Porto

I have so many photos from recent trips I haven’t shared and there’ll be more traveling posts coming soon. Today, I’ll show you Porto though the lens of my camera as I saw it in May.

Porto felt like a dream in a bad way, as if I wasn’t really there. Maybe I was too tired from all the trip so far (I went straight from Singapore to Portugal and by that time I was at the end of my second week away and quite miserable) or maybe something didn’t stick with me and the city. In any case, I didn’t like Porto as much as Lisbon. There were a couple of nice things though: wine tasting, taking the funicular up to the hill, the view over the bridge, my morning cup of coffee, driving by the river at night, Indian food by the ocean, the sun setting over the Atlantic. Porto didn’t feel that special, but the day trip I took to Guimaraes and Vila do Conte was awesome. But more on that later…

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10 things that made me happy: 09│2016

“Mom, dad, here’s my tattoo*.”

September was the month I finally caved in and got a tattoo. Here’s the final draft and here’s proof I had been thinking about it for at least 4 years and it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. I love it, I still get a very stupid smile every time I see it and it makes me so extremely giddy. In other news, this month I was very focused in getting work done and settling back into my routines. Not the most exciting month, but mild is good sometimes. Here’s what made me happy this month.

– When the night is back in Trondheim and the city lights up when it’s dark

– Get a tattoo #κάνω_την_επανάσταση_μου

– The smell of grilled cheese

– Buy new books

– Candles that smell nice

– Every time I blow dry my hair

– Finally clean out the closet and buy lots of new clothes and a fall shade of lipstick*

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– Smile at strangers and them smiling back

– The feeling of having faith in the unknown

I’m hoping for a really fun October.

* Two mountains, one has snow. Yes, it means something.
** That was Captive by Mac.

That fucking Greek summer #1

Thank God it’s over!

Photos from amazing Sifnos. What happens there apparently stays there.

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ps. Thanks to everyone who borrowed the camera while I was too drunk, too exhausted or too sunburned to take photos.

10 things that made me happy: 08│2016

This will be a bitter sweet one, just the way I’ve been feeling lately.

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To start off, I have to anounce that I don’t plan to come back to the blog just yet. I’ll take at least another month for myself, trying get some work done. PhDs work like that. They request your full attention.

Summer was kind to me (or maybe I was kind to myself this summer). I had time to think, relax, assess, get over a break up and feel vulnerable again (click on that link, it’s a good one!). I met people, heard opinions, read books, drew my own conclusions and moved on from the past. In a moment of deep thought, I decided that I’ll take happily whatever the future brings and, more importantly, with grace. It still seems like a good way to tackle the unknown, gracefully that is. I gained back a long lost sense of freedom. I did things I hadn’t done since I was teenager (and my parents hadn’t seen me do since then either, big shock, I know!). I came home after dawn, drunk one too many cocktails, celebrated with friends, lied about unimportant stuff, followed no rules and no plan, said yes more times than I said no, had a break down at the beginning and then another one before the end, went back to Trondheim with a new set of rules that are mine and mine alone and didn’t feel a moment of regret. Now back to a temporary reality.

Here’s what made me happy in August.

– Sing duets in the car with a friend who is just as bad at singing as I am

– The fact that my ears blocked when I drove up to Lycabettus hill

– Unpredictable, but welcome, kisses and hugs

– Break glasses in the heat of an argument*

– Give away a book I had just read to a stranger, who I later on got to know better

– Late night Aikido lessons in the middle of the street

– A sugar rush, after years of not eating sugar

– Dates that go surprisingly bad**

– Silence in the car, at home, in the bus,…

– Sleep when I was way too tired

How was your month?

* Apparently I get very into the topic of living conditions of 6-month olds in Norway.
** Because then you get to enjoy more the ones that go well.

ps. Photo from Sifnos.

10 things that made me happy: 07│2016
+ What happens in Oslo

July began with a weekend trip to Oslo. For people living in Trondheim (sorry Norwegians, it’s a small town, if not a village), Oslo is the big city. That trip was wonderful apart from the fact that it was raining all day long and we couldn’t spend as much time as we wanted drinking cappuccino and sunbathing in the balcony. The middle part of the month went by so fast with long hours and way too much work. Then, around the end of July, I went back home to Athens for my summer break. As always, I’ll be going around, visiting different places, without any real plan, expectations, Internet and sometimes my phone, just as I want.

Like every summer, I decided to take August off of blogging and focus on finding balance and spend some quality time with my very lovely extended family (who are always there when I need them and I couldn’t be more grateful for that). I’ll be back at the end of the month with more things that made me happy and hopefully back to a normal schedule (more on that next month).

Sidenote: I don’t really believe in astrology, but I read my monthly horoscope and it predicts lots of fighting, in a very literal sense, towards the end of August. Let me just say, bring it on. May my kick boxing training be useful.

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My happy things

– Look into strangers’ houses from the street at night (or from the tram)

– Beautiful solutions to mathematical problems

– When I think I’m out of toilet paper, but there’s more in the storage room

These pepper mills every time I cook (I have them in coral and yellow)

– Selfies with a view

– Browse tattoos I am never going to get on Pinterest

– 5 year olds dancing ballet

– The smell of bacon cooking

– When my lipstick lasts all day

– Overhear an interesting conversation

ps. More photos from my Oslo trip. Hope you like them.

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Minimalism challenge review

July is ending and the last day of my minimalism challenge was yesterday. It’s time for a quick review.

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I prepared for the challenge for a good 4 months, making plans for different aspects of it, like my closet and my make-up. It was a good way to get control over my life after some radical life changes. This was the minimalist fresh start I needed. Halfway through I had a way more positive attitude in life and a more positive perspective. It took me more than a month to complete the challenge, because I didn’t want to be too strict with myself, but I still felt the benefits of the challenge. It was like a cleanse for my mind. At the end, I was very happy with my life. Here’s my review.

Actual duration of the challenge: 2 months.

Favorite day: Cleaning up my make up collection.

Least favorite day: Journaling.

Something I learned about myself during this challenge: Most of the time I am way too strict on myself and on others. I can break my bad habits in a much more gentle way. Gentle can be effective too.

Overall feeling after finishing the challenge: Positive.

Something I would add to the challenge: I would like some days with a bit of self-care. Let’s say take a long bath, or treat yourself to something, or celebrate something. Maybe take care of yourself for half an hour. These would add to the overall positive feeling.

Would I do it again? I loved it and I would like to do it again. Maybe next year…

Inspired? Try it for yourself. It’s not that time-consuming and it’ll change your life. I especially recommend it if you’re going though a break-up or divorce. It’ll help you learn how to take care of yourself, how to love yourself a little bit more.

Hugs and kisses,

Joanna

ps. Now what about this happiness challenge? I think I’ll be starting that one sometime soon…

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