Dec 4, 2014

60 15 - Month No. 2

I am so sorry for not posting at all during November, but I have started university again this semester, while still working full time, so it has been quite stressful with the first examinations taking place and all.

Anyhow, in November I managed to go 12 days without using my car and only now have I finished up the first half bottle of shampoo that I'd had in use already when the challenge started. So much for living sustainable...

As for the other tasks: I have read the novel Hothouse Flower by Lucinda Riley, which I can only recommend to you, because it's such a great story about two families and how it's been interwoven for more than a century. Also, my boyfriend ordered himself a few classic children's books, because he finally wanted to read them, so I read Alice in Wonderland to tick off the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

Through coincidence I got to tick off task no. 58, because my aunt got herself a new dressing gown, which she gave to me because she didn't like it after all.

During last week, I've been meditating a lot, because I feel like I'll need to be calmer and not get upset so easily when the new year comes around. There are a few possibilities and options that might become real, which will bring big changes to my life. I will tell you more about it, once it's decided.

For now I'm in full christmas mode, decorating, buying presents and simply enjoying this magnificent time of the year!

Xoxo, I hope, you are having as much fun as I am having!

Nov 5, 2014

60 15 - Month No. 1

Wow, the first month of the 60 tasks in 15 months challenge is over already! Time goes by so fast!
Anyway, I've been trying to work on as many tasks as possible so that maybe  - just maybe - I'll be able to finish all the tasks a little early.

This past month I've completed 3 tasks. Of course I've also been working on a lot of other tasks which can't be completed in just one go but take some time and efforts.

Now, I'll try to give you the highlights of last month:
First, and most important to me: I've finally made it through Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. (I've written about that here) It's been my 4th attempt, so I'm quite proud that I actually read the whole thing this time. It's only one out of ten books that I'm supposed to read, but this one's been a tough one, so I feel like I need to share this milestone.

Also, I've picked out a nice wing chair that fits perfectly into our living room.

Then we had my boyfriend's brothers over for a game night, where I also tried (and succeded) to make cake pops.

Aaaand I watched all episodes of Lipstick Jungle, so that's another task completed.

Above all that I've been trying to not use my car, which isn't so easy because my parents live about 30km from our apartment, so every time I wanna go there or go shopping, I just have to use my car. Also, I'm studying again, so now that it's suddenly turned cold outside, I sometimes use my car to go to university.

Usually my enthusiasm for challenges fades rapidly after the first week or so, but this time I feel like I'll actually pull through and complete all the tasks. I'm so motivated :)

Xoxo, have a great week!

Oct 29, 2014

RGRC Update #5

Wow, it's been more than 6 months since I last posted an update for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge! I'm shocked.

But I just didn't feel like reading anything on the list - I prefered light and entertaining love stories above the sometimes quite hard to read titles on the list.

However, at my 4th attempt in as many years I finally made it through the original version of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It has been hard to understand her 19th Century language, but after a while it got easier and I finally read the whole story about how Elizabeth's and Mr. Darcy's lives got intertwined. And I loved it! So romantic - but at times a little strange to see how things worked back then.

I hope to be reading some more books of the list soon. Let's just hope that I'll have some more free time and motivation this winter than I had last summer.

Xoxo, happy reading!

Oct 22, 2014

60 tasks in 15 months

Recently I've seen a lot of 101 things in 1001 days-lists pop up all over the internet and decided to also make a little list for myself. I figured, once I have everything written down and published, I will complete the tasks more easily - mostly to being able to ticking stuff off the list. So I've set down and come up with 60 tasks, that I am trying to complete until the end of 2015.

Usually the time frame is 1001 days, but I've decided to shorten it to 15 months, because I was afraid I wouldn't go through with it, if I set too big a timeframe.

I have already started completing tasks at the 1st of October, and I have to say until now it's going pretty well - except for the tasks where I wanted to exercise for 2 hours/week and meditate for 20 hours/week. I haven't even started, so I'm afraid I'll have to change these two.

I'm excited that I made myself write down all these tasks and also still be working on the list 3 weeks into the project.

To make it even more binding for myself I've decided to blog about it and write a post about my progress once a month.

Here you'll find the tasks -->

I hope to inspire some of you to make a list of their own or just follow my progress. Maybe some of you even have some tips on how to actually follow through and complete all the tasks.

Xoxo, let's hope I'll succeed!

Sep 17, 2014

Makes me smile - Baby edition

Sometimes, when feeling down, I just type cute baby into Google and enjoy the instant lift of mood. Here are a few of my favorites that always make me smile.

sources (from left to right): 1 2 3
Xoxo, have a great week!

Sep 3, 2014

Lists all over

I love lists. Shopping lists, wish lists, to-do lists, bucket lists. Basically all kinds of lists. I make them in my head, on notepads, on old receipts, on my phone and on the internet.

I really enjoy writing them, but what makes me real happy is ticking off items and tasks I've completed. Nothing motivates me more than ticking off items.

Off the top of my head I can think of at least 5 different lists I am working on right now. There's the obligatory shopping list, a bucket list, a wish list, the list for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, a list of books to read and movies to watch and a list of gift ideas for my boyfriend. Oh, and of course the list of recipes to try on Pinterest.

Usually I keep my lists simple and don't decorate them or even try to use a nice writing, but sometimes I invest a little more time in lists, that I know I'll be consulting a lot.

How about you? Do you write lists? What do you write them on? Does it motivate you to tick items off?

Xoxo, I wish you a great week!