17 before 2017

As fall starts, we have a little more than 3 months until 2017. Fall and winter are my favorite times of the year. And it is a perfect time to  review my year and my goals. This year I changed jobs, I am a little freer now so I had a chance to focus on my personal goals more easily. This list also sums what I was trying to achieve this year. Minimalism, mindfulness, writing, blogging and all.

I got the idea from BohoBerry, such a wonderful idea.

So here is the list. I don’t have to finish all of them of course, but having a list make my goals visual. And actually all of them are thought in detail. I read a lot about setting goals recently, and I will share my insights on setting goals in a future post as well.

Let me talk a bit about each:

Goals 1 to 4: Minimalism

These are the goals related to my minimalism journey. For the past couple of months I didn’t spend much time at home and it will be great if I could finish decluttering my kitchen and vanity before ’17.

Also having a capsule wardrobe dedicated to work is very crucial for me. I made some new purchases and let go of some pieces, so I want to organize a wardrobe with accessories and all and never think about what to wear to work ever again.

My fourth goal, if you have heard of these challenges, will sound very familiar. I want to finish these skincare and make-up products before 2017. The products are:

  1. Sebamed Q10 Lifting Eye Cream (best affordable eye cream so far)
  2. Neostrata Oily Skin Solution (I really like it, except it is twice the price in Turkey now and I won’t be repurchasing just because of the price. I will most likely replace it with plain soap for now.)
  3. Oriflame Red Lipstick (just love this. but it is I guess maybe more than 5 years old (eww) but I can’t just let it go because I haven’t found a red lipstick just like this. So I’ll toss when I finish)
  4. Skin 79 Sué Hydrating Water (it is a very nice moisturizer but not very practical. I would expect a spray bottle instead of squirt, so I won’t be repurchasing this either.)
  5. Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Malt (2 years old, love it, I wouldn’t mind wearing it everyday)
  6. Isana Aceton-free nail polish remover (just put it because I have one more nailpolish remover at home)
  7. Diadermine Zero Tolerance Face Cleanser (no side effects so far, but not very effective either, will replace with bar soap again)

The reason why I chose them is that although they have survived my decluttering splurges for two years, they are the oldest products that I have (except Neostrata, it is like 6 months old). And because I have (or I don’t need) replacements for them it would be nice if I could get them out of my way. The trick in these challenges is that you should put all the products of these kinds away for the time being. It will be exhilarating to finish them till the end of 2016!

Also very interesting to see I have products from all around the world (Germany, Sweden, Korea, US) I think I should consider making more local choices next time I buy this kind of products.

Goals 5-9: Mind Goals

These are goals related mostly with mind. I started a novel about 4 years ago but never touched it for 3 years until I went back this year. But I am not sure if I like it anymore. I am like 5000 words in, and I’ll maybe go on, maybe not. Anyway, I would like to write an independent short story no matter what happens in my novel journey.

I would also like to read 50 books this year in total. This was the goal I set on my Goodreads account. So far I have finished 23, but I still want to keep it to see how far I will get.

My blog of course is among my goals. Keeping a record here really helps me put things in perspective. Right now I have 100 followers, I want to double it by the end of the year.

Goal 10: Job

I started my new job on January 6th, and towards the New Year the committee will decide whether I will be permanent or not. Fingers crossed!

Goals 11-14: Health

These goals are about Yoga and health in general. Yoga has been really helpful to me, so I wish to make it a daily habit.

I have recently been drinking a mixture of ginger- honey-lemon- ACV (and garlic if I’m not going out). Among all benefits, it’s helping me with sinus infections and allergies so I would like to keep it going for as much as I can.

Goal 15: Crafts

I am really into cross-stitching this year. There is one project I would like to finish this year and it is the table runner that I started.

Goals 16-17: Spirit

I started meditating for about 4 months ago but I haven’t made it a daily habit yet. I wish to do so as soon as possible.

And last but not least, finishing the year in gratitude is so important to me.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my goals and I will be more than happy if this inspires you to set some goals for yourself!




My Cosmetics Graveyard

For the last couple of years since starting my minimalism journey, I’ve come across many people who are interested in minimalism for different reasons, people trying to pay off their debt, shopaholics, people with children and overwhelmed with clutter, people with depression/anxiety disorder, or people like me who are messy and try to declutter their lives as well as their minds. The reason is different, but the result is all the same: A huge relief. The realization of what we purchase and why. That’s exactly the same with me as well.

Now that my husband and I got rid of over a hundred pieces of clothing, now that I’ve found my style, I can start to think of other areas in my life.


Cosmetics graveyard.

This is what I’ve built in years. On a Saturday, I lay all my make-up, skin and nail products on my bed and stared them for a while. What a ridiculous pile! I hardly wear make-up to work except bb cream and eye-liner. But still, I managed to collect so much stuff. Some of them, I had a bunch, 3 eye-liner pencils, 3 tubes of face masks, 2 different bb creams, along with some cc creams! Lots of different acne treatment products, more than 20 nail polishes.

I realized I just liked the idea of owning these products. I had many acne treatment products, yet I don’t see any results simply because I don’t use them at all. Just owning made me satisfied. Just like the dresses I loved having but never wore. So this pile looked like a graveyard to me.

The first step was throwing away expired products and the ones I’ll never ever use, like the green eyeshadow. Then I made a list and saw that I had 66 pieces in total. When I calculated the total amount it was over 1000 turkish liras( something like 350 dollars). While complaining about debts, whining over absence of money when I longed for a vacation, I spent a good amount on things I never use! From these 66, I only used bb cream, eye-liner, mascara and perfume regularly. Just 5 items.

The problem was I couldn’t just say goodbye to things I paid so much for. I decided to use the ones I could, like masks and cleansing products daily. My skin in return thanked me for getting clearer everyday. It was obviously  a win-win situation. And I promised myself not to buy anything new until I’m done with what I have.

This experience has taught me that everything that is bought without consciousness is just a waste of time, money, and Earth’s resources. Credit card debts rise up and prevent people from reaching their dreams.

I am on a 3-week vacation right now, and I find that making stuff fit in a single suitcase is a good opportunity to review what you really love and need. This is all I’ve brought on vacation considering the cosmetics:

IMG_20160713_202919_editA cleanser, a sunscreen, a lipgloss, and perfume. I needn’t even have taken the eye-liner pencil and mascara with me, I’ve hardly used them. If you need this little even not on vacation, why keep countless items of cosmetics in your cabinet?

Everyone has a weak spot, I just happened to find mine is skincare products. My humble advice for you is to think about your weak spot when it comes to buying. Do you buy books that you’ll never need, for example? Maybe you should resist the urge to buy a new book until you read all your to-read list, or if the book doesn’t meet your expectations give it to someone who might like it. If you have too many decorations you can sell some on e-bay and get some extra cash. You can even give your unused cosmetics like tubed creams, toners and perfumes to friends who might appreciate them. Once the excess is gone, you will love what is left.