When it rains it pours + seeing the rainbows.

Something tells me it’s been a while since we previously talked life and things, no?

Life – or as I like to think: destiny – has a [insert word I can’t decide on; Funny? Mean? Weird? None of these seem fitting] way of working out. Or: when it rains it pours. It’s been a mixed bag of a week for me and my family. On my side this meant some personal unpleasantries for lack of a better description.Ono of them being an eye infection that’s been bugging me since this past Monday. Essentially, I’m currently the literal equivalent of somebody with a laughing and a crying eye. Sounds more exciting than it is. Fingers crossed I won’t be  this rare phenomenon much longer. It’s getting old pretty fast, you know?  Yet all of that suddenly didn’t matter anymore in the face of some sad news my family found out this weekend. I know vague-blogging sucks but I can neither pretend life was all sunshine and rainbows over here nor – for privacy reasons – share any details. Other than saying that life is fleeting and we need to hug our loved ones tightly whenever we can.

By now you might know I’m constantly refocusing on the good; the silver linings no matter how dark the sky [i.e. life] looks in any certain moment. Only sometimes that’s hard, almost feels wrong. Is living in the moment and re-centering yourself to achieve an at least momentarily positive mood a means of ignorance towards reality? Of self-delusion? A way of avoiding problems and facing emotions until you can’t anymore or things backfire? I do wonder this but have no definite answer. It’s just another case of my mind running wherever it wants so if you have any thoughts on these: feel free to share them.

As I don’t want to get the reputation of “doom and gloom” blogger I’m going to leave it at that and ride the wave of endorphins this lovely Sunday provided me with. Nobody hates positivity. Oh and look at me forgetting what exact day it is  sooo… How was your Easter weekend? Ours ended up very laid back after the previous had been visitor- and stress-filled. Similary to this one a few weeks ago. On a coincidental side note and explaining the title: it was a week where the change of weather mirrored the happenings. Lots of downpours but double (!) rainbows twice in one weekend and lots of sunshine in between.

Not all of the points below are achievements; some are merely notes on life lately. Since Meg has been forgiving towards my changing approaches to the Week in Review in the past I’m hoping she’ll approve once again. Because I had no plans for writing this post and at that didn’t take notes of any achievements. Winging it is my specialty here.

Week in review

In the past week(s) I …

Worked four instead of five days this week. Thank goodness for Good Friday because the piles of paper just keep growing at the moment. Trying not to think of the extra ones coming up after the holidays  …

Spring-cleaned my bathroom and kitchen. Initiated by the  [absolutely amazing] fact of the former’s renovation. Okay, the remodeling of the lighting situation. Because – as I hadn’t told you yet – the latter was a serious joke the past few weeks. Anyway, I dreaded the whole cleaning process but it feels so good in the aftermath. Now when I talk about spring-cleaning or tidying up in general that does not mean I’m the most organized person in the world. Only a slightly more tidied up and less chaotic person – major difference ;). Though I’m proud of myself for having maintained the clutter-free surfaces since.

Did a little pantry purge that felt really good, too. Looks like somebody had a thing for peanuts here. Oops. It also looks like I should get baking again. I’m not complaining about that prospect …

Watched a movie with my mum on Friday night. For the German readers: it was this one which I’d seen before already and highly recommend. Romantic, funny and featuring some of the best German actors of the current time.

Speaking of my mum: she baked her classic ‘Eierlikörtorte’ [egg liquor torte] again – no Easter is complete without it. [Recycled picture with baby P. in the background as the technology issues are yet to be resolved]

Had an unpleasant appointment. At least I didn’t chicken out – that’s my accomplishment here.

Sent out an important email after postponing it for weeks. A big thanks to the two friends helping and encouraging me.

Spontaneously went on a walk with my dad earlier today. If you’ve been reading for a while you know our relationship is difficult so these happenings are rare and not without anxiety on my side. It was good, though. Really good. I’m aware of how quickly the current state here can change, though, but will preserve the memory.

Went for many walks in general, no matter what the weather was like. Lots of things to process require lots of walk-thinking through.

Baked a huge batch of Maple Buckwheat Granola for my colleague. Gluten-free for the first time. As I hadn’t reported back on that: the bread wasn’t a winner – which I admittedly had guessed but am not too sad about; granola-making is way more fun. Yet she said she missed the granola so I got busy in the kitchen after all. It might not become a regular anymore, though, because how insanely expensive are gluten-free oats?!

