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.

 

Book-Club

 

Literally the only club I go to at this old age of 25. Damn it. Big chunk of 2018 has gone by. I've devoured 7 books, aiming to finish 12 books by December, hoping Santa would consider me 'nice' and put that snazzy Rolex watch into my stocking. In order to make that happen, these are a few books we have sitting on my clothing rack. (because we have no bookshelf)

 
 

. Do Less, Get More ; Shaa Wasmund

. Simple Matters ; Erin Boyle

. Soulful Simplicity ; Courtney Carver

. Destination Simple ; Brooke Mcalary

. Goodbye Things ; Fumio Sasaki


We hope you are enjoying August so far.

Back to reading!
*elegantly picks up a book*

 

Review: Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Shampoo

 

Throwback to when I used to spend almost $30 (approx. RM100) on shampoo and conditioner monthly. In year 2016, my career canon-balled and I set myself a goal to achieve 'mini financial freedom in 5-years time'. Spending RM100 on hair care might not seem much to many but it made sense to save up back then and hair care was first on the chopping board. I knew where I wanted to spend on and I knew where I wanted to be. stopramblingjeez. With that said, I only use hair products that are silicon and paraben free.


 
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What Is It

a botanical concoction of coriander seed, soya and coconut oil. the formula strengthens and REVITALIZES the feel of fragile hair. Infused with a fresh, invigorating aroma. No silicon, No Paraben and No colorants (fabulous!) the packaging is 100% recyclable and Made with 100% recycled plastic.

After using the Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Shampoo for 5 months now, I am ready to give my humble opinion. First of, I love the scent. A woody undertone which reminds me of free shower gel at a posh spa in Bali. The bottle feels sturdy and is slightly transparent which makes it easy to tell how much product is left. Also, the pump discharges perfect amount for one wash. Product label still looking smart as it initially was. I find labels that look half dissolved aesthetically unpleasing. A+ for the packaging.

At the back, it says "apply on wet hair, lather well before rinsing off with water" so that's what I did (just like every other shampoo). It foams up ever so slightly. Scalp feels 'minty' and clean after every wash. Shampooing has never been more enjoyable. I double cleanse on most days but not recently since Summer in Hunan is toasty and dry. Hair became noticeably drier so I aborted mission and went back to Plan A. My hair has never looked healthier.

Currently running on the 5th month and I still have 1/5 left! I reckon this could last me 6 months. Priced at RM34 essentially breaking down to RM5.70 per month. Bloody good deal. Mummy was a proud parent as I spent RM34 on a bottle of shampoo instead of cashing on a slice of fancy-ass cheesecake. Deeply considering trying different products from this range. Coriander strength potion?! Take my money. Bought mine from Tesco in Bangkok last Christmas. Fellow Malaysians can find it at all pharmacies nationwide.

Disclaimer: This shampoo was paired with Inecto Naturals Coconut Hair Treatment (fabulous product). So it could be the coconut and I'm totally making things up. Good lord.