There’s some comfort in taking your time to do whatever you feel like doing. You know, to just dilly-dally through the day, or even for just a short amount of time.
I don’t know about you, but at least for me – it’s like I am in this mental space of mine where as I physically work on things while my mind organises its tangled thoughts I accumulated through the day(s). It almost feel like time stood still and I was in this realm of time where I am just being myself, without the need to care about anyone and anything.
I am not sure if this is an introvert thing, but I find times like this to be extremely thrilling and comforting. Because it is my time, my thoughts, my inner peace. I could almost feel my soul recharging.
Like right now – I am organising my wardrobe, packing my luggage, packing my work stuffs, preparing for an event and typing this post. Everything’s half-done and I am just taking my time to get through these tasks, savouring each moment – almost like a Taiji exercise.
But I know all these dilly-dallying is annoying and senseless to some people, like my finacé. He thinks I am wasting my time and being unproductive. Like if I focused enough on the tasks, I would have gotten things done in a much short period of time. But that’s thing – when you are so caught up in life’s frenzy to always be in the rush to get things done, won’t you eventually run out of breath?
It’s good to slow down every once in a while. Let your soul breathe, even just for a moment.
This week has been an incredibly painful yet inspiring at the same time.
The weekdays were painful – I had persistent migraines that don’t seem to go away despite medications and meditations. I’m assuming it was because of the stress from work. I was so close to taking another sick day off. But I persisted – only because I took a sick day off last week already. Is it normal to have migraines this long?
Thankfully, the weekend finally came. Although my migraine persisted through, it has been a very happy and inspiring weekend.
As you may or may not know, I watch a lot of YouTube videos. And this weekend, I came across some videos that got me inspired, in some ways. So I thought I’d share them with you.
I love Whitney Simmons. I do watch her videos whenever I needed that extra kick to go to the gym. She’s kinda like my pre-workout. And to be very honest, I have not been working out as regular as I used to be on the weekdays. My health just feels all over the place of late.
Somehow watching that particular video gave me that extra oomph to work harder in the gym, which I did. I usually burn about 300-400 kcal each workout. But this time, I burned 660 and 580 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. I have to say, I am so proud of myself. *gives myself a pat on the back*
Also, those were the only times I didn’t had migraines. So I was just so happy and relived.
I found her latest video on my subscription lists, which I didn’t even know I was subscribed to her. But I watched it anyway. And then I watched another one and another one. And I’m still watching more of her videos.
So she apparently moved from Korea to America after college and set herself up in NY all by herself – which I applaud her for doing so. I mean, the courage and independence to do all that all on your own…I wish I was that brave and courageous as her.
And somehow, her videos feel so calming. To me, at least.
I watched this video just about 20 mins ago, which was one of the mains reasons that spurred me to write this post. It was a good and timely reminder for me to slow the heck down. I think my migraines this whole week was like a red, blaring alarm telling me how stressed and unrested I was. Which, unfortunately, I didn’t take that to mind.
So this new week, I shall try to pace myself and take a time-out whenever I needed to. I should also start sleeping and waking up at more regular timings to improve sleep quality. And also, maybe squeeze in a quick run to de-stress myself after a long day at work.
On a side note, I really love his video aesthetics and the way he tells a story. It’s minimal, yet very thought-provoking in some ways.
We can always find joy in the little things. So here’s a short list of the small and simple things that make me happy.
I never understood why people love running. The feeling of breathlessness, the lactic acid building up in your muscles and how boring it gets after while.
But I do now. Running, especially at top speed, feels as though I’m breaking through the bubble of negativity I’m in and I feel free and uplifted. Also, the sense of accomplishment when you hit a certain mark, be it speed, timing or distance, is always a good thing. Not to mention, the adrenaline rush that comes with it is like a drug.
2. Doodling in my planner
Sometimes I write myself an encouraging note/quote to push me on through the week. Sometimes at the end of a long and arduous week, I’ll write it down to remind myself that even when I felt like giving up, I still managed to survive through. And sometimes, it’s always nice to write down my plans and see some sort of structure in my life, despite the chaotic mess in my head.
3. Sipping a cup of warm coffee
Because warmth literally fills my body up and it feels so cosy. A homemade coffee is always the best.
4. Watching funny baby videos
Babies are just so full of innocence. How can one not smile when you see a baby, especially they do silly stuffs?
Also, between K and I, 90% of our text messages comprises an exchange of cute and funny baby videos/photos. Talk about baby fever…lol
5. Pause to breathe
You don’t need to do a full-on meditation to relax and be calm. Sometimes, just taking a tiny pause to deeply inhale then exhale is all you need. Almost like a reset of your mind and body.
