Again, I can’t believe it’s already the end of June. I was so looking forward to the summer yet I feel like I haven’t accomplished a lot or done anything recently. It is obviously not true, but I guess I just wished I could have done more. As always!
My favourite things about this month:
- The easing of the lockdown restrictions: cafes and bars can finally open here in Belgium and I am super excited to be able to go again to some amazing places that I love. I am still a bit hesitant with bars as I don’t go out very often and they usually feel very crowded, but restaurants and cafes – I’m here for it! So far I could return to an amazing Lebanese restaurant super close to my place, as well as a nice café that serves delicious coffees and smoothies. Now, I can’t wait to go out for brunch!
- Summer clothes: that might sound a bit superficial but the temperatures have sometimes (emphasis on “sometimes”…) been high enough for me to wear my nice dresses and shorts, and this has put me in a great mood!
My latest trips and adventures
- Since the beginning of this “series”, I haven’t been able to put a single trip on this list, so now I am very excited to announce that there is one!! As you might have seen on my latest post, I went for a short holiday in Italy to see my family, and this was a much-needed break. You can read more about it here!
- On another note, not as exciting but still great, I started the month of June with a lovely picnic in the park with my flatmates! We took our bikes and went a bit further away from the centre, enjoying the sunny weather and some delicious snacks!
Hobbies and distractions:
- This month I have really enjoyed a series called Anne with an E on Netflix. It talks about a young red-headed orphan that finds a new home in rural Canada and struggles with the day-to-day life of a normal young teenager. It is light and interesting, yet it addresses many important topics. I strongly recommend it!
- Another series I thoroughly enjoyed is HBO’s Tchernobyl, which you probably know about at this point. Yes, I am late! However, I found it extremely interesting and well-made. I knew very little about this fact before, and this has helped me to gain some perspective and insight on that matter. I also really recommend it!
- I am also reading many different books at the moment: one about Russian history, where the author talks about the Russian mindset and development through its people – super interesting and actually quite easy to read! Another one is called Serendipity, and it has been written by an Italian businessman, owner of a very famous food mall chain. Each small chapter is dedicated to a meal or specialty that was created “by mistake”, so it is basically a lot of small interesting facts that are very entertaining and make you hungry!
The month of June was for me a reset month. I have felt a bit lost at the end of May and throughout June, so I really needed to do some thinking and find some direction in my life, with my side projects and everything. Here is what I did:
- I had a proper “reset” where I tackled the small nagging tasks that had been bothering me for a long time. Surprisingly, it didn’t even take that much time!
- I took some time to think about what I wanted in life and specifically for the next few months. I reflected about how to get there and what were my best options.
- With the help of the amazing Life Map by Youtuber MuchelleB, I wrote everything down, realigned with my yearly theme and my intentions. This was so helpful and I cannot recommend this resource enough for everyone who wants to live a more intentional life!
- And I was left with some sort of plan, giving me the direction I needed to tackle in the best way possible the next months!
Looking forward to:
- More local adventures: I feel like I haven’t done a proper one in so long, so I can’t wait to pick up a new small thing to do and share it here!
- As I said, June was my reset month, so now I am all ready and fresh for July! I am looking forward to tackle my new goals (focusing especially on language learning) and be more focused and intentional. It kinda feels like a second new year!
- Summer holidays: Yes! I am going on holiday again at the end of the month. Still to visit my family, but I couldn’t be more excited. This time it will be a bit longer so I will also properly disconnect from work to enjoy the South of France and Italy.
How was June for you? What are you looking forward to?
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