My month of January in review

Well. January just flew by like a fastball. It is crazy how the first month of the new year is already done. Time seems to be speeding up as I grow older and older… Or is it just me? Anyway, as February is already here, I thought I would share with you some of my last month’s highlights. I always like to take time to reflect on the previous month as it improves my self-awareness and provides perspective.

Personal highlight of the month:

After being in a long-distance relationship for nearly 5 years, my boyfriend has left his home country – England – and moved in with me. It was about time! Now we will be both living and working in The Netherlands. We are both so darn happy and grateful for this huge change in our lives and relationship. This really goes to show that great things take time. ♥

Most exciting purchase:

Flights to London. My sister is having her graduation ceremony in May and I finally got to buy the plane tickets so I can be there to congratulate her in person. She finished her PhD from Imperial London College and I could not be more proud of her. Seriously.

Favourite ethical purchase:

Freezer bags made of silicone grade food, another small step towards using less plastic in my day-to-day life. I am so pleased with this purchase! Because the material is odourless and non-toxic (free of bpa, latex, lead and phthalates), it is a more sustainable and safer plastic alternative both for the planet and our health. Other characteristics of these bags that I am very pleased about are their self-sealing convenience, transparency of the material (i.e. you can easily see what is stored in them), light weight (i.e. easy to transport). They also don’t take much space at all, which is great given the fact that my freezer is not very big. Plus, as they are sturdy and resistant to extreme temperatures, you can just reuse them with no issues whatsoever. For those wondering, I got these silicone freezer bags from Amazon and totally recommend.


Favourite book:

The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture and Its Inhabitants by Colin White and Laurie Boucke. As an expat living in The Netherlands, I find this book to be unbelievably humorous and entertaining! I think that it is the kind of book that someone who is interested in learning more about the Dutch culture would find very interesting and insightful to read. It captures many of the funny quirks of the Dutchies at the same that presents them in a very funny and authentic way.



Favourite song:

Mumford and sons – Guiding Light.

I know, I know. It is not exactly a new tune but it is so lovely and pleasing to the ear.

Favourite movie:

“Johny English strikes again”. Any comedy movie with Rowan Atkinson is a must-watch for me! I watched it right on the first day of the year and it made me start 2019 on a “positive” note if you know what I mean. My boyfriend and I had a really great laugh. Is it not laughter the best medicine and therapy one can have?

Favourite homemade dinner:

BBQ pulled jackfruit tacos. Yes, oh yes.



Jackfruit is one of my favourite meat replacements and I had been wanting to make this recipe for a loooong looong time. I am so glad and happy with how tasty it turned out. The boyfriend, who is a meat-eater, said that they were freakin’ delicious and he actually also said that both the texture and flavour resemble chicken meat! What a win in the kitchen! 🙂

Favourite memory:

One of my good friends from my home country came visit me with her boyfriend. She came exactly when we had the first real snowfall of the year and she got so thrilled haha! ..and oh well, in all honesty, so did I. I feel like it does not matter how long I live in The Netherlands for, I still get excited every single time I see snow. It is just oh so pretty and magic and peaceful.  Anyhoo, focus focus. As I was saying, my friend came visit and I made a reservation in one of my fave restaurants in town. We delighted ourselves in some lovely vegan Vietnamese food, shared some funny stories and laughed a lot! Both our partners came along and it was lovely to see how they just clicked and got on well with each other. It was a really great night and we got to build some new beautiful memories together to add to our 20 years of friendship.


The first real snowfall of this Winter.




All in all, a great start to the year 2019! 🙂

How did January treat you? What were some of your January highlights? Please let me know in the comment section below! 🙂


Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful




14 thoughts on “My month of January in review

    1. Thank you so very much. I really appreciate. Regarding the silicone bags, I am pleased to read I managed to peaked your interest. I am actually thinking about writing a blog post where I go a little bit into more detail about the benefits of using the silicone bags! So please stay tuned xx

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  1. Those freezer bags are such an awesome idea!!! Thank you for the book suggestion! And oh my gosh- jackfruit tacos- wow. YUM. I neeed to try that out. We love “taco tuesdays”, so I might need to try these out for the next one! Thanks for sharing !!

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  2. We’ve been trying to be more sustainable as well. We stopped buying plastic wrap but were not sure about a replacement for freezer bags. Thank you so much, I will look into these!


    1. Yes, I’d totally recommend you to do so! I am super satisfied with them and it is great to hear that, just like me, you are also been making an effort towards greater sustainability and low impact living! It is always nice to connect with people who share similar environmental concerns xx

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  3. Thats amazing that you are your boyfriend have moved in together. What an amazing commitment to move countries to be with you, so sweet! Congratulations on moving in together! Sounds like you’ve had a great January! That food looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing! X


  4. Must have been amazing to move into together after all that time with your boyfriend.Your dinners look yummy! Sounds like a lovely January. Those silicone freezer bags sound so interesting I haven’t heard of them being made out of silicone before, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since I saw silicone straws for the first time the other day .

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comment. About the silicone freezer bags, I have just uploaded a separate blog post about the main advantages of using them. I definitely recommend them! 🙂 Silicone straws? really? Well, that is news to me! I will certainly look them up. Thank you x

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