Blog-wise I wasn’t as active as I’d hoped to – sorry for being way behind on commenting and replying! – but published some really good good links yesterday.

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: Sunshine. The walk with my dad which once again allowed for a good conversation.

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My own Happiness Project

First things first: thank you so much for your comments on my previous post. All of you made me feel so relieved and like less of a crazy person. Monday had me feel the effects of the weekend still in strong discomfort and not wanting to be around other people. ‘Feierabend’ as we call finishing work over here couldn’t come early enough. Introvert issues. Sorry to my colleagues if I seemed distant and reserved. It’s not about you but me. #overusedbuttrue

As you might know by now I’m a huge proponent of finding the little joys in every day, even if it’s not the best one. Worrying a lot about my future and just about everything else this is my way of handling the anxiety. Silver linings are hidden in every day, we just need to actively look for or (!) create them. The latter ties in with the idea proposed in one of the books I’m currently rereading. It’s Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project” – my first time reading it being at least six years ago so I didn’t remember much. I’ve noticed myself subconsciously following a lot of the principles listed already. Still a lot of room for improvement, obviously, but I thought for this Week in Review I’d show you how I incorporate these points in my life. If you feel like it share some of your ways of doing so in the comments! I’m curious to see what they mean to others. Let’s jump into my review of the past seven days. Thanks to Meg for hosting the shenanigans once again!

Week in Review

Act the way you want to feel 

Coming from a weekend of a messed up routine and craving me time I can’t deny I wasn’t feeling like socialising at all. Yet when a question by the bank employee – at that the one question I don’t like to be asked -evoked her to keep asking and talking I decided I was all up for it. In good old “fake it till you make” fashion I engaged in the conversation and it turned out to be really encouraging. I can’t say I’d ever experienced this at a bank before. Also can’t pretend I hated it. Read: faking a good mood can actually make you feel happier.

Tackle a nagging task

Dropped some paperwork off at the bank for my mum because their opening hours are ridiculous and she couldn’t make it working longer that day. Speaking before I could think my brain apparently decided I wanted to cross two of my own bank issues at the same time while I was there already. This was on Monday so definitely not a day I felt like tackling these things but it might have felt all the better getting them crossed off my list that day

Cleaned my electric kettle. Please don’t ask how long it had been since the previous time. Let’s just say: long enough. But hey, it’s spanking clean now so that’s all that counts, no?

Adulted by washing a load of laundry and got to let it dry ioutside n the sunshine for the first time this year.  It was a wonderful weekend after a rainy start to the week.

Prepared a second batch of what I’ll call peanut butter chocolate crispy treats – any better name suggestions? –  for now. You know I’m not one to play favourites but these are high (!) up on top of the list. High.

Took pictures of said treats. Did I ever mention this is my least favourite part of recipe creation? It’s frustrating.

Get in movement and time in nature [my own addition to the list]

Went for morning walks on both Saturday and Sunday. Starting my days first reading for a while, then getting to soak up sunshine and fresh air was blissful.

 Indulge in a modest splurge. 

Treated myself to little ‘extras’ here and there throughout the week. Bad consciousness for free obviously but I’m working on it. The items I bought weren’t even what anybody else would fret about – a nice wooden hairbrush to replace my old one  [long overdue], lots of almond milk [granted, this one was on sale but still a treat] and a magazine. Yet for me spending on anything aside from regular groceries is still an accomplishment. I know Cora can relate.

Obviously worked as usual.

Had some good conversations with my colleagues. If/when – and I’m really hoping it will happen in the not so distant future – I find another job I’m more passionate about these ladies are what I’ll miss the most. They’re the best. And no, not just because one of them – hearing me declare my fondness of After Eight chocolate santas – has already surprised me with an After Eight chocolate bunny for the second time already this past week. Literally the sweetest and I have no idea what I deserved it for.

Give proofs of love

Baked a loaf of gluten-free bread for my newly diagnosed celiac colleague. Granted, this is a  stretch as I woudn’t consider it a true proof of love as she’s “just” a colleague but I’ll keep it here. And before you wonder why in the heck effing world a) she wouldn’t just buy bread from a bakery and b) I baked for her, here’s the low-down. A) She mentioned buying her first loaf of gluten-free bread in a break at work – as well as the fact that it was tiny and crazy expensive. Knowing the blog world I was convinced there -had- to be better and more affordable options. I’m very thankful for not having any true intolerances myself and don’t want anybody to miss out on their favourite foods if they have some so I offered to get baking. She – not a fan of baking – happily accepted the offer. It’s in the oven as we “speak” [or at least as I’m writing this] and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed it’ll turn out]. This is the recipe I tried and I’ll report back once she has taste-tested it if any of you are curious.

