Friday Flow #59: Shhhh… Listen To What Your Body Tells You

It’s been two months since I last posted something here.

Two months.

My life has been quite overwhelming lately. And work. There was lots and lots of work. And work trips abroad. And private trips abroad… It ended up being so bad that I’d have the next trip coming up while the suitcase of the last trip wasn’t even unpacked yet^^. My place looks a wee bit like a dump as I’m having difficulties bringing my things “home” (clean up) and I’m really glad I’m not sharing my flat with anyone 😀 But maybe that’s a bad habit – knowing it won’t disturb anyone you just leave it where you used it… So the place clutters up pretty quickly again^^

Ok, this is turning into a clutter-messy-world-post, but this is a Friday Flow post so I’ll try to make my point here 😉

Fact is I cancelled plans with friends. Big plans… Really big plans… Last week I already cancelled a wee part of some plans as well… I just realized there was no point doing big plans if you can’t really look forward to them. Last night I sat quietly on my balcony. The night was warm and pretty quiet, and I was just indulging into a lovely summer-like-city-night. And I started listening to my body… Listening deep within myself to see what I felt.

I felt this knot developing in my tummy that afternoon.

Cancel. Don’t go. , it was saying to me.

I tried to ignore it and took a nap – it usually helps. But when I woke up I still felt that knot. I still tried to ignore it for a wee bit and started preparing for my big plans for this bank holiday. Until I just shut down everything, music, computer, phone, and went to my balcony.

It was only then I realized how serious it was. How drained I felt. And just how tired. I went straight to bed and had the most wonderful sleep. In the morning, I cancelled everything and prepared for a total me-day. Lovely breakie. Spending time doing what I love to do. Reading in the nearby park in the sunshine for over two hours. And still, after all the resting, I felt wrecked. Which means: it’s serious. I truly, truly need some rest and need to come down. From work. From private life and plans cluttering my spare time…

It’s been two months since I last posted. I hope this post will help someone out there unwind and listen to their body. Calm down. Slow down. You only have one life – no need to rush it through and clutter it with unimportant things.

Take care!

Happy World Book Day 2017

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A very happy World Book Day 2017 to all you bookworms out there 🙂 I hope you’re currently reading some interesting stuff and I wish you many many more hours to come to indulge yourself in books, stories, dreams and dramas 😉

To celebrate this day of our mutual passion I created a little questionnaire for you – feel free to join in, link this post to yours and share your post in my comment’s section – I’ll be linking your page onto this one then 🙂 (you can find the empty questionnaire at the bottom of this post). I’m eager to read all about your answers 😀 !!!

Why books? – Because they allow me to enter into different worlds, travel, dream, cry, empathize, understand, think, grow… ❤

Currently reading? – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote

Favourite spot to read? – Anywhere really as long as it’s sunny 🙂

Do you do something else while reading? – Sometimes I munch snacks or drink tea… I also read a lot while commuting to work or just in public transport. I never get out of the house without my book.

Books read so far in 2017? – Only three…^^ Alas, I’m a very slow reader…

Most impressive book read so far in 2017? – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, somehow I really warmed up to the character of Holly Golightly 🙂

What is your favourite style? – I like a big variety of styles and like to jump in between them, say, after reading a dark, sad biography, I enjoy moving on with something more light hearted.

Your top 5 books? – This is always a tough one… but I’d say:

Papillon” by Henri Charrière

The Stone and the Flute” by Hans Bemmann

The Brothers Lionheart” by Astrid Lindgren

Les Chemins de Kathmandou” by Réné Barjavel

Assassin’s Aprentice – The Farseer Trilogy” by Robin Hobb

 

Can’t wait to read your answers 🙂 Join any time you like ❤

 

Why books?

Currently reading?

Favourite spot to read?

Do you do something else while reading?

Books read so far in 2017?

Most impressive book read so far in 2017?

Your top 5 books?

 

30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 30

…day 30 – I made it!!! 😀 😀 😀

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This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

www.theminimalists.com

(What’s this all about? Read more about it here.)

Fasting For 40 Days?!

These past days I found myself entangled in conversations with friends across the globe about Carnival customs and its origins, about Mardi Gras / Pancake Day, Fat Thursday and everything there is to it. Carnival is quite big in some parts of Switzerland, and I’m always eager to learn about new customs and traditions, be it local or from abroad.

