Selfish acts of kindness

Oh hi, final Monday of February!
Truth be told: Up until shortly ago I was sure about skipping the Week in Review. After a busy week, the weekend with more leisure time led me into some kind of overthinking funk once more. My original intro for this post elaborated on the ruminations of my mind yet I opted against sharing them for the sake of a more positive start into the week.
Here’s the whereabouts of the slightly odd title. In previous Weeks in Review, I’ve frequently mentioned the little favours I’m doing for others. The inclusion of these things wasn’t an attempt to make myself look like the most selfless or sweetest person on earth or fish or compliments [ick]. Seriously? I can be snappier than a snap pea when I’m moody, tired, hangry. In fact, I’m pretty selfish in my acts of kindness. Why? Because I engage in them even more when I’m not feeling the best myself. Doing favours for others is my way to combat unwelcome thoughts and emotions in my life. So the ‘accomplishment in them is – if there’s any; they’re rather little happiness inducers – getting myself out of moodiness.  Two examples in this past week were the ice cream pick-up for my colleagues and calling my aunt. My mind was spinning in these situations and I needed to get out of it. Helping others or doing little things to brighten their days is a way of charging my own happiness batteries. See: selfish. Or maybe a win-win situation? Either way, it’s benefitting me as much as the person I offer help.
Onto the Week in Review with Meg!

Week in Review

 

In the past seven days I …
Worked the usual five times with Monday through Wednesday being downright insanity. We were shorter than short on staff with one of my colleagues sick and the other on holiday. As I mentioned this meant I was working at the front desk with one of my colleagues. Since she had to simultaneously oversee another area of the business there were moments of just me at the reception, two phones ringing and three clients asking for help. It was nuts but nevertheless I enjoyed it far more than my usual job. Stress is strenuous in the moment of but seriously rewarding afterwards. I truly hope I’ll be able to help out at the front desk in the future again.
Published merely one post. Bummer. This week will be better in that you’ll at least get more good good links on Sunday. If time allows I’m hoping to really get up another post prior to that one, though. I miss blogging more regularly and have multiple drafts yet can’t seem to finish them to my satisfaction.
Called my paternal grandma. It had been a while and she actually tried to put me off right away as she’s not feeling well lately. Yet I decided to just chat a little more – did I mention I’m a smidgen stubborn? –  and while it didn’t turn into a really long conversation she was up for it more than initially stated. My grandma is about to turn 90 and since she’s living too far away for  regular visits I at least wanted to exchange a few more sentences. Life is short.
Called my paternal aunt. She in a rough time in life and knowing how much I appreciate a good conversation in those moments I figured I’d call her. Though nothing can really take away her pain right now at the end of the conversation she sounded happier.

Some people work in the important area of cross-cultural communication. As a German blogger settled into the English-speaking blogging community I'm probably dabbling in that field a little, too. But let's be honest: I'm much better at cross-diet communication 😉. Like with these grain-free, vegan and paleo chocolate tartlets. [yes, the recipe is coming to the blog soon] Prior to blogging I didn't know about all the different diets out there. Now that I do I have fun trying to work out recipes suitable for multiple at once. Though I obviously follow a certain lifestyle myself and at that have preferences blogging and noticing the similarities of on first glance opposing diets has made me more open-minded. At the end of the day, the way we eat doesn't change our character. And if we meet and can share good food suitable for our different diets – what's not to like?! Which diet – if any specific one – do you follow and is there any particular reason why you chose it? . . . #vegan #thefeedfeedvegan #grainfree #glutenfree #daswortzumsonntag #paleotreat #chocolateplease #glutinchensatt #vegandeutschland #veganwerdenwaslosdigga #bgbcommunity #schokocontent #sonntagssüß

