Minimalism

Why A Minimal Skin Care Routine Could Be The Answer To Your Skin Problem

07.17.17

Minimal bathroom sink - Jessica Rose Williams

A minimal skin care routine was something I’d never considered. 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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Living

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

07.10.17

Becoming self employed - 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 tips - 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

How To Declutter The Sentimental Stuff

06.23.17

Decluttering sentimental stuff - 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 - Jessica Rose Williams

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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