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My 5 Favorite Websites To Learn New Things (For Free)

Oy! Wassup?

Let’s get educational today. I want to share my favorite websites in case you’re in the mood of learning new things. Why not have a look at them today and learn something new, sound good? Then keep on reading. Oh and I didn’t even tell you the best thing about them:

They’re free. WIN-WIN.

#1 Highbrow

This is a really cool, nicely designed email subscription service that brings bite-sized courses to your inbox on a daily basis. Courses are 10 days long and lessons are 5 minutes or less. Find out more about all the topics that are being offered here. You’ll really find anything from “How to sing like a star”, “Getting started with C Programming” to “Improving your photography skills” and more. Have fun learning!

#2 Digital Garage with Google

This might be my favorite, it’s a comprehensive and nicely put together collection of all the things. It’s a good program if you want to get a little introduction to all things related to online communications, SEO, Mobile and Video Communications. Check it out here. Highly recommend!

#3 TED-Ed

While you all may know the TED talks you must check out the TED-Ed videos here. They’re animated educational videos that are fun to view and easy to share. All videos are 10 minutes or less to watch.

#4 Codeacademy

Codecademy is a website that allows you to learn how to code by doing instead of studying (haha, WIN-WIN). Learn the basics of different programming languages such as HTML, CSS or Javascript.

#5 w3schools

You’ve always wanted to code for building your own web page. w3schools does just that and teaches you computer programming through numerous web tutorials, definitions, references and examples.

 

3 Thoughts On Trying To Be A More Minimalist Consumer

Hello!

A quick note before we start. I’ve revamped my notification emails, so don’t be surprised if today’s mail looks different than the ones before*. They look definitely better than the ones before (no offense WordPress but those mail notifications are super ugly). The frequency of the newsletter will also be different. As opposed to every day from Monday to Friday, I will spare you the spam and will only send you a mail with kind of a resume of the week and my personal highlights (if I dare say so) on Fridays. Sound good? Then enter that box on Home (here) and subscribe to the newsletter. Also, if anyone has a suggestion for an alternative word to newsletter (it sounds sooooo bad), do let me know. It would be much appreciated.

Ok, so the self-promotion part is over now. Let’s get to the real content.

Living in the US, even if it only has been for a couple of months, has made me realize how consumerism really is a main pillar of American culture. You can purchase basically everything everywhere (and online as well) at any hour of the day to be delivered to your door the next day, using up all those coupons and deals and special offers you have at hand. Also, advertising is literally EVERYWHERE, calling you to buy.

It made me reflect on my own consumer behavior and when I stumbled across the Minimalists’ practical guide on how to become a minimalist consumer I thought it would be interesting to share the three points that stood out most to me with you guys (check out their original, long blog post here).

  • Adopt a traveler’s mentality of only having what you need. We only take what we need when we travel (because we don’t want to pay that overweight at the check-in, haha). And we’re fine and feel light, right (you’re on a holiday too, so that helps I guess)? The Minimalists claim that adopting a traveler’s mindset provides the same benefits and not only for the duration of a vacation but for a lifetime.
  • Compare down. President Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” He was, of course, absolutely right. As we begin comparing our lives and possessions to those around us who have more, we lose joy and happiness. And we begin trying hard to close the gap because we always compare upward—looking at those who have more. Why not break this trap if by taking greater notice of those who need more and start spending time with people who have less.
  • Consider the full cost of your purchases. Usually when you buy something, you only look at the sticker price. But this is rarely the full cost of your purchase. Our purchases always cost us additional time, energy, and focus (cleaning, organizing, maintaining, fixing, replacing, or removing). Making a habit of considering those expenses into our purchases when you’re about to buy something will allow you to make more confident decisions.

While the Minimalists’ premise is to overcome consumerism I wouldn’t go as far as that, my goal is to (just) become a more aware and mindful consumer by taking the points above more into consideration. Still, a beautiful bouquet of fresh tulips is something I want to keep indulging myself with every once in a while.

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy it to the fullest!

And if you consume anything you might think about those little inputs. Byeeee!

* Stupid me, the moment I published this post I realized I hadn’t deactivated the old subscription notification. Please excuse the double spam today! Won’t happen again.

How To Declutter your Makeup (Mess)

In the spirit of this week’s topic, minimalism, I’ll be sharing with you my (very easy) tips on how to declutter your makeup/beauty products collection today.

