Week in Review: Back in the game.

It’s been a while again, I know, I know. Not intentionally.
This will probably sound ridiculous but one of the reasons for feeling unwell was my tongue. Or more specifically an inflammation of my tongue – no more details because it’s gross. If you’ve never dealt with it [and I really hope you haven’t]: it’s beyond painful. Think being unable to swallow, eat and talk without [at times excruciating] pain. Yes, it’s great fun. Not. Not eating enough, not sleeping enough and a resulting overall nasty feeling led to my absence from most things blogging.
Additonally, though, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and very what I call “in my mind” lately. There’s been too much happening for me to process. I’ll admit to letting these thoughts bottle up because I can’t seem to overlook all of them at once. Where to even start … Could I have churned out a random fun post? Possibly. But it didn’t feel right. I sat down to publish a few times but the thoughts just wouldn’t flow naturally. This once again isn’t asking for sympathy but explaining my absence from the blog world because I feel you deserve an explanation. Also because I have yet to reply to your comments or – and I’m genuinely sorry for this – caught up/commented on more than a handful other blogs. My mind just wasn’t into it. I’ll be back at it this week, promise.

And because that’s getting too long for an intro let’s talk about the things I did during my time away. Thanks as always to our wonderful host Meg who always has some kind and encouraging words for everybody who struggles to see their accomplishments or the happiness in life.

Week in review

Worked the usual five days. More or less successfully [see above note on tongue] but I got to learn a new skill – if you can really call it that – by asking a colleague how I could take something of her work load.
If you read my post yesterday you might already have guessed I’m not entirely fond of my current job. Yet that’s not to say it meant I wasn’t taking my tasks seriously or being a grumpy grump at the office. No, this isn’t how I want to spend my life but while I’m here I want to help where I can – whether that’s bringing in no-bake brownies or taking some work off of others’ shoulders. It’s about making the best of a not-so-good situation. Nobody wants to go through their week hating their everyday life.

Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola without refined sugar.

Baked a quadruple batch of my Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola for the colleague I created it for in the first place. She actually paid me for it – for the ingredients, mind you because I wouldn’t dare asking for a compensation for the ‘work’ that goes into it – unlike the first time which felt weird but at the same time like an appreciation of the work I enjoy doing. Opening a little café is a [not-so-]secret plan B [or C] my sister and I have been having for ages. Though I have no illusions of how tough that is so getting paid for baked goods or other goodies occasionally is a sweet compromise.

Spent a small fortune on medication. Some of which I ended up using just once – one not at all, actually –  because it didn’t help. Also, I’m very anti-medication, only reluctantly taking what’s deemed necessary by health professionals.

Worked out and really enjoyed it. Ideally, I’d like to join a gym offering classes again but that’s not going to happen with the lack of options where I currently live. I miss it.

On Friday I felt overwhelmed by too many thoughts and things I wanted to do, then tuned into my intuition – and lay down. Not a nap, just lying down on my bed for however long felt good. It’s not a big deal for others but it had never occurred to me that saing ‘okay, this all isn’t going anywhere’ and -fully- resting might just be my solution. Sometimes it’s the obvious solutions we have the hardest time seeing, no?

Ate through the pain. Honestly, it would have been so very easy – and definitely way less painful – to just not eat much this past week. But I know the vicious cycle of this. It’s sad to admit but my ED still finds its ways of creeping up on me in bad times.

Baked these absolutely amazing vegan and gluten-free brownies. I’ve made them before and knew it was their time to shine again. Because …

gluten-free vegan_brownies_edible perspective

I secured a baking opportunity for an event my parents’ company is going to hold this week. A quadruple batch of these for next Friday? Ooookay. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Created another recipe for the blog that I once again have no visual proof of yet because … [insert me ranting about the bad weather and at that lighting situation in fall]. I do have that cookie recipe I mentioned before scheduled for this week, though. Flourless Hazelnut Shortbread is coming your way soon!

The weekend included the usual: sleeping in, blog work. Assisting my sister in her quest for new recipes  [“Can’t I use molasses instead of maple syrup in those brownies?” – “Are. You. Kidding. Me??” – always a fun time ;)]. Cleaning up. Meal prep.

Despite the pain and a heavy thoughts it wasn’t the worst week. A day without a smile is a lost day and a week of overlooking the silver linings just the same. Life doesn’t feel fair or over the top happy right now but I’m still looking forward. To brighter times and for now obviously to a new week.
Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Feeling much better – tongue-wise 🙂 – today. Thank gooness! I’m not sure how much longer I could have endured the pain – and the fact eating peanut butter wasn’t enjoyable.

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Good good links #165

Hello, remember me?

