When in Rome…

I spent 4 days in Rome. 4 days of walking and eating incessantly in this city like no other. Every corner of this place has an amazing monument, sculpture or church to be admired. There are 2000 year old monuments, art by Michelangelo and Raphael and ice cream that will  blow your mind. There are also long ticket lines everywhere, crazy traffic, expensive meals and crowds wherever you go.

I took the city in with full force and walked for miles to see as much as I could. There are a few things you must do when in Rome and a few things you should avoid. Here’s my list:

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Why you don’t have to have it all figured out

girlcigarette2At the beginning of the year we all have the urge to make changes. Most of us start thinking about the past year, what we’ve achieved and where we are in life. I know I do that quite a lot. I also know some people have that constant fear of failing and not being where they thought they would be. A lot of people compare themselves to others and wonder why they don’t have it all figured out.

SPOLER ALERT: You don’t have to have it all figured out, and here’s why:

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Summer reading wishlist

I know for most of you it’s probably been summer for a while but for us here in Brighton it’s been more like spring/fall with a dash of summer now and then. However, I am going on holidays in a week and a half (can’t wait!!) so I’ve put together my reading wishlist *.*

Now even though I imagine myself chilling in the shade going through all these books I probably won’t get to read all of them as I’m going to Cape Verde and have a lot of catching up with friends and family to do. However I rather take more than not have enough to keep me going. Also – I love making lists!

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Snapshots 24.07.15 – It’s been a while

I know I haven’t posted anything for so long and I do apologise! I have not quit the blogging world I promise (I would never leave you!) – I just haven’t had the time (or motivation, to be honest) to post. On the bright side I’m going on holidays soon so will have loads of fun new posts for you when I am back so stay tuned.

Here’s a quick review of what’s been up lately:

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Why I love Brighton

brightonAbout 4 years ago I moved to Brighton to do my Masters at Sussex University. Fast forward almost two years and I’m still here, working and living by the sea. There have been times when I’ve thought Brighton is too small and I needed to explore somewhere new but the truth is Brighton has a special little place in my heart. I don’t plan on staying here forever but when I leave I’m going to miss it – and this is why:

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TED talks you need to watch now

TED-3If there is one thing I love doing when I have some free time it’s watching TED talks. If you’re looking to get inspired, motivated or need to relax for a bit then get a nice cup of tea, sit back and watch a TED talk. I promise you will not regret it! They are simply inspirational and some of them are mind-blowing. If you haven’t heard of Ted Talks – they are a set of global conferences founded in 1984. They started off focusing mainly on technology and design but have since broadened to almost all subjects – from education to slavery, it is all about “ideas worth spreading”.

If you have never watched a Ted Talk then you MUST watch at least one NOW.

To make it a bit easier (as there are so many to choose from!) I’ve made a list of some of my favourites – get ready to listen to some awesome people. In no particular order:

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For all the overthinkers out there

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Do you spend your time going over situations over and over again asking yourself “why” and worrying about different scenarios? Do you find it difficult to actually make a decision? Do you worry about the small details and panic under pressure because you don’t have the time to go through everything the way you would want to? If so, you are probably an overthinker – like me.

The truth is overthinking will cause your stress levels to rise – you will constantly be tired of worrying and you will create problems that weren’t even there in the first place. It will stop you from doing things because you think about all the possible outcomes and you prefer not to take the risk. It will eat you from the inside.

The bad news is it’s not an easy thing to get rid of, especially if you’ve been doing it all your life. The good news? There are a few things you can do to have control over it – it takes time but it is possible. Here are a few things I’ve been doing:

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May favourites

MayfavouritesWith a blink of an eye May has ended and it’s time for me to share with you what my favourites have been. As I’ve mentioned before I’m really trying not to spend too much (until summer shopping spree which is coming soon!) so I haven’t bought anything major. However, I did fall in love with a few things!

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