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Monthly review – January 2021

The first month of the year is already coming to an end and my very positive energy from the start of the year is already wearing off a bit – yay! I hope you all had a good start of the year despite the world situation that hasn’t changed much.

This month’s highlights:

  • Adopting a turtle’s nest! After reading this post on Markus and Micah’s blog, I immediately decided to sponsor a turtle’s nest. Markus and Micah have the nicest blog where they publish really interesting posts on a wide variety of subject, one of them being climate change. I highly recommend checking their blog out – if you don’t know it already – as I’m sure you will love it! Through them, I adopted a turtle’s nest to protect the turtles in their region, as they are an endangered and very vulnerable species. I received pictures from the hatchery and I’m extremely happy to be able to contribute to this amazing project of theirs!
  • Cooking and baking: I have tried many new recipes this month, both sweet and savoury, and I loved making muffins, naans and trying many other recipes! I have also taken my sister’s juice maker during the holidays and I’ve made many fresh and home-made juices – a perfect way to eat more fruit, as I know it is something I struggle with. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious and much healthier than what you can buy at the supermarket!
  • “Snow”: for those of you living in “cold” countries it is probably nothing, but we had two evenings of snow here in Brussels… yay! Even tough I really hate the rain, I love snow: it just looks so pretty and peaceful – the perfect excuse to cosy up with a blanket and a warm hot chocolate! I hope we’ll have more days like these next month!

My latest trips and adventures

  • There weren’t much actually, as I spent the first part of the month in quarantine, and most of the other days at home, as it was too cold and rainy.
  • Despite all that, I did discover new places in Brussels, especially restaurants and cafés. The first one is a super cute café which serves a huge variety of donuts with different flavours. I chose maple syrup and pecan as my first choice, but I am already planning on going back to try all the others. More recently I also tried out a new Syrian place that just opened, and it was absolutely delicious!

Hobbies and distractions:

  • With the New Year, I came with many intentions, especially regarding my hobbies. I have to say that I have seen an improvement but I am still struggling to find a right balance between the goals that I have in mind and what I can actually achieve. I am, however, slowly getting better at it, and I hope that I can have a proper routine for February that allows me to relax and enjoy my hobbies without being distracted and losing time scrolling through Instagram!
  • Despite all this, I have managed to read a bit more, do some piano in the evenings and found some time for watercolours, so it’s not that bad! I’ve almost finished La Casa de Papel and finally finished Gilmore Girls! There were times where I didn’t watch it at all but I’ve recently picked it up and finished it very quickly – I guess I liked the last seasons more than the middle ones!
  • Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that I have finally seen Frozen II for the first time! I really liked the first one, the songs and the vibe and animations, so I was a bit hesitant when the second movie came out, but still very curious. I have to say that it did not disappoint at all! The songs are great and the movie in itself is just beautiful: I already want to watch it again!

General thoughts:

I feel like this month hasn’t been as productive as I thought it would be, even though I did do a lot, just not as much as I would have liked to and, especially, not what I wanted to. I was very busy at work and I did put a lot of pressure on myself to work on my goals, which obviously hasn’t helped. On top of that, the lockdown/pandemic situation, associated with the gloominess of winter definitely didn’t make me feel better, but I’m hopeful for a more grounded and intentional February!

Looking forward to:

  • Some days off: I have some days off of work in a few weeks and I’m really looking forward to them as the weekends have felt extremely short recently. Because of the lockdown and closed borders, I won’t be able to travel but having some time off will be extremely beneficial nonetheless!
  • The end of February: not sure if this counts ahah, but I really don’t like the month of February and can’t wait for the weather to be a little less awful and a bit mor spring-like! I will still try to make the most of this dreadful month but I’m still very much looking forward to spring!

How was January for you? What are you looking forward to?


Published last year in January:

2019 Review – a year of traveling
A weekend in Luxembourg
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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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  1. Enjoy your time off! How were your naans? I have thought about making them but chapatis are just easier. Thank you again for supporting the turtles. We will definitely update you once your nest hatches. The baby turtles are the cutest thing in the world.

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    • The naans were delicious, thought the recipe I found was a bit complicated – I’ve seen some that were wayy easier so I will try them too! I don’t know chapatis, is it a type of bread? 😊 Can’t wait to receive news from the baby turtles 😍 Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hi, Juliette! Hard to believe it’s already February, isn’t! Supporting turtles sounds like a fantastic idea and so is making fresh juices! I am looking forward more freedom I suppose, although there isn’t going to be much this year. The Irish Government just announced that holidays abroad for this summer are non-essential, and anyone that’s going to break the rules is going to be issued with 500 euro fine. We are pretty much set for another year on the island. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    • Fresh juices are absolutely delicious and such an easy way to eat more fruit and vegetables! I’m also looking forward to more freedom, but don’t know when we’ll have it… It’s good if the Irish government already takes measures (as awful as they may be), at least people won’t be too disappointed I guess… Stay safe and have a great day 😊

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  3. January was a long month for me, basically just work and rest. I did, however, try out a few new restaurants (takeout, of course) in my spare time and otherwise spent quality time with family and friends. I see you had shakshuka in that photo? Looks hearty and delicious! And I have to say that Frozen II is actually better than Frozen, to some degree; glad you enjoyed it! Here’s to hopefully a brighter February. 🙂

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    • It was indeed very long. Trying out new places is great – even though the “takeout” experience is very different. The picture is indeed of a shakshuka, it was delicious!! 😊 And I agree with you on some extent: I prefered the plot of the first Frozen, but the animation and pictures of this one… wow!! 😍 thanks for dropping by!

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  4. Enjoy your days off. I totally agree Jan was a long month with not a lot to do really. We’ve been full lockdown here too, so haven’t even been able to see my Mum for months. Hopefully we can all get out and about a bit more again soon! 🙂

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    • It is great! Be sure to check out their post because hatching season is almost over! 🐢
      Thanks a lot, and hope you have a great month too! 😊

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  6. Congratulations on your adoption! This is such a beautiful thing to do. Let us know how many turtles will hatch from your nest. We adopted two turtles too from the Maldives with the Atoll Marine Center in Naifaru. It was fun to get updates on how they were doing and also to know you contributed with something good. Best wishes, ioana ❤🌍

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    • Thanks a lot! I will post updates on the baby turtles at the end of the month! It’s so cool that you also got to adopt some turtles, it feels super nice to contribute in this way 😊 Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  7. Amazing how much you were able to achieve and how positive this post turned out to be! I never read anything with so much happiness in a while hahaha I’m glad to hear that you were able to everything and anything you wanted and I hope it’s still the case this month but based on what I’ve been hearing, you’ve been having quite the fun and I can only be envious of it all! 😛 Stay safe, Juliette! 😀

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    • Wow, that makes me really happy, Lashaan, I actually thought January had been a pretty dull month until I started writing down this post and realised that there were many positive things to add to the list! I hope this month of February has treated you well! 😊

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