Can we stop time please?!

Am I the only one who thinks time is seriously flying by these days? It’s already Monday again! It’s almost April, for crying out loud.

Last week has been a bit of a mishmash of stuff, and felt a bit chaotic, but in a good way most of the time. The weekend was spent sorting out a bit more, and on the Sunday Joel’s lovely parents came to visit. We went for a really nice Tapas lunch at Orford Salon – We went there on my birthday last summer, and  both times were amazing. The food is great, fresh and tasty, and the service is nice and friendly – and relaxed, which is a big plus in my book. You won’t be bothered by waiters unless they actually need to ask you something, deliver food, or take payment, and they don’t rush you. Very much recommended if you’re ever in the Stow.

I also started my avocado tree project this weekend. It’ll take forever (apparently it’s about a month before anything happens at all), but it’s a nice antidote to an otherwise very fast moving life and world in general. I hope it works! (But I don’t expect it to actually deliver any avocados – that would probably be too much to ask).

Next weekend my mother is here next weekend (It’s a four day weekend in England). She’s been here many times before, which means sightseeing isn’t on the agenda (huzzah!) but perhaps a visit to Cambridge, a few gallery visits, and of course some nice food. Hopefully our little flat won’t be too much of a squeeze – It’ll be the first test, and I’m sure it’ll be great.

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TGIF!

This blog has recently undergone a bit of an identity crisis, and I do apologise for the confusion.

It’ve been finding it a little hard to make this page feel like home – very similar in many ways, to my real life at the moment, which has been all about moving, and not being able to find anything, anywhere. The previous layout didn’t feel quite right, and there were too many things that I couldn’t do. So here we are, a brand new look. There’s nothing groundbreaking in it, but hopefully it will now be easier for you guys to find your way around the site – and for me! Nice and simple was the goal, and I hope I have found the right theme for that now.

Anyway, how awesome is it that it is now finally Friday? It’s been a bloody busy week in my life, but things are finally coming together. We even have broadband in our new place now, which, let’s face it, puts the cherry on top and completes the home. However sad that might be.

Joel and I are spending our Friday night in a not very fashionable way though, doing a final clean of our old flat, which we hand back to its rightful owner tomorrow. We were rather sad when we were first told that we had to move, but at this point in time, I really can’t wait to just hand those keys over and be done with it. Before the cleaning commences, I do think we’ll treat ourselves to the best burger Walthamstow has to offer (because, we need some fuel for all that cleaning obviously – a rather good reason if you ask me.)

The rest of the weekends we’ll be sorting out the final bits in our new flat, and getting in some proper relaxation. But, there’ll be space for a trip to the gym too.

Have a lovely weekend all!

Ida x

 

When life takes over

There hasn’t been much time to do anything, let alone blog, lately. But then again, I guess all I ever do is ‘anything’. Life is busy, but it is good. I have been looking for an opportunity for an opportunity ever since I graduated, and last week started an internship which is pretty much all I could ever want. A medium size company – big enough to be very busy, but small enough for me to be involved with lots of things. Is there a better feeling than finally having a job that challenges you and gives you a fulfillment at the end of the day, and a feeling of a brighter future? I don’t think so.

Having said that, life have gotten rather busy. And the next few months won’t be any less busy. But as proven time and time again, the more you have to do, the more you will get done too. Bring it on i say!

Here are a few snapshots of what have happened lately. By the looks of it I’ve been quite inspired by autumn, with good reason (All iPhone photos, so do excuse the quality).

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Walthamstow evening sky on spotted on my way home from work. An autumn evening doesn’t get better than this
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Peter Gabriel at the O2 Arena. Amazing concert!
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A rainy afternoon at home
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Autumn leafs and cosy coats
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Have watched the great film that is Annie Hall
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I have admired the amazing colours that makes this season so beautiful
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…. And been to a tattoo artist with this lovely guy 🙂

How to be happy (maybe?)

When I came across this article the other day, I was in a mindset of feeling let down, being disappointed as well as realising some things, that I may not have wanted to realise previously. I was doing a lot of thinking, and came across this list from Time by chance. I found it quite inspiring. All the points are something that I personally forget once in a while, and I think they are worth a read. And a bit of thinking. No one is perfect, no life is perfect, but I can honestly say that I am happy. Deep down inside I am happy, and I think every person deserves to feel happy. If you are not, then maybe one of the points on the list is why? Who knows. Maybe it’s a flaw in you that you have overseen, maybe a flaw in the people you surround yourself with. Changes are positive, even if they might not seem to be in the beginning. Some people and places will be constant, others will come in and out of your life. But what counts, is right now, and the future.

1. Blaming.

People make mistakes. Employees don’t meet your expectations. Vendors don’t deliver on time.

So you blame them for your problems.

But you’re also to blame. Maybe you didn’t provide enough training. Maybe you didn’t build in enough of a buffer. Maybe you asked too much, too soon.

Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn’t masochistic, it’s empowering–because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.

And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.

2. Impressing.

No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Those are all “things.” People may like your things–but that doesn’t mean they like you.

Sure, superficially they might seem to, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship that is not based on substance is not a real relationship.

3. Clinging.

When you’re afraid or insecure, you hold on tightly to what you know, even if what you know isn’t particularly good for you.

An absence of fear or insecurity isn’t happiness: It’s just an absence of fear or insecurity.

Holding on to what you think you need won’t make you happier; letting go so you can reach for and try to earn what you want will.

4. Interrupting.

Interrupting isn’t just rude. When you interrupt someone, what you’re really saying is, “I’m not listening to you so I can understand what you’re saying; I’m listening to you so I can decide what I want to say.”

5. Whining.

Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better.

If something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you’ll have to do that. So why waste time? Fix it now.

6. Controlling.

Yeah, you’re the boss. Yeah, you’re the titan of industry. Yeah, you’re the small tail that wags a huge dog.

Still, the only thing you really control is you. If you find yourself trying hard to control other people, you’ve decided that you, your goals, your dreams, or even just your opinions are more important than theirs.

7. Criticizing.

Yeah, you’re more educated. Yeah, you’re more experienced. Yeah, you’ve been around more blocks and climbed more mountains and slayed more dragons.

That doesn’t make you smarter, or better, or more insightful.

That just makes you you: unique, matchless, one of a kind, but in the end, just you.

8. Preaching.

Criticizing has a brother. His name is Preaching. They share the same father: Judging.

The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything–and to tell people everything you think you know.

9. Dwelling.

The past is valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Then let it go.

10. Fearing.

We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, or what we won’t be able to do, or how other people might perceive us.

So it’s easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

Source and to read more: http://business.time.com/2012/10/04/be-happier-in-business-and-life-10-things-to-stop-doing-right-now/#ixzz2HUpbvA9T