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at the wonders of nature, and the miracle of life! My young parrotlets have been up to no good, and produced six eggs (well seven, but one cracked 🙁 ). It’s been wondrous to discover a new hatchling in the nest box every two days, and I was lucky to watch one live birth as well! The parents have been pretty chill for newbies, although we found the firstborn lifeless at one week old. I think it would have been blue like its father, judging from the minuscule feathers that were starting to grow. I also believe that the fourth chick should be an albino; we’ll see how they go in a few short weeks! 🙂
Just wanted to check on the little one and totally wasn’t expecting this til Friday, but…#life! 🐣 Happy birthday, my dear blind blob…can’t wait to see what colour you’ll be! 😘 https://t.co/XzrxC9TzJQ #babybird #egghatching #spoonie #parrotlet #chroniclife pic.twitter.com/agPtSelcVI
— A Chronic Voice (@AChVoice) March 21, 2018
because it’s my birthday month! So I’m using it as an excuse to spoil myself :p I know that many of us spoonies out there are sensitive to scents, and I’ll be more than happy to lay off the perfumes if we ever met! As for myself, I love perfumes and sampling scents, they make me happy. It’s a pretty expensive hobby, which I’ve had to curb since I stopped working full-time 😉
I have a collection of perfumes at home, and enjoy selecting one based on my mood for the day. The art and science of perfumery is fascinating, and I highly recommend these two books if you’re curious to learn more:
My current favourites are Rose Barbare by Guerlain, and Velvet Rose & Oud by Jo Malone, but my bottles are running dry after all these years! I’ve had my eye on a new one for a couple months – Oud du Jour by Amouroud – which should make a nice birthday present 😉
I just wrote three (now four) paragraphs on perfumes, so you can probably tell that it’s something I take pleasure in 😉 Out of curiosity, what sort of perfumes do you like, if any?
my ‘wake up earlier’ goal from last month’s prompts! I’ve managed to sustain this so far, and couldn’t have felt happier! It makes the days feel less like a pressure cooker, and more like a slow simmer of goodness. I’ve had plenty of aches and downtime come late afternoon, but so far I much prefer this lifestyle. I love to write in the wee hours of the morning, when the sky is dark, the air is fresh, and my thoughts are clear. I finish up as I watch the sky transition to a pale, sun-tinged hue, which instills in me a sense of peace and contentment. I hope to be able to continue with this habit in April and beyond.
my health and time is something I’m not very good at! Think it’ll be a lifelong lesson for me 😉 Before I fell ill, I liked to cram all of my school or job assignments into four days, after which I’d reward myself with a ‘long break’. Basically work hard then relax hard, if that even makes sense! This isn’t wise when you live with chronic illness and in truth, is unhealthy for the average person, too.
March was a pretty busy month by my standards, where I attended a wedding, and paid my respects to my ancestors (an annual Chinese tradition). While my parrotlets nurtured new lives into being, one of my budgies was sick. March was also filled with the usual doctor appointments, fun outings, and work – which I hope will increase as time goes by! As such my fatigue levels are building up, and I also just found out that I’m back to being anaemic, so I definitely need to rest up.
I’m also obsessed with blogging, or working on related tasks such as content curation for Twitter. I enjoy doing all these things, so it never feels like work and I dabble with them all day, every day, which isn’t healthy either. The irony of blogging about health to an unhealthy level 😉 ‘Balance’ is a life mission which I’ll need to practice more often. Do you have a tip or hack for maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle?
more effort into blogging as a business. While I already spend a significant portion of my day doing blog-gy things, I think it’s time to take it a step further after two years. It would be thrilling if I could earn a sustainable income through writing and blogging somehow.
I have some product ideas underway for an online shop. It’s been strangely difficult so far; I’ve approached three different artists to commission some work, but haven’t had any good or conclusive experiences. Not to worry, I promise to get them out at some point 😉
I will also launch a new website soon; “Sick Lessons” will be a platform for us to read and share life lessons from living with illness. I want to use this as a means to reach out to both the healthy and sick alike. Wisdom and emotions transcend individual experiences, to connect us as human beings no matter where we may be. You are welcome to contribute a life lesson here. If selected, I might include it in the launch!
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