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Baked a new treat for the blog. Yes, I’m aware I owe you many recipes by now. Once I can figure out the lighting situation and decide on a light box I will get those proper pictures and share them. Actually, I did take a few more picturesof these little tartlets that might not be the worst so we’ll see …
Did some laundry for my parents while they were on a three-day holiday plus a load of my own laundry. This involved lots of frustration about the [insert swearword] washing machine fussing around.
Prepared a new batch of healthy Nutella and managed to not burn my finger this time around. Big deal ;).
Prepared another batch of peanut butter the following day. See, I’m slowly working on overcoming the dread of cleaning the Vitamix afterwards.
Got ice cream for my colleagues on Friday. It was a strenuous day for the two of them yet lighter on the paperwork for me – see above mention of being short on staff – so when I was mostly finished with my duties I walked to the ice cream parlor. Just in case you’re wondering: no ice cream for me because I wasn’t in the mood and – like my boss – found the temperature too cold for a frozen treat. Mostly savoury cravings, though.
Ice cream
 [Recycled picure because I obviously didn’t have my camera on hand at work.]
Cleaned the apartment including a thorough mopping of the floors. Not my favourite part of adulting.
Went on daily walks. I need all the fresh air I can get despite the weather not being the best.Umbrellas and scarves were invented for a reason after all.
Meal-prepped while listening to yet more podcasts. I’m really getting into these and givingnew ones a try every week.
Being a little late in writing my review this week the clock is telling me I should end things here to avoid an overly late bed time. So I’ll leave it at that for now and wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  My morning readng time. I picked up a book I’d set aside not enjoying it much previously and it’s better than I initially thought.

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Rinse. Repeat. Rest.

Some weeks can only be summed  up with ‘same old, same old’. Or as I would say about mine: Rinse. Repeat. Move on. In some cases like washing dishes the rinsing is in fact literal. Truth is that my days flew by mostly go go go and the weekend was over in the blink of an eye. It’s these weeks that make me feel unsatisfied and hard on myself. Did I really just let another week of life I was gifted pass by without major accomplishments?  Gifted – I know some might find this a little ‘woo woo’ but the way I see things we never know how much more time on this planet we get. Work is definitely playing a role in my feelings towards the fleetingness [probably not a word] of life. Anyway, it was Meg herself, commenting on another comment in my previous Week in Review who reminded me/us that sometimes just working and keeping ourselves fed is accomplishment enough. I’m trying to convince myself it’s true.

Truth is – and it’s funny we all seem to feel the same here; even those people we would see as superwomen jugling way busier lives – we will probably always feel we’re falling short compared to others. Even if – that’s okay.* We’re all just doing our best in this game called life. Every day. Guilting ourselves over past shortcomings doesn’t help. Making changes in the future does.

Jumping into the past and in writing this post the future already: here’s to another Week in Review with Meg.

*yes, I’m totally giving myself a pep talk here, too. Spealing of which: Here’s more pep talk if you need some right now. We all do at times.

Week in Review

Worked five days. It was an unsatisfactory week in that I caught up with my to-dos early on, new tasks only coming in slowly for the first few days but on the upside I got to leave earlier on Monday and Tuesday. I’m aware it’s an odd thing to ‘complain’ about a lighter workload but I like being of help and don’t enjoy waiting around for tasks coming up. On the upside, I had a constructive conversation with my [female] boss that I’d worried about unnecessarily beforehand. It wasn’t a big deal but simply to clarify the right handling of some tasks I wasn’t entirely sure about.

Posted twice: theWeek in Review and a collection of posts worth reading.

Spontaneously went on a long walk with my dad on Monday. Getting home early on this first beautifully sunny day in a while I wanted to get outside again soon and he happened to have similar plans, asking if I wanted to join him. Long time readers will know we have a difficult relationship so I agreed with slight unease. Yet in the end, it turned – one short blip aside – out to be an enlightening conversation, finding out more about my dad. It might sound odd but I think we’ll never stop learning or know all about even the people closest to us.

Flowers

[Throwback picture because #bloggerfail of not taking pictures again.]

