Reflections and Goals (17/18)

Happy New Years!

It’s a new year! Fresh start! I want this year to be filled with attainable goals and actually, do them. I want to share what I am reflecting on for 2017 and what I want to be doing for 2018. I am putting myself out there so I will be more accountable for my goals. Also remembering and reflecting what I wrote and thought during these times will help me to keep me on the path this year. Mind you though, these areas are not the ONLY things I am working on but ones I want to focus on shall I say.

CAREER (Work, Volunteering, Education)

I’ve managed to work two jobs (one full time, and one part-time) for a full year in 2017 and I don’t know if it was a smart or a foolish thing to do but I am glad it is coming to an end. It’s bittersweet as well because I have been with the organization for 4 years, but I am ready to take on a new challenge for 2018 by working on my personal projects and to look for other on-call jobs. 

I volunteered for 2017 and it was a great way to meet new people, to learn new skills, and to try something different, but in 2018, I might consider looking for something different within the same organization.

In 2017, I’ve been thinking of pursuing additional education but I was feeling really lost and stuck. Now in 2018, I am thinking of doing more schooling to boost up my career and I am hoping it will work out but I haven’t decided on anything specific yet. Because I am uncertain which paths I should take, I am in the process of meeting professionals who work in the industry through my network to get more information.

CHALLENGES (#myfirsts)

In 2017, I participated Tough Mudder Half and it was something I should have given myself more credit so yeah!! I participated in it!! If you are curious how I did and if you are interested in participating yourself, I wrote a post on what to expect and what to bring to help you to have a smoother run.

In 2018, I would like to search for another training or an activity that I haven’t tried it, yet, so that is my goal for this year. Try something new and different!


In 2017, to help myself and my sister train for the Tough Mudder Half,  we followed the workouts that were recommended by the website. We tried working out any days that were available and because of this, all the time that was available went to the gym. Even though it was great for my fitness, other areas flustered.

In 2018, I decided to workout 4 days a week and avoiding not working out for more than 2 days and to eat healthier to replace not working out more than that.


I don’t usually snack but if it’s in front of me, my hands will dip into the bags of chips like no other. I have a couple of favorite candies and sweets that I will go for, and for 2017, I tried really hard not to consume them and I stopped buying them for the most part. Out of sight out of mind. I still can’t say no to some sour candies 😉

For 2018, I’ve decided to consume less meat and dairy, especially, milk to start. It’s been a couple of months so far, even though I have had cravings and urges to consume them, I reminded myself of the reasons why I did it in the first place. I am currently having some health issues, so I am seeing if this diet will make a difference. Again, I am not eliminating 100% because I don’t want to be too hard and to put pressure on myself, but I believe reducing is still better than nothing, so this is what I will stick to it for now.


In 2017,  I blogged at least once a month on average. There were some months I didn’t blog at all, and some months, I posted more than once, so on average, it’s been once a month. For 2018, I want to up the goal by posting twice a month. I know this can be seen as a sub-par goal compared to many of you, but I am focused on having smaller and attainable goals.

In 2017, for YouTube, I’ve partnered up with a co-worker, Alina, to make YouTube videos on fashion, makeup, and other random ideas; however, they flustered, because of our conflicting schedules. But for 2018, our schedules have cleared up (we both don’t have permanent weekend work anymore) we can then focus more on creating videos.


In 2017, I picked up a guitar and coding last year and started practicing, but after a couple of months, my practice time started to dwindle. In 2018, I want to make my practices more of a regular thing and I will practice them once a week and if I can accomplish that, I will increase the frequency.


I’ve always used a planner to put in appointments and important notes but in  2018, I will look at the planner and assess it every week. I will be more meticulous about recording especially with my spending, and my eating, although I find meal planning is a bit tough.

Anyways, I’ve purchased two planners, “The Happiness Planner” and “Making it Happen” ( I am gettin real serious here) but I still haven’t received them. When I do, and if I like it, I will make a review. Please leave a comment down below if you are interested. I will also be more meticulous about writing my spending.

