Then 2015 happend……
I hope you are all saddened that another year has come to a close but are excited for the year to come!
I hadn’t shared Christmas Eve pictures with you yet so here they are:
The past few days haven given me some time to think about my New Year Resolutions (this time of the year is very conductive to long days day-dreaming) and making a list. Yes, I am one of those people that make resolutions and I try and see how many boxes I can tick off.
I have also been trying to think about what I want to blog about content wise in 2016. There are still more travel stories and places to write about and I’d like to see where this blog goes next year. But this year, which has been my first official year on wordpress, this blog has gotten 356 views, 211 visitors and 242 likes. So THANK YOU to all my followers, viewers and likers. To write for yourself is one thing but to write and engage with others is another.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely year and hope that 2016 is bigger and better. I’m excited for what the year might hold and also excited to be coming up with more blog posts and ideas to share.
Happy New Year everyone!
Bonne Annee tout le monde!
Hey guys! I thought that if youtube can have vlogmas, why can’t we have blogmas?! Soooo i’ve decided that I’ll have a go at blogmas and post every second day on assorted topics. So let’s see how we go! Also, if you’re hoping for pictures of snow and Christmas jumpers….this will be the wrong blog!
Today was the first official day of summer for us Australians. Come back to check out what we get up to at Christmas in the southern hemisphere in summer!
To get the ball of the ground, today’s lunch included this new recipe that I have tried recently. Rocket/spinach leaves, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, goats cheese, raspberries (frozen or fresh) and for the dressing:
– About 50g of raspberries mashed
– 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of mustard (can omit)
– 2 teaspoons of honey (you may need to add more if the dressing is too sour)
– salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle abit of olive oil and voila! I will link the recipe in my next blog post.
And who else loves these?! I remember eating them when I was younger and still love them now.
See you in the next blog!
It’s the last day of the daily blogs! And here I am sitting in my room in partial darkness because I can’t be bothered to go and turn the ceiling light on. I don’t even have a picture I can pair with this blog because I have been busy all day and have just gone from being inside to being inside again. Boring! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog entries of the past week- it gave me the chance to offload some thoughts and got me actively aware of my environment so that I could snap some photos.
I’m hoping to sleep a lot of hours tonight because there’s a busy social weekend coming up. And plus, I need some rest because I haven’t been sleeping very well lately (hello stress). I guess today, the only thing that I really liked was chatting with people because everyone always (generally) has some new information to offer or new speculation (my favourite). I really appreciate engaged conversations about things like events, an experience (where you’re not bragging about something but where you learnt about something), news and all the new things in town that might be of interest. I find them engaging because you’re learning about something or someone and expanding your own horizons even though it’s a casual and social chat. I’m all for expanding horizons, squashing stereotypes, changing the way you think about something and speculation. Yes, I judge you based on what you choose to talk about.
Hope you all have a great Eurovision weekend!
I’ve just walked one of two routes to my university building and actually took note of the jasmine bush growing out the front of one of the houses that I past. I love the smell of jasmine. The Wednesday morning struggle is happening this morning so I was pleasantly surprised that I even noticed the jasmine bush.
This morning on the train I was reading an article about how travel can change your personality, which then activated my travel bug even more. Can you tell through this week’s daily blogs that routine bothers me half the time? I’m seeking change and adventure and think that my current city no longer offers me this (and let’s face it, hasn’t for a while). Or maybe it’s a restless Sophie who is still trying to figure this life thing out. I meet more people in the few weeks that I travel than I do in a 6 month period at “home”.
I’m continuing this now much later in the day. I am exhausted! Hoping for an early night tonight.
When I woke up this morning, there was fog. I love it when it’s foggy and wish it stuck around longer. I love crisp mornings and cold air in my lungs. I love it when Mother Nature wraps herself around us in every possible space. I’m on the train to uni right now and the fog has almost completely lifted.
I am writing this now at night. I was at an event tonight and they had real flowers that smelt like flowers! Have you realised how many flowers out there these days that don’t smell like anything?
Hope you’ve all had a lovely day.
4 days in already! Monday mornings are not my favourite. I’ve been telling myself to get up earlier so I’m not rushing to uni every morning but hasn’t worked. There have been times where waking up early and leaving the house earlier were a thing. I’m not sure what has happend since then.
I love it when I write to friends living in Europe and get their replies once I have woken up. The wonderful world of time zones. It makes waking up alittle more interesting.
I thought that there would be something in my days thay might trigger some thoughts that I could write about and so far it has been quite good. But it’s 2pm and nothing has yet occurred in my day that has inspired todays topic. I was worried about this because lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m on the set of Groundhog Day. It’s a fear that I have and I do as much as I can to add some spice into my days. Fortunately, I have 4 different cafes to choose where I get my coffee from in the morning.
Does anyone else have feelings of Groundhog Day? What do you do to add some spice into your day?
The end of weekend and still things that should have been done but have been sacrificed for leisure. I think you might agree with me that we should have a 4 day working week. We all seem to be living to work rather than working to live. It’s my hope that I will have a job that will not run my life and leave me with time to do things I want now that I’ve placed much more importance on them. I read a quote once about work not defining who you are but something that you do. I need reminding sometimes.
I’m on a crocheting roll with finishing a total of 4 squares since yesterday. I could crochet all day and even thought about taking it with me onto the train but I think I might give that a miss for now. It can be my reward for when I’m home.
I went for a walk today. I wished we had huge parks with great old trees that you could be in and not hear cars or see a house. I could pretend to be in the Swiss wilderness.
I’m getting way too old for end of week drinks now. I’ve recently been trying to focus on ‘me time’, that is, time that you take for yourself doing things that you enjoy. When I first started, I didn’t have anything regular. There were things I wanted to try or things that I once really liked but have fallen through the cracks of life and growing up. But I got to the point where I made a conscious decision to make time for these things and rediscover them.
A few months on, I’ve started dedicating my Saturdays to these. I’ve started to become more guarded about my time and how I want to spend it, no longer having my time dictated by what I should be doing (like some uni work). It’s also a chance to slow down from the work week and to practise living in the moment.
So today, ballet class and buying some yarn were on the agenda. I’ve recently learnt how to crochet so will be having some crocheting times tonight.
How do you guys unwind? Do you have a saturday morning ritual? I’d love to hear about them.
I would like to some heavy blogging on my next trip (it’s a goal but not sure if I can make it happen) so i thought maybe I should trial this out first. Can’t be too hard right? I’ll be posting these a day behind so that I have time to write and edit these posts. Today is Friday and I’m at uni. I’m at uni everyday, doing basically the same thing week in and week out so I’ll try not to write too much about it.
This morning I was trying to find one of my favourite stud earrings to wear but why is it that you can never find anything when you’re in a rush? I got these earrings in Tallinn and love them just because. I usually keep all my jewellery together so it was unusual that they weren’t where I thought they’d be. I’m hoping I’ve just put it in a jewellery box hidden under something or they might be in the bathroom in the cupboard there. Note to self: put things back to where they belong.
As I’ve had great opportunities to travel in the past few years, I find myself buying things (most of the time, that I don’t need) but end up loving these pieces are they’re like a souvenir of the place I had visited. I wouldn’t be able to pick one favourite!
I also made last minute plans with a close friend to have dinner & drinks this evening. What a great way to finish the week!
Hope you’ve had a great start to your weekend!