minimalism

Vegan minimalist hygiene

Hey! I’ve previously written about my favourite vegan minimalist hygiene products but since that was almost six months ago, I figured it was time for an update!

In today’s video, I share all of my favourite skincare and hygiene products. All of these products are vegan, natural, and biodegradable.

I’ve started using a different shampoo because the Lush shampoo bar made my flaky scalp worse over time. I’m hoping this SLS-free Jason shampoo will offer me some relief. In addition to changing up my shampoo, I also started taking a daily zinc supplement. I have a feeling the zinc supplement will remedy my flaky scalp because it’s worked in the past, but only time will tell. We’ll see how my scalp feels after a month or so!

Here are some of the products I use:

I hope you find these suggestions useful. If you have any other products to recommend, please let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for watching!

What do you miss the most?

Someone asked me this question on one of my YouTube videos where I explain how I sold all of my belongings in the course of a year.

Surprisingly, I don’t miss many of the material possessions I used to “love,” but sometimes I do find myself missing thingsย if they’d be useful to me in my present situation. (Isn’t it strange to say we “love” material possessions?) For instance, I often miss my Vitamix because I like making smoothies and sauces and I’d really like to make nice cream (frozen banana “ice cream”) once the weather gets warmer.

Kuba and I have a blender here and it does the job. It isn’t as good as the Vitamix but it still gives us smoothies with minimal effort. And really, I can always acquire another Vitamix in the future, so missing my Vitamix is kind of silly. While I do miss my Vitamix, I’m happy that it has a new home with one of my friends back in the States.

There was a time when I thought I missed my car but in reality, I miss cruising up and down California, long road trips anywhere I please, and time alone spent in the car.

I also miss living in California. I miss tossing the frisbee around on the beach, real Mexican food, my favourite cafรฉs, and the weather. But that doesn’t stop me from living my dreams here in Scotland, and in Europe, and wherever else we travel to in the next few years. I miss all the fun times from my past and all my friends back in the States, and I wish there was a way we could all live close enough to where we could visit each other anytime we wanted.

But I just can’t stay in one place for too long. I get bored once I’m familiar with my surroundings, and inevitably I start looking for a new place to explore.

Even though I miss my friends, I hope that we can reconnect someday. Maybe I’ll return to the States (though not anytime soon) or we’ll meet up abroad. And I bet it will feel like we were never apart! At least that’s how it was when I did my month-long road trip across the States.ย I visited several friends during that trip, some of which I hadn’t spoken to in years, with the exception of a few exchanges on Facebook. Yet everything was fine the second we met up. In fact, it was better than fine! It was a blast!

Missing California or my friends and family isn’t enough to stop me from moving forward. Some days I find myself missing people or places more than other days. I ย focus on the positive memories from that time in my life yet I continue to look forward. I know that with every day that passes, I’m creating a life worth remembering.

Minimalist flat tour: Dundee edition!

Kuba and I are both extreme minimalists, meaning all of our belongings can fit into one or two bags each. It should be no surprise that our flat is super simple as well!

 

In case you missed it, this video shows you my belongings, give or take a few items stored here in the flat. By next summer, Kuba and I will both downsize our belongings significantly so we can start travellingย the world together. Here’s the corresponding blog post as well: What’s in my bag?

 

Keep in mind not all minimalists live this way. Some have big houses, cars, and more than one plate in their kitchen! Minimalism just means you declutter your life and your mind with unnecessary possessions and negative or harmful ideas.

My quality of life has improved immensely since I left the States, and I know I owe it all to this minimalist lifestyle. I’m happier than I’ve ever been and my life keeps getting better! Check out my previous post about minimalism and happiness if you need some extra inspiration. Definitely watch this TED talk by โ€˜The Minimalistsโ€™ย because this is what motivated me to make a change!

Stop living in the past!

Too often people are stuck living in the past. They’ll say things like: I wish I could go back to high school. Those were the best times of my life! OR I wish I could relive my 20s. I feel like I missed out!ย 

You are living in regret if you feel this way. Wishing you could relive parts of your life is a waste of time. Fortunately, we don’t have time machines so you’ll NEVER be able to relive them.ย It’s time to move on!

Instead of living in regret, look to the future instead. Your life should be getting better as you get older. You’ve accumulated knowledge and experience through the years, and now you (an adult person) control your destiny. It’s ludicrous to think the best times of your life have already passed you by. You have the rest of your life ahead of you!

