Hi everyone, hope you guys had a lovely start of the week.
Monday is always slightly tough for me in terms of waking up early for work. I’m pretty sure lots of us are the same. Recently, I have read a marvellous book titled The Miracle Morning. To be honest, this book is aiding me to be more motivated to actually wake up early. Since I am still in the phase of creating this morning habit, the full reflection of this matter will be on my blog later.
But today, I would love to share some thought proving quotes that I have picked up from this book. I truly believe positivity when given out, will return back. It is good to add value to anyone who is willing to receive.
The top 3 quotes I am extending to my readers are:
- Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to wait for the latter to start doing the former.
- Where you are is the result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.
- The average person let their emotions dictate their actions, while achievers let their commitments dictate their actions.
I leave you with these to ponder. Have a great week.
I was looking at my old photos and saw some that invoked soul enriching feeling. It was my photos from hiking at the Black Forest.
This trip was a surprise from Mr T last Autumn and we stayed at the amazing Hotel Traube Tonbach. Though the highlight was in fact spending a couple of days in this marvellous hotel, the pinnacle of this trip for me was our hiking day at the Black Forest.
I love a hike. But hiking in the chilly weather sort of made me taken aback for a bit to be honest. However, it did happened and I don’t regret it one bit. In fact, this trip made me go for a winter hike without any hesitation.
Now the good part, what does hiking actually do for you?
3. It gives you a breather. There’s something about fresh air filling your lungs, it exhales away the hustle and bustle of our busy busy life. You get to know that hey, there is clarity around us when we actively look for it.
2. It reminds you of the beauty we of Mother Earth. When you hike, especially when it is a long one, you tend to actually open your eyes and your senses. You get to know that hey, you become aware of the things that are actually around you.
1. The most satisfying part of what hiking can do for you. It reminds you of your ability. All the good stuff we often forget we have in us: Perseverance, patience, agility, sense of adventure, sense of wonderment. All in all, that CAN DO attitude. You get to know that hey, I am alive and I could be the best version of myself.
Hiking is a great activity. Schedule it in all season. You might just receive the inspiration that I did.
Hi everyone, hope everyone is having a great Saturday. 🙂 I was doing some reflection this morning and I would like to share one of it to you guys.
About a month ago, I experienced my first full snow. Everything looked like a beautiful white canvas, which I painted with lovely experiences. As a person who enjoy hiking, hiking in the snow was a completely new adventure leading to something remarkable – tapping into my inner child and building my first ever snowman.
On that day, building my snowman brought nothing but child like curiosity and determination. In the end, I was marvelling at my creation. My snowman was named Rocco. Although he might not be there anymore the next day, he will live in my memory and will always remind me of the joyous fun I had for the rest of my life.
I work with children day in and day out so my inner child is always triggered and it gives me some sanity in this at times insane life. Many times children show us how to de-stress and it is up to us to use that give we all have inside us. My snowman is one of my example, the ‘snowman’ could be anything in life that came out of sheer curiosity and wanting to live in the moment just like children do.
How often do you build your snowman? How often do you tap into your inner child?
Till next time,
Hello lovelies, how are you guys? I hope everyone is filled with lively spirit!
It is Friday again or should I say Friyay ^^ I always feel yay-ing on Fridays because it is a moment where I can sit down, pick a book and kind of relax after a week of work. In today’s #pickabookFriday post, I will be talking about another Mitch Albom’s gem:
Tuesdays with Morrie
The story is told from the author’s perspective based on his life experience and his encounter with Morrie Schwartz, his University professor who is ill from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The author is intrigued by his professor’s attitude towards death and his life lessons leading to a weekly meeting on Tuesday. This story takes its time to unfold yet leaves the reader wanting more. It is such a page turner this one.
In this story, you will see a lot of focus on character development for both the author and his professor, Morrie. With every page you get to know Morrie a little bit better and connect to this personality and I feel that is a beautiful thing a book could give the reader. Tuesdays With Morrie is a story that will help to remind us to stop and remember what is important in life because tomorrow might never come.
Some beautiful takeaway from this book:
- Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love,and to let it come in.
- Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.
- Death ends a life, not a relationship.
- Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
- Love wins. Love always wins.
I think we can all learn something from a good book and I hope this book will enrich you in one way or another.
Have a great weekend guys!
Hello everyone! We have come to the end of the work week (for most of us) and that means it is time for another #pickabookFriday instalment. This week's feature is another Mitch Albom's gem – Have a Little Faith.
Sometimes we all need a little pick me up book and this book fits in just well. Please don't be discouraged by the title of the book with the perception that it might be purely religious. I understand religious books might not be everyone's cup of tea. This is a beautifully written story of a remarkable journey between two worlds – two men, two faiths, two communities – that will inspire you in one way or another. It is a story about how two distinct men use their faith for survival. In this book, the author reflects on different aspects of life such as how to endure when difficult things happen, what is heaven, issue of intermarriage, elements of forgiveness, doubting God and the importance of faith in trying times.
Why this book is profound? Mitch Albom pens his magic in this book which successfully delivers the message that there is a profound comfort and hope in believing in something bigger than oneself. Some quotes I would like to share with my readers,
"Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
“You are not your past.”
Although this true story is based on the author's journey, it is a story in which everyone can connect. There is something to take away at the end of the read.
