All posts tagged: Personal

Time Off

The end of May and beginning of June were quite stressful! I had a lot of exams, long revisions sessions plus a bunch of other things happened. I started a new part-time job, got a position at my University’s sport committee and even had to go to a job training weekend in London (that was long). I love being a busy person. I feel like I thrive when I have clear goals and tasks to achieve. My weekly schedule was my most precious thing during this period. With 6am starts I managed to workout pretty much everyday, post 2 articles on the blog a week, revise 8 hours a day, do a couple of shifts at work and end my day watching Prison Break with my flat mates. When I finished my exams and finally managed to stop for a bit…I was exhausted. I was absolutely drained. My mind was restless, always looking for the next thing to do. I couldn’t remember the last time I slept later than 8am or not followed a weekly …

30 Mindful Days (guide to journaling)

Journaling is something I’ve always done. When I was young I got given a diary, my first entry was on the 8th of September 2004 and since then, I’ve never stopped writing. Throughout the years I have been through a lot of phases, sometimes I would write everyday, sometimes I would only write once a month, regardless, I have no doubt that journaling is a powerful tool for self-discovery and mindfulness. I’ve always been a person with many thoughts, I am a natural overthinker. Therefore, I loved having a free space where I could say anything I express my crazy mind. It is incredible to look back and see how much writing my feelings down helped me rationalize irrational thoughts. Many times I would pour down my soul, allow myself to feel everything, and somehow end up feeling grateful and motivated by the end of the page.Self-refection is not easy. Starting with a blank page is not easy, specially if you are scared of what you can find. But here are some prompts you can use everyday to reflect and practice …

March Favourites 2017

This month absolutely flew by. A lot of things come to my mind when I think about March: grey rainy days, nights with crazy friends, pub nights, slow mornings, HIIT workouts, lots of dancing, volleyball and lovely human beings. To Eat Lasagne – I’ve definitely been trying to be more adventurous in the kitchen. Lasagne is my new project and I am obsessed! It is so warming and creamy. As soon as I have a good recipe down to perfection you will be the first ones to know. Raw cocoa power – so good in smoothies, porridge and hot chocolate. Don’t be mistaken, it is not sweet like chocolate, it is quite bitter which I actually love, but when mixed with dates, bananas or sugar it tastes super delicious. Black coffee – this month involved a lot of coffee, black coffee. I love to enjoy a good cup of coffee in a nice cafe. Nottingham has great spots. But there is also nothing better than getting home, making a cup of coffee and relax… To …

Knowledge Is Power

“Rise Of The Wise” I just got the latest issue of the Asos magazine and oh boy it is a good one! “Knowledge is power” is the theme of their spring issue, marked by the “Rise of the Wise” motto. I felt so inspired from the moment I flipped the first page. You might be thinking…Asos magazine…sounds like a lot of adverts telling you to buy all their clothes and spend money. That’s what I first thought. But I was very surprised to find amazing content with beautiful ‘real people’ and inspiring stories. In the past few years I have really focused on having a holistic approach to knowledge. Knowledge about my body, mind, food, planet, people, etc. So today I want to share with you important things I’ve learned and how they empowered me and made me rise.1. Knowing my body: coming from a past of anxiety and depression, learning to listen to my body is a big one for me. This was something I really struggled with a few years ago as I used to put …

Snaps Of My Life #2

Hello beautiful. It has been a while…I’ve missed writing and I’ve missed you. Following the first Snaps of My Life I did last month, I thought it would be nice to once again share with you guys have I have been up to and feeling. January 1st…my first day in 2017 couldn’t have been better. Coffee in bed, warm covers and a handful of movies with my little sunshine. I never fully felt like my flat at Uni was my home, but after being away for one month, coming back was the best feeling ever! Having my room, seeing my gorgeous flat mates, the messy kitchen, the constant pile of dishes to wash…it felt like being back home. Here is where I feel the most comfortable and weird. Being back at Uni meant exams (!!). It was a stressful for week but I am really happy with my results. Now we resume with the normal schedule: lectures, labs, course work, early mornings and coffee. I am definitely not complaining here, I love my course and love to …

What Is Freedom?

