Minimalism Challenge Day 25:
Leave a whole day unplanned

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On that day (Saturday 30th of April 2016), I had no plan at all and I ended up:

– Eating an oat pudding for breakfast, scrambled eggs for lunch and pasta for dinner. I also snacked on a mango and drunk a cappuccino and a hot chocolate.

– Devouring 40 days of dating. Such a cool insight of what goes on in the minds of two completely different people who get into a relationship.

– Recording this silly video.

 

– Going to the orthodox church of Trondheim for Easter.

– Binge watching Lucie Fink videos. What an addiction!

– Making these indulgent chocolate truffles.

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– Sleeping between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. Apparently, I was really tired those days.

– Going for a late run outside.

– Buying quinoa and chickpeas for the most delicious veggie burgers I’ve ever tried.

Have you ever tried leaving a whole day unplanned? It was so refreshing!

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 24:
Practice gratitude

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I talk about the small things I am grateful for (or make me happy) on my monthly posts, so on Day 24, I decided to go big and talk about the huge things that I am grateful for in my life.

My mental and physical health

I am very grateful that I can run when I want to, that I feel strong and healthy and that my mind is clear. These things should not be taken for granted and can be lost in moments. I am grateful for having them every single day of my life.

The opportunity to live in Norway and do a PhD

Not everyone does what they want to. Of course you have to chase your dreams, but there’s always a bit of luck involved. I’m grateful that luck was on my way when it came to living the life I want in Norway and doing a PhD on a subject that I love.

The opportunity to travel

When it comes to traveling, there are so many different factors involved, from money to time to will to physical ability. I am very grateful that I have all four of the prerequisites and that I can travel wherever I set my mind to.

My family and my friends and their support

The last and most important thing I am grateful for are the people in my life and the immense amount of support I’ve had whenever I needed it. I wouldn’t be able to live the life I do without it.

What are you grateful for?

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 23:
Go bare-faced

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Well, that’s not that hard, right? I go bare-faced whenever I stay at home, or whenever I’m flying, sometimes when I go out to dinner or with friends as well, but for the past year, I’ve been wearing make up to the office almost every day. I can go without make up, it’s just that I enjoy putting some effort on myself in the morning. My make up is minimal anyway, no bronzing or sculpting or even eyeshadow for the most past. Now that I think about it, I don’t wear mascara every day. My everyday make up routine is concealer (I have one that I use for my under-eyes and red spots), powder allover, blush, smudge a bronze soft pencil on my upper lash line and tight-line with black pencil eyeliner and of course, my favourite part, apply some lipstick. So consider Day 23, easy, peasy, done…

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

ps. My bare face 🙂

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Minimalism Challenge Day 22:
Create a relaxing bedtime routine

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It’s not every night that I have time to relax before going to bed, but when I do I like to:

  • take my make up off (with a dual make up remover and then with micellar water)
  • wash my face with some very mild soap
  • take a warm shower
  • put on face oil (the blue one from Kiehls is amazing!) and moisturizer
  • wash my teeth and floss
  • put on hair oil
  • put on body, foot and hand cream while seating on my bed (it’s an important part of the routine, I have to be sitting on the bed, otherwise I don’t enjoy it) and some lip balm
  • put on my fragrance (is it too much yet?)
  • read a chapter of a book I am currently reading

I do most of these every single night, no matter how late it is and how tired I am, but I wish I spent the extra minute to put foot cream every single night, because this is what relaxes me most after a tiring day. I would also like to make more of an effort to start my routine a bit earlier and go to bed earlier. What is your bedtime routine?

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 21:
Journal for twenty minutes

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When I started this challenge I dreaded the journaling day. I really enjoy blogging, but journaling is not my thing. I had to think hard until I could find something I would like to write down, that I wouldn’t post it on the blog. And I did.. Something in Greek!

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It’s just a simple list of the things I would like to quit and it felt more natural to write it in Greek. So there you go, here’s an entry from my journal. Maybe they’ll be more to come. I won’t just start journaling every day, but it felt good writing these thoughts down today.

Do you like journaling? Am I the only one who struggles so much?

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

Minimalism Challenge Day 20:
No TV all day, read instead

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I don’t own a TV, but let’s curve that YouTube habit.

The Intro

I do like to watch YouTube videos, maybe to an extend that is not healthy and it takes away some hours of my day I could be more productive doing something else. Apart from unfollowing (which doesn’t really help at all, because I check videos from people I don’t follow), I also decided to stop watching videos for a day.

The Rules

  1. Absolutely no YouTube for this lady (me!).
  2. No series.
  3. No movies and basically no moving pictures. Nada. Nothing at all.

The Results

YouTube is the first thing I do when I sit down to eat breakfast. Well, since I couldn’t do that on Day 1, I sat down and started drafting this post, which is way more productive. I had a couple of temptations during my lunch break, but I wrote “No TV all day!” on a post it and that helped me remember that I am actually restricting myself. I called my mother during lunch, btw, which also was way more productive. By the time I got home, I was completely bored. Food takes so much longer to be ready when I am not distracted with stupid videos. I texted, I called, I talked, I read, eventually I started cleaning. Later that day, I was ready to break and start fresh tomorrow, but somehow I held myself and didn’t. I also went to bed quite early. Switching off was so much easier.

The Conclusion

I noticed I was more productive, but also that my day was ridiculously more quiet. Maybe I should have a couple of TV/YouTube free days a week?

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

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