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Back in California & Forgot to Bring My Most Used Essential Item! 😭💔💳

Hello friends! It’s good to be back!

Just got my covid result this evening: I tested negative. Thank You Jesus!

There was some major shaking while we were in the air, but thankfully we arrived safely. All of our luggage also went through, the immigration process was smoothly done, nothing was checked or taken away. Lolos deh bandengnya. 🤗

On another note, I forgot to bring many things from Indonesia. (Lesson Learned: Never watch DraKor a few hours before your flight, especially when you’re not done packing lol.) Not only did I forget to bring my make-up powder, but I also forgot to bring my most used essential item, my credit card! Haiyahh… ☹️

I use my credit card for all of my everyday purchases: groceries, Amazon, gas, food, etc.

To be honest, I was quite upset at first, and even considered requesting a credit card replacement once I arrived back in the US.

But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense now.

If I am going to adapt a minimalist lifestyle, then this too will help me improve/fix my bad spending habits. This is my chance to budget and be intentional with all of my expenses.

For me, spending cash or using my debit card hurts more than when I use my magical Capital One credit card.

Maybe it's due to the mindset of “swipe now, pay later? Or the extra points reward that I gained every time I swipe? Or because I get to use someone else's money first to get what I want without worrying how I will need to pay it all off later?”

All in all, I will see this as a personal challenge to not use my credit card until I return back to Indonesia. Only God knows when. 😬

Plus, it will help me quit spending so much money on things that I don’t really need (skincare, make-up, FOOOOOD/buying to go food all the time/going out to eat), and to encourage me to meal prep instead.

I will give you some update of how this challenge will improve my finance and well-being in the near future.

Following the most recent and tragic incident in Indonesia, my heart and condolences goes out to the 62 passengers who were in the Sriwijaya Air plane crash. The accident happened on the same day I was flying out from Jakarta. I personally cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak that the family are experiencing right now.

This event reminded me how fragile our lives are, that we never know when our life will end.

It also taught me to cherish the moments that I have with my family, friends, and loved ones. To pull them closer and love them as much as I am given the opportunity to, because I won't know when I will see them for the very last time.

How the word “safe flight or see you later” can translate into the last “good-bye,” ever spoken to them.

So don't hold your tongue from saying words like "I Love You", "I Am Grateful for You" "I'm Sorry," or "I Miss You."

Freely share to them about how you are feeling, because you might not get the same chance to say those words again in the future.

Don't delay until it's too late for you to say what you mean to say.

"Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air]." James 4:14

Make a choice today to tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you. 🥰



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