2018 Favorites

During this year I have been working a lot on myself mentally and I have discovered what I actually care about and how I want to live my life. I have been diving into my low waste and minimalist interest, found amazing tips and new products that make my life less wasteful. I have stripped back completely, I have removed all the things I thought I 'needed' in order to be who I thought I was - I have let go of who I thought I needed to be from the eyes of others. Because I have let go of the image I need to present to others I have gained peace in my mind, my soul and my body. For the first time in many years I have been able to enjoy things in a way I never have before.

Here are some of the things I have enjoyed and absolutely loved in 2018:

I have been loving discovering new products that can help me towards a low waste, sustainable and minimalistic lifestyle. Here are my absolute favorites:

Menstrual cup: Oh my lord am I glad that I tried one more time to get this to work. When I first bought it I could not get it to work because I did not relax. Relaxing when using a menstrual cup is key and now I absolutely love it. It is so amazing that there is no plastic waste during my period and it just works so well for me. I am going to have a post about it in the new year but I already talk about it in my post about 3 natural period products

The basics from Organic Basics: This year was a goodbye to fast fashion for me and I bought my basics at fast fashion stores so what then? Organic Basics is just.. yes please. Everything I want in my basics; organic, ethically and sustainably made. Check out my post where I talk about their items here. Seriously the softest fabric ever.

Shampoo bar: I wanted a shampoo solution without plastic and the bars from Friendly Soap are perfect. Only three ingredients, the one I use without fragrances and they work wonderfully! I have a post all about it is coming soon.

Yoga mat: Every night before I go to bed I stretch and practice yoga. It makes me sleep better, I fall asleep faster and it has improved my well being and mental health so much. Therefore I looove my yoga mat!

My plants: They bring light, cleanse the energy and the air in my room and I love taking care of them. They inspire me so much to being in the moment and growing. Plants do not question why or how they grow, they just do. Now, that's something I can learn to do.

Onenote: I really wanted to get all my notes and thoughts and ideas in one place instead of spread into different notebooks and onenote has helped me do just that. I love the format and it is so easy to organize and helps get a clear view of all the things that clutter my head and I avoid using paper.

Call me by your name: the story, the love, the characters, the connections, the filming, the surroundings. Everything was so amazing. The filming was so simple yet there was so much more underneath. I love the ‘don’t cut away from the feeling’ effect. The timing of everything was perfect, the acting and the dialogue was perfect. The father's quote ‘feeling nothing, what a waste’ hits hard in a way I cannot explain but it just feels so true. There is nothing wrong with feeling. Stunning movie and definitely one of my favorites. 
RAW: I find this movie so disgusting yet so good - and so interesting at the same time. It has that 'so-disgusting-but-I-can't-look-away' effect and I found myself needing to know what the hell was going on. I am not big on watching movies where they speak other languages than English but this has really made me interested in going beyond the English language because wow was that an experience!

Brokeback mountain: I have wanted to watch this movie for quite a while now I just never really did. That changed this year and I absolutely loved it. This movie is so simple yet there is so much to it that makes it an absolute masterpiece.

Arrival: had me tensed up throughout the whole movie until the screen turned black. I was so invested in the story and found it so incredibly cool. I love the fact that it kind of fucked with the viewers mind - at least it did to me - with the aspect of time but I found it so refreshing that this topic is 'discussed'. Definitely a must watch! 

Restore me: I am a huge, if not enormous, fan of the Shatter Me series and this one did not disappoint. I was so excited when I heard that Mafi continued the series but also terrified that it would be 'ruined'. It only got better and the next book cannot come soon enough! 

Milk and honey: Like a lot of people this was the book that really got me into poetry. I always hated it in school because it was so… school. But Milk and Honey completely shatters the (to me) 'boring' and uninteresting 'classic' school poems. So thank you Rupi for renewing the genre and making me fall in love with it!  

Call me by your name: Even more amazing than the movie but I will say that I am happy I saw the movie first so I had the amazing visuals in my mind. Nothing put pure art and I like the 'restore me' I am so afraid of the continuation but also so freaking excited!

The power of now: This is probably, no actually not probably, this is the book that has affected my life the most out of every book, not only this year but every book, I have ever read. This has completely changed my life. This has opened my eyes to what actually matters and who I am. I have let go of so many destructive feelings after reading this book, I am more present and I have connected more with myself. I have written a post inspired by this book - read it here; the powerof silence.

Big Magic: Yes, yes, yes! This is a must read if you like being creative in any way because it makes so much sense and explain the process of ideas and the creative process so well in a way you can use it for your own.

Kristen Leo: was the one to push me the final step to quit fast fashion and thank you so much for that! She makes the most educational videos on topics that are right up my alley; low waste, sustainability and veganism + so much more. Definitely my favorite youtuber this year! 

Shane Dawson 2.0: I have followed Shane for quite some time and was ready to unsubscribe because the more I went into sustainability and conscious choices the less interesting his content became with building things from candy, tasting 'toxic' foods, burning barbies and whatever else he made. Then he started his docu series and started actually liking what he made which shines though. 

Vegan Earth and Soul: Calming presence, veganism, low waste, questioning our use of makeup, fashion and social media is what Anna's channel is all about and I am so glad I found her. She has inspired me so much and I was so lucky to collab with her on tips for de-stressing - check it out here. Definitely also a favorite this year!

Here is the music I have been listening to a lot (and when I say a lot I mean A LOT) throughout the year. They have definitely broken the repeat button:
  • What’s it gonna be by Shura (just Shura in general; Just Once, Touch, White Light and more)
  • Volcanic Love by The Aces
  • Swimming Pools by Troye Sivan (Troye Sivan in general; Animal, Seventeen, Plum, Bloom, Dance to This)
  • I believe you by FLETCHER
  • The Middle by wet
  • Psycopath by Sasha Sloan, Charlotte Lawrence and Nina Nesbitt
  • Normal by Sasha Sloan (Chasing Parties, Older, Version of Me, Ready Yet, Faking it and other songs by her)
  • I know a place by Muna
  • Where's my love by SYML
  • Empty Space and Naked by James Arthur
  • Aly & AJ-'s EP 'Ten Years' - it is so good! Impossible to pick a favorite!

These are my favorites from 2018. Thank you so much for reading! What have you been loving this year?