What I Learned in March

DSC_0432Back with more things that I learned this month! I am really liking this segment so far, it really helps me think about what I did in a month and what I can improve upon for April. March was an interesting month for me because I had a lot of realizations and came to many conclusions about how I am living my life and spending my time and so on. But still it was a good month. I can’t complain :)

This month I learned:

01. You don’t constantly have to be surrounded by people to be happy. When I first arrived in Amsterdam I constantly felt lonely. I didn’t know many people and even the ones I did know I didn’t see very much. I very much based my happiness on how many friends I had, which was wrong. Now that I am settled in here I don’t mind doing things on my own, sometimes its even better than constantly being surrounded by people.

02. Positivity is a choice. I’ve heard this so many times, but now I know that it is true. It really is a choice. You just have to get in the right mindset, which can be very difficult. It took me a couple of years! But now that I am here I never want to go back, it feels great.

03. How to ride a bike in Amsterdam. I almost decided not to buy a bike when I first got here because it looked kind of frightening.  What a mistake that would have been! Riding a bike in Amsterdam is so exhilarating and fun! I am so happy that I chose not to miss this experience.

04. That I need to make some new goals. I realized that going on exchange was really the last big goal/dream that I had, and I am doing it right now. Other than more travel destinations I really need to think of some new things that I want to accomplish in my life. Heres to dreaming.

05. That Ernest Hemingway is probably my favorite author. (Next to Jane Austen of course). I just love his writing style and novels. They always make me want to travel even more.

06. That you shouldn’t put your phone in your pocket while riding a bike. This is a sad story to tell… I completely cracked and scratched my phone screen due to it falling out of my pocket while cycling. What a way to learn how not to do something.

This post idea originated from chattingwiththesky.

Until next time x

 

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2015 Reading Goals

DSC_0648Every year I challenge myself by creating a reading goal, and 2015 is no different! Usually, I base my goals on how many books I think I can actually finish rather than how many I want to read. I like to have my reading goal all about feeling good at the end of the year by how much I accomplished. I don’t want to feel that I should have read more. Although let’s be honest, I think we all feel that, at least a little bit.

This year I set my goal at 20 books. Last year I also set my goal at 20, but only managed to read 19. Close, but no cigar! I made it the same again because I really want to complete that goal and I know that I can. This year I was a little lazy in keeping up on my reading. I always start and end strong, but slag off in the middle.

Sadly, I have only actually finished one of these reading challenges after doing it since 2011. Hoping I can change that this year! The first time I did it I vastly overestimated how much I can read in a year by making my goal 52 books. I won’t be making that mistake again!

Some other readings goals I have is to read more nonfiction this year. I started last year and surprisingly really enjoyed it. I really want to jam as much knowledge as possible into this brain of mine!

What are some reading goals you have for 2015?

Until next time x

The Happy List | Vol. 1

3I recently discovered ‘The Happy List’ on one of my favorite blogs Nothing Spaces. As soon as I read through the post it struck me as something to remind yourself that minute (sometimes) everyday occurrences can make you happy too. Its easy to get caught up in your dreams and big goals that often seem to be going nowhere, which makes it a good idea to just sit back and review the things that are going right in your life. Such as the fact that its summer. ;) And of course, after reading through hers I had to try and make a list of my own. So here goes.

  1. Watching ‘Pride and Prejudice’
  2. Drinking tea
  3. Finishing a project after lots of hard work
  4. Sitting in coffee shops chatting with my boyfriend
  5. Taking photographs in the rain
  6. The smell of freshly cut grass
  7. Trips to the ocean with my family
  8. City lights at night
  9. Planning trips abroad
  10. That sleepy feeling after a day of adventure

I encourage everyone to try and make their own happy list. Also check out the original happy list author here.

