I am a true lover of all kinds of lists and make them on a daily basis from to do lists, to what to buy from the store and what I want to accomplish in a year. Summer is here and although I have been really excited about it for some time now, I don’t seem to get inspiration to make any kind of list of what I want to do this summer. At least not the kind that summer bucket lists would usually involve. I’ve been thinking maybe there is something wrong with me. In our culture summer holidays are the time for vacation and taking it easy. People are planning holidays and times to spend with friends.
When I still lived in Finland my bucket list would have included a lot of swimming, spending time on the beach, doing a grill, visits to the countryside, drinking out with friends on midsummer’s eve and may day and so on. In the UK I don’t really do most of those things. I do reminisce them fondly and think how fun I had in my teen years and later on as well.
Since I graduated from University I haven’t really seen summer as the ultimate holiday time. Mostly, because I work for myself. I schedule my days, weeks and months the way I want to, which means I have my holidays when I want to and do everything else when I want to. I don’t really have bucket lists anymore, I have wish lists of things that I dream of such as travelling to certain countries, being brave enough to do a bungee jump and so on. For this summer I do have a wish list as well. I wish that I will have a fun time while I work, I wish that I can take my work to the next stage and I wish that I will earn enough money so that I can go on all the trips that I want to do this year; Ireland and Netherlands are definitely on the list. I want to read more books, but they are always on my list and I want to enjoy my time outside. None of this is something that needs to happen, but rather something that would be nice. I will be perfectly content with none of it as well.
I understand that for many, summer is still the ultimate holiday time and with the sun shining and the temperatures high. That is why I wish that people would, rather than making bucket lists of things that need to be done in a certain amount of time, just enjoy the summer and have fun on an impulse. And while you are enjoying your time, try to think of the environment a little as well and keep it sustainable.
What do you think are summer bucket lists still necessary?
With love and I hope you have a great summer,
I had trouble being motivated and inspired in February unless we count the inspiring Iris Apfel, who I wrote about in the beginning of the month. I was unwell for about three weeks of the month, which in February seems even longer than any other month. Being frustrated and stuck at home I concentrated my time on reading books such as The Buried Giant and Persepolis and watching tv-shows and movies that got me more inspired to learn more about different cultures.
Being stuck at home has made me dream a lot. I’ve been dreaming about a dining space and about warmer weather. My two furballs have been a big comfort and seem to be happy about me being home so much. Some enjoyment I’ve gained from using my Matt&Nat handbag when out and about and using my new favourite items from Lush. Valentine’s day brought me many lovely messages from friends and a happy smile from my boyfriend on receiving his sustainable valentine’s day cards with two lovey-dovey foxes.
I’ve had some time to research sustainability and wrote about 5 easy sustainable fashion changes and why I would change to natural cleaning products, rather than use the mainstream options. Most proud I have been about being able to keep up with regular posting! Hurray! Now I hope March will bring some more sunlight into our lives and I can go and enjoy ice skating while the rink is still open, yoga and walks in that sunshine!
How was your February?
Warm and light spring days with long walks outside!
To get rid of the cactus in my throat.
Quick reading abilities. I have so many books to read and I am anxious to get through them.
Going to a sauna. The hot moist air that purifies the skin and the body of all toxins! (one of the only things I miss from Finland)
A comfier couch. Ours is a poor resemblance of a couch which makes my back ache and it’s not actually comfy to sit on.
To not have to read any more upsetting news, at the same time I am so thankful to be able to know what is going around the world.
Uncorrupt media and world governments…
A really good tiramisu. I rarely want one, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been looking out for the one, I would like to have.
A holiday. Warm, with clear waters and good food, that is all I need.. and maybe some adventure 😀 With friends, with my family and with my loved ones!
Having more energy!
Some clarity in my mind.
My own garden to plant herbs, fruits, veggies and flowers in it!
Being confident to speak out all of my opinions, not only here but in general.
What are you dreaming about just now?
In our flat, we do not have a dining table. I eat breakfast and lunch at my desk and when we are eating dinner it is done on the couch watching tv or on occasion (when we have guests or it’s Christmas) we pull out my other work desk that we set for the dinner. Often, after work, I do enjoy watching a tv-show which distracts me from what has been going on during the day, however, often I also find it paralyses me on to the couch and I get frustrated easily.
This is why when researching about healthy eating habits, I was not surprised to learn, that sitting at a table with your family or friends, without distractions such as TV, can be beneficial for your health. When you concentrate on what you eat you are more mindful about it and when you converse with somebody it makes you eat slower and you feel full quicker, thus you will not overeat. In addition, to me, sitting at a table and having to get up from it after dinner gives new energy to work on something else, rather than be stuck with a TV-show. Funnily enough, we often want to go out for a meal, because then we know that we will have a meaningful conversation.
So recently I started dreaming of a dining area. I know there is no room in our current flat, but the more reason I can dream of one for our future flat and meanwhile try to dine without the TV on (wish me luck). I collected here some ideas of the dining area that I would enjoy eating at. Obviously, I would like to make the area sustainable, so a lot of items from recycled or otherwise sustainable sources. First things that come to mind are; foliage, thick repurposed wooden tables, comfy chairs, beautiful place mats and coasters to protect the table and copperware, which is supposed to have antibacterial properties (read more about it here).
