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Mexico

Mexico, oh what a wonderful time did you give me this summer. You always seem to know how to make me fall in love with a place over and over again.

Since my mom is Mexican, Mexico is more than a summer destination for me. Not only do I want to discover the secrets and diversity of Mexico itself, I also get a chance to see my family again. To see what they’ve been up to and to meet new additions to the family. The sweetest little girl who is already more than a year old made me smile the brightest. She is a very special kid, and seeing here for the first time was amazing. All the photos and videos I had seen of my niece weren’t able to transfer her happy energy that she gives of the second she talks to you. How her little hand fits into yours. When you lift her up and she giggles. Men, she is adorable.

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Some nice things | List

Since I don’t have the inspiration to write about anything, I want to simply share some things. I will refer to posts, and most will be quite old. But still lovely as always <3

Recipes I tried and loved

Broccoli soup

I found this recipe trough pinterest, and since I have made it so many times. I never knew that lemon tasted so good with broccoli. Also by putting the broccoli in the oven, it gets a super flavor. The ginger I left out, since neither I nor my dad likes it, sorry mom. The toppings are optional, and I leave them out if I don’t have the ingredients at hand. Seriously guys, you HAVE to try this!

Broccoli Soup with Ginger and Lemon

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When is it too much?

Over the last couple of years I’ve had a whole world gone open to me when it comes to veganism, minimalism, zero waste etc. And I think it’s good. I mean we all want to do our best to help the world. And there are so many things we can do to make the world a little bit better.

There is lots of knowledge that you can’t ignore. So you adapt you try to change the way that you have been living and be the change you want to see in the world. But damn can it be hard sometimes. And how do you know that you are taking it on a bit too much? I would love to live zero waste but when I want to enjoy a nice evening with a good movie and chips I seem to already fail. Chips means plastic, lined with god knows what, and sure you can replace it with home-made chips etc. But then there seems to be a whole lot of shit involved that also contributes to waste. And that thai sweet chilli chips which you love, so much, has milk-powder in it. Because leaving that 3%* of milk powder out would ruin the taste. Seriously there are so many items that contain milk or egg powder that can so easily be left out. But why care for animals?

The industry is clearly not yet adapted to allow easy zero-waste (and vegan) living. So as much as I can try and do my best, I will. But for f*ck sake, sometimes I just want chips. And sometimes I will eat out and need a napkin (un-prepared zero waster I know) and that should all be okay too. Because if I start worrying about all that, adding up to wanting to eat fully vegan and all my life issues which I tend to over-dramatize, I wont live happy. And my happiness is important as well.

Eating vegan is a lot easier for me than living zero-waste but there are some issues I have. I know the life of an animal is more important then my sensory pleasure. Hell, I don’t even need animal products for good taste, that’s what seasoning is for. And the ‘vegan revolution’ really does help. I mean it’s 2018, we have vegan bacon, cheese, egg, etc. But some things really need a bit more change. And I’m just trying to figure out if I am the only person who struggles with these kind of things?

Am I doing something wrong? Or does everyone have these struggles but just keeps it for themselves?

*just making a number up here

Do you even realize how beautiful you are?

In this post I am not talking about exterior beauty, even though the title goes for both inner and outer beauty. You can see beauty in many things ranging from small to very big things, but we often forget or don’t acknowledge how beautiful we are as a person. I know so many people who are the most beautiful souls in my opinion; however, they only seem to see the negative side about themselves. They see their flaws. It’s not bad to see your flaws, just know that you are more then your flaws. As N. wrote in her last post, you spent 24 hours a day, for 365 days in a year with yourself. So, don’t be at war with yourself. Take care of yourself.

Give yourself space to grow, to rest and to love yourself.

Find beauty in yourself, allow yourself to be happy and share your happiness with the world! The world is full of horrible things, so lets make sure we don’t add to that. Know your worth, know you are beautiful.
Loveyourselffirst!

lots of love,
Lali