Week in Review: The spontaneous and happy one.

Let’s do this Monday posting thing again. This week, I’m going the route of sharing only the little things that brightened my days rather than including the mundane or not so amazing ish. Because while yes, that definitely happened, too. But I’d rather not let it take over my mind right now  [which I’m sure you’ll know things do when you write them down]. Given my spontaneity in writing this post, it’ll be on the shorter side. Short and sweet. [edited: I didn’t delete this sentence because we can all laugh at my self-assessment].

So here’s my by no means complete list of recent going-ons, joining Meg’s motivational Monday party.

Week in review

Worked at the front desk several times. You might remember me talking about subbing in for my colleague usually working in this position before. And enjoying it a lot. Which honestly isn’t what anybody knowing me in real life would ever guess. Because I’m not exactly the most extroverted of characters and multitasking probably isn’t my hugest strength, either. Or maybe that’s just a side of me that needs strengthening? I unfortunately won’t be able to test this hypothesis as my colleague will be back from her vacation again today.

Semi-spontaneously met up with a friend to – finally – watch a movie we’d meant to forever. This really made my Friday. Talking to a friend, just chatting about anything and everything is what I absolutely needed. Always need, really. Which lead to neither of us really paying much attention to the movie – priorities. Worth the longer drive through the misty dark [scaredy cat here].

Rolled a lot of balls. TWSS. Okay, truth be told: this doesn’t even sound dirty to me because I’m German and a ball is just a … ball?! The kind children or soccer players kick around. You’re the ones with the dirty minds ;). Anyway: I made a double batch of my healthy Snickers truffles for my colleague’s wedding. I’d forgotten how much fun making them is. Granted, what helped was maybe that I did it while I …

Snickers truffles - healthy and vegan

Listened to several really good podcasts. I don’t know about you but I like when people not only recommend a podcast but point out specific episodes they liked [because at least I don’t find every episode of every podcast I like relatable or interesting]. So that’s what I’ll do on the blog from now on. One I found really interesting was episode 126 of the Food Psych podcast in which Kaila Prins [author of the blog Performing Woman, formerly In My Skinny Genes]. Especially interesting: Min. 36:20 – what she says about marketing? Ick. Marketers’ techniques suck.  Earlier on, Kaila also talks about a blogger she once tried to help in her recovery but failed and who’s negatively influencing her audience which is something I’ve noticed in the blogosphere before, too. Post on that topic coming soon.

Baked an apple cake for my sister. She just started the studies for her master and along with taking care of P. every day, doesn’t get have a lot of freetime on her hands anymore. Meaning less time for baking, too, so when I found out my mum was driving over to babysit Saturday night, I spontaneously baked the cake to send along. Much like the truffle rolling, this was some serious kitchen therapy. The recipe I used unfortunately is in German though I still highly recommend it. It’d be worth translating because it’s made from very simple nutritious ingredients, sweetened by a mere two tablespoons of maple syrup and filled with a LOT of apple goodness as well as – and that really is the most important part delicious. Another note just to clarify: I absolutely don’t think there’s anything wrong with desserts made with refined sugar and flour. At. All. My whole family eats those, too. I just like to sneak some more nutritious treats in there every now and then. This cake was even picky eater approved and we’re not talking about P. enjoying a slice – my mum ate it ;).

Speaking of not shunning sugar, I. ..
Ate a lot of chocolate*. This was … interesting. You might not remember me mentioning a lessened interest in it a few months ago. This is actually still true for the most part. While I do eat it every day and certainly more than just one piece, it’s definitely less than a year ago and not intentionally. I won’t lie in saying that the amount I ate on the weekend made me feel uneasy at first. But then I reminded myself of what I’d call a little intuitive eating lesson. Most of us recovering/having a strained relationship with food might fear overeating/figuring out their right level of fullness. Here’s what helps me: Pausing to notice if I can still taste the food I’m eating. Sounds obvious? What I mean is that when I eat for reasons other than cravings or hunger  [i.e. boredom, stress etc.], I don’t actually notice the individual food’s taste. It’ll taste merely sweet/salty/sour/whatever. If it’s that, I will then put the food aside and ideally brush my teeth. In yesterday afternoon’s case, I was definitely longing for more chocolate and since my intuition knows best, happily followed suit.

