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120 changes in 2018: July

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 …

120 changes in 2018: June – results

This is what the plan was. And this is what happened.   Learn about NLP I was disappointed. When I bought three books about NLP, I hoped to get some practical tips on how to influence my mind and other people to get what I want. But all of them preached the same old American dream – believe you can and imagine you do and all will happen somehow. Been there done that. The most disappointing book was by none other than one of NLP movement co-creators, Richard Bandler, called “How to take charge of your life: the user’s guide to NLP”. It’s a fiction, where some loser attends 3-day training by the extraordinary Richard Bandler, learns a few mind tricks and leads a very different, happy and fulfilling life 3 months later. Oh, and he meets an amazing girlfriend too. By the end of the book, I learnt more about the awesomeness of Dr Bandler and the life struggles of loser Joe than I did about NLP. But Amazon must have felt my disappointment …

120 changes in 2018: June

Learn about NLP Wikipedia says: Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. Seeing as I want to achieve some specific goals in my career, I thought I’d give it a try. Try Skillshare This online learning platform has had a massive ad campaign recently, and I am giving up on trying to ignore it. They promise a couple of months either free or for a very small fee, so I’ll have a try to see if it’s anything useful to improve some of my skills like photography or communication or writing. Eat less gluten No, I’m not falling for the fad but I have read recently that having skin rush can be a sign of gluten intolerance, and that is something I’ve noticed on my upper arms (#tmi, sorry!). I blame over-indulgence …

120 changes in 2018: May – results

Here is what the May plans were, and here is what happened to them: Become a British national Nearly there! I got a letter from the UK Home Office inviting me to a citizenship ceremony where I will officially become a British national. The ceremony is on the 13th June, but it’s a formality. Happy days. Verdict: done. Be less angry about certain people See a post about it here. I can’t say that my feelings have all gone but the people in question can no longer easily get under my skin. They can try but must try much harder to succeed. In an ideal world, I’d love to part ways completely to really move on but I’m still working on it. Verdict: continue. Meditate longer Fail. So the idea was to try and meditate for 30 or more minutes because it would help me relax in the first 10 minutes and my mind will open to the depths of meditation. I tried 5 times, and every single time my mind was asking “how long …

120 changes in 2018: May

Become a British national I am cheating here because my application for British citizenship is done and the decision is out of my hands so I’m not really pushing any changes on myself. But it would be nice if the UK’s Home Office sent me an approval letter in May so that I could celebrate my birthday as a dual national. Be less angry about certain people There is one person in my life that I dislike.  Occasionally with passion. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that I properly hate them. Unfortunately, I’m stuck with that person for some foreseeable future and that future sort of depends on them so I need to find ways of letting go of my feelings towards them. After all, my anger is my own problem and it’s up to me to deal with it for my own sake.  Meditate longer I was away on a business trip last week and met a girl who talked about her meditating experience, how she mediates for 30-40 minutes and it helps her sort out …

120 changes in 2018: April – results

The end of April can only mean one thing: checking where I’ve ended up with the 10 changes in April. Let’s go. Switch-off weekend Yes, please! Here you can read what I’ve learnt from my offline weekend. Long story short, it was so good that I will repeat it this coming weekend and will continue to do it on a regular basis. Nothing has ever cleared my mind as well as avoiding mental digital pollution for 24 hours. Verdict: continue. Pay off all debt Done! And OMG it feels good. I used my savings to pay off the remaining debt, which goes against the general advice that you should save 3-6 salaries before rolling up your sleeves to tackle your debts. I disagree. Interest rates on savings are so rubbish that it makes sense to pay off debts as soon as you can to save money from not having to pay outrageous interest fees on debts. If that sounded complicated, here’s a simpler version: not saving can save. Do save what you can but do …

120 changes in 2018: April

Switch-off weekend When this post goes up, I am staying away from my phone, tablet and laptop as much as I can and I am immersing myself in non-digital activities – readings books and magazines, having a walk around my city, watching passers-by, taking notes on paper, cooking, talking to my friends and to my husband, watching films – you know, all those old-fashioned things that people used to enjoy before we became slaves to devices. I know I won’t be able to fully get away from all technology – I rely on my phone for maps, information, music and sometimes camera – but I am giving up on social media, news, e-shopping and just brainless browsing for a couple of days. Pay off all debt I got a grip on my finances and spending habits last year, and my savings are comfortably above my remaining debt. The latter sits on a 0% ARP card, and I slowly pay it off, but I just want to get rid of it so that I can focus solely …