Week in Review: Procrastinating no more.

Okay, we all know that title is a lie, no? Unless you’re superhuman it’s very unlikely you’ll just stop procrastinating altogether. It’s much less likely if you’re me: an average girl/woman* ever so prone to forego those pesky tasks that need to be done but maybe not this very minute. We all know that feeling, right? Just me?? Yet the title is right in that the past week was one where I consciously procrastinated less [more on that at the end of this post]. Which isn’t half bad for a start if I dare say so myself.

It’s been quite a while since my previous time linking up with Meg for a Week in Review. Being the overthinker I am I did mull over this and let’s just say the outcome would yield another post of its own so for now I’m giving it a go again and will see how to go from there. Share some of your recent achievements in the comments, too. It’s nice to get a glimpse into what others are working on and getting done, too. And: we all deserve that pat on the back [ask my dad; we have a slightly embarrassing story regarding that whole pat-on-the-back business;)].

*does anybody else – any twenty-something + ladies, that is – can’t decide whether or not to call themselves ‘girl’ [it’s a blog world phenomenon, I think]. Woman just sounds so … grown-up/married/having-it-all-figured-out? I don’t know. Enlighten me if have a clue on this, please.

Week in Review

 

Onto some of what I did, experienced and stopped procrastinating on!

Worked the usual five days. They were pretty busy ones which I appreciated. While at times stressful I prefer having an ongoing to-do list over those slow days a week ago.

Created two new recipes for the blog that I’m excited to share. While no big deal for food bloggers it was one for me as I’ve been lacking my kitchen mojo lately.

Posted twice – including some good good links – which felt good after two weeks out of the blogging loop.

Voted. Germany’s been holding  elections in several of its federal states these past weeks and it was our state’s turn, too. As I knew I’d feel stressed out having to decide on twelve (!) different people on the actual election day – the German voting system is quite different from the US one – I choose postal voting. It was a special moment that had me reflect on the privilege of being able to freely vote and also as a woman. I’ve never gotten political on here and don’t plan on doing so in the future but I truly think everybody should make use of this right. The end.

Read every morning and also most afternoons right after returning from work. Sitting in front of a computer most of the time at work I think I/my brain really needed that time off. I do feel less stressed when I don’t turn on my laptop right away when I get home or flick through Instagram before work already. The only problem is that I’m running out of books. For once, there’s still the bad experience of my planned vacation reads and then the fact I have a few requirements for a good book that I’m always concerned won’t be met. Yes, I’m difficult.

Cried.I only very lightly hinted at it but we received some sad and hard to process news on Monday. Is crying a shame as an adult? Personally, I let my feelings bottle up for two long and crying is my way to work on them. Luckily, I had a shoulder to lean on.

Baked a batch of oatmeal cookies for my parents. In my mum’s words: the best oatmeal cookies. She’s been on a quest to find that one perfect recipe yielding cookies like those sold at a very popular Swedish furniture store. Knowing that her current recipe wasn’t what she actually wanted sparked my ambition to deliver the -one- recipe. I can get serious about these things, especially if it’s an opportunity to try another blogger’s recipe because I personally find it so nice to hear when somebody tries and like one of mine. Long story short: these oatmeal cookies are neither vegan nor healthy. But they’re just chewy and just like those sold in coffeehouses while really simple to prepare. If it wasn’t for the eggs even I would have been tempted to sneak a bite.  [the ones below are my healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, not those I baked because they didn’t turn out pretty enough for a picture].

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Washed two loads of laundry. #adulting – and we know how I feel about this household task.

Cleaned the apartment. It’s still a miracle to me how the floors get dirty again in what feels like minutes every time.

Finally sent off a letter to cancel a contract. Long overdue. This was something I’d majorly procrastinated on because I wasn’t sure how to go about this. Being all honest I was ashamed I didn’t and dreaded asking for help so pushed it back on my to-do list time and time again. Not a smart choice.