Went on multiple walks by myself – soaking up the sun while it was still here – and one with my sister, husband, P. and some of their friends.

Finally went and ordered new inlays for my shoes. An item that’s been on my to-do list for a very long time  … Isn’t it funny how some of those tasks – unfortunately not all of them – we keep postponing end up way less uncomfortable or in this case time-intense than expected? Making that first step is the only barrier.

Spent time with my mum, P. and abovementioned friends’ five-year-old daughter which involved me reading her a book and randomly explaining gravity. It’s sweet to watch children play, explore and understand the world bit by bit. Marveling at what seems so trivial to us as adults. I miss this a little at times.

Hung out with my sister, her husband and P. on Sunday before dropping them off at the station. Their visit was short this time around so my happiness batteries could already take some recharging.

Ran errands for my parents a few times. This involved talking to the cheese guy again. Just to clarify this: No, I’m not into him but it’s nice noticing that uncomfortable feeling disappearing a bit.

Was in bed earlier than in many past months again. It’s not easy for night owl me but also not as much of a struggle as it used to be.

PJ pants_striped_bed

Worked out five days and – the actual accomplishment – spontaneously rested on Saturday. The reason was that I realized I wasn’t going about it for the right reason. Saturday night I found myself anxious about a few things, mostly because I hadn’t crossed off a satisfactory amount of tasks on my to-do list. Previously, I would have worked out, then made an effort at catching up on multiple tasks at once and delayed dinner until forever. Instead, I sat with the anxiety, made some tea, had dinner and finished my good good links. While my workouts [unfortunately; I miss those intense classes I used to visit while still living in another city] aren’t super intense or long I realized I was depending on them to stay calm and feel in control too much. So I took a cue from Cora and showed myself some compassion  [or tried to because the guilt still lingered] rather than rely on exercise. It’s still a process of learning to rest and truly relax. How can something like this be so hard for some of us?

…and now it’s Monday again. The day dreaded by so many people yet I’m looking forward to it. Granted, I could do without the early mornings. On the upside are getting out and socialising again, particularly as I’ll be working at the front desk all week, subbing in for a colleague who’s on holiday.  Things could definitely look worse for me. I hope you have something to look forward to on this first page of a new week, too – and even if it’s ‘just’ sunshine, catching up with colleagues or friends, …

 

Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Goofing around with P.

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Good good links #179

It’s really Sunday already again? Pinch me, please. Or at least give me another half a day or so to catch up on my to-do list. Luckily, I tackled that one item important to you already: gathering lots of good links from around the web. And yes, there were many of them again this week. So without further ado [can you tell my to-do list’s calling my name ;)]:

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

Is It Dangerous to Dream? via My little tablespoon

Failure in what we’re trying to achieve is always possible – but does that mean we shouldn’t even allow ourselves to hope for our dreams to become reality?

Your body can process everything…it’s your mind that gets in the way. via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Yet another amazing post by Kylie. Definitely check out the comment section of this post, too!

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Breaking the Rules: Why I Quit Whole30 via My Uncommon Everyday

A great post about when quitting is actually better than sticking with any kind of challenge you set for yourself.

28 Life Lessons via Katalyst Health

These kind of posts are favourites of mine in general and Kat shares some truly inspiring and empowering messages.

Healing Amenorrhea Naturally – Part 1 and 2 [Q& A video] via The Real Life RD

Two great posts on a topic [unfortunately] affecting many of us ladies.

Stop Apologizing for the Pop Culture You Love via Wit + Delight

There’s no need to feel ashamed or ‘stupid’ if you like listening to mainstream music or don’t miss any Bachelor episodes. We like what we like and that’s cool.

I was Wrong, and that’s OK via Plantbased Pixie

No matter the topic – in this case: clean eating – it can be hard to admit your past beliefs were wrong but doing so makes you even more authentic and likable as a person.