Can we gloss over the fact I randomly disappeared for a whole week for today? Because starting to explain the reasons right now would shift the focus of this post entirely and we don’t want that, no? Also, I’m hungry and dinner’s yet to be prepared but I didn’t tell you that ;). I will be back with a Week in Review tomorrow, though, so a few more words on my absence are about to follow. For now I hope the weather in your neck of the woods is way nicer than here – in that case: safe some links for later – but if not: happy Sunday reading!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

What’s the cause? via The Fuck It Diet

The sad fact about the initial reason behind our struggles with food and body image that bears repeating.

Why I don’t love my body today (and how I’ll help myself heal) via Anastasia Amour

This is such a powerful and honest piece on what self-love is/can do and what it isn’t. “If you feel like self-love isn’t working for you – that’s not a sign to give up.”

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other interesting posts]

12 Things You Actually Don’t Need to Have Figured Out by Age 30 via Greatist

Even if it does feel like you/we had to: no. Remember everybody’s walking the path of life at a different speed.

Dating yourself.via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Probably the most important relationship we need to develop before we can fully engage in others.

15 Little Body Victories That Deserve Celebration via BuzzFeed

A loud yes to all of these <3.

7 Little Remainders When You Feel Left out via Change Your Thoughts

A feeling that I think most of us experience from time to time – keeping these little things in mind might help you.

social media/technology “trainers”  via 71 Toes

For all parents out there wondering how to help their children navigate  and balance social media and real life.

19 Cozy Things To Do As The Weather Cools Down via The Financial Diet

Fall bucket list anybody?! #16 and 18 in particular caught my eye here.

10 Quotes to Guide our Intuition. via Elephant Journal

Some beautiful lines to make you pause and think like: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

 

Blogging/Work

Why I Don’t Want Other Bloggers’ Financial Goals via The Financial Diet

Not limited to other bloggers this is a great reminder of not judging others’ ideas of a good life just because they differ from yours.

A Step-by-Step Plan to Grow Your Email List When You’re Starting From Zero via Melissa Gryffin

It’s daunting [ask me …] but following this action plan will definitely get you started right [even if it involves quite some work].

 

What it’s like to work for yourself or someone else via A Lady Goes West

One of those posts I’d meant to share weeks ago already. A thorough post of pros and cons for each side of the working world.

Six Reasons To Stay In A Job You Hate via Fast Company

There’s some good even in a bad job if some of these apply to your situation.

 

Good good [food]          

Coconut Oil Pumpkin Brownies (vegan) via iFOODReal

Sorry for the bad pun but the fudginess of these is seriously unreal.

Pumpkin Streusel Bread with Maple Glaze (vegan) via Warm Vanilla Sugar

Anything with streusel is a winner in my book and this vegan loaf looks like a wonderful accompaniment for your cup of coffee or tea.

Ooey Gooey Good Magic Layer Bars via Clean Eats Fast Feets

Can I get a collective mmmh for these? They truly look like all kinds of magic.

Virtual Halloween Movie Party: Bloggers Share Recipe + Flick Faves!  via Healthy. Happy. Life

Such a fun idea! No scary movies for me but there are plenty of others, too, and some spooky and/pumpkin-y recipes to go along with them.

Butternut White Bean Purée w/ Roasted Brussels Sprouts via Veggie-Inspired Journey

Such a pretty, simple-to-prepare yet still elegant dish to serve to guests [or just yourself ;)].

 

Good good [series]

Proof that BuzzFeed can do more than produce time-waster quizzes: its Body Positivity Week had some great contributions.

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Dancing around to my current favourite song plus an additional odd one: seeing that one of our older neighbours got visitors. He isn’t the friendliest fellow but I still feel sad for him living alone after his wife’s death a few years ago so it was nice to see him happy.

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Good good links #164

 

Some weeks compiling these posts is harder because I either haven’t read enough posts I felt ‘compelled’ to share by Saturday night* or haven’t been reading much online at all. This week the latter was the case but thanks to whichever magic I happened upon plenty of great posts on Friday and today [rainy weather …]. Actually, there were too many posts. Well, too many being a relative term but as I personally prefer shorter link collections I decided to save some of the posts found this week for the next. Gives the ones shared in each post more time to shine, you know?  Maybe that’s just me but I feel overwhelmed and am left with at least half a dozen new tabs opened when I come across those super huge link-ups. Granted, today’s already is almost too long in my opinion but I couldn’t not share these. I make myself laugh with my logic here so it’s best I’ll leave the links here for now and wish you a

Happy Sunday!

 

*which is when I usually write these posts

 

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

 Why My Mental Health Is Just As Important As My Physical Health via Erin’s Inside Job

A-men.  At least for myself I can say when my mental health is off balance my physical is soon to follow , too. Not good so: regular mental health check-ins!

