Since it’s now officially spring, I thought I would look back on this winter. This winter season was crazy when it comes to the weather. We went from full on snow storms to almost 20 °C in a week. Besides that, it was also interesting on a personal level. I didn’t realize how much I needed a couple days off from work and how important it actually is to take time off. So, to inspire and remind you, I thought I would share some of my (mental) ‘notes’ from this winter.
Taking time off from work
2020 turned out pretty different than what we thought it would be. From work I get a certain amount of days off every year and at the beginning of 2020 I planned one trip to Valencia where I would take some days off. In March it became clear that trip would not happen. So, my mom and I cancelled everything and I also decided I would just work that specific week since I wouldn’t be going on holiday. Throughout 2020 I planned two of three days off, which meant I still had most days left over from 2020 in 2021. 2020 was a whirlwind and I didn’t realize I didn’t take a any time off from work. So, at the beginning of January 2021 I made a conscious effort to look through my calendar and plan days or weeks off from work. In the second week of February I planned my first ‘free time’. Since I wasn’t able to go anywhere really, I went on lots of walks, caught up with my friends and tried to relax (which is so hard for me). Let me just say: it was great and much needed as well.
Lucky me, the week I was off it snowed like crazy. So, it was kind of like a skiing holiday. Well, that’s what it felt like. The snow was truly insane and because it remained very cold for about a week, the snow didn’t melt. It was a lot of fun to explore different parts from where I live with snow. Snow makes everything look more pretty and photogenic. So, if you know me, wherever I go, I take my camera with me.
On February 7, 2021 I went for a walk with my parents. This day started with a crazy snow storm. The wind kept picking up but I was determined to walk around. Just because we weren’t sure if the snow would stay long.
In the week of February 8, 2021 you could also find me outside. It was cold, so I bundled up and walked somewhere different every single day with my friends. It was the best thing, especially when the sun came out as well. A true winter wonderland, that’s what it was.
Do you know that feeling? At first you didn’t appreciate something as much as you do now? I used to hate winter. The cold. The irregular weather. It wasn’t for me. But now, after last year, I appreciate it so much more and I wanted to take it all in.
Why free time is so important:
Have something to look forward to
There’s nothing better than something to look forward to. Weekends. That’s what most people look forward to during the work week. The weekend is over in a blink of an eye. So, other (extra) free days are so lovely. That’s when you really have something to look forward to and enjoy.
Time to energize
Work, being productive and being ‘on’ all the time. Those things cost energy. Getting energy from something is so important otherwise you’re only losing energy and not gaining any. That’s bad. You don’t want that. When you’ve scheduled free time, you have time to energize. Sleep more if you need to or do other things that actually give you energy.
Are your stress levels through the roof? Time to take a step back and plan your free time. With all the responsibilities, it can sometimes get too much. The first days of my week off I was still very much in my head with work stuff. It takes a couple of days to finally relax and let go of the built up stress.
Feel inspired again
Feeling uninspired is what I despise.. I can’t bare it. Especially when you’re in the work grind, you can feel very uninspired. That’s where Pinterest comes to play. I could spend hours scrolling through it and pin home & fashion inspiration. After, I look at the boards and think of photography ideas or things to DIY with friends.
Another quick note for myself: I need to hydrate and moisturize like crazy, especially during winter. My skin had a pretty hard time, especially when the wind picked up. So, here’s from me to me: please drink enough water and moisturize your skin every morning and evening. I will thank myself later. Enough of these winter notes. I can’t wait for the beautiful spring weather and colors. Maybe I will wear more (pastel) colors as well, who knows. What’s your favorite memory from winter ’21? And what are you looking forward to?
Sooo pretty! I wish it snowed where I live! ❤️✨
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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