It’s Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week, which was the Easter holiday!
The past week was so lovely. It consisted of time to wind down, relax and not think too much about school and assignments. Time spend with friends, family, selfcare and birthday celebration (because I turned 24).
How was your Easter holiday?
I started this week with the intention of going to the Botanical Garden with 2 of my friends, but apparently it was closed. So instead we went for a little walk in Ørstedsparken
I also collected up some trash in the Kings Garden with my friend. Btw, I’ve just created a new TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen, so if you want to come and have a good time and pick up trash from nature, then join this Sunday!
I also drank hot chocolate with my friend <3
This towel was another lovely birthday gift <3 I also did a lot of selfcare this week; at home facial steams, gua sha facial massage, oil massage, dry brushing and lots of tea and reading
I got this new basket for my plant as one of my birthday gifts <3
I bought this lovely shirt (secondhand) from one of my sweet friends, and had a hot coconut chocolate with her at Souls on my birthday <3 And the beautiful necklace was a birthday gift from my boyfriend <3
Another birthday gift was this cork yoga block. And this Saturday I was to Cathrine’s yoga & vegan Easter lunch event where we also did some exercises with a yoga block, and it just feels so good, so I’m going to do more of those exercises at home as well!
I am going to take a little Easter break from posting in here, and will instead focus on relaxing, homeworks and creating new and good content once I’m back again.
I wish you all the best Holiday and hope that you take some time to either read some good books, watch some good documentaries, listen to some good podcasts, make your own skincare products, trying something new and fun, or do some selfcare <3
Just take some time to do whatever makes you happy!
What is self care?
Basically, in all its simplicity it means to take care of yourself. “You can’t pour from an empty cup” as the saying goes. You cannot give fully to others before you make sure that you are well and feeling good yourself. Therefore it is so important to remember yourself and listen to your own body’s needs. Do you feel completely stressed out and filled up? Have you spend time with too many people the entire day? Have you fuelled your body with good vitamins and nutrients? Have you gotten enough sleep?
If you start to really listen, your body will easily tell you what you need. And, you should learn to listen to it and then accommodate to those needs. If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by spending too much time with others, then take some time for yourself to just relax and just be alone. Take a bath, just lay on the couch, read a good book. Whatever you need.
It is so important to take care of yourself. And even though I love to-do-lists and being productive, I also know that if I don’t take time for some self-care, then I’ll eventually end up burning out which won’t do any good at all.
Here is a quote that I love:
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself“.
So, as the quote goes, the only person you are sure to be with for the rest of your life is yourself, so be sure to take care of yourself and be happy and content with your own company and who you are.
Next I will share some of my favourite self care tips with you and hopefully you will find some inspiration to tune in with yourself and listen to what you need and then remember to take some time just for you.
My favourite self care tips
- take a warm bath
- make your skincare ritual a nice part of your evening routine, really take your time and enjoy it
- make a nice cup of hot tea, a matcha latte, chai or hot chocolate
- go for a walk and breath in the fresh air
- move your body
- find a good movie or serie and just completely relax on the couch with a blanket and a cup of something good
- take time to make some delicious food
- journal, write out your thoughts, get them out of your head
- dance around to your favourite music
- spend some quality time with someone close to you, and just talk and share what’s on your heart and mind
- learn to say ‘no’ to things which doesn’t feel like you at all
- dry brushing and giving yourself oil massages
- lighting candles and creating a cozy atmosphere
- doing a little at-home-faical-massage with oil and a gua sha
- be kind to yourself, tell yourself that you love yourself <3
If you’ve been following along in here for a while, then you know that I’m in the process of switching things out as I go for more sustainable options. Just search for “switching to” in here and you can see some of the switches I have made, everything from menstrual cups, to stainless steel straws, to reusable cotton pads.
This time it was time for laundry detergent to get switched out. I was already using a more ecofriendly one from Ecover, which I’ve actually written about here, but I am trying my best to reduce plastic in my household, and when I found an alternative I thought it was time to switch. And the alternative is: soap nuts!
Now you might think, what on Earth is soap nuts?
It’s basically, as the words says, nut shells which you can use as a soap to wash your clothes with.
When you buy them you buy a big cotton bag with many small soap nuts in it and then you also get a little small cotton bag. Then when you wash your clothes, you just put 4-6 soap nuts into the little cotton bag and throw it in the washing machine together with the clothes, and voila clothes is clean! A bag with 4-6 soap nuts can do around 4-5 washes and then you just take out the soap nuts and compost them, and replace the old ones with some new ones.
Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week!
How was your past week?
Monday called for work, but I really love my work, and I love that it is something I’m able to do from wherever I am – it’s so freeing.
I’ve been adding lots of healthy fats into my everyday diet lately after recommendation from Carolina
I went to the Botanical Garden with one of my best friends to take some pictures and get some tropical feeling into our bodies while it was minus degrees and snowing outside – always a good idea!
After going out into the snow again after having been to the Botanical Gardens we went straight to get some warm drinks <3
Speaking of the Botanical Garden, my own little “Botanical Garden” is also growing at home, and I love how much my Monstera is growing
Saturday called for work and my boyfriend’s mothers birthday, and Sunday called for pure relaxation with selfcare and serie-marathon with my boyfriend. You have to watch the serie “Manhunt: Unabomber”, it’s based on true events and it is so good and fascinating!
