Creating new habits, recipes and memories

Dear Monday,
You could have really come a day later and allow the weekend to last just that bit longer. Is that asking for too much?

Rather than voice my disbelief at it being a mere few more days until December 1st, how Christmas is pretty much tomorrow and how I still haven’t bought or made a single gift I will keep the intro short and get straight to the topic of this post. Like every Monday it’s time for a Week in Review with Meg. Thanks so much for hosting and inviting us to reflect on the previous week! As always don’t forget to share your recent accomplishments and happy moments with me in the c omments!

Week in Review

 

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

Worked five days. Same game as usual.  I’ve been pushing myself to rush and answer the phone more often. It’s going better than I expected and can be quite rewarding. And I know my colleagues operating the front desk appreciate it. They’re some busy busy ladies and at times it’s hard to get anything done when the phone won’t stop ringing.

Published three posts: a Week in Review, the good good links and one some fun and surprising differences between Germany and the US. It’s amazing how many there are so I might just turn these posts into regulars for some time. I slacked in replying to comments but will get to it this week, promise.

Treated myself to a new book. It had been way too long and like I said before: books are one of the best things to invest in.

Allowed myself some more probably not entirely necessary purchases like a magazine and the cutest polkadotted lids for my nut butter jars. Okay, the latter were totally necessary ;).

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Watched the first two episodes of the final season of Gilmore Girls (!). This was unexpectedly made possible thanks to my sister and her husband renewing their Netflix account and allowing me to use it. I had originally planned to get a membership for December but obviously appreciated not waiting any longer. I know some – many? – people watched the entire series this past weekend but I want to fully enjoy it throughout the next weeks. Making it last just that bit longer. No spoilers, please.

Created two new recipes. One of them is a spin on a classic candy favourite and the other a basic ingredient so the “recipe” is actually more of a tutorial.  Please excuse the terrible picture as these were another night time creation and gone too fast the next day. Hint: no peanut butter in there and also no other nut butter most people are familiar with in this variation.

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Finished “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell which is one of the best, if not -the- best book I read this year. It’s the perfect mix of informative and entertainment. Reading it felt like nourishing my brain because none of us ever stop learning, no?

Meal-prepped as usual. Since I mentioned the size of my fridge limiting me there and some of you asked about it: 80 cm/32-33 inches from bottom to top. Technically not mini mini but it’s still filled faster than you might guess – especially if you like vegetables …

Spent time with my nephew, sister and her husband. P. is growing so fast that I wish I could see him more often to experience all of it.

Went on a morning walk with my mum, sister and P. who fell asleep on my sister’s back shortly after we left the house. I wish I could say the same about myself at night. Anyway, it was really nice us ladies got to talk through a few things while taking in the autumn sunshine and fresh air.

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What the title of this post is all about? The little things. Again, yes. If we look at it closely life in its whole is based and relying on lots of little things. Think: Butterfly effect.
As such, I’ve – intuitively, no intentional plans here – been introducing [or at this point I might still have to say: practicing] small new habits.

  • First change: I get up, pack the food I’ve prepared into my bag, brew my tea [in a can I take to work] – and lie down again for a few minutes. This will probably sound silly to most of you but this little allowance to curl up again in the middle of my morning routine is really nice.
  • Second: Changed my phone’s alarm clock ringtone. Here I was going with the same one for more than a year and hearing it evoked negative emotions. My new one is like a ‘hey, let’s get moving and dance into the day’.
  • Third: Walked in silence. Usually, going out for a walk after leaving the office meant plugging in my earphones pretty much immediately, sinking into the tunes of my playlist and letting my thoughts wander. Or so I thought until I – for whichever reason – didn’t get the earphones out on Monday afternoon and walked with no distraction. It’s an entirely different experience. Now I was actually listening to my thoughts and truly letting them flow. I still like listening to some music but will spend more time in silence, too. That’s when creativity comes about.

