It's been a while since I did a 'life' post so I thought this is a good time to do one. Also, while going through my blog archives the other day, I realized the greater proportion of these life posts are really mopey and depressing. Let's change that. I am happy! Yes, getting into a funk is completely normal, but hey, I want to recognize and document all my blissful moments too.
Which this holiday surely has been. From late November to now, coming mid January, I did nothing and everything at the same time: no homework / revision / feeling guilty about not completing any of those until the very day before school, and copious amounts of: eating excessively / sightseeing / being super relaxed.
I love love having the time to do absolutely anything I want. Holidaying aside, learning how to spend that time is in fact a very educational thing. I have about a week to go (excluding CNY) before JC starts, and we all have to head back to the grind, but until then I am drinking in every moment of this unhurried lifestyle. For example, yesterday, I headed out to town (love saying that. Town. It sounds so chic and sophisticated. Look at me, the hip girl, the trendy girl, the- ok sorry) all by myself, and it was so nice browsing through my favourite shops in my own time.
If you are stuck about what to do during the endless hours, here are some activities that have proven themselves true for yours truly:
- cleaning up your room, and I mean GET SORRY YOUR ACT TOGETHER CLEANING, i.e. get a huge trash bag and toss everything you haven't used in one year in it. Then you can embark on that wonderful trip of decorating your newly uncluttered pad.
- doing Quiet Time; applicable to Christians. I felt a sense of loss and guilt for not bringing my bible plus devos overseas with me. It really is important to keep up with your faith because it's just too easy to forget that you are God's child, and everything you do must represent this fact as much as possible. I don't know if this is an extreme act, but anything to keep ourselves reminded, right? Nette gave me The Bible in 365 Days, a devotional book which covers the Gospel chronologically for, yes, 365 days. I find that the bible is much easier to read when broken down into readable chunks.
- going out- alone. This might seem like an unforgivable crime to some people, but honestly it is one of the most liberating things you can do. I love going out with friends and I also love going out alone. Alone means this: your time, your wants, your thoughts. Want to spend 3 hours in the same shop going over each item thoroughly? No problemo. You want to eat at Marche, not 4Fingers? Too easy, friend. Don't feel like talking to people for the moment? Satisfaction guaranteed. And above all, alone time promises giving you the space to be lost in your own thoughts. To discover about yourself. As a saying goes, how can you learn about yourself without being alone?
There is nothing at all embarrassing about shopping or eating by yourself. If you think it is, you are the problem.
- start a blog. Haha very clever Ly (strokes mustache), but owning a long term project in general keeps one always with something to do. I really like thinking of ideas for this space and am genuinely excited to work on a post. Here are some themes for upcoming posts: a lookbook- the fashion category is grossly neglected, a skincare haul, a Fresh Reads for some great books that have hit my shelves lately, and a 2017 Resos post. I can't wait to get started on them, and completing my Japan Traveldiary as well. Do it! Start creating. Nobody regrets it.
I could go on, but this isn't a video, no one wants to read a huge hunk of text, and I'm not Zoella, the queen of rambling.
So in summary, life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter.
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last updated: 5 september