niedziela, 27 grudnia 2015

A very Merry Christmas!

 Good evening, my friends! I decided that it's the right moment to finally shop up here and wish you all Merry Christmas. I hope you're having a magical and peaceful time with your loved ones - full of joy, happiness and hope for all the best. May all your little (and not only) dreams created at your heart during this time come true. I hope it'll bring your many beautiful memories so whenever there'll be a tough time you can return to them and find a needed strength. I hope it'll fill you up with joy so you can go through life with a big smile on face and break all obstacles that are put in the way. I'm sending you the warmest Christmas hugs all the way from Poland, eating a gingerbread man and admiring all the lights in darkness.
 This year I'm really enjoying Christmas time. I'm spending it with my family and with my friends whom I drink tea and talk about books for hours. We play board games and laugh hard. I'm eating more and more with every hour but I don't care. I'll be wondering what to do about it later, hehe. In the silence of festive evenings I read a book or watch a movie with my sister. Right now there is the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie in the background but I decided to steal... a moment, instead of Christmas and write a bit to you here. :-) The corn is happily popping in a microwave and I'm wearing some festive, fluffy socks. Seriously - who was so genial to create such a magical time of the year?!

I received a lot of Christmas mail this year, and I'm so grateful for every piece of it that jumped into my mailbox. Even though I tried so hard, I didn't manage to be on time with every mail I planned to send. Some got lost because of the Postal Craziness caused by Christmas. That's life. I'll try to finally send out every piece of mail I have on my desk ready to travel and I hope it'll put at least half of the smile I had on my face while reading all the cards and letters, and admiring my gifts. Thank you all for everything! You made me the happiest person on Earth. Now, let me leave you with a bunch of pictures. See you soon!












piątek, 28 sierpnia 2015

Powerful September.

For every dark night, there is a brighter day.

Hi there my dear readers!

How has your summertime been so far? I'm asking this question rather late, I know, but I'm very curious to read about your summer adventures, even though this season is slowly coming to an end. Any penpalling related adventures? Any dreams that came true for you? When it comes to me, the abcolute highlight of this year's holidays was meeting my dear friend - Sara. We have been writing letters to each other since May 2013 so you can imagine what a magical moment it was to meet after those 2 years of getting to know each other through letters. We met on the 3rd August and I think this date will sing in my heart till the end of my life. We had a fantastic time full of delicious ice cream, endless chats, stationery shopping, enjoying ice fruit smoothies and coffee, writing postcards to our friends and taking selfies - it was our main goal ;-) Even though I tried to imagine our first meeting it all was beyond my wildest dreams. And I wish I could spend such a wonderful time with every of my dear penfriends. 

 Sara, edii and their dreamt selfies ;-)

Summertime was also a very productive time penpalling-wise for me. I received so many beautiful letters and postcards... And managed to write a handful of them for my dear friends. I discovered what a big joy it is to write a letter in the morning, without all kind of distractions and this is how my writing process looks like right now. :-) There is only my friend's letter, a big mug of something to drink while writing and some paper and pen, of course. It's very calm and peaceful moment and it always works refreshingly for me. 

All letters from Sara.

Anyway - the main reason why I'm writing this blogpost is motivating myself to stick to my "Powerful September" project. I created it today while eating strawberry ice cream and watching one episode of "The Perfect Housewife" online. I consists of 5 categories: LETTERS, ITALIAN, OTHER, BOOKS and SPORT. I created a list of things I would like to do during those 30 days but I plan to start from now on. From the moment I will upload this blogpost for you and turn my laptop off on. At the end of September I will post a small summing-up for you and will confide my successes and failures to you. What do you think about it? Besides for September I plan another ediimail blogpost and maybe one about books I managed to read during summer time because I came back to reading on regular basis and I'm very happy about that. 
 So let me write down all my lists:

Letters:


Right now I'm writing my letter to Nina. During the whole month I plan to write more letters to my friends from Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Serbia and Poland. So right now my list looks like this:

1. German friend.
2. German friend.
3. Lithuanian friend.
4. Swedish friend.
5. Serbian friend.
6. German friend.

And there will still be 4 more letters to answer but they came not so long ago. 
When it comes to writing to my Polish friends - it doesn't take me long time so I plan to reply to them in so called "meantime" because I enjoy more regular correspondence with them. Writing in Polish is faster. Besides some of them are my real life friends, we often meet and keep in touch by other means. 



Books: 

This is the list of books I plan to read in September. Currently I'm reading "The Book Thief" and I plan to finish it till the beginning of September. But we will see. 


1. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
2. The shadow of the wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3.  Papered towns - John Green
4. The fault in our stars - John Green
5. Grand - Janusz Leon Wiśniewski
6. The last letter from your lover - Jojo Moyes
7. The women who heard color - Kelly Jones.

