Week 51 – The End of year of Challenges

It is good to challenge yourself but it is even greater, from time to time, to pause and look around at what you have accomplished. Writing the 52 Weeks Challenge in 2017 has been at times my salvation: at the start, I needed to share my pain and then, quickly enough, my happiness, share what I did to get back on track, what anyone could do to change things that aren’t working (starting with getting some help from a book, a friend or a stranger) but mostly show that one year can change a lot of things. Continue reading “Week 51 – The End of year of Challenges”

Week 37 – The Complete List of the Books I Bought, Read and Loved in 2017

Because I have bought, read and been positively surprised by many books all along 2017 (many of which I have already written about on this blog), here is a complete list of everything I have been happy to discover this year. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to read all of the ones I have bought or been offered but, as every time I go on holidays the “books to read” list decreases quickly, I am sure that by the end of the year most of the titles hereunder will be in light blue. Continue reading “Week 37 – The Complete List of the Books I Bought, Read and Loved in 2017”

Week 10 – Pursuing on “Feeling Happy” mode

Here are two posts from blogger and PhD student in Organizational Psychology Benjamin P. Hardy that really inspired me today. The first is about 10 simple behaviors that will bring happiness to your daily life and the second, resulting from the former, suggests 8 ideas for a morning routine. I am adopting at least 3 of them!

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Week 7 – First feedback from 2017, personal goals for the year & my happiness project!

2016 has been a transition year and for me 2017 is the year I am creating my future. I learned a few weeks back to stop putting so much pressure on myself and weirdly it has worked. I am full of projects but I focus less on the outcome and the source of revenue these activities could bring than on the pure pleasure of trying new things and keeping up with the ones I like. Continue reading “Week 7 – First feedback from 2017, personal goals for the year & my happiness project!”

Week 6 – Readings of the week, from Kids Travel Guides to Naples Based Novel

The good news is, the 52 Weeks Challenge is in fact pushing me to look for new subjects and start or pursue new activities every week. Bottom line is, these activities are not one week long activities so I am becoming kind of overwhelmed . In a good way of course. Continue reading “Week 6 – Readings of the week, from Kids Travel Guides to Naples Based Novel”

Week 4 – Dream Job, Next Exit

It took me some time to be sure I was not going through some temporary crisis but that I actually needed the change. When you talk about your doubts to your friends and family it is hard to get some positive response: you have a good career, sometimes even great, a stable life, a promising future and you will potentially never encounter any major financial problems. Continue reading “Week 4 – Dream Job, Next Exit”

Week 2 – My favorite South Indian Foods

Before my travel I had little or no experience with Indian cuisine and in fact knew more about the Northern cuisine (served generally in Indian restaurants in Europe) than the one I was about to discover during my trip.

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