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120 changes in 2018: July

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Wear less makeup.

My makeup routine is quite simple: light foundation, eyebrow pencil, lash primer (on some days), mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadows, blush and lipgloss. On average, it takes me about 15 minutes. I’ve long stopped to use makeup to paint a face, so I use to enhance my features. But even though I wear as little makeup as possible, I can wear even less – especially with summer out there and my freckles being my best makeup.

Use castor oil on eyelashes.

Because it is said to make your eyelashes longer and fuller with regular use. Let’s check.

Read 1 book per week.

Because smart is the new sexy.

Think up 5 realistic side jobs.

In the last few weeks, I’ve heard too many stories of people being let go from decent positions after 15+ years in the same company. They all went with comfortable redundancy packages, but it made me realise that no one is ever safe, and I can’t trust my corporate job to support me until retirement safely. I must have some other streams of income as a back-up.

Review direct debits.

I have a sneaky feeling that I’m wasting quite some money on things I’ve long forgotten I set direct debits for. Time to check and shut that leaky tap.

Cancel automatic lottery tickets.

When I set up a direct debit for National Lotto, I thought – that’s how luck works: I forget I play the lottery and one day I wake up to a happy email congratulating me on winning the jackpot. Half a year later, I won a couple of £2.70 prizes and maybe five lucky dips. The draws take place twice a week, so that’s a lousy return on £2 per ticket x 26 weeks x twice a week = £104 spent. I will continue to try my luck but only when the jackpots are big enough.

Take more photos.

I love beautiful photos, and often I wish I could take some great shots myself. Why don’t I? Because I don’t take enough of them! Practice makes perfect, and in July I want to take lots of photos to try and have that wow photo by myself.

Record nice things people say about me.

A couple of days ago I received a very touching message from a friend of mine. He didn’t know that on that day I was in a pretty bad mood, and his words made a lot of difference. Later on, I wondered why I don’t keep such messages saved somewhere for a rainy day? I wouldn’t read them to boost my ego, but to cheer myself up on days when my confidence is playing hide and seek.

No new body care.

As a self-proclaimed minimalist, I am a bit taken aback by the amount of body care I have in my bathroom these days. I am guilty of buying new pots because they’re often inexpensive and because they smell nice. Eventually, I use all of them, but I’d rather have fewer lotions and creams to choose from every evening. So this month I’m forcing myself to finish what I have.

Swim in San Sebastian.

I have been coming to San Sebastian (a beautiful seaside town in the Basque Country in the north of Spain) for 5 years now, and never once have I swam in the sea there. Shame on me! In a couple of weeks, I will be there again, and I am going for a long overdue dip.

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Hello! Whatever brought you to my blog, I hope you found something interesting to read. Writing to me is more than just sharing my throughts with the world, it's my way to make sense of my own thoughts in the first place. There's something about putting my mind to words that make things simpler and easier, and I think it shows in my posts. Occasionally, I write about lifestyle things, but more often I 'think out loud'. A little bit about me: I usually describe myself as 'a Russian, living in London with a British husband and working on Spanish brands in a French company'. It's as fascinating as it gets because I'm just your normal 30-something young woman trying to enjoy life as much as possible. Happy reading, Elena H Jones

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