Saturday, 22 August 2015



DRESS zara// TRAINERS adidas eqts// EARRINGS & RINGS fashionology

There comes a time when all good things must end.

Never has a cliched saying resonated with me as much as this quote has in the last few days. 

I'm quickly counting down the weeks until my time here in Amsterdam is over. I'm clutching onto every moment I have left with all that my weak upper body strength can hold on to! Amsterdam, you are the the prettiest and most welcoming city I have ever come across. You have made me feel at home instantaneously.

Reflecting on my time here, I feel like a complete change in lifestyle has been the detox I have needed. Before you think I am about to burden you with a story of a brief life crisis, that has not (yet) happened. However, before I moved, the green light in my brain was always switched to 'on' which in result made me feel like some kind of robot that was moving at 100mph. Since I can remember, I have always been one of those people that thrive off keeping busy; always looking to delve myself into the next project whether it's big or small. Whilst I actually quite like this personality trait of mine, that kind of "get shit done" mentality, it can eventually become rather exhausting. Even more so, it can make you feel like you're never present as you're constantly looking towards the future.

To hell with thinking about the future! I wanna be young and free forever *takes bra off and swings it around my head*. Well, at least until I get paid a decent wage and then I can be potentially bargained with... Okay, no, I do agree. Thinking about the future is a responsible and mature thing to do, but giving yourself a break from the stress of the thought of where your life is heading and whether you should be spending your spare time more productively is just as equally important. I feel it's the balance of both which makes a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Here's a bit of advice if you need a break from your inner control freak:

1. Disconnect for a day

Yes I am talking about your phone. Before your heart palpitations begin at the sheer thought of this, this could be the simplest, happiest and healthiest decision you could ever make. I feel I'm a bit of a hypocrite dishing out this advice as my friends and family know I am the worst person when it comes to my relationship between me and my phone. However, since moving, I have enjoyed only being connected when there is available wifi. Or (when I'm feeling really good) choosing not to connect even when there is available wifi. I'm actually having face-to-face conversations with real people without having about four other conversations over Whats App at the same time!! I'm also not incessantly checking my phone like it's an extra limb attached to my body. It's a good feeling. If you haven't already tried it, you should.

2. Cycle or walk more

Public transport is a ball ache, this is nothing new. Not only for the expense and lack of personal hygiene (I'm always squished next to the person who forgets to put deodorant on in 30 degree heat..) but also because you miss out on some pretty cool sights from the great outdoors. The exercise of walking or cycling also makes you feel that little bit better about yourself, especially if you're going to be stuck in an office all day.

3. Take time to do the things you have always wanted to do but "never had the time".

Stop making excuses for this. Prioritise this just as you would with the house work or TV you need to catch up on. Pencil it in the calendar for the next weekend or if your dreams are bigger, get saving instead of spending!

4. Just say yes

Say yes to more things (within good reason, of course). I read somewhere that whilst "danger is real, fear is a choice". Applying this to everyday life can only lead to great and exciting things!