May 16, 2020

Where I'd Rather Be

Lounging by the pool, sticky scent of sunscreen in the air, sipping piña coladas. It all sounds like a distant dream and one that I've been reminiscing in. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, I've been mentally making mood boards of the places I'd rather be. The sudden change of the world has surely thrown us all off-balance, and during these strange and uncertain times finding new ways of our daily routines has been a tricky one. I'm grateful for my own health as well as loved ones, and I hope that wherever you are in the world, you're coping and that you're keeping healthy. Although travel and vacation may seem like a faraway thought, given the time we have on our hands, it may be a fun way of reflecting where we would like to travel to, when 'normal' finds its way back to us again. I'm finding this time as a way of rest, and it's honestly been ideal for plenty of netflixing, binge eating, and spending time in the garden during the lovely sunshine. Who knows what the world will bring in the next coming months, but I have faith that there will be much more good than what is current. Below is my list of locations that I've not yet been to, but know and hope that I will someday visit...

  • Bali, Indonesia

    Bali has been high up on my list for quite some time. I remember become mildly obsessed with the location when I first watched Eat, Pray, Love. I don't remember much else about the movie except for the scenes of Bali, and I cannot wait to experience jungle living and floating breakfast in the pool.

  • Maldives

    I don't even think the Maldives need an explanation. I feel like everyone and their Grandma has the Maldives on their bucket list, but I don't see why not, it looks absolutely unreal and is probably a once in a lifetime trip. I'll make it there someday!!

  • Santorini, Greece

    I'm not sure if the Greek Island of Santorini is just hype, because I know that there are equally as beautiful and probably less expensive Greek Islands e.g Skopelos or Mykonos ( both places I would also love to visit ). However, Instagram and other bloggers have brainwashed me into believing that Santorini is a must, and so it remains on my list! If you're planning to go at some point, you may want to check out my outfit ideas to wear in Santorini

  • California, USA

    I want to be cruising down the highway to Malibu, sipping on overpriced smoothies, and eating expensive avocado toast whilst checking out the Beverly Hills Hotel and making my way to Disneyland. I'd probably need to make a few trips to Target which is not as glamorous, but as I've never visited the US, it's something that's gotta be done.

  • Colorado, USA

    This one is a bit of a random one. I haven't always had Colorado on my travel bucket list, and it's been quite recently added. I'm not even sure how I even began looking into Colorado, but the national parks and picturesque scenery with its snowy mountains and stretched lakes look amazing. I would love to pitch up a tent somewhere and have a Colorado sunrise as my morning view.

  • New Orleans, USA

    I've always been extremely intrigued by New Orleans. It's the mix of language, food, architecture, jazz, and the mystery of witchcraft. There's this video that I came across on twitter a while back, and I mean.. isn't it dreamy?

  • Japan

    Japan has been on my travel list for so so long now. I would mainly go for the food alone, but the entirety of Japanese culture is so interesting. As well as visiting Tokyo, I would like to visit Kyoto, the sacred temples and bamboo forests. The Studio Ghibli Museum is also a must.

  • Venice, Italy

    I sadly did already have plans for a weekend trip to Venice in April, and of course this was cancelled with good reason. Eating fresh pizza alongside the canal sounds perfect right now, and of course, cruising in a gondola.

What's on your travel bucket list?  

Katria xxx

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March 16, 2019

My Current Thoughts On Social Media

This has been a hot topic of discussion in my life recently, and if you've seen one of my recent Instagram posts in which I discuss how the overuse of social media can cause an array of negative thought habits, then you'll already know that I've been on/off social media for quite some time. I decided to take a break before the Christmas period, and since then, absolutely not been using any platform as much as I usually would have. For me, this has been such a relief, of not being so invested into other's lives, and endlessly wasting time in overkilled meme culture (yes, I said it, I think it's overkilled), and also the overthinking of whether my content is good enough etc.

February 23, 2019

Spilling The Tea On Freelancing ☕

September of last year, I had quit my current job to freelance on a full time basis. It was quite a spontaneous jump, but most of my career choices and experiences had been leading up to the very moment of being my own boss, and it was terrifying. An achievement to finally reach the stage of having my own business meetings, sending my own invoices and meeting like minded individuals. However, I feel that becoming a freelancer is incredibly glamorised, and although freelancing has its many benefits e.g being able to stay in your pyjamas all day, working the hours you want to work and distinguishing your own rates, no one emphasises the hardships that come with being your own boss.

