Goodbye March 2020

Goodbye March,

and hello April. Ummm, I don’t really know how to start because the current situation is just crazy and terrible. We can probably agree on that. I don’t feel like talking or writing about it much though because we all know what is going on and there seems to be no other topic. So I feel like for our own sanity, definitely for my own, we should also talk about other things. And when we do, it doesn’t mean we are oblivious to what’s going on.

But personally, I don’t want to constantly bring myself down, which would absolutely happen, so I’m staying hopeful and positive. I am grateful for every day that my loved ones and I are healthy and yes, I stay home unless I have to run errands, I see my current work situation as a chance to breathe and have more time to myself and am actually happier than usual, even though that seems stupid. But it’s the little things that bring me joy and I decided to focus on that.

insta march

So, enough about that. This monthly round-up is about March, which wasn’t super eventful. Social distancing and all. Before all of that started, I at least went out for a nice breakfast with my bestie, with whom I also went for a nice walk with my godson and the doggies on another day. And that was is. The other times I was outside, I went into the woods with my doggy or to the grocery store. What an eventful life I’m living.

The highlight of the month was probably getting a tooth removed…NOT. I was in so much pain for days, cause idiot me thought work was more important than seeing a doctor and I had to take so many pain killers. It was not fun and the remaining hole was incredibly disgusting. I’m glad it has healed a bit, but I still find it a bit disgusting. So one tooth down and hopefully no more pain for a long time.

Insta march

Actually, the real highlight was finally getting Disney+. There was no better moment and I’m still over the moon. Not that I don’t already watch enough other things on TV, Netflix, etc. I have a serious problem but I always try to do something else during my screen time. The first movie I watched was the live-action Lady and the Tramp and it was adorable. And after a few more movies, I’m currently watching Boy meets World in between everything else.

So that’s not a lot but completely ok. I’m spending lots of time with my mom now, and we’re doing fun things together. I’m working on all my indoor hobbies more (haha, like I have any outdoor hobbies) and just making the best of a crappy situation. I have no idea where all this positivity is coming from but it’s there and I like it.

Insta March

Write a letter to someone you currently can’t visit. Start a new project. Stare at the beautiful blue sky and get your daydreaming on. Give your house a good spring clean. Find happiness in the little things. Talk to someone when you’re not feeling good. Stick to the social distancing rules. And please, stay safe!

Tons of love,
Hailey

Cherry Blossoms

Lovely life
Starbucks breakfast with friends blue sky my godson can finally walk more time for myself late presents all my new clothes ice cream mom cooking a lot talking to my grandma buying all my favorite food trash TV the smell inside hardware stores Disney+ less work buying cool things online shopping with mom sleeping in old TV shows texting more with the girls being in a good mood making the best of a bad situation gardening with mom Dirty Dancing getting shit done cute stickers live-action Lady and the Tramp wearing comfy clothes all the time

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Things to do while being stuck at home

Since unfortunately lots and lots of people are currently stuck inside their homes, I thought, I’d put together a list with things to do. The thing is, most of us are not used to this. We’re always busy with work, running errands or socializing, and we forgot how to relax, be with ourselves and our families all day long.

Personally, I have to admit that staying home isn’t a huge difference for me, since I work from home most of the time anyway, which I’m currently doing indefinitely, and my social life isn’t the most exciting. So I consider myself a pro at this and I honestly never really get bored. There is just no such thing for me and I’m perfectly fine with being with myself.

Maybe you’ve heard all of these options before, maybe you find something new to try. Either way, take care of yourselves and your families, cause that’s most important.

  • Have a good spring-clean of your house, room or apartment. It’s a great feeling when your surrounding is clean – especially now that you’re probably spending a lot of time at home.
  • Tackle your TBR pile. Like many people, I have so many books that are just waiting to be read, so if you have lots of time on your hands now, you should go for it.
  • Start writing that book you’ve always dreamed about. Or you know, term papers, your thesis for your university degree, etc.
  • Just do some writing in general. Blogging, diary, letters…
  • Puzzles
  • Call and text the people you love. I definitely want to talk to my 90-year-old grandma more. I wish, I could visit her and stay with her a bit, during this difficult time, but her health is or course more important.
  • Play some board games. I still hope to get my parents to do this because I love them, but nobody usually really feels like playing.
  • Try out some new recipes or cook/bake something you haven’t made in ages.

