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What one thing during your normal day …

… which, when left undone, will “nibble at your sanity” until you finally do/fix it?

And that’s Question # 3 folks!

Is it taking the dog out for a walk? Giving your cat a nice tummy rub? Making up the bed? Tell me in the comments section below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘‡

My answer: cleaning out the dining table.

It’s just a surface that naturally gathers “stuff” during the course of the day, be it earphones or breadcrumbs, and for some reason, I just need to have it wiped clean. Only then can I go on with my day ๐Ÿคญ

How about you? Do share below ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Have a great weekend y’all.

ย ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‡

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The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Goals, Gastritis & That Blog I Was Telling You About

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Hello my beautiful, awesome friends! It’s been a while. How ya’ll doin’? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m here to share with you that I’ve done and am doing something I find truly exciting.

But before that, a backstory in the briefest way I can do it:

The last time we “talked” I was going on about these goals I had, right? And that I was working on them, but it was all feeling like an uphill climb. I knew something was amiss since I was really struggling with them.

So I had to stop and take stock. I dove into motivational material, listened to Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols and a bunch of life coaches on Podcasts and I realized the problem was that my goals just weren’t exciting.ย  There was no thunder and lightning at all. And they didn’t pull me out of my comfort zone in ways that energized me.

At about the same time I realized this I experienced gastritis along with the worst period pains E-VERR. It was absolute torture! But all the doctor said was …and you’re not gonna believe this, he said “just be happy”. Literally. I’m serious.

Now I totally believe in the mind-body connection, so I didn’t need to be told twice. I immediately improved the quality of the food I was eating, shifted to the kind of exercise my body truly enjoyed, tackled a couple of small but annoying things in my life, continued to feed my brain with motivational material, and allowed myself to just forget “those effing goals” for a while.

Just a few days into this routine I noticed that I could see better.ย  I’m like “why is the TV so much clearer all of a sudden?!”.ย  I also felt physically lighter. I can’t quite explain it but I was moving with more ease and fluidity and as though I had lost a ton of weight.ย  I was also in a more positive mindset.ย  My brain chatter was just … better…?ย  It’s like I gained some maturity, resilience, confidence & purposefulness all in one. So yes, improving your diet, exercising better and filling your brain with positive stuff makes all the difference in the world.

But the biggest take-away for me is really this: I created new goals and I made them genuinely relevant and scary-exciting.ย  I will be sharing more about them with you in upcoming posts but for now I would Lโค๏ธVE for you to head on over to fifiandriri.com and tell me what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks and, I’ll talk to you soon ๐Ÿ’‹

Diamond Painting

First Diamond Painting Finish + Next Project

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“Owlie” – (because I can’t think of anything more original right now ๐Ÿ˜‚) who holds the distinguished honor of being the flag-bearer for my new-found hobby [Diamond Painting] – is finished!

Here he is framed & displayed in our little grooming room:

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I covered the canvass with a sheet of plastic on the suggestion of the cleaning lady. She was worried that dust might settle between the beads & wiping them would cause the beads to come lose – smart observation!

(Oh and I’m really sorry about the poor quality of these photos. It’s been cloudy/rainy lately so I’m using indoor lighting only ๐Ÿ˜ญ).

And because I am just “high-strung” like that, here’s my next project:

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Drill pens up in 5! ๐Ÿคฉ

Diamond Painting

Bitten By A Sticky-Glittery Bug

Hello my friends! How have you been? I’m doing wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž

If you were wondering why I was silent it’s because I was bitten by the most wonderful bug ever – Diamond Painting!

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I was looking for something for my daughter to do during the school break and thought to give diamond painting a try. So theeeen ….

Oh. My. Lord.

I’m hooked ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

At first my daughter was tentative, so I got to working on the pattern (?) first. But now she won’t sleep until she’s done a patch or two ๐Ÿ˜† I myself am so enamored with it, so sure that it’s gonna be a passion, that I’m dedicating a page to it on this blog! ๐Ÿ˜†

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our (temporary) creative station ๐Ÿ˜

If you don’t know what Diamond Painting is, I liken it to cross-stitching but you use beads (resins) instead. The result is a really very pretty & glittery picture.

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We’re starting our crafty-colorful journey with this cutesy adorable owl which is, as of this post, about 75% done:

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… But I’ve got big plans to move on to more intricate pictures. As a matter of fact, it’s taking me a lot of willpower not to do like most DP enthusiasts do – go on a huge diamond painting spree ๐Ÿคฉ

If you happen to love this hobby too, I’d love to hear from you.ย  Do share your experience or some tips that’d be useful for a neophyte enthusiast like me. Likewise, if you blog about diamond painting, do leave a link in the comments section so I can read about your DP adventures too โค๏ธ

Staying Sane

May: Parties, Heels & Lace

partayThe marvelous month of May turned out to be much, much more than I anticipated ๐Ÿ‘

This coffee date earned me 3 invitations to all-wives-only get-togethers that did wonders to my soul. Of course, they were a bit challenging to work up to, not just because as a SAHM with a small baby I have difficulty finding time to even get a decent shower every day, but that I’m also an introvert whose default mode is a preference for solitary activities.

Nevertheless I noticed that these get-togethers energized me so much that I felt like treating myself to some heels ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿคฃ

Out of all the urgent things that my wardrobe needs RIGHT NOW, I focus on my feet (which is not the first time) ๐Ÿคฃ Well, for one they’re so easy to dress up, they don’t have flab to skillfully camouflage with cut or color!

I bought them for special occasions (or just for walking around the house when I’m feeling sassy ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†) since I’m always scrambling at the last minute for what to wear whenever a special occasion pops up. I guess the vague plan is to work from the bottom up as far as updating my wardrobe is concerned ๐Ÿ˜†

I also finished a huge lace doily. Is it still a doily if it’s that huge? I think it’s earned table cover status ๐Ÿค”

Channeling my inner home decorator ….

This house, although spacious and I love its location, is old and old fashioned. It’s got paint chipping off a few of its boring white walls, the furniture is ugly & uncomfortable (but they came with the house and they function ๐Ÿคจ), and it only has windows on one side so it can get hot and gloomy during daytime. I am grateful but resigned. ๐Ÿ˜

— digression:

We can’t do any remodeling because it’s a “staff house” that comes with my husband’s expat package, rented long-term by the company to house any given foreign employee for certain periods of time. We can only request for repairs and maintenance; re-painting walls would fall into that category but we have a baby so we’re not very keen about that at the moment.

— end of digression:

Anyhoot, I decided no harm could come from letting my colorful personality shine now that I’m no longer pregnant & sleepy! So …

We had an A/C unit installed in the living room to counter the heat, I then claimed one of the boring walls with some frames, & put a carpet on the floor.

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And now this is where the family loves to hang out, including the baby ๐Ÿ˜ It gets really cozy in the evenings when only the lampshade is on, there’s a good movie on TV, and a huge bowl of popcorn is being shared ๐Ÿ˜˜

The kitchen also needed some color so I was truly pleased that a simple yellow tablecloth could make such a huge difference!

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What else …?

Oh yes, I did read a book, just need to finish a few more pages, but it’s technically done so I can rake this up to a May finish as well:

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And the reason why I’m taking so long to finish this book – which is a lovely read by the way ๐Ÿ’˜) is because right after the pineapple table cloth, I went right in with my knitting needles for a racerback tee:

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This is the back portion of the tee. I’m working on the front portion now alternating work on another project, a lace crochet pullover. I don’t know, I guess I’m just on a creative roll right now ๐Ÿ˜

And that, my sexy friends, was May for me ๐Ÿ’–

How about you guys, what did you do in May?

Monthly Reviews & Blog Updates, Staying Sane

The Awesome Month of April & The Marvelous Month of May

April. Gurrrl how fast you go! But you gave me some awesome victories that I am definitely grateful for:

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย  I sorted out my feelings about blogging and this blog. As a result, not only does this blog now enjoy a fresh “coat of paint”, but more importantly, I’m staying true to sharing about me and my life as it unfolds.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย  I started on a path to beauty because I hit rock bottom on this matter. There was a time when I was younger when I didn’t care about my appearance, and I could get away with it. But now I need to swallow my pride and get help because, as a stay-at-home-mom and as I grow older, I’d rather be an inspiration than a warning ๐Ÿคญ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย  I discovered a new & interesting author, understand Indonesia better, and no longer feel guilty for a few not-so-nice observations I’ve had about this country and its people (in general) because the author has actually observed the same! As they are fond of saying here “begitulah” (that’s just the way it is)!

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๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ I had my first FO of the year ๐Ÿคฉ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ This month my husband went on his second overseas trip and I’m no longer panicky about it ๐Ÿ˜€ As a matter of fact, I kinda enjoy the change of atmosphere ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s not that I no longer worry about what to do & who to contact in the event something unforeseen happens. But I think it’s because I’ve been learning a bit more Indonesian lately and I’m exposed to more people as a result of my new hobby.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ And lastly, I think it could be the start of the rainy season. Yay! It’s been raining the past few days and right about time too because the heat was sweltering. (When is it ever not sweltering hot over here, eh? ๐Ÿ˜œ).

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And Now for Making May Marvelous

A lot of people have a monthly bucket list and I enjoy reading them. I do agree that it’s a wise & deliberate way to ensure time is well spent. I’m also an enthusiastic goal setter myself (ok, way too enthusiastic most times) although the implementation part is often a bit problematic ๐Ÿคญ

But anyways, in that spirit, here’s what’s on my May bucket list:

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ‘‰ Stay away from anything crochet (or knitting) ๐Ÿ˜

I just thought it’d be cool to give something I’m obsessed with a break and see what rushes in to fill the void. I’m considering the following in its place:

๐Ÿ’„ย  read a book, maybe 2

๐Ÿ’„ย  learn a new recipe, maybe 2

๐Ÿ’„ย  craft something out of paper, maybe 2

๐Ÿ’„ย  have coffee with a friend, maybe 2

๐Ÿ’„ย  celebrate Mother’s Day in a positive way

๐Ÿ’„ย  buy a doll

 

Now on to YOU:

What are some of your April highlights? Looking forward to something special in May? Do share! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Staying Sane

What Could You Buy That Could Help You Make the Most of Where You Live?

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Author Melody Warnick asks a very smart question that immediately resonated with me:

~ What could you buy (or borrow or rent) that would help you make the most of where you live? ~

For me the answer is the 2 outdoor chairs that you see in the above photo ๐Ÿ˜Š

I make no secret about the fact that I LOOOOVE to spend time under the wide open sky in the evenings. I used to just stand or walk in circles looking up at the wide, astoundingly beautiful night sky, say my prayers and feel grateful & content. Evenings are usually cool and breezy making the personal time even more pleasant.

A few weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to buy those chairs and, now my evening musings are even that much more delicious ๐Ÿ’– At times my husband joins me, at times my eldest, but mostly I’m alone.ย  And sometimes, in the late afternoons, I also do my crochet outside thanks to these inexpensive chairs.

How about you? What’s your answer to the question? ๐Ÿ™‚