Mindful Habits


I first got interested in meditation a couple of years ago, because I’d read that it helps with managing anxiety, which for me was really bad at the time. I downloaded a meditation app and tried it, but I couldn’t make it a daily routine then, it was incredibly hard for me to just sit and breathe for even five minutes, so in the end I dropped it.

A little over a year ago, I started practicing yoga regularly and I decided to incorporate meditation to my practice because they really go hand in hand. I started with five minutes every day after my yoga practice, and made it a goal to meditate every day in 2017, even for just one minute a day. Meditation became a daily routine for me, even though it was usually just five minutes a day, it still is something. Towards the end of last year I upped the time to 10-15 minutes and that’s where I’m now in my practice. I’m trying to increase my meditation time quite slowly because there is no way that I could start meditating an hour a day straight away, even 15 minutes feels like an eternity sometimes.

There haven’t been any major awakenings in my practice so far, which was expected but I’ve definitely noticed small changes in my daily habits and responses to different people and situations.

Overthinking is my brain’s favourite hobby, that it has continued to grow my whole life. My head is usually filled with worry and all kinds of thoughts, and in addition it’s always stuck either in the past or future. I’ve found that for me, the best time to meditate is in the evening because it helps me to put away all the thoughts that rummaged through my head all day. It enables me to actually have a relaxing night, which also affects the quality of  my sleep.

Because I take these few minutes to just sit and breath every day, it helps me to deal with irritating situations better. For example if I have to wait for something longer than usual, I don’t get snappy about it but rather use the time to just look around and notice what’s going on in the world around me. Also, in situations of conflict, I’m more able to stop and hear the problem and solve it, rather than going on an on about it.

There are many little ways that I have incorporated mindfulness into my habits. I don’t act with such a rush as before, but rather take my time with one task and give it all my focus. This has also improved the quality of my work because I put more thought in use. I’ve also noticed that meditation is definitely not just sitting crosslegged and repeating mantras in your head, but it can be simply taking a walk in nature and listening to the different sounds of life, or cooking a meal from scratch, or colouring, or anything that gives the mind a break and a chance to breath.

I’ve also observed that yoga and meditation combined have boosted my confidence a lot, and generally affected positively on my mood. There’s something so powerful in focusing on your own body and head mindfully for even a little while, that bring out so much goodness, and the effects are visible on the outside too.

There is so much information available in the form of books, videos, blogs and articles, which makes starting a lot easier because you got all the background information needed, and probably every question answered already. I’m willing to explore meditation more and include it into my life so that it becomes as normal habit as eating, because I know that it affects my life, and especially my mind, positively and why would I throw away a habit like that.


Currently Reading

Reading multiple books at the same time isn’t what I usually go for, but now I’ve found myself reading four books simultaneously. Some are books I started a while back and I guess I haven’t been in the mood for reading them, and instead picked up some other book. Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I recently watched the film The Jane Austen Book Club, and it definitely put me in the mood to read a bit of Austen myself. This is a book I had to read for school a couple of years back, and I just wanted to read it again to freshen my memory of it. I’m about seven chapters in and I’m actually enjoying it more than I did the first time. It might be because I’m now able to enjoy Austen’s writing more, as I’ve gotten a bit more reading experience since the first read, and I now can acknowledge how funny and eloquent her writing is.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This novel I’m currently listening as an audiobook and I have to say that the narrator, Bahni Turpin, is incredible. I’m enjoying this book tremendously, it’s so authentic and conveys a great amount of important messages of our society. The story is very emotional so far, and I like the fact that it rises strong emotions. The writing and characters are gorgeous, I’ve never read a book like this before that feels just so real. I’m about halfway through listening and I’m very much looking forward to finishing this.

Drangonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon  

I discovered the Outlander TV-series before I knew that there was a book series behind it, and I couldn’t be happier to finally start reading the books after I finished the seasons. I read the first one in three or four days and started this book almost straight away. Even though I know what happens in the story because I’ve watched the show, there is still so much more that can be found from the books. I’m absolutely fallen in love with Jaimie and Claire and their lovestory, as well as the historical setting of the book. Reading these books is pure enjoyment to me.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 

This novel I started the first but still haven’t finished it. Straight from the beginning I just couldn’t really get into the story and I cannot say that I enjoy the writing a lot. I’m only a 100 pages in, so maybe it gets clearer and more enjoyable? Even though I don’t enjoy it now, I think I’m still going to finish it when I’m in the  right mood for it.

At The Beginning, Yet Again


Greetings 2018! I basically spend the whole holiday reading, and watching all the Harry Potter films (is it really a Christmas holiday if you don’t do that?), and I must say that I enjoyed this time of the year tremendously.

Another year is yet again over, but to me this feels more like just any other new day. The reason might be that I didn’t create any unnecessary hype over new years resolutions or tight schedules for the month of January, instead I just let the year change without any expectations. Even though I don’t bother with resolutions anymore, I like to set few intentions or continue carrying out my intentions from the previous year. Here’s just a few intentions that I’ve set for myself during the end of last year:


I did complete my Goodreads reading goal before midnight yesterday which I’m thrilled about. Overall I read 50 books last year, and some books I read twice so technically the number is a bit higher, but that isn’t really important. I discovered so many new books and authors that I fell in love with straight away, so I consider last year an excellent year for me personally.

My intention for this year reading-wise is to enjoy the process more rather than rushing through the books in order to complete my goal. Towards the end of last year, I rushed through a few books because I was behind on my goal, and that hurrying made me enjoy the books less, which I definitely don’t want to experience while reading. This year I intend to read because I enjoy it, not because I have to do it.


I don’t believe in diets and I’ve never been on one, and I don’t plan on doing so in the future either. I just want to get back to cooking more and eating food that truly is nourishing. I absolutely love cooking (and baking), but towards the end of last year I became really unbothered about it which led me to eat so much worse than I’m used to, and I could tell it easily from my mood and energy levels.

This year I intend to get back on track and start cooking again, especially because I know how much I love making dishes from scratch, I feel I can get back on it easily. I also want to do more research about the food I consume and eat more sustainably, and also make sure that I get all the nutrients that my body needs in order to function properly


I’ve never been one to waste money on something I don’t need, but I’ve noticed that I could still change my habits and live with less. This is actually an intention that I want to keep possibly for the rest of my life. I want to live more minimally and focus on consuming more sustainable goods and services.

Overall I think I’d like to make more conscious choices and really challenge myself to think what is truly something, that I need in my life and what I could do without. I feel passionate about this, and I want to adjust my lifestyle so that I can sense it making a difference in the world.

Because I started making these little changes throughout December already, or whenever they popped into my head, I now feel less pressure to turn my life completely around in January. I still think that we should start small whenever we are in need for a change, rather than trying to go big only once a year.