Time to appreciate life for a minute. Every once in a while I try to write up a list of some of the things that make me happy. They aren’t very life changing or different for that matter but I like to sometimes take a step back and take a look at some of the good things that have happened. The last time I did this post was March and of course much has happened in the mean time.
I love traveling and I got to go on two different trips since March. First, I visited my friend Alison in May and then I went to the US and Canada over summer. I have found in recent years that I need to go to a different place, preferably by myself, in order to stay sane. I love walking along shorelines by myself in unknown cities. It is a time when I feel I reflect more on what’s going on in my life and how I would like to do things differently.
Vegging out on the couch after a rewarding workout
One thing I’ve been doing more off again is working out. What I probably like most about working out is the aftermath. I love to do a strenuous work out and then have some food and lie on the couch watching a movie, TV series or some Youtube videos to pass the time. Half the time I will nap and miss half of what is going on, but I love to thoroughly recover after a good workout.
Doing that rewarding workout
I used to be at the gym quite a bit, but for the past 2 years I wasn’t going enough. So one realization that hit me during my most recent trip was that I need some time to get back into the swing of things. I am very consciously making an effort to get myself to the gym. No excuses: no matter whether I am tired, sore from the last work out or whatever, I go without fail. So far, it’s working!
Finishing a good book
There is nothing more satisfying than reading a good book. Finishing said great book can be a sad ordeal. It is sometimes quite a feat to leave your favorite characters behind, but the best part of finishing a book is that you can always pick it up again and read it another time. Besides, finishing a book is something quite satisfying in itself. There is just something about that feeling of turning that last page that always puts a smile on my face.
Nailing that make up look
Another conscious effort I am been making ever since summer break was done is to spend enough time on my make up in the morning. I have changed up my morning routine in such a way that I can spend a little more time on my make up in the morning. I just thought it was a shame that I have so much great make up and I only use half of it because some of it takes too much of an effort to use in a quick and dirty way. If only I could cope with waking up even earlier so I could spend some serious time on it, but then again I don’t feel like walking around with a full red carpet ready make up look on a daily basis.
Beers/ drinks/ laughs with friends
After summer vacation I figured I needed some well-deserved me time. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate everyone I hold dear. I spend time with my family and friends on different occasions since then and I’ve been having a great time. From beers in De Bonte Koe to music listening evenings and afternoons spent with my best friend in which both of us simply lose track of time: here to many more fun ‘dates’.
Making plans for concerts & events
Now that I have gotten settled in again after my vacation (travel is fun, but the jetlag not so much) and work is going on in full swing I have found some time to plan some concerts and events again. I have already bought tickets to go the I Love Beauty event in December and I plan on buying tickets to two different concerts some time this week. There is one more concert I want to attend but it is completely sold out and I am on a waiting list to try and find a ticket.
A train that does run for a change
Lately I have been having quite a bit of bad luck when it comes to trains. So a happy moment is definitely those days that they do run. In the past 2 weeks I have only had one day where there were absolutely no delays. And if the delays were only 5 minutes or so, no every time the delays were quite massive: at least 20 minutes up to an hour and one time I didn’t even get to go to work at all. Luckily I didn’t have any lessons that day because that would have been dreadful.
Unpacking the Misslipgloss Goody Bag
At the end of August, I went to the Misslipgloss brunch and everyone who went were gifted a massive goody bag. You can see it in this blog post. Unpacking all of the goodies once I got home was a real treat. There aren’t a lot of products that I don’t like. In fact, most of the products were ones I was curious about and I still wanted to try. Since most of it is skin and hair care I haven’t been able to use anything yet, but I will once my current products run out.
Taking pictures for reviews
Nothing fulfills the joy of a make up lovers heart than buying make up products, but what I also thoroughly enjoy is taking pictures of the products I buy to use on this space. I am still working on taking pictures of many of the products I bought in recent times and it’s a slow process as I now only have one or two days a week on which I can do any picture taking. Between work and workouts I simply do not have that much time, but I enjoy breaking out a new make up product every once in a while and doing a 2 hour picture series for future reviews.
What were your happy moments this summer?