Today I am reflecting on 2018 - the good AND the bad. I’ve thought about all the (many) mistakes I’ve made, all the amazing lessons I’ve learned through those mistakes, all the good things I’ve done and all the changes I’ve made. It’s also helping me think about what I want for 2019.
I don’t tend to go for the whole ‘new year new me’ BS, but I do like to think about what my aims are for 2019 as a rough guide and to give me focus - and a big one for me is to reduce my debt. Studying in London absolutely rinsed me in terms of credit cards and loans, I don’t regret it but I have a pretty big job of paying that off now.
It’s not so much a ‘resolution’, but a yearly aim for me. Anyone else got any aims for 2019??
Low winter sun just about finding its way in.
A Activa de Janeiro chegou, já estão a lê-la? 🤩
It's raining outside, but there is a special light inside this cozy house of mine. Don't ask me why, cause I couldn't explain it.
Maybe because I love to read, books or magazines, as long as I have paper in my hands I'm happy. Activa is one of my monthly readings, being this issue theme's the friendship, I know I'm gonna read it in a blink of an eye.
On the other hand I would rather have an ability for writing. For almost a week I'm trying to put on words a travel chronicle, but every time I start writing it seems that some inspiration and creativity is missing, resulting in a boring bunch of words... Anyway I will not give up, I'll start it over and over again until I'm satisfied with the result. Only hope it won't be too late! . . . . .
#aminhaactiva #revistaactiva #raquelstrada
#blinkingmoments #liveforthestory #lisbonphotographer #lisbonvacationphotographer #sintraphotographer #sintratravelphotographer #sintravacationphotographer #cascaisvacationphotographer #familyphotographerportugal #fotografodeferias #fotografoemlisboa #tribejldesign #calmversation #ofquietmoments #ofwhimsicalmoments #provinciallife #wherecalmlives #inpraiseofslowness #slowlivingforlife #countrysideliving #countrysidelife #friendshipmatters #christmaslight #christmasatmosphere
Let it snow ❄️
Перед прошлым Новым годом я делала упражнение: нужно было написать, не отвлекаясь на другие дела, 100 и более своих желаний. Любых, всех, материальных и возвышенных. И обычно ко второй половине сотни идут настоящие, только твои, не навязанные никем, мечты.
Сегодня я открыла тетрадь со своим списком мечт, и 61 из них сбылась, 15 – в процессе, а все остальное мне больше не нужно. И ненужное – в самом начале списка, да.
Мечтайте смело, в деталях, и о своём ✨
На днях найду время для этого упражнения, буду раскатывать губу себе в удовольствие 😌🌙
has also been practicing her throwing & relearning about engobes & glazes.
I have so many pictures of that city with festive Christmas decoration, but I really prefer showing you the entry to it. There is an access point to the city wall where you can see the old town from above - very impressive! Have you ever visited a german city during Christmas season? ⭐️🌟✨💫
Today is the last day to order and still get your package delivery for Christmas 🎄 🌲🌲
There are only a couple of these fern 🌿gift sets left and when they’re gone they’re gone for good (this design for tea towels is discontinued).
The Oysters gift set is also down to a couple sets left.... but I’ll have more Oysters sets in stock in January.
You might begin to notice more posts pop-up with messages about how to handle holiday anxiety this week. These messages may encourage things like: giving your presence, letting go or saying no. Those words are generally what I live by in my regular daily life, but there's something about their simplicity that irks me around the holidays. This time of year feels so much more complicated. A four-word quote can't always help the messiness that is family. It can't cure anxiety or stress. And it can't make the confusing feelings (often including guilt) about changing traditions any easier, especially if family isn't on board. It might be able to give you pause for a moment. But those words... they feel *too* simple, right now. Maybe the people writing them are way further down the line, or have reached a level of insight/wisdom I'm nowhere near. And then maybe it's like that quote about how you shouldn't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. But this stuff takes time for me. I'm five years into simplifying my life, and whenever people ask what the holidays look like, I'm still like 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️. We are definitely not Masters of the Simple Holidays. Every year has looked different and we are basically just always doing the best we can. Isn't that all we can ask of each other? My thought on how to manage holiday anxiety: do the best you can. And if your family doesn't perfectly follow your new plan for what you want the holidays to look like, give them grace. Changing your own lifestyle is hard enough. Changing traditions can take a long time and requires more than one person. You might be comfortable with your decision, but my guess is you didn't come up with that new plan overnight. It was probably developed over years of feeling stressed out about what the holidays were. It was *personal*. For that reason alone, we can't ask other people to immediately jump onboard and meet us exactly where we are. You can (and should) have conversations about it. But ultimately, you can't force people to do anything. We are all on our own paths. A little less guilt/shame + a lot more grace/acceptance about that could go a long way this week. #tistheseasontobemindful
I don’t usually set my morning alarm to 3AM... But when I do, it’s to go up 1500 feet in the air in a wicker basket 🧺 🎈
[AD] Swapping coffee and the laptop for a glass of Vintersaga glogg and a good book – I've ticked off some deadlines (the dreaded tax return!) and I'm winding down for Christmas with a little help from @ikeauk.
