That Tricky Balancing Act

Between stability and growth, there’s a kind of balancing act that I’m convinced only trained circus animals can do. Walking precariously on a wire between wanting change in your own life and finally being satisfied with where you are… it’s almost impossible. At least for me personally, it’s the struggle I seem to meet again…

Less Than a Month to Thanksgiving

I’m staring blankly at the wall waiting for my body to consume the caffeine it needs to function. Waiting… Waiting… Random thought, did you realize it’s less than a month till Thanksgiving? By far, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. Why? Besides the absurd amount of cooking, it’s one of the few times of…

October Spooks

I wish that the month of October went on until Thanksgiving and then we were caught in that weird in-between time of late autumn for a year or more. It’s that magical time of year where late Sunday afternoons are spent sipping tea half outside on a balcony with the remnants of your heating warming…

The Casualties Of Busy Lifestyles

First of all, happy September 1st! For those of you in the know, I’ll have seen you at Kings Cross Station and we’re all happily on our way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. That’s right, fellow Potterheads, it’s the first day of Hogwarts and we’re finally nineteen years later in the epilogue of…

Atomically Fired Up

I have read the reviews, listened to people’s opinions… and when all is said and done – I am a huge Atomic Blonde fan. The gore is dramatic, the fight scenes over-the-top, and the cater-lesbian scenes are ridiculous – but it just goes to show you just how entrancing a soundtrack can be. Because I…

Amongst Polls and Whinging

If I had to choose one thing I’ve been absolutely horrible about lately (and if I only had to choose one), it would have to be blogging. I can give the classic “I’ve been traveling” excuse. I’m sure I could also think of a thousand or a million reasons why I haven’t updated Positively Gabriella…

The Most Normal Week (aka Best One Yet)

At first, I didn’t expect last week to live up to anything special. Nothing particularly stuck out, or at least in its totality, it was like any normal work week. But as I’m looking back now, I actually had a lovely couple of incidents. Who would have believed it (Hint: Not me) – that I…

Routine or Celebrate?

Happy Fourth of July! Let’s all celebrate independence, eat burgers and watch fireworks. Cue explosion. Just kidding, I’m in the Netherlands. The only celebration I’ll be attending here is my personal brownie baking party tonight. Attendance Count: One. Besides continually asking myself why there is no adulting manual (come on Penguin Random House, I’m depending…

A Retreat To Normalcy

After any long travel, my body always reminds me how important rest is. Correspondingly, I never seem to listen. Even though I arrived back from Cape Town only last Tuesday, I’ve felt this urge to be productive, go to the gym, attend yoga courses, meet new people, and do all of the things. And if…

Is There A Limit to How Many Stroopwafels You Can Eat?

Answer: No. There is no limit to the amount of stroopwafels you can eat, as long as you do it in the Dutch way. What does that mean? The locals here have a saying: “God schept geen mond, of hij schept er ook brood.” Or in English: Try not to worry so much about the future….

The Art of the Settle

Whenever moving accommodation is involved, I am inordinately focused on one thing: settling in. Hauling luggages and bags doesn’t matter to me as much as putting everything in an appropriate spot. What do I mean by that? I want to move my workouts to a time that’s suitable for my new routine. When should I…