Spent less money than I usually do on groceries on Saturdays. This was ironically due to finding myself without a car and therefore having to go by bike with a mere two saddlebags. A balancing act in the literal sense on my way back home. ..

Reflecting on my ‘procrastinate less’ habit here I feel this might just have been the first impact of Erin’s recent post setting in. Some will probably think of it as ridiculous but in a way doing all of these little things right away when I’d usually have procrastinated was a way of lowering my pain threshold. Am I annoyed by overflowing trash bins or compost bags, clothes in dire need of washing or leaving the groceries in their bags instead of unpacking right away? Yes.Yet I still used to/occasionally still procrastinate getting these little task done right then and there. I’m a firm believer of small steps being the best way to tackle the bigger goals, too.

Anyway, a constant goal [and struggle] of mine is going to bed earlier and since I’m once again writing this post at night I’d better finish now. I hope you feel good about the past seven days and have a great start into the new week! Happy Monday!

P.S.: All of these pictures are ‘recycled’ because out internet connection has been a fussy beast for weeks and it was too slow to upload any new ones.

Happiness-inducing today: Having a productive yet still relaxing Sunday – and lots of sunshine!

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Good good links #160

Hello again! Time for the weekly dose of some good good links from around the web! Before I send you off to slow down your browser by opening too many tabs at once – just me ;)? – here’s a thought I had/question for you: When reading certain posts I wonder what you would think about them. Soooo … would any of you be interested in a separate post with a few posts of the food for thought  variety to discuss/exchange opinions on in the comments? Let me know. And now have a wonderful Sunday and maybe find a link or two [or a few more] that catches your eye.

 

Good good [food for thought]

What I Wish I Could “Unknow” About Health via The Healthy Maven

This post couldn’t resonate with me any more and I’m sure many of you, too.

I Gave Up on Myself and It Felt Good via Healthyez Sweet

All the things you can/should (?!) stop to start loving yourself and find happiness.

 

Good good [advice and other inspirational or interesting posts]

12 Easy Ways to Live Greener via My Pink and Green Life

No, it’s not that hard being green. These are simple and mostly inexpensive ways to start.

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Throughout the Day via The Blissful Mind

Some great ideas to help and I especially like to do #1 and 5.

Life Truths. From me to you. via A Spectacular Life

Simple. Straight to the point. Reaffirming,

20 Quotes to Inspire you to Live a Vibrant Life via Hey There, Chelsie

Some of them might be short but all are going to make you think about how you’re living life and how much we take for granted.

Five Reasons You’re Not Addicted to Sugar via Avocado a Day Nutrition

This! Rather than try to sum it up I’ll just highly recommend you read this if you’re feeling confused about sugar.

Why You Should Stop Saying “This Food is My Weakness” via Healthy Hits The Spot

Words are powerful and the way we think about certain foods can influence our behavior around them and let us loose control.

 

Blogging

The Most Popular Hashtags For Different Types of Bloggers via Bloguettes

A good place to start if you’re trying to connect with more like-minded people [if you want to think in marketing terms: grow your following].

Should I Delete Those Old Posts? via A Beautiful Mess

Thinking about deleting some posts from your archives? Ask these questions first.

 

 

Good good [links to make you smile, Instagram posts and more]

7 Ridiculous Things I’ve Done to Procrastinate via Man Repeller

The conclusions about the floorboards sound awfully like me …

 

Good good [food]

Pumpkin Pie Nice Cream via Feasting on Fruit

Fitting for both lingering summer temperatures and fall feeling coming up – plus: Natalie says it won’t freeze into a brick like banana ice cream usually does.  

Healthy Vegan PB and J Baked Oatmeal via Southern In-Law

PB and J sandwiches aren’t your thing? This might very well be. Bonus: it’s a big-batch recipe so great for meal-prepping.

Paleo Almond Butter Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies via Paleo Running Momma

So much almond goodness packed into one cookie and who wouldn’t want to eat the filling with a spoon?!

Melty Stretchy Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese via It doesn’t taste like chicken

All the things you/I want from a cheese sauce – minus the cheese. Cravings right here!