The best way I find to escape the stresses of the festive season is to retreat indoors and make the home feel warm and cosy. Simply string up some Blötsnö festoon lights and light a few candles and you're well on your way to some Christmas calm. Swipe through to see a detail of these little cork domes that I've filled with winter foliage - after Christmas they'll be perfect for storing stationery in the office #IKEAatmine #WonderfulEveryday
Пару дней назад проводила индивидуальную консультацию, во время которой спросила клиентку: «а какая вы?». Она задумалась и ответила: «люди говорят, что добрая, всегда готова прийти на помощь. Говорят, красивая...»
«А вы сами, как считаете?» - не унималась я..
В ответ - молчание, и слезы. 😳
Хочу повторить этот же вопрос вам: уверены ли вы, что знаете себя? Легко ли вам ответить на вопрос: кто вы? Какой(ая) вы?
Самопознание и самоидентификация - непростые задачи, и вообще у многих этот процесс вызывает чуть ли не отвращение. 🤢 Часто слышу: «зачем в себе копаться?!»🤷🏽♀️
Но давайте на чистоту: всем хочется денег, любви и красивое тело! 💰💗🧘🏼♀️
А добиться всего это можно лишь, когда научитесь понимать и слышать себя.🤩 Свечки, ритуалы, заговоры не помогут. ⛔️Проверено миллионами людей❗️
Вселенная все равно будет отражать вам ваш внутренний мир. 🔮
И если вы в себе не разобрались, то и притягиваться будут люди, которые сами в себе запутались, не знают чего хотят, без четкого видения и общей цели, с теми же 🦗, что и ваши. 🤔
Невозможно идти куда-то, не зная цели, и быть кем-то, не зная себя на самом деле. 💖
Who are you? If you can’t promptly answer that question you don’t have a very clear picture of your own identity. Having a clear image of yourself is essential in relationships, self-confidence and growth. 💗
Excited for this sweet reindeer to join us for advent tonight! 🌲 At the beginning of December I wrapped up a big stack of Christmas/winter books to be opened when we do our advent together each night. Hazel could read books alllll day, so her face just lights up like a Christmas tree in anticipation of opening one each night after dinner! Snuggling and reading by the Christmas tree with just the glow of candles and twinkle lights has quickly become one of our favourite Christmas traditions. ✨ What’s your favourite tradition that you do with your family?
Wish list for Santa or cookies? Cookies of course! 🍪🍪🍪
Минулоріч, коли Свят був менший, зробити таке фото було куди простіше, а зараз то цілий квест, добре, що миколайкового печива з запасом купила😌
І взагалі, ми цього року з Миколаєм-татом просто молодці, всі подарунки й солодощі купили завчасно й не доведеться вистоювати сьогодні в кілометрових чергах в маркетах коло кас. А на Новій пошті взагалі дурдом, школа мені тих нових поштарів.
А поки Святко спить, мама перетворюється на помічника Миколая й гуртує швиденько загортати подарунки🎁🎁🎁 В тебе там вже все під подушку рідним готове?😉
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." 🌎🤲🏻🌱 Pure creative moment captured @melanieelliott_photo
Glimpses of the new year are appearing in my mind, all the plans, all the new energy... yet bizarrely I'm already starting to feel the pressure (and it isn't even Christmas yet!). I want 2019 to become a year of courage, of action... yet... I'm becoming more aware that all the healing and solitude I've been wanting to still squeeze into 2018 won't simply be DONE (tick!) by the changing of the clock and the fireworks glowing at midnight.
With all the newness and excitement a new year brings... it is in fact a new day, like any day. Every day is a new chance, a gift, a possibility to grow, make a change and become more of who we want to be.
With that in mind, I'm embracing my plans, my courage but I also allow myself to go day by day. I allow myself the time I need; to lay my foundations step by step so that they will support my path and actions.
Phew, seems even in the festive rush I have too much time to think 🤶🏼💭
Do you have your plans for 2019 firmly in sight? Feeling the pressure? Oh, and have you picked a word to live by in the new year yet? My word this year was TRUST, and it did me heaps of good! Next year... yes, COURAGE is smiling at me.