What to do when you can’t meditate via The Fit Foodie

Perfect or anyone like me who finds it near impossible to stop their brain from rattling on and on all the time.

15 Spots You’re Forgetting to Clean (and How to Take Them On) via Apartment Therapy

Ew. Can you/I still play the ‘ignorance is bliss’ card after reading this?

 

Blogging

When To Stay On Brand And When To Speak Out via A Cup of Catherine

Catherine’s message is so important. No matter how small our blog: we have an opportunity to bring attention to the topics dear to our hearts.

Inside Instagram: fake comments, fake followers, fake everything? via Forever Amber

A-men. This is seriously annoying me so much and I actually have a post on a similar topic in my drafts but

 

Good good [videos]

You Are Not the Majority

Interesting facts leading to the realization that we are – to quote what I read elsewhere – all just stardust in the end.

 24 Things you Thought Were Vegan

Unlike other lists of this kind this one actually contained quite a few really surprising not even vegetarian items (bummer!).

 

Good good [food]

Beet Tartare wth Cashew Cheese via My Darling Vegan

An elegant and impressive dish for all beet fiends out there.

One Minute Cinnamon Roll in a Mug via A Virtual Vegan

Unlike the dozens of cinnamon roll mug cakes this one is an actual roll and my oh my does it look scrumptions.

Vegan Tiramisu Fudge Bars via Vegan Richa

Not usually a coffee drinker I do like its taste in some desserts – like Tiramisu – and these bars look amazing.

Cashew Cream Blood Orange Parfaits via The Almond Eater

One stunning (vegan) dessert. Or maybe breakfast? The variety o tastes and textures sounds incredible.

Cookie Crunch Cocoa Puffs Homemade Cereal {Gluten Free} via Cotter Crunch

What a smart cookie [lame pun] Lindsay was using an unexpected shortcut in these.

15 Minute Vegan Pad Thai via Delish Knowledge

The only thing better than tasty Asian food? That very thing done fast for when you need food stat.

Healthier One Pan Stove Top Lasagna via She Likes Food

Skip baking time in the oven and do your lasagna stove top style.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Time with the family.

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How to live more intensely or: No week gets left behind

Ever since joining Meg’s Week in Review club I’ve found more significance in individual weeks. It probably sounds odd but prior to listing what I did throughout the previous cycle of seven days life felt like it was – major life events aside – passing by in a steady stream. Sure, some weeks were busier than others, some happier, others heavier. But I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the subtle changes. How did I feel about life two weeks ago?
This also helps me see what works and what doesn’t. In terms of productivity. In terms of sleep [improvement during the week]. In terms of work. It’s some sort of life analysis, laying open the success and the areas of further improvement. Some of the latter unfortunately are recurring themes that I have yet to make significant progress in which frustrates and in a way scares me because life is so fleeting and time the one thing we’ll never be able to get back once it’s passed. But I’m digressing too far for a Week in Review again so let’s stay in the moment for now and then look back at what happened in the past seven days in my life. Don’t forget to tell me about yours in the comments, too.

Thanks as always to Meg for encouraging us to truly see and reflect on every week in our lives. Even if a week – like the past one – holds no memories of major life changes recording our lives like this allows us [bloggers] to look back in time and see “oh hey, that’s when I did that” or “ah, that was fun”.  A little like a photo album minus the plethora of pictures in my case [blogger fail].

In the past week I …

Worked the usual five days, one of those subbing in for my colleague at the front desk again. It’s my new favourite spot – who knew I’d ever say this?? My male boss was still working from home this past week and I’m feeling slightly bad saying it made work that much better. Not that he’s a terrible person, it’s just his vs. her way of working and temperament. Both are nothing short of amazing at the work they do.

Started two new book and picked up an older one I’ve never been able to get into before. After finishing my previous one – it really was the best I ever read and aspects of it have been on my mind every day since – I find it hard to get into new literature. One of the two I started – unfortunately my mum’s birthday gift for me – will likely stay unfinished. As a novel it’s just too light for me despite its in fact serious background topic [life after leucemia]. I’m very happy with Gretchen Rubin’s “Better than before”, though.