WELLNESS TOOLS (Meditation, Journaling, and something FUN)

In 2017, I’ve started to meditate using this free app. and I have been doing it almost everyday. It’s free and there are a lot of different types such as guided or music, so I highly recommend. In 2018, I will continue using this app and to continue to meditate in the morning and at night. I recommend to people who have a hard time sleeping and if you like to hear something soothing or white noise to drift you off to sleep, this app will work wonders.  Well, it works for me.

I journaled once a month on average (I am being completely honest here!!) but in 2018, I will journal at least once a week.

For fun, I want to continue to travel and to look for fun and exciting activities to do this year! I went to a play with my family last year and that was super fun. Trying and enjoying new experiences are one of my top goals this year so I will continue to look for it. TO LIVE WITH INTENTIONS!!!!


So these are my big but humble goals for this year so far. Things may change and I will be ready to be flexible to those changes but at least something is there.


Also, there is so many self-help and wellness tools and tips out there in the blogosphere, I am going to try them and to write my experiences down for review. If interested, please leave a comment down below.


I haven’t done a make up post in a while so I will be coming up with a review of a lip product which I used it everyday for a whole month in December 2017.


Please let me know what you intend to do or what your goals for the year 2018?


Hope everyone had a great holiday and happy new year again!


Thanks for reading!


Until then,


Minimalist Min(ie)


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Career in Question

This is a post about me feeling lost and scared about work and career path that I am on now, but despite these thoughts, I feel compelled to continue. Every year I assess my situation, whether in work, relationships and in general just where I am at. These are all pretty obvious things but this is what I am doing and considering at the moment with work and my life the moment. I wanted to share the struggles and what makes me feel motivated, by the way, is still a constant struggle, but that is for another time.


  1. Keep going.


To realize if I enjoy the work and still have something to learn is to keep going.


I am still fairly new in my field (social services) because I was in a different industry (finance and retail service) in the past. I have been in this full-time job for just a year, so I still need more time and experience to figure what I want.


Hopefully, as I continue to work in my field I will eventually realize I do enjoy the work and that I do find it rewarding and to keep going until I find something different.

2. Be realistic


I do feel lost at times and my thoughts would creep into other fields wondering what it would be like and they would range all the way from all sorts of areas such as engineering, accounting, medicine, pharmacy etc. When this happens, it is not beneficial to ruminate and to ponder what it will be like to work in those fields, because I will get stuck in spirals and spin out of control.


Instead, be realistic.


Let’s say if I was considering to become a doctor at this time, it will take me 10 or more years of schooling to become a doctor. I would also have to calculate the time and the money that will cost me to become a doctor. I am being realistic and if I think I am not ready to put all that work, then no matter what I think of the profession, I don’t think that is the right path for me.


  1. Try different jobs


If I am feeling stuck or feeling unsure, I will apply for a different job and become a casual or a part-time worker to see how I will do or like in those jobs.


I know I am the type that cannot be stuck in one type of job because I will feel bored and I need to be in a different element to feel motivated.

I try to seek for different kinds of work such as what I am doing now such as writing, sharing my experiences, reviewing makeup and so on. This gives me a break from my day job and I feel I will not get burnt out from my current job.


When I look back, this is what I always did by having a variety of jobs working in different sectors. All in all, they would all be in customer service, but I remember working as a cashier or a sales associate at different places and it worked out well for me. Maybe because of that experience, I got used to working in multiple jobs and I liked the fact that I got to have a variety of experiences and to meet different kinds of people.


I live in Vancouver and now it seems like working two or more jobs is somewhat normal to make ends meet to live in this city. And I am not talking about people who have good stable jobs and having a side hustle to make extra income. I am talking about people who have a stable job but having to work at another part-time job after their day job to make ends meet.


  1. Volunteer


If you are curious about what it’s like working in another industry, try volunteering. It will have less pressure than having an actual job and it will still give you good insights what will it be like working with the people who are working in that sector.


I also volunteer about once a month and that works for me with my current work schedule. I was interested in working in the justice system so I volunteer to do car patrols for my local RCMP community and so far it has been well.


