How to be happy? Walk into a bookshop and you'll find shelves full of books on happiness. We're all looking for tips and tricks to lead happier lives with less stress and more focus. I recently stumbled across 365 Days of Happiness, a new publication full of daily inspirations to help you mindfully work towards … Continue reading How to be Happy. Interview with author Jacqueline Pirtle
Off on your holidays soon? Or just in need of some book tips? I have been reading a couple of great books lately, so I thought I give you a little review of both.
Are you an artist, musician, designer or otherwise creative person? Sometimes you feel the burning desire to create…. but you can't focus on anything or don't know where to start. How about a few tips to kick-start your creative juices and help you get motivated again?
So you probably noticed I have mixed things up a bit on the blog, writing about more serious things in life as well as interior design. Life has changed for me in the past two years and although I am still madly passionate about eclectic decor, vintage furniture, art and design (oh yes!), I would like to build my blog into something more wholesome than just pretty pictures of beautiful homes and gardens. Soulful living, right?
Moving abroad on your own is one thing, but when you have two kids, a husband and a couple of cats tagging along it is a different ball game. Especially when half of the family is Dutch and the other half British (hello Brexit!). It can feel pretty overwhelming to think about all the paperwork you have to get organised, in particular when you are not fluent in the language of your new country yet. Our first quarter was one with ups and downs.
We go through most of our lives wondering "what we will be when we grow up...", what to do next, whether what we have chosen to do is actually making us happy...and how we can make the necessary changes. I don't know many people who are just happy with their lives, do you? Everyone is always chasing the next thing. Did you ever write lists down of goals and dreams you have for yourself? Or when going through rollercoasters in life? I find it can be very therapeutic and organises your mind when you feel overwhelmed.
We are all so busy rushing from home to work and back, dropping off the kids, picking them back up, going home, cooking dinner, bath time, bed time, squeezing in an exercise class if we're organised, and then it all start again the next morning. Ground hog day. Days fly by, life seems monotonous, we're being lived by our never ending to-do-list. Sounds familiar? I bet it does.
Two weeks since we moved to Spain and so far so good! In between the hectic times of organising our new life as an expat, I have discovered the little perks of living in a warmer climate. Cycling! Oh my, how I've missed cycling. I don't mean sporty cycling in lycra on a racer or a mountain bike, no, just using a bicycle to go from A to B. To do the shopping, to take the kids to school. In just a thin jacket.
We're finally moving to Spain as a family. D Day is here. "Why are you so stressed, we're only moving!" my husband said to me after I had another meltdown in the past few days. I know, right? He wasn't even joking! Well, he must be the exception to the rule, because I do feel … Continue reading D Day. We’re off. Moving to Spain as a family
Some of my followers on Facebook have already heard the news: I am relocating to Valencia, Spain! Having lived twelve and a half years in Scotland, my family and I are preparing to emigrate to sunnier climates.