A self-reflecting journey in Iceland

· My Iceland Journey - Part 1 ·

April 27, 2017 35 Comments

It has been a while since I have gone MIA’ed on my blog, and most of you probably have wondered what exactly have happened in my life. Well, long story short, I have been travelling in Iceland, celebrated my birthday in London and I have been preparing for some very big changes in my life. For what it worth, I would like to dedicate a full-post on it when it is ready to be announced, so please do keep posted for it for now =)


If you think this is going to be a post that I’m going to write about travel trips for Iceland and my birthday celebrations in London, then you are definitely on the wrong side of the guess. I’ve always been a firm believer that travel opens up one’s perspective and make you see things and life from a different angle. Actually some of the major decisions I have made in the past actually made during or right after my trips. When I’m removed from my usual environment and friends’ circle, I often find myself more available for being present and to allocate blocks of time to think while admiring the scenic views or just simply sitting in a car traveling between the destination.  Thinking is the key for planning, and planning is one of the foundation blocks for success. Simple questions like ‘what can I do today to improve my performance/life?’, ‘What can I do to make more money?’ or “Am I truly happy with where I am right now?’ can really promote changes of our current life and help us to proceed to the stage phase. A chain of questions that kept echoing in my head during my Iceland days: ‘Am I happy with my life at the moment?’, ‘what is the purpose of me waking up every morning?’, ‘what are the drivers of my motivations’…the more I asked myself that more I found myself being lost in the odyssey of questions and lostness.  Those questions promoted my next batch of questions in addressing what can I do to improve my currently situation…There is no direct answers of cause. However, one day I just woke up with all the answers. It might sound very crazy, but somehow through my subconscious mind, everything has just worked out on its own.


There is a recently post that has greatly inspired me and I would like to share it with you in a short summary – the 15 habits of self-made millionaires by Thomas C. Corley.

  1. They read consistently – 80% of the rich devote 30 minutes or more each day to self-education or self-improvement readings
  2. They exercise – 76% of rich aerobically exercise 30 minutes or more every day.
  3. They hang out with other successful people – The rich are always on the lookout for individuals who are goal-oriented, optimistic, enthusiastic, and who have an overall positive mental outlook.
  4. They pursue their own goal – pursuing your own dreams and goals creates the greatest long-term happiness and results in the greatest accumulation of wealth. (this is actually what inspired me the most from the post. Have you ever asked yourself, what is your ultimately goal for life? What makes you truly happy?)
  5. They get up early – nearly 50% of the self-made millionaires woke up at least 3 hours before their workday actually began.
  6. They have multiple sources of income – they do not reply on one singular source of income
  7. They find and check in with mentors – finding a mentor puts you on the fast track to wealth accumulation
  8. They are positive – long-term success in only possible when you have a positive mental outlook.
  9. They don’t follow the herd – We are so desire to blend in, to acclimate to society, to be a part of the herd, that we will do almost anything to avoid standing out in a crowd. Failure to spate yourself from the herd is why most people never achieve success.
  10. They have good etiquette – Self-made millionaires have mastered certain rules to etiquette principles you have to master if you want to be a success.
  11. They help others succeed – helping other success-minded people move forward in achieving their goals and dreams helps you succeed.
  12. They dedicate 15 – 30 minutes a day to just thinking – they spend time every day brainstorming with themselves about numerous things.
  13. They seek feedback – fear of criticism is the reason we do not seek feedback from other, but feedback is essential to learning what is working and what isn’t working.
  14. They ask for what they want – It’s the fear of rejection and the fear of obligation that prevent us from asking for what we want. You have to get over those fears and keep asking until someone say yes if you want to be successful in life.
  15. They take calculated risks – Self-made millionaires aren’t naturally fearless, instead they overcome their fear with failure and take calculated risks.




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Jacket: Fjallraven

Fleet: LuluLemon



  1. Eva

    May 10, 2017

    Hello sweetie !!
    As always, I compliment you for the pictures what you take and where you go. Impressive the beauty of that natural pool I imagine how can you feel good with that hot water. What you say on your travels is really very good that open the horizons. I really liked that you said about the rich. All they have more gear than the information: the basis of everything

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 12, 2017

      Thank you girl!! yes, we have so much to learn from other people’s wisdom and experiences =) i feel like that I’m constantly learning something new everyday =)

  2. From Luxe With Love

    May 7, 2017

    Love these photos! Great post babe! x


    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 9, 2017

      Thanks babe!

