Moments of 2017

Göteborg // own photo

 

The last three months of 2017 I spent contemplating and, as a result, I wasn’t able to write much. I was contemplating the purpose of my blog and realised that a lot in me has changed since I started it. But then I think that this a fantastic side effect. Blogging has enabled me to shape my thoughts, to reconsider my views and to realise that one needs changes to improve.

I will now try to summarise the past year to close it in some way. I just feel the need to start a new cycle.

The best moments of 2017

  • We did a bit of travelling, starting with a January visit to Copenhagen. Copenhagen is one of our most favourite destinations and we visit the city at least once a year.

    Copenhagen // own photo
  • In April we travelled to Gdansk, Poland where I met an old friend after many many years. The city was as charming as I remembered, but the best part of the trip was that my friend and I easily reconnected and chatted as we did 10 years before. How I missed her!

    Gdansk // own photo
  • In the summer we travelled to Italy via Poland and made a three-day stop in  Cracow. It was amazing! The atmosphere, the people, the weather, the food and the Old City. We just loved it all. If you ever there, I recommend buffet breakfast at Kolanko Nº 6  (www.kolanko.net) . We haven’t eaten better breakfast since!

    Cracow // own photo
  • We spent most of the summer holidays in a small town in Liguria. This was the first time we visited this part of Italy and surely not the last one. A definite highlight was the visit to the olive oil museum (www.museodellolivo.com) and factory (www.oliocarli.us) in Imperia and learning about running a family-owned company. We also visited their factory shop where I splurged on olive oils, vegetable sauces and olive-oil based cosmetics. Highly recommended!

    Diano Marina // own photo
  • I experienced a lot of great moments with my daughter who turned 4 in November. Since I decided to cut down on my working hours after maternity leave, I have one extra day a week I can spend just with her. Best decision ever!

    Scrapbooking // own photo
  • In December we decided to escape the Scandinavian darkness and headed of to Tenerife.  I returned refreshed, relaxed and tanned; just what I needed this time of the year.

    Los Cristianos // own photo
  • About 1.5 years ago I joined a local LeanIn Circle through which I met a bunch of inspiring women. When I turned to my circle in a moment of professional and personal dilemma, I experienced strong feminine support. It not only helped me to resolve the issue, but also left me feeling heard, understood and cared about. Thank you, ladies.
  • I cooked a lot and tried out many new dishes. Before, I never thought that cooking would give me so much enjoyment! I cook nearly every day, mostly vegetarian or vegan dishes. Meat is a rarity in our kitchen.

    Mackerels ready to be grilled // own photo

Not so great moments of 2017

  • In general, I was too tense and stressed too much. I occupied with so many things in the house and at work that I did not allow myself time to relax and rest properly on everyday basis.
  • I made a few trials to start exercising regularly, however, because of lack of motivation I never continued.
  • Because of lack of inspiration I gave up blogging for the final quarter of 2017. I felt I wanted to write but at the same time I thought that either the topics I had in mind were too obvious or I had to many ideas to write about. As a result I could not focus on writing.

Which moments I want more of

  • I want to be more relaxed and be able to focus on the activities that bring me joy. Reading in the sunshine is one of the most relaxing activities I know of!
  • I would like to be able to organise more time for my hobbies, including knitting, sewing and writing. I am glad that I picked up knitting and crocheting after a longer break and managed to complete two larger projects.
  • Spending time with my daughter is one of the most valuable experiences. She has become a partner in conversation and is more and more curious about the world. I feel happy and privileged that I can be her teacher.
  • I will happily spend more time travelling and exploring new places. And I badly want to overcome my flight anxiety.

 

What were your best moments of 2017?

 

Inspiration #8

Rainbow over Göteborg // own photo

A handful of inspirational articles:

  • Once I started decluttering, I realised that the process might never end. The more objects I let go, the more I enjoy being without. If you, however, don’t know how to get started, here is a game that you might find inspiring. The game was started by my favourite minimalistic duo and has very simple rules: for the period of 30 days you get rid of your excess stuff. Every now and then you can join thousands of people via the Minimalists’ platforms and play the game together. More information is available at the Minimalists’ website,
  • If you would like to downsize your wardrobe and learn to live with fewer items of clothing then go ahead and join Project 333. Started as a personal experiment 7 years ago, the project has gained many followers around the world. 333 stands for 33 pieces of clothing used for the period of 3 months. The challenge is too restrictive for me since I wouldn’t be able to i.e. limit myself to using one or two pairs of shoes for 3 months. However, I really enjoy reading  about the project and find the comments of the participants truly insightful.
  • If you, like me, feel that restricting your wardrobe to 33 pieces every season is too limiting, you can try and follow these 10 steps in order to edit your style. The author of the blog will guide you through every step. There is also a set of exercises to accompany each step, unfortunately, you would need to pay to access them.

Do not forget to check my previous posts with inspiration:

 

What inspires you? Feel free to share in the comments.

 

Why quick solutions often aren’t the best ones

Sunset somewhere in Denmark // own photo

 

As a big fan of innovation, I like any new technological solutions that can improve my everyday life.  I love that I can have quick and easy access to the news and to my bank account. I like being able to read a book off the phone or do grocery shopping when sitting on a bus. On the other hand, I have noticed that I expect quick solutions in nearly every other area of my life. I have become more impatient, and it is not only when a webpage loads for more than 5 seconds.

My experience

A while ago I decided to try a new, quick service and it was a big mistake. My daughter and I wanted to get a vaccination against TBE. Instead of going to our usual healthcare centre, I opted for trying out one of those points that offer vaccinations and video (!) doctor appointments. You can find them in shopping centres or large grocery stores. ‘What a great idea!’, I thought, ‘I can do my grocery shopping while I wait for my turn!’

And so we went. I was a bit hesitant when I looked at the baskets with cheap socks and lace thongs placed strategically in front of the ‘vaccination booth’. But then I thought: ‘What the hell; it is just a vaccination and doesn’t need to be done in a doctor’s office’. I took the queuing number from the machine and keyed in my mobile number so that I would get a notification with the exact time of my appointment. ‘How convenient!’, I thought. And that was the end of my admiration for the service.

First of all, the waiting took much longer than I anticipated, and still had to queue after our shopping round (which usually takes 1 hour). However, this isn’t so bad when compared to what happened after my daughter had her vaccination. When the blood started to drip from the prick and run down her arm, the nurse just grabbed a visibly dirty tissue from the bin (!) and cleaned the blood off the arm! I was in such a shock that I was speechless. The nurse tried to explain herself and said the tissue was only use to clean the floor (!). This it only made the situation worse. I could not believe  how unprofessional service this company was offering. I was appalled by the fact that the nurses working there could not follow the basic hygiene routines.

My lesson

This whole incident cost me a sleepless night as, obviously, I was worrying about my daughter’s health. Fortunately, there was no infection.

We did, of course, contact the owners of the company and reported the incident. And I learned a valuable lesson: do not make compromises and do not attempt to find quick solutions when it come to your healthcare. Your health should never be compromised.

A month later my daughter and I went for the second round of vaccination to our usual healthcare centre. It was great to see familiar faces and to realise that for the people working there making money on quick vaccinations isn’t the primary focus.

Let’s not exchange convenience for quality. Let’s relearn to be patient for things of a good value are well worth waiting for.

 

Which quick solutions do you value the most? Which quick solutions don’t work for you?