One Important Question for Life

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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 to be.

I will be continuing my work from Whitehall, working to increase international cooperation on climate change. I will also be helping the UK and Japan collaborate on essential research such as neuroscience, medicine, stem sell research and aerospace, amongst others.

Advanced technology is one of our finest achievements. By working together, we can learn to use it well, so that we can save the Earth, our loved ones… and save ourselves. As I write, Egypt, of all places, is going through a ‘historic’ snow storm. To me, that’s a sign. We need to act now. Although my part in it all may be small, small changes have the tendency to turn into a big difference.

Where I will go from there? I have no idea. If this year has shown me anything, it’s that I can’t even predict three months into the future. All you can do is try to make the best decision you can at each crossroads, and hope it works out.

It has taken me time to learn this, but now I know how true it is – the best thing about life is that it’s unpredictable. 


  • Laurie Buchanan

    From one minimalist to another, my hat is off to YOU!

  • Petros

    Keep following your heart, Jessica, it can never fail us!

  • Joanna Glogaza

    Good luck and please don’t stop writing!

  • Merry

    Why would you say such a thing to her? It is her blog and she may post as she so chooses. I believe she has gone past teaching us how to be, and is being for herself.

    Now on to you, Jessica: Congrats on the job! Are you still living where you once you said, in the countryside? Either way, I’m dying to see pics of your place whenever you find time to take some. ^___^ Like I’ve mentioned before, your Japanese bedroom post is such an inspiration to me. I have not quite achieved this ‘look’ yet, but it calms me to just come by and look at the post and pics. 🙂

    I hope you are doing well and here is a ‘talk to you later!’ from the US!


    • Hi Merry,

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. Your comments always cheer me up 🙂

      For you, I will definitely try to find some good photos to upload soon. It would be nice to do an update post about my current minimalist apartment.

      I’ve lived in several different places over the last few years, so it has been quite hard to find the time. You’re right, I’ve moved on a little from telling people ‘how to be minimalist’ to more philosophical conversations, but a couple more posts/photos about minimalism wouldn’t hurt. Look out for them soon!


  • Mohan

    you better take a critical look at “climate change”….once upon a time it was called global warming;) anyway, thx for the update:)