12 Month Shopping Fast

While I’m not exactly setting New Year’s Resolutions, I have a big plan for 2018. But first, a bit of history. I remember that when I first heard of shopping fasts I thought they were an interesting idea, but not for me. I felt like only people who are addicted to shopping should consider going…

Let Yourself Off The Hook

Today is the last day of the year and as such a time for summaries. Starting from tomorrow, on the other hand, we will be diving into New Year’s Resolutions. I am not going to be looking back on 2017, though. While I think it can be beneficial to take a moment to reflect on…

20 Ways To Make Christmas More Relaxing

Here’s a bunch of ideas on how you could make your Christmas and the time leading up to it more about happiness and contentment and less about stress and consumption: Go for a walk. Pick up some natural decorations (pinecones, fallen branches) and use them to decorate your house. Bake gingerbread biscuits while listening to…

To Hell With Tradition

With less than a week left until Christmas, it’s prime time for people to start freaking out about all the stuff that they still have to do/buy/make/prepare. I started wondering why people put themselves through such an ordeal and I’ve realised that a lot of it has to do with tradition. It is traditional to…

Giving Is Living

Last week, I met with my mum and we started discussing Christmas related stuff. We talked about the menu, travel plans and what presents we’re getting for whom. At one point, my mum said: ‘And you? Apart from that voucher for ebooks, is there nothing that you want that you can, you know… Hold in…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. Ever since I was a child, I adored the festive atmosphere: the songs, the food preparations, the twinkling lights in the garden, the decorations, the presents… My Christmas countdowns probably started in October. Yes, there were some present-related disappointments and frustrations but I don’t think I would be…