Hope you guys enjoy reading as much as I do. Do share your favourite books in the comments so all of us could be inspired to add more books our collection! Happy Weekend everyone!
A beautiful and quaint fishing harbour + the best pasties. That’s how I will describe this place. It does look like a painting. Bless.
Though it is still a bit chilly at this time of the year, St. Ives is definitely a place to visit for wanderlusters. Those who are visiting the England, if time permits do head to this gem of a place. This beautiful seaside town offers plenty of fresh air, outdoor activities and not to mention my favourite topic – delicious FOOD (seafood). The cliff-top views, picturesque beaches and charm of the ancient city will make you fall in love with this place. I definitely did.
My summary and recommendation for St. Ives for my readers in 100 words.
Stroll around the beautiful beach (surf if you may), relax at the beach cafes and think ‘This is Life’ many times over, go to Land’s End and feel like you have achieved something, watch a play at The Minack Theatre that is perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean and you can literally brag to your friends till their ears bleed, hike from St. Ives to Zennor and be awed by what Mother nature could offer. Well, that’s 78 words.
It seems like not much but my motto of wanderlusting is to immerse yourself in what you do and experience each thing well. The list above made me leave the place with a full heart. Of course there are many other attractions in St. Ives that is fun, unique and interesting. Do put it in your list guys and perhaps send me pictures of your adventures! Because what is better than inspiring each other to go out and see the world.
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
Take care guys. Till next time!
Hello my lovelies! After a long week, hope you guys having a Friyay to celebrate the hard work you have put into the week. Amongst other things, I feel picking up a book is also a great way to wind down. What’s best than to be inspired by a good book. It’s time for another series of my #pickabookFriday. Today’s winner is The Time Keeper from Mitch Albom.
First of all, I love this author. In my honest opinion, his books have the ability to speak to your heart and reevaluate your inward and outward look of life. I feel sometimes we all need experiences to ground ourselves, don’t you agree?
Coming back to The Time Keeper. It is one of those books despite the farcical sequence, delivers because of its underlying message. The Time keeper is like a fable like story of a man who invented the world’s first clock and eventually became Father Time. Father Time was banished because he was quite literally ahead of time where he listens to the consequences of teaching man to count time.
“Soon man will count all his days, and then smaller segments of the day, and then smaller still – until the counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost.”
This is a story about the meaning of time.
It is not easy to imagine a world without time. However, the more we count time that can be done in various ways, the more misery it creates.
“Man alone measures time. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear no other creature endures, A fear of time running out.”
I feel it is a great book for all of us especially in this fast paced aged. Now I gave you a teaser, go check the book up. You will think about time in a different way.
Have a great weekend guys.
xx, Mielyn Grace
Sandals. The beloved footwear when the temperature soars. Happiness is showing off the perfectly manicured toes with a nice pair of sandals. Hmm just thinking about it uplifts my mood. There are many types of sandals but I tend to like the leather ones. Any footwear will eventually go through wear and tear. Somehow leather sandals tend to wear beautifully. Unfortunately, weather in London has not been that great lately. Although it is supposedly summer, the moment you step out of your house you feel anything but summer-y. However, the situation does make me appreciate the little sunshine we do get in London. We almost always focus on the negative side of things we kind of lose perspective – that there is always the positive side of things as well. It is never easy to be optimistic all the time but being mindful of the good things will do us more good than the other way around. Don’t you agree?
Just closing my eyes, thinking of the sunny blues sky and knowing I will experience the warmth of the sun one day is already an enabling thought that keeps me happy. When that time finally comes, I have my nicely aged leather sandals with me and we will both go out and greet the sun. The leather sandals might have cost me slightly more than others but it is worth it.
Taking a walk is good for you. Sometimes taking a long walk aka hiking is very good for you. I started hiking a couple of years ago while travelling in Indonesia. The hike was so strenuous but I came out of it feeling extremely good about myself. It felt like I conquered something: my fear of failing.
I think that’s what hiking does to you, it makes you look at yourself deeply. Whenever I go for a hike, there is a lot of opportunities to breath in fresh air, work up my heart rate and really pay attention to my surroundings. AND plenty of pep talk (especially if the hike is like 10 hours long). Despite aching feet and god knows what else, I come out triumphant each and every time I finish a hike. One thing that adds up to the excitement of the whole thing is of course the outfit. I believe a woman should also feel good about herself when she is hiking. But bear in mind, I do not advocate over the topness. 🙂
A comfy pair of cool legging, a pretty sports bra, a shirt and a cardigan is always my essentials. Add in a nice earrings and a watch, you will feel like you have finished the hike before you even started. And not to forget the shoes/sandals. They could make or break you. Mr. T recently bought us a pair of hiking sandals from Source. It is for all terrain and the purpose of our purchase is also to use during the summer time.
And you are set!
1.If you want to save your sole and soul from blisters, please get a good pair of hiking footwear.
2. Bring sufficient H2O
3. If you are hiking is a warm place, do wear nice shirt and sports bra in case you need to remove the outer layer. You will still feel fab.
Cardigan – Zara
T-shirt – USA Pro
Leggings – USA Pro
Hiking sandal – Source sandal
Till next time…
Location: Seven Sisters, Sussex
Photo credits: Mr. T