Living

Saying “NO” Without Guilt and How to Do it Gracefully

08.07.17

saying-no-without-guilt-and-how-to-do-it-gracefully-jessicarosewilliam

Learning to say no hasn’t been easy but it has given me more time, and in a lot of cases more money, to do the things I really want to do. That tiny two letter word NO is one of the smallest, yet most empowering words in the English language. It can take courage to use, but when used to our advantage, saying no allows us to sculpt our lives by rejecting the things we don’t want to do and gifts us the time we would have lost by saying yes. It allows us to take back control. Our time is the most precious resource we have, using it wisely makes sense.

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Travel

Slow Travel: A Long Weekend in Copenhagen

07.31.17

Slow Travel A weekend in Copenhagen - Jessica Rose Williams

Slow travel is still my favourite way to travel. I love not having to rush around trying to see all the sights. It was exhausting. A long weekend in Copenhagen has been on my travel bucket list for a while now. Denmark constantly ranks as the happiest country in the world and I kept this notion on my shoulder the entire time I was there. Ever the people watcher, I wanted to draw my own conclusions based on what I saw first hand. Unlike my recent slow travel trip to Paris, I had an itinerary this time. I’d planned a loose 3 night itinerary that allowed us to take things slow and really explore the parts of the city that interested me, instead of rushing around trying to cram everything in – I even managed a few naps in the afternoon. It doesn’t get much more slow travel than that!

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Travel

Carry-On Only Packing List: A Weekend in Copenhagen

07.24.17

Capsule Wardrobe Packing List - Jessica Rose Williams

The hours I spent thinking about what I should or shouldn’t take away with me pre-capsule wardrobe don’t bear thinking about, not to mention all the laundry I used to be slave to when I got home. A complete waste of time and genuinely unnecessary. I’ve been strictly carry on suitcase only for a year now and I’d never go back. I wanted to share what I packed from my minimal capsule wardrobe for the entire year for my trip to Copenhagen this weekend, so you can see how it works in practice.

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Minimalism

Is Less More When it Comes to Skin Care?

07.17.17

Is less more when it comes to skin care Jessica Rose Williams

I like to think my values align to those of the French when it comes to skin care; it’s important, much more important than make up. My theory is that we get one face and consequently it’s worth spending the necessary time and money it takes to look after it. I’d happily go without other items in favour of skin care products as they were a priority for me. Over the years I’d created a strict 5 step morning routine and 7 step night time routine for myself, following all the advice I’d read for my combination skin type. I thought I was doing a great job and I was mostly pleased with the results I got. Notice the past tense here? Everything came into question recently when I found myself face to face with a dermatologist diagnosing me with Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis. The cause? Too many products!

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