Monday, June 26, 2017

Quality Me Time

This quality me time was perfect. I relaxed, slept a lot, met with people I hadn't seen for some time, enjoyed wonderful food and got a sun tan! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Itchy Feet

Getting itchy feet. My last trip has been more than 2 months ago (Central America) and now, I've decided, it's time to be on the road again.
Well, not going far away, to be honest. To Italy. By train. Nevertheless, can't wait to spend some quality me time on the beach. Reading. Working on my sun tan. Let my mind wander whereever it feels like wandering off.
I'll leave on Thursday :-) And I am NOT taking my flute with me (hahahaha).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Learning to Play the Flute

I am learning to play the flute, hence I am learning something that is totally new to me. Totally new. If I had chosen to take Spanish lessons, my life would have been so much easier because I could have picked from existing knowledge and go from there. Playing the flute though? No existing knowledge to help me out.
What's so new about playing the flute, you wonder?

-I (re)learn how to breath. Yoga classes are big on breathing but the flute playing breathing is different because I have to actually produce a regular sound - no cheating! hahaha

-My fingers learn new movements. Covering the holes of the flute? Sounds easy, right? Think again. The first couple of times I had cramps but now I am doing pretty good (I am still at C, D, E, G, F, ergo I have yet to play with both hands!)

-I learn how to read music. (In my opinion, no logic there! None whatsoever. But who am I to judge?)

-I learn how to follow the 4/4 or the 3/4 rythm. Hearing the difference in the first place? Oh my...

-And please, don't get me started on about where to put my tongue inside of my cheeks. The total nightmare hahaha

Imagine this almost 50 year old brain of mine putting all this together? Hilarious!
Nevertheless, I am not really complaining. On the contrary. Playing music makes me feel good. Really good. I practice daily (my landlady is a very patient lady!) and I already play some easy short songs. It's so cool. So cool.
Not every practice is easy-peasy, obviously. I have hit a wall many times so far. When that happens, I feel frustrated, complain out loud ... and put the flute away. I've learned that some days my flute and I are no good together. I start again the next day and usually it is a better day!
(The hardest challenge might be to learn to be patient ... my life's recurring topic, I'm afraid SMILE)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rupi Kaur's Poetry

These days I usually read my books on my e-reader. From time to time though I make an exception. When I really want to "own" a book, put it in my library. When I want to look at it, feel it, leave it somewhere in my room and read a few lines whenever I feel like reading.
The poetry book written by Rupi Kaur is one of these books. Milk and honey is the title.
I am not usually a huge fan of poetry but her words? oh my. Her words. Crazy good.
There are four chapters; the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. Not that any of these topics are important for me at the moment (well, I wouldn't mind the loving part :-)) and this just makes this little book even more awesome.
I like her words not because of what she is talking about but because I like her words. Simply because of the way she put them together. The rhythm. The sound. Amazing.
And I just love the words she put on the left of the content table:

my heart woke me crying last night
how can i help i begged
my heart said
write the book.

I am just so glad that she listened to her heart!