Feel-Good Fridays, The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

The Sneaky Little Thing That’s Preventing Me From Finding A Job

I have this friend that is often the hapless beneficiary of my rants and confessions about the isolation of my life as an introvert expat SAHM (in a quiet, small city in a non-English speaking foreign country – sorry, I just somehow feel less maladjusted if I lay out the parameters like that πŸ™„).

For months now she has been passionately encouraging me to find work online. If not for anything but the mental exercise and the opportunity for communicating with more human beings.

I have been tempted many times – my resume is already polished, an online profile has been created, and feeble, half-hearted attempts at answering job postings have been initiated. But I always halt the process before it “gets too serious”.

And I don’t know what to think about the reason why. Sometimes I ask myself if the admission of which now certifies me as a majestic “bum” but the truth is – I have fallen in love with BEING IN THE NOW.

Being in the now – what does this mean?

Well to me it means asking myself at almost every juncture during the day “what do I feel like doing now?”.Β  Sometimes this means washing the dishes, or doing dance fitness videos, at other times learning something new or even just deciding to have tea while listening to the chatter of birds. It’s never the same and there’s no rhyme or reason to it.

But more often than not, it sends me off to bed at night with a feeling of serenity.

Turns out it’s really something that I have come to appreciate about being a SAHM (with no small children to take care of). And I’ve come to see it as perhaps a luxury only afforded to SAHMs (with no small people to take care of) – the freedom to spend the day however you want. The luxury of listening to the voice inside you and letting it be your guide πŸ€—

And I figured, if I had a job I would no longer have this luxury. And apparently it’s something I deem more precious at the moment than mental challenge and increased social contact.

And so I say to all SAHMs like me:

just-be

Enjoy it while it lasts! ❀

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Feel-Good Fridays

What’s Your Favorite Background Music?

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Notice: this post comes with background music ☺️

I’ve recently discovered Jazz/Bossa Nova a.k.a.Cafe Music and boy, what a difference it makes! I put it on every morning and it continues to play well until early afternoon-ish.

It fills the house with good, relaxing vibes. Makes me do a cha-cha step or two as I’m folding the laundry or washing the dishes. I LOVE the idea of it floating out into the street from my open balcony door. It’s unobtrusive enough to not annoy the neighbors and it masks the noise coming from a building construction just across the street.

I LUV IT!!! πŸ™†πŸ™†

I used to listen to mainstream pop, but it would get distracting. Plain instrumentals, although effective at certain times, somehow wasn’t zesty enough. Chill/beach music would lull me to sleep.

I searched “happy instrumental music” on YouTube and it offered me Cafe/Jazz/Bossa Nova music and I found the purrrfect backdrop to my puttering around the house!

Score! πŸ’ƒ

What’s your favorite background music?

When you drive?

When you study/read/craft?

When you’re relaxing in the bathtub?

When you want to cuddle up (or get frisky πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡) with your partner?

When you’re about to do open heart surgery? (I’ve seen it on … was it House or Grey’s Anatomy?)

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Feel-Good Fridays

What’s Your Feel-Good Song At The Moment?

TGIF y’all! And Happy April Fool’s Day! πŸ˜€ Did you do any pranking? Or were you the one pranked?

Listen, I have a question for you and I want your answers in the comments section. K?

But first, the introduction:

If previous posts are enough indication you all probably know by now early mornings are my absolute favorite part of the day. We (you and I) have exchanged our early-morning routines in this post and learned a bit about each other – always such a treat πŸ˜€

We’ll I’ve recently upped the ante in that department so to speak. I’m now using my feel-good song as my alarm. I used to use this zen-y, slow-rise melody which honestly was a very good choice but, every once in a while you just have to shake things up, no?

So that got me curious about what other people’s feel-good songs are and of course I have to ask the question on my blog πŸ™‚

I shall start the ball rolling with my own happy-ness anthem which izzzz:

Now look me in the eye and tell me if that’s not a great song to begin the day with XD Dancing absolutely recommended πŸ˜€

Okay so it’s now YOUR turn – what’s your feel-good song at the moment? You don’t have to be like me and use it as your morning alarm, just that it makes you smile or places you in a happy/inspired/motivated/peaceful space.

You can give me just one or an entire list. Run with it! I shall be waiting for your answers πŸ™‚ Seriously, I will.

Have a wonderful weekend beautiful people ❀

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An Exciting Milestone πŸŽ† πŸŽ† πŸŽ†

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Some time over the past several days I reached 1K followers – a very significant and exciting milestone in my blogging life πŸ™‚ Needless to say, I feel so happy and exhilarated and lifted up and so encouraged πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

When I started out all I wanted was reach 200+ and now … well … pheeewww!!! πŸ™‚ I feel like I’m on top of the world! πŸ˜€

❀ THANK YOU SO MUCH to all you sexiest followers on wordpress! ❀

~ Paardje πŸ’‹β€

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Sometimes all you need is a coloring book and a lot of color! (Kiddie coloring books are great fun for adults too!) πŸ˜€

Make it a great weekend everyone!

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