House Sitting at Home

House Sitting

I’ve just completed a two-week house sitting stint at my old family home, but because my family still live there I was, essentially, house sitting at home… Exotic. Here’s how to win when house sitting for family. Act Like King or Queen of the Manor If your family home is five times the size (or even just a bit bigger) than you current abode, make the most of it by spreading out, strutting your stuff, and lording it over your imaginary subjects. Really go to…

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Getting Back on the Metaphorical Horse

That good old metaphorical horse, eh? Well I’m back on it in terms of travelling and exploring after about a year and a half of trying to shoe-horn myself back into a ‘normal’ life. Everyone is different and everyone is on their own journey. Even if you don’t understand or agree with someone else’s path, it’s their business and their decision. I have been guilty of trying to change someone else’s plans, and have also been on the receiving end of this. But I’ve learned…

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The Art of Gratitude and Appreciation

Mindfulness

Want to know how to really change your life? Well, it’s easy – all you need is gratitude and appreciation. Due to our culture (particularly in the West), social conditioning, and many years of practice, it’s really easy to default to a negative or pessimistic way of thinking. Quite often, without even realising it, we moan and complain our way through each day. And this constant barrage of negativity really does have a big impact on our outlook on life. So what can we do?…

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The Start of Something Spiritual

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

I never thought I’d say this, but I have embarked on a spiritual journey with the intention of finding a bit of inner peace. Is this a cliché? Yes. Is this something which would have previously made me scream and run for the hills? Yes. Is being ‘spiritual’ on trend at the moment? Apparently yes. But with all that being said, if you genuinely want to be at peace with yourself and your surroundings, there is no better feeling. You can’t fake genuinely feeling good.…

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A Boost For Foreign Language Lovers!

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Hola, foreign language lovers! How many of you reach a certain point in your quest to learn a new language, but then hit a wall around the intermediate level? You’ve learned all the basics and can have a fairly decent two-way conversation, but just can’t seem to make that leap to the next level. Very frustrating! So with that in mind, here are a few things you can do to boost your language skills and have fun at the same time! Netflix Ah yes, good…

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Goodbye 2017

HiFly Aircraft at BHX

Goodbye and in a sense, good riddance! Whilst there have been some highlights, some travel, and some unexpected new experiences, I’m mostly glad to see the back of this year. From lousy jobs to money worries, stress, and heartache, this year hasn’t been without its pitfalls. But with the bad comes the good, and I have found vocation happiness and also a surprising love of aviation at the airport. Without a shadow of a doubt, I had a few of the best months working at…

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Looking Back on 2016

Huge Palm in Nerja, Spain

What a year it’s been! From an insane amount of celebrity deaths, Brexit and even Donald Trump becoming president of the United States, I think most people would agree that 2016 has been nothing short of crazy. However… 2016 has been a pretty good year for me. With the exception of the passing of my Nan in July – yes, many ‘normal’ people have passed away this year too, not just celebrities – I’ve had a life-changing, adventurous year, filled with travel and new experiences.…

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DIY Beauty

Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil

For about a year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with using natural products as part of my beauty regime. This initially came about because I wanted to streamline the amount of things I had in order to make travelling easier. After a bit of research, I found that there were a couple of ‘wonder’ products that were not only multi-functional and cost-effective, but really good for your overall health aswell. Coconut Oil The first one I came across was coconut oil; the holy grail…

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Settling Into Life In Devon

It’s only been a few weeks but I’m already feeling right at home in the beautiful English county of Devon. Lush fields, sprawling forests, and pretty villages are all daily sights no matter where I’m venturing. And it’s a good job, because I’m in desperate need of winding down and zenning-out (is that even a word?!) According to the guy who delivered the new fridge, moving house is the second-most stressful thing you can do, after divorce. That’s encouraging, thank you for that. May you…

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Happy Birthday To Me…

Happy Birthday! I’m another year wiser (and older I guess) but who’s counting, right? Firstly a quick look back at the past year! So this time last year we were in Italy, navigating the crazy Italian roads on our way down from Rome to Naples. After we got back, I took a TEFL course and started teaching. Shortly after that, we went to Malta, then Spain, then Wales, and somewhere in the middle I worked at Birmingham Airport for a while. Phew, how much more…

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