Main goal would be to only have products that you like and appreciate and most importantly of all, still use (they don’t do you any good catching dust in the cupboards, don’t they?).

Are you ready? Cause we’ll be talking about getting rid of (at least some) your red lipsticks in different nuances you collected during your red lip phase (that btw with hindsight look exactly the same even though if someone would have told you that back then you would have shockingly responded that they had no idea).

Put it all on (what’s going to be a big ol’) pile

Even our friend Marie Kondo says so, it all begins with gathering your belongings on the floor (which possibly will instantly make you realize that you have gone overboard in some sort of way). We’re also talking about getting all of your lip products in every bag and pocket you own. Unless you own a more minimalistic beauty collection anyways, I would suggest you form categories (lipsticks, foundations, brushes, hair products, fragrances etc.) for going through the products.

Check expiration dates (aka the quick and easy way to say goodbye)

It’s really the first question you should ask yourself: Is this expired? If there’s no expiration date, follow these rough guidelines: Mascara goes “bad” three months after opening, lipstick after 2 to 3 years, concealer and foundation after six months, moisturizer after 6 months to a year, cleansers after a year, and powder products after 2 to 3 years. Weird smells, textures, colors are also good indicators.

When did you use this for the last time?

If you can’t remember the last time you used a product, it might be an indication that you don’t really need it. If you forgot about the product but actually like it, put it in a place next to other of your products that you use on a daily basis to give it more use.

How many duplicates do you have of this item?

It’s time to talk about those 20 red lipsticks.

I’m sorry. But be honest, you probably only need one or two at most. Keeping just your favorites and ditching the rest will both save you space and ensure that you use your favorite more often. Ideally, after this you will also be more mindful of what you already own, keeping you from accidentally repurchasing dupes in the future.

Would you buy this again or recommend it to a friend?

This is probably the most effective question that will show you how much you love a product.

Let me know if you have other tips to declutter your make up collection! Have a great day!

On (Kind Of) Having A Capsule Wardrobe

Hello you

Another day, another minimalism-related post for you. Today’s post is going to be centered all around clothing, shoes and accessories, basically all the good stuff. Or should I say rather the lack or minimal amounts of them? We’ll get to that in a second. Grab a cup of tea and get comfortable.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

I first learned about the whole concept of capsule wardrobes about one and a half years ago. As far as I know the blogger Caroline from Un-fancy (absolutely check out her blog here) started the whole movement by documenting her own experience of living with a small, intentional wardrobe by posting her style photos every day.

Her approach in a nutshell:

  • Dress with only 37 pieces* of clothing for three months (basically one season of the year)
  • AND: Not to shop during those 3 months.  Sounds adventurous, right?
  • To plan and shop for your next capsule during the last two weeks of the season
  • How much you buy is up to you but Caroline reminds us that less is more

Ok, now that we’ve got the whole definition down, you’re ready to get your own capsule experiment going. One last input provided by Caroline that I found really helpful to get the whole thing started was the Capsule Planner (you’ll find it here). It is a great way to reflect on your wardrobe, what type of colors, materials and pieces you are drawn to and if they match your lifestyle.

Why you should try it

Imagine a world without you standing in front of your closet desperately saying one of the following statements (btw total first world problem alert):

  • “I don’t have anything to wear” (even though your closet is technically full…very full actually)
  • “I don’t know what to wear”

The capsule experiment will help you in narrowing down your overcrowded wardrobe into just the items that really work for you, that you really like and that you will actually wear. So that the above mentioned scenarios will never happen again.

Sorted.

Why I kind of failed at having a capsule wardrobe

Sooo. I read everything about how to get started with my capsule wardrobe and I actually did (kind of) go through with it for about one year.

I marked four reminders in my calendar as to when I could shop again and I can’t tell you how I excited was I could shop again. Instead of dipping into the stores every once in a while, staying away from them and THEN going back in will make you more aware of what is on offer I found (as opposed to seeing it all the time).

Also, you will appreciate the clothes you have even more and it really makes your life a whole lot easier. Where I failed, however, was the amount (damn you tshirts, shirts and shoes, I just love you too much). I surpassed the number of 37 (I was more hanging around 100+ back in Switzerland). Still, when we moved here I managed to get to 56 (yay). It’s all small numbers and details that don’t matter in the end.

