2019 goals + watercolor art supplies

Better late than never right?

I finally got around to sitting down and writing out all my goals for this year and I thought I’d share them with you all!

1. Stop overthinking.

Yes, I am an overthinker. I get worked up over the smallest things and that’s just not good for me. This year I will try to let things go more and relax.

2. Paint more.

I really enjoy painting in my free time and I want to dedicate more time to it this year. I have already started and bought, as well as received some art supplies for Christmas from Jack.

Here’s a list of the supplies I am using atm:

– Winsor & Newton 24 godets Watercolor set

– Moleskine watercolor notebook

– POSCA white marker

– water pencils

– basic sketching pencils

– 2 colour pencils (blue & red)

– Van Gogh watercolor brush set (in a very handy packaging!)

3. Drink more water!

As simple as it sounds I ALWAYS forget to drink enough water. It is really important for me to drink more as I get kidney stones and I don’t want to end up in hospital for the third time!

4. Find a stable teaching job.

I work as a TEFL teacher and it has been very difficult to find a job with a good and long(ish) term contract. I am hoping this year will be the year where this happens!

5. Go on more walks with the family.

I am not really an outdoorsy person, I prefer to stay in and chill at home. My goal this year is to go on walks; long short, up the mountains, along the beach, any sort of walks. To try and burn off all those sweets and chocolate I am eating haha!

Thanks for reading! 🥰

Bye!

Dominika

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Day out in Busot, Spain

Busot is a small village in the Province of Alicante. A beautiful little gem. It’s a genuine Spanish town with a few small shops and bars. It’s set about 5km inland meaning it is still close to the coast and other bigger towns like El Campello, Alicante and Bonalba.

I would never have known about it if it wasn’t for my boyfriend Jack and his parents who introduced it to me. They lived in Busot for a long time and Jack attended school there. They still visit it frequently, now along with me. 😁

We started our day out in Busot by going to our favourite local Bar Molina for a menu del dia which was gone within minutes as we were all very hungry. The first time I had food there was over 2 years ago when I visited Spain on holiday and before I knew I would be living and teaching here!

For my starter I had some paella of course. This traditional Spanish dish never disappoints. Chicken and chips for mains and ice cream (my number one choice) for dessert.

Then we took a short walk around the village to try and burn off some of the food we just consumed. We walked trough to the park and Pont La Bassa.

Pont la Bassa were communal wash-houses made to be used by the local farmers. Women gathered here to wash clothes and animals to quench their thirst.

To end our day in Busot we walked onto the viewpoint looking out onto the local mountain ranges, which we often go hiking in.

I love visiting little towns like Busot, they beautifully represent life and the atmosphere here in Spain. There is something about walking through a Spanish town with no tourists around and just appreciating it. The little streets and houses are adorable and very instagrammable 😉

Dominika

What’s in my bag 2019

 

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Hi!

I thought today I’d share with you all what I carry in my bag when I go out to teach. I only teach a few hours a night therefore I don’t carry a massive amount of items with me, only the ones I consider essential. I mostly teach chidren but recently I started to teach adults and its much more fun than I expected!

The bag I use is the Fjällräven Kanken Mini. It’s very practical, and fits much more than you expect. I got it in black because I couldn’t decide on a colour and black seemed like the safest choice :D. The company has a very wide range of colours to choose from.

Here are my everyday essentials :

  • Notepad –  where I can quickly write down any lesson ideas, websites and games.
  • Kindle – it goes with me everywhere, I read all the time and it’s just easier to take my kindle with me rather than try and fit different chunky books into the bag. I used to be a “paper copy kind of girl” however since moving to Spain and leaving all my books behind (there was a lot of them, trust me!) I switched to a kindle which I received from my boyfriend for my birthday and I really enjoy it. Its convenient and light. I always read on the tram and when I have breaks between my classes.
  • Phone charger – in case my phone tries to die on me.
  • Hand Cream – my hands get really dry in the wintertime so this is a must! This is just a generic brand from the local supermarket.
  • Flat Keys – that’s one thing I always check I have with me before I leave. I’d hate to get locked out when everyone else is at work or away. It happened to me before and I definitely don’t want it to happen again!
  • Lipsol – to protect my lips from the cold.
  • A couple of pens  – there’s always one kid who doesn’t bring their pen to the class.
  • Tram card – its easier and cheaper to get one rather than having to pay for your ticket every time!
  • Earphones – if I am not reading on the tram then I am definitely listening to music.
  • Mini notepad – I use it to write down anything from passwords to blog post ideas.
  • Wallet – for storing my money and cards.
  • Stamps – kids LOVE stamps and they are a great reward for good work.
  • Chocolate bars – if I am feeling snackish.
  • A scrunchie
  • Sunglasses – you can’t leave your house without sunglasses in Spain, the sun is very bright, even in the winter.
  • Phone – not pictured as it was used to take the above photo 😉

What do you carry in your everyday bag? Is there anything really useful that I am missing?

