List of Three Vol. XXII

Hi, friends. I don’t remember much about the week that just passed, I feel like it just went by. Aside from the usual work and school, nothing much really happened. Here’s this week’s List of Three. πŸ™‚

HYGGE.

candle warmer from thehyggelyfe | website | instagram

I’ve been wanting to buy a candle warmer for the longest time, but as usual, I kept talking myself out of it. Those few instances I was ready to buy one, the only shop I wanted to buy them from always ran out of stock. So I waited, and waited, and waited some more, until finally, they posted an announcement on their Instagram story saying the candle warmers were back!

“Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.” (definition from hyggehouse)

I could’ve ordered from any other shop but it had to be from thehyggelyfe. When I first learned about the concept of hygge from an influencer from Copenhagen, I just fell in love with it, and fell even deeper in love when I visited the country where hygge originates from. It’s actually because of hygge that pushed me to entertain that one little dream I pray to turn into a reality someday, hopefully after I finish graduate school.

OVERDUE BUT WORTH IT.

I was very reluctant to share this one, honestly, because I didn’t want anybody to judge me. LOL okay so. I’ve been talking about my graduate school journey in this blog through these lists. I’ve just started practicum / internship this term, and I’m 100% worried about so many things going wrong. In an attempt to combat that, I’ll be looking at everything with a child-like perspective — curiosity, faith, wonder, and trust. Anyhow, just this week, I finally submitted my Foundations Portfolio that was assigned exactly a year ago, which I only started working on in February, with the deadline pushed back to June 2021. I know, deadline extended to a year, two months to finish this portfolio, and the audacity to enrol in Practicum without finishing Foundations in my first term!

I realised that even if I had a day, a week, a month, or a year to get it done, I wouldn’t have been able to give it my best if I had forced myself to work on this portfolio. I’m not saying beating deadlines shouldn’t be respected, in fact, I have a pretty neutral relationship with deadlines — okay fine, I kinda like deadlines. Haha all I’m trying to say is that if I had forced myself to finish this one last requirement for that class in May 2020, I wouldn’t have come up with the same output. At the time, I was dealing with my fair share of quarantine blues and there were days, so many days, throughout early quarantine that I did my best to get work done, but it really felt like I was mentally and emotionally incapable. I think I touched on this in one of my posts for the 30 Day Writing Challenge. I knew I had to focus on my well-being first before pushing myself to do other tasks, otherwise, things, including my academics may have gone haywire. And I know I would never have forgiven myself if I had gotten a grade lower than what I was aiming for.

LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND.

I’ve been talking to a friend recently and in almost every conversation, he would always put a little reminder — “love is patient” from a verse in the book of Corinthians. I’ve seen this verse numerous times before (A Walk to Remember…if you know, you know) but that’s just it, I never fully applied it, you know? Love being patient and kind is easy to apply when everything is smooth sailing. But loving patiently and kindly when things are at their worst? Definitely not the easiest thing to do.

By Maddie

Hi! I don't know what to say -- I'm not a big fan of introductions and the whole "tell people a little about yourself" thing sort of keeps me on edge so.

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