This obviously wasn’t everything that happened but decided to keep things shorter today. So without further ado:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunny weather. Spring is definitely here now and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Family time and facing yeast fears

Be thankful for what you have, don’t yearn for what you don’t. 
Something that I’d like to think I’m quite good at. If I give into those thoughts lingering in my mind or have a particularly bad day – rather week – I can think of a many things I don’t have. Most of the time, though, I’m aware of how blessed I am. Hearing about the harsh contrast in the life of somebody else once again both made me wish I could do more good than just small favours for others. And realize [once again] be even more thankful for all I have. Not necessarily focusing on materialistic things here.
Anyway, this very mindset seems absent whenever I reflect on past weeks. Rather than seeing the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my family I see a lot of unchecked items on my to-do list. It’s something I wish was different because it keeps me from truly enjoying the days with them when I constantly worry about my unfinished to-do lists.  Sunday afternoons/nights don’t do my mind any good and I’d be better of not writing these kind of posts at that time lest I scare all of you away.
How about we just jump right into another Week in Review with Meg and Miss Ave? Sounds good?! I thought so.

 

Week in Review

 

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

Worked. Technically the same as usual but it was an unusually good week. No ropportunity to work in my favourite position this time around, yet acknowledgement from my [male] boss  [the harder to please one] and simply a good flow and conversations with colleagues. This makes such a difference even in less than exciting jobs.

Published two post: a Week in Review revealing the “selfish” side of my random acts of kindness and more good good links.
Took a spontaneous rest from my workout. I haven’t talked about this before – other than mentioning it on a side note – but exercise is a tricky issue for me. While I’m not doing any crazy strenuous or long workouts balance and taking a break out of schedule don’t come easily for me.
Spent time with my family [sister, maternal grandparents, my brother and his girlfriend], including little P. who’s not qute as little anymore. It’s both marvelous and sad how fat he has grown from baby to toddler in seemingly no time. Seeing him walk around in his own when it feels like just yesterday that he crawled through the house makes me want to slow time down …
nephew_toddler in nature
Bought not one but two new books. Those of you who have been around for a while know this is a major accomplishment for me. Spending on myself – food and daily necessities such as toiletries not included – is hard.
Helped a colleague out. She’s been suffering from constant stomach problems for years and finally gotten further tests done lately. Being a blogger and hence – a real advance as I’ve come to find – familiar with more potential causes/illnesses thanthe average German I printed out some information for her [assuming it might be IBS from the symptoms she described] and after her diagnosis – celiac’s disease – showing her some blogs and Instagram accounts. This might sound odd to most of you but these diseases as well as information on how to deal with them or what to eat are mostly unknown around here so she was genuinely lost on how to cook from now on.
Burnt one of my hands when pouring hot water into my thermos from the electric kettle. If you’re having a deja-vue deja-thought moment: true. Yes, I do seem to have a slight, albeit not worrisome, tendency to accidentally hurt myself in the kitchen. This accident was particularly unfortunate as I’m left-handed and guess which hand happened to be involved? Cooling salve and a tight bandage put a damper on my productivity for the next few hours. [The hand is now fine again.]
Dared to work with yeast for the first time. Granted, I have memories of baking a yeast-based cake years ago but that doesn’t really count. Anyway, yeast was still one of the ingredients intimidating me and I had my mind set on conquering it this past week. Thanks to abovementioned incident the making of turned into a family business with my mum, grandma and self-proclaimed yeast expert sister chiming in on the dough prep. As well as my sister graciously offering to do the final kneeding by hand and rolling out the dough. Because there was no hygienic or practical way of doing it for me. Long story short project healthy Almond Striezel [a certain type of strudel] was a huge success. You know it is when all three of your ‘yeast experts’, some of them skeptical of healthy baked goods, give you a thumbs up.
Mandelstriezel_healthy almond Striezel
 Now that leaves me wondering if I should remake and share the recipe on the blog or not. On one hand, I really want to because it passed the taste test of all family members, is suitable even for toddlers because – final point – the whole Striezel contains a mere 3 1/4 or so tablespoons of coconut sugar yet is sweet enough. Woop!
Honest opinion please! Does anybody still bake with yeast these days?
As usual when finishing these posts it’s getting late again so I’ll bid you goodbye for now and wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: The time with P. and the remainder of the family, obviously.