What is freedom? What is it like “to be free”? I’ve always loved to travel, to meet people, to be independent. I’ve always wanted to be free. To do my own thing, to live my life the way I wanted to. Nowadays being a “free spirit” is advocated in social media. It is seen as something to become or achieve. It is used as a compliment and something to admire in others. I used to think that being free meant to not be attached. To not be attached to anyone or anything. I thought freedom was being able to do what makes me happy without being apologetic. I thought freedom was to not be trapped by people or things. Now I am working on redefining my definition of freedom. I need to remind myself that freedom does not equal being alone. I can still be free when people love me. And I can love and be free. To be free is to not chase after the things that make you happy. To be free is to embrace all you have in front of you. To be …

Daniela Pedroso – My(Self)

Welcome back to the blog and to the My(self) series. This series is all about exploring human beings. It is about discovering the different paths everyone goes through. It is about recognising how special each individual is. I love people. I want to tell you about some people I know, so you can get to know them a little bit too. Hope you enjoy! Name: Daniela Pedroso                           Nationality: Portuguese Age: 18                                                         Intagram: @danielapedrosoo Daniela is a portuguese blogger who has a beautiful website all about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Daniela and I used to go to the same high school and when I saw on Facebook that she started a blog I was thrilled! Although the blog is fairly new, she has been so successful, has had opportunities to feature brands such as Benefit and even go to Lisbon …

Snaps Of My Life

My life has changed a bit lately. I have finished my first term of University. The first term of my degree. Scary. I got on a plane a few days ago and came to Portugal for two weeks. I am so grateful to be here and spending the Christmas holidays with my family. This flight was one of the most beautiful flights ever, I had to chance to see the sunset whilst we approached Lisbon and saw the beautiful city lights over the river…so stunning. Every time I come to Portugal I fall in love with the delicious fruit. Even common fruits such as bananas are 10 times better in Portugal. It makes so ridiculously happy! Although it is winter the abundance of gorgeous fruit is amazing. Lisbon, beautiful Lisbon, I am back. And it feels so good! I love Lisbon so much, I love being here, walking through these magical streets. The streets look stunning with all the Christmas light and everyone is snuggled in their big coats, scarfs and hats. So good to be home. Alway …

Shaking

Last night I felt very overwhelmed. I had all sorts of feelings and didn’t know what to do or why I was feeling that way. I felt very restless and lost not knowing what to do to easy my mind. It is during times like these that I need to remind myself that I am human. My mind is not black and white. It is not a constant flow, it has ups and downs. Thinking and feeling are what makes me human and what a wonderful thing to be. I wrote this as I was embracing my present mind by writing my thoughts down. When I finished, there was no more resistance to my human mind and emotions. Everything there was in my mind was now out on paper. I was at peace with my feelings. I feel very intensively, it is time I embrace and accept it, instead of resisting it. If you need to feel, let yourself feel and then move on. Acknowledge it and let it go by accepting and honouring that human part of …

November Goals

New month is here! The weather has changed, it is cold and dark most of the time now. But I do love the feeling of wearing a big coat and scarf, although my nose is gets really red during winter due to the cold. Makeup can’t hide it, I just have to embrace it. This month I really wanted to set myself some goals. Things I want to get done and focus on. I thought I would share them with you. Winter Coat I need to get a nice, classic winter coat. I want it to be versatile, so I can dress it up or wear it casually. Last month I kept browsing the shops but didn’t find anything great. But this month I am making it my mission to find the perfect coat. Otherwise, I will freeze to death this winter. I found this one on Zara’s website, might try it on and see how it feels in the shop this weekend.  Christmas Shopping I know this might seem a bit crazy for those who think …