Hi Internet Friendz, happy Sunday.
I’m happy today, because I had a lot of cake but also other reasons. So I hereby present my very first real personal gratitude list on the blog: That Whole Gratitude Thing.
(Possible Undertitle: Everyone’s Doing It And If They’re Not They Should Be Because Gratitude Is Healthy And Important And Stuff.)
Including Instagram pictures and Manfriend. Enjoy. (Or not, I don’t know your life and what you’re into.)
HASHTAG SPOIL SLEEP-OVER MAYHEM: My 10-year old cousin came over for a sleep-over here in Rotterdam! Her big brother had already slept over at my place over the summer (we went to see Monster’s University and he ate his own weight in ALL the foods) so she was super-excited to have a weekend with me too. OBVIOUSLY spoiling had to ensue.
After I picked her up from home, Manfriend made her French toast for lunch. We dove into Rotterdam for shopping, Starbucks, and the movie Turbo. For anyone who doesn’t know, the movie Turbo is about a racecar-obsessed snail. It’s cute. 10/10 would recommend.
After the movie we took the tram to La Pizza, where we waited for Manfriend with drinks (I had prosecco and the munchkin had Coca Cola: both considered treats for each respective party). After some fingerlicking delicious pizzas we went home to watch Despicable Me 2 with Alice in Cakeland cupcakes. I actually fell asleep on the couch. Twice. So hardcore.
This morning I woke up to find the little girl already awake, reading her favorite book (khkgjss SHE IS SO CUTE. <3)
We had tea and breakfast together before going to Lof der Zoetheid for a morning-cup of coffee (in her case hot chocolate). Afterwards she got to choose all sort of delicious cakes; we were going to visit our grandparents and the entire family was coming.
Spoiling her rotten is something I throroughly enjoy doing, but that’s not what the sleepover is about for me. It’s about spending quality time with someone I have taken care of and loved ever since she was a baby. It’s about talking to her and listening to her. Showing her that she is important to me. That what she thinks matters to me.
And it’s about being a rolemodel for her. Someone who is young (and cool, according to her at least, no idea why) who loves her unconditionally, who shows her new things. Who teaches her to be kind, patient and friendly through example. Someone who has her own life, but who always makes time for her family. Speaking of…
(translation: “Uncle, are you coming for coffee?” “In ten minutes.” “You better run or we’ll be out of cake!”)
FAMILY: I am very close to my immediate family, but also to my grandparents, uncles, aunts, their kids, and even some of the cousins twice-removed. We’re a close (Brady) bunch. I like it a lot, although a definite downside is that I have like a million birthdays to go to every month.
When I was a kid, we used to go to my grandparents every Sunday morning to have coffee and spend time together. I believe that’s half the reason I’m so close to everyone: Lots of quality time. Now, I can’t go every week anymore, but I try to go at least once every three weeks. This morning I went there with my cousin. We brought ALL the cake for everyone and hung out for a while.
I love being with my family. I’m very grateful that I was born in such a strong support system and that all my grandparents are still alive. Emotalk but true.
GRATITUDE ITSELF: Yes, I’m grateful for the principle of gratitude. Gratitude-ception.
After a period of not-feeling-well-at-all, followed by a period of feeling-neutral (which was a huge upgrade – never again will I complain about just feeling neutral), I reconnected with the gratitude I feel for so many things in my life. That reconnection makes such a difference in my mood.
I’m a lot happier now and strangely enough, I get a huge productivity-kick from gratitude: It makes me so aware of how fortunate I already am that I want to work hard to maintain it…and create even more to be grateful for.
LIN: Last Tuesday I had a spontaneous risotto-date with Lin after work. It’s so nice to literally live less than 300 metres away from your BFF. I sat still and
looked pretty drank cava in her kitchen while she cooked me an amazing risotto dish. We had (lots of) cava and risotto, talked for hours and made plans for the rest of the year.
Everyone should have a BFF like Lin. She’s extremely loving, majorly supportive, calls me on my shit (“LOOK, it’s very noble and honorable that you hate to advertise yourself but YOU NEED TO GET OVER IT. AT LEAST A LITTLE!”), she understands me and she is so much fun to be with.
Other reasons that I am grateful for Lin include (but are not limited to) her appreciation for the finer things in life, her hospitality, her amazing cooking skills and that she is determined and hard-working. Shit like that rubs off.
My new potato-sack dress – A haircut that doesn’t make me look like a poodle – Neil Gaiman’s novel ‘American Gods’ – This song – and this song – but also this song – The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter – The concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra I got to witness Friday night: I love classical music.- Having a lot of free time coming up that I can spend writing – Chanel perfume – This smoothie recipe by Guusta.nl that I am OBSESSED WITH. – Thinking back on my holiday with Manfriend this summer and smiling – Jared Padelecki (HE IS SO PRETTY IT MAKES ME HAPPY OKAY) – Getting to give a SHH Workshop in Belgium! (If you want to come see me in Leuven on the 15th of December, send me an e-mail!).
From the Self Help Hipster Residence featuring Overly Attached Manfriend….
….I wish you a pleasant evening and a nice week OK BYE!