We live in a world where there are more and more options we can have, especially if we are in developed cities. Changes are also happening quickly. What captured me about Vera @vera.twy was her simple feed documenting life's simple moments, like a cute yellow polka bug or fluffy clouds in the sky. If we are always in a heightened and busy state, it is easy to miss these things. We talk to Vera to hear more about her approach on inner calm.
R: We noticed you love reading! Could you share with us a book that impacted you the most? How did it speak to you?
Vera: Yes, I’ve been getting into reading since the last 2 years! Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin is one of my favourite books which impacted my life a lot. I used to collect and buy a lot of useless stuff and slowly forgot what I truly need. It really frustrated me while moving due to the clutter. After reading this book, I started to get rid of things I don’t use, don’t love, don’t need to free my mind and feel more in control of my life.
Outer order contributes to inner calm. - Gretchen Rubin
R: Would you say you are a logical or an emotional person? How does journaling help you process your thoughts and emotions?
Vera: I’m a more emotional person. Writing down the joyful thoughts makes me remember to be joyful, while writing down my depressive thoughts helps to clear up my messy thoughts and reduce my anxiety.
I’d consider journal as my treasure box in my life. It’s where I collect my memories which I don’t want to forget or may encourage the future me.
R: How long have you been journaling and how did you get started? Any tips or advice for what sort of things people can try journaling about?
Vera: I used to write a diary in primary school and started posting online since 2013 after discovering a lot of talented journalists sharing their journals on social media. I find it relaxing and calming to write and decorate in my journal.
I think anyone can journal about anything... It can be morning journal, gratitude journal, travel journal, quote journal, etc.! It can be based on one thing the person values the most. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal and quote journal for awhile. My gratitude journal helps me to always remember the Grace of God while quote journal is for me to collect my favourite quotes from books I’ve read or movies I’ve watched.
R: Thank you so much for sharing! I love your idea of focusing just on 1 or 2 things in the journal. Giving thanks by keeping a gratitude journal has also helped me through challenging times. There are indeed always things to give thanks for! A quote journal will help me remember some of the things I've read that impacted me - definitely trying it!
We hope you enjoyed using our World's 1st Pursebook! How did you like it?
Vera: I’m truly amazed by the aesthetic, quality and the functionality of the Pursebook. It feels super solid! And I can store my stationery and stickers all in one place. I don’t have to bring additional cases for pens and stickers while going out which take up some spaces in my bag. I personally use it as my journal book to record down my thoughts and use some stickers or crafting papers to decorate.