Pocket money and spare thoughts

Hi, guys. How are you?

I’m fine but I had been piling post drafts without posting anything new since… well, since forever. During this period of writing negligence, I’ve been busy having a day job and telling myself that I didn’t have any time left to write. That was a lie. And a blatant one.

I was simply embittered by the notion that to have some pocket money I had to find a regular day job. So, since writing, and blogging were reminders of my inability to make a profit out of my creativity, I stopped writing and abandoned my blog. The notion still hurts a little but I’m making progress. For instance, I’m here.

During this period, I persisted with physical training and I had an on/off relationship with meditation. Currently, I ignore the email from Headspace while I’m becoming a fangirl of this other guy, Marcus Aurelius. I’m sure you’ve heard about him.

I’m still building my personal morning ritual. Will I introduce again cold showers? Mm… my recurrent sinusitis tells me don’t you dare! But I am open to other sorts of self-discipline. It has to be something less punitive on my frontal sinus cavities, though.

More or less, I reprised reading fiction, which I take as a sign of a more positive approach towards humanity, in general, and the part of it who call themselves narrators, specifically.

After my last possessions purge, I pulled the brakes on minimalism. Why?

  • Reason 1: I mistakenly donated to the charity a book I cherished.
  • Reason 2: I’m not the kind of woman who can survive an entire winter with a single coat. And, as you all know: winter is coming.

I have ideas about new post series.

Have a great day.

– Nina –


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  1. I’m glad you are back on a blogging track, Nina! I’ve been away also for a long time. But few days ago I listened music which recalled me sweet memories from the time I was active here and I realized how much I have missed that. So, here I am again and hopefully not going away soon. πŸ˜€

    I really admire your persistence with physical training. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi, Hanna πŸ™‚ Now I’m burning with curiosity to know which music were you listening to. If you don’t want to share it here, you know we have Fb messenger πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for your admiration, even though I’m unsure to deserve it. I must persist with the physical training if I want to see real changes in my body but, it’s strange. Most of the times I find ways to see these changes as negatives or not relevant and so I persist with the workouts to see even more and different changes. Probably, it’s because I wanted to like my body more, which is a change in the mindset, while the results of my training are physical and not psychological. So… I’m going on with the training, hoping the mind will adapt to the new state πŸ˜‰

  2. It was the playlist with the songs I liked last winter, including, for example:
    MØ – Glass
    Me And My Drummer – Blue Splinter View
    LP – Lost On You
    The Lumineers – Sleep On The Floor
    Tom Odell – I Know
    Most of them are quite melancholic songs, but they suited so well with the winter and my mood. It’s funny that it was not a long time ago, still it feels like it was. πŸ™‚

    I also hope your mind adapt the new mindset, before you become new Virginia Sanchez. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    No, actually I really admire you and I hope that one beautiful day I’ll also start with physical training. I always think I will start soon, but you know, only thinking about it doesn’t help much. πŸ˜€

    1. Good morning, Hanna, I’m listening to Sleep on the Floor while I write to you πŸ™‚ and I looked up Virginia Sanchez… ohmygod!
      No, my aesthetic goal differs a little from hers. And, unfortunately, also yours and my music tastes differ πŸ˜› But it’s ok, my millennial friend. In the end, I am a piece of 1970s πŸ˜€ You know, like an old, heavy car which used to run on red gasoline and now, with some repair and a new silencer, still goes around nicely πŸ™‚
      Look, maybe the day all the new hits annoy you and they start to sound to you all the same, that could be a good day to start working on your engine if you had not done it before πŸ˜‰ That could be a good signal that you have to prepare your body for harder days. Let’s say: “older but golder days” πŸ˜€
      And now off I go “It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you… I bless the rains down in Africa” πŸ˜€ Have a great weekend

  3. Hello! πŸ™‚

    Just a quick note. Really liked the couple of posts that I’ve read. Just wanted to share a few thoughts that came to mind when I read this post.

    1. Meditation: I’ve been meditating on and off for a few years and regularly since late 2015. It’s made a subtle, yet profound change in my life. And yet, almost too fine to be able to put into words. At the risk of sounding like a mystic, I could only recommend that you stick to your meditation practice. It helps! (I’ve used Headspace earlier and then switched to this app called Insight Timer. But of late, I’ve started using an app called Calm and I love the neat, clean interface. As a fan of minimalism, I think you’ll like it.)

    2. Stoicism: Hmm. Now there’s an area that I’ve wanted to read for a long time, and funnily enough, the last couple of months the works of Seneca are being recommended to me by most folks that I’m reading online by sheer happenstance. Maybe it’s a sign.

    I hope you are able to execute your self improvement plans. I’m still struggling to wake up at 7 AM and do a bit of yoga and have a decent breakfast before going off to work.


    1. Hi Shekar πŸ™‚ and thank you for your visit.
      You’ve been very kind taking time to comment my humble entries.
      1) Meditation: I think it could be time for me to give it a second shot, even if I would be practising in a Stoic way. Morning and evening reflection techniques recommended in Stoicism are similar to a meditation practice. And, yeah, I know what you mean when you say that the change meditation makes in your life is something too subtle to put it all into words.
      2) I still find original texts hard, harder than modern introductions to them. But I started with Epictetus and everybody tells me that Seneca is easier to follow.
      3) You taught me a new word. Thank you

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