April wrap-up with Q&As!

Hi my dear ones!

I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging again and I figured that sharing a monthly wrap up in the form of questions and answers, would be a nice way to do it. This way you can perhaps get to know me a little bit better and see what I was up to in April! 🙂

APRIL WRAP UP

Favourite book(s): “The Likeness: by Tana French (paperback) & Becoming by Michelle Obama (audio book).

Favourite music: “Hope” by Tom Rosenthal. A great tune that fits the period we’re living in just right.

Favourite movie: “The Aeronauts” with Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne

Biggest highlight: Moving out from the house where I lived for nearly 3 years and moving out to a brand new house with a big sunny balcony!

Three things that made me very happy during the month of April:

  • Starting the Easter Sunday with an online live Yoga class and getting my sister to join in
  • Seeing my boyfriend after like 6 weeks
  • Getting to appreciate nature more as a result of of my regular runs outside due to quarantine

Biggest realisation: There is this self-principle that has been ruling my life for as far as I can remember: “It is all okay as long as I do my best.” I apply this principle to everything I do and this is what, countless times, has helped me to succeed at achieving what I’ve set my mind to. However, even though this is what pushes me forward and helps me to power through difficult times, this also puts me under the constant pressure of having to give it my best every single time; which, in all honesty, can be extremely tiring at times.

The best habit I got into: Doing a live Yoga Nidra session with a friend of mine every Sunday evening. For those who don’t know, Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that induces that “going to sleep” feeling. The idea is to enter in the stage between waking and sleeping whilst remaining conscious. I seriously can’t tell you how relaxing Yoga Nidra is. I love how “whole”, grounded and peaceful I feel after each session.

Something I absolutely loved to: Make my house feel more like home. A few examples of how I did this was to declutter the space around me and to plant some herbs and flowers.

The best thing I did for myself: I was very consistent with my yoga practice and deliberately carved out time for it 2-3 times a week.

.. and this is it guys! I hope this post has also somewhat served as a reminder of how important it is to do things that spark joy in our life. Now, would you like to share some of your favourites from the month of April? As always, would love to hear from you! 🙂

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

“I am entirely up to me.”

I am entirely up to me.

 

Six simps words that carry a strong message.

I am indeed entirely up to me. I do not want to watch life passing me by. Just over a half year ago, I have made this very important conscious decision of committing to myself (and to my life for that matter). Every morning I choose to stay committed, regardless of how easy or hard it comes to me. I am in such a better place than I was 7 months ago and I feel both very proud and thankful. I have been focused on doing everything I do with greater intention: working, eating, moving my body, meeting and connecting with people, traveling, reading and writing/blogging. I have also been paying closer attention to my surroundings and to the things I do so I can better grasp whether they build me up or drag me down. Numbing out to deliberately avoid dealing with my emotions and feelings is no longer an option for me. Rather than just mindlessly living, I want to be present because life is happening “here and now”.

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

A cotton candy sunset.

You know when you are just having one of “those” days and feel low in spirits? Well that was Monday of last week for me. Because I was not feeling physically great (thanks to a cold that persisted to stick around for way more time than it should), stopping some negative thoughts from spiralling out of control was a particularly harder task.  As an attempt of relieving some tension and giving my mind some clarity, I decided to go to my usual strength training class at the gym after work. However, it did not really work. On my way home I kept on thinking on everything that was not going my way but…when I looked up to the sky, I was left in awe this cotton candy sunset:

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I guess that this is living proof that “if we keep our HEAD DOWN, we will miss on LIFE’S GOODNESS”. #sothankful

 

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

 

 

Enjoy life more.♥

Sometimes you just feel like getting in a train, go explore a new city, sit down in a lovely cafe and treat yourself with a slice of vegan cheesecake and a fresh ginger tea.

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This is what I did last Sunday and I loved every single second of it. On my way train journey back home, I also called one of my best friends and we had an amazing catch up over the phone. It made me feel both so happy and grateful. This is something that I basically never do, which is so silly. If it is something that adds more meaning to my life , why not doing it more often?

The more I grow older, the more I realise that happiness is really in the little moments. If we do not enjoy each and every little day to day moment that makes our lives unique and worthwhile, we could be missing out on a lot of beautiful memories. After all, we were not born to just work, pay the bills and simply pass through life. We must learn how to live in the present. We must break the routine from time to time and try new things. We must prioritise what we enjoy doing. This is part of taking care of ourselves. This is part of – wholeheartedly – loving ourselves as we deserve.

I have no doubts that we are all capable of accomplishing great things in life as long we are happy, motivated and healthy. So let’s focus on self-care practices that are beneficial for our body, mind and soul and that ultimately allow us to achieve our goals in life.

At the end of the day, you are all you got and I now understand how crucial it is for me to do things that make me stress less and enjoy life more. ♥

 

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

My weekend gratitude list

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur

I am grateful for the last weekend in Amsterdam and for the great time spent with two friends that I had not seen in ages. I am grateful for our amazing catch up filled with stories sharing, lots of jokes and laughter. I am grateful for the gorgeous sunset over the IJ river that with a jazz band playing in the background. I am grateful for having had the opportunity of making my friends’ birthday somewhat more special just by being present. I am grateful for the hugs and for the new memories I have built.

I am grateful for our home cooking and for how delicious the dinner turned out; for eating with pleasure rather than worries. I am grateful for our Saturday night in. For ending the evening all cozied up on the coach eating chocolates and watching Gilmore Girls.

I am grateful for waking up to a new and sunny day and biking our way to downtown; for the sushi we have indulged in; for laughing and simply enjoying life.

I am grateful for the Sunday sun-drenched stroll along the canals in Amsterdam and for the photos taken to remind me that great friends are to keep. I am grateful for soaking up the sun whilst being wrapped up in a soft blanket drinking a warm fresh mint tea. Literally a “hug in a cup”. I am grateful for saying goodbye to my friends with a huge smile on my face due to the lovely time we had together. I am grateful for the smooth train journey back home. For being alive and for feeling loved, safe and blessed.

I am grateful for seeing myself healing and for being so at piece with myself. For being in awe with this beautiful world we live in and for feeling so inspired by it.

Lastly, I am grateful for you, you, who are taking time – the most precious thing you have – to read my words. Thank you.IMG_2799Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful