I can intensely enjoy the little things in life. An elderly couple walking the streets hand in hand, a cup of tea that tastes just a tad better than it normally does, an amazing bouquet of flowers. Sometimes, you notice things like this - enjoy it for a short moment and forget about them - but instead of forgetting about the beautiful things in life I want to write down my short moments of happiness, share them with you, and in this way keep them forever.
My mother came to visit me in Amsterdam
This is something we'd been wanting to do forever - and we finally found a day on which we both didn't have anything planned. We had a wonderfully nice day filled with laughter, bagels (on which we had to wait for quite some time) (but which were immensely delicious), and secretly eating at McDonalds because our legs were too tired to go look for a fancy little restaurant.
Working in a coffee shop alone
This is something I do when I have a day without any plans, but with many obligations. When I'm in my room I can never 100% focus on my pile of books, articles and literature I still have to study: when I'm in a coffee shop (I never order coffee, by the way! Maybe I should call it a tea shop :-)) I have to: I make so much progress and my days are so good when I decide to do this. (I'm a great planner, but I don't really execute my plans that well.)
Since I moved to Amsterdam, I really like meeting people I don't know 'in real life'. So far I've met 3 'blogger girls' here - and all these little coffee dates gave me loads of inspiration and motivation. I had two lovely appointments this week and next to laughing loads, I also drank huge amounts of tea. A combination like this never fails.
I recently posted a picture with a caption like this on Instagram: 'we all have bad days and I had one today' (or something like that). I posted it without thinking about it too much, and when I checked my phone a little while later I saw that I had sweet, motivating comments, telling me that tomorrow would be better. This made me so happy - the fact that people take the time to write a little message that would make me feel better. <3
Today, I noticed that the trees (finally) show us that it's autumn. I think this is lovely - where trees only hold green leafs in the summer, we can spot so many beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow now.
I recently picked a beautiful glass vase from my mother's vase collection in the garage and put it in my room - I am trying to always have a nice bouquet of flowers in it now. I bought some roses last week, and they're still pretty! They're not as alive as when I bought them and I think I should actually replace them - but I honestly think roses are way prettier when the buds are all opened up. Everyone else would throw the flowers away, but I like to keep them.
I shared this post featuring my favorite illustrators a while ago - the autumn-themed drawings are finally popping up in my Bloglovin' feed and I couldn't be happier about it.
Not really autumnal - but it makes me happy nonetheless. Made by Lieke van der Vorst. :-)
It's almost Christmas!
Getting excited about the month December in September isn't something I (admit I) do, but when the calendar switches to the first of October I'll allow it. I already decorated my walls with Christmas lights- and illustrations!
Not hating the rain
I usually hate it when it rains, but when I recently cycled home through a rainstorm and noticed that everybody was hiding, I didn't feel like doing this. Why? - I thought. Because, at that moment, I didn't mind at all - I actually enjoyed it a little. I didn't have to be anywhere, my phone and wallet were safely put away in my bag, my makeup was terrible anyway because of the long and tiring day I had. I usually try to move my legs even faster in order to get home quicker when the clouds open up but I didn't do that now - I even noticed my heart rate go down: I was cycling slower. I was soaking wet when I got home but it didn't matter because I took a hot and long shower and I felt happy.
The little things. I feel that sitting down to write this article calms me down and cleared my head. I really recommend doing this - make a cup of tea, grab a piece of paper and make a list of things or realizations that made you happy this week. If something pops into your head already, feel free to share this with me in the comments.