3 Lifestyle Changes in 2018

 

3 lifestyle changes

YEAR 2018


2018 is coming to an end. Early this year, I did not set out ‘Goals-for-2018’ because what I practice daily pretty much leads me to the ACTUAL goals I want to achieve this year, or even years to come. With that said, I made 3 huge lifestyle changes this year. Thanks to my family, supportive af partner and two good reads.


(one) More Financial Planning

I’ve started financial planning (starving and eating moulded bread) since 18 but back then it was mainly to fund my travels and finance bigger purchases. More ‘earning and saving’ than ‘earning, saving and investing’. Since graduating from university, I took baby-steps by investing in funds, precious metals, foreign currencies and shares. Eggs were scattered. It was due to calculated risks that I ended up with more investment gains than losses. So why change Viviene? Because it’s time to level up.

Fast forward to now, my priorities have shifted to creating additional income source(s), building a solid emergency fund, keeping reserves for opportunities and drawing my retirement plan. The usual investment groove continues but my whole financial plan has broadened its spectrum into what future Viviene would be proud of.

(two) Zero Collection(s) Zero Backup(s)

It took me 26 years to understand the meaning of a collection and how my idea of collection has shifted from Shoe Collection and Candle Collection to Experience Collection and Memory Collection. I’m grammatically at fault but you know what I mean. Since 2016, I have gotten rid of at least 70% of my wardrobe and other belongings. It was through decluttering and simplifying my lifestyle made me realize that collecting NOTHING makes me the happiest :) Currently wheezing through my perfume stash (5 in total, 2 finishing soon) and progressively downsizing physical obsessions that are now a collection of dust (no pun intended).

Part of my childhood teachings was always having back up(s) for just-in-case moments or when ‘it’ stops selling in the market. The idea of having backups made me spend more money in advance for items that end up sitting in the drawer waiting to be used. but honestly when? The only back-up I have now is a back-up plan for when I lose my job or decide to start a business.

(three) More Conscious Spending

Back in those day, I would go out (or online) shopping searching for great deals or just to look out for what’s new in the market. Sounds reasonable until I had 50 pairs of shoes and clothes that could last me at least 3 months without repeating. Then, I made a promise to myself to only buy things that I truly love. That curbed my shopping habits, but it wasn’t effective enough. In 2016, I took up the ‘5 Piece French Wardrobe Challenge’ and that made me see how much unnecessary money I was spending. Conscious spending has grown deeper into my roots since then. Fast forward to 2018, how I perceive ‘shopping’ has changed drastically. However, mistakes were made early this year and we know it still is a learning process. or a lifetime process :)


A year from now, you will wish you had started today.

- Karen Lamb -


It’s currently 21:30 and the night is starting to get chilly. I shall leave it here for now, go make myself a cup of ginger tea and start packing for tomorrow! T-minus 50 days till Christmas.

 

Update

 

.01 Travels

Currently at the 3rd phase of Back-to-Back travels.
A 4th phase coming up real soon and I'm not at all complaining!
Expecting a getaway to somewhere tropical and hair caressed by salty wind.
Our recent trip to Taipei was magnificent. Gorgeous food and the weather was beyond perfect. Took some really good shots of the city from my eyes.

The more I travel, the more I enjoy the art of packing light. Packed everything in a carry on but plan changed because I had to lug my laptop along for work and assignment, otherwise a carry on would suffice. By the way, how gorgeous does this skirt looks? I'm in love. Outfit post coming up real soon.



.02 Work

FINALLY.
Work schedule gets back on track.
May or may not sound like a nut head but trust me, having a schedule packed with things to do and places to go fuels my soul. I have a feeling the 2nd half of year 2017 would be lunatic. Can't wait.


 

.03 Life

Slacking on exercising for the past 2 months didn't do my body any good. Not that I've gained weight but I feel like my body isn't as strong as before. Posture starts to get slouchy and most parts of my body feels flabby. Committed to make a change. We shall see.

#GIRLPOWER 


That's all for now.
Lunch break is over and I have a meeting coming up in 30 minutes.
Can you believe it's May already?
Someone please stop the clock from ticking! x

2017 RESOLUTIONS


PRETTY SURE BAKING WAS PART OF MY 2016 RESOLUTION...


AS mainstream at it sounds, I revisited my 2016 resolution and reflected on it. Can't believe I've only had 3 resolutions last year because it felt like 30. Thankgoodness I've achieved everything except for learning how to bake like the mother of cookies. Year 2017 was a year of self exploration. Also the year which marks the end of something which has been holding me back eversince. Didn't focus too much on growing but we all know that GROWTH isn't optional. It came along as I focused on understanding my true self. It's an adventure that'll never stop because true enough, I haven't been focusing on myself at all to deserve what my mind and body contributed to me these years.

"I HARDLY EVER STOP DOING ANYTHING"

I'VE never stopped working. My plate was always filled with things I love but there wasn't a slot for me to step back and do nothing. Being productive is absolutely great but it hit me real hard several times last year where I was shaking with tiredness and my sight got blurry but I bit the bullet and powered through still. This could sound insane but at that point of time, my mind was telling me to go forward and I felt it was the right thing to do. Don't get me wrong, my body was in good shape and I was physically the fittest and healthiest I've been in years. Mentally very strong as well. In honesty 360/366 days were spent feeling grateful and bloody happy.


 

TRAVELLED to:
Krabi, Thailand.
Perth, Australia.
Guangzhou, China.
Shenzhen, China.
Hong Kong, China.
Bangkok, Thailand.
Osaka, Japan.
Kyoto, Japan.
Nara, Japan.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam,
Mui Ne, Vietnam.

 

THIS 2017 I WANT TO..

. 01 BE SELFISH

Give myself more time for a breather. Be less harsh. Enough said.
 
 
. 02 BAKE
Back to when I was a teenager, my 'career' goal for life was to be a housewife.
Amazing how a person could change over time. wheresmyreportwhathousewifecomeon.
Baked chocolate chip cookies a few weeks back and for a virgin baker dang were they presentable.
For the next bake, I'll be cutting 50% off the recommended sugar input because I'm an old lady that doesn't have a sweet tooth.
Jokes aside, time to get back into baking.
If you have an easy chocolocate chip cookie recipe, please share.
 
 

That's all for now as things get dirty and messy in the kitchen.
List of resolutions to be updated as at when anything hits me. Because how is 2 ever enough?
What are your resultions for 2017? x
Happy March Love.