Matryoshka nesting dolls are Russian but I have always loved them. My grandfather, Papaw, worked in Russia when I was young and brought back a Matryoshka doll for me. Well, my Mamaw saw it and claimed it for herself. Papaw didn't tell her it was for me. When she passed, he told me it was actually meant for me all those years ago. He has collected many #Matryoshka dolls through the years but mine is my favorite as it has 13 nesting dolls within!
One of the things we loved about Iceland was how much they love the color black there. 🖤 You could find black apartment buildings, restaurants, and even churches. It was a really beautiful and different take on architecture that, in that setting, resembled the natural surroundings.⠀
We went to the Hallgrimskirkja both our first and last days in Iceland. It was on our last day that I realized how this church was inspired by the black basalt formations found throughout Iceland.⠀
How beautiful is this mindset- to have only what you need, to appreciate what you do have, and to love the beauty found in nature around you 🏔
Recently a mindfulness teacher shared with me that she's sick of hearing the word mindfulness.
You might be too.
But there's a reason why it's become such a trendy topic. It's because it works. People who make mindfulness a part of there lives see the benefits and research shows there are numerous benefits as well.
I think mindfulness is one of the essential skills for #globalnomads to develop to ride the waves that come with living abroad.
The tendency of our minds is to be in the future and worrying or the past ruminating. This might show up in #expat life like this:
🔹What if I can't get the answers I need at the immigration office?
🔹What if something bad happens to someone at home while I'm away?
🔹I can't believe I made such a fool of myself yesterday...
🔹I wonder how different life might have been if we didn't come abroad...
Mindfulness allows us to learn to observe those thoughts rather than get entangled in them. It allows us to see that a storm is brewing in our minds without being in the midst of the storm.
With mindfulness you can learn to bring your mind back to the present moment, the here-and-now. And that's precisely where life is actually lived so it's a pretty nice place to learn to be!
Mindfulness can also teach us how to make space for tough feelings like anxiety, sadness, & homesickness, as well as the sometimes contradictory feelings that come with living abroad like simultaneous joy and sadness for having your heart in more than one place.
Mindfulness can involve seated meditation, but it can also unfold in day-to-day life when you do one thing at a time or tune in to your senses.
Do you practice mindfulness? How has it helped your own experience abroad?
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Sand dunes. I imagened it would be beautiful. But that it was this impresse, i did not know😍
This picture is taken in Huacachina. It is the only oases in South America. It's a really small town with only 100 people in it 👭👫. A 'must do' here is to watch the sunset on top of the dunes (the dunes north are the best). Be there early, because it tends to get crowded up there ✨
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Sunday coffee - served in the most beautiful ceramics by @hartmudstudio ☕️ This white edition is now available at our roastery and online! Our “Probierbox”, a sample of five of our espressi or filter coffees, is also available in-store and online. Happy Sunday! 💐
The Yanchep Rose Trail consists of 14 kilometre meandering through the coastal plain vegetation, passing by historic bunkers and offering panoramic views from the sea to the scarp. (@trailswa)
Kangaroo sightings are almost a certainty - and we sure did see plenty.
Nice weekend with hiking this trail twice.
My trip to Puerto Rico was more than just a chance to lounge around on the beach (although that was an amazing perk lol). It was an opportunity to get in touch with my roots; to soak in my culture. I finally got around to putting together a blog about my experience. Link in my bio if you’d like to check it out 🌴🇵🇷
Do you ever wonder how people find pretty spots like this? I used to.
I used to see an IG post and think, “How do they find cool spots seemingly spontaneously? I can’t wander an entire city in the two days I’m there, so how am I supposed to discover interesting visuals like these?” The answer, my friends, is researching before you go.