  • Organize your life. Seriously, what better time to get everything sorted? Closets, kitchen cupboards, computer files, everything on your phone – options are endless.
  • Have some movie marathons. When was the last time you re-watched all the Harry Potter movies? Or Lord of the Rings, The Fast and the Furious, anything Disney. I’m sure you’ll find something.
  • Binge-watch your favorite TV show or start a new one. And if you haven’t already signed up for Netflix or Disney+, what are you waiting for?! And no, I do not get paid for this. I’m just a huge fan and spend endless hours entertaining myself.
  • Start a YouTube channel. Cause it’s never too late to become a high-paid influencer, right? Or TikTok or something like that.
  • Play video games. No matter if old or new ones, it’s always great fun. I should totally hook up my old Super Nintendo or grab my Game Boy. But of course, anything works. Maybe even find a new game on your phone. I love playing Disney Emoji Blitz.
  • Get creative. There are endless ways to get your inner artist going. Paint, draw, scrapbook, take fun pictures inside your home. Maybe you’re the next Banksy and you just didn’t know, you had it in you, cause you never tried.
  • Have lots and lots of cuddles with your pets, if you have any. Also, your kids. Obviously. I’m just more of a dog person.

  • Have a pamper-day. Sleep as long as you want, have a bath if you like, walk around in a nice robe, put on a facemask, do your nails, sip some tea, eat something you really love and just take care of your body and soul.
  • Do some gardening.
  • Put together a photo album or a scrapbook because I’m sure that many of us have boxes full of photos and things like tickets from special events that nobody really pays attention to. If you need tips for scrapbooking, I can help you out.
  • If you like sports and want to stay fit, there are plenty of workout tutorials, etc. online. I know it’s not the same but still better than nothing. I’ve always wanted to try Yoga and maybe I should.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Do all those things you just never have time for or have put off since forever. They’re probably annoying and not super important but finally getting it done might feel good. Things like putting up the frames on your wall that have been standing around forever, washing your curtains, hand wash those clothes you can’t put in the washer and so many other things.

  • Plan social media content for all your channels.
  • You could offer your help to people who are not allowed to leave the house at all because they’re too old, don’t have a car or are quarantined.
  • Learn how to do your make-up with some YouTube tutorials. We all want to know how to get those perfect smoky eyes, right?! And don’t get me started on contouring.
  • Redecorate. When I was younger, I used to move my furniture around so many times per year and I loved it. If the layout of your living space allows for some changes, give it a try.
  • Catch up on all the sleep you haven’t had in years.
  • Have a little dance party once a day to brighten the mood and get your body moving. Silly dancing to your favorite music can work wonders.

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Goodbye January 2020

Goodbye to February,

and hello March. Now spring is close, right? That would be just lovely, but my weather app shows nothing but rain and occasionally snow. Fab. But there is just nothing you can do about the weather. I’ll just hide inside and wait for better days.

Or, I could really use the weather to get back into blogging. Every month I think that now is the time to jump back in, but somehow, I don’t. I take notes, have a list of ideas and all, but hardly ever actually write. So for this month, I’m gonna put it on the top of my to-do-list to get back into sharing my thoughts with anyone interested. And I’m sure once I do that, I will fall back in love with it.

So after a rather rough start to the year, February definitely was better. I eventually overcame the flu that lasted for like two and a half weeks and also got my car fixed. And to make it all even better, I had a few days off, since it was my birthday and I hate working on that day. And this year, I made sure to actually make the best of it and have some fun. Which I did.

On my birthday, I started with a chill morning and then went out shopping with my mom. We also had a yummy late lunch and just overall a good time. I also got lots of presents from my family and since they stuck to my Amazon list, I now have so many new books and I don’t know when I will manage to read them all. But I love them. And I love birthdays. Not the part where I get older (I’m gonna turn 40 in EIGHT years) but the me-time, presents, cake and the fact that it’s all about me. Haha.

A day later is always Valentine’s day which obviously isn’t my thing as someone who has been single since forever. I met with my bestie and my cute godson at my favorite café and we just chilled and talked a bit. It’s just nice to have time in the middle of the day to do this. Why do I have to work full-time?! And I went grocery shopping and just bought everything I love. It’s often these little things that make my day. And since I had been sick for a while, I just loved strolling through the isles again.

