Posts by Jessica

What I learned from 365 days of doing the 7 minute workout

rss | t | f | g+ On October 2nd 2013, I downloaded an app on my iPhone called ‘Seven‘. It was a free app that guides you to doing a workout that lasts approximately seven minutes, which includes exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges, amongst others, without the use of any equipment, except a wall and a chair. [...]

Let go of your most toxic habit

rss | t | f | g+ Whether it’s money, possessions, body type, career, status, fame or fortune, most of us find ourselves doing it almost everyday – comparing ourselves to others. We see someone else with more or better X, or Y than us, and we feel less of a person because compared to them, we don’t stack up. It’s [...]

Digital House Burning – A Lesson in Letting Go

rss | t | f | g+ Have you ever lost a hard drive? It’s the digital equivalent of your house burning down. Suddenly, you lose your past work, files, documents, and most painfully, your photos. Gone. Forever. This happened to me one year ago today. Granted, I still had some of the most important things saved elsewhere, but for the most [...]

Making Miracles

rss | t | f | g+ When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, and let the world marvel at how you did it. What a great twist to an old saying. Sometimes, you don’t get everything that you want, or even everything that you need. If only you had a bit more time, more money, more resources. Life can be [...]

My Tokyo Minimalist Bedroom and Workspace

rss | t | f | g+ The last time I wrote about my minimalist bedroom, I was living in Kobe with a host family. My room was simple – just a futon, a chair and a desk. There was also a piano in the room that belonged to my host sisters, which I would use from time to time. It turned out [...]

The True Meaning of ‘Success’

rss | t | f | g+ What do the most successful men and women in history all have in common? Not all of them were smart, or good looking, or had either poor or wealthy backgrounds. They weren’t all gifted from birth, or went to college, or happened to be in the right time and place. They were [...]

One Important Question for Life

rss | t | g+ What happens if you follow your instincts? Despite my best intentions to take a year off to relax, I somehow landed myself a job… at the British Embassy in Tokyo. It seems I have found the reason why I was drawn back to Japan. My instincts were right – this is where I’m supposed [...]