March 21 – it’s a wrap!

Wow. Can you believe March is basically… over? How crazy is this? Because I’m someone who is very given to reflection and really, there isn’t nothing going on my life apart from work at the moment, I wanted to reflect upon what really happened in March.

Was I even here?

Hum, indeed I was πŸ€”

I think it’s important we give ourselves the time to reflect not only upon the world surrounding us, but also try to look at ourselves, our actions, our thoughts, our feelings from afar. Obviously, this is simply metaphoric. I can’t really look at myself from afar, extrapolate my soul outside of my body – which wouldn’t work anyway, even if we believe in souls, I think most of our thoughts would reside there and I have no interest in looking at an empty shell of myself….

Out-of-body experience - Wikipedia
me, leaving my body, and making no sense

Anyway, I’m rambling.

What I mean is… isn’t it scary that despite all that’s been happening, I feel time is fleeting through my fingers without me even realising it? I’m so focused on this little routine – from Monday to Friday work work work, be productive, work work, workout, eat, sleep, then anxiously waiting for the weekend, which passes in a blink of an eye, just to go back to the same routine that doesn’t let us think about anything else apart from work… As sad as that may be, it easily becomes the centre of your world.

But while we’re stuck with this routine, while that seems to be the only thing in our lives, we keep breathing, living. We keep being humans with limited time and unknown expiring date. And we should be the protagonists of our life. Not work. Not the people we work for or work with. Us. Our friends. Our family.

So, sometimes, I like to just stop, listening to some nice classical music on my ear phones, close my eyes and think about what I’ve been doing, how I’ve been feeling and what I have learnt or achieved. And because I do take a lot of photos and write a lot, even of silly things, my iPhone is the best friend here – I can just check what the hell was I doing last month.

So what happened in March 2021? Not much… but enough.

International Women’s History Month

Yup. A big thing. I wrote about it on this space – of what had been my experience being a woman and shared some tips for fellow women out there who want to embark into a solo travelling experience. I highly encourage! The more the merrier… I’m incredibly proud of being a woman. And we shouldn’t be scared of that.

Check out:

Also just want to leave here the song that inspired the title of my article “There’s nothing like a mad woman” by a brilliant and talented woman I deeply admire, that is Taylor Swift *haters gonna hate*

Spring came… once again

I also wrote something about it, but wanted to share some flowery photos I’ve taken in the beach last week. I had a couple of days off and enjoyed a long nice walk by the ocean, something I hadn’t been able to do in a long while.

We “celebrated” a year of this hell

Yup. Okay, I’m not going to talk too much about it, as you can read a whole story down below. But apart from being a year since the world is in a pandemic, it’s also a year I’ve been living in Portugal, back in my family home. Something I wouldn’t have ever imagined would be happening any time soon. I reflected once again on this. On how easily I ended up adapting and how it did take me time, it will leave scars, but I’m feeling hopeful of better days. But mostly I’m depositing that hope in myself.

If you’re up to read my story of how the last year affected me and changed me, click down below:

Photographed a little of my city

I’ve posted the shots in this blog – it was a lovely sunny day and I was able to escape to the centre of the city (strange to say this, as it’s usually the other way around). You see the castle in the photo below? My high school was just right next to the castle. Every day I would diligently climb that hill. I would walk with my friends in the old town of the city. Such good memories and it’s so fantastic to see it being restored and that street art has taken over. I’m hoping that part two is coming in April πŸ˜€

Check out my articles about the city of Leiria down below:

Shared some more memories of past trips…

This month I shared some memories of my trips to Estonia, Mexico, Madeira and Prague. You can check out the articles or join me on Instagram. To read these articles, check below:

A lesson I learnt (am learning…)

Deal with professional problems as professional problems. Not personal ones. While this can be easier said than done, I struggled this month with not only workload but having challenging situations happening that were outside of my control and yet I felt I was the one who had to sort it out. I went to bed thinking about it, woke up thinking about it. No. This is not worth it. And I constantly need to remind myself of that.

Fun things I did or tried

Received another Japanese snack box from TokyoTreat and I was in love with these miso soup flavoured Pringles. You know… it’s the small things.

I’m typically someone who reads more than watches series or films. But this month was Father’s Day in Portugal and I gifted my dad a the DVD of Freddie Mercury’s Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. We rewatched it together, as I had only seen it in the cinema. It is such an amazing film. I was singing Queen for a week.

I also watched a very strange (my style of) movie named Stoker. I was attracted by the title. It is a bit of a psychological thriller and it can be chilling. I quite liked it, but understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker. Stoker (2013) | Stoker movie, Matthew  goode, Film aesthetic

Oh well and of course I read books. But that’s going to be in my next post, so stay tuned πŸ™‚

How was your March? Any recommendations to entertain me this April? πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Nic

4 thoughts on “March 21 – it’s a wrap!

  1. Such a great post! As the pandemic enters its second year, there’s a pent-up longing for the recent past, especially when it comes to life’s milestones. When the crisis finally resolves, will our new ways of marking births and deaths, weddings and anniversaries have any lasting impact? Or will freshly felt sentiments born of pandemic invention be fleeting?

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    1. Thank you – very good questions indeed! I’ve asked myself the same things… but who can tell. only then we’ll be able to see πŸ™‚ in a way, I feel this is a very special moment to analyse human behavior

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      1. It is? It’s amazing and sometimes frightening to see how people from around the world and those closest to us react and behave during the pandemic crisis. Some people surprised me and not for the right reasons.πŸ˜…

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