  1. Education


I am also looking to do further education and I actually feel lost in this path as well. There are so many schools, so many programs, and all their distinctive requirements is making my head hurt. The time and the money that will cost is no easy feat as well. I am currently trying to get information from various programs and what I can do with them afterward such as career paths etc.


I don’t have much else to say other than to keep going and something eventually will turn up. It will be more productive rather than being stuck and not doing anything and trying to ponder for the perfect job or that one career path.


It will not show up if we don’t do anything. Everything will be stuck and nothing will turn up.


So this is what I am working on now when I am questioning my future career path.


Does anybody feel this way and if so what helped you past the feeling of stuckness in your career? Please leave a comment down below and I would like to read what helped you.


Thanks for reading.


Until then

Minimalist Min(ie)

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5 Tips for Clubbing for Married 30+

So Yup. I went clubbing… And not just attending a DJ event or a concert but clubbing as in going to a regular club, and lining up outside with other clubgoers while they were smoking and drinking.

So it started out as one of my married friends said “let’s do a girls night out!” and so another married friend joined and we decided on… Well, what else? Clubbing, of course!

At the end, the night was memorable but not in the best sense. We all went through the party scene when we were 20 something but as married 30+ it was a different story.

There were a lot of recurring memories and events that emerged from the past but we were simply not ready for what was bound to happen. We were stunned like a deer before it got stuck. (ugh… I don’t like that example… I get sad when I see road kills)

Anyways even though you may be younger or older than 30+ hopefully this can be a guide to all of you guys before heading out for the night. Hopefully, it can save you money (I am all for that), time and stress.


Me and my friend clubbing (gasp!!)


  1. How to Avoid Line-Ups


a) Plan your destination

This may sound basic for some of you folks, but we had no plan! We just decided on a  club while driving and heading out to downtown. The first couple of clubs we picked (got the information on the internet ><) were closed down or not a night we wanted to attend, so we asked around and received recommendations and so we went.

If we had picked a club to go to, in the beginning, we could have contacted the club earlier in the week to get on the guest list and save time on lining up and maybe perhaps the cover fee.

b) Use your or friends’ connections

We didn’t want to resort to this but especially in the colder months, we would try to see if we have any connections with the promoters or know who knows one so we can get in the club with little to no lineups.

c) Or be a keener and head to the club early to avoid long lineups!

If the club opens at 8pm, get there around 8pm to avoid line ups! You will still listen to some great music, get drinks, dance a bit and maybe call it a night!


  1. How to save money on drinks

a) Pre-drink

This is kind of an obvious thing, but yes pre-drink or pre-game before you head to the club. Obviously, do not get so drunk that you stumble everywhere and puke before you head in (we kinda broke that rule ourselves but one of our friends was lightweight in drinking!). I remember back in my 20’s, we used to pre-drink at friends’ homes or even in cars! I remember I used to carry a bottle of drink in the back of the trunk in case someone wanted a drink.

Now, we might still pre-drink at friend’s home or drink at a bar or restaurants, but do remember! Drinks at bars and restaurants might be as expensive as in clubs so do calculate your costs as you go.

b) Research for drinks’ specials for that night

Check out what the drinks’ specials are when searching for the club(that is if you already picked a place!) so when you are ordering at the bar you know what to order. Also, ask for the price before you order! When I went to the club that night, I didn’t ask for the price and the drink turned out to be 20 dollars a shot! I think I got ripped but the drinks were already poured and I did not want to make a scene and get kicked out so I coughed up the dough. It woke me right after that.

C) Just don’t drink!

Save money and your health by not drinking and just getting thumpin with the music!! If you absolutely need drinks, read the options above but just don’t seduce and tempt guys to get a drink. You are independant woman and who knows what’s inside the drinks? Get drinks for you and your friends and they can get the next round and so on.


  1. Comfort is everything

When I was in my 20s comfort was the last thing on my mind. I just had to look hot or sexy and that was it. Oh and also cheap. I remember I would wear a short dress with no jacket in winter because I wanted to save money on coat check.

