On the right track?

I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, but I wanted to share a quote my mother sent me recently. I tried to Google search its origin, but haven’t found it. She shared it in Dutch, so I will take the liberty to translate it to English:

 You can say you’re on the right track, but that won’t get you anywhere if your train isn’t moving

Penny for your thoughts? 



While I moan in compliance
and dually in complaint
you force stop my over-active mind

I have no choice but to surrender
so I let go and close my eyes

The cadence of our time together
makes me forget the mess inside

But when you leave, I am left
with the shreds and shatters I call life


A gift that keeps on giving

……. And this, in three minutes and in words so beautifully gathered in an amazing parable, is why I know this illness or addiction in my life serves a greater good. Because it is an unwanted, unexpected and incredibly challenging gift, that will keep on giving. It has shaped me in ways nothing else could have. It has given me truckloads of baggage, which, sure, at times are a heavy haul, but there are some real hidden gems inside there too.

It’s only three minutes, please watch it. Remember, there is a greater good behind all of this too.

Keep fighting <3

Tuesday thoughs

My mind has been…. full, lately. And mindfullness is very different from mindfulness, I can tell you.

There have been things. Overwhelming things. Uni is getting the better of me, again. Life is, too. And so am I. I am overwhelmed with myself on too many levels right now. To say I am thriving would be a lie. Plus I am swamped in catching up with Uni work and trying to figure out my next steps. And to top it all off, three people have passed away the past three weeks, my aunty’s funeral this saturday hopefully being the last in a long while time from now on.

I do not want this to become a Debby Downer post. Mostly because I want to stick to some positive affirmations in my daily being. It is all too easy to drown in the dark. So instead of doing just that, I thought I’d pop in, explain my possible absence here and there and share a lovely picture I took earlier this week.


While I am not at all a cold-weather girl (hey, Im way more exotic on the inside then you’d ever guess if you’d see the tall white-tushed chick typing here), but I can definitely see the beauty in the snowed-under world. As long as the sun is out, that is. Plus, even Buddha looks semi-contented, no?

*Insta is mine


Eh, no. Not a new weekly tradition. It just… one of them days, ya know?
So, instead of feeling al cranky (hello, cold, dreary weather? Who wouldn’t get cranky) and tired (don’t even get me started on that one), I thought I’d brighten things up a little.

I LOVE shopping for others. Can lead to better buys than when I’m shopping for myself. So, I did some internet-window shopping (cheap…) for some of you lovely bloggie-friends!

My friends, get ready for a click-party (it’ll be worth it!)

Melissa? I already sent you my book of awesomeness the other day, but I bet you’ll love this too. Magic salt and pepper shakers?! I mean, you could just fill it with cinnamon to top your brekkie? Or eh, with basil to top dinner? Right? Right?!

And for you and all your fellow Americanos, show me the money! Just dont get it dirty

Oh and if you wanna share dinner with Zoe. your Zoe, than whats cooler than this? Maybe Ellie and I can join in with our furry friends too?

Speaking of Ellie, you and Meg love your stationary, so I’m sure you’ll appreciate a little pen-fajita (with extra hot sauce?). Though to top it with this might justbe a little too much. Guys seriously; GROSS?!!

Fiona, you were looking for Shalimar costumes for Halloween? Inspiration can be found here!! (pretty sure you can fit them on cats too?)

And Meg, the cake-lover, how’s this for you? Oh Melis, I wish I could share some of this rainbow-unicorn-butt with you! I found this one too Meg, but it mostly reminds me of Britney…?

And then for Greta, my fellow European coffee lover, can you appreciate some coffee-art, but then different? Or, now winter is coming, chill on the couch with your cuppa?

And for all other coffee and tea lovers, how about this brilliant invention right here? I know right, the inventor of that WILL become a millionair at some point!

Oh and as the overarching facor for coffee-loving geeks; Geeky latte art!

And Rox, my little geeky science nerd, how about you lick some balls? (ha). No seriously, aren’t those too awesome to eat?! Oh and to make life even better, they have this, and this. And for anyone interested, they all come in a pickle variety and even a cupcake variety too!

Oh and THIS!! (Susa?! Though I KNOW you’ll love the coffee ones too!)

And Zoe? I just wanna go camping with you. Back to nature, back to balance, and long night chats over bottles of wine. You can pick the tent! And we can be creative and such, cuz I loooove these!

And can we not ALL pick something from all this awesomeness? What is not to love, seriousy!!

Did I brighten your day a little, too?