The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Zen

Last month Julie of Les Petits Pas de Juls showed us what it’s like to drop everything, go absorb every ounce of life, and make your own way. In my monthly series, The Life Enthusiast Chronicles, gorgeous human beings from all over talk about what makes them excited to be alive.

Today I’m so happy to bring you guys this lovely gal I know all the way in Dubai, Zen from Zen Scribbles. Zen has been one of my faves for a long time. When I read her posts, it’s like seeing life for the first time. With her delightful views on books, chocolate, and more reading, and more dessert, her sweetness remains with you long after you’ve left her blog.

That kind of youthful joie de vivre is exactly why I asked Zen to be a Life Enthusiast. 

Connect with Zen on Twitter.


Like others before me, I want to thank Britt for this opportunity. I’m actually quite honoured; I never thought – looking back at all Life Enthusiasts before me – that I could fit the bill, so this makes me happy.

It also made me realise that this is very difficult, haha.

Though I’ve always been one to take pleasure in the little things in life, I feel I haven’t really started “living” until I finally left the nest a few months ago.

In the Middle East, girls typically have to live with their parents until they are married, and mine were especially firm about that. It took quite a lot of effort and persuasion, but I was finally able to convince them to let me go, and so began quite a new adventure.

Mural
I see this mural on my way home every day, and it always puts a smile on my face.

In some aspects I am more of an adult now; I have my own place, I stress about bills and get buried under huge piles of work.

You would argue that, since I’m 26, I am already a fully-fledged adult, but I still feel like that teenager sitting between her best friends on graduation day, awkwardly accepting her diploma from the headmaster and darting off before her parents could even snap a picture.

Even now that we all have our careers and our responsibilities, when we all get together we are still able to have the same childish fun we had when we were younger, spending hours over a board game, watching cartoons and eating more sweets than our bodies can handle. I’m a very nostalgic person, and this whole formula suits me just fine, allowing me to relive the past with all the perks of being an adult.

A game of Pokémon Monopoly that got a little bit heated towards the end!
A game of Pokémon Monopoly that got a little bit heated towards the end!

I think it’s really important never to lose sight of the child in you, and to continue enjoying the things that made you happy in that innocent phase of your life.

Though my tastes have developed over the years, I still squeal with delight when I hit the candy aisle of any store – especially now that there’s no one to tell me I only get to “pick one”, haha – and I cannot hide my joy when I step into a patisserie, often failing to control myself and my wallet in face of all the sugary goodies.

Jelly beans are like the best treat ever!
Jelly beans are like the best treat ever!

I still enjoy animated movies most of all… and cry during almost every single one of them, even on the fourth or fifth watch.

I still snuggle my stuffed bunny when I sleep.

An avid reader, I still allow myself to indulge in the innocence and simplicity of a good children’s novel. I still love “looking at the pictures.”

This one has so many pictures. :D
This one has so many pictures. 😀

I laugh easily, I cry easily, my foodie buds still crave the childhood comfort of mac & cheese… and at the end of the day, when I’m feeling particularly down, a scoop of ice-cream can cheer me right up.

I may not have everything figured out, but at least I know, I will never grow up to be a person who doesn’t delight in the simple things in life.

And when a toy store clerk asks me if I want Toothless wrapped up as a gift, I’ll firmly say, “No, thank you. This is actually mine.”

Proud owner of this little guy.
Proud owner of this little guy.

54 thoughts on “The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Zen

  1. “I think it’s really important never to lose sight of the child in you, and to continue enjoying the things you enjoyed in that innocent phase of your life.”

    A lot of truth in this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pokemon monopoly; now that’s got to be fun! Glad you are enjoying your independence and being who you want to be at this moment. Britt, love the new look on your header. Totally gorgeous.

  3. I agree–holding onto the child in us is important. Children see things differently, whereas adults tend to get all serious. It’s good to have a lighter side that’s just looking for a bit of fun.

    Great post. Loved the ending. And like you, a patisserie will challenge my self-control!

    1. Exactly! Almost all the adults in my life are all-business-and-no-fun. I vowed to myself that I will never grow up to be like them. In the battles between me and patisseries, the patisserie always wins. xD

  4. LOVE the new look Britt 🙂 Great to meet you Zen, your wide-eyed enthusiasm for life really comes through, you sound like you’re relishing independence while still appreciating the comforting things of life.

