If you’ve been here a while you know by now that Le Boyfriend and I are quite the globetrotters. Originally from Argentina, we moved to New Zealand in 2013 in search of new adventures and after three amazing years in the land of the big white cloud, we went in the search of new adventures, only that this time, we choose to make Berlin our home. Fast forward one year and we are itching for something new.
February was a short month..therefore…a short video.
We continued our promise of travelling somewhere each month and after Le Boyfriend’s Birthday we took a weekend trip to Andorra and hit the slopes. We don’t have much footage of us skii because we are pretty new to it and we were fearing for the safety of our camera hahaha.
February was also a month of yummy homemade meals and a trip to the Bauhaus Archiv.
A couple of months ago I came across Sammy Paul’s Pretentious Monthly Scrapbook monthly series, and soon enought I found myself binge watching Hazel Hayes’ and Jack Howard’s take on it. Far from being a video series about periods they document in monthly statement a ‘year in the…’ and I’ve absolutely loved them.
I started this blog, as a way to keep up with family and friends while I was abroad and as a way for me to document my life for myself in a couple of years. So I started thinking that this could be the evolution of this blog…in video form.
This is the first of 12 videos that will be uploaded on the course of this year. And given this is my first one I’m going to try to not be so hard on myself and use this to also learn and learn to stop shaking when I film hahaha.
I’m writing this with super speed as Im a few minutes away of going on a road trip, and even though I was M.I.A this week I though today I needed to post this.
Today is my final day as a Dry-Julyer, I spent the whole month of July without drinking alcohol, and even though I did get and was offered ‘Golden Tickets’ (chances to drink on a specific dates guilt free) I politely declined or voided them.
I also promised that I as going to write a re cap of each week during the whole month and manage to write on or two posts, and here it why…
Final thoughts on Dry July:
I though it was going to be harder.
I sincerely though that I was going to struggle each week, or have a million events and gatherings that would be surrounded by alcohol and that I would eventually have millions of things to write about. But truth is (other that July being quite un-eventful) it wasn’t hard, I was not dying for a glass of wine and I could party just fine drinking sodas and juice. So as the days went by I couldn’t find anything interesting to write about, other than “All good…still not drinking…see ya next time”.
I did feel the difference.
Overall I feel less tired and more focused, I guess I should have lost weight but I did eat quite a bit this month so what I lost in alcohol I gain in snacks. But overall feel better (and was the only one with out a killing hangover after partying last Saturday – point for me)
I would do it again.
Better said…. I will keep doing it. I always struggled, when I start a new diet, to cut the alcohol and I know that that’s what in the long run affects me the most, so know that I spent a whole month without drinking I’ll try to keep it up, continue not to drink (or drink as much) and hopefully that will have another effect on how I feel or my body.
As for the actual fundraiser, we started strong and died there. But I know raising money is not an easy job and I appreciate all your support through it. Also, every bit counts and from what I can see right at this moment $352,715.80 had been raised in total, so yeah!
As for me, I need to run, but I’ll see you soon!
Estoy escribiendo esto a súper velocidad ya que en pocos minutos nos vamos de viaje por el fin de semana, y a pesar de que estuve desaparecida esta semana, pense que hoy tenía que publicar algo. Hoy es mi último día como Dry-Julyer, pasé todo el mes de julio sin beber alcohol, ya pesar de que conseguí y me ofrecieron ‘Tickets Dorados’ (posibilidades de beber sin culpa en fechas específicas) las anule o rechacé amablemente.
También prometí que iba a escribir un resumen de cada semana durante todo el mes y con suerte logre escribir uno o dos posteos, y aquí es por qué …
Reflexiones finales sobre Dry July:
Pensé que iba a ser más difícil.
Sinceramente crei que iba a luchar cada semana, o tener un millón de eventos y reuniones que estarían rodeados de alcohol y que iba a tener millones de cosas sobre las que escribir. Pero la verdad es (ademas de Julio siendo un mes sin acontecimientos) no fue difícil, no me estaba muriendo por una copa de vino y pude ir a fiestas y pasarla igual de bien tomando jugo. Así que como pasaban los días no pude encontrar nada interesante que escribir, excepto “Todo bien … sigo sin tomar… nos vemos la próxima”.
Yo siento la diferencia.
En general me siento menos cansada y más centrada, supongo que debería haber bajado de peso pero ya que comi de mas este mes, lo he perdi en alcohol lo gane en golosinas. Pero en general me siento mejor (y fui la única sin una resaca de muerte después de la fiesta del sábado pasado – punto para mí)
Lo haría de nuevo. Mejor dicho …. voy a seguir haciéndolo.
