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Hello! It feels like quite a while since I have sat down and tapped away writing in my little room. To be completely truthful, this is the first time in a long time I have felt like writing anything. Apart from the occasional entry in my journal. When I started this blog it was mostly for me, back in the day when blogging was just a hobby and a creative outlet. It still is for me and I hope I will always have a tiny space on the internet for my words. A place where I have a voice. This has probably been my longest break away from blogging and as much as I missed it, I was also in need of some me time. My unexpected hibernation.

Winter has made everything more challenging for me this year. I felt that I have suffered with possibly my worst case of SAD this season. Most mornings I would wake up feeling exhausted and forcing myself to make my way out of bed. I made the best out of it and I am quite excited for the warmer months to arrive. If only we could have a real Winter of hibernating and awake fresh for Spring.

I have learnt that it is good to take some time away to recharge and look at the bigger picture. However, sometimes other things take a priority and you need to focus your energy on it and the rest takes a back seat for a little while. Since the end of last year I have been taking care of myself and working on a personal change in my life. It has not been the easiest time for me. Some days are worse than others. I try my hardest to put on a brave face and think positively to get me through the day. That's all any of us can ever strive for.

Making time for some self care, quiet moments alone and joyful days with my loved ones have been my saviour. I want to continue making an effort to take care of myself, no matter how small the acts are, it makes a tremendous difference to my life. Anything that is good for the soul should be prioritised. I thought I would make a list of some of my recent small joys as a reminder of the good amongst the ordinary.

My small joys

Yoga & meditation
I never realise how much I need some relaxation until it's the evening of my weekly yoga class. I always look forward to stretching, breathing deeply and being present. I have loved seeing my progress, my tree and dancer poses are stronger and I'm flowing with my breath so much easier. Now I'm beginning to introduce meditation. I am still trying to get into the habit of meditating daily but so far I'm enjoying that time for myself.

I have even made a playlist for when I practice yoga - click here to listen.

Reading in bed
This year I have challenged myself to read a book every month. It's been so good to read in the evenings again, it feels so restful and my sleep improves when I do. After reading just a couple of pages I feel calm. My love gave me The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, a young adult love story with the same names as us, it was a perfect Valentine's Day gift. 

Bon Iver
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Bon Iver and it was one of the best gigs I've been to. The power of live music can have over you is incredible, like vibrations through your body making you feel alive and bring your emotions to the surface. I've listened to the set a few times since then and I can imagine being back there. You can listen to it here.

Walking & running outside
I have been embracing walking outside this Winter, soaking up as much daylight as possible when I'm not stuck inside working. It's so simple but a 15 minute walk can make me feel a little better than when I started. When I get the motivation to run I get a full boost of endorphins, my head feels clearer and I've given my body a good challenge. Every time I improve a little - that's an extra win. 

Brunches 
In the words of Ron Swanson "There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food". Weekend brunches are one of the greatest ways to start the day, catching up with friends and eating good food. Even cooking a veggie fry up or pancakes at home with my love is such a comforting way to spend the morning.


I hope it won't be too long until I'm writing another blog post. For now, tell me about what is going on in your life. Is there anything you're working on right now? What are your small joys?

Speak to you soon, beautiful x



An unexpected hibernation

18.3.18

Hello! It feels like quite a while since I have sat down and tapped away writing in my little room. To be completely truthful, this is the first time in a long time I have felt like writing anything. Apart from the occasional entry in my journal. When I started this blog it was mostly for me, back in the day when blogging was just a hobby and a creative outlet. It still is for me and I hope I will always have a tiny space on the internet for my words. A place where I have a voice. This has probably been my longest break away from blogging and as much as I missed it, I was also in need of some me time. My unexpected hibernation.

Winter has made everything more challenging for me this year. I felt that I have suffered with possibly my worst case of SAD this season. Most mornings I would wake up feeling exhausted and forcing myself to make my way out of bed. I made the best out of it and I am quite excited for the warmer months to arrive. If only we could have a real Winter of hibernating and awake fresh for Spring.

I have learnt that it is good to take some time away to recharge and look at the bigger picture. However, sometimes other things take a priority and you need to focus your energy on it and the rest takes a back seat for a little while. Since the end of last year I have been taking care of myself and working on a personal change in my life. It has not been the easiest time for me. Some days are worse than others. I try my hardest to put on a brave face and think positively to get me through the day. That's all any of us can ever strive for.

