Cup of Life: January 2019 Recap

Hello Toffee Nut Latte’s,

Be honest! How was your month of January? Usually, it’s a pretty busy month for me. It’s shopping month in Belgium, but I didn’t feel like shopping much (not live anyways, because a shopping app had me in its grip). I was quite busy with my NY resolutions.

So did I do well? Erm, I’m satisfied and motivated. Was it a perfect month? Absolutely not, but it never will be… And that’s life! I’m inspired by my friend Alana to review each month as an extra motivation, so that I can stay on track and if needed, I can tweak my schedule… But before we can get into that! I wanted to share with you my favorite item of this month!!

And that was my advent calendar from the brand l’Occitane, which was a belated Christmas/NY gift (Merci Berta & Muis). I had up until now not tried much of the L’Occitane De Provence brand. But even though you’re supposed to get this and open it until Christmas, it was such a joy getting a present each day even after the holidays. So post-Christmas calendars, I’m all for it!! I’ll soon review some products of this brand. Be sure to look out for that ;).


  • Weight Loss

I caught a cold and I only went 3 times to the gym instead of 5. I also went to 3 belly dance classes and 3 Standard dance classes. Overall, I could have done better, as I missed the first week and the week in which I was sick. I’m satisfied though. I know myself well… If I force myself and go overboard, I’ll drop out of my schedule for sure. So taking it easy works for me…

  • Make Belly Dance Choreo’s

I’ve been watching a lot of video’s. And I’m continuously listening to Belly Dance music. So I have some songs in mind to start making a choreo, which is super exciting. I’ve even subscribed to an Open Stage dance in June (Belly Dance Sparkles), which will motivate me even more to make an extra choreo. I’m also contemplating to rework an older choreo and upgrade it…

I however haven’t started the actual dance of my choreo…

  • Post 2x/week on the blog 

I started posting on the 13th, so it was later than I had wanted, but better late than never :). I notice that I really love the writing part and taking pictures. Editing the pictures however, is my least favorite activity in this blogging thing :p. I’ll need to find something to get better at it…

  • Learn Chinese

This is definitely one of the few things that I’ve been consistent about. I only missed one day in the whole month… I learn or rehearse each day on the Lingodeer app and I try to at least have 20 experience points. Usually spend about 20 minutes on this. It’s crazy how much I’ve learned, doing it every single day. I’m starting to see patterns in the words, as I’m not only studying the pinyin but also the Chinese letters. It’s a lot of fun!

  • Make some creative works

I did as a matter of fact make a couple of drawings and origami’s. And this weekend I’m also committing to crocheting. I’m quite satisfied, as it is balanced. Sometimes I feel like I’m forcing myself to do something creative when I have time because I can’t otherwise. But inspiration is a funny thing… It comes when it wants to. Mine sure can’t be put on a leash… So I’ll do creative things when I have time and when I have inspo…

  • House chores

I’ve been consistent with it… But there’s still work to do. I didn’t follow my cooking schedule. I just cooked when it worked better for me and I didn’t when I didn’t feel like it… Overall it was okay…

  • Set money aside

It was a really bad month… It was a month for subscriptions (belly dance, standard dance) and sales… I had an app installed on my smartphone (Vente Exclusive) and that thing is poisonous! You always find something you want/need to buy. They have great brands for a wholesale price… I’ve been buying gifts beforehand and stocking up on household products… I could start a shop now. I’ve gone way overboard… I’ll need to step up my game to start saving money this month…

The Schedule

I’m back into bullet journaling. But not in the traditional way. You know in the past, I made my bullet journal very pretty. And that ended up taking me more time than that it was useful to me (check out my posts if you like here, here and here).

Now, I’m back into bullet journaling, but I’m focusing on what’s important for me. And that’s goals goals goals… I want to get results and it costs me too much time writing in it every single day. So I’ve stopped planning daily and such…

For now, I only have a habit tracker, in which I also plan my posting schedule, my workouts, cooking, house chores and so on…

I also have a graph for my weight control, mood, time I spend on sport, watching Asian drama and so on. This gives me purpose. If I can see how much time I spent on something, it could make me feel guilty if I didn’t do enough or too much of it. Know yourself haha :p!