Maybe this was super obvious to you but I find it helpful in discerning true hunger and different motives for eating. That said, I’m not perfect and still eat emotionally at times. Practice makes perfect.

*when I say ‘a lot’ this isn’t to say any amount of a certain food was too much but merely that I occasionally ate more than was [physically] comfortable for myself

Listened to this song

… many times. Don’t judge me because while you might be so over it already, it’s only been on the radio for a short time over here. Plus,I don’t have a radio at home so only ever use one while driving [not often].

Looking back, there were quite a few acts of spontaneity in the mix. Unusual for a planner like me but even though some of them threw me off my routine for the day, they all ended up being worth it. In fact, the past week overall – excluding the uncomfortable parts – was a truly good one. Now to figure out ways/opportunities for more pleasureable spontaneity in weeks to come …

Full disclosure again: No, this week wasn’t all happy happy,  joy joy. I’m just choosing to focus on the good parts only today. If you had your rough moments in the past seven days: I can relate. That being said:

Happy Monday!

How spontaneous are you?

What was the last thing you baked? Any Christmas cookies yet [no shame here]?

Happiness-inducing today: Not feeling the usual Sunday sadness  too heavily.

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Joyful days, heavy thoughts and sunshine.

[Edited: Bad Monday luck?! The very moment I wanted to publish my post yesterday night, the internet went off and the connection didn’t return until Monday afternoon hence my delay in posting.]

Sunshine! Summer, er, spring! Is it apparent I’m really appreciating the sun finally blessing us with so many hours of its presence? No matter what’s going on in my mind [no shortage of ramblings, ever]: sunshine helps.

Something I’ve noticed – and admittedly not for the first time – is that I tend to eat my feelings. The past few days of having family and at that loved ones around, my appetite even disappeared at times. Yet a few things enraging me brought back the urge to eat just because I couldn’t adress the true issue at hand. This is frustrating to say the least.

A lot of the anger and frustration inducing this came from what should actually have brought only joy. Family and friends visiting. And spending time with family members, some of which I hadn’t seen in way too long, did fill those happiness batteries. It was the arrival of some unexpected guests, strangers to me, staying in my apartment, that irritated and angered me. For the sake of privacy even of people I’m not on good terms with I won’t go into details. What I can say is that the way they behaved and the return of feeling like an intruder in my own apartment got to me more than I’d like to admit and I let it take away from the overall joy a family weekend could have brought. Missed chances – whatever they are about – never feel good.

But I’m not here to spread gloominess. Despite some additional not so happy happenings, the week still had its silver linings; sunshine being an obvious one here.

Here’s a look at the past week of life as inspired by our lovely host Meg.

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked just three days due to a national holiday, Himmelfahrt. Unfortunately not easy work days as I had a really itchy throat that got so bad I could hardly focus or talk at times. Thanks to my colleagues trying to think of ways to easen it. [By Thursday evening I felt fine again]

Spent time with the family – this really made up the biggest part of my week. Several aunts [plus husband respectively boyfriend] cousins, my sister, her husband and P, my brother, his girlfriend and four of their friends visited us for the weekend.

Finally picked up my new inlays. Do me a favour and don’t search the blog for when I first ordered them … it’s been forever. In my defense, I just couldn’t be bothered going there again after work. The place has the charm of a 1960ies house ware store …

Got my bike back after necessary repair. And:

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Went on the first longer bike ride of the year with part of the family, including P. in his cool new Croozer[and muscle soreness in my derierre for good measure afterwards]. Also worked up a belated tan aka got a mini sunburn on my forehead. It’s looking pretty now and didn’t hurt at all so no complaints there.

