Personal Finance: Be Honest With Yourself

When it comes to our financial situation, it can be really easy to turn a blind eye and lie to ourselves, especially when we feel stuck in an already bad position. There are many ways that we can do this, such as avoiding looking at our bills, justifying our financial decisions, even if we already know that it’s a bad decision, telling ourselves that we’re not spending that much (because we’re using a credit card), pointing fingers and blaming our circumstances, expecting/waiting for someone else to pay off our debt, and telling ourselves that it’s not a big deal. … More Personal Finance: Be Honest With Yourself

A Slow, Quiet, Day Alone At Home (And an Epiphany)

Recently, I got a day off from work just to spend a slow, quiet day at home. I’ve been having headaches, and I felt exhausted. My body, mind, and heart have been telling me to slow down and reassess my life. Although I don’t work overtime, I would always feel emotionally and mentally drained after … More A Slow, Quiet, Day Alone At Home (And an Epiphany)

Our Pantry Staples

We haven’t really been cooking regularly for that long. Back in the Philippines, we barely had any time to cook our own meals. When we moved to New Zealand, we stayed in a small studio apartment that didn’t have much storage and kitchen space. We only started having regular weekend cooking sessions when we transferred … More Our Pantry Staples

Minimalism Looks Different For Everyone

When we think of minimalism, we often visualise the following scenarios: Bare and white house interiors Owning super few pieces of clothing in neutral colors Becoming a nomad Becoming vegan / zero-waste While there is nothing wrong with these (I personally am working towards reducing waste), thinking that minimalism has to look like this can … More Minimalism Looks Different For Everyone

How I Accidentally Developed My Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is a term coined by Carol Dweck in her research wherein a person believes that his qualities, skills, and knowledge can be developed through his efforts. A person with the growth mindset loves taking on challenges, and is not afraid to be horrible at what he does, especially if it means learning new … More How I Accidentally Developed My Growth Mindset

Is It Okay To Not Do My Chores Today?

I usually do my chores as planned. Laundry on Friday night. Cleaning on Saturday morning. Running the dishwasher when full. Washing our lunch boxes. Cooking rice. Keeping surfaces clear and clean. Most of the time, those checkboxes are ticked. But then, there are some days when I’m exhausted, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. … More Is It Okay To Not Do My Chores Today?