What or who will you be inspiring, dreaming, reducing, creating and listening for the month of October? You’re free to interpret these keywords however you wish; here’s my own list! I hope you’ll join me here on this parallel journey that’s similar yet different in so many ways 🙂
with the new “It’s in My Blood” series. If you haven’t heard, I’ve set up a new series on the blog about people who live with chronic illnesses. It’s about their talents and passions in life, with little to no focus on their illnesses. I believe that we all have the ability to inspire others around us no matter our circumstances. I hope this series will reach out to inspire those who are ill, and also to generate more awareness, respect and interest from the average person. P.s. You’re welcome to participate too!
Zhangye Danxia landform in China
of an exploratory trip. Ever since I’ve stopped working full time, my resources for travelling have reduced drastically, even though it’s one of my favourite activities to do. We do go on relaxing getaways every now and then, which I’m extremely grateful for, of course. But right now the kind of trip I’m craving for is something a little bit more off the beaten path. I’d like to go somewhere where I don’t speak the language, soak up another beautiful culture, and take long train rides. This kind of travel always makes me feel the most alive. Ideally that would be Iran (which is still #1 on the travel bucket list), but something like my month long overland trip from Asia to Europe would be a dream come true right now 🙂
Spring at Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia
social media and blogging. I admit to being a little too addicted to my smartphone and to blogging. While they are not bad things in and of themselves – in fact, they can be good and useful things – I feel like I’ve reached a point where I’m frazzled, and mentally off balance because I spend too much time thinking and working on them. It doesn’t help that it’s so easy to access these tools at any time or place, which blurs the line between digital and physical space. I’ll be making a mindful effort to protect my mental wellbeing, by denying myself of digital devices past a certain time. If I’m bored, I can go write or read or come up with something creative in my head. I will also block out time during the day to rest my eyes, breathe, and to constantly realign myself towards wellness, and not away from it.
a bullet journal. I’m not the most creative person in terms of doodling abilities; my journals have mostly always been disposable task lists (yea my handwriting is so bad I need to destroy the evidence fast). I’m looking at all these gorgeous journals online and am so envious of everyone’s beautiful drawings! :p Anyway it looks pretty fun, and I’m sure I’ll learn some tricks along the way. The explanation video on the original Bullet Journal site has convinced me to at least try it out. Besides, I found some stamps and templates online which I can use for cheating 😉 Any other tips from you bujo veterans are welcome, too!
to Spotify Premium. No this is not an ad, and yes I’m slow to the party. I’ve been trying out their three months for $0.99 promotion and it’s been pretty good, so I might opt to continue. Before this I didn’t see the value of paying for a music service, and would rather purchase an album off iTunes. (The control freak in me wants to actually *own* the songs, not just stream them!) But I really like their pre-made playlists, and discovering new artistes at the drop of a hat. There’s always something to suit whatever mood I’m in. Recently it’s been a lot of instrumental piano albums (bonus: my birds seem to like them too and chirp along!), and some Marcy Playground. Apart from higher quality audio, the other big benefit is the ability to play them on other devices offline.
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