What makes you happy

Today I heard “if you don’t know what makes you happy, how can someone else know how to make you happy?”

Sometimes it’s not that you don’t know what makes you happy, you just don’t recognise it when you experience it maybe it’s like you know what makes you happy, you just don’t pay any attention, you don’t work on it, it’s just there and you know it exists.

I know that a nice walk holding hands for example makes me happy, I just don’t act on it, don’t propose it as something to do, I expect the other person to find that out and ask me, I don’t do it myself , I don’t say let’s go for a walk, stuff like that, I just don’t do it.

At the end of the day I do know what makes me happy, holding hands, puppies, any puppy, young or old really, all dogs in general, movie marathons fuelled with sweets, a sunny day, in fact a cold sunny day, the sea, the sea makes me the happiest, going to the beach makes me happy, I love it, fitting in those jeans, although it doesn’t go hand in hand with the sweets of the movie marathon but still.

I just forget to recognise it, act on it, to share it with the world around me, if I don’t do the things that make me happy and share them with those around me how are others to know?

When it comes to happiness we crave it but don’t pay much attention to it, I just expect it to come to me, and sometimes it does, you can have a happy out of the blue moment and you can give some much meaning to that moment when we had all these potential moments around us that we didn’t even looked at them twice, and can you imagine how many happier moments could we have if we did something about it?

Lots of love

Pearl

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Desorganised bees don’t make honey

Hi,

For the last 6 months I’ve been struggling to get my bearings together. Image result for honey bee

Between the new job and home life I ended up not doing the things I enjoy, my gym and hobbies got left behind, blog included.

Don’t know about you but when I start paying more attention to my job and prioritising home chores instead of leaving my job at the office and letting a few things go unattended I start feeling anxious, bored and sad. Unfortunately, I’ve gone this path before but thankfully Mr. Parker is a great help as he tends to alert me.

I’ve booked some holiday to get both organised and rested. Hope it works.

Until next time

Lots of love

Pearl X

Superdrug and Aldi cruelty free products

Hi,

I’ve written before about cruelty free products and how unnecessary animal testing is, been trying my best to find good, affordable personal hygiene and household products that are cruelty free.

Most of the personal hygiene, including makeup, you can find at Superdrug but recently I’ve found that some household products at Aldi are also cruelty free (pic. below) and much more affordable than other brands like Method and such while still being effective.

I’ve replaced all of my personal hygiene and makeup for cruelty free products and a few household products too and I’ll make a few posts about it when possible as I’m still testing/using them.

Until next time

Lots of love

Pearl x

How love dies

“It deceives itself he who thinks that love dies overnight. Love dies little by little. It dies with disaffection, in forgetfulness, in lack of dialogue, in lack of tenderness. It dies in the lack of interest in the other person, in the lack of care, of the “good morning”, “have you had a nice sleep?”, “I just called to say I love you”.

Yes, you deceive yourself if you think that love sustains itself od grand displays and forgetting the small. Love survives of small gestures, day-to-day, kindness, confessions in your ear, displays of affection in the middle of the day.

Yes, the grandeur of love is in the little and gratuitous attitudes. Love needs to keep moving to stay alive.”

Author: Unknown

Translated freely from portuguese

No banana

Hi,

Bought these the other day and no banana in the ingredients

Obsession, we’ve all gone bonkers

For a while now that the word obsession and it’s other forms are being used on a daily basis to describe how much something is enjoyed.The definition by Collins Dictionary is:

1.

psychiatry

a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mentalillness

2.

a persistent preoccupation, idea, or feeling

3.

the act of obsessing or the state of being obsessed

If before, the idea of being obsessed with something didn’t sit right with me, after looking up in the dictionary it sat even worse.

I get it, people want to get their message across but using words like obsession, love, adore, etc seems a bit too much, don’t get me wrong I’m guilty of the occasional “I love…” but on a regular basis sounds lazy, at least that’s my opinion. If instead of obsessed people gave a more info on why they like something so much, they would engage my attention, curiosity, and sound like they actually have an opinion.

Share the love

Don’t let preoccupation steel your day

Don’t obsess over stuff

Have a great day

Lots of love

Pearl

Easy guide to the easy guides (beware of language and length)

The good thing about being in a tough situation in life is that thanks to internet and global communication we can access everything without leaving the comfort of the sofa.

As I was trying to find helpful tips on some issues that I’m going through at the moment I encountered a lot of bullshit online. Created to mislead and take advantage of people in the easiest way possible: the easy guides.

I’m going to explain as much as possible on this, so bear with, it will be long.

Here’s a few examples to start with:

5 tips to get the guy

10 easy ways to improve your life and be happier

50 easy home business ideas to start from home

3 simple steps to achieve …

And so on.

First I’ll start with the numbers. Marketing is all about the easy way to get to your brain in the shortest amount of time that the average amount of people spend on advertisement. 30 seconds max on tv/radio/video etc., 10 seconds max on printed format. Hence the number and the words easy/simple and sometimes tips/secrets etc. Also they prey on how lazy humans can be and how desperate they are.

Numbers and wordplay:

1 – Magical number, with just 1 touch, step, look, word, something should change in your life. Now that’s bullshit, even Harry Potter took 7 books, the only things you can achieve by 1 step only is to put on your shoes and only if they don’t have laces.

2 – A pair, plays with the fact that most things come in pairs, shoes, hands, salt and pepper mills, earrings, male and female, even transcendent ideas comes in pairs, good and evil, light and darkness, and I could carry on.

