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    How to Physically Declutter | Simplify Your Life Challenge: Week 2

    Hello lovelies! I’m wrapping up week 2 of the Simplify Your Life Challenge from MuchelleB and honestly — it’s been a long week! From balancing a crazy work schedule and keeping up with my personal and social life, it’s so difficult to find time to simplify. However, I can honestly say that despite the craziness of the week, week 2 is over and completed!

    For this week, I prioritized categories and areas in my room that needed the most attention, so there were some items on this challenge I didn’t get around to doing. What matters to me about this challenge is that the most important areas are completed, so skipping on some areas that don’t need much attention is completely fine with me. Always modify challenges to help it better your lifestyle!
    Without further ado, here is a recap of the decluttering that went down during week 2!

    Digital Space

    My main digital spaces are my work MacBook and my iPhone. Both of them were used to their capacity so I knew it was time to minimize. Since a lot of my work involves downloading and uploading large mp4 and PSD files, I started off by deleting most of my irrelevant downloads and freed up some space there. The bulk of my iPhone space was mostly due to old music I rarely listened to anymore and TONS OF PHOTOS. I am a complete photo hoarder and memory keeper, but to combat this I just uploaded all of my iPhone pictures onto Amazon Drive and deleted any unnecessary photos, music and apps.

    Social Media

    This is something I am honestly still working on. It’s hard to kill the social media addiction when it’s part of the job, but this article sheds insight on how to combat it. For me, I turned off notifications for all of my social media platforms, and unfollowed people that posted toxic or unnecessary things that did not bring me joy.

    Makeup

    For this category, I divided it in to several areas — my two makeup bags and my drawer. The drawer keeps the makeup that I don’t wear daily, while the two makeup bags hold items I use regularly. The black one holds larger items such as my contour kit and face powder, while the smaller one holds smaller items such as mascara, eyelash curler, eyeliner and brow pomade.

    Beauty Products/Bathroom Essentials

    I organized most of my regularly used beauty products in my bathroom cabinet. It still looks cluttered since it has limited space, but it does the job in keeping my bathroom counter clear and tidy. Regardless, I have found it easier to just grab what I need and replace it after I’m done. For beauty products I don’t use regularly, I place them in another drawer.

    For items that I use every single day, I keep it in this handy basket from the Container Store (if you didn’t notice, I went on a huge shopping spree at the Container Store). This is where I keep some beauty essentials, contact solution, mouthwash and toothbrush.

     

    Decor

    There wasn’t much change for the decor in my room except for rearranging and buying storage items to make everything look more aesthetically pleasing. I have my painting from PaintNite lying against the wall that I have yet to hang, and a basket from the Container Store that holds my new jewelry box (also bought from the Container Store. Container Store is great, y’all). I also bought a cute fake plant and a warm, Cozy Nights candle from Target.

    Sentimental items

    I placed all of my sentimental items in a black storage bin on my drawer shelf. It’s accessible and easy to pull out when I want to reminisce.

    Cleaning Supplies

    My cleaning supplies used to be all over the place, but with the help of the trusty Container Store, I was able to place everything in their own sections so that they would be easier to find whenever I go cleaning. Bless the Container Store!
     

    Nightstand Items

    Not much changed here except for discarding, reorganizing and storing somethings in a mini basket I bought from Target.
     
    Overall, I have to give a shout out to Target and the Container Store for providing me with the proper storage items to keep my room looking both tidy and aesthetic. I also got them at affordable prices since most of it was on sale, which is always amazing in my book.

    Now that my room is finally at a place where I feel very happy with, I am transitioning on to simplifying mental clutter. My mind has been filled with project and content ideas, travel plans and future plans on top of work, family and social life, so a lot of things  tend to get lost. I hope that with the last few weeks of March, I will be able to hone things down and focus on the things that matter, which hopefully means more blog content!

    Until next time <3
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    Current Favorites

    A lot has happened within the first month of the New Year — a little bit of good, a little bit of bad, and a lot of ugly. But for now, I want to focus on the good things — the things that bring joy in my life and allow me to live with more intention. Even when the world seems like it’s falling apart, I know that I can still focus on me and use whatever resources I can to be the best possible version of myself so that I can better advocate for things that matter. I hope that at the end of the day, everyone has access to the right resources so that they can be their own best versions of themselves.

