As you may or may not know, I moved houses two months ago with the fam. Our new place is smaller, but nicer for the same reason. It was nice to step inside the house and see only the essentials: appliances we really use, salvage-able books and wearable clothes we plan on keeping for years, enough mugs and plates for everyone. We didn’t bring in any ceramic stock, impractical holiday gifts, and whatnot, which have piled on over the years.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much space for the things I loved, either. Many of them were bits and pieces of former hobbies. I’m iffy about saying that these things are even ‘former’, because every project and interest I was preoccupied with as a child will always be a part of me. Others were academic booksβ€”many of which I still want to go over, but many of which couldn’t squeeze itself into my small new room. Finally, there were the letters from friends and personal diaries that I have collected since childhood. Documentation is crucial for a writer. But storage is a spatial luxury that I’m unfortunate not to have. (Admittedly, I did look around for my dusty diaries but couldn’t find them.)

In the back of my mind, I imagine that there will come a day when I would be looking for and needing these things again. But I also trust that I’ll always find a way to sort of put myself together without them to hold. I’m now on a mission to maximize my room and find a way to store documents and life tidbits that I will be creating and collecting moving forward.

In other news, I have begun to plot morning and evening routines, but am not always successful in executing them consistently. Some days, I’m on survival mode due to an early call time at the office and late arrival back home due to the horrendous metro traffic. That’s when I ditch my routines altogether, hah. Other days, I’m cramming and out of it. I’m still working on that. πŸ˜›

What has been characteristic of my August, though, is my heavy dependence on coffee and addiction to Game of Thrones. You know how people talk about a TV show ruining their lives? I’ve never been able to relate more than after I ventured into Westeros. AAAH. I have bought the set of A Song of Ice and Fire book series and am finishing up my current read before I start on the first book. I can feel my personal and professional responsibilities trembling in nervousness.

Here are some other things I’m really into this month:

  1. Avocado + Eggs. I used to eat healthy! *insert all the self-judgment and shaming emojis* Avocado and eggs aren’t a new combo to me, but lately I’ve been buying avocados and eggs weekly again and pretending that my diet is going well by having them for breakfast. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ NOT. But I love these guys on toast!
  2. This woven bag from @shopstylecat. What a standout, fun design!
  3. Visor hats. I used to wonder what the point of wearing this hat was because it technically did not protect your hair from heat or sun damage. But now I’m re-considering, and I’m in it for the cool vibe. HA. Fashion is fashion, no shame! Currently, I’m on the hunt for a straw visor hat and leather visor hat, preferably in a two-toned design.
  4. Headspace. I started using it this August and have been enjoying it since! I haven’t subscribed yet, though. I’m still finishing up all the free sessions.
  5. Weighted Workouts. When I have to workout in a pinch, workouts with dumbbells are my go-to. (I practice pilates, if anyone needs that for context.) I especially love moves that hit more than one muscle group.
  6. Third Wave Coffee Shops. I know, not novel. But it wasn’t until I was a working adult when I finally got enough money to indulge in coffee that isn’t an Essenso 3-in-1 or homemade brew. I’m currently crossing off cafes on my Third Wave Cafe list. The coffee above was shot at Toby’s Estate! Love their coffee as usual. It was my first time to try their food, however. Couldn’t stop wolfing down the grilled cheese plate, and that’s saying something because I rarely pig out. πŸ˜‚
  7. White Noise. I recently discovered the beauty and benefits of white noise like rain and cafe chatter for productivity. (I used to put on a rainy background combined with Norah Jones for mood purposes, but I did not necessarily work with the music playing then.) I tend to mentally sing-along when I listen to regular songs, but I find that white noise is more effective in blocking out distracting thoughts. I use either Noisli or Rainy Mood for that. I’m interested in hearing about other productivity hacks anyone uses, so please do share if you have any! I’d love, love to know about them. πŸ’“
Posted by:Abby Caranto

Editor and writer based in Manila. Introvert by nature, extrovert by liquor.

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