Archive for January, 2015

2015, January 26

Giving myself fifteen minutes a day

Last week’s assignment in the year of following the 52/52 e-guide in 2015, was to give ourselves fifteen minutes a day to fill any way we wanted.
Writing my Life List was easy. You’d think giving yourself fifteen minutes a day is easy, right? Guess again.
However, giving myself fifteen minutes a day to fill with something I wanted came to me more easily than I imagined at the time of writing this blog post’s first sentences.

I wrote the above “guess again” sentences last Monday night, when I finally settled in to check my e-mails before bed. And for good reason, because when you wake up at 8am, get ready quickly to leave for work at 9am and get home (depending on obligations) well past 8-9-10pm, after which you need to get dinner ready, eat, take a shower, and so on…. even just making it into bed by midnight is a stretch.

After finishing said sentences, I of course noticed that I haven’t taken those fifteen minutes that day. So I allowed myself to log into Pinterest and get lost among the many photos and links to yummy recipes, craft and home decoration ideas. I even pinned some of them onto my boards. A small thing, but I love love love looking at so much prettiness. This might have been the stepping stone to how I managed to keep it small, yet find the greatest ways to spend my fifteen minutes of me-time all week long!

Monday – let myself get lost on Pinterest. It was actually really helpful to keep it inside of 15 minutes, since I truly can get lost on there…
Tuesday – made a few photo edits with iStudio to have at the ready and post on Instagram, for days when I won’t have time for the editing part or nothing interesting happened for me to take a picture of.
Wednesday – played, for fun.
Thursday – walked fifteen minutes off my usual route to get the lunch sandwich I’ve been craving for a week.
Friday – got to bed early. For me, this is the hardest thing to accomplish in a day!
Saturday – called a friend up for a chat. It was sooo nice catching up.
Sunday – took a long hot shower, and then updated my travelogue with my latest trip’s info and itinerary so I can recall each day’s happenings more easily when I write a travel article about Brasov. That’s two things, but hey, it was Sunday after all ;-)

I was truly amazed at how taking these fifteen minutes of unapologetic me-time had this much power in making me feel better about everything else going on in my life.

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Strongly related to giving myself fifteen minutes every day this week, I’ll take this chance to send you over to Milliver’s Travels.
My super-short, funky sign travel article has been up since October 2014. Yes, 2014! I somehow haven’t managed to find a quick fifteen minute stretch of time to post two sentences on my blog about it… And the funny thing? It took me fifteen minutes to write it all up back in October (and half a minute to add in this paragraph here, but let’s not get too accurate)!
So here it is, Funky Signs: How to have a girlfriend/boyfriend in 3 steps, #Frescobar. Hope you stop by to read some funny messages ;)

For week 4, the assignment is to make art. Having spent some time on Pinterest, I have a few ideas for making something pretty onto the back of our Christmas-themed pillow cases, which are a plain red. There won’t be enough time to learn how to sew a whole new pillow case so I’m not even going to try that, but it would be nice to be able to give the existing ones another fun side.

So did you join in this past week, or do you already include at least fifteen minutes a day just for yourself? Do you read every night before bed, go for walks, make yourself smoothies? I’d love to hear about what you do for taking some you-time!

PS: If you’d like to join in, the e-guide is only $15 , and for the month of January you can use the coupon code LOVEYOURWILDSELF to save an additional 10% on the guide and anything else in the shop.

2015, January 19

Estrella’s Life List

In the year of following the 52/52 e-guide‘s assignments every week, last week’s was to write a Life List, or to revise one’s existing list and take one step toward making something off of it happen.

My week of texting love daily went quite well. I haven’t written a Life List before, so my task was easy. It could be done in one day if I set my mind to focus for half an hour tops, right? Yes!
So, naturally, I procrastinated and ended up writing it Sunday afternoon.

I wrote all of these on a pretty stationery as you can see, and will pin it to my inspiration board one of these days. Even though I started out with the list looking more like a to-do list in the beginning, I quickly switched to dream-mode and thought of the things I’d really really want to do in this lifetime.
Of course, if I think of anything else, I’ll scribble it on there as well.

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Estrella’s Life List

  • Travel more in Romania.
  • Visit friends across the border and overseas.
  • Re-visit places I loved.
  • Write travel articles about each place I visit/or have already visited.
  • Turn my year of photo challenges into an e-book.
  • Meet John Green.
  • Attend a Formula 1 race.
  • See the New Year’s fireworks in different cities (Budapest, Paris, Siracusa, Boston, New York to name just a few).
  • Learn to swim.
  • Design and build my own house with a small yard.
  • Try as many different foods as I can.
  • Learn to drive.
  • Buy a cake from Carlo’s Bakery, New Jersey.
  • Realize all my home-decor ideas.
  • Buy Christmas presents from the Vienna Christmas Market.
  • Master making latte art.
  • Earn a living being a full-time writer and craftswoman.
  • Attend the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic.