3 – The divine trilogy, as easy as 1, 2, 3, we count on 3 to jump, it remotes back to a sense a divine protection and good luck that everything is going to be alright with just 3 actions, set up your email account in 3 easy steps, no one wants to take much more than that to set up or do some boring task and we secretly expect divine intervention that we don’t come of it with a broken leg or worse.

4 – It’s a tricky number to play with but because is less than 5 (full hand) it preys on our laziness, it’s not used as much as others as it also resonates with some very unlucky superstitions.

5 – A handful, when you count with your fingers it becomes unpractical to use a second hand and not many of us will use our toes, it helps keeping focus of steps and tasks at hand, bend one finger for each step achieved and gives you a sense of completion and success.

6 – Half a dozen, not a very used number because 12 is cheaper, so a bit of playful wording is involved, you won’t see half a dozen tips for anything but you will see 6 easy and quick steps instead, again it’s also a superstitious number, you know, the whole devil thing.

7 – Godlike number, 7 advices from the rich for success, God makes the earth in 7 days so you should feel like one too by mastering the 7 tips, steps, secrets, the word play is phenomenal, it creeps on your desire for admiration and acceptance, and it’s considered lucky in some cultures and unlucky in others so its use depends on the target audience.

8 – Luck and the infinite, although some cultures consider this number to be very bad because of its dizzy ways it is also a symbol of all that shouldn’t end, like love, time, universe, and even knowing that none of the above are infinite we still believe in it, thus 8 secrets to a perfect relationship, 8 easy steps for a more meaningful existence.

9 – It’s just like 4

10 – The lazy bastard, most people when facing titles like 10 secrets to master the art of seduction, think to themselves, if I master 5 I’ll be ok, 10 and 12 are perfect numbers for you to feel better on skipping the harder ones or just do the ones you are more familiar with.

From 10 onwards it’s just a matter of using round numbers like 25, 50, 100 or familiar numbers like 33, 69 and 101 you had some wordplay and your appealing title is done.

The actual content of these guides:

Taking aside the things that a phycologist, an economist and a doctor can tell you, 5 ways to improve your general health, the content of these guides tend to be pretty much common sense, smaller versions of extensive research made by others (leading to a lot of important information being left out) and stereotypes that will most likely end badly. For example, it’s common sense that we should drink plenty of water to improve our health, that some home businesses although bringing you some extra money won’t be enough for you to pay your bills, otherwise we would all have businesses from our kitchen table in our pj’s that only really take off after significant time and money being put in to them, and our love life would be just a few text messages away of being better than a Jane Austen novel.

The final catch:

These guides and tips are usually presented by someone that says that they have helped millions or are posted in some website, magazine or other platform in order to help you.

Let’s be honest, when you truly want to help someone you don’t charge them for it do you? Nor do you expect any type of compensation for it. But there’s always the book to be bought, the seminar to be attended, the sponsor that it’s just on the side with the helping product for you to purchase on your way to whatever you are trying to achieve.

When I was in Uni. I used to buy a certain worldwide publication and I kept it for a year as sometimes I could use the advertisement campaigns for projects, we had a really big project and I needed all that I could get my hands on so I went through my magazines, page by page to find campaigns that suited the project, at some point some of the titles started to sound extremely familiar, specially guides, tips and such, they sounded familiar because they had been recycled from one year’s issue to another year’s issue, needless to say that I was short on ads and long on repeat magazines, a lot of recycling was done and I didn’t bought it again. These articles were being used to fill pages when there wasn’t enough material for that issue to be sent to the printer as the magazines need a certain amount of advertisement to keep the printers rolling. Same happens with websites, ad space costs thousands.

And now to end this long post, I give you the guide to all guides:

  1. Use your common sense, I you don’t have it call your mom
  2. There’s always someone trying to make money on other people’s needs
  3. Nothing gets fixed in easy steps
  4. You don’t get rich just because you work out in the morning, you need business savy
  5. Secrets are secrets and smart people keep them for themselves
  6. Consult an actual expert before making a stupid decision
  7. Do your own research

7 steps, you’re an official God/Goddess, wasn’t that easy?

Lots of love

Pearl xx

Long and not so hard

Next post Is going to be long but hopefully informative and funny.

Hope you enjoy it, up on Friday at 5 pm GMT

Lots of love

Pearl

Thoughts on waste.

Human beings are the most wasteful of all animals.

You give a cat a fish and it will eat it on the spot, you give a dog a ball and it will play with it until it falls apart, you care for them and they care for you and brighten your day, no matter who you are or what you have, animals enjoy what they have when they have it, but not humans.

Humans will leave the fish in the fridge and when they remember about it it has gone off, we will leave the ball somewhere until we can’t find, we are amazing at creating waste, we waste food, clothes, water, any commodity that we put our hands on, but we also manage to waste the good things that life gives us that animals don’t seem to grasp as we do, like friendship, love, time, family, intellect, peace…

We act like we don’t feel like it or that it’s all overrated, until it dawns on us that we need it, in some situations we don’t have it anymore because we turned all that to waste, most of us don’t take care or enjoy the good things in life when it’s right there in front of us.

I don’t want waste in my life and I don’t want to create waste out of others, it’s not fair to them or me.

You see, at the end of the day I realised that my dog really loved that ball.

I hope this made sense to whoever reads it, I should be sleeping by now but this was going around in my head.

Good night

Love

Pearl x