- The ball lamps in picture 2 are just wonderful and made out of upcycled capiz shells, which are in abundance in Indonesia. I absolutely adore them. You can read more about the recycling method and find the lamp here.
- The beautiful geometric acrylic lamp in picture 6 is made from recycled materials and I love the shading it gives on the walls. You can find the lamp here with the information about how it was made.
- The copper table in picture 7 is so interesting. I know I said I would love a repurposed wood table, but that would be my option two. Don’t you just love the colours? The table is made by Arhaus and recycled as well. You can find more similar tables here.
- Pictures 8 and 13 are visual of other items from Arhaus. I love that such a big company has built their success on making sustainable furniture (read more about it here). More companies should do that!
- The lamp in picture 12 is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Only on closer inspection did I notice that and thought how cool the idea was! Check it out here.
- Picture 15, although, over saturated, is close to the ideal dining space. Maybe a bit too much foliage, but everybody needs a lot of oxygen!
- If you want to see more recycled furniture ideas check these four small shops 1, 2, 3 and 4, or if you liked the Arhaus check their dining room set here.
- The rest of the pictures are from Pinterest and can be found on this board.
Do you dine at a family table or do you watch tv on the couch instead?
You can’t buy your way to a better world – Interesting point of view. Makes a good point of how just changing what you buy is not enough, but it is the whole principle of fast-consumerism that needs to change.
The Future of Cities – This is actually a short youtube documentary/movie, which tells you in short how people are innovating better cities for our future.
Top Tips to Ditch Fast-Fashion – If you have already decided that you want to stop buying fast-fashion and don’t know how to check this out. If you don’t know why you should do it check it out as well!
Confessions of a Meat-eating Vegan – The writer of this article, in my opinion, was brave! There are so many people shaming others who are not vegan or vegetarian, shaming different types of eating habits and in general being mean. Not too long ago I saw a youtube video of a woman telling why and how she started eating meat again and she so much hate from people who were, at least claming, to be vegan. I think it is important that people talk about food and what is good for different people. As she says, one thing might not be the right thing for everybody.
Have you read any other posts lately that have made you think? Share them with me in the comments section below!
This year has not been easy. And I do not mean it has not been easy for me, but for our world. With each incident I seem to have less and less hope for the human kind and today when I heard the news, I wasn’t even surprised. Horrified, but not surprised. I thought of the furthest point I could move away from all this craziness, racism, selfishness and narrow mindedness. Too bad Moon is not occupiable just yet.
Of course, running away is not the answer, no matter how appealing it might sometimes feel. Now we just need to fight harder with educating ourselves to be more knowledgeable, understanding more, being more compassionate and being better. This year has already been one big learning experience.
There was a time when I didn’t think voting mattered, that I had any power over anything. But now I know, that if I do not vote then that voice is lost. And by ‘voting’ I do not only mean in elections, I also mean your choices, your behaviour and your consumption. This might sound funny, but every time you make a decision it is as if you are casting a vote towards that ‘meaning’. When you behave gracefully and do not laugh at a person who just fell in front of you, you are casting a vote to a more compassionate society that does not make fun of people. When you buy local produce, you are casting a vote to help out your local farmers against the big corporations.
At the moment I am afraid. I am afraid of the climate change and the planet. I am afraid for all the people who are being lied to and will struggle. I am afraid for the selfishness and narrow mindedness. I am afraid for the greed of big corporations and I am afraid of the monetary power they have over our decision makers.
Now I hope there is enough people, the will and power left to protect out planet so that we don’t need to resolve into fleeing away to the Moon.
Pics from Valhalla Movement.
You know the feeling when you feel sick and your family/friends tell you to go to the doctor, but then you start doubting your symptoms? You still feel the pain or discomfort as before, but you are not sure if you are just overreacting. It is disturbing your life but you don’t know if the doctor/GP will understand or believe you. Surely there are many other people who are much sicker than you who require the doctors time much more than you do!
I know to somebody this might sound silly and until recently I thought I was the only one who experienced this. But as always, I mentioned it out loud and found other people who felt the same way. It feels like slightly different kind of imposter syndrome. You start questioning yourself, your symptoms, whether you are overreacting. It could go away in a couple of days so why bother the doctor over it?
Well, let me tell you why. I am very thankful to my family for dragging me to the doctors when I was still thinking ‘I will go in a couple of days if it won’t get better’ whilst having a bad infection. We are not doctors and whilst I often imagine being very good at explaining symptoms, I do not have the education and knowledge to back it up. The doctors study for several years to be able to help you out, to help your discomfort and to prescribe medication to help you when you really are sick.
To those of you who are doubting your symptoms, stop. Believe in yourself and what you are feeling, and take care of yourself. Sometimes this is about going to the doctor. Although, I hope not too often!
Are you struggling from imposter symptoms?