February was a month of confusion and getting back into a routine. On several days I found myself wondering at the weather when it seemed that spring had arrived with leaves on trees and my colleagues telling me about their trees flowering already. I didn’t know how to take this. It felt like a season is missing (because I got to enjoy frost for only one week), and I remember quietly disagreeing when a colleague of mine was hoping that there wouldn’t be snow this year. Yes, I enjoyed the warmth, but my body and mind weren’t prepared for it yet.
In February I was really inspired to write about sustainability and have written notes for so many posts, which are still coming. I finally finished my post on the differences of photodegradable/biodegradable and compostable packaging, shared my favourite natural beauty products that have changed how I care for my skin and shared sustainable articles with you. For Valentine’s day, I was inspired to share the love with yourself, your loved ones and those who need it most.
The Favourite – This movie was excellent! It was funny, thought-provoking, visually beautiful and one that I could have a thoughtful conversation about afterwards! I loved the performance of all the main ladies!
A Cinema Night – Going to watch a movie can be a nice experience as a whole evening. We walked to the cinema and back in the rain, but had such a great conversation that left me feeling so happy!
Breathing Techniques For Anxiety – I think these are suitable for everyday life and not only for anxiety. Eco Green Love has put them in a nice table and checking it I noticed I’ve tried nearly every one of them whilst doing yoga. They are great for meditation, calming down and I usually add some love or happiness to the practice which makes the rest of my day always better.
Videos for Cats – Searching on Youtube you can find so many videos that are meant for cats. I was first introduced to them by friends who have 4 lovely cats and one of them loves chasing mice on a big screen. So I tried it with Tiger when he got overly naughty and he got so transfixed to my small phone screen with little mice, fish or even a warm going across the screen. He could sit there for half an hour just staring at the screen and occasionally tapping with his paw. Although, having a charger on the phone was not a good idea as he thought they were coming from the charger, clever boy! The only problem with this is the adds that pop up every few minutes that I have to switch off. I mean what do they think they can market to a pet? It’s not like he will tell me to go watch that movie or buy that product!
Books – This might become the regular visitor on each of Happy Favourites posts. Reading has become such a predominant hobby in my day to day life. This month I managed to finish 10 books, and unlike the previous month, I had more good reads. I finally finished the Winternight trilogy, which I enjoyed immensely. I read some poetry, good novellas, fantasy and non-fiction, Convenience store woman, was excellent and the poems by Rumi! I finished No Logo, which took me ages to read and about which I will be writing more in my sustainable wrap-up post. Let’s see if I can match the number of books read in March.
Little Tiger is Growing – It is a bit sad that he isn’t the same little furball he was when he arrived but I’m fully enjoying to learn his character and seeing him becoming while not fully adult closer to it anyway. Last week he dropped his baby teeth, which we kept finding from his bed (lovely, I know), and a week before that he got neutered. In spite of all this change in him, he’s been as cheery and affectionate as ever, mischievous every day though to balance it out.
Evgenia Medvedeva finally won a competition this season – If you followed me for a while you’ve probably seen me talk about figure skating. The recent excitement is partly due to her. She is a true artist on ice! And after all her struggles this year, it’s wonderful to see her regaining her confidence!
My sister is graduating – Congratulations to my sister for finishing her masters and graduating. I have just booked my flights to go to her graduation in the Netherlands. I’ve been there before, but only visited certain areas in Amsterdam. Now I am looking to explore more. Any advice on what to do in the Netherlands?
Who Made My Clothes – Fashion Revolution video. It’s excellent!
His Dark Materials – Teaser trailer for the upcoming tv-show based on Philip Pullman books! I can’t wait. Ever since I read the trilogy last year I’ve wanted to see it on screen. The movie wasn’t really much… and I hope the tv-show will be much better!
What Islam Really Says About Women – An inspiring Ted talk by Alaa Murabit.
No Logo – Book that everybody should read to understand how marketing can affect us, how companies can manipulate laws to their advantage and how things are done.
Poems by Rumi – Beautiful, everyday and philosophical, but still readable.
Convenience store woman – I loved how this book showed people who find themselves to be different from the “society’s norm” and try to exist without being ridiculed.
March is going to be very busy for me, but I still hope to share a few sustainability posts with you. I have already planned to talk on so many topics, but would also love to hear if there are some topics that you would like me to cover.
What were your favourites in February?