First of all, I need to share my gratitude with all of you this Sunday evening.
I am thankful for the chances I get to spend quiet time with myself and actually regroup.
I am thankful for the people in my life who always have my back; the people who showed up for me in those difficult times.
I am thankful I’ve got a roof over my head on this cold and rainy night. I am sending prayers to those who weren’t as lucky.
I am thankful for Air.
For the breath of life.
For the fact that every night I go to bed with dreams, hopes and faith.
For every morning that I get the chance to wake up and make things happen.
I am so god-damn thankful.
Second of all, tonight, while I was searching for bits and pieces, I stumbled across a Youtube channel that simply brought tears of happiness to my eyes.
I decided to share this here tonight, because I think we all need this reminder sometimes: every human life is precious. Every moment you get to share with your loved ones is precious. And every moment spent doing what you love is precious.
Human life is precious.
Stare for 4 minutes into someone else’s eyes. Have you ever done that? Try it.
Write a letter of gratitude to the most important person in your life. Call them and read them that letter. How did it make you feel..? How did it made them feel?
People between 0 to 100 offer some advice on things they’ve learned throughout life.
What is love? No, but really.. How would you define Love? Do you believe in Love?
Let’s not forget how precious our lives truly are. Hug the people you love Today. Show a bit of gratitude to the Universe. Help someone in need. Just be Kind.
Peace, Love & Happiness.
“Man is only great when he acts from passion.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Another year has started. Wow. Where is this whole thing heading to??
In my last post from December I mentioned that I was expecting something different from the direction my life was heading. But then it did not, and I basically had to adjust.
I felt lost not for the first time in my life, I felt like I was just drifting. Sometimes just going with the flow is great, take it as it comes, not worrying about it.
But what I’ve learnt in the last few months is that we need vision. We need to believe in something. We need to have goals. We need to do something that is being of benefit to others.
We need to make things happen, rather than have all things happening to us.
Life is so short.. We count the days, we count the months and the years but we forget how to make all those seconds count!
I have decided to make it count. For me 2016 is going to be a great year, no matter what happens.
And I also decided that I am going back to basics with this first post, so I’m going to share with you a dose of inspiration I’ve been gathering over the last two weeks.
May it be of benefit!
“I believe in the good things coming, coming, coming ..”
Keep it Smart with Inc.com.
I will close by saying that we all need to take charge. I know sometimes is hard, sometimes ‘life’ comes in the way, and sometimes we are too scared to make a change.
But there are so many beautiful things that could happen when we push through our fear.. So many possibilities.
There’s a meteor shower tonight. A beautiful, magical, dark meteor shower.
Go outside. Look at the sky.
Remember how blessed you are to be HERE.
“And if you feel damned,
just remember that
heroin is made of flowers
and you, are made of
~ Amanda Torroni
“A little magic can take you a long way.” ~ Ronald DahlNew month, good vibes and more hopes. Dreaming higher. Aiming higher. Being more gentle. Slowing down and taking few deep breaths. Smiling at the sun. Complaining less.
I’m about to head on a new adventure, and these songs are part of my May playlist. I hope they inspire you to let yourself go and find your own way in this life.
When the lights are faded to black
Only stars are guiding me back
I’ll keep running
To the place I belong.”
And it echoes when I breathe
Until all you see is my ghost
Empty vessel, crooked teeth
Wish you could see..”
Such an oldie, but still an amazing song that was given a more breezy vibe.
Now I’m gonna tell my momma
That I’m a traveller
I’m gonna follow the sun
5. Join the Riot – Us Against the Wall . This amazing Swedish band performed few nights ago in Hangzhou. They have a very cool indie sound and on top of that, the boys are really down to earth and so fun to hang out with. You should definitely listen to their songs.
When it feels like
You’ve given it all you got but there’s no reason
Come on and give it all what you got
Cause for tonight, tonight it’s us against the wall.”
I will leave you with some food for thought from the greatest John Lennon. Learn how to play the game. Learn the rules, but make them work in your favour. Be a Rebel.
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
Peace & Love,
Today, I’m sharing with you guys few pictures that I took this month. It is basically what I have been up to in March.