Looking back it was a week of many good moments and the weekend in particular helped fill those happiness batteries a bit again. Yet in full disclosure – once again the bits we don’t share on social media weigh in here – I can also see quite a few points requiring change. Time is flying and like everybody else I want to make the most of it but feel I’m not. While I don’t think we need the start of a new week or month to change our ways I will still take today as an opportunity for just that. Let’s pretend the fact it’s Monday is merely coincidence ;).

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: The time with P. and his adorable laugh, Shameless repeat offender.

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Week in Review: The Unintentional Self-Care Edition

Whether it was coincidence or not after Meg mentioned she was going to do a self-care-themed Week in Review soon: the past week included quite a bit of that for me. Sadly without my favourite little human.

About that self-care: it’s obviously not just about spending money on yourself as I did in the past week. Yet I’m listing these as they’re particularly hard for me. Writing this post also helped me see the moments during the week where self-care was missing yet that I can put an effort into bettering during the next. So it’s a ‘self-care done’ and ‘self-care yet to implement’ check-in. Am I being confusing here? Share some of your recent self-care actions or your favourite ways to do so in the comments!

Week in Review

Some of the self-care and other happenings going down in the past week …

Worked five days. I’m neither going to lie nor ramble on forever but say that it wasn’t the easiest week. It included a whole morning of making calls to other offices which pushed me way out of my comfort zone. As much as I enjoy talking to friends on the phone – not over face-to-face communication, obviously – calling strangers and especially when having to deal with less than friendly people on the other side is hard for me. I’m thankful for the challenge looking back now, though.

Published three blog posts including another scoop of good good links and this ridiculously simple yet delicious Maple Buckwheat Granola. My colleague already asked for a bigger batch which I’ll take as a good sign – especially as I’m by far not the granola maven Meg is.

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Did my big errand run on Saturday and didn’t buy anything that wasn’t on my list. It can be tempting for all of us, no? While at this I …

Helped an old lady find an item at the store. I’m not mentioning this so much as an accomplishment but for it touching me. She was so sweet in asking yet looking so desperate for being unable to read the packagings that I was tempted to stay by her side until she’d finished her shop. I still wish I had – I offered but I feel she didn’t want to ask for it seeing as I’d been headed to the checkouts already. In hindsight I wish I’d stayed.

Bought a few things for my parents, including Erdnussflips because I’d noticed they were out of them plus their favourite brand was on offer. This may not have beene entirely altruistic.

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Ordered two new books, received and [and so far am really enjoying] one of them already. The other will hopefully arrive in the next few days. Amazon would have delivered it sooner but I’m not feeling good ordering there too much so our local bookstore it was [even if it means spending a good chunk
more money].

Kept up the reading habit and can’t stress how much I like it. I still spend too much time online which obviously means I need to get more books  ;). Is it Christmas yet? My wish list is going to be long until then.

Spent less time on Instagram. Before I joined somebody told me it was a black hole for time and that can be so very true. Lately, though, I’ve felt less drawn to it and I’m not complaining.

Went to the cinema. This was a huge one for me in terms of spending money –  yet again after ordering the books – and socialising with a colleague [the one closest to my age] I didn’t know well. In the end we had a great time both at the movies as well as during the 1 1/2 hour ride to and fro. [Yes, true countryside life when the next cinema can be 45 minutes away].  Luckily, we already have a next time planned for when this movie will be aired.I’d tell you more about the movie we watched this time but it was a German one so likely not interesting for most of you [to the German readers, though: I highly recommend ‘SMS für dich’ – great actors, wonderful story].

Finally got rid of all the empty jars that had been piling up under my sink. That’s what happens when somebody in the house has a nut butter- and salsa-eating habit. Too bad if that somebody is you and you have to take  all the jars to the scrap glass container yourself. Hygiene freak  confession: I took a rubber glove with me.

All in all, it’s been another week of ups and downs. Blog posts obviously never show the full picture, especially none of the inner struggles and – yes – lack of self-care when it was necessary [that continuous struggle to get enough sleep]. Uncomfortable situations and conversations. The above song is one I actually only started listening to – and immediately added to my playlist though it’s not the kind of music I usually like. I decided to include it here for anybody who like me needs a little uplifting lyrics to face any potential upcoming curveballs life throws them.

Happy Monday!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Reading my current book.

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