Living

Becoming Self-Employed: Quitting My 9-5 and Never Looking Back

07.10.17

Becoming self employed: Why I quit my 9-5 job and never looked back - Jessica Rose Williams

Quitting my 9-5 salaried job for self-employment was the most terrifying, liberating thing I’ve ever done. I made the leap two years ago. Fed up of hating my life Monday to Friday, I talked my husband into expanding his financial management business; consequently creating space for me to come on board. I’d always struggled with working for someone else because I hated everything about it; the commute in the morning, having to be there for a set time, managers breathing down my neck, having a set workload, the lack of flexibility, knowing that no matter how hard I worked I would still earn the same amount at the end of every month. The list goes on. I knew there was more than that 9-5 slog that I found so soul destroying. I felt chained to that desk and I resented it. I hated it.

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Travel

Travel Planning Tips That Will Save You Time, Stress and Money

06.30.17

Travel planning tools to save you time stress and money - Jessica Rose Williams

Travel planning can be really stressful and time consuming. I like to travel a lot so I’ve experienced this first hand, but I love planning. I’m a natural planner and researcher; both these things come easy to me. I’d go as far as to say research is my favourite form of procrastination, especially when it comes to holidays (vacation for my American friends). It’s overwhelming how many options there are. Trawling through endless websites, blogs and comparison sites can put your head in a spin. I’ve understandably heard people say they need a holiday just to get over the stress of planning it. With that in mind, I wanted to share my favourite tips and tools for planning travel with you.

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Minimalism

Decluttering: Letting Go of the Sentimental Stuff

06.23.17

Decluttering Letting the sentimental stuff go - Jessica Rose Williams

Items with sentimental value are the hardest to let go, but I think you know that else you wouldn’t be reading this. I’ve always been a sentimental person, keeping all sorts in my pretty ‘memory boxes’ from concert ticket stubs to one of my wedding invitations. Then there were all the photo albums, things people had given me as gifts and all those tacky trinkets I had bought on my travels. It’s all gone now, except for five items, and I feel so much better. I know a lot of people struggle with this process and whilst I can’t tell you what to do, as someone who has been through it, I can share my perspective and what worked for me.

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Living

Dear Gym, I Quit. It’s Not Me, It’s You!

06.16.17

Dear gym, I quit. It's not me, it's you!

Being healthy is really important to me. Without our health we haven’t got much and it should be a priority for all of us. Sadly, we can’t be healthy without a combination of good food and exercise. Getting that balance right isn’t always easy and lord knows I still struggle but I recently took an unexpected step in the right direction and quit the gym.

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Living / Minimalism

A Minimal Year Round Capsule Wardrobe

06.10.17

A minimal capsule year round wardrobe - Jessica Rose Williams

I’ve never considered myself very stylish. I wanted to feel stylish but always felt like I was pretending when it came to clothes. ‘Who would I try to be this week?’ I grew up reading fashion magazines, thinking the women in them looked perfect. I wanted to be perfect too so I would try and dress like them. I never knew what my ‘style’ was. I just used to buy whatever the celeb I was into at that time was wearing or what glamour magazine told me to. If I saw a friend looking good in something, I’d maybe buy that. Like most women, I aimlessly built up a huge collection of clothes, shoes and bags that just weren’t right for me.

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