Finding calm in Brussels

As I’m sure most of you know, Brussels (my current city of residence) was struck by a horrible terrorist attack last week, March 22nd. The city is slowly getting back up on its feet, and people around me are trying hard to go on with their day-to-day lives. I am not going to elaborate on terrorist attacks, the media, or anything related to these events (because a quick google search will get you immediately caught up), but I would like to reflect and expand on the fellow humans that surround me.

I am currently sitting in a popular coffee shop that is only about half-occupied. On any other day before the attack, this place would be packed, but alas, empty chairs are a-plenty on this particular Tuesday. Up on the speakers are the soothing and uplifting sounds of The Beatles, and around me I can hear various quiet conversations. Some people are quietly discussing current events, and others are deeply consumed by their books and lap tops.

It’s very easy to get consumed by fear. Take it from a girl with generalized anxiety disorder (I am also prone to panic attacks) – the easiest thing to do right now would be to lock myself up at home and feed into dark thoughts. But alas, that isn’t what I’m doing, and I can see that my fellow co-habitants of this city are also resisting the urge to do so. Most people around me seem hopeful. There’s a glimmer of hope everywhere, from the baristas that are managing to keep a smile on their faces and are brightening everyone’s day, to the quiet boy who is blatantly cramming for exams. Life just keeps going.

Recently, I have started dedicating chunks of my day for guided meditations. “Insight Timer” is a free app that my best friend just introduced me to. If you’re a meditation pro, or if you’re a newbie like me, you’re going to love this app. It has an awesome community component, so you can see how many people in the world (or even in your city) are meditating at the moment, and you can message people and thank them for meditating with you. I couldn’t rave about it any more if I wanted to. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, especially all of you great people that are prone to getting sucked up by your own thoughts.

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To my fellow people of Brussels, there are plenty of peace-loving humans around you that are going out of their way to create more harmony in this crazy world. If you’re reading this today and you desperately need to get out of your home and to a safe place, there is a mindfulness meditation session at Bon Jour Bruxelles tonight. I’m including the facebook event riiiight here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1695174040754650/
With thoughts of love and peace, I sign out today.
-PositivelyCurvy

Traveling to Amsterdam?

As a writer and blogger, it’s no surprise that planning and making lists are some of my favorite things in life. When the chaos in my mind gets translated into actual words, plans, directions, I am a happy lady.

Speaking of plans, there is nothing more exciting than making travel plans. Okay – there’s one thing that’s maybe a little more exciting. Making travel plans with your best friend that currently lives on another continent!!! *jumps from joy because ALL OF THE EXCITEMENT*

We’re starting our trip off in Brussels, where I currently live. I’m just about to book a hostel for a night in Ghent and we’re potentially going to look into a night (or maybe even 2?!) in Amsterdam. Ghent is one of my favorite places in Belgium, and I’ve never been to Amsterdam before, so I’m sure that’ll be a good experience.

Have any of you been to Amsterdam before? I could use some tips / hostel recommendations / advice! 🙂

Everything is happening in about two weeks and I’m so excited to share photos and stories on here.

-PositivelyCurvy

Room tour: Creating a calm space

Hello friends!

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I recently moved to Brussels, Belgium. After years and years of living in cramped dorms, I was faced with the awesome opportunity to create and decorate a room for myself. Since I frequently write, it was really important for me to have a desk / office space in my room. The only other thing that I needed to ensure, is that I would create a space for myself that promoted calmness as well as inspiration and creativity.

So, welcome to my room! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it inspires some of you.

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Let’s start off with the window / desk space. I got pretty much everything you see from Ikea (except for the Swell water bottle, which is my favorite thing ever). Gotta love Ikea.

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The next section I want to talk about is my bed area. I didn’t get much of a say in picking the actual bed (it was already in here), so aside from the fact that it’s a little bit small, I have managed to make it super cozy. The pillows again, are from Ikea. The blanket and the wall decor are all from Maison du Monde in Brussels. The cute slippers are from Primark, and my notebooks are from Madison Modern Market in Madison, Wisconsin.

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And last but not least, I have the middle section of my closet completely open, and I use it as a decorative / visual space.
Here you can see my St. Lawrence diploma, some books, notebooks, a coloring book, some light training weights, trashy magazines, and two storage boxes.

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I still have room to decorate more, so if there’s anything you think would fit in really well, please let me know in the comments! I hope you guys enjoyed this little tour.

Till next time,

-Positively Curvy

Foodie Review: Peck 47

I have only been in Brussels for about two weeks, and the one spot that I have officially come back to on three different occasions is the one and only Peck 47. If you’re spending your day sightseeing around Brussels and you happen to be looking for breakfast, lunch, or a place to unwind, I would strongly recommend giving Peck 47 a chance.

Location:
Rue du Marché aux Poulets 47, 1000 Bruxelles

  • Located just a few minutes from Manneken Pis (teeny tiny peeing boy statue) and Grand Place, this place is ideal on a sunny day.

Vibe:

  • The decor of this little cafe is artsy, featuring a number of modern / minimalist movie posters, a huge sign that says “Follow Your Dreams”, a sassy Lana Del Ray poster, as well as a chalkboard wall featuring two rabbits having a cute conversation (fully equipped with googley eyes). 
  • The staff is SO friendly. Every time I’ve been there, they have been more than happy to chat, explain the menu as well as recommend items depending on your likes / dislikes / mood.
  • I would say that it’s totally fine to come in here by yourself with a book, or even a lap top and get some work done (as long as you don’t mind the chitter chatter of other people in the cafe.

Food / Drink:

Before I start, I have to say – the reason I picked this as the first place to write about is because I have never had a negative experience with the food. It’s all absolutely amazing.

  • They have a unique little selection of fresh juices and smoothies. I have tried the Watermelon, Lime and Lemongrass juice (which is SO refreshing, not overly sweet, and feels like a shot of hydration) as well as the Vanilla, Lemon and Basil smoothie (very smooth, light, and slightly sweet). They do also always have fresh squeezed lemonade, which appeared to be mixed with raspberries today.  
  • Tea tea tea tea TEA (and lattes, of course). Although I am typically a latte girl, which is what I got the first time there and it was delicious, the Peck 47 menu features an extremely unique selection of teas. I had the “Mademoiselle” tea, which was light, fruity and decadent. This is a place where you will find teas that you can’t find elsewhere. They’re also €2.50 a cup, so it can’t get better than that.   
  • Fooooood. I’m such a foodie, and I basically melt of happy feels when something looks good on a plate. Peck 47 definitely did not disappoint in this department. I would recommend the “Mediterranean Veg” salad (which is full of quinoa goodness), as well as “The Pecker” salad which my friend Kyle raved about. If salads aren’t you forte, there’s a sandwich called Kevin Bacon (genius) as well as Cheesy Waffles (which people online rave about but I have yet to try). 
  • And of course, there’s always a bit of room for dessert. I tried some of the dark chocolate orange cake which was a lot lighter than it sounds and I would imagine that it would pair amazingly with some breakfast / black tea. They also have a vegan green tea cake which seems to be popular within the cafe.

Let me know if you visit this cute little spot and happen upon something amazingly delicious that I need to try!

-Positively Curvy