Happy to have talked to you (even though it was kind of a one-way conversation so far). Would love to hear your thoughts on the whole capsule wardrobe thing in the comments below. Do you have one? Would you consider creating one?

Have a lovely day y’all!

* Your 37 pieces should include: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. Your 37 pieces should not include: workout clothes, jewelry, accessories, purses, swimsuits, pajamas/loungewear, underwear, and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room.

What Makes My (Minimalist) Home Homely

Hello everybody! How are you today?

Having moved across the ocean with two suitcases in hand has shown me that I really don’t need that many things in life. When packing up my stuff and being forced to leave things behind like clothes and furniture, I thought at first, ‘this is going to be hard’. A few months into the adventure of living in the US I can safely say that I don’t miss those things at all.

We moved into an empty apartment and had to furnish it ourselves. Ikea was obviously called to the rescue (which btw was a HUGE disappointment). The American version of Ikea is totally different from the European version it seems (Americans seem to have a totally different taste when it comes to furniture if you know what I mean). Anyways, as we will only be staying in the US for a limited amount of time we didn’t want to go all out and kept things fairly minimal.

I enjoy having a clear living space (other people would call it empty and sad). It gives me peace of mind and not seeing clutter and stuff everywhere is liberating. Also, the items that we now have in our flat all serve a purpose and are therefore greatly appreciated.

What are your favorite items in your living space? Why do you appreciate them?

Here goes a small overview of the things that make our rather minimalist home feel homely to me.

Plants and flowers

I LOVE flowers and plants. ALL of them. They are the best roommates you can wish for.

Minimalism

Photos and small gifts

They were easy to pack because they’re small and light yet mean so much to me. Love looking at them and feeling instantly happy and grateful.

Books

Cozy cushions and blankets

White bed sheets

 

Would love to hear what your favorite pieces in your home are! Let me know! Have a lovely Tuesday!

What Is This Minimalism Thing?

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend filled with lots of nice sleep, good chewing of your food, enough water and biscuits eaten out of a nice little (big) bowl. If all of that sounds very weird to you, you’ll find a bit more context over here. Nevertheless, I am really happy about your positive feedback on last week’s series. We’ll keep the “theme week thing” going, this time around it’s going to be all about Minimalism. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

So what is Minimalism?

If we look back a few decades, Minimalism emerged as an art movement in New York in the early 1960s. It renounced the recent art that it thought had become academic. This Minimalism movement favored the cool over the “dramatic” art. But what does Minimalism mean nowadays?

Minimalism is definitely a buzzword that I have been seeing flying around. It pops up pretty much everywhere and actually also means something different every time I see it being used. It is applied in discussions about living in tiny houses or microapartments, monochromatic clothing or interior decor. The millions of images tagged #minimalism on Instagram don’t help with finding out more about what it really is as they include everything from white sneakers, clouds, art work or neon signs. So long as it’s stylish looking, it’s minimalist it seems.

Let’s still try and figuring out what it is, ok?

The Minimalists* put it this way: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”. That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately”.

Let’s think about YOU for a moment, shall we?

I have reflected on this last sentence for a bit. When I was younger and would read or hear people talk about certain products/clothes I would want to buy them too. I was (and still am) living in a culture that is driven by consumerism, especially here in America. It’s all about buying things, at the best deals, at any time of the day. Back when I was younger, I generally wasn’t genuinely interested in the things other people were talking about. I was interested in them because others were. And when you’re younger you tend to want to fit in with everyone else, which is normal and ok I guess.

Thankfully we get older though, more self-confident in our beliefs, tastes and preferences and are (should) be able to consciously decide if we want or need to buy something.

If I can inspire you to think about one thing today it would be to reflect about your last five purchases (could be anything really, from a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, 5 new lipsticks, new trousers, a new tech gadget etc.). Did you buy those things because you really “had” to? What do they mean to you? Are they important to you, do they make you happy? Then I say, good for you. If you come to the realization now that you didn’t need four new red lipstick (as you already own three) this might serve you as a friendly reminder to not amass posessions if they don’t serve a purpose and that is to make you happy.

Have a great week, I’ll be following up with updates on how minimalist (or not) I am in different parts of my life. Be sure to come back tomorrow, see you then dear!

* Two guys have made a blog about their journey to and with minimalism. They’ve even made a movie. Check it all out here, if you’re curious.

