Book Giveaway + 400 Readers

Hey beautiful people,

My blog just hit the 400 followers mark on WordPress! I’m very happy to have achieved this mile before going back home and I want to celebrate it with you here, so… I’m hosting a book giveaway! 

Now, before I go into the book giveaway, I would like to thank you all for your support and time. I started blogging when I was 12, but this blog is the first one to last so many days and months: it will be 2 years old in early 2019! 

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A Quick Catch-up: Where Am I?

Brace yourselves, this is one of those personal posts! 🙂

A month ago I wrote this post about “How to Put Your Life Together” and I just wanted to share what has changed or how far have I reached. At that time, my list of 12 things that needed to change contained the following items:

  1. Move house
  2. Change job
  3. Complete PhD thesis
  4. Buy a gym membership
  5. Book a massage
  6. Get a proper bike
  7. Invite JJ, W. and wife to have dinner in the new house
  8. Build-up a nice romantic relationship(forget this item!)
  9. Revamp my blog
  10. Work on my social business plan
  11. Create a saving account
  12. Visit family on a weekend asap

 

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And a month later, this is how my list looks like at the moment:

  1. Move house: I’m not moving to a caravan anymore, I rented a room in a big house, with a very nice garden, really close to the university. I will be able to save on transportation and I will have enough space to breathe, do yoga… Plus, my landlady seems to be a super sweet person! I’m moving this Saturday.
  2. Change job: I will probably write some posts in the future about my adventures on finding a job, but at the moment is suffice to say that I decided that I won’t keep waiting to create my own job occupation and I decided to embrace my creative side and use it for the greater good. I will tell you more about this later on!
  3. Complete PhD thesis: What can I say about this? I’m doing my best everyday not to hate this thesis a little bit more.
  4. Buy a gym membership: I decided the gym wasn’t for me after all. I will write a post later too about my first attempt at the gym. It was fun… but the benefits weren’t enough to convince me that it was the right thing for me.
  5. Book a massage: I haven’t done this at all!
  6. Get a proper bike: I will wait a bit more on this, because I will probably move away from England as soon as I submit my thesis.
  7. Invite JJ, W. and wife to have dinner in the new house: things have definitely changed and I am not going to do this any more. Shit happens, it’s all I can say.
  8. Build-up a nice romantic relationship(forget this item!): Yes, I am definitely not looking for this and I’m happy I don’t think about this half of the time I used to.
  9. Revamp my blog: Yes, yes, yes! I have done some changes lately, hope you like the way it looks like now. I might ask my brother for help in the future to work in the customization.
  10. Work on my social business plan: Oh well, I have a couple of ideas but I haven’t spent time on this. However, this is linked to my item #2 and my Social Entrepreneurship training at the University of Oxford starts in September, so I’m feeling hopeful and positive about it.
  11. Create a saving account: Well, considering I will soon be gone, there is no point of creating a saving account here in England. I will wait to see how things will go, but I am pretty sure I won’t be here by the time next Summer starts.
  12. Visit family on a weekend asap: I’m planning to do this in October!

 

Some priorities have changed, others are completely gone of my life’s map. I guess that’s perfectly fine, even though it is now making me think that perhaps I haven’t been too sure about staying in England or sailing away. To be completely honest, I don’t want to stay and I don’t have good reasons to do so. On the other hand, the idea of going back to Lisboa does not convince me 100%. I would like to have it as my safe place but travel a bit around Europe, teaching here and there. Let’s see what the future has for me.

Minimalism: 4 Decisions to Make Your Life Easier

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Minimalism:

a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterised by extreme spareness and simplicity  (as in Merriam Webster Dictionary)

I like the idea of minimalism. When I moved to the UK I adopted that concept: I managed to emigrate with one cabin bag and nothing else. Three years later, my office is filled with boxes and I can barely walk into my tiny room. So the bad news is that I have been accumulating a lot of stuff; the good news is that I am moving out soon and therefore I have a brand new opportunity to practise MINIMALISM once again.

If you are not aware of the concept yet, I totally recommend you to watch a documentary produced by two American dudes who decided to embrace and teach the concept to the wider community.

 

There are a lot of benefits associated with going “minimal”: you will (probably) feel that order has been restored in your life, you will feel psychologically lighter… and you won’t have the same trouble I’m now having to move out and take everything with me. The truth is… I don’t want to take everything with me: I actually want to review every single thing I possess right now and make one of the following decisions:

Decision #1: Throw it away

Everything that is broken and has no possible use must go straight away to the rubbish bin. EVEN if it has great sentimental value.

Decision #2: Sell it 

Items that I bought and which I barely used are probably a possible source of income, so they will be listed on the Facebook’s marketplace. If you are in the UK, you may want to check what is on my selling list at the moment:

Decision #3: Donate it

Everything that it’s not easy to sell online (e.g. clothes) goes directly to charity shops!

Decision #4: Keep it

Everything that is essential to my daily living… moves with me.

Sounds simple right? The challenge only comes up when you are actually reviewing your suff and deciding what you are going to do with them! You must be brave and follow the rules of your own kind of minimalism… if not, you risk moving out with a lot stuff you don’t actually need!

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