Curry Cauliflower Grill Packets with Yogurt Sauce via Vegan Yack Attack

Curry? Cauliflower? Yes, please. Outside the grilling season this might work in the oven, too.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:

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Decisions [to make, already made and not even up for discussion]

One of the biggest mistakes one can make as a blogger, it seems, is failing to plan ahead. Or actually, this is considered [one of] life’s biggest mistake(s): Fail to plan, plan to fail. Following this logic today’s post shouldn’t go live as yes, I didn’t schedule my blog posts ahead of time on the weekend. Assuming I’d have a few hours to finish them in the upcoming days. Well, we’re here and this clearly didn’t work out. In keeping with my statement of honesty I’ll admit I contemplated skipping blog posts – the link lovin’ aside – for another week. Not because I hadn’t been looking forward to returning. Rather, this week unexpectedly turned out to be a mentally draining one and work busier than the past. Yet I know blogging is a source of great joy in my life I don’t want to go without for longer [read: as cheesy as it sounds I missed you guys]. While not with any of the posts I’d planned to publish this week I’m linking up with Amanda to get some random thoughts rolling – it’s been a while.

Thinking-Out-Loud

Is anybody else always seeking patterns or themes in what’s going through their mind? Well, at least the parts that end up written down? As I wrote this post I noticed that tendency again. I can’t deny being slightly chaotic in real life but my posts or letters need structure. Selective OCD? Anyway, the overarching theme of today’s thoughts turned out to be. .. decisions. Those I’ve already made, those I’m contemplating and a few that aren’t even to be questioned. You’ll see what I mean in a second …

  1. So: did you catch the news of the third Bridget Jones movie, “Bridget Jones Baby”, being released? I’m not sure how I missed this before but after watching the trailer [three times] I know I need to watch it. If you’re like me and haven’t heard of the movie before: Patrick Demsey aka McDreamy is starring in it. Now if that alone isn’t reason enough to watch it. .. Fun fact, though: I actually wasn’t a fan of Grey’s Anatomy. But when it comes to hot guys Patrick Demsey still makes the list for me. #definitelydreamy

2. Hashtags are what leads to a second thought that’s been on my mind for a while already: Instagram. Or rather: Instabots. Why on earth some people pay for commenting robots is beyond me [yes, I know it’s in hopes of growing their number of followers but I still find it ridiculous – it’s not all about the numbers]. actually, Here’s the deal and where decisions come in again: all of us with Instagram accounts will know the kind of automated comments I’m talking about. ‘Cool’, ‘awesome profile’, ‘keep up the great work!’ Or just a bunch of random emoticons. How do you react to them? Maybe there’s a blogger’s guide to handling these in style and not look like either a fool or an ignorant jerk. But I simply ignore them and respond to genuine, real person comments only. My actual point here, though, are the many accounts of people who don’t seem to know the truth behind the  [usually bigger] accounts that tell they ‘loved [their] feeds’ or let them know ‘you rarely see such great accounts’. And reply to those in an at times overjoyed manner. Okay, I think you might have caught my drift here. The question is: would you tell those people about the automatism behind the comments? Maybe it’s just me but I feel bad for those people being fooled.

my Instagram feed

3. Foolish – that would be me for eating chocolate at work. Why? Because it’s been more than once somebody noticed a little crumb or smudge of the dark deliciousness adorning my lips or chin. Learn from my mistake: always (!) look into the mirror after you ate chocolate. Because there’s no decision to make about whether or not to eat chocolate.  Or else people like my colleague today might assume you’d hurt yourself without noticing. Nope, no blood there. Just a wild harmless little chocolate addiction.

Mint chocolate II

4. Another decision I’ve been pondering? Whether or not to get a Netflix account for December only. The reason: Gilmore Girls!! I’m just a little [too] excited to see Rory and Lorelai – and all the others, obviously – again. So: should I make that investment? If not I’d have to hope for the episodes to air in free TV at some point but that wait … [read: it’s hardly a decision anymore – unless our internet connection stays flunky because interrupted movie streaming tales away from the pleasure]. Are you going to  [unless you already have a Netflix account, obviously]?