The best day of February was probably the third day of my birthday celebrations. (Yes, I love to drag it out for as long as possible.) I had a whole day planned for my bff and me. She knows how I am with my birthday, so she always makes sure to make plenty of time and is up for whatever I feel like doing. So I took her to a trampoline park and we had so much fun. But wow, that was incredibly exhausting and a bit frustrating seeing all the kids just hop around easily. But we laughed so much at how unfit we are. I also took a nasty spill once and for a moment, we honestly thought I had hurt myself really badly, but I survived. My body ached for a few days but I didn’t have to see a doctor. That would’ve been so typical. So that was awesome.

And then we went out to a Chinese buffet and stuffed our faces. The food there is just so good and I ate so much, I had to force myself to stop cause otherwise, it wouldn’t have ended well. My food-coma was real but worth it. Afterward, we just chilled at my house and to be honest, I was ready to go to bed at like 9pm, which of course I didn’t, but so much for turning 32. I’m such a grandma. We also had a sleepover and the whole day was just perfection.

And then I had an absolutely perfect day in the middle of a work-week. I mean, how the hell did that happen? I hadn’t been to the office in forever, so I was celebrated like a queen. I also got more presents and had lunch with a friend at our favorite Chinese place. After work, I went to the nearby outlet mall and grabbed a few things like a new puzzle and finally found my way to Starbucks, where I actually got my drink for free. And just this whole day with all these nice little things was so lovely that I came home all smiling and in a very good mood. My family was very confused, cause I am not usually such a positive person –  especially after work.

Another highlight was another trip to the outlet mall with my mom. We had a lovely afternoon and were actually successful. I bought a new jacket, some pants, shoes, etc. It was amazing cause I hardly ever find things while shopping. We had some yummy food and of course a basic-bitch-stop at Starbucks. Let’s see if I can reach gold status this year, now that I have one close by. But yeah, the day was so much fun.

The rest of the month was nothing too special, but I’m honestly so happy that I had some really good days that just filled me with happiness. I really need those and I hope that more will follow. But I’m also always a fan of a chill weekend with some puzzles, writing, reading and of course lots of sleeping. I have plenty of things on my list that I want to do this year, but for many of them, I need better weather cause they’re outside. So come one spring, show yourself.

Make some special plans for spring. Update your wardrobe. Cherish the little things in life. Pick up your favorite drink. Try something new. Enjoy a rainy day with watching movies and doing a puzzle. Reach out to people you haven’t seen in a while. Have wonderful month of March.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
bff-time Chinese food new books trying new things presents new furniture doggy cuddles Amy Santiago + Jake Peralta buffet board games chill days diary writing sunshine living cheese-filled crusts Big Brother is back on sleepovers being home alone having fun being a bit more motivated grocery shopping lovely mail bookstores oversized longshirts cake fajita pita being the center of attention all the bakery food actually leaving the house buying myself flowers slushies my car finally working again concrete travel plans freshly dyed hair 20 years of friendship boomerangs sleep Starbucks a successful shopping spree getting something for free discounts family time being missed

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Goodbye January 2020

Goodbye to January,

and hello February aka my birthday month. Man, I am so happy that January is over cause for me that was one hell of a shitshow. Why do I even get my hopes up at the beginning of each year that it will all be sunshine and rainbows?! I should know better.

The month started off with me accidentally crashing my phone screen cause I’m an idiot and never learn. It also was an omen for how the rest of January will be. Remember how I constantly had car trouble last year and then finally caved and used all my savings to buy a new one? Well, cars seem to hate me, so I had three visits to the repair shop and every time I drive somewhere I have a bad feeling cause I just can’t trust cars anymore. Fab.

And because I wasn’t stressed out enough already, I got stuck with the flu TWICE. The first one gladly only lasted like 24 hours but was absolutely horrible. I even broke down in our hallway. The second round lasted over one and a half weeks and is gladly finally better. I hardly leave the house and I have no idea where I got it from. Super fun.

So in between being sick and not having a functioning car, I had a dinner invite, went to the movies, chilled an afternoon with a friend and went out for breakfast. That’s it. It was all nice but I’m currently having a moment where I’m annoyed with everyone being a mom or pregnant. Not cause I’m jealous or I’m a mean person – I love them all dearly including the kids – but there comes a point where being the only non-parent at the table gets frustrating and boring. It’s probably just a phase.

So yeah, I’ll just continue being a negative Nancy. I have zero motivation for life and just hide in my room while trying to figure out what would make me happy. Spring would be a nice start cause I find winter depressing. Being healthy and having a properly functioning car would make a huge difference. And hopefully some fun things for my birthday. I was smart enough to take a few days off.

