To give you some context dear reader – my whole life I have held myself to these obscene standards. By no fault of my parents, friends, other family members or teachers, I’ve always had these high expectations of myself. In reality, I’m my biggest critic. I’ve always had to be near the top of my class, my marks had to be at least in the 80’s for me to be happy, I had to be working and I could not disappoint anybody..at all. Read more “I Got the Lowest Mark I’ve Ever Gotten in My Undergrad – And I’m Actually Happy”
After meeting this gentleman downtown, he had texted me for about two days. The conversation ended with him asking my birthday. I don’t know if I was just too busy or if I had decided not to engage in conversation any longer but I stopped replying and continued to move on with my life. Read more “I Think I Know You From Somewhere – A Creative Story – Part 2”
Happiness – it’s one of those things we all hope for and want for ourselves but it’s also one of those things that is hard to describe. We know what happiness isn’t; you can feel it when you don’t want to get out of bed every morning or find yourself staring off in your room with a pang of sadness in your heart. That can be described as being unhappy. But what is happiness? Is it when none of those feelings exist? Or is that neutral? Is there more to being happy than just not being sad? Read more “Happiness to Me”
Have you ever heard of the Bloggers/Writers/Life-Mastering-Duo The Minimalists? I stumbled across their blog years ago before I had started writing pieces for a personal blog and way before Creative and Chaos formed, and it was one of those sites and checked back into every once in a while. Just this morning I came across their documentary Minimalism on Netflix and realized that it was the same fellas from the blog I had stumbled across years ago and I must say, I’m hooked. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have sparked a little extra something in me and I think I may have gotten the guidance I need to move forward in a purposeful life. One that isn’t so focused on a need to work for money, money to afford these things I don’t really need. Read more “Living Purposefully”
I know Borough Market and Leadenhall Market are ‘the’ markets to visit when you visit London but I have another to add to your list of places to visit! Introducing Spitalfield Market or ‘Old Spitalfields Market”.
I’ve never felt more relaxed and happy this summer, and it’s still June. I’ve taken a new approach to my time off, and my life. I’ve decided to do what makes me happy. I’ve been enjoying everyday and these are my tips.
1. Do what YOU want. Seriously, just do whatever it is you want, and happiness will follow. Feeling like eating burritos every night? Go for it. Patio drinks with friends after work? Do it. Do not set limits, go out and enjoy yourself.
2. Spend your free time with people whose company you truly enjoy. No more dinners out of obligation, no half assed friendships- spend time with your people and you’ll enjoy whatever it is you’re doing even if it’s nothing.
3. RELAX. Enjoy the sunshine, read a new book, go for a walk, whatever. All I know is I’m happier in the summer and the sun is part of the reason why, but I also get to have more down time and this is huge.
4. Make plans, and stick to them. What could be better than planning day trips, shopping trips, dinners and movies- it’s always something to look forward too that’ll be sure to get you through the work week.
5. Find fun things to do for free. It’s not always easy to do it all when you or your friends have a budget. Go for hikes, lay by the pool, play cards, go to the beach, there is infinite free activities to fill your calendar up with. Take advantage of them and you’ll find you’re having a great time…for free.
6. Take a moment to appreciate what you have, and what you’re fortunate enough to experience. Take it all in, every little moment is a gift. Appreciating the time you have and the moments you share with your friends and family will make you feel euphoric. There is no greater happiness in life than looking back and smiling at everything you’ve done. Enjoy the moments before they pass, and always live in the present.
Oh and make sure you’re laughing lots too, but that’s obvious.
Another week, another set of snapshots on a Sunday! Got to enjoy some sun this week and do a bit of thrifting which is always lovely! Read more “My Week in Snapshots June 5th- June 11th”
It seems quite common among my friends, acquaintances and colleagues to hold a certain distaste for rainy days. They see the grey clouds, the wet and muddy ground ,so they get the overwhelming feeling of the rainy day blues. I don’t. Every time I step out of my front door and it is a ‘gloomy’, rainy day I am suddenly back in Paris. I’ve returned to last April, with bread in my hand and a camera on my arm, walking the streets of France. Read more “Enjoying the Rainy Days”