A week ago, Jec and I joined a Balangay Sunset Cruise at Roxas Boulevard. I almost didn’t go because I was feeling lazy at the last minute, but since we already made reservations, we still went. And I enjoyed it a lot! Motion sickness and phobias aside, it was refreshing to be away from the noise of Manila even for 2 hours. There were less than 20 of us in the Balangay, so it was pretty intimate. The boat could fit more people, but I guess they really intended to make the cruise for a close group of people. I’m not very good at describing my experiences and recalling all the little details, so I’ll borrow Jec’s words to make up for it.
For my second part of decluttering, I want to clarify that all this time I’ve been doing it wrong. For the entire time, I thought minimalism is about getting rid of things – which apparently is not. It’s making space for what’s important and valuable. It’s making more space for less. Although I can’t honestly say that I’m actually trying to have a minimalist lifestyle because… I’ve never been materialistic to begin with. So I guess I’m just decluttering my things while maintaining my already simple lifestyle.
One Monday, I was sitting on our bed, cherishing my beloved “off day” when I came across this video on Facebook. It was a quick documentary on this woman’s attempt to live like a minimalist for a week. I don’t know if it was experimental (for work, since she works at Buzzfeed) or it was her own initiative. Regardless, it struck a chord.
I realized I could do the exact same thing. I could declutter (boy did I have LOTS of unnecessary stuff lying around), pick out the stuff I actually use, and donate the rest I don’t. In the video, they highlighted that living minimally doesn’t have to be extreme and it doesn’t have a set of rules. Do what applies to you. So I thought of a group of items I always have around but don’t use.
I had answers in a matter of seconds. But I focused on this one: MAKEUP.
Once or twice in your life, you will feel an emptiness in your life. You may be active and busy, yet life still seems incomplete. In your attempt to figure this out, you do things out of the ordinary – things you wouldn’t normally do.
Some people who have never experienced this before (or are simply judgmental) call this drama.
We call it quarter-life crisis.
When I was still working in the corporate world, this quarter-life crisis hit me like a storm. It came out of nowhere and I didn’t know how to manage it by myself. It was the time that I was still adjusting in my very first workplace. I was only a few months in, yet… I was already out of place. What takes years for some only took months for me. I felt I was in the wrong place at the right time. I knew I had to get out of there ASAP.
And so I left that job and started with my self-love journey.
Hey, guys! We’re a few days away from Christmas aaaaand I still can’t feel the Christmas spirit. LOL. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the holidays. I’m here to talk about my weekend. So, lets?
Welcome to Magic Monday, a blog series where we list all things nice and worth looking forward to for the week. This blog series aims to uplift dazed spirits, especially on a Monday morning – a friendly reminder that not all Mondays should be hectic and that it can bring a little magic to your week if you let it. ✨