Ohhh, hanami! One of my, if not most, favourite things about spring. A sign of new life, new times…and a lot more sunlight. I have written about hanami and sakura before, so I will not go through the process of explaining its significance again. But I do want to mark a little moment in time through these pictures of my own little hanami last Friday. And you know, remind you of it being Stress Awareness Month.

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“Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert, yes the woman from that horrible, cheesy ‘Eat, Pray, Love’-fest that took 3 hours from my life…twice, voluntarily (it almost seems like I LIKED this story, doesn’t it?). Don’t get me wrong, I can be an intensely cynical person and I’d love to hate on books like ‘Big Magic’ just like I did with ‘Eat Pray Love’ — but I just can’t. I’m a sucker for passionate, creative and somewhat-romantic ideologies. Even if it took me over a year to finish this damned book. Wonders never cease, huh?

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Hello friends! We’re back with a silly excuse of a monthly recap! I’m writing this from the comfort of my bed, with a lazy black cat on my side. March was, well… I’m not sure how to put this. But somehow March was a month where life was starting over again. Like, in the Noah and the Whale song from that album I love to listen during the first days of spring — so aptly titled: ‘The First Days of Spring’. March was a month of reflection, of tying loose ends and of making room for new beginnings. March was beautiful, tiresome and hopeful. Even though I still often-times feel sad, empty and annoyed with myself — I know that things are looking up. And I start daring to hope again.

One of the most beautiful things I learned this month was the power of friendship. Real, pure, painful and honest friendship. I am still an introverted, shy and sometimes self-conscious person. But knowing that, through it all, I don’t only have family to fall back on — I also really have solid gold friends. And fuck, life is hard! But they make it so worth my while.

I am still trying to keep my blog as light-hearted as possible. But I cannot lie, this has kept my thoughts occupied in March. And coming up are some of the fun things that have kept me busy this last month.

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