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joy memories_2Every week I put together a small collection of ‘memories’ for this series, and it’s easy to lose sight of what it represents.

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joy memories

joy memories_2This is my second last week of holidays before I return back to my final semester of University. It’s been really lovely to soak up the remaining few days because it’s going to be a hard semester. Unexpectedly, the week ended on a strange note. I’ve been feeling quite dazed lately, with much on my mind about life.
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joy memories_2This week has been pretty chill with the planning side of things. I feel very grateful to have the time to rest in these holidays, because it might be the last time i get a ‘real holiday’ before I finish my degree (if i’m lucky to find a job at the end of the year). I’ve had a lot on my mind mentally, and sometimes find myself unexpectedly quite emotional. I try to feel whatever it is i need to feel in the moment, but I can’t help but apologise for just being human. It’s a silly defect.

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joy memories_2It’s been a long week, but an even more long day. This week it’s been mentally draining and I feel my head has been occupied with lots of thinking and feeling. I’ve been bothered about things in life that have not been solved immediately, which doesn’t help my anxiety levels. I’ve been trying to learn to ‘let things be’, instead of take immediate action (as my default response). But geez, this has been tough.

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joy memories_2I think this week has been a good balance of productiveness and chilling out, which is rare for me! I’ve finally gotten around to ticking some things off, finishing up with them, while also keeping up with tutoring and family time. I’m finally on holidays, which feels a little strange, but I just want to keep warm and rest as much as I can. Hopefully these holidays I can take care of myself a little more mentally and physically, without having to push myself to do so or feel resentful. It might even be nice to write up a little list of things I want to focus on.

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joy memories_2geez, this week has been freezing – there’s been lots of beanies, coffee and layers put on. luckily it hasn’t been pouring with rain every day, so i’m quite grateful for that. The sun has still been making an appearance here and there, which makes me smile a bit. I’ve been getting back into reading program related literature, and it’s been really comforting for me. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks because I can finally get back to seeking some support, which will hopefully help push me a long again.

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pretzel dogs

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shot by: Joyce Wong (ms_jwong)
I decided to update this recipe since i posted them 2 years ago. For some time now, I have been on the look out for a recipe that will give me a more fluffy and soft dough. The taste remains the same, but the texture was missing for me. Finally, I think I’ve hit a gold mine with these babies! ♥

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joy memories_2I do enjoy a long weekend. But to be honest, I completely forgot about it until one of my students from tutoring reminded me. Still, it feels pretty sweet even though the week will probably feel more hectic because it’s ‘shorter’. earlier in the week, I felt a jolt of motivation to be productive. There were a number of small things on my list which I was avoiding, but once I started to address them – it felt a little easier to do. there’s still a few more things which i’m still struggling to push through – but it takes baby steps. I need to remind myself that. It’s okay to reassess your expectations and… lower them.

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It’s been a very slow week; very different from last week’s pace. it’s funny how you go from one extreme to the other. After giving myself permission to ‘slow down’, now I feel myself isolating. It’s been hard to leave the house, just to do the simple things in life. It’s probably a combination of dreading the Winter cold, stress and struggling with the self love thing. Fingers crossed next week, i’ll feel a little more hopeful and excited about getting out there.

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