  5. 🙂 Yep, you brought yet another smile on our faces today, both of you guys, Britt for introducing us to Zen, and Zen for being such a doll and so delightful in every word and every action you take and talk about!

    I follow you on everything! Simply and beautifully magical! Being you, listening to the child in you, relishing in what brings you happiness in those simple yet meaningful moments.
    Board games, chocolate, books and friends!! Nothing beats that! Specially when you’re a grown up who can enjoy each and everyone of them as much as you want!

    Cheers! Happy everything! Enjoy it all!

    1. Yay – I’m glad the post made you smile! That’s what I hoped to get out of it. 😀 And thank you for your comment; it’s really really sweet and I really really appreciate it!

      Happy everything indeed!

  6. I love this post, Zen! I’m still smiling and thinking of my inner child. Thank you for this feeling and remembering the joys of childhood. No matter what the age, if the child in you lives joy can’t be far behind. And thank you Britt for all you do to my life!

    1. Aw, thanks! No matter what happens, that young Dannie in you must never fade away, otherwise you become a grouchy old person who yells at kids to get off their lawn, haha.

  7. Reblogged this on Zen Scribbles and commented:
    The lovely Britt was kind enough to host me on her blog recently! It was nice to talk about the things that make me tick – namely sweets – and the little Zen inside me that I refuse to ever let go. 🙂

  8. Zen never lose your zing, I love all those things you mention here and I am fifty. I still love reading children’s novels and picture books. My son thinks jelly beans are the best ever too! Thanks for sharing your wonderful world. You say you may not have it all figured out but even when we age we rarely get there. So enjoy the process.

    1. Children novels are so underrated! I often get weird looks when seen in the children’s section in a bookshop, and it’s so unfair. 😦 And that’s actually comforting to hear, thanks! xD

      1. I collect them, the ones that inspire me and one day I will have my own picture book to share and I hope the young, the not-so-young and the old, love it just as much.

  9. Too true. And when we do something considered childish, we are made to feel foolish. I say go for it anyway! It’s what keeps us young and full of joie de vivre. Those who lose that are sad souls indeed.

    Thanks for the introduction to Zen!

    1. Oh god yes. I’ve had a fair share of people giving me a “that-is-very-childish-what-do-you-think-you’re-doing-grow-up” kind of look, and it’s frustrating, but what can you do? 😦

  10. Oh gosh, what a lovely “sweet” post Zen! Such an important reminder, to keep in touch with our inner child.

    Btw, my son’s favourite sweets are jelly beans too. I don’t crave so much for sweets but I do share your love for children’s novels and cartoons. (actually just wrote a post about it, if you’re interested in reading; https://karinvandenbergh.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/the-velveteen-principles-the-process-of-becoming-real/ )

    Britt, you sure have a wonderful circle of “Enthusiasts for life” – no surprise really 🙂

    1. Thank you, Karin! Children’s novels and cartoons are great, aren’t they? They’re so poignant and simple at the same time, and that’s what makes them so beautiful!

  11. Great to see you here, Zen!

    I’m a big lover of animated movies, too, particularly anything Disney as that’s what fed my soul in my early years. And, I cry at every single one too!

    I love your notion about never losing sight of the child in you. I lost track of my inner child for a while, but found it again when I had kids of my own. It’s a better place to be.

    1. Disney is great for continuing to feed that inner child in all of us. 😀 And I’m glad you managed to find little Kate again – never let her go!

  12. Yes, we need to embrace the child in all of us, I agree! Cookies for dinner, why not? Skipping to work, sign me up! Wonderful piece, Zen.

  13. I was caught rockin out to Christmas carols with my son in front of the veterinarian’s office one afternoon. We didn’t care the receptionists were giggling when we made our way to the door and we began again once we got back into the car with our pet. Good memory. Always keep the child within you…..

    1. Haha, never let the stiff people get you down! Whenever I see someone looking with disapproval at an otherwise innocent action, I want to tell them, “You were a child once! You know how it feels!”

  14. I teach creative writing classes. One of my students in my newest session is an 81-year-old retired physician. And he says that the biggest lesson he’s learned through his life, his doctoring, his parenting and ‘living,’ is to never, ever forget the child inside each of us. You and I agree!

    1. Awww, that’s sweet. I really hope that by the time I’m that old, I still won’t forget what it’s like to be a child. I imagine it’d make things a lot easier. 🙂

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