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Hi, I woke up to a breath taking cold and absolutely amazing morning:
When I opened my balcony door to clean the cat box I literally couldn’t take breath for 1-2 seconds, it just hit me like a brick how cold it was outside. And my heart is breaking on the thought of all the poor cats and dogs out there on the streets.
I hope you had a great holiday season and that you are fresh ready for a whole new year to accomplish your goals. You should feel energized and with new hope that this year will finally be the one when you reach that milestone.
Today I just received a mail from someone saying that she actually feels there is nothing new under the sun and somehow she lost her enthusiasm. That mail scared me a lot as I never want to feel so lost and empty at the start of a new year. What’s left for the rest of it then? Very scary stuff on a psychological level!
I haven’t written about me for a long time (since the summer) – I just didn’t feel like it.
A Short Recap Of All The Things That Happened In Second Half Of 2016
- I got a second niece Sofia
- I had a great but scary vacation, a bit on the wild side and there were a few moments that could have ended bad – but luckily they didn’t. I guess they kind of of shook me to the core so I think I am finally stabilizing after 6 whole months.
- There was a bad flood in my town where people died. What’s left in my memory is this case of a young woman with her child coming back from a vacation and they both drowned that night. I mean they went on a vacation and this unimaginable thing happens and they are gone. That fast and unexpectedly.
- We had a series of earthquakes after the flood, this was at the end of the summer. One was particularly strong. It was so scary. People were sleeping in cars, tents, scared to go back to their buildings. I stayed one month with my mom in a grounded house because my apartment on the 6th floor seemed like a death trap.
- My city is among the most polluted ones in the world. There were times when I literally could not breathe. I am thinking of getting one of those air purifying air conditioners.
So I think I’ve avoided several situations where it could have been all over and I really needed to come to myself. So I hope 2017 will bring brighter events.
Oh and I have managed to delete my whole hard disk so all those gorgeous images from the vacation are gone. But even that doesn’t bother me as much as those few pictures I had of my grandmother (she died almost 2 years ago) that I’ve been meaning to turn into physical photos – and I never did and now they are gone. I am so mad at myself for them. That’s what you get for saying “I’ll do it later”.
What Are My Plans For 2017?
I have so many projects now! I have so many ideas and so little time to make them come to life. But I have decided that I won’t be taking any new projects, something like these are my commitments for the next 5 years – minimum. I am not allowed to take any new projects. This is it.
I have a total of 8 projects. And none is fully developed!
I hate being in a hurry, there is no joy in what I do if I do it with a timer set on. So I’ll be working on my projects slowly but steadily.
So to start managing my time more efficiently and following the practice of the whole blogging community this is what I bought myself:
My first day to day year planner :). And a very simple one if I may notice as we are so behind the world that you can’t find anything more attractive in our stores. Maybe I could have ordered online a cool year planner but 2017 was just about to start and I wanted to have a year planner fast.
Here is what else is new:
I have managed to squeeze an elliptical trainer in my tiny tiny apartment! Even my sister said that I have done a good organization of the home elements – it really looked as if there is no space for anything new anymore. Actually I am quite proud of my small space arranging skills :)).
So I’ve be running this static bike each morning and listening to motivational videos during, I am now at half an hour workout each morning. If this doesn’t get my weight down and my spirit up I don’t know what will.
Of course you have noticed those toys on the floor for my kitty Puffy (and my socks which I didn’t notice when taking this picture). She says hi to you and wishes you a very productive and joyful new year full of love:
What I’ve Been Watching
Just when I wanted to finish this post I remembered that I’ve been meaning to share these series:
- Alone – broadcasting on the History channel
The concept is similar to the “Hunger Games” movie series only in real: there are 10 people chosen to survive on a desolate island in harsh conditions. The last man standing wins half a million dollars. While they use all their knowledge and surviving skills they film it all and we get the excitement of watching it. To be honest when I first saw one episode I couldn’t believe it was for real, I mean there are some truly life threatening situations and I thought that many fish died for those episodes – for nothing! I was even mad for them killing those fish only for filming purposes.
Two full seasons have passed and I have enjoyed them tremendously. Oh this is my type of series! When I discovered it it was like the sweetest candy. For the first season I think that I didn’t even sleep that night, I had to go through it completely. And it was around the New Years Eve so it was like a wonderful gift to me.
The first season had the most handsome winner and a man with great sense of humor. Great winner!
For the second season I picked who final winner is. I just could’t take the pressure. I was voting for the winner so badly that I just had to know if he won the season. And he did! I believe he had the strongest motivation and that’s what kept him going. So strong true love can be, enduring everything and giving everything. I also had sympathy for the second man standing, he also had a great motivation to escape the everyday work routine. I can definitely identify with that but I think the victory was well deserved by the father who was eaten by guilt of not providing enough for his 3 kids. What a great season that was!
Now is the third season broadcasting and it’s got me shaking from expectations and waiting for the new episodes.
- West World
This is some very serious and deep stuff and not just some silly sci-fi episodes. Here are some tips on what to be careful of when watching the episodes: