Light a Candle

Light a Candle

As this month is rolling to an end, it is time to light another candle for those who can use a little attention and positive energy.

For me, June’s candle is for a friend who’s seen her newborn grandson being taken into hospital for of an inflamation of his hands and fingers. Nearly a week old… He’s back home now, thank goodness, but he’s in my thoughts nevertheless.

I also burn this candle for all the refugees trying desperately to get into Europe and not being found welcome by… Well, basically any country. I can’t imagine being treated like that while stuck on a boat with hundreds of others, fleeing your home country in the hopes of making a better life somewhere else. Somewhere you’re, apparently, not even welcome. Life is too harsh sometimes.

Lastly, this candle is for all the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who were ripped apart by President Trump’s refugee policy. It’s tough enough to arrest people on the spot when they illegally cross your country’s borders, it’s an entirely different type of inhumanity to separate parents from their children to instill fear into their hearts, hoping they’ll never try to cross your borders again in the future. I hope they’ll all be reunited and safe eventually.


Who will you light this month’s candle for?
Letters to Life

Letters to Life (25)

“Those who live today, make great memories for tomorrow”
– Random Paper Wisdom –

Dear Life,

At the end of last year I set personal goals for 2018. One was to enjoy each day more than you’re used to, which I measure by, each evening, noting down whether my day was good, so-so, or bad.

I’ve noticed a steep incline in good days over the past two months. It’s something I am, naturally, happy about, but at the same time I am not sure where this sudden change comes from. Have I, unbelievingly, grown more positive without realising it? Or have my days indeed taken a turn for the better?

Is it a combination of both? Or something else entirely?

My always-in-overtime-brain is fed by the everlasting desire to Understand All And Everything, but somehow I suspect that the amount of good days noted down on my calendar has something to do with Letting Go.

I meditate three times a week and even if I fall asleep during a session, which annoys me beyond limits, I am no longer upset enough about it to get angry with myself.

My weekly chores list has been modified in a way that makes it more workable than before, and if I still cannot complete all the tasks on it I don’t even feel the urge to get upset any more.

I am happy my days seem to be improving quality-wise, Life, but I am even happier knowing that I am improving my view on the World around me. By living in the moment and letting go of annoyances I am finding harmony within myself.

Maybe the paper wisdom is true: learn to value today, as its memory will put a smile on your face tomorrow.

Good brings out good, it is contagious. It won’t extinguish bad days entirely, but it does help shrink their amount deeply.

Thank you, Life.

X, Samantha

 

 

Status Update

Alas! A New Beginning!

Phew! That was a lot of work, but I think I have everything covered now. Changed all the things that needed changing for my blog to look its best 🙂 Away with that hideous and annoying static page and hello again to the World!

For now, I still need to settle with a new writing-and-reading-rhythm. I don’t know about you, but I am getting a bit fed up with only posting videos (although, it is necessary to say, this one is just brilliant and is worth posting. And watching/hearing!). Having said that, I am too tired after a busy and exciting week to figure that out now.

So for now, I say enjoy the song! And hope to see you all back here soon, with me posting more content-y content 😉

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Heart to Post

Earworm of the Week

Every time I hear this song, I’m like ‘ooh ooh baby, ooh ooh baby’.

Because who does damage to my brains? You do baby, you do baby.

BodyPump 96. Best. Pump. Ever. So many good songs and so many sticky ones. Enjoy this one!

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

Aside

A Little Bit Of Everything (But Actually Nothing At All)

Me: “I feel like I am going mad!!”

Her: “That’s impossible.”

Me: “I know, right! This background works properly on my laptop, how come it’s not showing up here!?”

Her: “No, dear. What I meant is: you cannot possible go mad, as you are roaring mad already and have been so for ages.”

*Silence*

Me: “You might have a point.”


This random conversation will now be followed by a random screenshot I made when logging onto WordPress in order to fix my background issues (but I don’t feel like looking into that any more today, so… boohoo). It’s completely in Dutch, but seeing as it is Monday and I’ve just realised I’ve been roaring mad for ages, I’m not going to translate it. I think I’ll let the image and the 1 and the 0 speak for themselves:

If you haven’t figured it out: “jaar” means “year”. This roaring mad person, the one who thought it’d be a good idea to start up her own business and give her blog a makeover at the same time, managed to, subconsciously, recreate her beloved blog in her 10th year on WordPress.

10 years ago today, I created a WordPress account (that I actually started using like… 4 years ago). But still. You may congratulate me in the comments 😉


This about sums up my Monday: thinking I am going mad but finding out I’ve long crossed that bridge. So might as well lean back and enjoy it while it lasts.

Not so much for the following song; I woke up last night and needed a bathroom break, something I always hate because come on I want to sleep! And then it hit me! This song did. And it’s still in my head, goodness knows why.

Good luck replacing this one in your head with actual thoughts!

Have a good week everyone! Let’s all be a little mad this week, shall we? 🙂