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Yay, it’s Monday! (three tips for a happier week)

Ever since I implemented this three step Master Plan*, I stopped dreading Mondays.

*= ‘I do these things’. But three step Master Plan sounded more impressive.

This relates well to freelancers or people with an up and down mental balance like me, but even if you work in an office and are the most stable person in the world, I think you can benefit from it. Enjoy!

STEP ONE
The world is your oyster. Or your egg. Oh, no, wait – you’re a chick and your egg has just hatched.
Aaaaanyways:

Mondays are a new beginning! A chance to be that chick whose egg has just hatched, and look at the world with brand new eyes. A chance to implement a little more of the balance you seek in your life.

That’s why step one is: on Monday morning, take a bit of time to get in touch with yourself, before you fall face forward into the ants’ nest that is your busy week. I like to sit for about half an hour, but even ten minutes would be great. No need to set an aspiration or anything like that. My personal experience is that my inner self knows damn well where it wants to go, as long as I make the room to become quiet and listen to it.

It helps to sit/meditate in a nice, clean, inspiring space. For example, I have a Holy Mary image I like to look at. Not that I’m religious in the traditional sense, but that imagery brings me in touch with a sense of compassion, a sense of relaxing in my skin and being with what’s there. Once you create the conditions that are inspiring to you, inspiration will float up into your mind. Maybe you’d really like to eat a home cooked meal this week. Or finally finish hanging those damn art frames. Whatever it is you need will come to you, be it practical, spiritual or anything in between.

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STEP TWO
Take out that calendar. Yep, right now. I’M LOOKING AT YOU. Mark at least two places during your week where you can get in touch with yourself like you just did. A check-up, if you will. I don’t care if it’s just for five minutes. Or on your subway ride home. Just give yourself some little islands of space to breathe and do nothing. It will help. I promise. And I should know, because my whole life is one big island of space these days.

STEP THREE
Make a list for what you want to get done this Monday. Now look at it again and cross at least two items off the list. Come on now, be real with me for a second. You were never going to get all that done anyway, were you?

Okay, so now that we’ve established a realistic to-do list, let’s go! I recently installed an app that blocks me from visiting distracting sites and apps during work hours. Maybe you don’t need that, maybe you could look into it (mine is called Self Control for Android). Either way, do whatever you gotta do to make sure your Monday is productive. It will give you such a sense of space and accomplishment that you’ll be able to tackle the rest of the week with much more peace of mind.

Boom! Practically nailed your week, and it’s only Monday morning!

Have a happy day:).

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Sunday inspiration: be kind

It sounds strange, but I kind of like to remind myself that I’m not that important. That I don’t deserve more than other people – but also not less. That I’m special, but exactly as special as the next random person who walks by.

The reason I like that is – well, it makes us all the same, right?
We’re all out in this big ocean together, trying to stay afloat. We’re all connected through the ways in which we experience joy and sadness.

And if you think that somehow, you got the short end of the stick – lots of sadness, not enough joy – then just remember: it’s all feels. We’ve all got them. Nobody, no matter how strong and confident they appear, is exempt from being adrift at some point, looking across this big stretch of water, and thinking ‘boy, I sure wish someone would throw me a lifebuoy right now!’.

So yeah. Let’s all throw each other a lifebuoy every once in a while. We never know when we might need one ourselves.

Have a lovely Sunday!

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DIY: free mini greenhouse for dummies

As DIY maniacs, we’re always on the lookout for resources, right? Broken coffee mug? Na-ah, planter for a seedling. Random plastic bag? I think you mean ‘WATER PRESERVING POT LINER’?

So when I saw a cast-off pane of glass from a refrigerator, just hanging around my friend Ron’s house, I was like:
Rinske [casually moving in direction of glass pane]:
‘Hey, Ron, you’re doing anything with this?’
Ron: ‘No, I was going to throw it out…unless you want it?’

…BINGO

When I found an old book case in a dumpster later that week, I put two and two together and made…one. Plus a bit of a mess.
This mini greenhouse is super easy to assemble, doesn’t cost anything, and works like a charm, especially if you have a small garden and/or want to give your seedlings a head start!

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during the making of this mini greenhouse.

DIY mini greenhouse
You need:
– square or rectangular box made out of a sturdy material.
Minimum depth should be 30cm or 12inches.
(- wood glue)
– pencil.
– saw.
– sandpaper.
– pane of glass that slightly overlaps the top of your box.
– dirt.

I was able to simply saw off the parts of the book case I didn’t need, because the construction was glued together solidly. If you’re using part of an old cabinet and you’re afraid it’s going to fall apart, you might want to strengthen the existing construction with some extra glue and/or screws.

Step 1
Place box on the ground with the opening facing up.

Step 2
To create saw lines, draw two straight lines along the sides of your box, going down at an angle. Make sure the sides of your glass pane are longer than these lines. Don’t go too steep. At the end of both lines, draw two small lines going straight up. (see picture 13.8A)

Step 3
Follow instructions as shown in picture 13.8A. When in doubt, call Ikea and yell at them about the missing part. This is unrelated to anything, but might make you feel better.

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Step 4
Sand the edges and slide the glass pane into place.

Step 5
Fill the box at least halfway up with dirt. Consider drilling some holes into the bottom for drainage. Realize you’ll have to get the drill all the way from the shed. Reconsider.

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That’s it! You’re done! I oiled my mini greenhouse to preserve it a bit longer, but that’s totally optional and I only did it because I had some leftover floor oil sitting around. I also made some elliptical holes in the sides and nailed lids of take-out containers in front of them – from the inside – to create windows, because I’m fancy.
You can take or leave this step.

Your mini greenhouse will work best when the side that slants down is facing South. You could place it in a corner, on top of the chicken coop – anywhere you have some room left!

Oh, and if you’re scared of paint- or other particles from the inside of the box contaminating your soil…
REMEMBER THAT RANDOM PLASTIC BAG?

Have fun! 🙂

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Look! It’s working!

 

 


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Lessons learned from being a pop-up pizza baker 2

Lessons learned from being a pop-up pizza baker:

1) Whoever holds the pizza holds the power. Don’t be afraid. Embrace the power of the pizza.
2) Team is everything. You are only as fast as your slowest baker. Occasional feedings do help, as do hugs. And matching aprons.

3) Wood-fired pizza ovens are hot. No, but really. Not wearing a long-sleeved blouse is probably a good idea for next time.
4) If people whom you have previously served walk by making appreciative gestures and yelling ‘thanks honey’, you’re doing it right. Also, if you sell over a hundred pizzas in just under five hours.
5) If you can manage to do hair and make-up, prior to the event, on a windy beach with only a small hand-held mirror, you are pretty much prepared for whatever the evening will throw at you.

A big THANK YOU to Hemelse Pizza (‘Heavenly Pizza’:)) for letting me work with you!


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