When I learned my husband had been invited to participate in the Stockholm Summer Brass Academy, I immediately started researching Stockholm. My favorite way to find cool photography spots is to spend time virtually exploring a city with Google Street View. I explored as much of Stockholm as I could this way, starring places I thought would make for cool shots or places I wanted to explore deeper along the way. There are still many streets and alleys that you can’t explore via Street View so I starred those as well so I could satisfy my curiosity once there. By the time we flew into Stockholm, I had a huge collection of starred places and a plan to hit up each one. And I had a plan for each section of the city so that I could organize my time and make the most of it. First, I’d visit Gamla Stan before most people were awake so that I could photograph the beautiful streets sans crowds and with beautiful ambient morning light.
Because beach days are the best days.
Polperro was an absolute delight at the halfway point of our walk along the SW Coastal path. A gorgeous beach, lovely shops and ice cold Cornish cider - what more could we ask for?
Great day to be outside and get some steps on the smartwatch.
Today I explored the Yanchep Rose Trail. Really nice trail with am abundance of wildflowers. It connects to a lot of the other hikes in the National Park, such as the Ghost House Trail which unfortunately is closed due to prescribed burns.
The Rose Trail will be a great alternative. Only downside - no fricken shade. Was hoping for a teint, instead I got burnt. Time to get ready for summer I guess.
Evening stroll with the neighbours 🐎 hello weekend!
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➳ Lake Brienz ❀ Switzerland 🇨🇭
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So I told myself yesterday that I didn’t get older but I leveled up. 😬 And it’s actually never been more true than now because I finished my studies and started my first job. Let’s see where that takes me 🤗 I am very excited for the new chapter in my life, to catch all the opportunities ready to be caught and for all the adventures that are out there waiting for me 🌎💫⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #happybirthdaytome#25#lakebrienz#switzerland#majapresets#travel#mountainbabes
“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful. “
So much can change in a years time, looking back and evaluating your life and where you were a year ago sometimes can be a wake up call. Both, in a good way and a bad way, that we aren’t where we were... but we’ve learned what’s brought us to now. If you were doubting yourself and your path or if you’ve been going through a great deal of struggle, if you were super unhappy a year ago and now you’re on the other end with more than you dreamed of, it gives you hope. It gives you reassurance that no matter what you’ve been going through you will always get through it. You will always learn something and the events and things that happened a year ago that have changed you, have made you the person you are today.
Over the past couple months I’ve been in this rollercoaster of a creative rut. Which of course has to do with life and trying to make dreams a reality while also being scared. As I’ve been learning how to kick this, I’ve been learning about myself and falling in Love all over again with creating for the art of creating, no matter what that is and learning every single day.
YOU are the most powerful thing around you. 🦋 📸 @cotter_ewens •
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Summer state of mind💃🏼🏝
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Once a year you might see something very strange going on at Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire - and it’s not the druids at Stonehenge. Once a year a line of historic double-decker buses crosses a remote part of the Plain. Their destination is the lost village of Imber, one of the UK’s few ghost towns.
Imber has no postcode, no mobile phone signal and you won’t find it on many maps. Nobody lives here and the houses are all empty. Nobody is allowed on any of the roads leading up to the village. It’s as if the village of Imber never existed.
Except it did. In November 1943, everybody who lived here was told that they had just 47 days to leave their homes. The British Army wanted to use the village to train American soldiers before the D-Day Landings. Despite being told that they could return to their village after the war, they were never allowed home again.
The village and much of the surrounding area is still used for military training and the general public isn’t allowed anywhere near it. Except a couple of times a year when the church here is opened up to the public and people can stroll down the village street and peep into the few remaining houses. It’s a fascinating place and a trip here on the annual Imberbus makes it even more special. Take a look at my latest blog post to find out all about the sad story of the Lost Village of Imber and how you can visit. #imberbus#imber#ukexplore#doubledeckerbus#timeforwiltshire#visitwiltshire#visitsalisbury#lovegreatbritain#visitbritain#capturingbritain#instabritain#igersbritain#igersgreatbritain#salisburyplain