February has been quite a relaxing and calm month that involved a lot of thinking. Now that my last semester of one of my degrees is officially over, I need to figure out what I want to do with my life. What career path do I want to take? Which Master’s degree do I wish to take and where? What kind of job do I want to land? So many decisions and I am not very good at it. So ironically I chose to retire from the world and make it stop for a little while and what better place is there for a little pause from reality than your family’s home? The calmness of my current life also reflects my February treasures.
My first favourite of the month I have already mentioned before but I cannot help but mention it again: I’m talking about a book by the very famous Lena Dunham ‘Not that kind of girl’ and it is an absolute must-read for every girl in her twenties. Not that kind of girl is witty, lifelike and thought provoking. I don’t think there’s a better way that helps me understand that it’s okay if I don’t have a plan for everything yet and that sometimes it’s alright if things don’t work out the first time. Being surrounded by American Dream series where pretty little Barbies live their perfect innocent lives sometimes makes us forget who we really are. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my daily dose of ‘The O.C.’ with Rachel Bilson and am still a huge fan of ‘Hart of Dixie’ today but what I’m saying is that those series all have an impact on the way we think about ourselves and about the rest of the world. We get drawn into this perfect little bubble and seem to forget that these stories were made up. It’s nice to have a get-away every now and then and get carried away with dreaming but it’s important to wake up again and be realistic.
That’s what brings me to a second favourite of mine: my ballet shoes. A couple of years ago, I couldn’t imagine my life without dancing (and dancing at clubs doesn’t count) and now it’s been about 5 years that I haven’t set a foot to a dance studio and yes, for a girl who’s had dancing lessons for 10 years that’s an incredibly long time! So I’ve decided to go back to what once used to be so precious to me and signed up for dancing lessons (yep, it’s taken me 5 years to make that decision).
What I like about coming home is the little things I keep rediscovering in my house. It’s nice to find new things that I’ve had for a long time and they still make me put on a smile. I recently found a heart-shaped necklace with an engraved butterfly that I got from my auntie&uncle as a thank you gift for being a flower girl at their wedding. It’s quite a deep memory to me and this little necklace might seem so meaningless to some people but to me it’s a symbol of love that two people gave me at their wedding. I mean to a little eight-year old girl I was back then it was quite a big gesture and it still means a lot to me today and it does a great job as an accessory for my outfits.
Another February treasure of mine is my new old love for lipstick. Perhaps it’s the Valentine’s Day spirit that is still occupying my mind right now but Essence has quite some nice new shades of red and nude at the moment (sorry no grey there) that I cannot get my hands off. I started wearing lipstick when I was still quite young and I probably shouldn’t have, as I looked rather ridiculous. Today I am a little bit more careful with what lipstick I wear and how I wear it but I believe it’s a personal experience that every girl needs to go through on her own to figure out what fits best.
My rosebud lip balm that I got at UrbanOutfitters in London, my Chloé love story and an arm ring that my host family got me from New Zealand are some other favourites of mine that have sweetened my stay in Upper Austria.
Now I’m curious…what are your personal February treasures? Please leave a comment and tell us about your favourites of the month.
P.S.: And how could I forget to mention my favourite tulips and coffee?