Went on a walk with one of my cousins that allowed for a deeper conversation and catch-up on some parts of her life I hadn’t know about before.

Slept many many hours around the weekend. Most definitely catching up on sleep from the past two weeks or so. Major win for going to bed earlier every day this past week. Not early as in early for you guys – need to hold up my night owl status after all; it’s just me – but it was an improvement compared to past weekends in particular. Fingers crossed I’ll keep it up this week. Goodness knows I need my sleep.

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Relaxed a little more in certain ways I find hard. Still no couch yoga for hours on end but working on it ;).

Blogged twice, including more good good links perfect for checking out when bored at work. I obviously didn’t tell you that ;).

Turned to podcasts, food prep and cleaning when I noticed I was eating my feelings. This did help refocus me at least a little.

Finally started looking for a new laptop. It’s a work in progress but I know making this decision + investment [= getting back the ability to upload new pictures!] will also bring back my often missing blogging mojo.

Not much to talk about in terms of actual accomplishments here – outside of basic unmentionworthy usuals –  as my family was staying with us from Wednesday until Sunday afternoon.

Coming up on Thursday – fingers crossed for the internet working! – is another episode on the little or bigger differences between Germany and the US.

Better late than never:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  Walking home in the gorgeous sunshine. All the Vitamin D ;).

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Good week with a side of introvert’s dilemma

Looking at this intro as well as my past ones the title ‘week in review’ here is definitely misleading. What is showing in these first paragraphs isn’t a review of the past week but a reflection of the weekend. Sunday thoughts – that’s what they are. And oh do these differ from what my mind would churn out on a Thursday or Friday. I’m aware and sorry that I might often appear negative and discontent with the current state of my life in these intros. If you met me on the street I wouldn’t be all gloom and doom. Life and my situation aren’t terrible. The weekends usually throw me way off with their unpredictability. Every. single. time.

As an example the past week held many of those wonderful little moments in it. The ones that bring a smile to your face, recharge both your happiness batteries and overall energy that might usually feel a bit low after a work day. It was a good week. And then came the weekend. Which I want to stress wasn’t bad, either. It’s hard even for myself to fully grasp why it affected me the way it did but I’ll try to explain it here and explore my feelings further for myself.

So we hosted several of my sister’s friends, all of which were staying in my apartment. This isn’t to say I hated hosting people. Like I said I can’t even completely understand my anxiety here but it was the case and is still mulling in my mind. As you will probably know by now I’m an introvert and need the weekends, particularly nights as me time. Sharing my apartment, my little refuge from Friday to Sunday with four people I hardly knew – if at all – was too much. That’s really the only way I can describe it without going into nitty gritty details of the whole situation. For the most part this is – yes, cliché saying – about me, not the others. There was more than one incident of feeling like an intruder in my own four walls. Which just wasn’t  … good. Usually, my weekends leave me looking forward to being surrounded by people at work again but right now I just want to get a day all to myself, nature and books.

[Luckily, I talked about this with a friend who – without me saying a word about my feelings towards hosting strangers for the weekend – expressed a strong dislike to hosting in general. So maybe I’m not the only one here after all …]

Excuse the rambles. I just felt like getting this off my chest. Now onto the good that happened in the past week through a Week in Review with our sweet hosts Meg and Ave.

Week in review

Some of the previous week’s happenings. I …

Worked. Nothing new here. Or, wait: Maybe the fact I got along extremely well with my [male; never a big deal with the female] boss. Probably irrelevant to you yet – blogging for myself – I like to keep track of these happy little things as they significantly change how I feel. Also had a few good conversations with my colleagues.