How To Get A Really Really Good Night’s Sleep

The older you get the more you learn to appreciate the simple things in life. Such as SLEEP.

Yes, this is a random one yet it is relevant to all of us, isn’t it?

Not getting enough sleep can lead to having trouble concentrating and remembering things the next day besides not feeling your best and fittest.

You know how it feels. We’ve all been there.

I thought it could be interesting to share a few little ‘hacks’ on how to get a good nights sleep. Ready to dive in?

#1 Go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday

This is such an obvious one yet so important. If you find this a tricky one, then some technology aka apps/your phone might help you out here. I have been playing around and testing the two below, you might want to give them a try for yourself, it’s interesting:

  • Clock iOS 10: If you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 10, you already have a pretty good sleep aid built into your phone. The iOS 10 update introduced Bedtime as one of the features in the Clock app. You can set what time you want to go to bed and when you want to wake up. Your iPhone will send you a notification prior to your scheduled bedtime, and, come the morning, it will wake you up with gentle music.
  • Sleep Cycle: This app uses the sleep cycle theory and aims to wake you at just the right time to ensure optimal rest. You first set a window of time (say 30 minutse) instead of a traditional pinpoint alarm time, and when the app judges that your sleep movement is just right, it will ring the alarm to wake you. I have been using this for the last 3 weeks and I’ve loved it!

#2 Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime

This is a tricky one. The blue light emitted by your phone, tablet, computer, or TV is especially disruptive. The latest iPhone has a night mode that you can set to if you ‘need’ to grab your phone (even though you’ve put it away a few minutes ago).

#3 Clear your head and room

I try and make my bedroom as calm as possible. I will always make sure to put away clothes lying around  before going to bed as well as putting other stuff away. When I am feeling extra motivated I’ll lay out my clothes for the next day (that actually never happens, now I’m thinking about it).

#4 Have a routine

I find just having a few things that you do each night can be really calming. It can be something as simple as applying hand cream before you go to sleep but when you do it often enough it can help your brain understand that it’s bedtime.

#5 Introduce something lavender-scented to your bedroom

This one might sound like a myth, but, weirdly, there is research that backs it up. A study reported that lavender oil sprinkled on bedclothes helped participants to drift off easier. I actually bought a pillow spray by the brand ‘thisworks’ and….it works. Haha. At least that’s what I tell myself if I’ve used it and had a good nights’s sleep.

What are your tips for a good night’s sleep? Have a good weekend with lots of good sleep!

8 (Realistic) Healthy Habit Hacks You Can Try Today

Hi guys

Hope you are doing well! We’re still talking about self-care until the end of the week. And today we’re talking about specific (and most importantly not too unrealistic habits) you can implement into your daily routines. Some seem really obvious and I see you going like “come on Sandra, be a little more creative than that”. But as with lots of things, it’s often the small things that make a difference. Be sure to share your healthy habits down below in the comments so we can learn more. Have a great day!

Don’t eat straight out of a package

This is a very dangerous one that I often don’t think about. It’s easy to just get out a package of pita chips or a box of ice cream (don’t judge)  to eat while watching Netflix, but ooohhh is it bad (because I eat the whole package easily). Instead I put a certain amount in a nice bowl and will a) eat more mindfully b) enjoy it more and c) maybeeee fill up the bowl several times?

Keep a secret snacks stash at work

It is essential to have a drawer with snacks in reach that can help you out when your lunch gets cancelled for some reason or you’re super stressed out. I am of course not talking about a sweets snacks drawer but thinking more about nuts, dates, dried or fresh fruit. To make things a little more “fun” you could share your “secret” drawer with a fellow coworker that also fills it up with little healthy surprises every now and then. I wish I had done that earlier, because the multiple times I got hungry at work, not fun.

Chew, chew, chew! 

This might sound weird but a very dear friend of mine (hola Laureta!) is a doctor (so she knows her stuff) and she always inspires me to chew my food more and not just devour it in one sitting. I try to chew the food 24 times (don’t ask me why, this number kind of stuck with me, I’m not even sure if she told me that).  Apparently it is better for your digestion, you enjoy and appreciate your food more (because you eat longer, haha) and you ingest less air while eating, which will make you feel less bloated. Win, right? 

Make drinking water fun

It’s a boring but important one. Drinking water is so good for your body, it helps with everything. So if you’re not already an avid water drinker fill up a bottle of water every morning and try infusing it with freshly cut lemons, cucumber or basil for example to give it a more interesting flavor that will make you actually reach out for it more. Also, it’s pretty to look at, which is a bonus in my books.