 

Dominika

One year later

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Well, a year and 4 months to be exact. That is how long I’ve lived in Spain now. And I couldn’t be happier. I love it here, the climate, atmosphere and food, all so good. The winters here are cooler than I expected however I can’t really complain about a 13 Degree weather when back in Scotland its -2 Degrees. Living by the sea is incredible.

I have to admit, finding a job has been way more difficult that I thought, after a year of working random covering jobs for different schools I have managed to find the one. A 2 minute walk from my flat, professional and fun atmosphere, fun and adorable students, and most importantly a stablecontract. Or so I thought. Just as I thought I don’t have to worry about my job situation I have been informed that one of the schools I was working at is closing down and there’s no more hours left for me, a week before Christmas.

Resigned I returned home, and started looking all over the internet again. There wasn’t much available.. however, I applied to the few positions I found. A week later I got a phone call for an interview, went in the following day and got offered the job! Never in my dreams have I expected to find a new job so quickly! Fingers crossed my induction goes well on Monday!

I guess what what I want to say through this little anecdote is NEVER give up. Nothing in life comes easy, you just have to perservere to get what you really want.

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Love,

Dominika ❤

6 Things that make Me happy.

Hi guys!

First of all, Happy New Year! I know, I am a bit late but a lot has been going on. Had so many job interviews and test shifts but unfortunately still no job 😦 Every school, nursery etc are currently full, and they’re only interviewing for the sake of interviewing which is a but ridiculous but theres nothing I can do about that..

But I won’t let that get me down so, today’s post will be about 6 things that make me happy!

  1. My boyfriend – He’s always there for me, ready to listen to anything I have to say and puts up with my mood swings. When I have a bad day, he will always find a way to make me laugh and smile. Thats why I love him!
  2. Sun – Sunny and warm weather boosts my mood instantly. Living in Spain is amazing, I’ve lived here for the past 4 months and it has only rained 4 times! Compare that to Scottish weather haha
  3. Books – I have always enjoyed reading and always will.
  4. Music – Who doesn’t like music?! Michael Jackson for the win. However, I also really enjoy finding new artists and discovering their albums.
  5. Family – I enjoy spending time with my parents and sister. Even just sitting and watching crappy reality tv together.
  6. My bed – Anyone who knows me well, will tell you I love to sleep. And I can sleep for a looong time! haha

Bye!

P.S. enjoy this picture of a beautiful sunset and my crazy hair!

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My favourite songs atm

A quick blog post today in which I thought I’d share a few of my favourite songs right now 😉

Sia – Ho Ho Ho

Charlie Puth – How Long

Marshmello – Silence ft. Khalid

Sia – Santa’s Coming For Us

Superfruit – GUY.EXE

Taylor Swift  – Call It What You Want

Sistar – Touch My Body (nothing like some Kpop right?! haha)

Tal Bachman – She’s So High

Jesse Spencer – Sheets Of Egyptian Cotton

Kygo – Stargazing ft. Justin Jesso

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

A right combination of songs as you can see! I never tend to stick to just one genre and I am a bit all over the place with what I listen to. That probably says a lot about my personality ha. Some Christmas songs, chart music, oldies, Kpop and of course Jackson 5! I hope I gave you some inspiration or at least got you into the Christmas spirit. It’s nearly December so it’s acceptable to listen to Christmas music right?!

Bye!

A little update

Hi peeps!

Sorry for not posting for a while, I have been ill on and off for the last 2 weeks. Just as I thought I was getting better the flu came back with double the force. It feels awful being ill when its super sunny and 20C outside. As you can imagine, I have been spending my days in bed with a hot water bottle or a on a sofa feeling sorry for myself. I felt better a couple of days ago but I took a turn for the worse last night and hardly slept. We’re meant to be going up to the mountains to pet-sit 3 cats and a dog with Jack’s parents tomorrow and I really want to go! Hopefully at least one of those animals will be up for cuddles!

I have also applied to a couple of new places the other day, so fingers crossed they’ll get back to me soon!

That’s it from me today, I’ll leave you with a picture of me on a beach a couple of weeks ago when I still felt alive haha

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