Got ice cream for the team again on what must have been the sunniest day this year so far. No ice cream for me again because the salty cravings still reign supreme. Sometimes I feel I should get some just to prove I can but then I see my boss – definitely no ED in sight – skip it, too, and am fine following my intuition and cravings. I wouldn’t say no if we were talking Erdnussflips ;). [These made multiple snack appearances at home, though]

Randomly struck conversations with cashiers. No cheese guys this week ;). Just like with the people close to us it’s wonderful – and happiness-inducing – to learn a little more about the others around us. How else would I have found out about the big and amazing goals of the local health food store’s employee than through a mere little comment on packaging? Try it yourself with the people in your life!

Vacuumed and mopped the floors on Thursday night already rather than the usual weekend cleaning. Typing this part of the post on Saturday night, though, I can already tell a repeat might very well be necessary [edit: it was and is yet again].

Posted to the blog twice. The week in review as well as more good good links. Definitely check them out if you didn’t get a chance yet. Especially the first category and the blogging articles really hit the spot on their respective topics. Also the one by Kylie/Imma Eat That which ironically served as a good reminder for myself just yesterday.

Spent some time with the cutest little toddler in the world. Totally biased and I know it ;). The most precious moment was when I went to look for him waking up from his afternoon nap. Still a bit sleep-drunken he was very cuddly and babbled on and on. Way. too. cute. Sorry for the aunt rambles but I’ve really fallen for him´

Bought enough breathing masks to supply a small village – I may or may not be exaggerating slightly but the cashier did look surprised – and delivered them to the eager helpers. This was an unexpected emergency call task that took up about 1 1/2 hours and admittedly threw me off in my Saturday plans more than it should have [create of habit and routines]. In the end I was happy to help, though. Because I just realizse I didn’t explain it in the intro here’s the background Story: my sister and her husband are planning to move to a village not too far from where my parents live. The house in its current state requires plenty of work before the actual rebuilding process can get started. This weekend, my dad, sister and her husband as well as the helpers removed the hay from the attic of the old farm house. They returned covered in dust down to the last bit of skin. Poor guys.

Created a new recipe for the blog that not only was super simple to prepare – way different from my recent yeast experiments – and a hit with the whole crew. Part of it is even – unintentionally – toddler-approved. Now I just need to remake it to get pictures and share with you. I will try to upload a quick picture I already took after work today – well, tomorrow as I’m writing this on Sunday night

Helped my mum out where I could. Running errands, unloading the dishwasher, cleaning up. Isn’t it funny how often we refuse doing these simple tasks as children but will easily offer taking them up as adults because they aren’t that bad after all?

Tried a new workout that left me feeling more at ease when things felt overwhelming on Saturday night. Exerting physical energy is the one thing that very reliably helps me find mental Relaxation.

Lend an ear to a friend in need of somebody to listen and help reframe hr situation. Sometimes helping others is the best way to escape the mess in my own mind.

Thank you if you actually are still reading after my lengthy post and happy Monday! I hope the week ahead will be a happiness-filled one for you,

Happiness-inducing today: Lots of little bright moments calming my anxious mind.

 

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Falling and stumbling, not failing.

Despite not setting any resolutions this year I do have my goals and changes I want to make in life. Some bigger, some smaller. Just one week in is obviously too short a time span to make any predictions on how the remaining year will go. Still, I’m not entirely satisifed with myself. Old habits die hard – that realization hit me hard during the past days, making me feel caught in a viscous cycle. Voices of doubt in my ability to change coming up.

This is where – had I made any resolutions – I would probably deem myself failing at them right from the start. Which – as media has us believe – for many people means dropping the good intentions altogether and deciding they screwed up. It’s all too easy to follow that route. What if I – if we – saw these happenings not as failing but falling or stumbling instead? My little nephew is currently learning to walk and falling a lot of times. Yet there’s no sadness in his face when he does and he gets up once more time and time again. Because he’s determined and – as evolution has proven in millions and millions of children before – he’ll eventually succeed in his quest. It’s this determination and belief in myself I want to nurture and sustain this year rather than fall into the self-pity puddle of disappointment. Not a nice place to be and certainly not an empowering one.

