Week in Review: Life lately

Hello there, friendly people!

Lately, I’ve in a sort of overthinking, not so comfortable phase in life, very much in my brain most of the time. If I was to try and describe the feeling it would be like swimming, not seeing exactly where I’m going. Which sounds scary for the fact I despise swimming alone ;). Anyway, it’s because of this that I’ve fallen out of the blogging loop lately. When the thoughts in mind are changing directions all the time, it’s hard to share anything without confusing all of you like crazy. Which I likely just did with this intro. Oh well.

That being said, I’m still working just as usual. It’s in my free time that my brain is going into overdrive. Thinking is good and necessary, thinking too much isn’t ideal.

Another issue that’s been keeping me from diving into blogging more again is my very moody old laptop. Here’s calling all of you for recommendations!  Which powerful but affordable laptops do you use and recommend? In the massive sea of offerings, I have a hard time deciding. Well, I really like my maritime metaphors today, it seems.

Not all of the points below are achievements; some are merely notes on life lately. Fortunately,  Meg is a very forgiving party host, letting all of us run wild with our interpretation of her fabulous original idea. Share some updates on your life lately in the comments with me. I don’t want this to be all about me

So here’s my by no means complete list of recent going-ons.

Week in review

In the past week(s) I …

Worked. Same same here. Which might be one of the reasons for my current not-so-happiness. Looking for job opportunities has been unsatisfying lately to say the least and I’m letting it get to me more than I’d like to.

Went shopping for the first time in … a long while. It was getting sort of necessary. You know you need to act when you live in tights – still no pants for me – and the majority of them have at least small holes. Note that we’re talking holes in places not visible from the outside but very much for me [mostly in the sole part]. So new tights made up the biggest part of my overall not immense haul. A new cardigan and a book thrown in for good measure. I’m not complaining about that.

Dean and David_vegan curry

Had lunch at Dean and David’s while in Hamburg and was pleasantly surprised  by the addition of edamame [not visible in the above picture] to my curry. Which unfortunately ended up hardly filling me up. On the upside, I took this as another lesson in intuitive eating: what’s enough for other people doesn’t have to be for you plus our needs change from day to day. It’s okay to need more after finishing a meal even if people around you don’t.

Called my insurance company asking them to pay for an extra that I wasn’t sure would be covered. Not my favourite thing to do so I’d been postponing it for a while but in the end it was surprisingly  .. good. The jury’s still out on whether they’ll end up paying but I’m glad I asked.

Faced a fear I’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s too ridiculous to specify but something I absolutely need and want to work on. This also inspired me to tackle more of those fears I have yet know are keeping me from fully enjoying life. Okay just in case this makes me sound nuts: I’m okay. Just always a bit too careful. I didn’t inherit that sprinkle of healthy carelessness that other people own. And we all know cake is better with sprinkles ;).

Visited my sister for a belated celebration of her birthday on Saturday. It was a laid-back family get-together of just her, her husband, P., my parents and me but so very nice. Looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks. On that note:

Successfully picked out a gift and bought it way ahead of time. This one’s definitely an accomplishment as I’m just about the least creative person in picking gifts and tend to postpone it to the last minute.

Started two of my new books. I’m not sure how I like them because they both have their lengthy passages but reading still makes me so happy. Plus, allowing myself to start two newly purchased books at the same time feels just that bit luxurious. Living on the wild side ;).

Blogged just once but there are some really good links waiting for you.

Drafted two blog posts. My mind constantly changing directions isn’t helpful to finishing any of them but I’ll definitely be back with another post later this week.

Once again, I’ve been getting wordy so I’ll end this here by wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to tell me your happenings and accomplishments from the past week!

Happiness-inducing today: The sun peeking through in the late afternoon on a rather rainy day, allowing for a quick walk through the fields.

Stay in touch!
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What were some highlights from your past week?
Any laptop – please no Macs as it’d take me forever to get used to them and they’re also not exactly my price range 😉 – recommendations? I’d really appreciate any help here.


