Wednesday, 4 June 2014

City Break


As much as I love living in London, I'm so happy that I get to spend some time in the countryside as well. Sometimes a little fresh air is all you need.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Bloom



After doing a not-so-great job of taking care of my plants for a while, finally having a flower is making me very happy. Along with this nice spring weather, it's been keeping me in good spirits.

What little things have been making you happy lately?

Friday, 9 May 2014

Safari in Tanzania

Now that my essays are all written and my end-of-term to do list is shrinking I can get back to some more regular blogging. I have been so excited to share more pictures from Tanzania, and today I want to start with the photos from our incredible Safari.

It was unbelievable to be able to watch so many majestic animals just going about their regular lives. We snapped quite a few photos in the excitement, but I've managed to narrow it down to a few favorites to share with all of you.



Did you know that giraffes look this awkwardly goofy when they bend down? We couldn't stop laughing at the poor thing.




In the past I'd never thought of zebras as anything special, but seeing them up close I was absolutely amazed by their beauty.



The highlight of our two days of safari was hands down watching this lioness stalk her pray. We thought we might get to witness an attack, but in the end she missed her chance. (Probably stage fright from all the safari jeeps that gathered around to admire her)


I must admit, I couldn't stop a planet-earth style narration from playing out in my head most of the time.



Treasure Tromp

Friday, 2 May 2014

Smile

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In times of high stress it's nice to remember how small I really am in the context of the world.

No matter what happens with my finals, the sun will rise and the sun will set. The world will keep spinning.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Spain

I haven't had much time to blog lately, but I had to take a quick break from writing essays to share a few pictures. This Easter Alex and I were lucky enough to tag along to his family's trip to Spain. It was the perfect break from the city and from end of term stress.







Saturday, 5 April 2014

Wellness







Recently I have been focusing a lot on my overall wellbeing. As I'm approaching the end of my school year, and therefore finals, stress is mounting. Times like these it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves, though they're also the most important times to do it. Here are the top three things I have been to look after myself lately.




1. Meditation


The past couple of weeks, I have started a guided meditation program with Headspace, which I've been doing (almost) daily. I first read about this web site/ app on Lulu's blog Berry Diaries. I've been really wanting to get into meditation, but often my body and mind both become restless, and I give up before really achieving anything. So starting with a ten day program of guided mediation for ten minutes a day was a perfect way to ease into it. I've now moved onto Take 15, the next program doing fifteen minutes for fifteen days, and am very excited!

2. Exercise


My current schedule is probably the most inactive one I've ever had, and my body was definitely feeling the difference. At first I was hesitant to join a gym, but eventually decided it was too important not to. I've actually become one of those people who enjoys working out. It's amazing how much better I feel when I'm more active.


I also recently attended a yoga class at Blue Cow Yoga. The class was physically challenging yet relaxing, and I just overall got a good vibe from my surroundings. If I could afford to continue after the first free class I definitely would! (And if you can I would definitely recommend them).

3. Writing


I have been keeping journals for many years. It is always a great way to check in with myself and sort out thoughts that seem blurry and confusing as long as they're only in my head. When I notice that I haven't been writing for a while, it is always a sign that there is something wrong and I need to check in with myself.



How do you take care of yourself in times of stress?

Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring

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After my vacation I was worried that so much time in the sun would make returning to chilly London feel unbearable. I was pleasantly surprised that the winter I left had become spring in my absence.

At the beginning of spring, I always feel like I'm waking up from a long nap. Winter is tedious. Winter makes me want to stay cuddled up in bed all day. But every morning that I wake up to a sunny day I find myself unable to stop smiling. It may be a notoriously rainy city, but there's nothing quite like a sunny spring day in London.