As I’m writing this month in review I have apple carrot muffins baking in the oven and the sweet smell of goodness is filling up the apartment.
I love mornings like these, where I get to do what I love! I think it’s so important to take time for yourself, and do something that brings you happiness and fulfillment. Some days this might only be 15 minutes in the morning when you’re enjoying your coffee and reading the latest post on your favourite blog.
Even if it’s only 15 minutes, these will be some of the best invested minutes of your day. A few minutes of self-care each day will lead you to be successful in other aspects of your day (and life in general). Investing in yourself will give you clarity and help you chase the goals you have set out for yourself.
Now on to my behind the scenes happenings of this past month!
In October 2017…
Florian and I decided to hike Mythen on a beautiful Sunday in October. Well that was a bad idea (sort of)! Here’s why:
Mythen is a popular mountain in the middle of Switzerland and as we soon realized, completely overidden with tourists when the weather is great. Since the mountain is easily accessible and very safe to hike, many people make their way up to the top for the stunning 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys.
~ Can you spot the little house on the top of Mythen? That’s where we hiked to! ~
Since the weather was so gorgeous, hundreds of other people were on the trail as well and when we reached the top it was nearly impossible to find a spot to sit. On the upside, the views were incredible, the air fresh and our hearts content.
~View from the top of Mythen at 1899m ~
On the way down we basically walked in a single line file with a steady stream of oncoming hikers who were making their way up. I guess this is one of those Swiss experiences that we will gladly try to avoid in the future. Not quite the same as hiking in the Canadian wilderness where you usually don’t see anybody for hours, if at all!
Living That Expat Life
It has been over 3 months since we moved to Switzerland and it has been a whirlwind rollercoaster of ups and downs. Earlier this month I wrote a post about the different phases of expat life and how to handle them. It’s not easy uprooting your whole life and moving to a new country. Experiecing these different emotions and stages is totally normal. Try to take the pressure off yourself and just enjoy the ride, even if it’s bumpy at times!
I love sharing my experiences and thoughts about expat life with you. That’s why I also decided to write a post on what nobody tells you about moving abroad.
Just yesterday somebody asked me if I’m homesick yet? It took me a long second to answer with no, not really. Maybe it’s because I have my better half here with me and he feels like home to me. Or maybe I just haven’t been away for long enough for homesickness to have hit home (pun intended). Only time will tell I guess!
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Life gets busy and some days (or weeks) this blog gets put on the back burner. Between working full time, spending time with my boyfriend, working out, meal prepping and various side hustles… there isn’t always much time left for this blog. And sometimes the motivation or inspiration to write just isn’t there. I’m learning that that’s okay.
My Northern Compass is my creative passion project and I love it! I also hope that it’s inspiring you to create a life of adventure, fulfillment and balance. A life that YOU are passionate about. We are often so set on the end goal (even if we don’t know exactly what that end goal is) that we forget to enjoy the journey. So this November I’m going to worry less about how many blog posts I should write, or the number of subscribers on my e-mail list (that I haven’t written to in forever… I’m sorry!), or the number of followers I have on Instagram.
Instead, this month I’m going to listen to my intuition and trust the universe that I’m on the right path on this amazing journey called life!
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What I’m Loving
Florian bought a Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader and I have been able to try it out for my commutes on the train to work. Now I’m definitely thinking of getting my own because I love reading and it’s so easy to take out at the train station (or anywhere really!) and get some reading in.
Seriously guys, I’m stoked on this litte device!
What I’m Reading
I started reading You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero and can hardly put down the Kindle (that’s why I’m loving the Kindle maybe?!). Yes, she’s that good! Jen writes in a capitvating and humourous way. She says it how it is and I love her raw honesty and “go-get em” attitude. Yes, so far there’s nothing really new in this book that we haven’t already read in countless other similar books but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. You can always learn something new and perhaps, it might just remind you that a change in attitude and thinking can be beneficial.
“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.”
~ Jen Sincero ~
That’s a wrap for October in Switzerland! Welcome to November 2017!
This is the month to…
- sleep in
- count your blessings
- practice your pumpkin pie recipe
- take a chance
- carry an orange umbrella on a grey day