Italian:

I need to refresh this language and learn as many new words and expressions as possible. I already picked some Disney movies I plan to watch in Italian, added Rai Radio to my favourites and dusted my Grammar Workbooks - " I verbi italiani - grammatica esercizi e giochi" by S. Bailini and S. Consonno; "Guida All'uso Delle Preposizioni" by A. Chiuchiu and E. Coletti and  a bunch of other workbooks. Besides I also plan to use my Italian magazines to learn new vocabulary - Italia mi piace! :-) 

Sport:

1. A week with my bike. I mean riding a bike everyday during early mornings or evenings. 
2. A week with jogging. I have never tried that so it's going to be an interesting experience. 
3. A week without sweets - I know what you might think right now but it IS a sport, trust me :-) 

Other:

1. Cleaning my wardrobe and checking my clothes. 
2. Putting my University notes in order. 
3. Creating a presentantion about Oriana Fallaci, so I don't have to think about it during the academic year. It simply has to be done sooner or later.
 

  

niedziela, 2 sierpnia 2015

Penpalling (aka life) crisis.


It has been a while since I posted my last entry here. I'm not sure whether you notcied it or not, but this "it has been a while" thing is one of my favourite ways to begin my blog posts with. I'm such an original person, I know... Anyway, I didn't come here to tell you about my uniqueness but penpalling crisis, that caught me in the middle of nowhere and doesn't want to set me free. 
I feel I'm slowly reaching this point of treating penpalling as a chore. After being completely caught up, I landed with a pile of 10 letters which are so wonderful, I wish I could reply to all of them at once, but it's impossible. At the same time I'm blocked. I feel the inner pressure, I'm dealing with a real ocean of insecurities, fear of disappointing my penfriends who mean the world to me... 
I'm active on social media. Especially on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Every single day I'm skimming over all of these beautiful, inspiring pictures of letters received and sent. Everybody is dealing with mailpile and I'm here, doing nothing, just watching how the pile of letters is getting bigger. I know penpalling isn't a job, a chore and so on, and I shouldn't be looking at it like that. I know penpalling is about friendship, the special and unique connection between two kindred spirits, that it's a way of life and a real friendship can't feel like a chore, that each letter arrives ON TIME no matter how long one takes to reply but still... something doesn't seem to fit its place anymore. 



I've already got kind of an experience so I know that when penpalling isn't a joy for me, I should take it easy and focus on other aspects of my life - reading, travelling... and this is what I have been doing lately. I discovered books by Colleen Hoover and I've started reading my third book of hers. I'm wondering how I would like reading her books in English. Anyway I have to admit that the Polish translation is quite interesting. I organized a bunch of little trips to Cracow, to mountains and around the area I live in. I feel inspired and blocked at the same time. 
 I still remember that special trip to Wrocław and Opole. I was all on my own, without money, with a couple of sandwiches I managed to prepare at home, without a plan. I slept over at a girl-I-met-on-camp's place, I didn't know her well but she offered me a comfortable place and food - for nothing, for a simple "thank you". Then I could enjoy my first time in Opole. I was discovering the city I had never been to before. Everything was fresh and new, every street, every green spot, every building. I admired what I could see, I found a nice bench at the river that crosses the city. I read a beautiful book by Nicholas Sparks while sunshines cuddled my face. I was free of social media, money... Thas special day will always be in my heart. It was such a precious moment...

Now my heart is full of stimuli - I have to find a place to live in Cracow, I have to prepare for another year at Uni, I have to deal with a distance relationship, I have to be a good penfriend (stop - I WANT TO BE A GOOD PENFRIEND), I'm afraid of being left by my friends, I'm afraid my relationship might end while he is far away, I'm afraid of failing at Uni again, I'm afraid of more depression phases, I'm afraid of world war, of the end of the world, of terrorists. I'm tired of my constant fights with mum, I'm tired of lies, I'm tired of insecurities, of dealing with bureaucracy on my own, of having no money...

I'm not sure what's the point of writing it all here but I'm too lazy to delete it right now. Instead I will just click the orange button and let you all see what has been in my heart these days. 


piątek, 17 lipca 2015

The 100 facts about me swap.

A sunny hello to you, my dear readers from a small mountain village I got lucky to live in!   

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer time - full of sun, water, cold drinks and delicious seasonal fruits. Even though summer has a lot of beautiful aspects I wouldn't pick it over autumn. This is autumn that makes me most inspired, motivated and creative. I'm a bit tired of the heat wave we have been having lately, to be honest. Today I woke up to the lovely sound of summer rain and thunderstorm at 7 am but after a while it was hot and humid again. So I simply stayed at home, where temperature is more bearable (phew!) and decided to create my 100 facts. I've been lucky to be a member of League of Extraordinary Penpals and with the last July issue we get at the beginning of each month, they surprised me with a bunch of lovely swaps. Although I was tempted to join two of them I decided to join that one that was about sending 100 facts about ourselves to your partner. 
 
It was a very relaxing and calm task during the early morning and with a mug of delicious coffee right next to me. There is something magical about the smell of morning coffee and the whole celebration of mornings. I want it to be a part of my daily routine.

Although I only slept 3,5 hours at night, I forgot about it and revelled in creating, decorating and writing about myself. I filled 3 A5 sized sheets of my favorite Lithuanian stationery, I've been completely obsessed with, lately. It's just so much my style and my kind of beauty when it comes to stationery. It's not much, but as you can see my handwriting was rather small. 