I never understand the longing to revisit a time like high school or uni. These are immensely stressful times where the majority of people lack a basic understanding of who they are or what they want in life. I would NEVER want to relive them. Perhaps some people yearn for a time where they were free from adult responsibilities, but there’s absolutely no use wishing to return to a more immature time in your life. You are an adult now, so deal with your responsibilities and handle your issues.

 

Don’t forget about where you came from but never dwell on the past. Just remember that you can’t change the past but what you CAN change is your future and where you’re heading. Set measurable goals and work on them daily if you want to change your life for the better.

What’s in my bag? New video edition!

Two years ago I was visiting Spain having the time of my life. This trip inspired me to quit my job the second I returned to the States. I didn’t expect to turn into a full-blown minimalist because I was simply downsizing out of necessity. In my mind, that was the only way I’d be able to travel freely. And now that I’ve lived for nearly a year with minimal possessions, I can’t imagine going back.

I detailed all of my possessions in addition to my favourite minimalist packing tips in a previous post, just before I started this 6-month trip around Europe. While I’ve upgraded my bag and added a few things since I left Scotland, the list hasn’t changed much. Once I arrive in Dublin, I will have a coat liner, a pair of jeans, and a cosy jumper added to my wardrobe.

 

Not everyone needs or wants to live the way I do, and that’s fine. Living out of a backpack isn’t for everyone. You can still own a house, drive a car, and have a family as a minimalist. The amount of things you own doesn’t matter. It’s more about being mindful of everything you own and only purchasing or acquiring new possessions if you absolutely need them. As a minimalist, you ensure everything in your life is useful or serves a purpose. And decluttering your life inevitably leads to decluttering your mind. Check out this TED talk by ‘The Minimalists’ย if you’re intrigued and looking for a change!

What do you think about minimalism?

Do you travel light?

Do you have any packing tips to share?

My daily goals and how I spend my time.

As I mentioned inย yesterday’s post, writing your goals down or publicising them are ways to hold yourself accountable. I wanted to share some of my goals before I start my weekend. I’ve touched on some of these before but mentioning them again motivates me to keep working! And I hope it inspires you to set daily goals for yourself.

I work on these goals daily in order to set myself up for success down the road:

  • meditation every morning
  • studying Polish on DuoLingo
  • posting on this blog Monday – Friday
  • networking on Instagram for at least one hour
  • posting a new video to my YouTube channel every Wednesday
    • I don’t work on this daily, but I do have it in the back of my mind all week as I plan out what/where I’ll film next. I’m also considering posting more videos during the week very soon!

I just started meditation this week. I’m not sure about it but it is far too early for me to decide to abandon it. I’ll keep at it for a few weeks at least.

I’ve been studying Polish for months, even before I started this trip around Europe. I’m hoping to finish the Polish program on DuoLingo before I return to Scotland in two months so this means I must study it daily. Fortunately, DuoLingo is a free language learning program available online and on my phone. It’s fun and I enjoy it! Once I’m done with Polish, I’ll move onto Spanish. I studied Spanish for years and am already comfortable speaking Spanish in conversation, but as always my language skills can be improved.

One of my long-term goals is to build a vast following across social media so I can better promote this fruit lifestyle. This means I spend at least three hours working on this blog every Monday through Friday.

In general, social media promoting takes up a large part of my time. Usually, I spend a few hours every day:

  • photographing, editing, and posting to Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook
  • responding to comments and messages on all social media platforms
  • liking and commenting on other vegan accounts on social media

Lately,ย I’ve made it a point to actively seek out other vegan accounts on social media as a way to network. I do this by searching through photos tagged with certain hashtags on Instagram, like #vegan, #801010, #fruitarian (to name a few). This way I find new accounts to follow as well as meet other fruit vegans around the globe.

Some of my days are busier than others. Filming my ‘What I eat in a day‘ videos takes all day and editing takes a few hours. Besides editing video clips together, I need to find suitable background music and create a thumbnail. On filming days I’mย forced outside so I can film something interesting, and that isn’t a problem at all!

Walking is my preferred exercise at the moment. I walk into town every other day, load my backpack up with fruit, and walk back. This journey takes me 2.5 hours round trip.

What about free time?

I don’t feel like I have loads of free time even though I create my own schedule. Most of my time is filled with productive tasks, like studying Polish or drafting blog posts, but I do allow myself to sit back and relax for a few hours every day.

Last week I signed up for a free trial of Netflix so I’m able to watch a few episodes of my favourite shows from time to time. In addition to Netflix, sometimes I’ll watch videos on YouTube. Kuba and I spend a few hours every day on the phone as well.