Meal prep on Sunday for the upcoming week

Salads are a good one to prepare ahead. Just chop all the vegetables up, store them in the fridge and take them out when you need them, all ready on the day you want to eat them or take to work. Pre-cook protein or grains (such as lentils, couscous or the infamous quinoa), and make a portion of your favorite dressing to use all week. Assembling will take no time at all.

You don’t have time to exercise today, try interval training! 

I know you’re busy today but you actually don’t need more than 20 minutes to get a great workout. In fact, short bursts of HIT workouts can even be more effective. So hop on the treadmill, do some sprints, and enjoy the post-workout energy boost (read more about my favorite HIT videos to do at home in this post).

Walk that body! 

The average job requires sitting in front of a computer for the majority of the day. Add that to sitting down for dinner and driving or taking the train to work, and that means you’re sitting for 70 percent of an average workday. Sneak in some exercise by running errands on foot, taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination, or getting off the subway a stop before you actually need to. All those extra steps add up!

Love your to do lists

They’re your friend, not your enemy. At least I think so. Write all your tasks of the day down and prioritize them. It will help you stay on top of things and feel good about it. Ticking them off afterwards will feel even better.

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Hi everyone

I’ve inspired myself (haha) with yesterday’s post and suddenly felt the urge to write down 50 things that make me happy (sometimes such things do happen). I found that just the simple act of thinking about things that make you happy, writing them down and reading through the list once you’re done will make you smile. FORREAL! (Or maybe I am weird?! No, it’s really nice).  Try it for yourself, you’ll see how it will make you feel happy realizing how many things, be they little or small, make you feel good in life.

my family

philipp (he’s a funny one, makes me laugh ALL THE TIME)

all of my talented, beautiful, funny, smart and thoughtful friends

sleeping in a bed with freshly washed sheets for the first time

the taste of real (and) good food and eating it

 eating unhealthily (heyo you donuts, cakes, cookies, waffles and chocolate, i’m talking about you)

spending a rainy day inside all cuddled up on the sofa and being lazy AF (i’m talking when getting up to the bathroom ends up being a major accomplishment)

looking at and admiring the shapes and colors of all flowers and plants (there might be no plant I don’t find pretty)

doing yoga

listening to the stories of my grandparents

enjoying a good glass of wine and watching netflix (in this exact combination)

reading a really really good book (the ‘you don’t want to put aside’ kind of book, they’re a rare breed)

watching a really really good movie that makes me laugh/cry/think really hard

riding a bike when it’s nice outside

watching live performances (be it musicians, artists, actors etc.). it always makes me so happy seeing other people perform their arts with passion

doing a picnic in a park (on a picnic blanket, that is an essential. without that less happy points)

learning a new language and getting excited about the fact that you can start reading (and mostly understanding) the articles of a cool Dutch online magazine (cool)

genuine people that never expect anything in return (they’re the ones that deserve everything though)

the smell of things that come out of an oven (pizza, bread, cakes, cookies… a lot of good things come out of an oven i realize now)

exercising

buying delicious bread at a bakery (going into a bakery generally makes me very content, it’s a good place)

going for a hike on a sunny day and feeling connected with nature (yes that’s a thing)

(strongly connected to the above and equally as important) sitting on the ground and eating a lunch (that you’ve been carrying around in your backpack for the last couple hours) outdoors. It’s an accomplishment!

the smell of freshly cut grass

listening to music that gets you in a really good and productive mood

drinking cider (O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D)

doing skype sessions with my friends and seeing their faces on the screen

the sound of waves crashing at a beach (being at the beach is generally a good thing)

all baby animals (of course they’re nice and fantastic as grown-ups too but you know what I mean, right?)

good quality ice cream

Horchata

trying out new restaurants and bars

winter (a little less than the others, especially the boston edition of winter)

cleaning the apartment (maybe less the cleaning itself but the result afterwards. remember i’m an old lady at heart)

visiting a farmer’s market and seeing the people behind the produce you buy

intelligently funny people

people who laugh loudly (especially when they laugh at their own jokes)

catching up on youtube (don’t judge, it’s called escapism people, it’s something i’ve learned at uni)

sleeping in

travelling the world and discovering new places (extra fun challenge: going to a country where you don’t speak the language, makes it all the more interesting and great an experience)

planning travels (equally as great)

summer and the sun in general

autumn

spring

waking up early if I have to and feeling good about it

looking at old photos

going to Austria and Spain and feeling like it’s a bit like home

seeing all my friends together, getting along well

drinking tea out of a nice mug

getting voice messages on whats app (even though I am really bad at them, I LOVE hearing messages that people send me!)

awww I just read the list again (hope there are no typos) and it makes me happy. i might have (surely) written this post more for myself than for you, sorry about that. i hope it will inspire you to write your own little list.

