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Happy New Decade

I’m sorry I disappeared in 2019.

Since last month I’ve been trying to take better care of myself. I’m taking vitamins everyday, bought some nice creams, order an anti wrinkle sticker (!), got a membership at the gym and I’m trying to cook more at home and eat good food.

2019 was an year of changes. I can highlight 3 major changes in my life:

  • I got married 🙂
  • I got a big promotion at work
  • I moved to a townhouse

There was also a ton of other things that happened (some not as fun as these three above). I got very very busy and the truth is, by November I was exhausted. So now I’m trying to go a bit slower.

From all things, I believe going from part time to full time had the biggest impact on my routine. The second semester simply disappeared in my struggle to get used to my new duties. I’m loving my job, I manage 3 art studios in the city and it’s great. But I think just now, about 6 months later, I’m starting to breathe and feel I can do more than just work and rest.

So here is this post. I’m not back to drawing and I’m not producing any art. I help other people produce art, I help other people teach art. So this is also cool. And for now I’m just taking care of myself.

I wish a 2020 calm, quiet and manageable. Happy New Year!

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The tidy life

I love cleaning. OH! Did I say that out loud? No! That’s not true! I love a clean and organized house. Also a clean and organized work space, and even a clean and organized city. Maybe it’s the feeling of peace that comes from an uncluttered environment, I don’t know. It’s just so good when things look beautiful and smell fresh!

Throughout the years I learned a lot about different methods for keeping everything nice and tidy and I would love to share what I learned. Here is my main tips:

Cleaning is different from organizing.

Nice office space! Can I clean that window? (Credit: Life by Lufe)

An organized but a slightly dirty house usually feels better than a messy but very clean place. I believe our brain tricks us here. We are very visual and we love to see a beautiful composition. If the first impression of the space is positive and things look good, we overlook the details, like some dust on the shelves or a foggy window on the corner. However, if the whole house is clean but the decoration objects are all over the place, somehow we understand the place is not clean enough. That said, the goal is always organize first, clean later

Create your own cleaning routine and stick to it

She is so cute! Marie Kondo put us all on the right track

My routine is a mix of habits I learned from books and websites, including ideas from Lady Fly and Marie Kondo methods. I have a daily routine for the basic stuff, like making the bed and making sure the kitchen is spotless before going to sleep. I also have a weekly routine for laundry and a monthly routine for deep cleaning the house. I’ll make a detailed post about it later, but whatever you do, being consistent is the key. It makes everything easier!

Don’t obsess

I do have my Monica moments from time to time…

If you ever hired a cleaning person or company you know what I’m speaking about. It’s just amazing to get home and absolutely the whole house is sparkling clean and smelling like the paradise. I love that feeling and I know I could achieve same result if I spend my whole days cleaning. But let’s get real. Would that be a priority? I’d rather spend my time with my family, enjoying my hobbies or simply resting. So my “cleaning day” is usually a couple of hours. I try to focus in just one room per week and don’t obsess about the rest. My Monica side sometimes screams inside me, desperate to have the whole house spotless but there are other things on life, so I try calm down. How about you? Did you develop any routines? Do you get nervous in a messy place? Leave a comment bellow 😊

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Steps of acquaintance

Last month I moved to a new house. It’s actually a townhouse, but it’s very cute. Leaving my 1 bedroom apartment for a place with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 washroom and a basement has been a huge change. I never lived in a house with stairs before, so now I never know where I left my stuff. I remember my mother-in-law advising me against townhouses as they are a lot of work going up and down. She’s right, but I’m new to it and I’m having a lot of fun.

Now the interesting thing is how my old decoration doesn’t fit the new space. The orange wood in the balcony make all my blue objects look like they are screaming. My blue and mustard chairs look super awkward in the kitchen yellowish floor and I feel I don’t want to hang any of my old art on the new walls. 

Everything feels a bit out of place or incomplete.

So after some consideration we decided to make a new painting for the living room, something large and abstract, and that will be it. I have to buy canvas and a frame and start studying composition and colors. I never do anything abstract so it’s exciting and a bit scary.

I would like my house to be more romantic and inviting but for some reason she wants to be more modern and cool. Maybe because it’s an old house, trying to look younger. It’s like the house has her own will.

But we are becoming good friends. I’m super inspired to take good care of her, I watching online videos and refreshing my cleaning skills, researching ideas and smells to make it a more inviting place.

And if you find funny I called the house “her”, that’s because in Portuguese, a house has a feminine gender. I know a house is “it” in English, but not mine. She is definitely a girl, with lots of personality.

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Is it time for change?

It’s been a long time I don’t update my blog and social media. So much happened since the beginning of 2019. My personal life took over and there was so much to do and deal with. I feel this is a year of many changes for me, and I feel I want to write about it.

Many years ago, I had a personal blog where I was very open about everything. I spoke about my daily life, my ideas, how I was doing at university, what kind of movies I liked and about the books I was reading. The name was something like “Very Cool!”. I still remember the black background with light grey font. It was mostly text — lots of it! Very rarely I would post screenshots of movies, and just once I posted a few drawings I made during a trip in Brazil countryside.

As the years passed, I felt less comfortable speaking about my personal life and started focusing more in cultural themes. From 2005 to 2010 I wrote a cute little blog called “the skilled cat”, where I published books and movies reviews with a star rating system. I loved the discussions in the comment session and for a while I had lots of fun.

Slowly, social media took over and stop having my own online corner.

I started posting more in social media but I never completely abandoned the idea of having a blog. After “the skilled cat” I opened blogs about cooking, crafts and finally about art and creative process.

Lately I feel speaking about art is not enough. I miss writing about everything, being personal, and having an online space I can use as my cute little corner. Sometimes I want to speak about bread, plants, the neighbourhood, the weather, the stars… Or even make up, my house, and of course, books and movies, why not?

So I decided to have a personal blog again. An online space to be free, have a cup of coffee and simply speak about everything. No defined themes, no agenda, no goals. Just enjoy the space, write and draw.

So welcome and thank you for your visit, stop by anytime.

Jonara