I would wear heels like no other and would rather bring band-aids with me to cover up my wounds because I would rather have sexy legs than worry about the pain and blisters that would incur later.

Now, comfort is everything! I am not at that stage where I would forego style over comfort but it’s getting close. I would rather wear comfortable, somewhat stylish shoes rather than sexy heels. I know my feet, and legs and let’s face it, my whole body would thank me as soon I walk into the club.

Showing off my B&B (accidentally) and B&B stands for Boobs and Butt and vice versa is not what I want to show off due to tripping over because of some gnarly shoes.

Wear something you would feel comfortable in for your whole body, from head to toe and they will all thank you.


  1. Avoid unnecessary conflicts

Back in the days, if someone bumps or elbows into you (on purpose) and you just want to smash them into pieces and you actually do it?

Well, think twice before you do that especially at this age. I am guessing you might have a job and maybe a family and some sort of a reputation (if you are in a gang, this might not apply to you or maybe it does) you would not want to risk all of that just from that one night, one person.

People are drunk and it is crowded with people, so give them the benefit of the doubt. If you are near people who are too rowdy, just walk away. Sometimes, it is just not worth it.

That night, I had this girl dancing near us flailing her hair and she was getting closer to us and we “gently” nudged her away but she came in full force shaking her hair like no other and so we just walked away and giving her the space to bang her hair.


  1. Plan, plan, plan

I feel like this is a recurring theme for this whole post. It’s not the funnest thing one can imagine when going out for the night and to plan for events that seem so far away and yet to happen.

However, it will be a good night at the end.

Plan what will happen afterward. If you want to eat afterward, scope out what’s good to eat around the club and check it out. I was hungry afterward, so I went to the nearest pizza store and later having to find out one of my favorite pizza was store was just a block down. Now, you may say what is the big deal? Well, the one I favored had better flavours and was a bit cheaper. I don’t know about you but I like tasty food and to save money. The gnawing annoyance is something I would only feel.


My friend and I grabbing mediocre pizzas (meh)

So there it is. My short guide to having a fun night out on the town for married 30+.


Basically, plan the crap out.


Do you have any tips on going out for the night? If so, please share and comment down below!


Thanks for reading!


Until then



Minimalist Minnie


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My first experience using tampon as a 30 something years

I participated in this obstacle course called Tough Mudder. However, I will write more about it in my next post with what to bring and what to wear etc. (which I did so please check it out here) I did not want this post to be too long because I wanted to share a different type of #myfirsts.


Here is my first experience with using a tampon.


Now, I am almost in my mid 30’s and I have never used a TAMPON in my life!! I was always scared since I was young and I heard stories from everyone that it would get stuck down there, or it would make my vijayjay loose down there etc. By listening to various of reasons growing up, I was never gravitated or interested to use tampons! I was used to my granny pads (hey some pads can be cool!) and I was okay with that. 


There was one time I should have used a tampon because I was out on the beach, and I was wearing a pad, and I did not think I was going to go in the water but I did…and when I did, my pad got soaked and it made me feel like I just pooped and I felt I was walking with hanging poop in my underwear. Apparently, I also had light red streaks coming down my legs (sorrrrry TMI) but yeah…. I was not traumatized but I felt uncomfortable and a bit(?) mortified,  so because of that experience, I now know that I have to wear tampons if I think I might come close to going in or possibly falling into the water.


I know Tough Mudder will involve MUD (hence ‘Mudder’) so I thought it would be a good idea to wear a tampon and yes, I had to wear it, because I had my period at that time.


I am not going into full description, because by now, probably most of you have used tampons wayy before me.

When I first used it, I was afraid it was going to get stuck down there and my younger sister told me it should be tight as in, it should not be loose and fall out. Check.

I got the plastic applicator out graciously (?). Check.

And that’s it!  

And I learned there was a difference between plastic and paper application and apparently plastic applicator is bad for the environment but it is easier to take it off because it is nice and slippery and the other one is not? I can now nod knowingly if people talk about plastic and paper tampons because before then, I had no idea!


