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The Mediterranean Diet

To be honest there is no perfect diet. It all depends on the individual partaking on the diet and what areas they are specifically targeting. However, recent studies have shown that certain ingredients play a huge role on your consumption and your overall health.

Also, Iceland is no longer the number 1 country healthiest country. Guess who made it to number 1? Spain!

Most of the foods in the Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes, seafood and poultry. But there is another reason why eating the Mediterranean diet is healthy.

The secret: it is all about the herbs and spices!

Here are some popular ones:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Bayleaf
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Borage

I have never had Borage or Lavender with any foods! Personally, my favourite spices are listed above and Cumin, Peppercorn, Turmeric, Garlic, and Ginger. There are a couple more but I cannot seem to list them off the top of my head

For more information please check out Readers Digest and Taste of Home https://www.tasteofhome.com/ https://www.readersdigest.ca/food/healthy-food/mediterranean-diet-ingredients/

Finding Balance

If you’re juggling too many things, and you drop one, it will break. You will have less things to juggle.

My experiences have been similar to the above quote. If you’re reading this and you’ve read my other post about how to decide, you’d know that stress and I do not mix well. That would be why I deem it very difficult to find a balance among all the chaos that life ensues upon us. Of course, we make choices and they lead to the outcomes we end up experiencing but, you know, some times we cannot help it and life throws us into a situation. These situations may become difficult to complete when there are other tasks at hand. Some people thrive in such environments, and I can too. However, when there are too many tasks I give up easily.

That was how last summer went, after I began my 2nd placement. Mid way through — I think my brain had a short circuit — I stopped functioning properly. That was about the same time I had a wake up call.

When life just happens to throw you lemons, I do not 
have to, always, make lemon juice.

Instead of giving up right away and running from my problems, I should have spoken to my counselor about how I was doing during that time. Sometimes it is okay to feel you are not good enough because that is just being honest and the truest version of yourself. It is fine to confide with others, not everyone is there to judge people. All I had to do was as simple as that, I could not look past the hurt I was feeling and all the negativity. Now that I look back at my life, I realize how much I have grown and that all these events I have experienced have shaped me to be the version I am now. Balance, I believe is navigating through the highs and lows, work and rest, social media and active play. The world cannot be whole, one without the other.

Learning is never ending and so far I have learned that being open and saying what needs to be said, asking the right questions, and being my true self is the best way to find balance. Even when it is chaotic there is balance; for peaceful tides are ahead.

It’s How You Decide

We make many decisions almost everyday, but do you sit down and think how much your decisions may effect where you will be heading in the future? Sometimes I question things, not because I am worried, it is just that I have many unanswered questions. I love writing those ideas down to look back later in my life, get and idea of how far I have come.

Life is what you thought it to be.

Unkown

I have so many questions about life and a lot of those questions start with a “why?” I guess I am the only one who could answer those questions, once, I have reached my life’s full potential. I don’t know really. I mean it though, what do we really know about the life we live, other than what we do on a daily basis and small factors about our life such as age, race, ethnicity, family relations, peers, education, work, travel, costs/bills, where we want to go in the future, who we like, food we eat, hobbies, our personalities, and I think that’s all oh and maybe secrets? Is that all life has to offer? Maybe I’m just overthinking things again. Who knows?



Old Man Willow: Only a gentle noise on the edge of
hearing, a soft fluttering as of a song half whispered, seemed to
stir in the boughs above. He lifted his heavy eyes and saw
leaning over him a huge willow-tree, old and hoary.
Enormous it looked, its sprawling branches going up
like reaching arms with many long-fingered hands,
its knotted and twisted trunk gaping in wide fissures
that creaked faintly as the boughs moved. The leaves
fluttering against the bright sky dazzled him, and he
toppled over, lying where he fell upon the grass.

When I was young, I always wondered what it would be like to grow up. Now that I have passed 20 yrs of age, I wish time wouldn’t feel as if it is ticking faster. There are so many responsibilities and stages that have to be completed; it becomes overwhelming and unbearable with stress. People always tell me I do not mix well with stress and I do agree. It is probably from how my timeline reached this stage of my life. I always took everything to heart and let others opinions get to me.

Now I realize I could have handled things better.

All I should focus on now is what is ahead of me and take what I have experienced as examples of what not to do, to grow, make better decisions. It will not be easy but someone once told me: good things never come easy.

Starting a Bullet Journal

I began looking into Bullet Journals in 2018. The process started off with me stumbling upon it on YouTube as my recommendations. I love that I clicked the video because it has changed my life and how I think about organizing and planning out tasks. However, it was just a few weeks ago where I read about Ryder Carroll and how he wrote the Bullet Journal book. I am still deciding whether I should stick to a minimal approach to bullet journaling or design each page with its on theme. With aesthetic pic, drawings and nice writing.

His process and how he discovered the perfect way to plan and organize daily tasks is perfect for those who wish to manage their time.

Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

In the picture above, I have my Muji Collections Bullet Journal and my first Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal. As well as some of my journaling supplies, which include: Muji pens and pencil, ruler, Sakura Micron pens, Zebra Midliners, and my handmade stickers.

I use my Muji Collections Journal for tracking my lists of many subjects:

  • Quotes
  • Seize the Day (@MistralSpirit)
  • Thoughts Page
  • Movie List
  • TV Show List/ KDrama
  • Book List
  • Music List
  • Stuff I Should Look Into
  • Some Words & Art Inspiration
  • Planner Inspirations
  • Workout Plans
  • Food Plans & Some Recipes
  • Skin Care Routine

So far in my Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal I have just one page and it’s a Quotes page :p and the other page is supposed to be a Year at a Glance. Haven’t been able to get around to complete it and it is already 2019! I will get to it soon enough; when I do I will update my blog and post pictures of my collections as well. Just in case anyone is looking for inspiration for their bullet journal spreads.

Books That I Recommend

Who, here reading this post loves to read while sipping on some tea?

I do, I love drinking herbal tea while I read my novels and books of any genre. Tea goes with any activity, I suppose. With no further ado – let us jump right to it, shall we?

  • Homer’s Iliad
  • Shakespear
    • Mid Summer Night’s Dream
    • Othello
    • Hamlet
    • Macbeth
  • Dante’s Inferno
    • Purgatory (I prefer)
  • Les Misérables
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Love and Friendship
  • Withering Heights
  • Charles Dickens
    • Great Expectations (to read)
  • Charles Dickens
    • Oliver Twist (to read)
  • Stephen King
    • Dark Tower
    • The Mist (to read)
    • Dreamcatcher (to read)
  • J.K. Rowling (All Harry Potter Series)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Hobbit
    • Have to finish The Lord of the Rings
    • The Silmarillion (to read)
    • The Book of Lost Tales (to read)
  • Veronica Roth
    • The Divergent Series
  • The Hunger Games (to read)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alex Dumas
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Road
  • Dennis Lehane Books
    • A Drink Before The War
  • Haruki Murakami
    • 1984
    • Wind Up Bird Chronicle
    • Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage (Reading)
    • Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World
    • Kafka on The Shore (to read)
    • Norwegian Wood
    • After Dark
  • Maria Konnikova
    • How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes – Mastermind

I will add more as I come along them ^.^

-Should I provide my reviews to each book after completely reading them through?

If there are any books you readers would like to recommend for me that would be great, thank you for reading my post and looking at my blog, I hope you all have a beautiful year!