To end on a positive note, I’ve got some holidays planned. Well, I still have to plan a lot, but the flights are booked. My best friend and I are flying to Budapest, Hungary in May and my mom and I will fly to El Paso, Texas in June, where we lived for a few years when I was a child. I am so excited about this cause I’ve been wanting to go back for over 20 years and now it’s happening. And of course, I hope that more fun plans for 2020 will come together eventually.

Try and focus on the little things in life that bring you joy. Write down your thoughts and feelings. Don’t say yes to things that you know won’t bring you happiness. Admit when you’re feeling low – especially to yourself. Put in a chill Sunday with movies and snacks once in a while. Write yourself a card for Valentine’s day because you’re amazing and have a nice February.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
starting a diary again getting back into reading doggy cuddles mint-chocolate ice cream cheesy pizza crust late Christmas presents movie theater popcorn mommy taking care of me when I’m sick special junk food Lucky Charms travel plans watching celebs make a fool of themselves in the jungle just living in my dressing gown when I finish writing a story for work how my best friend just gets me pasta productive days candy boxes Super Bowl halftime show

Books I’ve read and loved
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink by Scarlett Curtis
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Goodbye December 2019

Goodbye to December,

and hello January. Happy new year, everyone. As you can tell by the fact that this post comes on the 20th, my resolutions are going very well. Obviously, I didn’t leave my lack of motivation in 2019. However, I like doing these recap posts, cause it gives me a good opportunity to look back on things.

Instagram December

So what about December. Overall, I would say that it was ok. I had a week off from work and even though I did spend a lot of time at the hospital, cause my mom had another knee surgery, I managed to do a few nice things for myself. I finally went swimming. At first with my bestie and my godson and after they left went for some rounds by myself. It did feel good since I hadn’t been to a pool since 2015. I should definitely go more often — still looking for that motivation to get my shit together.

I also went on a quick shopping spree at Primark. I know, this doesn’t sound too special, but once or twice a year, I drive to Frankfurt, buy lots of things I don’t need at Primark, pick up some junk food and head back home. I love it. Also went to Ikea to pick up a few bits and pieces and visited my grandma for an afternoon. So I guess my week off really wasn’t bad.

Instagram December

The rest of the month was pretty much all about Christmas. When I went somewhere, it was mostly to pick up presents and then rewarding myself with food I don’t get too often. And of course, putting up decorations, getting a tree and so on. I actually like Christmas time, but this year, I wasn’t really in the mood for it. I didn’t know what to expect since the months leading up to it weren’t the greatest, but it turned out all right. Even my mom had an ok time and we even picked up and decorated the three together, which made me pretty happy.

I think my issue was pretty much that I didn’t really have much time to prepare everything. I would just love not having to work every December or at least in between Christmas and New Year’s. Pretty much all my friends and family didn’t have to work and it would be so much easier to get together and all. It was still nice. Lots of good food, some cute presents and just overall a pretty good time. And this year, it wasn’t as stressful as it usually was. Also spent one night chatting to my best friend until like four in the morning and that alone was amazing. So yay for Christmas. Already missing all the beautiful lights everywhere.

Instagram December

So yeah, the month was ok, but I’m still glad that the year is over. A fresh start is never really a bad thing and for me, a new year feels like that. Nothing too special happened (aside from one encounter, but I’m still thinking about writing a whole post about it, cause that was something else), which I’m ok with. There were a few great moments and I’m grateful for those. So here is to many more…

Ney year – new start. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure. Make a list with some fun things you would like to do in 2020. Spend more time with the people closest to you. Say “no” if you don’t feel like doing something. Reward yourself when you need a little pick-me-up. Never forget, you’re doing amazing, sweetie.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Kris Jenner

Lovely life
advent calendars Greek food making travel plans mint chocolate swimming buying things I don’t need at Primark white and pink Christmas trees anything Mean Girls themed live-action The Lion King cheesy crust pizza Starbucks Christmas lights doggy cuddles chatting all night long chicken salad sandwich finally trying Kylie cosmetics products (not that fab) all the Christmas food fondue grandmas’ kitten puzzles presents vacation time rewarding yourself handling a difficult situation like a boss breakfast with friends naps new books chocolate board games making fun of your exes (EVERYONE does it!) laughter blue skies and sunshine fake Uggs being home alone buying 90s things on Ebay that moment when you have all the Christmas presents

Instagram December

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