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A Minimalist Insider – A Month in Pictures

I love to write. I find it cathartic. It is a way I can unwind, express my thoughts and spend time sharing my passions. However I also love to take photos. I am that person on holiday snapping every candid moment. I am the friend you don’t want at your birthday as I am there, documenting every (perhaps drunken) moment. Now I am no photography expert. I will leave that to my incredibly talented brother-in-law who is currently documenting his world and travels in Vietnam using his refined photography degree skills. Personally, I just love to snap and share. Therefore when I was asked to do a post documenting my life on a daily basis, for a two week period, I was initially keen. However a niggling part of me thought there must be a better way to capture what goes on in my life. Then it came to me, instead of using adjectives, words and anecdotes, I could use photos. I thought back to a project in 2015 which I followed on Instagram. It …

Removing The Word ‘Busy’ From My Vocabulary

For the next two weeks, I will be removing the word ‘busy’ from my vocabulary and looking to instead really optimise how I spend my time, and what tasks I am prioritisings. Being busy, and leading a hectic life that is filled to the brim, has become the new normal. Our society seems to measure people more and more on their productivity and output. We are expected to manage hundreds of emails, whilst making time to exercise, pampering and pruning ourselves and yet still preparing for several meetings a day, and then be sociable in the evenings, oh and don’t forget you need to tweet all about this throughout the day so everyone is aware of how much you are really doing. Even typing all of that was exhausting. The below are small extracts from a post I wrote almost seven months ago, and in it I made some commitments. That I would review my priorities In the post, I looked at what mattered most to me in life. For me, this was first and …

Minimise Your Goals. Achieve More By Measuring Yourself Less.

In January I set myself a few New Years’ Resolutions. A handful of goals and aspirations for the year, but I promised myself I wouldn’t be measuring myself or my success against completing them. I find that too often we measure our success against achievements that actually don’t contribute to our main priorities or overall happiness. In life, I now use my goals as guidelines to help me make decisions, rather than tick boxes to say yes I have achieved my aims, or no I haven’t. Goals shouldn’t restrict you, they should encourage you, inspire you and actually proactively lead you to towards an end result. By having fewer, less concrete goals, you have fewer restrictions on where you are going to go, and what you are going to experience in your life. Then In the past I used to set strict goals, such as: I will walk 10,000 steps a day for the next month I will visit 4 countries this year I will save up and buy a new car by the end …