So, it’s our eleventh day in Andorra, and so far, it’s been really good! The two first days were warm and sunny, but the following days up until yesterday have been cold and rainy. We even woke up in the middle of the night a few nights back to see snow drizzling down on a bright red-orange sky—it was dreamy. The next day, the snow slowly melted away.
Today, it’s sunny and (a little) warm outside. I have decided to step out and enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air. Some of the snow up the mountains haven’t melted away completely, so it isn’t too safe to go trekking up the mountains just yet.
Being cold and rainy the past few days, most of our days have been spent indoors. A few exceptions were when we’ve had lunches and dinners out in the city. And let me tell you, it is so easy being a vegetarian here! We’ve shunned off meat for about 8 days since we got here. Don’t mistake a vegetarian diet for being a healthy one, though! I’ve had a hard time laying off cakes and other sweets.
Although I’d like to get rid of sweets completely, it’s as hard as quitting any other vice!
Talking about habits, BZ and I have decided to read for at least an hour before bed every night. At the moment, he’s into a book about the life of John D. Rockefeller, a book he’s very interested in. But he’s had a list of books to read for a while now, while I, none. So I’ve been looking up books on Amazon, and have compiled a folder of books I want to read.
I just finished reading Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. It was a very short book, but full of insight on creativity and being an artist. To give you a glimpse of what the book is all about, let me quote …
“Art is theft.”
— Pablo Picasso
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.”
“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
Sounds like rebellious advice, right? Well, it isn’t. The author talks about how to be inspired by others’ work and collect ideas you like, and sort of remix it all and make it into something original. Not just from one artist, but preferably more, and find ways to make it much better.
How have I benefited from the book? I have thought of ways to improve my blog. I’ve thought of the blogs which I really like, and wish were my own. I have a list of 4-5 blogs I want to remix into my own. It is still an idea on paper. Don’t worry, the next book on my to-read list is Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. 😉
It was either that or The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Before BZ flipped the coin last night when I couldn’t make up my mind which to read first, I decided it was best to get a hold of my habits foremost. (And maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally get a hold of my sweet tooth with this book.) I finished the first chapter last night, and will continue reading out in the sun today. After all, staying indoors all day almost every day is an extremely bad habit to me, as I really love being outdoors.
Where would be more perfect to do so than in sunny Andorra?