Surf in 1-2-3,GO!

I always like to think in 3’s, so when I saw this option I thought why not jump on board. During this last year I’ve had the opportunity to work for a surf & travel company, and was constantly able to spend my days doing what I love most – taking pictures!

This particular day was a cold day in January, no-one on the beach but me (the water was crowded!), in a lovely setting at a great surfspot in Cadiz – Spain. I spent the better half of 8 hours wandering up and down the beach looking for good angles (and good surfers!).

Enjoy 🙂

One, Two, Three!
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It’s been a long year but I’m back!

Ok, I can’t deny it, I’m terrible at posting reguarly, but it just seems like time goes by faster and faster each year – before you know it I’ll be having to change this blogs name to …thirtysomethingandfiguringoutwheretimehasgone.

Well, the good news is there has been plenty of getting to know myself and my passions throughout the year, and taking risks – I still can’t be certain about where my life is going but I’m definitely more motivated and ready to see what happens!

I have made a few changes to the way I think and interact during these last months and it has paid off. I may even have found the right career (after spending many years focused on the hospitality world) I took a leap into the Real Estate market and I can’t lie – I’m loving each and every moment.

Whereas me, I’ve become a more open, social and self-confident person who now is not scared in taking risks – I’ve learned to love, be loved, lose people, gain friendships, earn values and most importantly be happy. Life will always have its ups and downs, it’s how we deal with them that makes us who we are.

So now, it’s time to start writing again (let’s see how long it lasts this time!) and keep on enjoying my lifelong passion of photography with my new purchase (thank you Black Friday…) Nikon Camera – keep a look out for my pictures!

Stay true.

Disappointment ?

Why is it always a let down?

Being the festive season that it is, I decided to take a plunge in my personal life, one that I normally wouldn’t have done, but made me feel stronger at the time (not so much anymore!).

You know when you think you want something, you go out of your comfort zone, you get closer and closer to it, you start convincing yourself that maybe you do deserve that one thing, and then you get it; you get it, and you are suddenly wondering is that what you really wanted or is it what you thought was what you should want? I’m not going to go into detail, but something along these lines happened to me. I should have been ecstatic, it was what most people would have wanted, however I just wasn’t feeling it. I thought maybe it was because I was scared to allow myself to enjoy these kind of things, but no, I simply believe I am just not that kind of person, or at least not yet anyway.

But then I tried to convince myself to let it happen, to enjoy it, to not be scared and to let my guard down. And what happens? Once again I get hurt, no explanation, no closure as always. Or maybe I didn’t get hurt or lose it, but simply became a different person and certain things affected me in a way that they normally wouldn’t have due to past experiences and insecurities.

So why is it that I constantly try and convince myself that it’s not what I want, but then when I have it and lose it I feel like it’s the only thing I ever wanted? I’m a headstrong person, with my ideas pretty clear – yet I’m somehow indecisive. I know this is incompatible, however this is what I am – complicated, complicated but ME!

Lazy NO MORE

Tired of being lazy? I was, but not anymore.

OK, let me start off by saying I’m not the fittest or healthiest person in the world, but over the last few years I have started to notice things, take more care of what I eat, exercise regularly (not as much as I should), and generally look after myself a bit more. I’m not in perfect shape, but I have made drastic changes in my lifestyle -and best of all, I can see the changes!

So, why does it feel like everyone is suddenly becoming a fitness/health fanatic? Funny enough, I believe it’s primarily because of social media. I believe a large amount of people who weren’t exposed to this kind of lifestyle have become more familiar with it through social media and the internet, and have decided to give it a go. Now this is where the magic happens, once they give it a go, it becomes sort of like an addiction, a need to improve day by day, a way to prove to themselves that they have it in them to do whatever they desire (or at least try!).

We all look for excuses at some point to not exercise, but once you actually start and get into a routine you will look for an excuse to not stop! Set yourself realistic goals, do something you’re passionate about – not what everyone else is doing – there are plenty of options.

Don’t like being stuck within the 4 walls of a gym? Why not ride your bike and find the perfect sunset, even take a power walk around your hometown, you’ll probably notice things you never had before. If you like water, have a go at water-sports (surfing, swimming, windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayaking, rowing, waterpolo…). Don’t like getting wet? Try tennis, horse-riding, trekking, or whatever it is you like doing – if you enjoy it you won’t see it as a chore but as a hobby.

So get up, do something, and don’t forget to stretch 🙂 I’m off for a walk now, maybe I’ll even find some inspiration.

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Single? Who cares!

