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First learning point from Capsule Wardrobe

While proofreading my previous post on Capsule Wardrobe, I went to my closet and re-analyse my wardrobe.

As I have mentioned in my previous post, I have three instead of one capsule wardrobe. One being the smaller version of a capsule wardrobe at my parents’ place, and the other two is kind of a combo of summer and winter wears due to the nature of my job. I thought I could make the summer wears work for winter weather as well by layering up but I totally forgot about the extreme cold or warm weather. So I decide to separate the two for real. For example, instead of having 3 pairs of bottoms for both winter and summer, I have 2 pairs of bottoms for winter and 2 pairs for summer.

I thought the multi seasonal-combo closet is a good idea because it had been working for the past few weeks until I realized the only reason it worked was because I haven’t really been to places that are extremely cold in the past few weeks. So I made the change. Hah!

The initial idea was to try that closet for 3 months and see how things go before making any changes, but the more I look at it, the more I feel the need to change. So that’s my first learning point: when trying out something new, be it a concept or a product, it should fit into our lifestyle instead of changing our lifestyle to fit into it. A good concept should improve our lives rather than making it more difficult. Experiment a few more times by switching things up to rather than adjusting yourself to them will maximise the benefit and create your own style.

After the small change I’ve made to my capsule wardrobe, I find myself enjoying the wardrobe more now! I adjusted from the initial idea of 3 pieces from 12 categories (tank, blouse, long sleeves, button up, shorts, pants, skirt, dress, coats, flats, covered shoes and heels) by changing the categories into just 5 categories (tops, bottoms, dress, outerwear and footwear). In that way, I could introduce more tank and blouse into the spring and summer closet, or more long sleeves and pants into the autumn and winter closet, if that make sense.

That’s all I have for today. Leave me comments on what do you think about capsule wardrobe! Till then!

 

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Although I do subscribe to blogs, I always miss out posts updates via email notifications. There are simply too many kind of promotional newsletter (that’s why they ask for your email when you sign up for membership and stuff so that they could constantly remind you to spend on their products), which I almost missed out this one too, but the first line itself caught  my attention before hitting the trash button. Short but straight to the point! Need to reblog this and get it pin up somewhere in the room to serve as my constant reminder. Only if more people think and act that way, the world will become a better and happier place for everyone.

Happy reading!

 

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Find Your Middle Ground

just like me

When you find yourself judging, blaming, criticizing, resenting, or being frustrated and annoyed with an other person … here are some phrases to bring to mind.

“This person in front of me has a body and a mind… Just like me.
This person in front of me has feelings, emotions and thoughts… Just like me.
This person in front of me has in his or her life, experienced physical and emotional pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be free from pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be healthy and loved… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be happy… Just like me.”*

All people have similar needs, wants and desires. Fundamentally we act in order to protect ourselves and what we believe matters to us.
We all wish to be…

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As much as I’d like to stick with schedule, it is not easy, for one simple reason, inspiration does not come in schedule. However, it is do-able, I just need to be more committed, and observance (affirmation for myself), and turn things around me into inspiration.

So, today is another work day for me. As I still had a little time to buffer, I went to food court for breakfast before reporting. I don’t normally take lift because the food court is just one level below my office. You know sometimes when you enter a lift that is crowded, like everyone is trying to get from the most bottom level to the highest, then they saw you enter just to travel one level up (or down), the kind of look they give you as if you’ve done something awful (which by the way, I think it’s awful too..). Anyway, it wasn’t crowded today, no, to be precise, a lift arrived right in front of me and everyone was getting out from the lift, and no one was waiting for the lift. So I made a quick decision, to take the lift.

As I walked towards the lift, as I said, everyone was getting out, I saw this old gentleman, pushing his trolley, walked out from the lift, very slowly. He appeared to be frail, that’s why he was walking very slowly, which it seemed like the lift door was shutting right behind him. Then, he turned around to press the lift button, to hold the lift for me. It happened in split second, but it has made an impeccable impression on me, which became the inspiration of this post.

Jeff Bozos, CEO of Amazon said “Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice”. Mark Twain said kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. And there is also this popular saying of the world is full of nice people, it you can’t find one, be one. I’m sure you’ve heard of one of these sayings in your lifetime. However, it takes another level for one to actually do it. And the gentleman did it. It might be something small for him (turning around and press a button), but it was something to me (I might miss the lift and have to wait for another one or take the escalator instead, which of course, not a big deal). What I’m trying to say is, the gesture of this gentleman, shows that kindness is at every corner, and it is up to us to discover, and appreciate it. If we choose to ignore them, the kindness, we will never find one. If a frail gentleman could do that for a stranger like me, could we, the self-claimed able-bodied do more for others? Sure we could. But it is a choice. Being kind is a choice. And it’s the matter of how we choose.

I quickly thanked the gentleman before the lift door shut.

Let me end this post with a quote from AESOP:-

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Thank you for making the world a better place, sir.

Till then!

 

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There is a story behind every smile. (And I thought I posted something similar before).

Correction. There is a story that you will never know behind every smile.

As that is a life you didn’t not live through.

As people only see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe.

Well, there is nothing wrong with that, everyone has a life and you are already too busy living your life and how could you live the other person’s life but that’s exactly the point too. You are so busy with your life so it is unfair to say that you can understand another person’s life. Period.

 


 

So, this is the 4th time I enter this post to edit before I could complete it. (I hope I could complete it this time). It’s either I was not inspired, or I am getting weaker and weaker in expressing myself.

Smile. Yes. I was saying there is a story behind every smile.

Cause every time when I see you smiling, I kinda see a story behind it.

It used to be happy ones, but it changed recently.

I know why but I don’t really know why.

Like I briefly know why but I don’t know exactly.

I do not wanna ask because you will tell if you want to.

There are already million things in your mind and I do not wanna add another one.

I just wanna let you know, that don’t worry, I’ll be here.

I might not know but I know you’ve already done everything you could.

Cause you will not give anything except for your best.

It’s okay to be tired and it’s okay to wanna take a break.

It’s okay to do only what you could and leave the rest to others. Because even superman need to sleep. Let some other save the day while you recuperate.

Because we are only human and it’s just too much for one to bare.

Because you deserved to be happy.

 


 

Smile. Because you look so cute when you do.

Laugh, only when you feel happy.

I really really do like to see you smile, and knowing the story behind your smile is a happy one.

Xoxo.