*Warning: lot’s of reading involved, smoothies and job applications.
This is basically what defines my days this week – reading to get inspired, smoothies to keep healthy and job applications.. well because we all need to do some planning sometimes.
Here it goes.
What inspires you?? How did your month looked like? Share your pictures. I would love to hear from you.
Peace & Love,
it’s happening, folks! the last month of 2014 is here!
and what a year this has been. we loved. we cried.we travelled.we met inspiring souls.
we got out hearts broken.
we shared kisses, beds and sunrises.
we talked to strangers on cold benches in the Summer.
we bought books at local libraries in September.
we started making new resolutions in November.
we blossomed like the cherry trees in the Spring..
The people that know me, know that I hate cold. I am not a winter person.
I am a person of the woods, that loves the rustle of the leaves..
That loves autumn sunsets. Pumpkins. Picking up nuts and grapes.
A person that loves autumn flowers like chrysanthemums. That loves layering and beautiful Autumn Fashion!
Basically, not a Winter person. I do appreciate the beauty of snow and I am of course thankful for how Nature runs its course.
But apparently winter loves the part of China I am in right now. No good news there. The wind is cold, the rooms don’t hold up the heat and it’s getting harder and harder to wake up early!
So I decided to write this post and share the few things I’ve been doing in the the hope of surviving winter!
This one’s for all the people out there that are trying to survive, just like me.
Drink Water. Drink Tea.Hot Chocolate. Drink, Drink, Drink. It’s very important to stay hydrated at any time. Water is Life and Life is Water.
Layer Up! Scarfs, Cardigans, Pants over Tights and so on. Choose Happy colours, we all know that Colours help with your mood. I got this very Red and very beautiful Scarf the other day. It honestly makes it a bit more bearable to go out in the cold!
Take your Vitamins! Especially if you are a Veggie, just like me! Catch up on those Vitamin Cs and Bs especially.
Be Kind. Spend time with the people that mean something in your life. Let go of the negative. Give your thanks!
Read a book. or Two! I am currently 2 books away from finishing this year’s challenge (read 60 b00ks in 2014)! Reading makes everything better. It inspire us. It makes us smarter. It makes us Interesting!
Eat your Fruits and Veggies! Keep healthy this month, eat clean. Respect your Body.
Some Inspiration …
Some Food for the Ears …
TODAY is all we have. the only guarantee there is.
But sometimes we get so caught up with daily problems and making a living that we forget that.
We forget to just stop for a second and take a deep breath.
We forget to look up at the sky and be thankful that the Sun is shining today.
We forget to give thanks for all the good food we eat every day.
For all the friends and family that surrounds us.
So, my friends, today I challenge you to stop for a minute and reflect on all the good things you have in your lives:
be thankful that when your alarm went off this morning, you were still alive.
some people did not got that chance.
be thankful that you can smell that marvellous cup of hot coffee that’s waiting for you in the kitchen.
smile at the kids on the bus. or in the street.
be kind. just stop for a minute and realise how BLESSED you are.
Pay it forward. Even if it only a smile, a small deed. Anything. Happiness comes from small things.
True Happiness that is.
Be Present. Stay in the Moment. Today is all you Have. Make sure you make it Count.
I found this video few days ago, when I was planning my lessons for class. I have showed it to my students, and I want to share it with anyone that reads this blog.
I also want to say thank you for stopping by.
and a lot of people have been judging and analysing it over the past few years.
Of course, i had ups and downs, goods and bad.
But the most important thing I have achieved in this matter is that I have learnt not to care what the others think about me. Or think they know.
the thing is, we are Different. We are Unique. And we should really try not to fit into patterns.
Patterns were made to put creativity into a box. To make us all the same.
But being different is Beautiful. Is what makes us us.
So, as a new week begins, I urge you the following:
Do NOT apologise for who you ARE or who you were at a certain point in time.
Don’t copy anyone, it’s okay not to FIT in.
Just be YOU.
Be your Crazy, Beautiful, Weird, Loud, Quiet.
Be Spiritual if you want.
Be KIND. Always. with others, but most importantly, with yourself.