  3. Sarah Atiq

    May 5, 2017

    Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous Jessie. I am in love with every single shot. I have always wanted to visit Iceland and it sounds like you had an incredible experience. Every time I travel, I feel that we break away from our usual routine and it often leads to self-reflection. I am glad you had some time for yourself and were able to make some positive decisions. I loved reading the 15 habits of millionaires and now I understand how their success hasn’t come easily to them. Being positive, helpful and goal-seeking are some of my favourite tips :). Looking forward to your announcement,


  4. maryam

    May 4, 2017

    I am so glad to hear you had an amazing trip. I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland and your travel photos are so beautiful. I like what you shared about the habits self-made millionaire summary. What stood out to me was being positive. It makes a huge difference in life and the experiences.

    xo, Maryam

  5. Tandya

    May 4, 2017

    First off, your trip to Iceland looks amazing! That is definitely a place I would like to visit! This post was a pleasant surprise. Thank you for sharing the 15 habits of a millionaire! I can see how these are all true. Definitely the ask for what you want. I have recently learned this trait, and it actually works! People will give you what you want, or at least bargain with you!

  6. Michelle

    May 4, 2017

    We all need a break every now and again so welcome back! Sounds like you had some great trips. I’ve never been to Iceland – your photos are gorgeous as is your red coat! Loving those 15 habits – I feel like I do a lot of them so maybe the money will come too LOL. And can’t wait to hear your announcement!

  7. Darlene Anderson

    May 4, 2017

    Hi, Jessie!

    I love what you did in Iceland. I’m actually currently in the Philippines doing self-reflecting too. Social Media has taken over my life and I needed a break from it. It slowly ate my self-esteem and my confidence. I truly admire your perseverance in life and taking these steps into improving yourself. I also love and must thank you for sharing this top 15 doings of a millionaire. would you be able to send me the name of the book? I would love to order one for myself and a gift to someone.

    Thank you!

  8. Thomas Falkenstedt

    May 4, 2017

    Hah, girl, I’ve missed you! Welcome back! And you had me fooled with the beautiful pictures from Iceland as I thought I was going to read all about The Blue Lagoon here, but having been to all the hot spots in Iceland myself I thankfully got a very thought provoking post from you instead. First of all, I travel. A LOT. And I also like to travel a lot on my own as that opens up not only new perspectives in life, but also makes me reflect on where I’m currently at in life. I also love the tips from how to become successful. I actually find number 11 most important. To become successful, you also have to help others along the way. It’s teamwork and a one man show won’t get you far.
    So glad to have you back!


  9. Andreea Birsan

    May 4, 2017

    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had tons of fun spending your birthday in London and as for the Iceland trip, the pictures speak for themselves. As you pointed out, when being away from friends and family we have the tendency to open up more and I also find myself acting the same way when traveling. Besides that, I loved your summary and will have to look into the 15 habits of self made millionaires. Wishing you a great day! xx


  10. Amanda

    May 4, 2017

    First, happy belated birthday beautiful! I’m sure you had an incredibly fabulous time celebrating! I cannot wait to hear more ahead as well as hear and see more from your Iceland trip! I’ve always wanted to visit there and traveling and peaceful contemplation are some of the best ways to soul search and grown! This was so interesting to read! I think many of the things from those top 15 are key to life happiness and not just financial peace! Loved this!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  11. aurela

    May 4, 2017

    Happy Birthday girl! I agree what you said in this post. Traveling is a university on it’s own. As much as I love fashion, traveling always takes over. Is an addiction and an eye opener. I am happy you had a great trip and great birthday celebration. I never been to Iceland but would love to see for sure. I have read this article before, actually my fiancé send it to me to read. So many tips of this summary I try to follow on my daily basis and still trying to improve such as reading and let go of fear. Thanks for sharing. Love all your pictures ! Can’t wait to hear on your big decision 🙂
    Aurela xoxo

  12. Eliza

    May 3, 2017

    Such a great post and wonderful pictures. When I first visited Iceland, I was stunned by its beauty! It’s such an unbelievable place – literally, heaven on Earth. And I totally agree with you, when you remove your usual environment and try to observe life from a different perspective, it can lead to some serious changes for sure. These are some great habits, that you’ve shared here. I try to follow some of them on a daily basis.

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  13. Rachel Holliday

    May 3, 2017

    It looks like you had a wonderful time unplugging and indulging in Iceland- it looks absolutely incredible. I’ve always wanted to visit those lagoons especially 🙂

    I agree that it’s always a good idea to escape by yourself and reflect. It looks like it’s worked for you.

    Rachel xx

  14. Vanessa Berlin

    May 3, 2017

    Can I just say, the pictures took my breath away! It certainly looks like you had an amazing time. Iceland is probably at the top of my list of places I want to visit because it looks beautiful and I’ve heard great things about it. I totally love how you included the the 15 habits of self-made millionaires in the end, inspired e so much. Overall, this post is amazing, thanks for sharing babe!

    Vanessa, xo!

  15. Vanessa Berlin

    May 3, 2017

    Can I just say, the pictures took my breath away! It certainly looks like you had an amazing time. Iceland is probably at the top of my list of places I want to visit because it looks beautiful and I’ve heard great things about it. I totally love how you included the the 15 habits of self-made millionaires in the end, inspired e so much. Overall, this post is amazing, thanks for sharing babe!