Why we resist things we know will make us happy + What to do about it via yes and yes

Does that title make you think and then realize you’re doing this. Well, read on!

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other interesting posts]

When The Flame Of Your Passion Starts To Flicker via Gala Darling

Sometimes we get to a low where we wonder if what we used to feel like our calling maybe wasn’t just that. [Not a nice situation] Here’s how to act – not necessarily written for bloggers but I find it applies there, too.

Your Job Doesn’t Have to Be Your Passion, and That’s OK via Born to Sweat

Because it can be enable you to live your passions with a safety back-up or serve as a stepping stone. A post I think many of us will find relieving.

4 Reasons to Embrace Being Different via The Daily Positive

Not fitting in with the ‘norm’ can make you feel odd but actually ‘different’ people are awesome [not just saying this because I belong into that category; my favourite people in the world do, too].

The Introvert’s Guide to Small Talk via In It 4 the Long Run

… and if introversion is part of what makes you ‘different’ you’ll know the struggle of getting to know others. Some great ideas to start conversations [compliments are one of my ways to start chatting up strangers, too].

The Simple Formula for Using Aquafaba as an Egg Replacement via The Kitchn

That magical little ingredient helping vegan dreams become reality.

3 Mind Tricks that Will Get You Going on a Big Clean—Without Realizing It via Apartment Therapy

Even if these don’t get you cleaning your whole place in one fell swoosh it’ll look that bit more organized already.

What Mindful Eats and Treats Means to me via Mindful Eats and Treats

A wonderful way of viewing food and the process of eating.

The Worst Diet Advice I’ve Ever Gotten via Kerri’s Fit Kitchen

This post will make you laugh and simultaneously cringe or cry because you know some people actually buy into this BS.

5 Body Image Lessons From A Teenager Wise Beyond Her Years via Mind Body Green

Truth. How many of you wish they would have had this wisdom and insight at her age already, too?

 

How To Do A Weekend Wallet Purge & Feel Awesome About Yourself via The Financial Diet

One of these small things we postpone but that can actually have an impact on our lives or at least make us feel pretty achieved.

 

 

Blogging

Why You DON’T Need a Blog Niche via Jade & Oak

If you stressed about not being able to define yours before [and I have in the past]: read this.

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile and DIYs]

Why Does the Pumpkin Spice Latte Endure? An Investigative Report via The Kitchn

… and here’s why you can’t resist pumpkin spice everything once fall rolls around ;).

 

Good good [food]

The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookie via Feasting on Fruit

Just how creative and cute is this? Almost too pretty to eat.

Chai-Spiced Almond Hazelnut Butter via Ambitious Kitchen

The flavour of my favourite beverage mixed with one of the best foods out there [all the nut butters!]? I’m intrigued.

Vegan ravioli with pumpkin and ricotta via Lazy Cat Kitchen

Homemade pasta is the [one of the] epitome[s] of elegance and this seasonal flavor combination sounds amazing.

Root Vegetable Cassoulet via Naturally Ella

Yet another comfort food dish that looks like the perfect fit on a cold and grey day.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Sleeping in, relaxing and still getting some things done. What Saturdays spent at home should be like.

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Week in Review: Silver linings.

To write or not to write a Week in Review? I don’t think I pondered this question for this long any time before and I’m sure you remember me saying I thought about skipping it before. The reason is that the past week was hard. Mentally very, physically on several occasions, too. While the latter part is better after this weekend the mental one is somewhat permanent. As much as I want to be honest on here going into detail would feel wrong due to other people being involved. I’m not a fan of badmouthing others online, even if they hurt you deeply.

What I can say is that Meg choosing self-care as this week’s theme is ironic for me verging on opposed territory multiple times. To make this clear: I’m not looking for sympathies but just wanted to be honest about the current situation and . It’s not something that ‘will be okay soon‘ [though I’m efinitely guilty of saying this to others when they were struggling before, too] but that makes it all the more important to invest in what Meg stresses: self-care. Pushing my own needs aside or ignoring them for the sake of getting more work done is going to backfire [learn from my bad example …]. Enough of that. I left some of the not so great happenings out despite them taking up a good chunk of time but here are some recent gping-ons. Because I really don’t want to turn into a pity party definitely share a few or your recent wins and happenings in the comments!

