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Winter bucket list

Putting together my autumn bucket list was such good fun. Even if I hadn’t done all the things I wrote down, I think it really helped with being excited about autumn. This year I realised how pretty that season is: the way leaves turn all those beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red or brown, the way they fall down, it just makes walking in nature feel like a dream. Even though it’s a season of passing, a transition into something cold, it can still warm your heart. Now I just need to keep this mindset going on to the cold and dark winter days when all the leaves have fallen and everything’s bare and grey. I am really looking forward to Christmas, but the other two months always drag on, so I am going to try and come up with things I can be excited about through all winter.

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31-day digital declutter wrap-up

I was really looking forward to doing this challenge, and I knew it wasn’t going to be always easy. I was right, sometimes I slipped up, some days were easier, some harder, but the most important thing is that I kept going on, even after I broke many of my rules. I was surprised at some of the things I found out, so let’s get into the wrap-up of these 4.5 weeks.

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31-day digital declutter: a new challenge in October

I’m currently reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, which I’m enjoying greatly. There is a section that talks about a 30-day digital declutter, which took place a few years ago during January. (As most life-changing monthly challenges do. Not for me though. πŸ˜‚) I haven’t finished it yet (though by the time this post comes out, I might already have), but I instantly knew I wanted to try this experiment. You know I love a good challenge, especially if it has to do something with device usage, so I’m not gonna pass up this opportunity.

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Autumn bucket list

Spring and autumn have always been my favourite seasons because I prefer weather that’s neither too hot nor cold. I do love summer and winter as well, especially summer because of vacation. πŸ˜… However, recently, my favourite seasons lost their essence as the weather is getting less transitional and more like ‘let’s be summer after being winter just the previous day’ and vice versa. We all know why that is (thanks, climate change and people), which makes it even sadder. Moreover, the past two autumns have been extremely difficult, first due to having COVID, and then another health and mental health issue. That’s why this year I’m going to try even harder to appreciate every little thing and keep my hopeful mentality (which is getting harder with being less outside in nature). So, in this post, I’ve collected quite a lot of things I’d love to do this autumn.

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Building a relaxing morning & evening routine

After watching Unjaded Jade’s latest morning routine video, I felt inspired to try and make my own. I kind of have my own habits already, and I usually stick to them, but lately, I’ve been feeling I could make more mindful and relaxing routines. Recently, I find myself picking up my phone for a quick check after I wake up, which I haven’t done in a really long while. I also have been watching way too many TV shows and movies, some of them in the evening, when I should be winding down, without a blue light screen. It’s not that these things are inherently bad, I just want to do this experiment, if I can call it that, to see if I can build other habits in a month. So, if you are interested if I succeeded, let’s read on.

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The Me and Music Tag

It’s been a while since I did any kind of tag post, let alone music-themed, so I was super excited to read Abby’s post featuring this super fun tag! It was originally created by Sophie @ Me and Ink, where you can find really cute graphics which I decided not to use because WordPress storage is not a lot. There are seventeen prompts, and I’ll do thirteen of them. It also says you can use up to five songs at each prompt, so that’s exciting! It lets me rave about my favourite music, which is honestly the best kind of activity. So grab a beverage of your choice, because this one is going to be long!

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A tiny post about podcasts

I have a confession to make. I don’t really listen to podcasts anymore. I had a phase back in 2019-2020, when I listened to audiobooks and podcasts, but that time has passed. I don’t know why, because I definitely see the appeal in them. You can do other things while listening, but here’s the thing: I don’t like multitasking. I want to focus on just one activity, absorbing the story. I learnt that if I do other things (chores, drawing, etc.), I am not able to fully process what I hear, and I won’t remember it as well. (That’s why I don’t listen to audiobooks anymore.) However, just sitting there, not doing anything but listening to a podcast has always felt weird to me. I have no clue why, I just like to do stuff. Up until now, when I decided to try my best, not care about how unusual it might be, and just listen to them. The reason is quite mundane: my eyes get tired easily, and in the past few months they have become red. Not counting sleeping, I use my eyes without a break, and I think laying down with closed eyes, listening to maybe fifteen-twenty minutes of a podcast episode once or twice a day is going to help a little bit. Podcasts are less of an engagement than a book, so it’s perfect. In this post, I wanted to share the three podcasts I have listened to in the past, and two that I’d like to try out.

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Rating k-dramas and their soundtracks (part three)

K-dramas have been with me ever since I discovered them last February, and they continue to bring me so much joy. If you haven’t seen them, I’ve already shared some k-dramas HERE and HERE. I hope you’ll be able to find new ones in this blog post! I’m absolutely fond of sharing them because I know that so many people also find solace in them! All of them are available on Netflix.

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Reflection

I wasn’t planning on posting, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and as it’s the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on it. This was a really hard year for many of us, due to the presence of the pandemic. It brought uncertainty, unknowns really visible to our lives, and it’s super hard for a lot of people. Some of us already had mental illnesses, but in my opinion, it brought about an increase of anxiety in people who didn’t have that problem before. If you think about it, in the root, anxiety is caused by the fear of the unknown, the uncontrollable. It highlighted the temporariness of human life, and that is a very scary thing. Some humans can handle it easier, some can’t. So many people escape reality through reading, watching movies or TV shows, or scrolling through social media.

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