    Without further ado, here are some of my current favorites, which are basically my own personal resources that have allowed me to feel like the best version of myself — or at least, makes me feel that way! This list of Current Favorites is a slightly different version of my Current Favorites video, which you can find at the end of this post!
    • Bullet Journal. I love my bullet journal. This is where all of my daily tasks, monthly goal planning and random lists go. I will probably do a more detailed blog post on my current bullet journal set up, but if you want to learn more about the bullet journal, check out this perfect how to video from the creator himself, Ryder Caroll.
    • Passion Planner. The Planner has always been part of my planning system and routine. I love that it has a weekly display and a monthly reflection section. Before, I used the Passion Planner to schedule my classes, meetings, events, work outs, etc. but now that I work a full-time job and don’t have much of a life anymore, I use it to track my time! The CEO, Angelia Trinidad, is a strong advocate for supporting college students and constantly gives away free Passion Planners on college campuses across California. She is also a fellow Pilipino American who has supported the Fil-Am community at UCLA through her work on the Passion Planner. If you want to learn more, check out the Passion Planner website here.
    • Journal. I have always been and will always be that person who always keeps a journal. I’ve had this beautiful Muji journal since last summer. The main thing I love about it is that there are no ruled lines, so I can be free to write and doodle with no restrictions.
    • Muji Pens. I discovered the beauty of Muji pens during college when my friend introduced them to her pack. Ever since, I have not strayed from my own beautiful gel pen collection. They work so well for my bullet journal, passion planner, regular journal and general note taking!
    • Tombow brush pen. I recently started developing an interest in brush hand lettering and I invested in this very cheap $3 Tombow brush pen from Amazon. I had to watch a couple of YouTube tutorial videos to understand how to use it, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy to use! I hope that with practice I get much better at brush hand lettering.
    • H&M Shoes. I’ve had these shoes for such a long time and they never disappoint. When I want to feel a little fancier and add extra height, I pop these shoes on and feel a little more fashionable than I usually am.
    • Lush Toner Water. I have used about 3 bottles of this already and it always makes my skin feel very refreshed — literally like a breath of fresh air! If you want to start off with Lush products, I highly recommend this one for fresh, soft skin!
    • Tapestry. I love love love this tapestry from society6.com. It’s the statement piece in my room and serves as a constant reminder to enjoy the good times in my early 20s.
    • Canon EOS M3. This new camera beats my old Canon T3i due to portability, higher ISO capabilities and sharper image. I love that I can bring it with me wherever I go and that I can still use my other EF-S mount lenses with the adapter, which comes with the camera.
    • 10 Habits of Highly Effective People. I didn’t get to feature this book in my video since I haven’t finished this book yet, but I have already learned a lot on how to be a more highly effective person and I’ve only read up to habit 3! It’s a lot of information so I suggest taking down key takeaways from each chapter when you read it so you can digest the material.

     

    Of course I also want to point out my current favorite movies and memories that have brought so much joy and inspiration in my life.
    • La La Land, film
    • Hidden Figures, film
    • Women’s March
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Las Vegas, CA

    What are some of your current favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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    Makeup On the Go

    As a busy bee, I want to keep things easy, quick and simple when it comes to getting ready for my day. This includes my makeup routine.

    Although there are days when I like add a little more to my makeup routine, most days I am content with putting in minimal effort to look fresh and put together by using a handful of beauty products. I am in no way not limited to these 5 beauty products, but I have found that using them has cut my morning routine in half and it feels great putting in less!

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    1. Anasol Body Oil. I got a small bottle of this from Anasol themselves at a farmer’s market for $10 and I use it every day! Not only does it moisturize your face and provide plenty of healthy antioxidants, it also provides some sun protection.
    2. Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. This is my most favorite liquid eyeliner because it does really well in creating that winged eyeliner.
    3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. Out of all of the drugstore mascara products, this one is makes my eyelashes longer and fuller.
    4. Colourpop Black N Brown Brow Pencil. I recently bought this from Colourpop and it’s a quick and efficient way to get my brows to look fierce.
    5. Eyelash Curler. This has always been necessity for my straight eyelashes. I’ve been using this for years to get the perfect curl.
    Beauty Lifestyle Travel

    My Travel Essentials Packing List

    It’s finally the holiday season, and for many people, winter break is finally here! Many people have large travel plans lined up for the holidays and need a packing list, so I thought I would share my own list of travel essentials that I have curated for any season and occasion!
    1. Backpack. Bring a backpack that is able to fit everything you need such as make-up, book, planner, etc.

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      My all-time favorite backpack is my trusty Everlane Twill Snap Backpack, which does wonders in fitting all my essentials in one place and even has two side pockets to put your water bottle or any other small items.

    2. Carry On Bag. For small trips I only bring two bags to fit everything I need. Clothes, accessories and shoes usually go in my second carry on travel bag.carry-on-bag

      This one is Cath Kidston’s travel bag, which is both beautiful and spacious in design. It even has a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry.

    3. Water bottle. It is so important to stay hydrated, so bring an empty water bottle with you before you go through security and fill it up before you board on the plane.Camelback Waterbottle.png

      I recently purchased the Camelback Eddy from Amazon and I absolutely love this bottle. It works as a sip cup so you don’t have to tilt the bottle and cause any accidental spills (like I usually do). I’ve found that I stay more hydrated with this bottle since it’s so easy to use. It’s definitely a must when you’re out on adventures!

    4. Beauty essentials. My toner water, make-up wipes, body oil and natural DIY deodorant are my holy grail products for traveling. They’re travel-sized, portable and meet the TSA requirements since they do not exceed 3.4 ounces.Beauty Essentials.jpg

      After a long day of exploring or even on the plane, I use the Target generic brand of Neutrogena’s make-up wipes to remove my make-up and then go in with Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air toner water (it really does feel like a breath of fresh air on your face. Anasol’s extra virgin olive body oil works for hair, face and body, but I mostly use it as a facial moisturizer and it feels very hydrating and smooth! Of course, my homemade deodorant makes me smell fresh and odor-less every time I use it in the morning.

    5. Accessories. Your accessories and wardrobe should cater to how the weather will be. I usually either bring a comfy hat for sunny days, or a scarf and beanie to stay warm.

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      The hat is from Q, and the scarf and beanie are from Forever 21.

    6. Camera. Last but not least, I always need to bring my camera to document my travels and relive my adventures and memories.Camera.png

      Although I mostly use my trusty iPhone 6S to take wide shots, I use my Canon T3i and 50mm lens for beautiful, crisp close up photos and videos.

    Is there anything missing on this list that you always have on yours? Let me know!