The gifting season is just around the corner and once again I receive all so many questions. Most of them sounding somewhat like “What do you want for Christmas?” or “Any idea what I can gift my mom/sister/best friend for Christmas?” It’s definitely not easy – especially when you wan to gift a little something, say thank you and come to the party with more than just a smile. Yet, that is exactly what most people want: people being happy, thankful, and most all – healthy. Remember that gifts do not need to cost anything, can be made yourself (there are some great DIY ideas out there) and some people really don’t expect anything.
If you still feel that you want to gift a little something, however, I have made a small list below ranging from low budget prices to higher pricing – and I can guarantee you will surely find one idea that everyone might like!
Since I have Zaphira in my life I started going for walks so much more; naturally, of course. Yet, I get bored quite easily if the routine hits too hard and seeing the same scenery daily really doesn’t boost my imagination nor creativity. I likewise noticed, sadly enough, that I don’t know Zurich as well as I wish I did. I thus decided to try and find new walking routes at least once a month. This Sunday I started with taking Zaphira to the Wildnespark (Wild Animal Park) in Zurich. It’s really quite the nice walk in autumn – calm, quiet, not too many people but still oh-so-many smells that kept my little fur-friend fascinated at all times. I especially loved that dogs are allowed in the area – at least when kept on the leash. Likewise, there is no entrance fee – which was also nice. The parking (when arriving by car) did cost 10,- Swiss francs; though because this money is used to support the wild park I really didn’t mind the fee (it’s a one-time pay for the whole day). For those that want to go more often, one can also purchase a parking ticked for the whole year (for 100 Swiss francs).
I absolutely loved this new scenery (and loved seeing the Moose!) and will absolutely go back – especially to see the park throughout the different seasons!
When it’s already October, almost November and soon December – it is fair to say we are close to jumping into a new year; 2018 already! I always say this but I really don’t know why time is running so fast. With the end of the year approaching rapidly, I get reminded that I have oh-so-many projects running simultaneously and there are a billion more tasks I want to work on.
It may sound unhealthy, but I prefer a little stress over boredom during the day. I need to constantly be under control of what I am doing, yet always love some deadlines to keep me going and finish up my task just before I get bored of working on something. Now this has less to do with what I do for a living in my job, but is focused more on a personal level. In business I have my tasks, my on-going projects and I have a focus (due to being in a small industry). Personally, however, I tend to be all over the place. I want to try out recipes, work on my healthy lifestyle, get in some exercise regularly, spend as much time with my puppy as possible, work on planning my upcoming travels (business and personal), research for these travels and write down the hot-spots I cannot miss out on, work on my blog in the background, create content on a regular, work on my new study-programme I recently started (will be announced soon), and spend some quality time with my family, friends and close ones so that hopefully no one feels left out.
With all these tasks, and many more I like to focus on or keep in the back of my head for when I have more free time, I still have my OCD moments in wanting it all outlined in the utmost pretty fashion ever. Obviously being addicted and relying on technology, I have everything structured in my agendas on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. I have calendars for StylePhantom, for my studies, for private, family only, and for business. All neatly categorized with different colors. The same goes for writing everything down offline. I grew up with still writing down everything in my agenda. I remember back in lower and middle school, I always wrote down our homework in fancy pen colors. Then had special colors dedicated to writing down when I’d meet what friends for a coffee at Starbucks or working on a class project together, and of course another special, usually glitter pen color for writing down all birthdays.
I still love doing it. I love writing down all birthdays, all travels plans, all to-dos, all blog post content ideas and all other random thoughts in a small little notebook (or two, or three notebooks). Obviously, those need to be fashionable as well. Wanting fresh “starts” every year, I tend to buy a few more every year or even semi-annually. By chance, a friend recommended me Sloane Stationery recently and I fell in love (check.it.out). They are the perfect size for throwing them into the handbag and writing down all thoughts and to-dos when on the go. And also, there is something so satisfying to it when seeing I can cross off a task on a to-do list with a red pen and it is even nicer to flip through a book at the end of the year and see what I have managed to accomplish and what is still outstanding or really was only a rubbish idea.
*note that this post is not sponsored but I literally fell in love with the details and cuteness of this brand
First things first: Happy September! Jee – time passes unrealistically fast these days..!
Now, I finally took that one step I have been thinking about for too long – I finally bought a puppy. Welcome home, Zaphira. I picked up Zaphira on Wednesday in Berlin – flying back and forth for one day to picking up this little piece of love. You may have noticed that I am obsessed with dogs and couldn’t wait to get my own. Finally, it has happened. It still feels so unreal when I wake up and have this little lovebug looking into my eyes and wanting to cuddle first thing in the morning. The breeder asked me to choose a name starting with Z – so Zaphira it became. I wanted a name that is not so popular, not so much known, and rather elegant in its nature. She is an Italian Greyhound (which I find elegant in their own nature), 10 weeks old, and honestly the cutest thing on earth. Yet, she is a little chewing devil. The minute she is awake after taking a nap I cannot leave her out of my sight without having to worry she will release herself on the carpet (still need to practice) or chew on something other than her toys. But who can be mad at such a sweet little angel? I can’t! Yet, being “strict” is especially important in the beginning to teach her everything. What are your tips and tricks on teaching the puppy to pee outside and stop chewing everything they see? I would love to hear from anyone with a dog and some puppy experience! xo
I did it! I finally cut my hair a little more than usual – and it only took me two years of self-convincing. Not all too bad.
In all seriousness though, I always have to smile at how attached most of us women are to our hair. Cutting it from long (under boob length) to over the shoulder already seems like a huge step. And it was. Surprisingly, I felt quite at ease when walking out of the hairdresser. I guess that I have been planning this for so long, that now I was almost certain of exactly how it would look and no surprises came up. That is, you do have to trust the hairdresser – of course. Funnily enough, although a lot of people have asked me, I did nothing but cut my hair. The whole hairdresser visit took me around 45 minutes; including washing and hair drying it. I think that is the shortest time it ever took me. People have asked whether I have coloured my hair again – and although the light falls differently on the photos, there is no change in hair-color as such. Honestly,I have had some slight moments of doubt though, in the past days (I got it cut on the weekend). I either feel it is too short to do anything with it, or perhaps a little to long. I might need to thus wait a few weeks for it to grow just a tad more, or simply cut off another 5cm. I am very much leaning towards the second option. In addition: Is it just me or do I look more mature now? Surely feel like it, though!
What’s next? The week has started rather busy – then went a little quiet and is now fully blown packed again. Speaking of packed, I need to pack my little suitcase once more this tonight. Tomorrow afternoon I am off to Malta to see the family until Monday evening. I have decided to take a long weekend off – really need to catch up on some sleep and find a bit more me-time to work on my new projects. Speaking of – I most likely already told you that I have handed in my master thesis. Now is the time to relax and do nothing – you think? Of course not!I have already started something new that is utmost exciting to me, is done out of complete personal interest and is all about .. health! I will be telling you more on my next post. Lastly, there is another big, big, big thing happening mid next week and I am dying of excitement. It is something I have been wanting for all too long and now the time has finally arrived. Of course I will be showing you all about it – so stay tuned. If you cannot wait to seeing the news here, be sure to follow me on my other social media accounts! xo