First time vlogging of my trip last year to Australia. Kind of an impromptu decision of picking up my phone and just snap whatever and whenever I am feeling it. So scenes were pretty choppy. Constructive feedback is definitely welcome though.
I kind of miss Australia. But given that K’s posting back to Singapore, doubt we’ll be heading there anytime soon.
I love Netflix. However, being in Singapore means shows gets added a little later than the rest of the world. Although I must say recently they are adding on quite a number of content in, so that makes me really happy.
Anyway, here are my top 5 shows that I catch myself re-watching them and I just can’t get enough of it.
YASSSSSSSSS~ This is the one show that I can’t tell you how many times I have re-watched it.
Actually when it first came out, I had no idea what it was about and almost everyone was talking about it on my Twitter feed (yes, I still have Twitter). But I didn’t really watch it until I was in Australia visiting K and, I had nothing to do when he was out for work and had ran out of shows to watch.
But gurrrrrrl, let me tell you – I can’t stop watching it after that. I was hooked.
So basically this show is about 5 gays, with each having its own specialisation – food, grooming, culture, fashion and interior, transforming the lives of many individuals who just need a little push in life. So yes, it’s sort of like a makeover show. But at the same time, it’s more than that. Somehow the emotions and the topics they touch on in each episodes is so raw and authentic. It’s a makeover show like no other.
My only annoyance is that for such a wholesome show, it’s rated M18 because they are gays. *roll eyes*
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
If you hadn’t watch this or don’t even know about this show *gasps* – where have you been living?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (or B99, for short) is a sitcom that showcases the everyday lives of a particular group of NYPD (New York Police Department) detectives. It’s pure, innocent humour is refreshing and it’s storyline is engaging and not hard to follow. I do find most sitcoms boring actually – usually filled with dry humour and hard-to-follow storylines. Sorry, not my type.
This had to be one of my favourite scene of all time:
Although this scene is from season 5 and it’s not out on Netflix Singapore yet. 😦
3. The Good Place
The Good Place was recommended to me by my younger sister. And I gotta thank her for that because this show makes me really happy. I just wish they had longer episodes and more episodes in one season.
The Good Place is about a girl named Eleanor Shellstrop, who died and mistakenly got into heaven a.k.a The Good Place. In Season 1, she goes about her afterlife and trying to not to get caught and get sent to The Bad Place. But my favourite has to be Season 2 because, plot twist.
I mean, having Kirsten Bell and Ted Danson as the main leads, you know how good this show can be. PLUS, the creator of this show is also the one who created B99. Need I say more?
4. Terrace House: Opening News Doors
I have watched all 3 Terrace House on Netflix but this one has to be my favourite.
If you don’t know yet, Terrace House is a Japanese reality programme where 6 strangers – 3 guys and 3 girls, live together and see how their lives unravel – commentated by 6 hilarious celebrities. To be honest, I think their comments made the show so much more entertaining.
I am not quite sure why I like this one especially. Maybe it’s the purity I see in the interactions between one couple – Tsubasa and Shion, which you won’t see in other Terrace House series. I never thought Tsubasa to be Shion’s type in the first place. But having watched the second time, you could definitely see the sparkle in his eyes from the very first episode. *heart eyes*
Part 3 of the show have yet to be released. I do hope it’ll come soon!
5. Drop Dead Diva
It’s a six-season TV series and was first aired in 2009. I know, this is a really old show and I only knew about it when my colleague was raving it to me.
It’s about a ditzy model who died and when to heaven but then she hit the Return button. Unfortunately, she did not return to her body but to a body of a super smart 30+ year old plus-size lawyer named Jane. The story mainly revolves around how she navigates the life of her new persona – Jane.
At first the plot sounded a little cheesy to me, but I gave it a try anyway. And I’m so glad I did. It’s just one of those feel-good rom-com kinda show but with a little more elaborate storyline, of course. It’s funny, cute and can be quite a tear-jerker at times.
I finished the entire 6 seasons in 2 weeks.
Yes, I know the title says top 5 but I can’t help adding these two in. I really love these two shows too. The only things is that, I have not re-watch them or as much as the top 5. Because you really have to start from the very start to get the flow.
6. The Crown
I have always been fascinated by the English Royals and its history. I have watched too many documentaries of them. So of course, I have to watch The Crown. And it’s really different from watching documentaries because you actually watch the story unfold itself, instead of being narrated by some historian. It’s quite refreshing.
Also, would it be weird if I find the best thing of the show to be its opening introduction? Because this is the only show where I have never hit the ‘Skip Intro’ button. I find so much joy in it.
7. Jane the Virgin
It’s a really quirky show; it parodies Spanish soap operas with a quite a controversial plot. If you watch Spanish soap operas, I think you would enjoy this a little more with the way the story unfolds and it’s narration. It’s quite a wholesome show actually.