This beautiful ring is by @arathealtar
— it symbolises the first quarter moon, which stands for strength, determination and focus! Oh yes 🙌🏼
Touch of festive red 💅 Which colour do you prefer to wear these days? :)
HOW IS THIS PLACE EVEN REAL??? I mean, seriously. So amazing.
Was delighted this morning when I received this beautiful picture of Lake Nipissing in Northern Ontario. My daughter Isabelle has been so fortunate to be invited there by her friend to spend a few days before returning to Ottawa before Christmas. ❄️❄️
« What are you up to? », I asked. Isa replied that she’s cooking, baking Christmas cookies and taking nature walks along the lake. She’s also playing board games and helped the family decorate their Christmas tree. Wish I was there! Slowing down and enjoying nature is always on my list of priorities. Baking Christmas recipes also brings me much joy. 🎄Sounds like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! My daughter Isa also told me the other day that, whenever she does grocery shopping, she always brings her reusable bags and carts her groceries in her backpack as well, amongst her university books. As parents we sometimes wonder if our young adults are at all influenced by our actions. Rest assured that teaching by example does rub off a little bit...❤️😍✨#outdoorlovers #getoutdoors #friendship #makemoremagic #thatauthenticfeeling #friendsmakelifebetter #nature #naturelover #slowliving #theartofslowliving #northernontario #lakenipissing #ontario #canada #takemethere #followyourpassion #calmversation
This is the last of the interior brickwork repairs 👏 our plasterer finished on the weekend! I still need to visit the house to have a look but I’ve been told it’s just the chimney breasts left to do after we’ve had our log burner and fireplace installed. This week the boiler is being fitting and initial plumbing work for the bathroom done, happy that we are making progress!
Quanto ci piace questa collaborazione!!grazie 🙏🏻☺️ #Repost @cronachediunabionda
____Quando spesso mi domandate, come mai ti mandano le cose per la colazione, penso alla prima foto che feci. Avevo preso spunti, avevo osservato, mi ero documentata, ero affascinata da quelle foto meravigliose di Pinterest.
Poi ci ho messo del mio.
La colazione l’ho sempre considerata uno dei momenti più importanti della giornata, uno di quelli che ti serve per partire, per condividere, per coccolarsi. Ne ho messe tante, ho spinto il messaggio perché ci credevo, perché mi piaceva e sì’ anche a prescindere dal risultato.
Oggi, sono qui ancora una volta a collaborare con @andrinimarmellate
che quando ti mandano le cose sei felice come una bambina la prima volta al luna park: con le marmellate, la crema di marroni e oggi per la gioia del maschio e degli invitati per queste feste di Natale anche le mostarde.
Il senso di tutto questo Pippone , è per dirvi come sempre che qualsiasi progetto avete, oltre che a crederci dovete impegnarvi, studiate, inspiratevi e ma soprattutto metteteci del vostro.
GooD MorninG #teamblondietherapy
#cronachediunabionda #moodygrams #stylingtheseasons #morninglikethese #flatlay #calmversation #breakfast #abreathofwhitespace #chooselovely #cookmagazine #inspiremyinstagram #onethetable #foodstyling #myeverydaymagic #theeverygirl #thatsdarling #thatauthenticfeeling #verilymoment #aquietstyle #tablestyling #healthybreakfast
Is hot chocolate an acceptable breakfast drink when the weather is this miserable? Asking for, errr... me! 🤷🏼♀️😆 I guess that’s the coolest thing about adulthood right, we can literally do whatever we want! 🤘🏽🤪 (It almost balances out the crap stuff like bills and taxes... almost...) Remember when you were a kid and you’d dream about the day you’d become an adult and could do EXACTLY what you wanted? Guys, we’re HERE! We made it! 🥳 It’s so easy though, to forget those possibilities and get stuck in the rut of what is normally accepted. We find ourselves doing things ‘just because’... 😕Well, why not make 2019 the year you say f*** it and you do exactly what it is that you want to do? Live the life you want to live, the way you want to live it. ✨ (Hot chocolate for breakfast is pretty good start! 😆) #breaktheloop #lesshustlemoremagic
The Holiday Season (or, ”Mama, can we go get macarons?”)
It’s an awful day here today....wind & rain, even this little girl doesn’t want to venture out! 🐶
Roll on later when we can put the fairy lights on to brighten up this gloom 🌟
Day 18 - Door
Santa’s helper is ready for all these holidays things✨🎅🏻 Ho-ho-ho✨
Love stumbling upon pretty insects outside my house.
Winter sunset on the pier. I do love the light this time of year, just a shame there’s not more of it ✨
Winter light and laundry mess