Siempre me cuesta, cuando empiezo una nueva dieta, cortar el alcohol y sé que eso es lo que en el largo plazo más me afecta, y ya que pasé un mes entero sin beber voy a tratar de seguir así, no tomando (o tomando poco) y ver si eso tiene otro efecto en cómo me siento o mi cuerpo.
En cuanto a la recaudación de fondos reales, empezamos fuerte y murió allí. Pero sé recaudar dinero no es un trabajo fácil y agradezco todo su apoyo a través del mes. Además, cada paso cuenta y por lo que puedo ver justo en este momento ya se recaudaron $352,715.80 en total, así bien hecho!
En cuanto a mí, tengo que correr, pero nos vemos pronto!
Hello everybody! If your not new here, you’ve probably seen that things changed a little.
Two years ago, our of boredom, unemployment and to force myself out of the house I started this blog to talk about travel, events, food and everyday life in New Zealand. Given that, as I said before, today The Kiwi Diaries turns 2, I though I would be a good idea to freshen up the page and start this ‘new year’ with a new look.
There are a few bits and pieces that I still have to fix here and there but hopefully this new look will make the page a bit more approachable and ‘user friendly’ (look at me using web words) You will be able to found some of the most popular posts in the top section of the page (which will change every one or two weeks) and future posts will carry on the new look and feel.
Tell me what do you think!
Until next time.- Jules
Just a super quick update. This week went by as quick as a wink, it turns out I’m not having any major cravings for drink and not drinking during the week helped me stay a bit more ‘awake’ if you will.
We had a dinner party at Mr.F & Miss T on Saturday were I though I was probably going to drink but they made this amazing citrus and cranberry and lime non alcoholic drinks that tasted amazing.
As for they account, we are still at $125 with one Golden Ticket from last Saturday which I voided. (Meaning, the donation still went through but I didn’t drink) For all Dry-Julyer I found this amazing article on cute non-alcoholic drinks to share here.
Hope you have a great weekend and let see how next week goes.
I know….It’s Saturday, but given the short week since dry July started on Wednesday I thought this time was ok to move it one day.
What to say… as the days went by I realized, this has to be to most alcohol related month event-wise. This week I had a couple of gathering with friends (in which I didn’t drink), a beer tasting at the office given a possible future project, there’s a wine festival at the wharf, a ‘street eats’ event in which I was craving a bit of a wine, a cocktail club on Wednesday and I was ‘paid’ with wine for a wee job for a friend…. the list goes on.
I’ve been named Miss Sobriety at the office and been tempted for a glass or two but Im happy I stayed content with my glass of water or soda.
Im super happy that we’ve raise $125 so far 🙂 and hope to keep going. Have a great weekend!
2014 Started off with a Bang! and a lot of new things, new jobs, new places to live, a fair amount of travel (even though we always wish more more), babies…lots an lots of babies, and new projects. This year it seems that things started a bit more relaxed, no spilled champagne on the floor, no jumping and dancing to the signing of the Hare Krishna on Queen Street.
A few weeks ago I got a new 2015 diary and the first thing I found as I opened it was a little card that said 2015, Live it, Love it so I’ve decided that I’m not doing new years resolutions this year, no false promises or a never ending list of things I’ll never be able to fully achieve. This year I’ll do that…Live it…Love it, That can be my only resolution if you will.
Hope you all have a wonderful 2015, and I’ll see you soon.
Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!!!
2014 comenzó con todo! con un montón de cosas nuevas, nuevos trabajos, nuevos lugares donde vivir, una buena cantidad de viajes (a pesar de que siempre deseamos más), bebés … un montón y un montón de bebés, y nuevos proyectos. Este año parece que las cosas empezaron un poco más relajadas, sin champán derramado en el suelo, sin saltos y bailes a los cantos de los Hare Krishna en Queen Street.
Hace unas semanas conseguí una nueva agenda de 2015 y lo primero que encontré cuando la abrí fue una pequeña tarjeta que decía 2015, vivilo, amalo, así que he decidido que este año no voy a hacer resoluciones de año nuevo, sin promesas falsas o una lista interminable de cosas que nunca sere capaz de alcanzar plenamente. Este año voy a hacer eso … vivirlo … disfrutarlo, Esa puede ser mi única resolución si se quiere.
Espero que todos tengan un maravilloso 2015, y los vere pronto.
Oh yes, the time has come for me to leave you… but I’ll be back…
For the past few months le boyfriend and I have been planning our holidays, proper holidays. Our destination changed a few times, Fiji, Southeast Asia, South of New Zealand but finally we made up our minds and decided to spend a whole month traveling.