For the month of february my list has gotten longer, so I needed a second page for the habit tracker…

So how was your month of January? What are you planning for February? Or will you be winging it? Hey, I’m not judging. Do what works best for you…

Anyways, hope this inspires you or gives you some ideas to keep on achieving your goals. At the end of the day, I just want to have done something to go forward. By the end of this year, I’d just want to look back and see, time wasn’t wasted…

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


10 thoughts on “Cup of Life: January 2019 Recap

  1. LivingOutLoud says:

    Happy February Sarah!
    It sounds like you had a productive January even though you got sick. I hope you are feeling better. It is definitely worthwhile to rest rather than push too hard when you are worn out and under the weather. I am glad you took the time to do that. I love the idea of having an advent calendar after Christmas. I know that would give me something to look forward to!
    I love that you are working on choreography. Even if you feel like you haven’t outwardly created actual choreo, it sounds like you are on the right track. Creating choreo is hard and definitely a process. I love your bullet journal. You took my most favorite parts of bullet journaling and are making it work for you! That is beautiful!
    January was bittersweet for me. It was literally chopped in half. December had a rough ending. My bf and I broke up for a week. I think the distance really took a toll (since I was in my hometown for over 10 weeks and he was back at our house with the cats in snowy Maine.) In the week that I was broken up, I went on a date with a guy and we had such a great connection. My bf flew here to win me back. We talked through everything and were thankfully able to work things out. He knows about the date and it wasn’t an issue. I felt bad though because I disappeared on that poor guy. I just didn’t have the heart to tell him that I went back to my “bf.” Even though I made the decision, it didn’t make the “break-up” any easier which sort of threw me for a loop. I know in my heart I made the right decision and I am happy with my relationship because we both had the chance to choose each other again after 4 + years. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of that when you are with someone for so long.
    At the same time, I had a big falling out with my parents. They were very unsupportive of me when I was struggling. In January we moved to a new place and the move was an adjustment. Thankfully the 2nd half of January was a lot better. My heart has been healing and my relationship has been growing stronger. I have also been treating myself a lot better.
    Sorry about this super long response. I hope you are enjoying February so far, my darling friend!

    ❤ Alana


    • sarahscupofbeauty says:

      Happy February, Alana!
      Thank you for your kind words! I always feel blessed talking to you. I recently told my best friend about you, about how we’ve never met and get to be connected through this blogging life! Thank you for confiding in me… It must have been a difficult period for you. But sometimes, it’s a good thing to take some distance to remember again the essence of your relationship. My BF and I are 13 years together now. I’ve learned a lot from the relationship, about myself, about life in general,… We of course have ups and downs, sometimes even very huge downs and disappointments. A lot has to do with how we perceive a relationship to be. Honestly there’s no rule book about it. Each person is just different… We don’t really fit a mold, and that’s okay. The one thing that makes it work for us, is that we talk a lot… We’re very open about our feelings, we don’t judge or laugh at each other and we’re honest at all times, we’re not selfish but we care about why the other feels a certain way and we give each other the mental space when needed, while being there for each other. The knowledge that you can count on each other no matter what, is the glue that holds us together. I of course sometimes find myself missing things in our relationship, but it never weighs up against what we have. So there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the person I want to grow old with… It’s a scary thing to say, but it’s the simple truth.
      Life is just not perfect and that’s great, cause it would be boring otherwise :p. Just don’t live life regretting things. If you feel guilty about that guy, just send him a message explaining that he’s a great guy and that you had a really nice date with him. But that you weren’t ready to let go of your 4 year old relationship. And that you really hope, he’ll find someone who truly gets him and will give him happiness, because he deserves it. Not letting him know, could make him feel like maybe, it was something he did, which could make him lose his confidence.
      Ahhh, parents!! Such a complicated matter. I love mine dearly, but they drive me nuts! Literally! The one thing I had to learn is that as parents, they will always be there for me no matter what. But emotionally, it doesn’t mean that they always understand you. We have this perception that our parents will always be understanding, will always have good advice,.. but they’re also humans, who have seen certain things, who are going through certain things right now, but also haven’t seen what you’ve seen or been through. Even though they live in the same age as you do, their mindset might be far off. It’s okay, you know… We might be like that someday, I just hope I’ll be open minded when that time comes… The point is, that we will find happiness when we work on ourselves, when we try to see things in different angles. I find that when I’m very down, I need to look to inspirational Youtube vids from people I look up to, like Marie Forleo, Seth Godin, Mel Robbins,…
      Sorry for this long rant, but you know me hahaha! My mom always told me I was born with a very ancient soul hahaha! I always found that a compliment, even if she did mean it otherwise :p. Anyhows, I hope your relationship with your parents gets better soon! No matter what, you’ll always be their little girl. It’s just that they might forget that you’re a big girl now ;).
      Have a lovely week, Alana!
      Xoxo, Sarah