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Good good links #188

… and the flakiest blogger award goes to: me! I know, I know. Rather than go into a lengthy explanation of the why I’ll dive straight into some the best posts I’ve come across lately.  I might also feel extra tired after a day of traveling with more stress-inducing train delays that should be possible on a relatively short distance. Major props to Deutsche Bahn for managing that ;).  But onto those links now!

Good good [food for thought]

How Eating Intuitively Helped Me Live More Intuitively via Hummusapien

This! I might have been sharing a lot of Alexis’ posts lately but this one is a must-read again.

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure via Psychology of Eating

Really fascinating [hence why I put it into this category rather than the seond]. If this doesn’t make you slow down, truly savour your food and stop labeling anything as ‘bad’. Spoiler alert: the latter might even help you absorb nutrients better.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Talking About Money Is A Gift To Everyone Around You via yes and yes

Truth: I’m uncomfortable talking about it, too, but this post has some very strong arguments for opening up the conversation to help each other.

Giving up via Loved and Worthy of Loving

Forgoing the focus on results and changing our motivation to do something – in this case exercise – might make us a lot happier than we would expect.

7 Myths Nutritionists Wish You’d Stop Believing via Popsugar

Some new insight on salt, diet soda, muscles turning into fat (do they?) and others you might not have heard of before.

What Happened When I Quit Exercise via Mind Body Green

Rather than just confirm once again – like many posts have before – that no, we won’t gain endless amounts of weight, the author explores the limiting beliefs she held about herself and at that kept her stuck exercising despite not enjoying it.

The Simple Hack That Prevents Your Ponytail From Sagging During Workouts via FitSugar

Say sayonara to readjusting your hair 294858 times a day.

 

9 Health Documentaries That Are Scary, Uplifting, and Streaming on Netflix via Popsugar

These make me wish I had a Netflix account again. Though as of yet they’re not available over here so if you’re in the US …

 

Blogging

Why SEO is KILLING your blog via Helene in Between

Calm down, you haven’t been studying all the SEO advice for nothing. Just make sure you do this first, then let SEO follow.

9 Common Social Media Mistakes to Avoid via Bloguettes

This one’s especially interesting if you’re trying to market yourself/your blog as a stand-out brand.

The Trouble with Twitter via Forever Amber

Further proof that social media unfortunately brings out the very nasty side in some people. Having a strong opinion on something isn’t an issue, neither voicing it [in a friendly way] online. But shaming others for having a different one or aggressively trying to change theirs isn’t cool.

Income Reports: What we learned and why we’re stopping via Pinch of Yum

Many people have been fans of Bjork’s monthly income reports for ages but I actually like this one so much more. These lessons are truly helpful for pretty much every aspect of life, not just blogging.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan No-Churn Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream via Blissful Basil

Sweetened only by dates and a bit of maple syrup, this sounds perfect for those hot days where you want both the refreshment of a cool treat and the comforting bliss of a cinnamon roll.

Black and White Chocolate Pudding [vegan] via Golubka Kitchen

Such a simple but still elegant [healthier] dessert made from few easy ingredients.

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake [vegan + gluten-free] via Full of Plants

Peanut butter in the cake, more peanut butter in the frosting and topping – yesss, please.

Frozen Gluten Free + Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie via A Saucy Kitchen

More peanut butter because there’s no such thing as too much of it. Especially not if you add chocolate.

Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Chickpeas and Raisins via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

From the two main ingredients – hi, chickpea and carrot fiend – to the spices and the fruity kick of the raisins, everything about this dish speaks to me.

Bean Bake with Greens and Turnips via Naturally Ella

Aside from being pretty to look at, this easy to prepare vegan dish just sound so hearty and satisfying.

Happiness-inducing today: Spending time with my sister and P. [plus my parents and her husband, obviously]. Totally worth the train troubles.

Stay in touch!

Twitter: @MissPolkadot21
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Changing [habits, wardrobe and routines]

Hello from the other side. Way overused phrase? totally. But hey, technically, I am in fact oon the other side of the world from most of your views. Anyway … I spontaneously decided to join Meg and her Week in Review again.