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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 reading 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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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.

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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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Tell me about your past week! Highs? Lows?

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Happiness – just a change of perspective?

Another week and: another year in my life. Read: As of Sunday I’m yet another year older wiser. Hopefully wiser. Can we just go with that ;)?

This is about the fourth time I start writing my intro. Fifth if you count the time I did so in my head after a particularly tiring Thursday. What this fact reminded me of is how much timing and perspective matter. As you noticed my previous Monday posts had a rather heavy tone. Written in the depths of Sunday blues’ they reflected the way I saw the past days in a potentially more negative way than they actually were. When we’re tired, sad or anxious we focus more on the bad than all the good that happened. I tried to hold this back as best as possible but it was harder.
Looking back today I’m in a much more elated state.

Sometimes happiness or at least contentment with where we’re at in life really is just about perspective. It might be lowering the expectations we hold for a certain situation, making an effort to overlook the negative experiences in a day/week/year or looking at the smallest of blessings in our lives. The ones we aren’t even consiously taking  not eof anymore in everyday life.

Happiness batteries still filled after a weekend spent with my family, including sweet little P. So with these happy memories still fresh on my mind here’s to another Week in Review with Meg and Ave.

Week in review

Worked five days as usual. Long and not always easy days. As I mentioned in previous posts already we’re currently short in staff lately, particularly the colleague I’m usually sharing duties with. The whole team adapted better to her absence than – I think – most of us guessed. Yet the past week the workload has just kept piling up immensely to a point where it was too much to coordinate and keep up with. Working the front desk agan on Friday I finished a-okay and will return to a long list of to-dos today but I know things will be alright. Longer and tiring work days also led to the fact I …

Posted just once. Not a proud fact to state. I also was mostly absent from the blog world in terms of activity. Sorry for the lack of comments – I’ll make a conscious effort at getting back to it this week. You’ll also see at least one more post on here as I have quite a few little good good links waiting to be shared.

Spent time with my recently graduated to toddler status nephew – his birthday was a mere few days before mine. He’s walking now and we had lots of fun playing hide and seek. Meg will also be pleased to hear cheese is one of his favourite foods ;).

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Went to bed earlier during the week. This – despite still not falling into the range of recommendable hours of sleep per night yet – is a major improvement for me. As you might know I’m a night owl so calling it quits when my energy levels are the highest is hard. There’s still plenty of room for improvement but showing myself I’m capable of changes is a first step.

Bought myself not one but two new books. It had been quite a while since the previous time this happened as I have the hardest time a) deciding on titles and b)spending money on myself. I have to reach a point where my longing for new brain food outweighs my bad conscience.

Whizzed up both a batch of fresh peanut butter and healthy Nutella. Really badly burning the tip of my left thumb in the making of the latter. Not my proudest moment and further proof of the things I do for good food  😉 – or: just how delightful the Nutella is.

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Read at least an hour every day. Even on the hectic days I still keep this as a priority I’m not willing to sacrifice. I’ll tell you about the latest additions to my book shelf once I start reading them but right now I’m rereading this amazing book.

Cleaned the apartment. It amazes me that I find new “not cleaned in a while” spots to clean every week. Or maybe dust just finds new places to accumulate on and in over time?

Meal-prepped. For once finishing really early on and at that lifting some stress off my shoulders. Postponing tasks until the very last minute is one of my worst habits.

Survived an appointment at the dentist’s. Nobody likes going there but for some reason this one was particularly anxiety inducing for me. The side effect of the anaesthetics lasting for five hours only added to the ‘fun’. I was one hangry beast at that point.

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Had a wonderful laid back birthday with homemade chocolate peanut marbled icecream  [I’m not a cake person], a lovely girls + P. walk with my mum and sister and just a lot of quality time with the family. While my original plans where a little different I knew things wouldn’t work out this weekend  [it’s one of many birthdays in my parents’ circle of friends; my mum spent Saturday birthday-hopping and my sister, her husband and P. left early on Sunday]. Which is very okay with me because hiii, can you say belated birthday celebrations in warmer weather conditions? Definitely going to happen.   I’m aware what I’m about to say will make me look weird to some of you but I asked for no presents at this point [and still got one]. With Christmas just a bit over a month ago I didn’t need any already again. Gifts just for the sake of gifting? Not for me.

… and because this post is getting too long already again – will I ever better myself here? – I’m calling this a wrap and wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

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

Happiness-inducing today: Sunshine. Time with the family.

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