Why are you single? None of your business

Don’t you feel lonely? NO.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one without a stable partner – and it doesn’t help that people constantly ask me why I’m single; but one thing I know for sure, I DON’T CARE!

I’m at that age where everyone around me is starting to get married, have kids or even in some cases get divorced! So why do I feel like I’m not even ready to start that journey yet?

It could be due to the way I was brought up, it could be due to things I have seen and heard over the years, it could even be that I don’t believe in wasting time in a relationship if I truly don’t believe there is a future in it. The fact that the majority of my friends are male also leads me to be distrusting at times – they have shown me time and time again how they think when they are in a relationship (and have claimed to be in love even though cheating constantly on their girlfriends) – so why should I trust someone?

I’m not saying I will never be in a relationship, actually I hope that one day I do find that person that I can trust in, who I can share moments with, who I can learn from and grow old with… I’m just saying, that why rush into something I don’t feel ready for- age is just a number! If it’s meant to be it will happen, there is no point in forcing myself into something that in the future won’t complete me as a person.

For the moment, I would rather invest my time in focusing on myself, my career and enjoying nights out, meeting new people and having fun- and if I happen to cross that special someone along the way, then why not!

I promise to myself from here on, to keep on enjoying single life, to let things happen, to let my guard down at times but to think with my head and not only with my heart, let destiny choose for me.

So to everyone who has asked me over these last few weeks/months…There’s your answer!

The tower of Pumpkin…

Pumpkin Tower

Have you ever had something in a restaurant and thought that you just HAD to learn the recipe? Well this was the case of this dish for me! Ever since I tried it (whilst working as a waitress at the restaurant in question) I have always wanted to make it for myself at home – so why not share this delicious recipe with you, so you too can enjoy this simple vegetarian concoction.

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin
    Cut the pumpkin into rounds, thickness to your liking – you can create more layers if you cut the pumpkin thinner. Place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and mixed dried herbs. Roast in the oven until tender for about 15 minutes, depending on how thick the slices of pumpkin are.
  • Spinach
    To be sautéed with a bit of salt and olive oil
  • Goats Cheese
    This can be placed in thin rounds on each layer, or one large piece on top of the tower. For best results, place goats cheese in the oven or on the grill to obtain a rich creaminess.
  • Poached Egg
    Need I say more… If you’re one of those people who enjoy breaking the egg and watching the yolk run down, then this is the option for you! Just poach the egg for 2-3 minutes and place on top of the tower.
  • Use Truffle Oil and Green Pesto to garnish the plate and add extra flavour to the dish.

 

Sit back, relax and ENJOY!

Bon Appétit 🙂

LOST IN LIFE

Lostness: def. the state and feeling of being lost.

Who am I? Where am I going? These are questions that all of us ask ourselves at one point in our lives, but why? Yes, another question. Well, this last one can be answered; All of us go through a turn-around point (or several) in our lives, either at a young age or further on in life, however the one common factor is that this point will leave us in a state of temporary worry, anxiety and not knowing where we belong, who we want to be, where we want to go from here, in other words: LOST.

As a twenty-five year old, one would think I would have no clue what I’m talking about, and maybe their right, however I believe the situations life has thrown at me have not only hurt me but have made me that much stronger so as to start appreciating life and be aware enough to realise what mistakes I have made in life when affronting difficult situations, and what not to do next time these situations arise.

Young people nowadays seem to have one common struggle, and that is finding a job that is worthy to them. Like myself, many young people have spent several years dedicated to studying, aiming to achieve great things, and also worked so as to gain the experience needed to obtain the job that suits you; But this is not enough, as it seems no matter how hard we try or how much we learn we are in a world where the financial crisis has hit hard and has decreased the amount of opportunities for us. This common factor is demotivating and can contribute to ones sense of lostness.

One thing I’ve learnt from this is that however lost we may feel, we should not worry because by doing this we are not improving the situation yet in fact delaying ourselves to be mentally prepared to escape the frustration.

So if you are feeling “lost in life”, don’t threat, this feeling will end sooner or later. No matter what you do, stay happy, hopeful and as you have probably heard many times throughout your life “just think, there are always people that are worse off than yourself”. In fact, if you really want to feel worthy, why not help the less-fortunate, this will give you a new lease on life while also giving someone else the hope that you need (or needed!).

You WILL find yourself: live your own life and not that of others, be true to yourself – just be YOU! The feeling of lostness is just another necessary part of the journey of life, and without it this journey would be monotone and uneventful.

As quoted by Erol Ozan – “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

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