098/2024 – Super Lazy Sunday

My body was more tired from yesterdays outing than I had expected. I also didn’t get enough sleep (on average anyway) the whole week, so I was out like a light before 22:00 last night and slept till about 08:00. Bliss!

Small Progress #3 | I might document a few more ‘small progress’ moments here, whenever I realize how far I’ve come from the self-flagellating anxious soul I’ve still been a few years ago. I’ve been using the Calm app since early 2016. In 2018 I was able to purchase a “lifetime subscription” for a pretty decent price and I’m really grateful for that, because the yearly subscription fee these days is €40 and I’ve saved that about 3 times by now. In the early days I had been more diligent about mediating daily. As you can see from the 124 streak, which was from May to September 2017.

March and April Calendar of my Calm meditation app next to each other. A few days without meditation in March, all days in April so far
Get up and start again…

There also have been many, many, MANY broken streaks for whatever reason. And for the longest time I often beat myself up for not being able to keep up this one simple routine. I felt guilty and stupid and worthless and all that. By now though I do try and meditate every morning, but I sometimes don’t. And that’s fine. I don’t know when I stopped feeling guilty about breaking theses streaks, but I’m so glad and grateful that I did.

Eclectic News Stories | Most of today was spent up with catching up on the many news articles or essays I’ve saved in my bookmark manager of the last few days, weeks, months. Some I try to read right away, because they are on current issues. Some I store for when I’m in the mood or the right mindset to read longer pieces. Every once in a while – like this weekend – I scan through all the bookmarks and delete the ones which have become obsolete in a way. But today I also read quite a lot of them. Current ones but even more so the ones I bookmarked a few months ago. When I look at the stuff I read today, I am aware that my interests are rather eclectic – some might say erratic, but I don’t care. Most of the stories are behind a paywall, so I won’t link to them, but among other things today I read about

  • Nepalese women who had been Kumari, the living goddess, when they were children
  • a woman who left an organized crime family here in Germany
  • classism in how we talk about child rearing in Germany
  • two young Indian women and their fight to live a self-determined life
  • how we still lack appropriate on Long Covid in Germany

Vacation Prep | If I wasn’t reading news articles, I often was reading either of my the two books I’m currently reading: Fiction and Non-fiction, the ones on top here.

Stack of books (from bottom to top) Happiness Falls by Angie Kim, Africa is not a country by Dipp Faloyin, Unwell Women by Elinor Cleghorn, Rise to the sun by Leah Johnson
The books for my vacation

I’ll plan to take two more books with me, because I’m sure I’ll get through at least the fiction one on either the long train ride on Tuesday or shortly after. As mentioned yesterday, I might also buy some more books in the UK, so I need to leave some space in my suitcase.

I also sorted and packed most of my technical gadgets (camera, lenses, tripod, battery charger, powerbank etc.) and also a bunch of craft stuff (paper, various pens), because I feel like I haven’t done enough of that recently. I also feel like it might be a good idea to have these supplies at the ready to keep me from spending too much time online in my cute little studio apartment by the sea. Though the apartment isn’t actually by the sea, but in a residential area about 30 minutes walk or 25 minutes on public from the beach. Still in a city by the sea!

Not much more to tell. A lazy Sunday indeed.

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