I thought of countless things I’d love love love to do. Being interested in so many things doesn’t make for a short list, yet I didn’t want this to become miles long and by extension, probably unattainable. So I went with thinking of the things in terms of “which small steps can I take toward achieving them?”.
Like turning my year of photo challenges into an e-book – I need to sit down and work on it little by little, it doesn’t have to be done in one day.
Or traveling, and visiting friends in various places all over this Earth – I can start small enough by saving up for one trip at a time.

That is the problem with New Year’s resolutions, and plans, and life lists, I think. We think way too big in the beginning and abandon them because we stop thinking of how to achieve them. And while thinking big is a great thing in general, sometimes we need to approach things by starting small to actually achieve our heart’s desire.

For Week 3 the assignment is, as j phrased it herself, to give yourself 15 minutes a day, “guilt-free, to fill any way you want: eat something delicious, stare out your window, wander, nap, read a book, surf the internet, doodle, meditate, create, get lost on Instagram, research medieval weaponry, write a love note out in chalk on the sidewalk. Whatever. It’s YOUR time and the only rule is that you have to take it. Fifteen minutes. Every. Day.”

I have a feeling this will be kinda tough. In any event, I’ll see you back here next week with my update on how it all goes.

Did you join in, or do you already have a Life List? is it written and tucked into a notebook, on your inspiration board, or do you have it just in mental notes? Please share, I’m really interested in your lists! How did your second week of January go by?

PS: If you’d like to join in, the e-guide is only $15 , and for the month of January you can use the coupon code LOVEYOURWILDSELF to save an additional 10% on the guide and anything else in the shop.

2015, January 12

Texting love daily

As you may recall from my blog post last week, I decided to join in a year of following the 52/52 e-guide‘s assignments every week. So I am back with last week’s updates.

The assignment was to text love daily. I won’t lie and say that it went flawlessly, because it didn’t.
I had a couple of days when I didn’t text anyone, although I did make up for it the following day. Some of my texts generated no reply. Even though I wasn’t expecting a reply per se, it was a bit sad not to receive one.
Also, it was a hard reality-check to see that a few friends whom I haven’t kept in touch with too often in the past few months have thought I mis-sent my text, and replied thinking they weren’t the original recipients. I honestly didn’t mean to become so out of touch… My phone plan includes enough texts, so I’m hoping I’ll be more mindful about it after this week.

On the other hand though, it was fun to text love (almost) daily!
As I texted my boyfriend (the only person I text daily in general), I was mindful of sending hearts, hugs and kisses along with the “Pixel’s starting to wake up after his neutering and walks super funny.” type of texts.
I received cute and funny replies, and have set up two meet-ups with different people as the love I sent out came pouring back into my inbox. I am not an avid text message sender (if that is even a valid term for it), so this sort of thing only happens around Christmas time and New Years when I send a collective message to friends wishing them all the best.

This, the second, week’s assignment is to Write a Life List.
I keep thinking “I must do this one day” about several things, file them away somewhere in my mind and then promptly forget about them all. So this week, I’ll think about the things I really want to do, and see about writing them on some nice cardstock which I can then pin to my inspiration board.

See you next week, with updates on my findings and a photo/transcript of my Life List.

Did you join in, or have texted some love to anyone this past week? How was your first week of January?

PS: If you’d like to join in, the e-guide is only $15 , and for the month of January you can use the coupon code LOVEYOURWILDSELF to save an additional 10% on the guide and anything else in the shop.

2015, January 5

52 Weeks & Ways to Love My (wild) Self

First of all, Happy New Year!!!
I am happy to report that my simple holiday decor is all still intact, Pixel wasn’t really interested in anything even when left alone for five days while we were traveling and our friends only went over to feed him.

Now on to the title of this blog post.
You might remember that in 2011, I took part in Judy Clement Wall’s, A Year of Loving Fearlessly. For this year, j asked her readers in her regular weekly e-mail  if they wanted to take part in a year of following the 52/52 e-guide‘s assignments every week. Here is her blog post for this week, if you’d like to read it.

My reply? YES, count me in!
2014 has been rough in many aspects, and even though I tried to be mindful of what I needed, I put everyone else first far too many times.
Time to change that. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have a few sentences to blog about if I start going through the guide with j. Blogging regularly is something I want so much, but had more than a lot of trouble with in 2014 due to lack of time, ideas and just generally being stressed.
And apparently it’s already working a little, since I’m excited to be declaring here my intention: starting today, January 5th, I’ll go through the whole guide. Each week during 2015, I’ll do the assigned activity and then write a few sentences about how it went the following week. It also helps to have a little nudge from j through her e-mails ;)
This first week’s assignment is to Text Love Daily.
I already have a couple of ideas for this, so let’s dive right into it!
Happy 2015!
PS: If you’d like to join in, the e-guide is only $15 , and for the month of January you can use the coupon code LOVEYOURWILDSELF to save an additional 10% on the guide and anything else in the shop.
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