An effort to save summer, coming autumn.

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
   With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
      For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells…
~from the poem “To Autumn” by J.Keats ~

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How’s your January going?

We’re in the new year and January is almost done. Instead of making a resolution and forced to face a bunch of failures at the end of the year, I opted to start planning my life better and  journaling all my process. Despite the hype of bullet journaling I actually love doing “my type” of  #bujo because instead of just writing down mundane stuff, I get to doodle, scrap booking, planing, and review my days at the same time. It’s more therapeutic relaxing rather than a boring thing to do.

So yes my journalling journey that started in January is going great so far, how about your January?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you smell the holiday season already? Yes, the smell of home baked Christmas cookies or ginger bread, mulled wine…Christmas for me is more about traditions than a religious celebration, growing up as a TCK  I really missed having good family traditions especially during the holidays as different cultures have different holiday traditions.

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Now that my kids are TCKs as well, we try to make our own traditions, like using a real Christmas tree that we keep alive since 2 years ago. It would be nice to see the tree grows as the children grow. We also keep the decor minimal, I feel annoyed when I see a Christmas tree so over decorated that  you can not even see the leaves, decorations suppose to accentuate not to cover the whole thing… poor tree.

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This year, to keep up with the minimalist theme, we started a new tradition and decided to have a €5 challenge for gifts, so only things that cost €5 to buy or to make for each recipient. We want to enjoy the season more instead of having the “rush”.

Happy Holidays All!