Whenever you are having a hard time, or if you are in pain, I think one of the best things to remember is the saying “this too shall pass“. Life is all about ups and downs, and if you’ve never heard about the ‘regression to the mean’ which is actually used in more economical terms, but is also very relevant in terms of life, it is about how life always balance things out and gets back to the center – to the middle. Life is about ups and downs, and life would never be worth living if it was all ups all the time, because without downs, we wouldn’t even know what ups were.
There wouldn’t be light without darkness, and the other way around. Just like yin and yang, and there is always some darkness in the light and some light in the darkness.
I think this is such an important thing to remember whenever you are going through some hard times and start thinking that life is just miserable, then begin to say to yourself that it is okay that life is hard right now, but it will get better. And usually, those who have gone through hard times in life and get out on the other side turns out to be the most wise, loving and caring people – because they have experienced these down-times.
I’m all about positivity, happy moments and looking at life with joy and happiness. But, whenever I’m having a hard time or I’m sad I try my best to let that be okay as well. Or whenever I’m feeling pain, whether that be a headache or stomach problems, I try to just stay calm, relax and tell myself that this is also going to pass (and I also pay close attention to what my body tells me, because pain in the body is usually the body telling you to either relax, stress down, that you might have eaten something which was not good for you or something else. If you experience regular pain in a specific area, then really try to pay attention to what you have been doing and if any patterns occur).
That was just a long ramble about life. I hope it makes sense, and that you got something out of it.
I have 3 interesting things for you this week! If you have any interesting articles, videos, documentaries, books etc. then please feel very free to share them with me!
1. A very inspirational video by Peta Kelly (the Author behind ‘Earth is Hiring’, which I’m currently reading – book recommendation coming later)
2. Greenpeace’s new video called ‘Team Plant‘ is just the cutest and most awesome thing!
3. This adorable video of animals hugging humans is just the cutest thing ever. By seeing this you just get reminded of how big of a heart animals have, and that they truly have emotions <3
What does ‘supporting local brands’ mean?
It means that you support brands that are local to you. So very simply put; if you live in Denmark, then supporting local brands means supporting Danish brands, or brands which are very close to Denmark.
Why is it good?
It is good for your nations economy to support many smaller, local brands. In that way you ensure that people in your country have a job and that makes the economy go around (read a more in-depth article about that here). There is, of course, also the more environmentally friendly aspect, that the goods you buy don’t have to get transported across the globe (either by plain or ship or whatever means of transport) when you buy locally, instead it can get transported by trucks/the local mail – and if you live close to the physical stores, you can just go there yourself and buy the things.
Another thing I love about supporting smaller, local brands is that you can very often “feel” the person(s) behind the brand, their vision and their passion. Often times, you can actually meet the owners/creators behind the brand in a physical store or get in contact with them, and I really like that. You can sincerely feel that these people wants to make a difference, and that is beautiful and inspirering.
In connection to the above I love this quote:
So just a little recommendation for you is to seek for the things you are searching for in smaller, local businesses. This does not mean that all that I personally buy is from small, local businesses, but I prefer supporting local brands if I can find what I need from these. I truly love to discover new Danish brands (which have the environment in their hearts), I find it very inspirering.
Here are a few of the Danish brand that I like to follow closely:
Miild make-up, LØS market, Isangs, Gritt & Borris, Atelier Aarhus, Aiayu, Woron, Dilling Underwear, Yogamii.
Do you have any favourite local brands?
Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week! It’s the little things that make up our lives, so let’s try to appreciate them and be grateful for all the small things in life <3
How was your past week?
I finally got my newly painted shelf up! So far I only have 2 plants on it, but I’m waiting for another one from my friend, and then I hope they grow long and big and hang all the way down from the shelf <3
I baked Carolina’s spelt buns, and I have also tried several different new things and changes in my diet and overall lifestyle after having a health consultation with Carolina <3
I received this beautiful “turtle bag” which I bought through Ilovegreen. I really like the concept of the turtle bag it’s made from organic natural fibres and it’s biodegradable. Turtle bags was made to protect the oceans, but as it says in the name also turtles. Many turtles mistake plastic bags in the ocean for jellyfish and eat them, and ends up getting plastic inside them and several die. That’s just so sad. Bring your own bag and ditch the plastic bags.
I’ve been fuelling myself with lots of this green smoothie! I try to drink one every single day to get lots of green and fibers in my body <3
Sunday I spent my morning in spa with my mom. I love this. A combination of taking good care of your body, relaxing and talking and spending time with my mom <3 After that we were completely relaxed and ate some lunch and then home where I pretty much fell asleep on the couch – perfect Sunday, if you ask me.
A little while ago I read the book “The Four Agreements*” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and wauw. I’ve had this book on my reading list for such a long time, and it is such a light an easy read so I don’t know why I’ve waited so long, but I do believe in timing, and it was the perfect time to read it, it really got me.
Don Miguel Ruiz writes about 4 fundamental life lessons in his book “The Four Agreements”, which in all its simplicity are some very simple life lessons, yet this is something we tend to forget about all the time. But, getting reminded of these things and seeing them in such a simple way really makes a difference. It lights you up and makes you feel good, and really shows you how you can change your own world by changing your perception about life.
I don’t want to give away too much, or say what these life lessons are, because I do believe there was something very special about reading the book and seeing these for yourself, and I don’t want to give that away. But, I will give you a little inspirering quote from the book:
“The word is pure magic – the most powerful gift we have as humans – and we use it against ourselves”
All I can say is that I definitely recommend this book. It is beautiful and so full of wisdom which we could all benefit from becoming aware of and knowing (and using).
Have you read the book? What did you think about it? If you have any other book recommendations, please let me know and I’ll add it to my never-ending-reading-list!
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