Books I

Chatted with the cheese guy. Okay that sounds weird so let me elaborate. There’s this one younger cashier at one of our local grocery stores. Maybe it’s just my impression but I find him to be a little sassy/snobbish and feel somewhat self-conscious when he’s sitting at the checkouts. The other day, my mum asked me to pick up some cheese while I was running errands at said store in anyway and this guy was operating it. For some reason, I decided to make some friendly small talk to eliminate a bit of that previous awkwardness. We’ll see how this works. Either way, I’m the queen of chatting up random people as you might remember. Really, though, who knows whom you might connect with that way?!

Finally took a trip to the glass containers and got rid off empty jars. There were a -lot- of those. I’m surprising myself with how long I can postpone something that takes all of three minutes [plus driving there] for so long every. single. time. Okay, maybe because it’s gross.

Ran a special ‘errand’ for my dad on Saturday at a time inconvenient for me.  Sweetheart that he is he wanted to welcome my mum back from her short weekend getaway with flowers so I rushed into town and the florist’s shop last minute [read: five minutes before their official closing time at 2 PM]. Initially, my dad asked me to pick up a bouquet for myself as a gift, too, but I couldn’t decide [typical] and also wasn’t entirely sure I still had enough money in my purse. It happens.

Flowers

[Not the bouquet I got for my mum but flowers I had in my apartment some time ago]

Finally created a new recipe for the blog. It’s actually a rendition of a old favourite I’d been meaning to try for ages and I’m happy it worked so well. Unfortunately, the pictures I tried to take didn’t turn out so I’ll have to postpone sharing it once again. I know I owe you several recipes already but I’m incredibly frustrated with the lighting situation here [= I need to get myself a light box. Soon  Better yet sooner than soon..]

Prepared a batch of said treats for my mum to bring along on her weekend trip as a birthday gift for my aunt. She’s a Valentine’s Day baby so a little sweet favour seemed appropriate.

Meal prepped while watching/white noise-streaming the first episode of this year’s “Germany’s Next Topmodel”.  I wouldn’t be able to stand it if I was actually watching but it’s a nice enough white noise. I’m not into any kind of celebrity gossip ish so maybe that’s my one guilty pleasure? We all have some, no?

Prepared another batch of my new recipe creation – late on Saturday night while I  simultaneously  …

Proofread the new version of this restaurant’s menu. If you’ve been around for a while you might remember I translated their menu about a year ago  [I think?]. They’ve now made changes to the menu and asked me to proofread the German version and translate it again. Proofreading makes me happy and that fact makes me a grammar nerd but it’s a label I’m fine wearing.

Hoovered and swept the floors in my apartment. Cleaned the sinks. The usual weekly clean-up.

Baked another batch of granola for one of my colleagues.

Walk_sun

Listened to several podcasts. I’m only now getting into English ones. Previously, I’d listened to German ones here and there but noticing how big of a trend they are in the US I’ve been curious about those, too. There are huge differences in between the nationalities so I’m getting both a lesson in listening comprehension and culture. Fascinating.

Overall, it’s been a good week minus letting myself stay up too late on Friday night which messed up my whole weekend/internal clock. It’s a recurring pitfall of my night owl-ish ways I need to work on so now that I say it you get to keep me accountable ;).

While no recipe there will be at least one more post coming your way this week. Sunday’s time for good good links again and I might squeeze in some thinking out loud, too.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  A short walk in the sunshine. It’s cold outside but a little bit of sun always brightens my days.