Week in review

  • Worked five days again with some of those feeling never-ending and frustrating.
  • Published three blog posts, one of them thinking out loud about this and that as well as another recap of favourite posts from the past week,
  • Baked granola for the family. Not this exact Maple Buckwheat Granola but two variations that were a huge hit with everyone. Also, baking and the obvious snacking are some kind of self-care for me.
  • Went on walks, alone and with the family. One of the latter ending quickly through an unexpected heavy downpour. And that’s why I swear by looking up the weather forecast ;).

autum walk

  • Got back into more of a ‘workout’ habit. At this point having this low-intensity short routine actually does feel like self-care in that I’m making the time to fit it into my days.
  • Slept in. Much -much- needed rest. Given my late bed times this led to equally late risings that I found hard not to feel guilty about. Eight hours are eight hours no matter when you get up, no …?
  • Cleaned my apartment. Thoroughly. There are always some closets, nooks or crannies we overlook on the regular, no?
  • Learned more about the Raspberry Pi. Read: talked tech with my brother who was also visiting and works in IT. We don’t get to see each other often enough so it was really nice to have him around.

Grandma's cookies

  • Tested a new cookie recipe. An old family favourite veganized and slightly healtified. As I’m writing this the judgement on them is still out because it was another late night baking spree [and I had to recycle an old picture, too, as the lighting situation is rather unfortunate right now, too]. Told you I was a night owl.

Looking back it wasn’t the best week. Seeing my siblings and the little one was a definite silver lining that I wish I could have enjoyed more. Sadly, I tend to take things to heart [and head; read: overthinking continues] a lot and couldn’t quite let go. Nevertheless, I’m very grateful for the

… and with that I’m off to try and make some more memories before everybody’s packing and leaving again.  Happy Monday to all of you!

Happiness-inducing today: Seeing P. get all excited about the tiniest things. Children are wonderful in reminding us to find joy in the details.

 

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Good good links #163

Hello there!

Unlike previous weeks Sunday didn’t come quite as out of the blue for me. Much to my surprise, I actually have more links to share than I expected. The week didn’t go as planned – okay, I didn’t really plan for it to go any certain way other than ‘normal’ [whatever that means] – but life threw me several curveballs. Which led to less time to read blogs but – long story short –  here they are: some of my favourites from the past week. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on any of them if you’ve read them before already or afterwards.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

Thoughts on Feeling Deserving via My little tablespoon

Take these wise lady’s words to heart and treat yourself well every day – unconditionally.

It’s okay to quit via Diary of an Ex-Sloth

When something doesn’t work or feel right anymore for you there’s no shame in parting ways with it.

How to Know if You Are a Good Person via Psychology Today

An interesting look at trying to find out how we measure up – the answer might surprise you.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other interesting posts]

Some thoughts on helping you get out of an exercise compulsion via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Another awesome post by Kylie that I’m sure will be enlightening, maybe hard but also very helpful for many. I know it’s one I’ll be re-reading as those tendencies are hard to get rid off,

10 Non-Food Ways to Treat Yourself – For Less Than 20 Dollars via In It 4 the Long Run

With these ideas at hand there’s no excuse not to treat yourself daily [or at least regularly]!

8 Free-Or-Cheap Autum Things You Probably Haven’t Thought To Do Yet via The Financial Diet

Okay so  #1 is definitely not for me but #4 an 5 all the more.

 

This is the Real Secret to Being Mentally Tough via My Domaine

It makes such a lot of sense when you think about it.

3 Myths About Being ‘Too’ Emotional via Apron Strings and Sticky Fingers

Opening up about our internal struggles can actually create deeper relationships so allow yourself to show you’re not “all wires and battery”.

10 Things You Can Clean in the Next 15 Minutes via Apartment Therapy

Breaking the cleaning up into tiny tasks makes it way more manageable.

 

 

Blogging

Five Blogs Tips That Didn’t Help My Blog via Forever Amber

It’s always interesting to read about others’ experiences and this once more goes to show there are no hard and fast rules that work for everyone.

31 Days Of Writing Prompts For October via The SITS Girls

I’m not always intrigued by these but this month’s offers some really good ones like #19, 23 and 31.

 What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging – 14 Successful Bloggers Share Advice via The BGB Community Blog

Great advice and it’s always relieving to see that if you made any of these ‘faults’ when starting out it’s totally okay.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Snickers Cheesecake | Paleo & Vegan via A Saucy Kitchen

Devilishly decadent” really describes this best but see for yourselves.

Two Minute Sweet Potato Brownie via Running with Spoons

Does this one even need an explanation? Just look at that amazing texture!

Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot and Red Lentil Soup from She Likes Food

Judging from appearance alone this is –the- definition of comfort food.

Harvest Quinoa Bowls with Maple Almond Rosemary Sauce via Fooduzzi

All kinds of delicious fall flavours in one bowl – it doesn’t get any better.

 

 

Good good [blog]

Hop over to Snixy Kitchen. Just know you’ll spend ages browsing through all of her recipes. A fair warning for fellow veggies: this isn’t a fully vegetarian blog yet Sarah has a lot of veg and vegan recipes, too.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Not even sorry for the repeat offender but my nephew’s here for the weekend so you know it [insert aunt gushing].

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