Anyways, I just wanted to add my two cents and say that if 30 something tampon virgin passed the wearing tampon test (?) and I did not get any disease or faint or get traumatized from it, I think most of you guys are good to go! If not, I am sorrrry to hear that :((((((


For the leakage, I was out for 8 hours or so including getting up to Whistler and during the course, and afterwards when I checked, it did leak onto my underwear (light so it didn’t soak through to my pants) but it wasn’t too bad. My body was mostly covered in mud so there were no red streaks going down my legs so that was a bonus! And I would have replaced it before 8 hours for next time. Taking it out is a different story, but I was glad and that I would definitely wear it again if I have my period and I have to go under waters.

I will still stick to my pad over tampons, thank you very much.


Overall: I recommend! I will not post the tampon brand as I was not paid to advertise.


Anyways, what was your first experience using a tampon? Please share 😉


Thanks for reading!

Minimalist Minnie


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My First Experience with Tough Mudder

I recently participated in an obstacle course called ‘Tough Mudder’. It was something I would have never had the guts to do it. One day after my workout class, I was talking to a fitness mate and when she mentioned about Tough Mudder and I happened to peruse Tough Mudder website that weekend, it got me excited and then we both got excited with each other’s energy and enthusiasm, and then we decided to join and then we decided to bring our family into it and our fitness instructor and basically, nobody had the gall to stop the process and there we went, to a faraway place, where we can never return (seems so dramatic).

Anyways I am writing about my experience after partaking Tough Mudder so that means I am still alive! (Haha) For some people, it may be a piece of cake, but for me, it was a definite challenge. Especially, at that time, I was sick with cold, too.

Here are my #myfirsts!



When I perused the Tough Mudder website, it stated it was going to be around 10-12 mile obstacle course with lots of mud involved (hence ‘mudder’). According to the website, it stated “… mud run events designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough”.

That sounds tough, huh, designed by the Special Forces! For more information, check out the Tough Mudder website and Youtube videos!

However, I do have to note that I did the Tough Mudder Half which is half the distance and the obstacles which were 5 mile with 13 obstacle course. When I purchased the ticket, I wasn’t even sure what the difference was but I thought Half would be easier for newbies like us (we all were), so I went with that.

I was half excited, nervous and amused at the decision that I made but at the end, I am glad, I made the decision to challenge myself and to try new things I have never tried before so I will pet myself in the shoulder.

  1. Deals

First, I had to purchase the ticket, so when I went to the Tough Mudder website, the date was only 1.5 months away from the actual event which was held on June 17. At that time, the price ranged from $140-180 (everything is in CAD as I live in Canada ;))! When I checked on the website few weeks before the event, the price went up to 200 bucks but then when it closer to the date, it went down to 130? The price seemed to fluctuate a lot and I noticed lots of discount ads were following me around as I surfed around websites.

I finally purchased the tickets on Groupon, because luckily, it happened to be there. I bought the tickets around 70 bucks!! It was a great deal, so I told the rest of the teammates to get them and we all did. I highly recommend looking through your local Groupon site before purchasing tickets!

2. Teammates

Now, you can go solo or pick your own teammates or find teammates once you get to the event. I picked my own teammates and it was a bit tricky because you have to create your team from this other site. It was confusing at first but the Tough Mudder customer service was quite prompt with their replies, so we figured it out. Also, on the website, it said to be sure to create a team name and a team 2 weeks before the event so we all can start at the same time. However, we didn’t and it wasn’t a big deal because once we got to the event, they all just gave us the same time to start.

3. Training

Tough Mudder has a how to train guide on their website according to their full, half version or the types of obstacles so be sure to check them out! My sister and I followed the 3 months training, although we started 1.5 months before, so we rushed the workouts to fit our schedule. Mind you, I was still sick with a cold.

4. What to eat during training

I didn’t follow any specific diet as I did purchase the ticket 1.5 months prior to the event. I just ate how I usually did. Trying to eat healthily, but still indulging on sweets and sugar. On the day of, my sister and I had grains and cereal and a fruit

5. What to bring (foodwise)

I brought a bunch of granola bars but I didn’t end up eating them. I felt nauseated while driving to the event because I had this strong cough suppressant drink from Korea. I did have some fruit which my fellow teammate brought.