Making time for some self care, quiet moments alone and joyful days with my loved ones have been my saviour. I want to continue making an effort to take care of myself, no matter how small the acts are, it makes a tremendous difference to my life. Anything that is good for the soul should be prioritised. I thought I would make a list of some of my recent small joys as a reminder of the good amongst the ordinary.

My small joys

Yoga & meditation
I never realise how much I need some relaxation until it's the evening of my weekly yoga class. I always look forward to stretching, breathing deeply and being present. I have loved seeing my progress, my tree and dancer poses are stronger and I'm flowing with my breath so much easier. Now I'm beginning to introduce meditation. I am still trying to get into the habit of meditating daily but so far I'm enjoying that time for myself.

I have even made a playlist for when I practice yoga - click here to listen.

Reading in bed
This year I have challenged myself to read a book every month. It's been so good to read in the evenings again, it feels so restful and my sleep improves when I do. After reading just a couple of pages I feel calm. My love gave me The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, a young adult love story with the same names as us, it was a perfect Valentine's Day gift. 

Bon Iver
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Bon Iver and it was one of the best gigs I've been to. The power of live music can have over you is incredible, like vibrations through your body making you feel alive and bring your emotions to the surface. I've listened to the set a few times since then and I can imagine being back there. You can listen to it here.

Walking & running outside
I have been embracing walking outside this Winter, soaking up as much daylight as possible when I'm not stuck inside working. It's so simple but a 15 minute walk can make me feel a little better than when I started. When I get the motivation to run I get a full boost of endorphins, my head feels clearer and I've given my body a good challenge. Every time I improve a little - that's an extra win. 

Brunches 
In the words of Ron Swanson "There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food". Weekend brunches are one of the greatest ways to start the day, catching up with friends and eating good food. Even cooking a veggie fry up or pancakes at home with my love is such a comforting way to spend the morning.


I hope it won't be too long until I'm writing another blog post. For now, tell me about what is going on in your life. Is there anything you're working on right now? What are your small joys?

Speak to you soon, beautiful x



The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

A Photo Diary - Hong Kong

10.1.18

The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

Oh Christmas, you came as quick as you went away. It was so lovely to come home from work on the last Friday before Christmas and then waking up the next day to begin the Christmas break away with my love. We haven't been away together this year and I think we both needed get away from every day life for a few days. 

Last Christmas we went away to Edinburgh, we loved being away for Christmas so much that we decided to do it again this year. We weren't sure where to go, so we went for somewhere not too far away that we have never been before and Canterbury ticked the box. We found a cosy little Airbnb close to the city centre and it was the perfect place for us to have quiet nights in.

Canterbury






Once we arrived in Canterbury on Christmas Eve Eve we unpacked and headed straight out into the city centre. We walked past Canterbury Castle, along the city walls and towards the Christmas market. I love Christmas markets, all the delicious food, mulled wine and beautiful gifts. Canterbury felt a lot like Edinburgh and York with the small streets, unique little shops and old buildings. I stumbled upon Queen Bee Home a shop with lovely homeware treasures and a cafe at the back. If I ever had a shop it would be a lot like that.

On Christmas day we went for an afternoon walk around the city again, the streets were so quiet and peaceful. Walking past little houses with gorgeous wreaths and finding the big Christmas tree outside the Cathedral. I only wish some of the coffee shops were open so that we could get hide away in some cosy corners.

Whitstable







Despite it being a grey and windy day Whitstable was a beautiful little seaside town to explore. We walked through a little market and along the beach lined with pretty houses with colourful doors. There were a few restaurants and cafes, one had a big pile of oyster shells outside, I couldn't resist picking up a few shells, it has to be done when you're at the beach. We had a look in some of the shops, picked up some last minute things for Christmas dinner and of course had some fish and chips.

I love going away for Christmas, it's not always the easiest when it comes to families at this time of year. Some are working, some live far away and I have not always been the most festive person but having this time to spend with my favourite person is what makes me most joyful.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

How was your Christmas break?

Canterbury & Whitstable for Christmas

31.12.17

Oh Christmas, you came as quick as you went away. It was so lovely to come home from work on the last Friday before Christmas and then waking up the next day to begin the Christmas break away with my love. We haven't been away together this year and I think we both needed get away from every day life for a few days. 

