Eu achava que quando conseguisse certas coisas na vida, seria mais feliz. Não que eu não fosse, mas acontece que quando eu pensava numa “dream life”, as realizações pessoais sempre faziam parte do pacote. Não mesmo. Hoje eu vejo que esse estilo de vida tão almejado em que você faz o que te preenche, está mais ligado com a forma como encaramos a vida do que com as conquistas em si.

As vitórias na vida podem muito bem vir a moldar e dar forma ao nosso tão sonhado “futuro eu”: uma carreira bem sucedida e estável, com aquele emprego dos sonhos (que seja a sua definição de sucesso, não a dos outros), uma família feliz, cheio de saúde, com relacionamentos saudáveis e construtivos, viajado, cheio de amigos, com um network de dar inveja, fluente em oito línguas e ainda por cima com tempo para fazer aquele hobby que só você vê sentido (fala que pelo menos alguma dessas coisas já foi/é uma meta, por favor), mas não é tudo. A sensação de euforia, prazer (às vezes, alívio) e o gostinho da vitória passam e tudo o que resta é lembrança. E depois disso, como lidar com aquela sensação de ressaca de quando certos acontecimentos já não trazem a mesma alegria de antes?

“É hora de correr atrás de uma nova conquista, um novo sonho.” É isso mesmo?

Sonhos são importantes, evitam que fiquemos parados ou pior, andemos para trás. Mas eu venho me perguntando: se eu tivesse tudo o que idealizo, eu seria mais feliz?

Se você tivesse cada uma das coisas da sua lista de sonhos e desejos, você seria mais feliz?

A solução é ficar correndo sempre atrás de algo novo e nunca olhar para trás? Qual o problema de olhar para trás, eu passei a me perguntar. Ninguém deveria ficar dando passos para trás, se escondendo atrás do passado, mas quem nunca precisou dar uma visita no seu antigo eu para se (re)descobrir? A vida é dura sim, cruel às vezes. Cada passo dado é a certeza da existência de mil outros ainda a serem caminhados, uns mais acidentados do que os outros.

Por que você não dá uma desacelerada e aproveita a vista do agora? Ela não volta mais. Deixa a ansiedade pelo futuro um pouco de lado, sente os sons, cheiros, sabores, a temperatura e as texturas do que se passa à sua volta. Esteja de corpo, alma e espírito naquilo que você tem agora ao invés de passar andando sem dar atenção porque “o próximo será muito melhor”. Vive o agora, mais leve.

My go-to cookie recipe

Everybody has a swear-by choco chip recipe, right? After some tries, I made my own changes in a highly-rated recipe I found on the internet and ended up with a chewy-but-crispy cookie that isn’t too sweet and fills my heart with warm happiness at every bite.
Here is the recipe:



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • semisweet chocolate chips to decorate
  • (optional) laminated almonds


  1. Preheat the oven in mediun to high heat
  2. Take the baking sheets and grease it or line with parchment paper
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside
  4. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until well blended, set aside
  5. Beat the eggs and the (optional) vanilla extract until light and creamy
  6. Blend the ingredients from steps 3, 4 and 5
  7. Make small balls (about 2 inches) on the prepared cookie sheets 4 inches apart each other
  8. Decorate with the chocolate chips and (optional) laminated almonds on top (the dough will spread)
  9. Bake for about 17 minutes in medium heat or until the edges get lightly toasted
  10. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets (they’ll be a bit too soft in the beginning) and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely


Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil is a famous japanese product mostly related to hair and skincare. It’s a multipurpose, lightweight, 100% natural camellia’s seed oil sold in 40, 60 and 120 ml glass bottles.


It comes with instructions but honestly, I think they recommend too much oil there. One drop is enough for my entire face + neck (I have really dry skin). Because of this, I’m going to write down my use and quantity personal sugestions.

I like to rub my hands first to warm them up, then apply 1 or 2 drops at a time and spread the oil between them. Light pats are recommended for a more even and light application.

  • Face + neck (1 drop, preferable before bed)
  • Arms + Legs (3 mixed with moisturizer / 6 of oil)
  • Hair – before shower (2 for short to medium-length hair / 3 for long hair)
  • Hair – after shower (1 for short to medium-length hair / 2 for long hair)
  • Scalp – before shower (2 or 3)
  • Cuticles + nail (1 drop)
  • Lips (1 drop)

The brand’s site is in Japanese:

I highly recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for something free of alcohol, fragrance and color free. However, using too frequently  this oil on my face made me break out (just a little) a few times, so swapping it with other products may be a good idea.

You can find this Tsubaki Oil available on Japanese shops and online too.

Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house


Getting stressed out can really affect our work, study, relationships and overall health. Because of this, stress is something we should really take care of. When this happens to me, going out and randomly walk in a certain area which I know that will have places I’ll be interested about and spend some hours there really help. However, sometimes we can’t (or simply don’t want to) get out of the house for a certain reason. If you’re in the second situation, here I have some “pamper routine” steps from which you can choose some (or maybe all of them, why not?) and enjoy a good relaxing time!

  1. Turn off your phone, e-mails notifications and/or any social media that may stress you. Unless you’re waiting for a super urgent call, taking a break from those things won’t hurt 🙂
  2. Make use of aromatherapy: scented candles, a good air freshener or just adding some drops of your favorite perfume behind your ears, neck and wrist, a soothing scent has the properties to calm you down.
  3. Take a warm bath and use a moisturize afterwards, using this time to give yourself a body and face massage (there are plenty of videos online teaching you different types of massage that work pretty well).
  4. Drink something that will help you relax, alcoholic or not, you have lots of options such as no caffeine tea, passion fruit juice, warm milk (I like adding cinnamon to this one) and wine.
  5. Cook yourself something good if you enjoy doing it or simply order it (why not?) and have a nice meal!
  6. Pick a good book, a movie, some series (or drama) episodes, or that album you’re curious about or haven’t properly listened to in ages. In this part I believe choosing something that won’t offer a constant interruption is a good thing. You don’t really want to think too much about what to do next in this exact situation, right?

Pancakes and music

Today I have an easy recipe for basic pancakes that goes perfect with any topping of your preference. After trying some (maybe a lot) of different recipes and making some changes, this is the recipe I go for when I want to eat something warm and sweet. Enjoy the food and use it as a time to treat yourself (at least for me, cooking is kind of a therapy).



  • 1 cups all-purpose-flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter / a bit of vegetal oil
  • sugar (it depends on how sweet you want your recipe)
  1. Sift the dry ingredients, mix them together and make a well in the centre
  2. Pour the milk, egg and butter/oil in the well and mix everything together
  3. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat and pour the batter
  4. Wait until it’s possible to lift it with a spatula
  5. Lightly brown on the both sides, it’s ready to eat


Tips: I personally prefer a runnier batter in order to have smaller and thinner pancakes, but if your preference goes to a more fluffy texture, add a little more flour and an additional pinch of baking powder


EXTRA -> Some music for you to get to know (and maybe dance) while cooking

Hold Back The River (James Bay)
This Is Why I Need You (Jesse Ruben)
Cinnamon (Jome)
The One (Kodaline)

Wish you a really nice week 🙂