Five Things I Plan on Doing during this Next Wave of Stay-at-Home Order

With the current situation of COVID-19 numbers showing no sign of decline, we face yet another wave of stricter stay-at-home rulings.  The coming months bear visions of more time spent at home with family, and less time gallivanting and travelling around.

Have you thought about what you would be doing, in addition to working from home and doing the normal every day stuff?

I’m going to share FIVE things which I am planning on doing during this next wave…some are long-forgotten items on my to-do list which I am unearthing now and hoping to complete in the not-too-distant future.

  1. Reorganize the kids’ playroom
    This room is now also called the multi-purpose room.  Kids are outgrowing some toys and need more space for their bigger-kid activities.  We brought in two desks into the room but it still looks too cramped.  Looks like more decluttering is on the horizon as we make way for more space and more fun activities.
  2. Color my hair
    It has been years since I did that and with more staying-at-home, I am uncomfortable with having it done at the salon.  Also, with my super-sensitive skin, I don’t quite fancy the thought of chemicals sitting on my scalp for hours.  Hence I decided to get myself some somewhat “natural” henna hair dye and attempt to give myself a new hair color for the fun of it.
  3. Sing more songs
    Singing has brought me so much pleasure this past year.  I discovered singing apps akin to karaoke singing and it has been a joy to rediscover old songs and challenge myself with new songs I never thought I could sing.
  4. Diversify meals
    I am hoping to learn and introduce a few more new recipes for my family to love.  Thus far, I have tried making the classic meatloaf and they love it, much to my delight.
  5. Clean out wardrobe
    Something that has been on hold for the longest time and I hope to be able to finally do it this time for real.
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Gratitude

How many times have we longed for something that we don’t have?  How many times have we yearned for a better something, a bigger something, a more beautiful something…

That house that someone has.

That family vacation that someone just enjoyed.

That fine dining experience you saw someone post on social media.

The haircut someone had.

For a change, how about backing up a little and looking at the BIG picture for a second?  Maybe what we see is not exactly all there is.

Maybe, just maybe, that lady with the seemingly perfect outfit might suffer from a lack of happiness.

Or maybe that person who is always posting about her family’s perfect life may not have had the opportunity to discover spiritual peace.

I have found that over the years, if we keep harping on what we do not have, we miss out on what we already have.

We miss out the chance to be grateful for whatever is around us, despite how unimportant they may seem.

We lose the opportunity to be thankful for all that is happening around us and all that is happening to us when we solely focus on what we think we could have.

So take a moment to close your eyes every now and then, and be thankful for the things in your life.  The little BIG things in your life.

I’m too, am learning to, and it truly gives you a lease of life when you learn to appreciate them.

 

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A New Beginning

A new year calls for new goals, fresh perspectives, revisiting old habits and improving or changing them for the better.  Hence I have decided to reignite my passion for blogging.

I will attempt to … and hopefully will find the time to write more often than before.

My blog has been dormant for the longest time, mostly because I relied on micro-blogging platforms and social media such as Facebook, Instagram and the like.  I don’t suppose there are many people reading blogs anyway nowadays.

However, I do love the fact that my jottings from years ago about my experiences as a new parent, a breastfeeding mom and personal opinions have served some readers well.

So I logged into my WordPress account last week and discovered that something was amiss.  I could not create any new posts nor edit the existing ones.

Thankfully, after some back and forth discussions and troubleshooting with my host provider, my blog is not working as it should!  I had to revert to the Classic WordPress editor because it felt more familiar to me.

Long story short, I am now good to go!  If you are one of my loyal readers who are still reading my posts, thank you so much and please do leave me a note to say hi!

Here’s wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead and sending you positive vibes of love and positivity!

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I Have A New Makeup Nook!

I’m so glad I finally found a pocket of time to organise my makeup nook on my dresser. If you notice the Before picture, you will see that it is anything BUT a makeup area.

Shame on me, really.

It had become a convenient place to stash anything that had no place to be and there were also plenty of unused items.

First rule of organizing an area is to start with a clean slate. I removed every item in that area and tossed out whatever I didn’t need or had not used for goodness-knows-how-long.  These included electric toothbrushes, product samples, expired skincare products and old makeup.

Since I switched to toxin-free alternatives for my skincare products and makeup, I find that I don’t need that many items in my daily skincare routine, and this fact helped me throw a lot of stuff away.

After cleaning out the area and wiping it dry, I arranged the stuff I needed back neatly. In the After photo, you will notice an acrylic makeup organiser right in front. THIS – I absolutely LOVE.

Finally – a proper home for all my Savvy Minerals makeup, making it easily accessible and stored neatly too!

So…. do you think I did a good job?

Next on the list: tackling the storage space in my dresser cupboards!

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Blessings to be Counted

Count your blessings. Yes, people….count your blessings.  And I mean you, you and yes, you all the way over there.  Even when it feels as though the whole world is against you, count your blessings.

On so many occasions, I have been beaten and disappointed that something has not happened the way I wanted it to, but in the grand scheme of things, I have found that God had intended it to be that way.

I am learning to just lean on Him and trust that He knows best.

I am learning to let go and let be.

To be thankful that I am doing whatever I am doing, and to allow God to lead me to wherever He has planned for me.

It is just too easy to cling on to things which are familiar to us, comforting even.  But if we don’t allow ourselves to explore, to be curious, to step out of our (cliched) comfort zones, we will never know what there might be waiting for us.

It may be daunting, and scary, but it is worth it if God walks with us.

But if we remember Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”, I trust and know that we will be fine.

Picture credits: OolaLife

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