Last Christmas we went away to Edinburgh, we loved being away for Christmas so much that we decided to do it again this year. We weren't sure where to go, so we went for somewhere not too far away that we have never been before and Canterbury ticked the box. We found a cosy little Airbnb close to the city centre and it was the perfect place for us to have quiet nights in.

Canterbury






Once we arrived in Canterbury on Christmas Eve Eve we unpacked and headed straight out into the city centre. We walked past Canterbury Castle, along the city walls and towards the Christmas market. I love Christmas markets, all the delicious food, mulled wine and beautiful gifts. Canterbury felt a lot like Edinburgh and York with the small streets, unique little shops and old buildings. I stumbled upon Queen Bee Home a shop with lovely homeware treasures and a cafe at the back. If I ever had a shop it would be a lot like that.

On Christmas day we went for an afternoon walk around the city again, the streets were so quiet and peaceful. Walking past little houses with gorgeous wreaths and finding the big Christmas tree outside the Cathedral. I only wish some of the coffee shops were open so that we could get hide away in some cosy corners.

Whitstable







Despite it being a grey and windy day Whitstable was a beautiful little seaside town to explore. We walked through a little market and along the beach lined with pretty houses with colourful doors. There were a few restaurants and cafes, one had a big pile of oyster shells outside, I couldn't resist picking up a few shells, it has to be done when you're at the beach. We had a look in some of the shops, picked up some last minute things for Christmas dinner and of course had some fish and chips.

I love going away for Christmas, it's not always the easiest when it comes to families at this time of year. Some are working, some live far away and I have not always been the most festive person but having this time to spend with my favourite person is what makes me most joyful.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

How was your Christmas break?


 


Sometimes I view periods of my life in seasons. They are a lot like the four seasons in the year, autumn, winter, spring and summer. Winter is like those days when everything is calm, even if it is for a little while. Spring is when you're motivated and excited for the future. Summer is steady but fun and you're living your life fully. Autumn is when you begin to make changes and work a little harder. Right now I'm right in the middle of autumn with a hint of spring.

There are a few things that I'm working on at the moment that will bring some changes to my life. It's good changes. Well they are great changes that I have been waiting to make for a long time. They make me feel all those nervous and excited feelings.  My emotions have been a lot closer to the surface because of it but in the end I know it will all be worth it. And it shows how much it means to me. I'm hoping it won't be long until I'm in the winter season of my life, feeling settled and can breathe effortlessly again. As soon as I have something set in stone I will of course be sharing it and my journey.

The past month while I have been working on these changes it has felt a little draining and tough at times. I feel like time is running away quickly and there is never enough of it. On top of that my day job has been challenging in new ways and wipes me out by the time I get to Friday. So much so that I fall back to sleep after I've turned off my alarm on a Friday morning. It has once again reminded me that I need to restore a balance in my life to be more mindful and to look after myself.

Some days are easier than others but I know it is one of life's ways of testing me for greater things to come. When I look at these few photos I took while in Beverley one afternoon last month, it reminds me of that day and how my life will begin to move into a new beginning soon. Until then I'm focusing on balance, working on everything that life throws at me and trying to learn as much as possible from this experience.

How I'm practising mindful living


Resting
This is so important and I think we can forget that our bodies need to rest well every night. Even if it doesn't feel like we need to. I have been making more of an intention to get into bed by 9.30pm and letting myself melt into my bed and slowly begin to unwind before I drift off finally.

Exercise
I have found a really good routine for getting my body moving that works so well for me. Since the end of summer I have been going to circuits twice a week and to my surpriseI really enjoy it. It pushes me but I feel so good afterwards. I can see difference in my fitness, I can run further, I'm stronger and can see small changes in my body. However, I still hate burpees. My weekly yoga class is a new one for me, it's been the best thing I've started doing for myself. The teacher is so lovely and really helps me leave behind the day, focus on being present and improve my practise one little step at a time. 

Learning to say no 
It can be one of the hardest things to do but sometimes you have to say no. It could be a no to staying late at work or a no to going out with a friend. You have to do what you can manage both physically and mentally. It's okay to say no. You do feel a little bad at first but you will thank yourself for it later. We all have to do it every now and then. Say no when you need to so that you can say yes to the things that will add positivity to your life. 