    Vanessa, xo!


  16. Jessica

    May 3, 2017

    What a stunning photo journal of your travel to Iceland! You really made it look beautiful! xo, Jessica

  17. Maggie

    May 3, 2017

    I really thought you were going to post about Iceland recommendations, but I’m actually glad you didn’t. This was really inspirational and motivating because I often times find myself in a slump. Waking up early has always been something I’m working on, but is definitely a challenge. The other one that really stood out was helping others succeed. Quite honestly, there’s a lot of people out there that don’t like helping others. It’s kind of sad because two brains are always better than one. Anyway, thank you for posting and can’t wait for you to share what’s been going on!

    Maggie S.

  18. shalini

    May 3, 2017

    This is such an inspiring post. Those 15 habits are so key to success and I am working on it all the time. I would also add that most self made millionaires give back, which is a key factor in life. Your pictures are truly beautiful and I really wish you all the success in life. xo shalini http://www.styledevotee.com

  19. Lani

    May 3, 2017

    Iceland is on my bucket list, can’t wait to visit one day also. And I always return from my trips from abroad feeling inspired and changed, ready to level up. I like the list you’ve compiled of the different habits that will lead you to success. I think requesting feedback is a really important one because its so vital for growth. Successful people aren’t scared of criticism but instead they see it as a way to grow. Liked this read, thanks 🙂
    xo Lani | http://www.withlovefromlani.com

  20. Open Kly

    May 3, 2017

    Hey Beautiful,
    I travel a lot too, Iceland Amazing Place, definitely Want to Go there:)
    I loved the Post, especially because I think and Agree with you in many points:)
    To Be Successful and Happy I think the Most Important thing, I read a lot and before I start my Day I wake up 2 hours before:) I have my morning Routines, like Yoga, Reading Positive Thinking Books, Drinking my Teas etc:)
    Loved each points and 100% agree:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

  21. Diana

    May 3, 2017

    Can’t wait to read about your trip and thank you for sharing this great motivation. I agreed about many stuff, except that they help to other to be successful. Haha, many of them ass***** LOL. I hope I can visit Iceland next or this year.


  22. Anastasia

    May 2, 2017



    May 2, 2017

    Looks so amazing!

  24. Sheree

    April 30, 2017

    I love this post Jessie!! Not only are the Iceland travel photos beautiful and awe-inspiring, I loved your 15 habits of a self-made millionaire summary. So many of them are useful tips in life and I’m glad that you got to reflect on yourself and what you want in life during your trip. I can’t wait to see what big decision you’ve made and whatever it is, I’m sure it is very worth it to you.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 2, 2017

      Thank you Sheree! Sometimes we experience set-backs in life and I hope those little tips help those to promote their thinking and encourage them to move out 🙂 Thank for your support and I will definitely write a piece on it soon. xx

  25. Gina Diaz

    April 30, 2017

    Wow, what an incredible journey and experience you have had! I have always wanted to visit Iceland, it is on my list. I truly adore this short summary about the 15 habits of self-made millionaires in your post. It inspires me a lot. I will share it with my sister!

    Happy weekend! xx.


    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 2, 2017

      Thank you Gina. I hope you will share it with everyone around it and keep everyone inspired 🙂

  26. Christine Kong

    April 29, 2017

    I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland and it is definitely on my list of places to visit someday. The photos look amazing and so beautiful and I know I have to see it for myself. I love this post because I think we all go through these questions at one point or another. Self reflection is key to maintaining a successful life or at least heading there. I loved reading the habits of self made millionaires…it truly gets you thinking that no wonder they are successful! Thank you for this thoughtful post and I can’t wait to hear about your big decisions! xoxo, Christine

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 2, 2017

      Thanks Christine. Those photos did not truly justify how stunning the actual views were in Iceland. Sometimes, some moments can only be capture by our eyes and only we know the exactly true beauty of those special moments. And Iceland was definitely one of those 🙂 I guess good habits really shape someone’s life and their fate. It’s never too late to change.

  27. Aimara

    April 28, 2017

    Welcome back babe! Travel does the same thing for me. I’ve made my biggest and most important life decisions during a trip or right after.
    These photos are amazing! Seriously, amazing job girl!
    Also, about that article on habits of millionaires, I remember reading it and even though I don’t put them all to practice, but I’m trying!
    Such a great read babe. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you! Keep us posted!

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 2, 2017

      Thank babe! It has really been a whole month since my last post. I know, it’s already easier said than done. I’m not perfect myself and there are so many of those good habits that I need to develop. 🙂

  28. Jessi Malay

    April 28, 2017

    Its so amazing that you were able to have such an amazing journey at such an amazing place. I’m so glad to hear you were able to do a lot of self-reflecting 🙂 Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous by the way!

    XO Jessi,

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      May 1, 2017

      Thank you Jess! Iceland was truly amazing, not just by sights, but also the inspirations and creativity that bring to people 🙂

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