Back to the original intention of this post, though. Soon enough  Meg will kick me out of the Week in Review club for turning these from reviews into life reflections. I just can’t help it –

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

  • Worked as usual. We got a new colleague starting this past week and she’s the sweetest and most engaged person ever. My bosses were worried they wouldn’t find a good fit to take up the place of another colleague leaving the office in a few months but I’m sure any doubts are wiped away now already. Colleagues also make a huge difference in how enjoyable work is and this lady is a blessing to all of us.
  • Posted twice. One Week in Review sharing my thoughts on New Year’s resolutions and – surprise! – another round-up of good good links. Before you’re calling me a hypocrite for returning to these when I said I was putting them to rest: I adressed that topic in the post. I could have held them back for another week but my inner odd-number-hater [here in terms of posts published] might have played a role in sharing them now already.
  • Sold* two [quadrupled] batches of this healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola to my colleagues. I might just have to rethink my career ;). You might remember me creating this granola not primarily for myself but a colleage who’s also been asking me for more batches since. The past week she shared some of it with another colleague who then requested her own granola delivery. The scent of this is heavenly and I think it’s perfectly fine to snag a bite or two of every batch of granola, no? Quality control.
    *when I say sold I mean that they’re paying me for the ingredients. I wouldn’t ask for compensation of the time and work involved here.

Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola - gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.

Confession: I’m glad it’s this granola they’re ordering rather than one of my no-bake treats. Why? Because I still am not too keen on cleaning the Vitamix :D. It’s not that it was hard work but I’m always dissatisfied with the result  [i.e.: why in the world does it still have that gross fat residue from nuts after cleaning it twice?? Advice welcome!].

  • Spontaneously had a  longer conversation with two of my colleagues when the three of us were about to leave on Friday. It’s not that we don’t usually talk to each other in between but longer conversations don’t happen on the regular because we don’t have set breaks where we’d have time for those. Connection is one of my words for 2017 so this conversation felt like a step in following up with it.
  • Called my bank to ask for a replacement debit card. Background: I would have been in for a new one this year in anyway but that somehow/-where got lost. Which I had to realize when I tried to withdraw money from my account on Monday. Major oops. I luckily still had a smaller sum left in my wallet but had to watch my spendings more closely and will have to until I receive the new debit card still. On the upside, this led to an achievement:
  • Spent a lot less than in average weeks. This was really insightful but I will spare you the long story as this post is turning into a novel already. It might be time for some thinking out loud again.
  • Blended up a fresh batch of healthy Nutella. I’m getting the hang of roasting those hazelnuts well enough to remove the majority of the peels which definitely makes a difference in taste. So good.

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  • Did some laundry – still not enjoying it, still not having everything folded and back in the closet yet. Finally including a huge load of wool socks [that my mum informed me aren’t actually made from pure wool – seriously now.]
  • My biggest accomplishment, though? Doing what I think would be called a pantry [and fridge] purge. I’ve hinted at this in my previous week in review already but I’m truly in dire need of cleaning up my apartment and belongings majorly. The reason I didn’t succeed at this goal in past years is that I waited until it became overwhelming and then felt forced to do everything at once. Didn’t work for me and never will. Instead, my goal for this time is doing it step by step. Rome wasn’t build in one day either.

That’s not all that happened or what I did in the past week but since the above is long enough already I’ll hand the mic over to you. Tell me about the past seven days in your life!

Happiness-inducing today:  Reading, cleaning up [I never thought I’d say this!] and getting more than expected done.