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      • LivingOutLoud says:

        Hi Sarah! I love talking with you and think you have such a beautiful soul. I don’t see it as a rant at all. I am so happy that we continue to grow as friends and can connect and support each other through life’s ups and downs.
        13 years is so beautiful. Not a lot of people can say that they have stuck together for over a decade or even over 3 years or 3 months. I admire that so much. It is beautiful that you have both found a way of communicating openly and respectfully. We have been working on our communication too. It was hard for me for years because my parents either argued or just went off into their own spaces rather than talking through things. I am learning that communicating more openly is so helpful. I might send an email to that guy just to get the closure. I think I have still felt guilty even though it has been 2 months since I last saw him. I admired that he told me that he liked me even though he knew what I was going through. I think things just moved so fast. The day after our first date he took me to sushi with his dad and brother and then wine with his mother. I was the 1st girl he ever brought home and I felt so bad about “letting him down.” I think a message would be a good way to get some closure.
        Thank you for the suggestions of inspirational people on youtube. I feel so lucky that we have all of these resources available to us. Thanks again for taking the time to read and share. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and will have an amazing week!

        ❤ Alana Xoxo


  2. Hunida says:

    That’s so fun that you’ve been learning belly dancing & chinese. Inspiration really is a funny thing. It always comes when you least expect it!

    I want to check out that shopping app but I’m scared I’ll spend too much right away LOL.

    I usually just wing my whole life instead of planning it. 😛 I probably should start making some life goals though…

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    • sarahscupofbeauty says:

      Haha yes! It’s encountering something in life and realizing it is a passion. That’s how it felt with belly dancing. It’s a huge outlet and a beautiful way to feel feminine and self confident. It learns you how to love yourself more :). Learning Chinese is something I’ve always wanted to do. My parents are Vietnamese and I was born in Belgium. So for me learning Chinese isn’t insanely hard. Love it! I’m not sure the Vente-Exclusive app is available else where in the world than in Belgium. But it’s an outlet app. Such a dangerous thing I’m telling you. Unknowingly, I spent a huge chunk last month. But I’ve only noticed it when it really got off my bank account. I’ve taken the app off my front page. I only sometimes dare squinting at it hahaha! You go girl! If winging your life is what works for you, that’s great! I’m not saying anyone should plan their life like I do haha! Do what makes you feel happy! I just have too many things I want, too little time, too much chaos in my head, so planning it is direly needed. I feel unhappy and itchy when I miss out on either of the activities mentioned: If I don’t do enough house chores, if I don’t eat healthy for a while, if I haven’t done any creative works,… I want way too much, but I need it in my life :p.

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      • Hunida says:

        Ah I love your reason for bellydancing. It is always important to love yourself & that’s beautiful that it’s helping you with that.

        So cool that Chinese has come easy for you. 🙂 I am actually quite relieved that the app is only available in Belgium lol phew!! I’d probably fall victim to buying way more than I need right away.

        I totally get that unhappy & itchy feeling but I get it more if I plan things, if that makes sense?!

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      • sarahscupofbeauty says:

        Yup, I totally get what you mean. I used to have that too. But that was also mainly because when I started planning, I crammed way too much in a time frame. Now that I know myself better, I don’t plan that much in one day. It’s just guidelines and I could do activities on another day too. Flexibility is key, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it either… xoxo Sarah

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  3. Mackenzie says:

    loved reading about things going on for you, girl!! Sounds like you are doing well with your goals! Your creativity is awesome- orgiami, drawings, and crocheting?! That’s so awesome! Also I love love love your BuJo! So cute!!

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    • sarahscupofbeauty says:

      Awww, thank you Mack! Doing well is a big word haha :p. But I think it’s important to keep tracking it. And even if there would be set backs, I’d have control over it. Life happens, but it shouldn’t be an excuse. And because I’m tracking it, even if I miss it, I’d see it on my schedule :p. So I’d definitely feel guilty about it :p. Now yourself, right haha! It’s not something I’m obliging myself to do, but it’s a logic step to take because I can’t handle all the chaos and the needs in my head :p. Thanks for dropping by, gorgeous! xoxo Sarah

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