1 March 2016

Monthly Favourites: February 2016

Since the beginning of the year to today, things have changed a lot in my life. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't all gone according to the plans. When I turned the page of my Paulo Coelho's 2016 agenda on February 1 to see what value was assigned to the month and found out it was Risk, I quickly looked away. I wasn't looking forward to that at all, and even if I knew I shouldn't have been influenced by it, deep down I felt it to be true.. My first month in a new place and city, with a new job and different people around me, sounded nothing but Risk (with a capital R).
To bring attention back to the important things, I had another look at my New Year's Resolutions post to check whether I was sticking to them and thought, not too bad! Despite my first month in Barcelona having been hectic, I'm quite happy with the job I've done so far. The main points I have been following are writing for my university newspaper, blogging and working. I need to start cooking again as I've got lazy and avoided that.

I have moved house again: I'm in the same building but the flat's brighter and my room larger. My first impression was a good one and I hope that this new start will bring back all my positive mood, as I've often felt a bit down in the previous house.

- Read
I'm currently reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and finding it very useful. The Power of Now is a manual on mindful thinking and spiritual enlightenment written in a very clear way. I like to read a few pages in the morning and at night - it helps me stay focused on what is important and how to stay positive. Although I only read a few chapters, I can recommend this to anyone: whether you are religious (any type), an atheist or halfway in between like me. 
- Blogging
At the moment, I'm following a free online blogging course called the Sticky Blogging Formula and so far it's been very helpful. I recommend it because it's clear, straight to the point and time saving: it only takes 15-20 minutes to read each lesson and at the end there are a few exercises you need to do to practice what you've learnt, plus a facebook page where you can share questions and advice with the other participants. I have never followed a blogging course before but I think I might try and find some more from now on. So if you have any suggestion please pop it down below! 

- Article
I have written another article for my university newspaper, Epigram which was basically my blog post Feeling Home Anywhere in the World put into a newspaper version. Click here to read it. 

- TV Series:
I've been watching Pretty Little Liars which I fell in love with since the first 5 minutes of episode 1. I almost got to the third season in less than three weeks because it's so good! I'm aware of the fact that it's not very 'healthy' in that characters often act in an unethical way and the values conveyed aren't always positive  - but I don't care because it's so much fun!
Following Sasha Alsberg's advice on TV and books I watched the first four episodes of Shadowhunters, not the most intellectual series but definitely a fun one to watch after work. Shadowhunters is a fantasy series based on The Mortal Instruments young adult and fantasy books series by Cassandra Clare. When Clary's mum disappears on her 18th birthday, she finds out that she descends from a line of warriors who protect the world from demons: they are shadowhunters, and although she finds it hard to believe it she is one of them and has to join the fight in the Downworld.

What were your favourites this month?

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  1. That 'Sticky Blogging' course sounds uber interesting! I honestly wish I could devote more time to blogging and having a healthy balance of working from home (blogging, preferably!) and going into the office.
    It looks like you had a very productive February! :) This month, I just continued going to the Shore house on the weekends and have been enjoying every minute of it. My parents are planning to sell it soon :( so we definitely try and get up there any time we can. I'm so excited that it's March though! There's always so much to look forward to.

    -Lor //

    1. Oh no!! That's so sad! I loved your blog posts about it.. It was such a nice retreat, although your home is still a lovely place. It's cool to know that your own time was part of your favourites of the month! <3