At first I though it would be quite a challenge to write 100 (!) facts just about myself but then it turned out to be easy, I enjoyed it lots and I think I wouldn't mind a 200 facts about me challenge, at all, hehe. :-) Some were detailed and long, others were one sentences that absolutely made it what I meant. In the so called meantime I was listening to the special Gabrielle Aplin's songs. It was a lovely morning and I wish each one could look like that. Luckily it only depends on me, so I'm hoping for the best. I'm slowly discovering that this is me who has my own happiness in hands. I can decide what I pay attention to, or not... And I can always decide to be happy and grateful for what I already have. And I have plenty of reasons to put a big smile on my face! :-)

Because of the postal price and the whole system, we have in Poland, I decided to add some paper goodies for my partner and pay for an ediimail up to 50g. If I already have to pay that much for stamps, I want it to be worth the price. I plan to buy my own bunch of them so I don't have to ask the lady at a Post Office to pick some nice ones for my envelopes. It's quite frustrating sometimes and I really don't know what I'm waiting for... I also wrote a separate note on a cute DIDDL paper and wrapped it all with a nice blue-white thread. I love this cute little mouse - it's adorable! It makes my problems go far away and I can just enjoy the beautiful moment of creating, writing and decorating. 

 Then it was time to pick an envelope. I still have a couple of map envelopes I used to made out of my sister's school atlas (but shhh) so I thought it might be perfect for this ediimail. Especially that my envelope has to travel all the way from Poland to Australia so a travelling themed sounds good to me. A nicely written address and voilà. It's going to leave Poland on Monday but I was busy with my trips to Cracow and doing everything related with my studies. I hope it will still put a big smile on my partner's face. :-) It's such a lovely feeling to be spreading some happiness all over the world. To be giving a part of my heart to others... I'm constatly amazed by this beautiful world!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend -full of letter writing marathons and creative moments and I can't wait to write more for you here. My head is full of ideas - I just don't happen to sit calmly in one place and put my thoughts down in words. Besides, my mailpile is calling for me whenever I feel like writing so, forgive me, I have to give it my whole attention. ;-) I've received a bunch of long, beautiful and warm letters this week and I wish I could reply right away to each one of them. I'm very lucky to have such wonderful friends. I wouldn't change them for anything. So... Hopefully see you soon, my dear readers!  







środa, 8 lipca 2015

ediimail - June.


Hi there! ♡ 

Summer time is here, I try to be positive about it, but it's rather hard when you are someone who loves rainy days and feels creative and motivated then. Despite all heat waves that are reaching us one after another these days, I focus on our delicious, seasonal fruits - yummy! Our patry is getting fuller everyday and you can find all kinds of jams and juices there. I didn't feel like writing or reading and spent last 2 weeks on travelling instead. It was a lovely time and I'm glad I made that first step, because my heart and mind really need such a "detox". I can't wait to tell my penfriends about all those little adventures I went through. 

When I left home, I had no letters on my mailpile. I was completely caught up - for the first time in my whole penpalling career. As soon as I came back home I keep getting letters day by day. It's such a lovely feeling. I try not to be stressed about it and enjoy reading and writing letters whenever I feel like it. It's a healthier way. I found a lot of inspirations to draw something on my plain, colorful envelopes, Nina sent me on my Birthday, if I remember well. I'm looking forward to creating lovely ediimails, putting my whole heart into writing and decorating and simply enjoying this wonderful miracle - penpalling. :-) 

This envelope is going to fly to Italy as soon as I happen to write a second letter to dear Cristy.



 My incoming mail - it's from June and the beginning of July. I feel very happy to have such beautiful pieces of mail to reply to. It's a joy! 
I have to confess I need to be more organized when it comes to my penpalling world. I always take my pictures in a rush, didn't upload every letter here, delete some pictures before I put them here etc. It's frustrating so I have to come up with a nice idea for my blogging organization. We will see...


 The longest letter I've ever received from Kornelija. 

 A surprise letter from dear Martyna. 




 A beautiful and long letter from Elena.

 A surprise postcard I received from Caroline. 

 A lovely letter from Maude.

 

An inspiring intro letter from Tanja. 


Today's letters: one from Finland, an intro letter from Sandra and a surprise postcard from Bianca.
 
 An intro letter from another Tanja ;)

 Just look at these cute stamps! 
 
 Italian mail - thank you Sara!

 A beautiful postcard all the way from Milano - thank you girls! :)

A surprise postcard from Elli.
 
June was a month of intro letter for me. I felt very inspired to start new pnefriendship with some wonderful people who might turn out to be my soulmates. I can't wait for all new friendships to develop! 
When it comes to my outgoing mail - I wasn't in a writing mood at all for most of the time, but a writing bug caught me twice and let me write two long intro letters to Martina and Cristy:
 







 
My first letter to Martina.
 
 My first letter to Cristina.
 
 
Thank you very much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed ediimail of June. Have a lovely month full of beautiful, inspiring letters! ♡