The Gratitude Challenge

Let’s talk gratitude.

I’ve seen a TED talk a couple days ago entitled:

Want to be happy? Be grateful.

David Steindl-Rast, a fellow Austrian (monk and now well-known interfaith scholar) that emigrated to the US in the 1950s says something very easy yet so compelling: The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.

Research actually backs up this hypothesis. Being grateful has has a multitude of positive effects on your physical (e.g. lower blood pressure, stronger immune system), psychological (e.g. higher level of positive emotions, more optimism and happiness) and social (e.g. more helpful, generous, compassionate, more outgoing) well-being. Read more about it here, if you’re interested.

tea

How to practice and cultivate gratitude?

Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in studies done by the University of California, Berkeley, researchers often have people keep gratitude journals for just about three weeks. And yet the results are overwhelming. They’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a lots of the benefits mentioned above.

The Gratitude Challenge

Let’s get a little more specific.

  • Why not write down at least three things you are grateful for for the next 10 days?
  • If you’re not a writer you can also totally make mental notes when standing at the bus or train stop waiting or munching away on your breakfast in the morning. It’s a great time killer I find instead of staring at your phone. If you do it in the morning you can also think about what specific things you are looking forward that day. I find that if I do that before the day really gets started I really enjoy going to things or doing the things even more.
  • If you’re more of an evening person you can also think about three things that made you smile or happy that day before going to sleep. It can be relaxing and calming I find.
  • If you’re lazy and need an input as to what to write down, there are a LOT of apps around where you can quickly type in a few words.
    • Grateful: It’s a quick job and very easy to use.
    • 21 Gratitude: If you’d like to invest a little more time, this one is quite elaborate and makes you reflect on specific questions.

Let me know if you did it! You’ll see that what starts off as a little challenge will turn into a habit, which should be the end goal.

I have been doing it for the last 6 days and love it. I think it really does make me more aware of what’s in front and around me everyday and of what I can be grateful for.

BTW: It doesn’t have to be deep stuff all of the time. I one day was grateful for the (most delicious ever) ice cream I had bought that day. Another day it was a warming tea in my favorite mug after being out in the cold for a couple of hours. That’s life though. Small things make a difference. 

13 Signs I am An Old Woman At Heart – Are You One, Too?

Hi gang, how you doin?

I’ve been seeing a post on the interwebs of a twentysomething yo woman writing about how she sometimes felt like a grandmother, which made me think about myself.

So here goes a list of 13 things that might make me a grandmother (whatever that exactly is, we won’t define it, we’ll just go with the flow). I’m curious to hear what your traits or preferences are that might not be considered standard behavior of young(ish) people (whatever that is again). I’d love to know if you can relate to some of them, just so I know I am not alone.

#1 It’s the weekend and I’m like “I could go out, or I could do my laundry and housework”.

#2 (related to #1) This is me when I clean the apartment (especially the bathroom) and feel really satisfied and accomplished afterwards. 

#3 When I find myself smelling and tasting wine instead of just drinking it.

#4 (related to #3) If I’m gonna drink, I want it to be nice alcohol and I want to have it with snacks. Nice snacks. 

#5 But then again: Nothing better than a cup of tea, am I right?

#6 I prefer wearing glasses, screw contact lenses. Way too much maintenance. 

#7 (related to the above) The larger the font, the better.

#8 I find it challenging to stay out past 1am.

#9 My bed is my BFF. 

#10 When I realize that there are people who were born in the 2000s, it makes me feel really REALLY SUPER old.  

#11 My favourite thing to spend money on is definitely food.

 #12 A hand written card is way better than a text message. My hand writing is terrible though so I fell sorry for people getting my cards. 

#13 I don’t understand the whole Snapchat hype and I surely don’t want to understand it.