Where I get my books, when I read, how I track my readings and so much more!
Setting intentions is not just reserved for the new year. To me, goals are meant to be revisited every couple of months so they become more suited to my desires. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ways to reach my objectives in the short term. Spirituality is sometimes associated with techniques of intention/manifestation, but to be honest, is not really for me. I do still think there can be some truth to it, at least when it comes to structure. So here is what I’m currently using to set my intentions in order to be productive, optimistic and effective.
Create a vision board
The idea of making a vision was suggested to me by my new colleague Joelle. She’s been using this technique for years and really noticed a difference in her life. A vision board consists of a collage with images that inspire you, that represent something you want to accomplish, or something you’re hoping for. I’ve made mine last night and already felt so inspired. The photographs and quotes you choose don’t have to be specific. They can be obvious to you at first glance, but don’t have to be for everyone. Joelle also made sure to tell me that once your vision board is done, you have to place it somewhere where you’ll see it often. This is very important! Looking at it repeatedly will ultimately bring you closer to your goals.
The year list
Every year, I create a new note on my phone with the year (e.g. ‘2019’) as the title. This list is divided into two ways. Firstly, I have a list of goals for the year. Mine last year included visiting to Oslo, walking 10K steps every day for a month, reading at least 52 books and saving X amount of money. In the second part, I write all the cool things that have happened under each month. This can be anything from having brunch with a friend to obtaining a good grade or getting an interview for your dream job. Typically there are around 10-15 cool things every month. At the end of the year, I reflect on my goals, but also on each month that has passed, and I usually put a star on the ‘things’ I’m the happiest with. I have been doing this since 2013 and it’s such a good daily reminder of what’s good in my life and where' I’m heading.
How do you set intentions?
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My review of the new Guerlain L’Essentiel foundation and why taking time for your beauty routine is the best form of self care.
My love for the ‘trench coat’
Guiding you through the books I’ve read recently, the one I’m reading and the ones on my list for the next few weeks
Here it is… the second chapter to my London story.
One thing you have to know about the renting situation in London is that it is extremely difficult. Flats usually appear on the market 4 weeks before they’re available, which doesn’t give you much time to look for the perfect place. The competition is harsh and a listing that went up in the morning might be gone by the end of the day.
Living across the ocean made it practically impossible for me to go for flat viewings, but I wanted to secure a place to live for at least my first month in the city. Combining the stress of finding an apartment and applying for jobs at the same time is not for the faint-hearted. This is why I decided to book my first month with a vacation rental website. I was lucky because not only did I find the perfect launching pad for me to start my London adventure, I ended up making an agreement with the landlord to stay there for a few more months until I figure everything else.
This is more than I could have hoped for… My first flat, living in one of my dream neighbourhoods, in a building with typical English architecture! There is also a garden and plenty of natural light. What did I do to deserve this?
I’m excited for this new chapter, and it’s only the beginning.
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A few reading recommendations on the theme of love for February
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Everything I loved this month from royal coverage to trashy reality TV and even yoga!
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I review The Anna Edit’s new book ‘An Edited Life’ and talk you through the organization tips I’ve implemented, from life to work and home. This is one for the type A personalities and people who love to be tidy!
Welcome to my new series ‘The Living Abroad Questionnaire’ where I interview 5 women born in 5 different countries about their experiences of living abroad for extended periods of time! Every day of this week you will get a new insight into what its like to move to a new country and how it can impact your life for the better!