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.
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 holiday 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: 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 …
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 enjoy find every episode of every podcast I like relatable or interesting for myself]. 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 aid in her recovery but failed and who’s negatively influencing her audience which is something I’ve noticed in the blogosphere before, too.
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 was this and unfortunately is in German. It’d be worth translating, though, because it’s made from very simple nutritious ingredients, sweetened by mere two tablespoons of maple syrup plus a LOT of apple goodness as well as – I can only speak for my mum and sister as I didn’t get to try it – 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 [as in: my mum ate it ;)]
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 out of boredom at times.
Listened to this song
… many times. Don’t judge me because while you might be -so- over it yet, 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:
How spontaneous are you?
Happiness-inducing today: Not feeling the usual Sunday sadness too heavily.