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Relationship problems can arise when there is a faulty communication pattern. In this post, I talk about conversational narcissists, why they are the way they are and offer some tips, ideas and advice as to how to deal with such people in close relationships.

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Conversations and communication make up a big part of all relationships.

We all know that.

But do we know how to have an emotionally healthy communication pattern with others? Do we know how to spot unhealthy communication patterns? (Hint: there are lots).

We all communicate in different ways with various individuals, due to the differing dynamics we share.

Overtime, each relationship will develop a pattern of communication.

The problem with patterns is that a lot of them have glaring red or amber flags. And these build up over time, and are mostly allowed to fester with either party refusing to address them.

The longer the relationship, the more deeply-rooted these ‘problematic’ patterns can be as people settle into a comfortable status quo-type situation and are unwilling to do anything to change it.

I hope to make this an ongoing series, where I talk about the various types of challenging relationships and what you can do about them. In this post, I talk about how having someone in your life who has a self-centred pattern of communication can affect you, and how not having the right boundaries could leave you feeling very unimportant, unhappy and even used.

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Another great thing about solo travels? It's one of the best times to confront all of your fears and self-limiting beliefs. Here's how I overcame my top 5 fears on my recent solo trip!

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I just loveee solo trips. Doing whatever I want to do, no rules, no having to follow someone else’s schedule. Nada.

But before I set off for my solo trip to Europe a few months ago, I was quite apprehensive.

In fact, my fears were the reason why I’ve been planning such trips in my head for years but have never taken the steps to go on one.

But I’m happy to say that the trip gave me plenty of opportunities to confront my beliefs and learn from them.

What were these self-limiting beliefs then?

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Going on a vacation whilst juggling exams, assignments and readings? Here are 8 Study tips and tricks for adults, college students and high school students who are balancing homework with sightseeing. I write about my 8 top organization and motivation tips, as I reflect on my recent solo trip, lugging around my laptop whilst keeping up with reading assignments and preparing for exams.

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Have you ever had to study, take exams or complete homework whilst on vacation?

I had to do all three recently when I went on a solo adventure recently which I blogged about here (Part 1, Part 2).

I happily booked all my hotels and bought all my train tickets etc before I checked my course schedule. Out of 7 weeks of lessons+exams, 3 of those co-incided with my vacation. GROAN. 

As if it couldn’t get any worse – my final exams co-incided with the last leg of my trip in London. Meaning that I’d have to spend a good two days researching and writing 4 essays and an online MCQ exam. To ace the MCQ you have to know most of the content at your fingertips, which meant I had to spend time doing extra revisions on my trip. (No, I didn’t do that in the end)

Whilst I’d have preferred not having to study AT ALL when I was vacationing, turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. You just need to figure some things out and make tiny adjustments along the way.

So if you have an upcoming trip where you’d be lugging around textbooks and homework, I’ve got some tips for you.

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Taking a solo trip as a woman for the first time? Europe was always on my bucket list, and travelling solo was the ultimate adventure for me. On my trip, I got all the time in the world to engage in self reflections, about life, my blog, my business, spirituality, and most importantly to get closer to my inner voice and to see how the law of attraction plays out. These are my thoughts. Part 2.

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So in Part 1 I talked about five things I learnt from my solo trip to Europe earlier this summer. 

I talked about getting used to listening to my inner voice, how I realised what ‘boundaries’ meant to me, how I engaged in overthinking constantly, as well as my reflections on the need for perfection and the unnecessary stresses I tend to put on myself back home. 

Here in Part 2, I explore 5 more reflections. 

 

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Taking a solo trip as a woman for the first time? Europe was always on my bucket list, and travelling solo was the ultimate adventure for me. On my trip, I got all the time in the world to engage in self reflections, about life, my blog, my business, spirituality, and most importantly to get closer to my inner voice and to see how the law of attraction plays out. These are my thoughts. Part 1
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Wow, I haven’t blogged for more than a month! I was taking a break from life, from blogging and my career; I took a month long solo trip to Europe and visited cities in the UK and Spain. 

Honestly, it was quite The Journey. I’ve always wanted to travel alone and I loved Europe. Contrary to what alot of people say/think, I think it’s a great place and rather safe. So when I had the means (time/money) to do it this year, I went for it. 

Of course, that didn’t mean I was free from all sorts of limiting beliefs about money and safety and what not come up for me. I wasn’t. But I still went through with it. And gosh it’s been the most awesome, life-changing thing I’ve been through so far. A lot of reflections and feelings came up for me during the trip. It felt like the Universe made this happen so that I could see things in my life even more clearly. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as I had set the intention to work on clearing my inner beliefs and thoughts earlier this year.

So, without further ado, here’s what came up for me on my trip. I hope it can spark off something for you as you embark on your own journey of self-care and self-love.

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Need extra tips on how to save money in your 20s? Here are some personal finance ideas, tips on how to earn extra cash, frugal living, how to budget better. As well as tips on how to be rich in your 20s by managing your finances better, earning extra passive income through side hustles, investing tips and more. Start financial planning early, set smart financial goals and learn how to cultivate good financial habits today!

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Do you know what does it take to be rich? Do you have a habit of saving money or do you spend everything you earn?

Financial planning, setting financial goals, finding the right insurance plans, investing…Do you know how to go about all that?

Actually, why didn’t the schools teach us all these?

Anyway. If you’ve read up on millionaires and their lifestyles, you will notice that many of them – barring being born with a Golden spoon in their mouths! – actually have cultivated great financial habits since they were younger.

Many of them started taking an interest in financial planning or searching up investment in their 20s or even earlier.

But most of us in our 20s are usually saddled up with student loan debt, aren’t in high-income jobs (yet!) and have no idea what to do with whatever money we’ve saved.

Lots of 20 somethings are also all like “I’ve just started tasting financial freedom, so, YOLO, I’ll spend my money on whatever I want”.

Which is great, I’m all about spending money on experiences. But the 20s is also a great time to lay the groundwork for good financial habits.

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Questions for personal self reflection and journal prompts for your bullet journal. Bucket list Ideas on what to do before you hit 30!
Questions for personal self reflection and journal prompts for your bullet journal. Bucket list Ideas on what to do before you hit 30!

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If I asked you to sum up your 20s in one word – what word would you pick?

For me, the 20s = Navigation. Transitions would be another word.

There’s just so many things going on – trying to find yourself, your own identity, how that matches up to the rest of the world. Peer pressure, societal influences… Romance, relationships, figuring out what you want in a partner, breakups… Death, weddings… Career, what’s an ideal career. Finances – savings, should you start investing… Travels.

SO. MANY. THINGS. TO. FIGURE. OUT.

It’s probably also the best time in your life – health-wise and looks-wise. All the late nights, parties and copious amounts of alcohol and junk food probably won’t have any effect on your waistline or your looks – yet!

I turned 29 recently. It will be the last year of my 20s before I move on to the next decade and a whole new phase of life.

I get pretty nostalgic about things like that. And as I look back on the 10 years gone by, there were all sorts of memories – happy ones but lots of regrets as well.

So I’ve compiled a bucket list to celebrate the last year of my 20s! This list is filled with 29 things that I think all 20 somethings should experience at least once – before they hit 30.

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