JANUARY IN A JAR

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Ianuarie a fost o luna calma si m-a lasat intr-un punct linistit al vietii mele. Poate ati simtit putina melancolie in ultimele doua postari, Out Of Place si The Pursuit of Happiness, dar nu a fost deloc vorba despre asa ceva. A fost doar pledoaria mea pentru o viata mai simpla, linistita, si mai orientata catre mine.  

January was quiet, and I am in a happy place right now. Maybe you thought that my last two posts, Out Of Place and The Pursuit of Happiness, were a bit on the melancholic side, but that was not the case. It was just my manifesto for a more simpler, quiet, and somehow self-centered life. 

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In ultimele doua luni am incercat sa ma concentrez asupra unui stil de viata linistit. Este un concept care imi place si pe care incerc sa il urmez, dar in stilul si in ritmul meu. Nu este usor sa fac asta intr-un oras mare, in timp ce am si alte responsabilitati pe cap si treaba la birou, dar este o schimbare in bine. Asa ca iata ce fac atunci cand intru in modul panica:

  • incerc sa ma bucur de fiecare minut, chiar si cand fac ceva plictisitor, si nu incep sa numar orele.
  • sa reduc stresul si sa ma concentrez mai mult pe dorintele mele, starea de bine si prioritatile mele, indiferent de alte asteptari din exterior. Viata mea, planul meu!
  • sa traiesc in prezent in loc sa ma gandesc la ce a fost sau ar putea fi.
  • sa gasesc fericirea in orice lucru marunt, in fiecare zi, nu doar in vacante si la ziua de salariu.
  • sa evit conversatiile fara sens si mai ales barfele. Niciodata barfa nu va aduce ceva bun. In societatea noastra se pare ca inevitabil discutiile zilnice se concentreaza pe lucruri negative. Nu ar trebui sa fie asa.

Luna asta a fost despre:

  • mama. Am sarbatorit ziua ei de nastere si un nou inceput (pentru ca s-a mutat recent intr-un apartament nou).
  • relaxare la Therme. Complexul de bai termale de langa Bucuresti este de vis. Nu am facut poze pentru ca in loc sa stau cu grija telefonului am vrut sa ma bucur de fiecare moment petrecut in piscina si la sauna. Telefonul a stat doar in vestiar.
  • multe, multe zambete. Ca acesta, dintr-un borcan de gem.

In the last couple of months, I focused on slow living. It’s a concept that came naturally to me, and that I am trying to follow, but in my way, and at my own pace. It’s not easy in a big city, with responsibilities and busy work life, but it’s a change for the better. Here’s my take for when my mind goes into doomsday scenario mode:

  • enjoy each minute, even when I am performing a boring task, instead of counting the hours. 
  • minimize stress by focusing on my wishes, my well-being, and priorities, instead of following whatever expectations other people may have for me. My life, my plan!
  • focus on the now instead of what can be or will be. 
  • find happiness in all things, even the small things that life throws at me, not only vacations and salary days.
  • avoid useless small talk when I can, and especially gossip. It’s useless and leads to no good. I feel like, in our society, most of our talks take a very judgmental turn, and it’s not how it should work. 

This month was about:

  • my mother. We celebrated her birthday and her new beginning (she moved a few months ago in a new apartment).
  • relaxing at Therme. The wellness complex located near Bucharest. I never took any pictures, because instead of keeping an eye on my phone, I wanted to enjoy every moment there in the pools and at the sauna.
  • many many smiles. Like this one, found in a strawberry jam jar.

Smile in a jar

2 thoughts on “JANUARY IN A JAR

  1. I think I need to live more slowly too…I feel like I’m always racing around like a madman, and yet getting nowhere; when I was less busy I – ironically – got more done than when I felt like I had to fill every minute of the day with commitments.

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