We're about three weeks away from Christmas and I know what you're all thinking about. The pressure to find the perfect gift is on. I don't know when the Christmas frenzy took over this badly, but the truth is that everyone is expecting a gift..., not just any gift, but one you put a lot of thought into. While I grew up in a family where Christmas was about other things rather than the gifts, I have come to enjoy the little "surprises" I get on Christmas day - we all love surprises (I mean the nice ones, of course).
I have been many times in the position of finding the perfect gift for someone, and I know it's not an easy task. This is the reason why I wanted to share some gift ideas with you here, that are sure to nicely-surprise someone you're thinking about. These items have carefully been selected as gifts I would get myself, if I had to, so you know they're things I like. So, without further ado...
Thanksgiving is days away and, while many of us have sales over sales on our minds, we're also thinking about what brings us feelings of gratitude and happiness. For me, family and friends are what bring the feelings of gratitude.
Over the years, I have come to understand that it is not things that bring me lasting happiness, but what remains once the "thrill" of whatever purchase I made passes.
Is it content or emptiness that remains? I have found countless times that it's the emptiness (I'll explain below) that pushed me to buy one thing or another. Don't get me wrong - you know I have my weakness for pretty dresses and about other hundred items, and they bring me joy, but many times those purchases made me feel guilty. Guilt is not a pretty feeling.
When I met my now husband, I quickly learned that he was very interested in his ancestry and was very proud of his thought-heritage. He was sharing the knowledge he accumulated over the years and dreamed of visiting the places where his ancestors lived, in hopes of connecting with some relatives, distant or not.
While we're planning to travel to those places, we learned that there are a lot more to add to the list than we initially thought.
There is something so beautiful and yet mystical about the fog. Being in SoCal I've come to love it and I've found that taking pictures in it makes for some eerie but beautiful photos, especially if there's a bit of sun coming through it.
Last weekend I found myself taking an unintentional break from the grid, reason why there was no new post on here. Even if it wasn't planned, it felt good to disconnect a bit and just enjoy some family time. We had family visiting from out-of-state, so we headed to Oceanside to spend a few days together by the beach. While the weekend was predicted to be sunny and warm, we ended up with a completely different situation.
From what I see online, there is a lot of excitement for the fall season. While I understand the reasons, In SoCal, fall doesn't usually arrive until mid-November. There is however, a noticeable coolness in the air these days, mostly at night and in the mornings. During the day though, we're still enjoying the same summer warmth.
So, naturally, on the first official day of fall, we headed to the beach, partly because it was another hot day here, and partly because we wanted to enjoy the ocean water prior to it cooling too much.
It's been a while since I shared my playlist here. I used to post those on Fridays but I didn't want to make it just a filler-post so I decided to stick to my once-a-week posting for now. As you might know, I mostly work on my blog on weekends, usually at night. To keep me going, I usually play some lively music. This past weekend, I needed an extra-boost, after two exhausting days. Years ago, I used to listen to Timbaland so I decided to put on a YouTube mix of Timbaland's music and I went on working.
I've always loved to read. In fact, when I was a child, I remember spending my summers absorbed in a book. I remember my friends being out playing while I was happily living through the characters of the books I was reading. I was reading from historical novels, love stories, thrillers, adventure books - you name it. Over the years, this activity remained one of my favorites and I'm still just as happy spending my time with a good book. I often see people asking online for book recommendations and I thought of sharing some of my recent reads here, as well as some of the classics that stayed with me throughout the years. No matter the genre you like, there's something on this list for you.
Another birthday is fast-approaching and with each passing year, I understand more and more the things that truly matter in my life. The last two years I finally figured out that happiness and freedom to do what I want are what matter the most to me. Not a career or a job and not the material things. Happiness to me means both me and hubby being healthy, knowing that the people I care about are well, travelling and doing work that fulfills me.
I have been paying more and more attention to how I feel "on the inside" and ever since I've been working on changing my inner and outer world. Here's some of the things I've changed/implemented:
Hello, hello - it's the most awaited day of the week again - TGIF! I don't have to say that I'm so very happy it's Friday, right? We know that's always the case. I hope your working week went well and I hope you have an exciting weekend ahead.
Today I decided to share another "playlist" that I love to listen to while working. I basically grew up with this artist's music. My brother was obsessed with it and had it playing for days, and you know what usually happens when you're around something too much - you begin to love it. Years later and I'm listening to his songs and albums still, while remembering "the old days".
If you watched "The Bourne Identity" and "Jason Bourne" with Matt Damon, then you've definitely heard at least one of his songs.
Moby is more popular overseas I think, but he deserves to be known and listened to everywhere. I love how easy he mixes different genres, creating soothing or "soul-tearing" music. Give it a listen below and let me know what you think.
It's finally Friday and it's time to leave behind work and the stress that comes with it. For today I decided to bring you some music for relaxation.
I don't know about you but I love listening to music from the "old days" and it seems I'm not the only one since there are plenty of playlists on YouTube with older songs (thanks to whoever is putting those together - you're making my life easier).
The other day hubby reminded me of Savage Garden and of course I had to listen to them. I remember listening to them back when I was in school and I used to love their music. Years later and I still love their music.
Enjoy this playlist, courtesy of YouTube.
Have a fun weekend!
from the Author
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