Seeing as I’m writing this very last minute on Wednesday night and staying up late to blog is a decision I’d be wise not to make I’ll finish here. Not without wishing you a happy Thursday, though!

Happiness inducing today: My sister continually texting me pictures of little P. – he’s on his first beach vacation and it’s crazy adorable [sorry, aunt mode on].

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What are your thoughts on the Instagram issue? Bridget Jones? Or any other thoughts coming to your mind right now!*

*unless they’re robot-generated 😉

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Good good links #158

Hello ,hello!

Another week of silence, I know. Buuut I’ll be back in the coming one.  Promise!

Sooo … Since I haven’t been doing those currently posts including a ‘current link’ regularly at all anymore I decided to add a new category. From now on, I’ll be highlighting one of my recent discovered/liked blogs, too.  Feel free to share some you’ve been enjoying a lot in the comments! It’s always nice to get some inspiration and add new blogs to my Bloglovin’ feed.

Happy Sunday!


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

When The Pain Gets Great Enough via Erin’s Inside Job

How high is your pain threshold until you initiate change?

Why America Hates Fat Women, the Feminist Take via Shape Magazine

It is an issue everybody should think about/already is affected by in some way. Everybody’s actions can make a positive difference.

 

 

Good good [advice and other inspirational or interesting posts]

Why Quitting & Failure Were The Most Positive Experiences Of My 20s via The Financial Diet

If you’re not happy where you’re at in life right now this is the post for you!

How to Deal with Bullying via Superfit Babe

An amazing example and advice of how to turn an extremely hard and negative experience around and come out a stronger person.

See Your Beauty Now! I Dare You! via Mind Body Green

The author’s challenge might long be over but what she said in the second longer paragraph really resonated with me [and probably you, too].

Self-Help List via Zen Habits

Short but so very wonderful.

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Carbs via Refinery 29

Especially  those of us who have an ED/restrictive background.

Fitspiration messages vs Actually-loving messages  via Life Without Anorexia

Now these are some messages to actually put into practice.

Everything You’re Getting Wrong About Gluten via Refinery 29

Science-backed myth busting that actually brought about some new insights for me [like the bit of truth in #2].

 

Blogging

What Do I Have to Say and Other Blog Identity Dilemmas via Oddly Lovely

Something I think [almost] every blogger goes through at some point. Can you relate, too?

 

Cooking and food

How to Make Popsicles Without a Mold via The Kitchn

Because summer isn’t over yet – September 21st! – and why buy molds when you can get away cheaper?

 

Good good [links to make you smile, Instagram posts and more]

What Happens When People Take Yoga Too Far via Greatist

Show your superiority. For real now!

21 Products That’ll Unfuck Your Morning Routine via BuzzFeed

#13 is a bit distasteful but #19 would [unfortunately] be somehow appropriate for me ;).

 

Good good [food]

Grain-free CereOWL via Fork and Beans

Included for its cutesy, because my inner child wanted to or the creative ingredients? Owl of these!

Healthy S’mores Dip via Eating Bird Food

Can you guess the ingredients in this better-for-you  campfire favourite gone dip? It looks so good.

Cruciferous Peanut Butter Rice via iFOODReal

Peanut butter mango sauce mixed with rice and lots of vegetables? I’m SO up for this.

Harissa Roasted Chickpea Bowl via Naturally Ella

I’m a spice wimp but this just looks too wonderfully vibrant and delicous not to include  [plus: chickpeas!].

 

Good good [blog of the week]

Full of Plants

At first, I was going to just share one of his more recent creations [vegan blue cheese!]. But then decided Thomas’ unbelievable creativity in tackling hard-to-veganize foods and his stunning photography deserved a bigger shout-out.

Happiness-inducing today: A plethora of photos of little P. my sister sent me. I can’t be the only aunt a smidgen obsessed with her nephew?!

 

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