While I do welcome some free time, I still prefer to be productive if I can. I always have my long-term goals in mind.

Moving forward, my goal for this weekend is to lay off the Netflix for a bit and work on more blog posts. I’ve been sucked into House of Cards lately but I really should prepare myself (and this blog) for next week. Since I don’t post to this blog on the weekends, I don’t need to spend a full three hours on Saturday and Sunday writing blog posts but I would like to spend at least an hour each day preparing posts for the following week. I’d like to have a few posts started before Monday rolls around.

And in general, I hope to get out of the house more often. The weather isn’t so nice today but it should be clear and sunny tomorrow. I need to get outside and move!

What are your daily goals?

How do you spend your free time?

Work on your goals daily to achieve the impossible.

I’m not working a conventional job so I have the entire day to myself. I’m remarkably busy, however, for someone whoย isn’t working 9-5.

To me, this blog, my YouTube channel, and all my social media accounts are my job. Most of my day is dedicated to these. I have to manage my time effectively, though, because I can’t just spend all day browsing Instagram. I also need to stay active, gather food, as well as relax once in a while.

I manage my time by setting daily goals. I push myself to achieve them every day. Achieving these daily goals sets me up for success down the road. I’m always planning far in advance when it comes to my long-term goals. Where do I want to be in five, ten years time?

What are your goals?

Setting goals and challenging yourself is the only way you grow. If you don’t set goals, you’re aimlessly wandering through life without any direction. You should always aspire to be better than you are now.

Your goal could also be to learn a foreign language in a year, to save up a certain amount of money for a holiday, or to gain a certain amount of subscribers to your YouTube channel. Your goal should be something quantifiable and not vague. I want to reach 2000 subscribers on YouTube by Jan. 2018 is a quantifiable goal. On the other hand, a vague statement like I want to be popular on YouTube, is not. Similarly, I want to save $2000 by next June is quantifiable, but I want to save money is not. If you can’t measure your goal, you’ll never be able to determine if you’ve achieved it.

Write down your goals or publish them on social media so you can hold yourself accountable. If you have a record of your goal and others know about it, you’ll be more likely to stick with it and hopefully, your friends will support you!

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Where do you want to go in life? Setting goals will help you get there. Check out my gallery for the rest of my Paris photos.

What is something small but meaningful you can do every day to help you achieve this goal in the future?

Some goals seem impossible to achieve and this intimidates some people from even trying! Don’t be one of these people. Your goals, no matter how impossible they seem, are completely feasible if you work on them a little bit each day.

Let’s say one of your goals is to lose a stone by January. You could easily adjust your daily routine to make this happen. You could choose to walk to work instead of driving your car, as well as walk for an hour during your lunch break. You could commit to eating fruit for breakfast every day and quit drinking your calories by avoiding sugary coffee drinks, alcoholic beverages, and fizzy drinks.

Telling yourself you want to lose 14 pounds seems daunting but it really isn’t. Obviously, trying to lose this over two weeks would be close to impossible (and terribly unhealthy and definitely not long-lasting) but if you plan in advance and allow yourself enough time to achieve it, you’ll find losing this weight easy.

Adjust your routine and make time for your goals every day.

One of my long-term goals is to learn Polish to the extent that I can have a decent conversation with my boyfriend entirely in Polish. It’s impossible to learn a language overnight, so I had to commit to studying Polish every single day. Imagine all the hours spent studying Polish if I keep this up for a year or so! I’ve been consistently studying since March (as far I remember) and I don’t plan on giving up now.

It was mildly inconvenient in the beginning to adjust my daily routine to include Polish time but after I maintained it for a few weeks, I found it easy. I experienced the same thing with my blog. I had difficulty writing every day but soon adjusted my schedule and welcomed the challenge.

The same applies to dietary and lifestyle changes. If you want to quit coffee, for instance, you’ll need to adjust your daily routine to not include coffee. This is difficult to get used to but trust me, after a few weeks you’ll wonder why you didn’t quit sooner!

Set goals and take that first step.

No matter your long-term goals, you’ll never come close to making them your reality unless you take that first step. Taking that first step is easy if you create a daily schedule or to-do list.ย If you struggle to keep to a schedule, try setting alarms during the day to remind you of your daily tasks.

Too many people want the ‘quick fix’ when it comes to personal success. It takes time and patience to achieve something worthwhile. Set measurable goals and make sureย you schedule someย time to work on them every day.