Friday, 30 December 2016

How To Be Beautiful

"Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind" - Taylor Swift

Ever felt like you’re always the one who cares more in a relationship?  Whether it be a platonic relationship or a romantic one, I think it’s something everyone has gone through at some point in life… Unfortunately!

You feel like it’s always you who puts in the effort, is there for support and takes time out of the day to be there for that certain someone – whether they deserve it or not you’ll be there in a flash. 

Personally, I have the very common flaw of giving people WAY too many chances because I always hope that somewhere down the line, they’ll change. I’m only beginning to realise that there’s only so many chances you can give until you’re just being plain blind and stupid and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be blind and stupid anymore. 

So if someone hasn't come to mind already, think about someone you could apply this to and ask yourself: is the relationship really doing anything for you, or are you just clinging onto something that is no longer there? 
If someone really wants to be in your life, you’ll know it – you shouldn’t have to question it or force it. 
Letting go is so difficult, especially if you have a big heart. Sometimes, however, you get the best light from burning a bridge. Don’t let how you’re feeling now make you think that your kindness is a bad thing because it’s not, it’s something beautiful.

So the moral of the story is, don’t let one bad experience or relationship make you bitter. Would you prefer to be remembered as the person who was kind, or the person that turned bitter? 

Choose wisely.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Oh, Sorrento...

"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place. Like you'll not only miss the people you love but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again." - Azar Nafisi

I’ve never been anywhere where I have felt I truly belong, then I went to Sorrento and everything changed.

Suddenly I appreciated my surroundings so much more. Admittedly (and embarrassingly) I’ve been lucky enough to go to many places with my family yet until a few years ago, I never appreciated it as much as I should have. Going to Italy changed this. I was faced with a completely unique place with unfamiliar surroundings, people, food, language and architecture… A completely different way of life which was immensely appealing to me.

We stayed in a hotel called Conca Park which was just a five minute walk away from the heart of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso. Here we spent countless hours people watching whilst sipping on cocktails or cappuccinos and window shopping, dreaming about the shoes and handbags we would buy if we could!

Wherever you went, the fresh scent of lemons filtered into your senses, something that even just writing about now I can smell fondly – filling me with comfort and wanderlust. I find myself reminiscing about this when I’m feeling low, or just fed up with the grey and cold weather that has seemed to go on forever here in England!

Biggest lemons ever?!

 All in all, my trip was nothing as I expected but everything I wanted and more. I don’t know how, but I feel such a strong connection with Italy as a whole. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about it, or think about the future where I’ll be able to return. Already I’ve booked to go back in July for a few days and next year I’m planning (hopefully!!) to go on a 12 day tour around the country, stopping in destinations such as Assisi, Venice and Tuscany.

I miss you like crazy Italy but I’ll see you soon. Arrivederci!