so I make the extra effort when we finally meet and spend some quality time with them.

Find my balance

I feel that my life is way more balanced when I wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. That way I am way more productive and I can spend the first hour of the day focusing on myself. However, when I skip this morning routine, I find myself more stressed and less focused. Balance is now a priority for me. There is no other way I can make it work.

What are your top priorities right now?

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 4:
No-complaint day

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The rational part of my mind tells me that there is no point in complaining. If you don’t like something, change it. Complaining on its own doesn’t change a thing. Be polite, make your point come across, act wisely and don’t complain. The no-complaint attitude goes hand in hand with a more positive life attitude. Some people argue that looking at the negative aspects of a situation or a person is call being more realist and that’s the only way to change them and evolve through them. I have nothing against that, but keep in mind that you have to see the positive aspects as well, and celebrate them. No-complaints and positive life attitude will make your happier everyday.

This has been my attitude for, more or less, the past two years and it was working fine, until some new people in my life challenged it. They were big fans of complaining. They said that I was avoiding the truth, because I only let the good things in*. Some days they were negative about themselves (ex. “I’m fat!”), some days they were negative towards me (ex. “You’re not pretty enough!”), some days they were just negative about everything (ex. “My life is so difficult!”**). After a while, taking to them made me feel bad and I realized I had started complaining again. It was actually at the same time as I was trying to take the no-complaint challenge that I noticed it. I even failed my first two attempts! I didn’t need this, I didn’t need them. So I stopped talking. Holy crap! Negative people can drag you down and trust me, you don’t need them. I was back to my happy self the next day. No-complaint challenge? Done!

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

* I am actually working on the bad things I can change, but I don’t let them get me down, because, what’s the point?
** Unless you’re a special snowflake, you’re not having it more difficult than the rest of us. Get a grip! Wait! Was that a complaint?

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