Posts by Jessica

The biggest mistake people make when making their life goals, and how to fix it

rss | t | f | g+ One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen people make is to confuse emotions with goals. They make lofty aims like, ‘I want to be happy,’ or ‘I want to be successful,’ without knowing that these aren’t really goals at all. What we’re talking about here are emotions, or states. These can change all the [...]

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 [...]

The Sweetest Reward

rss | t | g+ They say that it’s best to aim for the low hanging fruit. A lot of the time this is true, but it isn’t always the case. In the short term, it might make sense to take advantage of whatever comes your way first. The low hanging fruit are easy to reach, but they aren’t [...]

Wing it for all you’re worth

rss | t | g+ A lot of changes have happened in my life over the past few months. I completed my final exams, graduated, worked in central London… and moved to Japan. I’m here to start a new life. No, I don’t have a job waiting for me. No, I don’t have a clear-cut plan. No, I don’t [...]