YOU are ENOUGH.
and when worse comes to worse..
Over the last month I’ve witnessed and heard so many stories about body issues and the pressure society puts on us to fit certain standards. It has been one of the most talked-about topics.
I have seen people working out to exhaustion in the gym, I’ve seen girls worrying about how they look in shorts, trying to fit certain groups. I have seen people skip meals because they had one too many brownies the day before..
Heck! I’ve experienced it first hand as well. I’m one of those self-conscious persons. I have mentioned it before in some posts. That’s just the way it is. I’m not going to moan about it, but I will say one thing: do not judge. We all have battles to fight. We all have wars that we try to conquer.
Recently, as part as of our camp orientation, all the staff girls took part in a discussion about being ourselves and embracing who we are.
And although the talk was a bit overdone ( that’s just my opinion, people found it inspiring, which is great. It got the girls open about some of the issues they have been dealing with.
And I’ll tell you what.. It’s a shame we raise girls (and boys) to feel insecure about their bodies if they eat an extra muffin, or if they don’t like a certain type of music or if they don’t dress and think accordingly to a certain majority of people.
Everyone competes with everyone; for beauty, for popularity, for being the skinnier; the smarter or the prettier. And at the end of the day we feel empty and hollow.
Because nothing lasts forever. Because at the end of the day, all we got is WHO we are.
All that we are left with is the SOUL inside that screams so loud sometimes.
That piece of us that we do not feed most of the times. The piece that waits patiently for you to screw norms and embrace who you were meant to be.
Skinny, fat, blonde, brunette, tall, short. Whoever you are, however you look like – embrace it. You are special. You are unique.
Just remember that we ain’t got time to stop and obsess. Life passes by in an instant.
Listen to your heart. It knows the way.
And if they try to put you down, to criticise you, just tell them all:
“This is me, you’re welcome!’
I’ll finish with this quote:
“As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?”
~ Alan Watts
It is overwhelming. A completely a hands-on experience. There is no time to spend on social networks, on phones, with headphones in your ears. We are talking to each other. We are Interacting.
So many new faces, so many smiles. New places ready to be explored.
Nature is all that surrounds us. I can actually hear birds singing at dawn and I can sit and admire the most beautiful night sky. Everyone keeps asking me how is it. What am I doing all day long.
And it really is hard to describe how it is. I am certain that the best way of understanding what camp life really feels like, is to join one for few weeks.
I’m living in a bunk with four other girls at the moment (the number is going to double in the next few weeks!). We’re sharing bathrooms, mirrors, hair-dryers. We’re getting ready together.
We’re making jokes. It’s a huge difference for someone that used to live in a flat, slept in a king-size bed and shared the whole house only with my sister. It’s a big change. But a very welcomed one.
A good way to describe camp is as a micro-universe. We don’t know what the news are on the outside, who’s hooking up with whom, who fought with whom. We have all this here, at camp. We are the news here. Anything happens, everyone will know in few hours. It’s fun like that. All we talk about is what we’ve been doing that day and probably where we’re coming from. Our stories to share with the others.
We’re only about 60 people at the moment here, all of us staff, but things are going to change in few weeks. At the end of June, there will be approximately 1000 people walking around, socialising and being ‘welcomed home’.
A ‘normal day’, at the moment looks something like this:Wake up around 7.30am Breakfast at 8.30am Morning activities with the children until noon (I’m one of the nannies on camp) Lunch at 12.30 (I’ve been having some delicious vegetarian food) Afternoon activities with the children ( playing in the park, going for a swim, colouring, arts and crafts) Dinner time at 6.00 pm Free time from 8pm most of the days (watching movies, going out for a drink or two, going for dinner).
Of course, it’s going to be way more busier than this, but I’m ready for it. I am sure it’s going to be an amazing summer. A summer full of adventures. And changes.
And my only purpose for the whole summer is to EMBRACE IT. Dive in head first. Stop over-thinking and just go with the flow. So many stories to be heard. So many people to get to know.
New updates to come soon, just watch this space.
And I guess my lesson over the last few weeks..
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Maya Angelou)
Tell your story. Let others see you for whom you truly are.