The reason I ended up not going for it this past Monday was actually a good one. We had family around for the second weekend in a row. Since Monday was when everyone left again, we sat on my parents’ patio and chatted until it was time to bid goodbyes. Truth be told, I also wasn’t feeling too amazing. The whole having an apartment full of other people and not running on my own schedule was too much for this introvert  [I don’t like talking about myself in third person but we’re going to roll with it for once]. As a result, I felt funky from Thursday [when the first guests arrived] until Monday. With the previous guests having left a mere four days earlier and being tired from work, it just was too much. I didn’t like how I felt; didn’t like how I dealt with it. In the terminology of Cora’s post I would dare to assume that I was – in a way – socially overstimulated. Having a weekend mostly  to  myself this week was all the more relaxing.

Let’s get going with another Week in Review with Meg and Miss Ave before the day’s over [writing this Sunday night so I mean this literally].

Week in Review

Some of what happened in the past seven days: I. ..

Worked four days as – like mentioned above – Monday was a national holiday.

Shared some more good good links and – the other week – a few more funny and good-to-know things about Germany, including your handy restaurant dining 411.

Rode my bike to work more often again. I can’t say I liked it a lot in the morning – not an early riser if you remember – but all the more so after work. It’s refreshing and calming for the mind. Much appreciated after staring at a screen for hours. It’s a nice change of routine.

Ordered two new books for myself. For the first time in months, I should add. That whole spending money on myself issue isn’t getting any easier but I had to cave for books because I need them. Speaking of purchases …

Stuck to my budget pretty well. I’ve been making a more concerted effort to really track my spendings because that’s never a bad idea and I also have a few larger investments planned for the near future [cough, laptop, cough].

Ate the first strawberries of the year, coming straight from my mum’s garden. Homegrown berries > any other, even organic ones. Too bad the first harvest is fully digested already. Now to patiently wait for more to ripen …

Drank less Pepsi. Confession: I used to drink Pepsi max cherry every day. It’s my one really bad, definitely not healthy guilty pleasure kind of thing. No alcohol for me, no smoking, no nothing but diet Pepsi. Sue me! Though in my ‘defense’ [not actually defending myself because I don’t judge others for consuming any of the above, either]: I don’t drink coffee so diet coke is my replacement, if you will. I haven’t been drinking it by the litre but when I felt a slump/tiredness kicking in. However, and that’s why I’m listing it here, I kind of curbed that habit. I can’t say why but I just tried to not have it one day recently. And because I’m ever so slightly competitive,  I decided to see how long I could go without it. Well, I’m proud to say I can now already go days without having any, then maybe a small sip on a hot day and not feel compelled to have more.

Got new clothes for free and priceless. The latter because they were sewn by my mum respectively sister. One was a dress modeled after one I had seen in our local second hand shop’s window but didn’t even get a chance to try on as it was sold the next day already. My mum’s version turned out just as if not even more amazing if I dare say so, though. Because I like hers so much, my sister gifted me several of her handmade undies. If you’re curious to see more of her clothes, she’s showing some of them off on Instagram, too [below are my mermaid undies].

Meal-prepped while listening to a podcast. Some of you have asked for my podcast recommendations and I’m a bit afraid I don’t have anything new to offer there [or at least in terms of English ones; I figure the German ones I listen to aren’t of any interest to the majority of you ;)]. Given English isn’t my mother tongue, I’ve stuck with just a few that I found I could follow along with even when simultaneously doing something else. Two I go back to time and time again are That’s so Maven  [did you see that Davida just got engaged?!] and The Balanced Blonde. There are always episodes I don’t find as interesting, obviously, but these two are mostly up my alley. Let me know any others I should check out in the comments.

Went on a late night-ish walk with two of our guests when they visited. I hadn’t seen these two in way too long and forgot how much I enjoy being around them. It’s these kind of situations – walks, being outside, having deeper conversations – that I thrive on. They light me up, stop the constant chatterbox in my mind and make me feel good.

