How I Transition From Work Mode to Rest Mode

After a long and arduous day, transitioning into rest mode can get really challenging. After more than a year working from home, however, I’ve somehow managed to collect some habits that do help my soul to slide smoothly into a relaxing evening. I’m happy to share them with you: 1. Dim the lights. For meContinue reading “How I Transition From Work Mode to Rest Mode”


A Simple Idea To Make Small Spaces Look Less Cramped

If your place is short on space as ours is, it’s best to take advantage of long lines. Say, you want the kitchen counter to look longer. Then remove all bulky objects from the counter. Emphasize the line spanning the length of the counter, and don’t let that line get broken by conspicuous appliances. ObviouslyContinue reading “A Simple Idea To Make Small Spaces Look Less Cramped”

The Simple Beauty of Versatile Furniture

I’ve read so many times that the key to living comfortably in cramped spaces is multifunctional furniture. It’s true. I use the same coffee table for work and for, well, my morning coffee. And when I’m not using it, I fold it up and stow it in the gap between the refrigerator and the kitchenContinue reading “The Simple Beauty of Versatile Furniture”

Keep Calm and Maybe Read This: “Stillness is the Key” by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is not offering something new with Stillness is the Key (2019). Instead, with his characteristic Stoic mindset, he walks us through various philosophical-psychological traditions across history and the world to reveal a common theme: the value of serenity — stillness — in daily life. Holiday also emphasizes how stillness is under attack today,Continue reading “Keep Calm and Maybe Read This: “Stillness is the Key” by Ryan Holiday”

Zen-zoned: “The Art of Simple Living” by Shunmyo Masuno

I absolutely love how Shunmyo Masuno starts his book The Art of Simple Living (2009) with quaint pointers. “Savor the morning air.” “Make a delicious cup of coffee.” “Make time to be alone.” As an introvert, I find all this romantic and exciting. The book does not disappoint in giving us, poor screen-addicted mortals, glimpsesContinue reading “Zen-zoned: “The Art of Simple Living” by Shunmyo Masuno”