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Reflections + recent happenings

If I was giving in to my nagging inner critic paying its usual Sunday afternoon/evening visit to my brain I’d now settle into a reflection of my shortcomings in the week just ending. Yet – today is different. Granted, this is my fourth attempt at writing this intro so much to my dismay I did allow negative thoughts to flow out on paper/a blog draft page. What keeps me from going with it is the book I finished earlier today. A book that- and as exaggerated as it might sound – profoundly changed me. The way I see the world and life. Honestly, if people in this day and age call bread or pancake recipes life-changing I might as well say this about a book, no?
As is the nature of the  human brain I’m sure the self-critical voices won’t just disappear. Hence why I need to constantly remind myself of the messages this book planted into my head and why I’m definitely going to write a review of it. Not today, though, as it’s not the Book in Review but a Week in Review. Plus, my mind is still taking time to process and sort through the many thoughts and feelings evoked by the story.

Onto the positives and the point of Meg’s Week in Review: giving ourselves credit for what did go well in the past week. One overarching theme of it seemed to be – and I may or may not am choosing this with the current situation in the US in mind – one of female power. Read: my dad was on vacation allowing for some more one-on-one time with my mum and my male boss had a full week of working from home which meant the office was ladies’ business, too. This all made for a [as much as busy days allow it] relaxed atmosphere.  Sorry, guys ;).

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked. Not a full five days thanks to a weird mix of stomach cramps [outside the regular cycle if you know what I mean] and sudden sickness throwing me off and making work impossible after not even an hour in the office on Wednesday. I stayed longer on and put an extra effort in to catch up on all the paperwork on Thursday which calmed my mind about the missed day.

Napped for a solid 1 1/2 hours on said sick day. I originally hoped to just lie down without actually closing my eyes and return to work but my body thought differently. I did feel the refreshing effects of the nap, though, so clearly needed it.

Birthday flowers

(Birthday flowers I forgot to show you in my previous week in review)

Had a great conversation with my boss and colleagues. We don’t get to sit together and chat like this on the regular so it was a wonderful opportunity to connect and talk about everything. Our male boss was on vacation this past week which allowed for some lady talk, too.

Cooked lunch for my mum and me on Saturday. This was something I’d been meaning to do for ages already and we finally found a time and day working for both of us. It turned out to be everything I’d hoped for and more. The food was delicious and the conversation meaningful. We had Semmelknödel – a traditional German kind of dumplings made from bread rolls, fried onion, parsley and a few other ingredients; egg-free in my version – with oriental-spiced Sauerkraut. It’s one of my favourite dishes yet due to its slightly more involved preparation not a regular one on the menu. The terrible lighting in the picture does the delciousness of the Knödel and Kraut no justice. That’s what we get for delaying lunch until 6.30 on the weekend …

Semmelknödel and Sauerkraut - vegan

Started and finished the book mentioned in the intro. The review might not come up until the following week or so because it stirred up so many thoughts in my mind.

Bundled up and took a longer walk with my mum on Sunday afternoon. Much needed as I was in a slightly Sunday blues once again and also needed to at least get some of the questions and thoughts about the book I’d just finished out. Walk with mum + deep conversations = one of the most blissful activities in my life.

Prepared another batch of peanut butter as the previous was gone surprisingly fast. I don’t know how that might have happened 😉 …

Peanut butter_homemade

Posted twice: a week in review with some thoughts on happiness and yesterday’s good good links.

Spontaneously went to the cinema on Friday night. Okay, not entirely spontaneous as I’d originally planned to go with a friend in anyway. Yet she’s dealing with a lot in life lately and asked me if we could postpone our movie night again. Fingers crossed she’ll be able to make it this week. Either way, my mum had plans of seeing La La Land and I decided to tag along though it hadn’t been on my list of movies to watch. Verdict: sweet. I was a huge fan of all the dresses – just my kind of clothes -, the music and dancing. So if you considered adding it to your cinema list: go for it!

… and there we are on Sunday night – okay, Monday once you read this – again. Time for me to call it a nght soon but not before I wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  The walk with my mum.