A thing that has always intrigued me was the custom of Lent. Now in modern times I find many people adapting that custom into a form of giving up something / a specific kind of food for the length of 40 days.

Not having luxury items / certain food types for a limited period of time can be truly cleansing and revealing. I loved going on trips abroad into the wilderness to remote places where there was no running / hot water, no proper toilets, no fridges, no electricity, no whatsoever we just so much take for granted in our lives. I always came home much more appreciative of my life and what I have here, and with a wide awareness and understanding of foreign cultures and their lives. It has an energizing and uplifting – yes nearly creative effect on your soul that I always thought it should be mandatory for every person of a modern world to go out there and experience that for at least once in their lifetime.

Since I haven’t been abroad to so called 3rd-world-countries in a while now, I haven’t had the privilege of experiencing such a cleansing trip in a couple of years. The concept of Lent appeals to me as a sort of substitution, to try to give up something for a certain period of time, and also to see how I can cope with it.

Now, by all means, don’t expect too much from me here 😉 I’m no heroine and currently too much involved in certain work duties that my favourite idea (no internet for 40 days) was crushed right away seeing that it would be a logistic catastrophe…

I then proceeded to think about the meaning of Lent and thought I must give up something I truly care about, but life taught me that it’s way too short to be deprived of any of the wonderful arts such as music, literature, and culture… Why should I deprive myself from the things I love most about life? From everything that brings me back into balance after long working hours? I shoved those suggestions aside and  went on to think about doing something every day for 40 days, something I might not be too fond of, but as I’m currently trying to plank or work out every day this wouldn’t really be a new addition…

I thought about food then… Typical food types elected for the fasting season are meat and fish, but as I don’t eat much meat (I suck at preparing it) or fish (too lazy to prepare it) there’s no point really in electing them, right?! The next obvious suggestion that crossed my mind then hit me like a bang…

…Sweets…

Ah, but I couldn’t…^^ I just couldn’t, could I? I usually have a tiny wee little sweet every day. Sometimes the tiny wee little sweet turns out to bring along his many friends to make a party in my stomach…^^ I know there are some family birthdays coming up before Easter so, in a way it was another no-no for me, but it would be an interesting challenge…

Now and this is where I crossed this idea a wee bit with the Konmari Method and the reason for you to see that I’m a total anti-hero here:

I decided not to buy any sweets for 40 days.

Because by doing so I’m using up all the sweets that are lying around my kitchen and which I’m keeping in stock or hidden somewhere, and then it’s another thing I’ve gotten rid of, KM’d or plainly just eaten, however you want to see this…

Mind you – I had no time whatsoever to celebrate Pancake Day, Mardi Gras or the likes, so I didn’t go out shopping for a lot of sweets to keep on stock and keep me going for the next 40 days.

So here’s on what I decided to try out:

* I am not allowed to buy any sweets until Easter.

* I may accept sweets from people as a present, but not eat them until after Easter.

* I may not ask people for sweets. They may not buy any for me.

* I may eat all the sweets I have on stock at home.

* I may eat sweets that lay around at work but am not allowed to have more than I need or take them away from the common room to my office or even home.

Right, a bit lame maybe, eh 😉 ? But I somewhat warmed up to the concept and specially to the feeling of having emptier cupboards afterwards and use up what’s been lying around here for a year or so. I just hope I won’t fall into cravings too soon and then get stuck after like, a week or so!!! That would be horrible but would also become a more interesting kind of challenge then, right 😉 ? Let’s see what happens 🙂

How about you – do you practice the Lent season or do some fasting during the next 40 days? Tell me about it, I’d love to know!

...bye bye sweets! See you soon at the bunny's party ;)
…bye bye sweets! See you soon at the bunny’s party 😉

30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 29

The month of February is up, but my-oh-my, I still got two more days to go 😀 Go me!!! Nearly done 🙂 !!!

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This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

www.theminimalists.com

(What’s this all about? Read more about it here.)

30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 28

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This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

www.theminimalists.com

(What’s this all about? Read more about it here.)

30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 27

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This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

www.theminimalists.com

(What’s this all about? Read more about it here.)

30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 26

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This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

www.theminimalists.com

(What’s this all about? Read more about it here.)