DECLUTTERING SERIES

BABY STEPS p.1

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1st step: Start today, start now

In every aspect of your life, if you want to achieve something you gotta start now. Decluttering is not just about getting rid of stuff, but it’s also like another method of detox for your life.

Start with baby steps, don’t throw everything yet. Minimalism is not about who let’s go more, it takes time, courage and it’s a mindset.

Here are the questions three questions you’ll have to ask yourself

CLOSET (clothes, shoes, accessories…)

  • “How valuable is this to me?” if it is, keep it.
  • “When did I last wear this?” if it’s more than a year, give it or throw it.
  • “Does it make me look good?” if it does, keep it.

FILES (certificate, contracts, receipts, bank statement…)

  •  This can be tricky I know. But my mom has so many files and I don’t know she does it. What I recommended to her is to declutter a little by little :
  • Keep what is really important and most of all the original copies.
  • Files that can be kept digitally, do it.

STUFF 

  •  “Is it valuable to me?” if it, keep it for now.
  • “Do I keep it because it’s a gift from someone and I just can’t throw it away” well, if you don’t like it give it away. Your friend or the person who gave you that gift wanted to make you happy for maybe some occasion, but my point is they wanted you to be happy so if it’s just at the bottom of your cupboard, might as well give it to someone who needs and make that person happy. 

That’s it for now. Slowly but surely.

Baby steps still move you forward.

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It’s not about who owns less.

Minimalism&Co. is about being satisfied with less,

having the essential and acquiring quality.

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San Francisco in 12 hours

10:00 a.m – Palace of Fine Arts

To be honest, there is not much to do here than to appreciate the beauty of the architecture. Great spot to stop and to take nice pictures, especially if you come in early morning and it also has parking so it’s easy to stop by. The best place to take a photo is across the lake so you can take in the entirety of the dome structure.

11:00 a.m – Golden Gate Bridge

You wouldn’t visit San Francisco without going to the Golden Gate Bridge, right?

You can rent bikes and cross the bridge, to be honest, it is worth seeing because it is the landmark of San Francisco, but it’s just a bridge. So you can either stay for an hour to fully appreciate the view, but you can also stay for just 15 mins as well, and move on to the next spot. There’s also a parking so it’ll also be easier to park and stop by.

11:30 a.m – Crooked Road + Cable Cars

Go to the top of the Crooked Road, and from there you can take a picture of the passing cable cars, and from there you can take your car or take the stairs down and appreciate the crooked road.

12:00 p.m – Lunch Time (other post)

14:00 p.m – Painted Ladies

Right after lunch, stop by at the famous beautiful Victorian houses. Which is also a landmark of San Francisco. You can hang out and chill at the park in front of the Painted Ladies.

15:00 p.m – Pier 39

Great views and lots of moored boats. You even get a great, clear view of Alcatraz Island. There’s a lot of things to see at the Pier 39 it is a tourist stop and has a little bit of everything for everyone. You can also have a break, grab a drink and appreciate the city itself.

17:00 p.m – Lands End

Stunning panoramic views. Very peaceful and tranquil. Could sit and relax here for hours. Perfect for walkers or readers. Parking is also free.

18:30 – 20:00 p.m – Dinner Time (other post)

22:00 : Twin Peaks

Perfect spot to see the skyline of San Francisco at night, has a free parking. Be careful, the weather can be chilly at times.

Quick VLOG – San Francisco : 

Being an Exchange Student in New York City

“I am a student from Manhattan Institute of Management in New York City, and currently an exchange student from IDRAC Business School in Sophia-Antipolis, France for my final year to get my Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing.

I was asked to make a testimony about my experience here and to make a guide for the future students who wants to come here, so here’s everything that you need to know :

The Visa

Most of the exchange students that comes to the United State have these visa :

Here’s a link to help you out:

  • F1 Visa
  • M1 Visa
  • J1 Visa

For my case, I have the J1 Visa, the school is the one who chooses what type of Visa will be delivered to you. It depends on the program that you are in.

Everything you need to know  – J1 Visa

  1. The DS 2019 or DS-7002 is going to be delivered by the school, but you’ll need one of these papers in order to do all the steps below
  2. Apply for the form DS 160  : 160$ 
  3. SEVIS form : 180$
  4. Prepare an ID picture, be careful about all the requirements : Requirements
  5. Request for an appointment at the Embassy of the USA, once you have completed all the requirements above. Here’s also a link to help you out.

Rent

Let me get this straight : NYC is expensive. Here’s my advice to all future New Yorkers or New Jerseyan.

Here’s some link to help you out:

Just a reminder, don’t be fooled. If you find something really cheap in Downtown Manhattan, that’s a scam.

I chose to live in Jersey City, I lived 5 minutes from the PATH Station and it will take me 10 to 15 minutes to go Downtown Manhattan.

Health Insurance

For me I had an amazing insurance named “April International Studies – Crystal Studies“. Having lots of come and go to the hospital, I didn’t have to pay extra money even for the ultrasounds, CT Scan etc. You can apply online or via to your bank.

School and Academic Training

School here in the US is completely different from France. I had 2,5 days to go on my Academic Training (MGTO : Monaco Government Tourist Office), and 2,5 days to go to school. I had 10 classes in total for 2 quarters, for some reasons I feel like studying here is more relaxed and easy than in France. Back there we would have classes from 8 am to 6 pm 5 days a week.

Budget

New York City is expensive, super expensive.

The MTA (Subway) costs 120$/month if you want the unlimited ride, but if you live in Jersey you’ll have to take the PATH and the unlimited ride costs 89$/month.

If you love and have the time to cook, it’s good but it will cost you the same amount if you buy ready-made food with less stress and effort.

What I like to do is to buy food for breakfast, fruits/vegetables, yogurt at Whole Food, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Target. Also, get a card to all of them, it’s free and the more you buy, the more you’ll have points and the more you’ll get good deals.

Buy more for less!

Quick fact: it’s cheaper in New Jersey!

To wrap it all up,

I had an amazing experience coming here! The people are amazing, even though I had a hard time at first adjusting to their accent. The food, is, love. The city is indeed the city that never sleeps.

One thing I really loved, is that you will encounter people with beautiful stories with different dreams and different goals.

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Salut toi. 🗽

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To end this, here’s a quick glimpse of my exchange year.

 

PS : My degree depends on this post haha, so share it guys. Thanks!