5 tips on how to “simplify” your vipassana course

I know this may sound counter-intuitive: simplify-vipassana course. Vipassana is a well known meditating technique, and the basic course- the entrance gate to the world of vipassana so to speak- is the 10-day course, which is many things, but simple -isn’t one of them. Having said that- I am a huge believer in planning ahead, […]

The shopping gorilla in my room…

I’ve been such a good penny pinching frugal minimalist for the past years leading to my early retirement, and through the 8 months of retirement since march. And it wasn’t even difficult. The thing is, preparing for early retirement became a mission, and being a type A uptight organized achiever, I was so minded and […]

How to manage Office politics: tips for introverts!

I’ve been a boss, and I’ve been a worker, for about 28 years.I think I can safely say I have some experience…I am also a class A introvert and have been an introvert all my life- naturally, including all my working life, yet have succeeded nonetheless to maintain my position and even climb up the […]

Is being a clueless woman actually a virtue?? (Bridget Jones as a test case)

Yep, Bridget. Jones. Come on- don’t roll your eyes at me. It’s summer here, temperatures are around 98 Fahrenheit -(or should I say Farenhight) and I have a thing about using the air-condition – it is not environmental, not frugal- and I am trying to acclimate myself to natural occurring temperatures -be it  high temperatures […]

My frugal farewell party at work

I think you already know I am an introvert. What does a frugal introvert have to do with parties? well nothing, but I had a feeling that retiring early after so many years without mentioning would be a bad idea -as it would not give me any sense of closure, and might let people at […]

Preparing for early retirement: last month at work

So,  early retirement is getting closer and closer. If nothing changes- my due date is at the end of this (short) month- February 28. Being a walking irony that I am, the minute I wrote a mail to everyone at work announcing my retirement and inviting them to a modest toast on the 28th, someone […]

Reflecting on my 2018 expenses

The end of the year is in my opinion a great time to look back at your expenses and learn a thing or two (or three?) about your spendings. *This is a part of a bigger picture– of course- reflecting on everything you accomplished in the past year- for better or for worse. the thing […]

“Failure is not an option!”- really???

I grew up thinking only lame and unsuccessful people fail. or If you don’t fit into one of those categories- than you must have not tried hard enough. Every failure was questioned, almost shamed, explanatins were in order and the overall message was- please don’t do that any more. For years I thought this is […]

The possible hidden feminist story behind Cinderella -and why I stopped wearing high heels.

Cinderella is not considered to be a feminist story- au contraire- some people might even say that it has a very conservative narrative: poor girl being subjected to hard unjust house labor by her evil step mother, who has nothing on her little mind except parties and catching noble husbands for her daughters. the miserable […]

How I downsized my wardrobe -and no- I do not wear the same pants every day. (part 2).

On my previous post I left you all wondering how I use this colorful scarf to lift a boring out fit and so lead others to believe I have multiple items of clothing when the truth is I downsized my wardrobe seriously. The truth is I no longer care what others think of my wardrobe […]