The fact I can’t think of anything else worth adding here [or at least things I would want to share on the blog] is proof that I need to get back into my sudoku habit. They’re good for memory function ;). In reality, though, it’s just getting late again around here and I need to wrap up this post to not drag out my bedtime too much.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today [actually from a few days ago but it was a nice one]: The stranger wishing me a ‘particularly happy day’ [in  a non-creepy way] after I gave him directions. It’s little things like these that brighten my day and why I like thanking others and giving them compliments, too.

Stay in touch!
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Tell me three or more achievements or happenings from your past week!
What are your favourite podcasts?

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Good good links #187

Oh hi, yes, I’m still alive. I know I was MIA on here for quite a while and not really active in the remainder of the blog world, either. Can I offer you up a collection of read-worthy posts to  make up for my absence? These are some amazing ones for sure. Once again, I found more than I could include in trying to keep the size of this list manageable and giving every post the chance to shine [aka: be read by at least one person]. Enough rambling here, though. Enjoy your Sunday and these posts!

 

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Levels of Stimulation: Where Is Your Sweet Spot? via My little tablespoon

Knowing where you fall on this spectrum can help you develop a better understanding of your reaction to certain situations and be kinder towards yourself [and/or others].

On Living Your Unicorn Life via Hummusapien

Alexis’ posts have been a breath of fresh air in the healthy living blog world lately and this one is no different.  Reminding out that life is meant to be fun and embracing the ebb and flow of it the best way to truly thrive.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How Choosing Not to Drop A Dress Size Improved My Life & My Bank Account via The Financial Diet

Right in time for summer:  strong and practical arguments for not stressing about shedding any pounds like just about every magazine tells you to.

4 Ways You May Be Stressing Your Body Without Knowing It via Bucket List Tummy

Work and family aren’t the only things that can stress you out. In fact, you might do some of these with good intentions, not knowing they’re not working in your favour.

Fitness Pros Have Bad Body Image Days, Too. Here’s How They Cope via hello healthy

A lot of great tips you might not have thought of yourself before. Especially that final line!

Satisfaction vs. Fullness  via Avocado a Day Nutrition

This! Eating a million vegetables might fill us up but won’t ever leave us feeling truly satisfied.

No need to detox via The Muffin Myth

This! Complete with a list o things you should do and eat instead.

 

Culture

Ramadan 101 via wit and delight

Especially in today’s world, trying to get a little more insight into other cultures. Posts like this one help [read the comment section, too].

 

Blogging

FULL GUIDE: How To Land Sponsored Travel as a Blogger via Helene in Between

If getting paid for traveling or even just a meal out sounds like a dream to you: here’s how. Helene did an amazing job at answering all questions you might have.

Why You Can’t Start A Blog In Just Minutes via Coffee with Summer

What the countless posts telling you it was possible forget to mention.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

21 Pinterest Cooking Fails You’ve Literally Never Seen Before via Buzzfeed

Once you’ve seen these you’ll never feel bad about your cooking skills again. Ever.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan PBJ Muffins with Peanut Butter Streusel via Elephantastic Vegan

If you’re –so- over sandwiches, this fabulous recipe offers you a both dessert- and breakfast-suitable way to enjoy the classic combination.

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars via Feasting on Fruit

Double the magic in these ingeniously fruit-sweetened bars. Try and guess the secret to refined sugar-free caramel here – it’s not dates!

Baked Alaska-Inspired Tofu Pudding via Healthy. Happy. Life

Chocolate and peanut pudding topped with a toasted marshmallow – could this get any better??

Fattoush Nachos with Crispy Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas via The Full Helping

Definitely not your average nacho platter this sounds like an amazing fusion of different cuisines.

Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Chili [vegan] via Fannetastic Food

Fruit in chili is always a great idea but I’ve never tried berries in it. Consider me intrigued!

Happiness-inducing today: The first strawberries of the season from my mum’s garden.

Stay in touch!

Twitter: @MissPolkadot21
Pinterest: MissPolkadot21
Bloglovin’: Let’s get living

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