Breathe and release 
Yoga has reminded me the power of the breath. I have had to take some deep breaths when it gets a little tough. I close my eyes and just focus on my breathing and a few moments later I feel a little more grounded. 

Schedule in me time
I make the time when I can to do something that's just for me. A walk listening to a podcast, a soak in the bath or watching The Vampire Diaries in the evening. I give myself those things so that I can feel a little more human. It's one of the simplest way to take care of yourself. 

Writing and venting
I haven't made much time to put pen to paper but when I do it pours out of me. Pages of words that maybe don't make much sense but I find it so therapeutic to let my mind flow. My love has been so supportive. He always has been. I can say the most ridiculous things and he will listen. He gives advice and reminds me that it will all be okay. It's good to let it all out. Even if it means being vulnerable. 


What do you do to be more mindful?

A Seasonal Shift & Living Mindfully

12.11.17


 


Sometimes I view periods of my life in seasons. They are a lot like the four seasons in the year, autumn, winter, spring and summer. Winter is like those days when everything is calm, even if it is for a little while. Spring is when you're motivated and excited for the future. Summer is steady but fun and you're living your life fully. Autumn is when you begin to make changes and work a little harder. Right now I'm right in the middle of autumn with a hint of spring.

There are a few things that I'm working on at the moment that will bring some changes to my life. It's good changes. Well they are great changes that I have been waiting to make for a long time. They make me feel all those nervous and excited feelings.  My emotions have been a lot closer to the surface because of it but in the end I know it will all be worth it. And it shows how much it means to me. I'm hoping it won't be long until I'm in the winter season of my life, feeling settled and can breathe effortlessly again. As soon as I have something set in stone I will of course be sharing it and my journey.

The past month while I have been working on these changes it has felt a little draining and tough at times. I feel like time is running away quickly and there is never enough of it. On top of that my day job has been challenging in new ways and wipes me out by the time I get to Friday. So much so that I fall back to sleep after I've turned off my alarm on a Friday morning. It has once again reminded me that I need to restore a balance in my life to be more mindful and to look after myself.

Some days are easier than others but I know it is one of life's ways of testing me for greater things to come. When I look at these few photos I took while in Beverley one afternoon last month, it reminds me of that day and how my life will begin to move into a new beginning soon. Until then I'm focusing on balance, working on everything that life throws at me and trying to learn as much as possible from this experience.

How I'm practising mindful living


Resting
This is so important and I think we can forget that our bodies need to rest well every night. Even if it doesn't feel like we need to. I have been making more of an intention to get into bed by 9.30pm and letting myself melt into my bed and slowly begin to unwind before I drift off finally.

Exercise
I have found a really good routine for getting my body moving that works so well for me. Since the end of summer I have been going to circuits twice a week and to my surpriseI really enjoy it. It pushes me but I feel so good afterwards. I can see difference in my fitness, I can run further, I'm stronger and can see small changes in my body. However, I still hate burpees. My weekly yoga class is a new one for me, it's been the best thing I've started doing for myself. The teacher is so lovely and really helps me leave behind the day, focus on being present and improve my practise one little step at a time. 

Learning to say no 
It can be one of the hardest things to do but sometimes you have to say no. It could be a no to staying late at work or a no to going out with a friend. You have to do what you can manage both physically and mentally. It's okay to say no. You do feel a little bad at first but you will thank yourself for it later. We all have to do it every now and then. Say no when you need to so that you can say yes to the things that will add positivity to your life. 

Breathe and release 
Yoga has reminded me the power of the breath. I have had to take some deep breaths when it gets a little tough. I close my eyes and just focus on my breathing and a few moments later I feel a little more grounded. 

Schedule in me time
I make the time when I can to do something that's just for me. A walk listening to a podcast, a soak in the bath or watching The Vampire Diaries in the evening. I give myself those things so that I can feel a little more human. It's one of the simplest way to take care of yourself. 

Writing and venting
I haven't made much time to put pen to paper but when I do it pours out of me. Pages of words that maybe don't make much sense but I find it so therapeutic to let my mind flow. My love has been so supportive. He always has been. I can say the most ridiculous things and he will listen. He gives advice and reminds me that it will all be okay. It's good to let it all out. Even if it means being vulnerable. 


What do you do to be more mindful?

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