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Good good links #178

Isn’t it funny how one day can be just like any other for people on one continent and extremely exciting for those on another? Translation: to me, it’s “just” Sunday while I know many of you overseas it’s time for the long-awaited the Super Bowl. Which I admittedly know zilch about. Oops!? Either way, have fun watching, eating lots of delcous food and cheering on your team.

What I know more about is good posts and the fact I came upon a sheer overwhelming number in the past two weeks. Because I don’t want these round-ups to become too crowded and the individual articles not getting enough attention anymore I saved some for the next dose of good good links. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll still find some good reading material in today’s post already so …

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

When living your life with a purpose means you forget to live your life  via via Chase the Red Grape

 In a time and age where our possibilities seem unlimited it’s hard not to stress about not exactly knowing what we want [yet]. Life isn’t linear and it’s normal to veer off the path we might have seen ourselves walking ten years ago.

Feeling Down? 10 Thinking Patterns That Can Make You Depressed via Live Bold and Bloom

One of my favourites among favourites here because of its in-depth look at negative [and unfortunately common] thinking patterns and how to break free from them.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Handling Difficult Conversations Online via Design Sponge

Not just useful for online conversations but an important and helpful post for anyone ever having difficult conversations [= everybody, duh].

Do I have to buy organic produce? Via Real Mom Nutrition

The benefits of eating fruit and vegetables outweigh the pesticides potentially used on them so if buying organic isn’t an option: don’t stress.

How to Become a BS Detector via Plantbased Pixie

A really really good guide to keep on hand whenever you read something online because there are a lot of self-proclaimed “experts” out there in the widths of the internet. Don’t blindly trust any- and everybody.

 

 

 Body image/self-acceptance

Your words and actions matter, not your appearance. via Avocado a Day Nutrition

Amen. It’s our kindness, the words we speak, things we do that have an impact on the world around us. Not the way we look or the number on the scales.

How Pregnancy Led Me to Accept my Imperfections via Verily Mag

While I’m neither a mum nor pregnant myself I’ve seen similar changes in women I know and they’re wonderful.

Forgive Yourself For Not Being Perfect. Then Do It Again Tomorrow. via Wit + Delight

Maybe we’ll have it all figured out by the time our soul leaves our cute bodies but probably not so just make sure you’re being as nice to your heart as possible.”  For any of us that are too hard on themselves [read: most of us/too many].

I tracked my happiness for a year to get data on how to build a more joyful life via Quartz

Figuring out the things that bring you joy can help you consciously spend your time and money differently in the future. Plus, writing down and focusing on the positives in life is a good idea as is.

 

 

Blogging

Why There’s No Perfect Time to Post on Facebook via Buffer Blog

Everybody will tell you different ‘best times’ but the actually fitting ones for you need to be determined individually.

35 Totally Free Resources to Help Grow Your Blog via Helene in Between

An awesome guide on just about everything you might need for bloggers at every stage.

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

A [grown-up’s] childhood dream come true? See, mum … 😉

The world needs more people like this teacher.

 

Good good [food]

Dark Chocolate Blossoms via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Brownie-like cookies topped with a chocolate morsel – who’d be able to resist these?

Mini Mocha Caramel Tartes via Peachy Palate

Grain-free, paleo, vegan, oh, and insanely delicious-looking these will be the way to everyone’s heart [not just on Valentine’s Day].

Cumin Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Vegan Parsnip Puree

Cumin, carrots, chickpeas and parsnips – so many of my favourites in one dish.

Cauliflower Rice with Zingy White Beans and Kale via Golubka Kitchen

The orange-scented white bean sauce alone sounds amazing already and the final dish looks stunning. 

Vegan Cauliflower Nachos with Walnut Taco “Meat” via Detoxinista

All the nacho deliciousness while actually eating an extra dose of vegetables?! Yes, please.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Most of my day, really.  It’s a nice feeling when there’s still less that felt bad than good in a day that didn’t involve enough check-offs on your to-do list.

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