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Christmas week: [No] Santa [but a] Baby

First things first: I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

Life presented an odd sense of humor in the past week:  If thought I was feeling unwell in the previous week then, well, the worst was yet to come just in time for Christmas. Long story short: I’ve been ugly snot-sneezy sick since the previous Sunday night and still not over it. On Christmas Eve some – not going all TMI here – digestive issues came up, too. No matter what, though: Christmas is what this Week in Review with Meg and Ave is all about and somebody’s got to keep the paoer tissue industry in business, right?! Writing this post actually helped me see the plentitude of little silver linings the past week still held – it’s all about perspective.

Week in review

During Christmas week I …

Worked three days. I’m thankful my bosses decided to close the office on Thursday already because those three days alone were hard getting through with my cold.

Baked another batch of Zimtsterne on Thursday night because I was set on publishing the recipe before Christmas still. My stubbornness is a great motivator. That being said …

Published the ecipe for said  flourless vegan Zimtsterne that I highly recommend for any cinnamon fiend as well as a Week in Review. There were no good good links as I didn’t feel like spending that much time on my laptop with family around. These will be coming up either tomorrow or on Thursday, though.

flourless vegan Zimtsterne

Sent off a cookie care package to some relatives who are going through a hard time. This incentive was probably what really got my mum and me baking up a storm in our kitchens. Luckily, the package still arrived in time for Christmas Eve.

Celebrated Christmas with my parents, brother, my sister, her husband and P. More specifically, we celebrated on Christmas Eve as is the norm in Germany.  Being the first with a baby on board it was different from previous years. Some traditions were abandoned in adapting to this. Good thing we haven’t had a real tree – see here for what I’m talking about – or candles in years in anyway.

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We had a nice dinner of roulades [only for the meat eaters, obviously], Rotkohl, potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Followed by the best dessert I’ve had in a long while: homegrown baked apples with vanilla sauce. Also known as heaven on a plate. We’ve had more elaborate desserts in past years but this honestly was my favourite.

Gave gifts that made my loved ones happy. I’m most likely not the only one who worries at least a few of their gifts won’t be well received. So it was relieving to see my concerns evaporating as everybody opened their presents. A mini electric kettle for my dad – handy when he’s traveling – was my proudest gift. I might have lied when he asked if it had been my idea [thank you, mum!].

Was plentifully gifted. I was surprised, maybe even overwhelmed, by the gifts I received. Some store bought, some handmade/sewn with love. The biggest surprise was a new teapot because, well, let’s just say my old one is a little [or rather a little more] malfunctioning. Ahem. My family just knows me too well.

Christmas tree and gifts

Spent way more time reading than in the average week. It was time that I might have spent browsing the internet elsewise but picking up books more often instead felt a lot better. In fact, the blogger was probably the one using her phone the least often of all family members ;). Now if only that didn’t mean I’m almost out of reading material again …

Met a good friend I hadn’t seen in way too long and caught up on each others’ lives. She’s one of those friends who – no matter how long it’s been since you previously saw each other – just gets you and vice versa. A huge blessing.

Went on several walks with the family. These are happening more often with a baby around and conveniently scheduled around P.’s sleeping schedule.

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All in all, Christmas was amazing yet not as good as it could have been. Not because of my family but because I was feeling … off. I wasn’t as good a daughter, sister or aunt as I could have been and it’s currently weighing on my mind heavily [hence the not quite as cheerful lines above]. Time really is fleeting and I’m sad I wasn’t there with all of my mind and heart all the time. It was partially because I was feeling physically unwell and partially for some of the same reasons Cora so eloquently wrote about in a recent post [that I unfortunately only read today].
However, just like many people see the beginning of a new week, month or year as a blank slate to start afresh I know I have the chance to try again, too.

Enough of me: Tell me about your Christmas week in the comments! Fun or special traditions, what was for dinner, what did you do …?


Happiness-inducing today:  A conversation with my mum. A little peek-a-boo play with P.

