April’s Gratitude Journal: light, loved ones and balance

I have heard wonders of the habit of writing down the things you are grateful for every night before bed. I even tried it out myself for a couple of months when I was in college… but let’s be real: I am a glass-half-empty kinda gal. I would stare at the blank page every night…

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What I miss about my home country since moving away

Ever since I was a kid, I had this idea in my head of what I would be like when I grew up. I wanted to be this glamorous woman, with a very important career, very fancy clothes and a very handsome boyfriend. But most importantly: I wanted to live in several different cities. “One…

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Acts of self-care that are sustainable and *free*

Self-care has become this huge buzz-word. Everyone is talking about it and trying to make money off of it. More and more we are painting a picture of self-care in our collective imaginary and of how that looks like: scented candles, luxurious face masks and body creams, days at the spa, a fresh manicure… I…

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Things I have overthought into low-key existential crises

When it comes to overthinking, I would like to think that I am in a better place than I was 10 years ago. Once I spent an entire weekend narrating my actions in my brain “Isabel went outside, and locked the door, she looked to her right and wished she could stop narrating her life,…

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Great spring activities that have nothing to do with cleaning

After a winter spent in the shape of a duvet-covered-burrito, I feel myself slowly coming out of my cocoon. The weather is getting better, the birds are singing, the days are getting longer and my immediate thought is not “give me my bed” when leaving work. At a risk of sounding overly dramatic I will…

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A list of silly things that scare me

The world is a scary scary place, and I don’t think anyone needs a reminder of that on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon. After spending a good part of last night frozen on my bed convinced that death was waiting for me around the corner, I assure you I don’t. However, sometimes the thing that scares…

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Ways to spend a Sunday afternoon

Ever since moving to Germany I have struggled (and complained to anyone willing to listen) with Sundays, and the fact that everything closes here. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Don’t have an egg this morning for your pancakes? Better have a friendly neighbour, because I GUARANTEE there won’t be a convenience store…

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Things I can do without (and maybe you can too)

Let’s be frank: I tend to surround myself with too much stuff I don’t need, and I am sure you do too. It becomes pretty apparent when moving from city to city, or house to house; when you try to fit all your belongings in suitcases and boxes and you ask yourself “How did I…

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