I actually found it difficult to come up with ten things that made me happy. I don’t know if that is sad or what but yeah. Its probably sad. Maybe its time to reevaluate a few things. In any case have a happy week :)

 

 

A List for the Present and the Future

Thats right, I made a bucket list. I used to be rather obsessed with making lists. I would make lists of anime I had watched and books I read. I tell myself I did this just to keep track of it all but really, I think I probably did it for the pleasure of making lists. As strange and completely weird as that may sound…

So when I decided to make a bucket list, in my mind I was thinking this will be an ultimate list of ultimate things. And I’ll never have to make another list again… perhaps.

The reason I made a bucket list in the first place was because I felt like I wasn’t doing anything with my life and because of this, I start feeling extremely panicked. The sad thing is that after I made this bucket list (and am still making) Christine told me that people make lists because of anxiety. Lists help people feel like they’ve accomplished something without actually doing anything, which is exactly what it made me feel. And I’m okay with that. False accomplishment, I like. My list is just written down on a bunch of note cards as I was in a rush to write down all of these crazy ideas scrambling around on my head. I miiiight make a post later on listing all of them and will add things to it here or there.

So whats on my bucket list? A few ridiculous things that I’ll probably never accomplish, some things that I could do right this second but probably won’t due to that ever looming fiend called procrastination, and there are some things that I just felt belong on a bucket list.

One of these ridiculous little whims of mine is to go to every Disney theme park in the world. So far I’ve been to one. A ton more to go. In a way I think its kind of stupid but yet its something I’ve always wanted to do so of course, this was the first thing I put on my bucket list. And even if I don’t accomplish it as long as I try and even only go to 3 or 4 parks I’m fine.  Something else that is a wee bit odd, buy a gnome. This may or may not have something to do with the movie Amelie. And I may or may not travel around with it to take photos of it in various places like Amelie. Yeah…

Things that I could do right this second: build an epic sand castle. And by epic I mean huge. It doesn’t have to be a sand castle, a sculpture would do just fine. And of course I would involve all my sisters in this so that with all of our artistic talents combined, it will be even more epic. Or it will just be a complete fail but this is something I really want to do, what with me loving the ocean and all. Another little thing that is somewhat pointless, watch all of the movies included in the 50 greatest movies of all time (Although I guess a lot of things on bucket lists are pointless, but its all about life experience, right?).

And of course, I couldn’t make a bucket list without putting skydiving on it. I’ve never actually wanted to skydive because I have a few of the parachute not working properly and me falling to my death. Lovely thoughts, eh? Although, I have always wanted to see the world from a different perspective such as skydiving offers. It most definitely has something to do with me liking photography. When I found out that you can do tandem skydiving I was all for it. Let someone else be responsible for our death! And yes, bungee jumping is also on there. Although this is something I’ve always wanted to do. Even though people always warn on how detrimental it can be to your body, I might as well destroy it while I can. I’ll be eating these words when I’m old and crippled, of course.

Other than those few things my list is mostly about traveling or things simply to do with photography. In fact, I didn’t even include half of my traveling wishes because it would make up over half the list. I’ll just keep them safely locked in my head.

Eventually

Found this while I was wasting time on Tumblr and decided that it could replace my April goals. Everything on this illustration is actually something that I think I should do, which is surprising considering that 20 things is quite a lot. Even though its mid-April already I don’t think its ever too late to set some goals for your life. Its better to do something eventually rather than never – spoken like a true procrastinator.

March is here

March is finally here! And has been for awhile already, I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!

I’ve seen a few bloggers posting monthly goals to keep in check with whats important and I thought I might start trying that out as well. Yearly goals are good, but if you dissect them into something smaller I think its a lot easier to handle and actually be productive with.

I meant to post this at the beginning of the month but fell sick with a fever and a cold. Now that the cold is nearly gone I’m ready to get back to blogging!

  • Finish at least two books
  • Begin photographing with film again
  • Get my photos printed
  • Organize my room
  • Finish my MAP
  • Get out of the house and exercise

I’m hoping that if I start doing this my life will become more organized and less procrastinator-ly… thats a stretch and a half though!