back on track

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

from one of my walks with our dog

for the past weeks, it has all gone quiet out here. i was laying low for a little while and felt it was better for me to keep to myself and return whenever i felt back on track.

it's been a long while, i know, but these things don't operate on a schedule.

whenever i feel down, i try to remind myself of this quote  'it is always darkest before the dawn'.
it somehow manages to pick me up and helps me find focus. i easily feel overwhelmed, overwhelmed by life, by expectations, by aims  often pressure i put on my own shoulders.

but no matter how low i might feel, i have to remind myself that some good is awaiting.

sometimes when the wind changes, you have to adjust your sails. this time it might have been triggered by our move, the time it always takes to settle in a new place and the prospect of starting university again.

eventually the fog starts clearing up, to see where you are heading.

autumn has settled in, the leaves from the damson tree in the garden are long gone and nights are drawing in. my mum keeps me updated with her latest foraging adventures filled with abundant wild mushrooms and chestnuts. the temperature has dropped and the wind picked up. the beach has lost all the laughter and screams as children went back to school. dogs have returned, allowed to run freely along the white waters once more.

things that help me when i feel low:

a. take time off, however much you need to adjust  whether a day does the trick or whether a few weeks are necessary
b. forget about the deadlines — make things easier for yourself
c. stop watching the news for a little while — too much negative stuff
d. do the little things that make you happy — whether it's taking a walk everyday to get some fresh air, go for swim or reading a new book
e. write down what you're thankful for every evening before going to bed
f. find something to look forward to whether it's the end of the month, christmas, or a trip away

what are your tips to lift your mood when you're down?

cornwall wishlist

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

i can say now that we are lucky enough to live in cornwall and to have stunning beaches a few minutes walk away as our playground. whilst most of our friends dream of london, we couldn't imagine for a second having to move to a big city.

we spend most of our time off going out for walks, shopping at the organic farm up the road, surfing, paddle boarding, exploring the countryside, or swimming out in the celtic sea.

so i put together a short list of places i would like to visit and things i would like to do this year to get to know cornwall a little bit better and make the most of the summer.

outdoor activities

since we do a lot of outdoors activities with jack's family, i had to be a little more creative on this one:

a. go coasteering  jack went coasteering a few times in wales and dorset and it sounded like a lot of fun, it involves climbing, jumping off cliffs, rock pooling and a bit of ocean swimming!

b. go on a long trek  there are many coastal walks to explore around cornwall, plus jack's got his duke of edinburgh gold so i am pretty sure he would be up for it!

c. go sea foraging  food is everywhere around us and since the beach is only a stone's throw away, i figured we should get to know it better and not only collect sea glass and shells but open our eyes to what's edible from shellfish to seaweed and everything in between. here is to give you some ideas.


cultural outings

a. watch an outdoor performance at the minack theatre  the open-air cliffside theatre offers a wide range of performance from may to september, this was jack's dad's idea actually.

e. go see the seasonal exhibition at the tate in st ives modern art and st ives 1915 — 1965.

f. take a class at st ives school of painting.

since cornwall is a traditional holiday destination for british people, i guess quite a few of you might have been here at least once during their childhood. is there anywhere that you specifically marked your memory or that you would recommend to go explore?

backing creativity / two

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

i am very excited to share with you some of my latest finds on kickstarter. it always feels good and re-energising to find a well-rounded creative project and witness people believing in it. here are a few of my current favourites:

a. coolest cooler — this is one of the best thing i have seen in a while, it is the most complete cooler ever created and has raised more than seven and a half million dollars so far and still has 31 days to go. it not only has an integrated blender, speaker, usb charger, chopping board, plates, knife and bottle opener but has been designed to be portable and help make your outdoor experience the best it could be.

b. venque smart dslr pro bag — i love when i can find a well-designed dslr backpack. this one combines stylish features, functionality and convertibility and on top of that venque believes so much in there products they offer a ten-year warranty.

c. sense — sense is a sophisticated system tucked in a ingeniously designed sphere that tracks your sleeping behaviour and environment of your bedroom, reinventing your alarm and helping you get the precious sleep you need. clever technology if you ask me.

d. miamily hipster developed to help mothers around the world carry their baby close their heart without damaging their back or their baby's hips, this hip baby carrier can be used in nine different ways to accommodate the busy parenting life.

e. oregon to patagonia, a novel of a journey this kind of projects just makes me want to spontaneously book tickets and hit the road. oregon and patagonia are both top destinations on our wish list. so when i stumbled upon this project, an autobiographical novel based on the 16-month bicycle journey from oregon to patagonia, i felt instantly inspired to somehow take part in its making. plus biographical travel novels are one of my favourite kind of read, somehow teleporting readers to new horizons one page at the time.

what are your current favourites? is there any project you would like to spread the word about?


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