Sunday, 31 August 2014
I first experienced overnight camp as a fearless eight-year-old ready for the independence of my new adventure. From that summer, it became my second home; a place of consistent joy regardless of whatever turmoil might be going on in the rest of my life. As a child, it was my sanctuary, my safe place. Now I get to be part of what keeps it that way. No matter what I end up doing with my life, I don't think I'll ever find a job as rewarding as working at summer camp.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
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
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.
Friday, 2 May 2014
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Saturday, 5 April 2014
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.
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!
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).
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?
Labels: mental health