This is what’s in my bag – which I carry every day.
It defers a little bit depending on the occasion, but these are the basic items that I carry pretty much daily bases.
Especially when I am going to work, these are the only things I carry.
I mean actual Cash Money. You can read more on my blog, but I totally switched to using only cash and chargeable card(Octopus card - for transportation) instead of Credit card. It has simplified my life very much.
2. Credit Card
Even though I switched to only using Cash, I do have some occasions where I have to pay credit card, such as, when I have to pay in advance and collect money afterward or for company expenses that are claimable.
I cannot live without a good lipstick. No matter how small my purse is, it is the first thing I put into my bag. It gives me little boost of confidence!
4. Eye Drop
I really want to do eye surgery for correcting my eyesight. But until then, I need to wear lenses. Even on weekends at home, I prefer not to wear anything at all then wearing glasses because I hate the feeling of wearing glass, it feels so unnatural no matter how light it is. So sometimes when I am out, my eye gets dry and that is such an uncomfortable feeling that can totally ruin your night. I always carry one or two eye drops for those occasions.
My frequency of listening to music has dropped massively since I started to live simple, as I appreciate the natural sound and be mindful about what’s around me. However, you always get into situations where you want to listen to certain podcast without disturbing others or there’s such an annoying (people or) sound you just need to block it off. Having Airpods has definitely upgraded my life.
These are my 5 essentials for everyday carry. Since living simple and minimized what I carry, not only my shoulder felt lighter but also my steps to hatred way to work has improved.
What is your everyday carry items?
Are you the type who tries to carry massive bag for every possible emergency occasions?
OR like me, trying to minimize to core basis and walk around lightly?
Share your thoughts!
Recently, I am going through a massive turn around on my work where it’s too stressed to a point, if someone pushes me slightly I would literally start crying. Believe me, crying is not the best strength when it comes to working in corporate.
What I have learnt from working in big companies for more than 10 years now is that, the more I climb up corporate ladder, the bigger the stress becomes. Kind of make sense, right? Bigger the role comes the bigger the responsibility. However it’s not only the responsibilities that put you through stress. It’s the people, politics and bull shit you have to deal with just because.
And currently I am at the stage where I constantly think about work NON-STOP even when I’m off work. I used to think,
“why would anyone not be able to tune off work? You just stop reading email off work and stop thinking about work, because that is what we call WORKAHOLIC.”
But these days I have to work almost 9 to 9, and that is 100% cluttering my brain. Work stuff is cluttering my mind so much, I keep realizing that my mind was drifting to work without me even noticing.
It’s quite interesting to acknowledge that brain also can be cluttered. Just like physical clutter, it makes a mess and blocks important things to actually come out to surface. You know from the bottom of your HEART what you really want. But human brain is very interesting. Even though you know it from heart, brain keep making distraction to focusing on what’s important. We cannot blame brain on this. It’s really our fault that we give only the source of what you don’t want (i.e WORK), so automatically mind flows to think more about it.
I know it from the heart that 9-9 rat race is not the life I want to live. But when I actually live that life, your brain keeps thinking about work even after 9pm and you just cannot stop. It’s really quite sad, and I am living proof.
How can we improve this situation?
Here are few things I will try with the aim of decluttering your brain.
Just cannot dedicate 12 hours of your day to work. 7 hours per day, until I reach F.I. If less working hour is possible, even better.
Removing physical declutter will definitely help sorting out mental clutter. I realized, when I’m in minimalistic, clean environment I get
stressed less and have clear mind
3. Travel more
I realized, whenever I’m by the beach sipping pina colada while holding books, I get refreshed perspective of life. I always get reminded
of how small the things are that I get stressed over. Absolutely no reason to live a life like hell in office. But when I’ve not been on the
trips like this for a while, My brain just gets used to just thinking about bull shits happening in office, and make them seems bigger than
what they actually are.
Need to build a portfolio where money brings in more money, money working for me. Then, I no longer have to work anymore, no crazy
company politic decluttering my head
2. More time with Family
Ever since I got married, weirdly I love my hubby more and more. Maybe I am really marriage material hahaha Jokes aside, whenever
I spend time with my hubby, or my family, my heart is warmed up and I don’t think about unneccessary things in my life. Ultimate goal
is to live a full life with all my beloved family members
I will start with short term goals, and slowly work on long term goals as well. I will share the process! Hope one day, not too far from now, I live the life I want to live.
To be 100% honest with everyone, I really did not want to accept this, but here it goes.
I’m hitting a wall with my decluttering process and staying simple life style. Don't get me wrong, I am not going back to what I was before - shopaholic / holder. But compared to what I have been doing after changed my lifestyle, I am totally stuck.
I was in really good vibe, and was quite proud of myself for doing it. But after Wedding, an event that (if you want it or not) will make you acquire a lot of extra stuff, somehow made my minimalism sense disappear. I thought I had enough minimalism muscle built up but it seems like it’s something that can go away if you suddenly live different lifestyle for a while.
I had a big bag of clothes that I was holding onto for donation. I was waiting to find the time to go to the nearest donation box. Not something that I am proud of, but I had it prolonged for few weeks now. And after wedding, when I finally found the location and some time to go to the donation box, I re-looked at the stuff I had put in the back, and... saw myself taking some out.
These 2 pieces of clothes were there in the box from when I decided I don't need them in my life, few weeks ago and I did not think about them until I had a chance to re-look at those. But again, with my weird pre-simple life mindset came back to me and was persuading myself that I will have a chance to wear them, WHILE I was already hanging them back up in my wardrobe.
How insane is this?
I am feeling stuck, and I understand this is something normal that everyone goes through.
I just have to go back to building that simple life muscle, and march forward so that I can live my life more fully and the way I intended.
So, to put myself back on the game, I am going to play one of famous minimalism game.
I will challenge myself to get rid of one thing a day and share them on the blog so that I keep myself more motivated.
Meanwhile, to kick off my new challenge, have successfully donated 2 piles of clothes that I don't wear (and not possible to sell) and thew away a lot of junks that I was holding on to.
Let the games begin!
Reason for me doing this is because throughout the journey, I’ve come across so many people who actually appreciates the products, really excited to get the value of it for the money they pay. Even though I’m not big fan of the process, I do enjoy seeing people happy with the trade, and knowing that this will helps un-clogging earth with more trash, by circulating potentially re-usable item.
I hate the idea of these re-usuable items being thrown away under the name of minimalism, or donated to the “charity” where you don’t know where it ends up (heard from news that a lot of donated stuff just gets thrown away because they decide they cannot resell them. I believe this is not all the charities, but don’t want to risk.)
Why don’t you also try this? You will feel really good when you find the right owner!
*Right upper side are some of the things I found the perfect owners.
Follow me through my journey, where I am keep updating as I go along the game, on this page : PROJECT.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to earn fortune from this. I post it with really cheap price, since my main purpose is to find the right person to use the product and not just waste them. So far I was able to sell around 25 pieces, and target 50 until mid May!
Try for yourself and let me know what you think!
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