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Seeing the glass half full

Only five more days until Christmas?! Pinch me, please. Not just because the number of presents bought is rather … unsatisfying but also because I feel Christmas time/Advent rushed passed without me fully experiencing it. Or maybe we just won’t ever get to as much as when we were children anymore because of those ‘perks’ of being a grown-up [work, household tasks … you know it]. A little bubbly Bublé helps, though.
Forgive me if parts of this post aren’t cohesive or grammatically flawed – I’ve been sick the whole past week and my brain feels a little … off, too. Can I maybe get another day of weekend just this once? That’d be great.

Feeling weak and blah aside this really wasn’t the worst week to have. It had some better days and some worse ones but none of the kind where nothing works out or you can’t cross at least a few things off your to-do list. Speaking of lists it’s obviously time to link up with Meg and her little night owl Ave again.

Week in review

Some of the previous week’s happenings. I …

Worked. It definitely wasn’t the best week to be sick – not like there ever was but you know what I mean: long days where work wouldn’t stop coming in [not to make this sound whiney: I actually like days like this; it was just being sick that made them harder]. I’m happy I made it through and didn’t take a day off so my colleagues didn’t have to take up any of my work.

Gave a spontaneous pep talk to a colleague. I’m not mentioning the pep talk to make myself look any wiser but because I was so happy she noticably lightened up as we walked out. Respecting her privacy I won’t go into all the details but it was interesting for me to see that somebody far older than me – twenties vs. Forties – can still struggle with some of the same insecurities and self-doubt. Interesting for me as I – naively? Overly optimistically? – had assumed that at a certain age we were “automatically” feeling steady and self-confident in who we are as characters.  It might not have given me reassurance about the natural development of self-confidence at a certain age. But it showed me it’s okay to struggle with these things still even ten or twenty years from now. We all go at our own pace and – hopefully – will always have people in our lives who listen and put our minds at ease.

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Did some research for my dad which unfortunately yielded no positive findings. Just as an FYI: Never loose your spare car key because getting a replacement – unless you’re up for some not quite legal action – is hella expensive.

Published two blog posts: glimpses into a night owl’s life and the good good links. I’ve been pondering to stop doing the latter for some time and might talk about the reason a little more soon.

Prepared meals to take to work Monday to Friday and another batch of healthy Nutella on Monday. Some of this became a little gift to the client who gave me the almond butter a few weeks ago.

Dropped a retoure package off at the post office for my mum after work, luckily not running into long queues as can happen these days leading up to Christmas. Which reminds me I do still need to take another trip there this week …

Baked another kind of [vegan] Christmas cookies that had the benefit of filling my kitchen with a heavenly Lebkuchen [= gingerbread] scent.

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Cleaned the apartment. For some reason wiping the floors wasn’t quite as bad this time. I probably won’t ever be one of these people who really enjoy cleaning but don’t absolutely despise it anymore.

Found a Christmas gift for my brother. For some reason the usually hardest-to-buy-for people [read: the men of the family] are the easiest this year. Now what to get my mum and sister?? I’m at a loss.

Went on a walk with my mum. She called to ask if I was up for it spontaneously and since that doesn’t happen too often I was all game.

Went to a kind-of Christmas concert. It wasn’t actually that Christmas-y but rather a show by a local ensemble. My mum’s friends with one of the two singers and he’s a really fun guy so while I wish they’d played more Christmas songs it was nice being there either way.

Food prepped today while listening the Nutrition Matters Podcast featuring Kate! It was interesting to learn more about Kate and her story as well as a topic we surely all have an opinion on: diet culture.

It’s only now I’m actively reflecting on the week as a whole that I remember one happening that threw me off in that moment. The fact I forgot about it until now is proof that – to a certain degree – we have the power of letting something influence us or let it go. And being sick? It sucks but hey, my week still wasn’t terrible. Before I go on forever I’ll just end this saying it’s nice to see the glass half full rather than empty. It’s not a mindset I’ve always had but I’m glad I got there.

Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Getting quite a lot done despite being sick and the concert.

 

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