During the event, there was a stand where they handed out waters, and bananas so don’t think of bringing anything while you run, unless you want to carry a huge backpack and don’t mind everything being dipped in mud! We read somewhere to bring lots of water and so we brought like 8 liters of water, but we only ended up drinking 2 liters of it.


After the event, we were all hungry but instead of eating our granola bars, we went to a restaurant and ate ( I couldn’t even taste the food because of my cold ><, and the server was so rude!)


With the ticket, you get a beer at the end, but you get a can of beer and the one we got had apple flavour, and it was super cold because we were drenched with sweat, mud, and water, we didn’t even finish the beer.


6. What to wear/ What to bring (clothing wise)

It really depends on the weather and where you would be doing the course. If you were running on a desert in hot summer days such as July and August, you would be wearing something different to mine. For us, it was in June, and the event was held in Whistler, a ski resort during winter times. When we weren’t drenched in mud and water, the weather would have been perfect. Cloudy with few beams of sunlight peeking through the clouds guiding us through the rocky, muddy dirt roads. I wore a long sleeve (don’t even know what material was), and a t shirt (100% cotton) and workout pants with mesh on the side.

At the end of the course, I had a mosquito bite on my leg, due to the mesh, a cut on my palm, and I thought I was going to get hypothermia because my lips and my body was shivering to bits.

At the end, I would recommend wearing a love sleeve dry fit shirt that cools and heats your body (apparently there is a shirt like that!), workout pants, and a pair of runners that you can throw away at the end. The clothes can be easily washed (we washed in the water after few hours when we got home and it washed nicely). The only thing we left was our beloved runners. They were old but still had enough traction to carry my body throughout the course. I should have taken a picture to say adieu, but I forgot. Thank you to my runners!

I would also recommend bringing a pair of goggles (for water dipping) and a pair of gloves for climbing etc.

You can also consider wearing a costume or themed wear with your teammates, but for costume wearers, do be mindful of them possibly chafing against your body and being uncomfortable during the course. Other than that, you would look super cute!! 🙂

Also, bring a towel and a change of clothes than you can change into afterward! There is running makeshift public shower to clean yourself, but it was super cold, and I was already freezing, so I just patted myself dry with the towel and it was fine. We even brought garbage bags in case for the car, but we didn’t even need them.


7. What to wear (make up wise)

For those of you who need a face mask (aka me), listen up! You don’t need much unless you are going there to meet someone and to hook up, specifically! Other than that, you need a waterproof and smudge-proof makeup and a whole lot of don’t care how I look mantra! At the end, your face will be covered in dirt, and sweat and a whole lot of whoooo I did it smile on your face. I had my eyebrows (Clio Tatto eyebrows) which were supposed to tint your eyebrows, but it actually doesn’t and I only like the eyebrow mascara part, and eyeliner (Bobbi Brown in Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (in Expresso) which I actually like, and they all generally stayed on. After the course, I walked around in this face in the mall, and people were looking at me raising their eyebrows, but I was so proud of my face and myself in general.

At the end of the course, you can probably tell, but we were all so proud of ourselves, of what we had accomplished. If I wasn’t planning to become pregnant, I would have pre-paid for next year’s Tough Mudder Full! There was a period of time where we could have gotten cheaper tickets if we booked ahead, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be, I did not get them. I was really interested in even thinking of becoming a Special Agent but you have to train when you are like 16 years old. Haha.

Anyways, this was my first experience with Tough Mudder and hope you can partake in this awesome, yet brutal course where you can seriously challenge your body and your mind and to make some great memories with your friends and your loved ones!

Overall: Highly recommend! 🙂

Also, I found a great article online and I would highly recommend on checking this post before your partake in Tough Mudder. Enjoy!

What tough challenges have you participated recently? #myfirsts

Thanks for reading!


Minimalist Minnie 


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