You may have noticed that I have been dipping my toes in the zero waste movement. I am not sure how far I am going to go with this, but for now I am happy with every zero waste switch I make. Since my interest in decreasing my trash is rapidly growing, I decided to read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, the woman who put zero waste on the map.
2016 was a strange year for me. So many good things happened, it was my first year having a job, I bought a house, went back to blogging and started my path towards minimalism and zero waste. While all this was going on, I was struggling with health problems. I’ve been beaten down by constant nausea lately and am not feeling my best right now. I really, really hope that it gets better in 2017. I am trying to keep my thoughts away from my physical discomfort by focussing on positive things. Like my new years resolutions for example.
In the search of a way to deal with being a chronically ill person, I stumbled upon this book: How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard. It had very good reviews on Goodreads, so I decided to give it a go. This book is aimed at offering strategies to deal with the things most people with chronic illness deal with, like physical suffering, the ups and downs of being sick, communication with others about the illness,… These strategies are Buddhist-inspired, though you don’t have to be a buddhist to give her advice a go.
I have never been a very optimistic person, but I am a bit of a dreamer. I want to become good at things, really good at things. I’m talking about drawing, cooking, social acquaintances, my job,… I will spend hours and hours thinking about how to become a better person, how to excel. I will dream about being where I want to be, in the habit of eating super healthy, doing regular exercise, sleeping at least eight hours a day, being a social butterfly, being on top of things, not spending so much money, drawing and reading everyday, and not being sick. Not being sick…
Hi there dear readers, today I wanted to introduce a new topic on this blog: minimalism. My interest in this started a couple of years ago when I moved into a tiny dorm room. This meant that I could only take a small fraction of the stuff that I had accumulated over the years, forcing me to rethink what I owned. About half a year ago, I stumbled onto Stuffocation and felt compelled to read it. Here are my thoughts…
Podcasts have been enriching the otherwise silent and boring moments in my life for years now. I listen to them when I am on the train, when I am walking, when I am cleaning,… They make my otherwise boring tasks go by faster and prevent my mind from getting numb while doing them. When I first started listening to podcasts, I had my brother, who was already into podcasts, give me recommendations. I would not have known where to start without his advice. I therefore thought it might be interesting for me to share my favorites with you.