The struggle can be reeeeal, and although no one said it would be easy, no one mentions how difficult it can truly be. As a fellow freelancer, I want to spill the tea on the experiences that I’ve had, and what to think about if you decide that freelancing is for you. Obviously, all experiences are different and I only speak on my own behalf, also note that I've not been doing this for years and years, I'm still very much a newbie. I currently specialise in the digital marketing industry, which means that all of my work is done on a laptop.

I rarely see anyone until the weekend rolls around. Most, if not everyone that I know has a career in a work place that is the usual 9-5, which means that catching up and making plans can sometimes be difficult. Working from home means that there is a lack of communication with others, because for the majority of the time, you're by yourself. There are options to go to co-working spaces, and cafes, but the entirety of the working experience can be incredibly lonely.

When becoming a freelancer there can be a lot of uncertainty. Work load can fluctuate dependant on the client, which can also mean the same with your income. Some clients can be unreliable in terms of paying you on time, and like many other industries and businesses, people don't always get back to you. You can pitch the most elaborate strategy plan, have a wonderful business meeting, you're completely ready to get the ball rolling on both ends and then suddenly, the client no longer wants to carry on with their business, or they may no longer have sufficient funds. Anything can happen, and it's always best to be prepared for whatever the outcome.

You and your business are entirely up to you. This can be a positive and/or negative aspect when you work for yourself, because essentially, you're your own finance department, marketing department, HR department etc. You create your own income, you achieve your own clients, and you work the required hours that you wish to work. You can easily drop in and out of something, but all roles are managed by you alone, unless you have a business partner or individuals that work for you. Being in control in terms of your work load, can give you a sense of freedom, but can also be quite stressful when you're trying to manage everything at once.

Working for yourself isn't always easy breezy, and although there are many positive aspects and rewards that come with freelancing, it can be stressful and isolated. Freelancing requires a lot of patience and stability, as well as positive thinking and ambition.

Are you a freelancer? If so, share with us some of the experiences you've had, or tips that you would give others.

February 16, 2019

Ways To Improve Your Sleep Space

Bedrooms are comforting sanctuaries, built with dreams. On average, we spend a third of our lives sleeping, and it would be silly to neglect the importance of what a good night's sleep can do. Sleeping is essential in keeping our minds and bodies intact, and a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, a lower immune system, and increased inflammation, amongst emotional and mental strain. We've put together a list of easy and simple tips that will help improve your sleep space, and help you achieve a better night's sleep. Check them out below!

Dim Lighting
Light levels can play an important role in the way that we sleep. Higher light levels have been shown to suppress melatonin, which is a hormone that provides the body’s internal biological signal of darkness. Avoiding bright lights, and by using dim lighting tends to be more efficient in helping you sleep better, and maintaining your natural sleep cycle. Set the mood with a dimly lit lamp, candles, or a night light. It's recommended that you turn your light off as soon as you feel sleepy to indicate to your body, that it's time to drift off.

You may find that some aromatherapy methods, can help you fall asleep a lot easier. Lavender essential oil is the most common fragrance associated with relaxation, and is a natural remedy that can help soothe your mind, and help to reduce anxiety. There are many ways to introduce essential oils into your sleep routine, such as dabbing onto your wrists, neck and temples before bed, taking a bath with drops of essential oils, using a diffuser, or lightly scented body lotion before jumping into bed. You can also find sleep sprays specifically designed with a variation of fragrances to spritz onto your bedding, and pillowcases. If you're not too fond of lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine are also known to help.

Making sure that your bedroom is clutter-free, and that items or clothing are placed in their correct areas, can help reduce stress levels. Creating a room that is comforting, safe and clean will help you improve a better night's sleep. Use soft accents and tones that you may associate with sleep, and invest in comfortable bedding and pillows. Your bedroom becomes much more peaceful when it's tidy and clean, and you won't be distracted by mess, which means you can spend more time relaxing and less time stressing.

Avoid Technology
Smartphones, laptops and television screens emit blue light, which also suppress melatonin and keep the mind and body alert. Many of us use the time before bed to catch up with tasks, that we may not of had time to accomplish during the day, like sending emails and messages, or scrolling through social media. Activities on electronic devices keep the muscles throughout your body remaining tense, which can lead to stress and interrupt your sleep pattern. Try to turn off all electronic devices, a good few hours before you fall asleep, and keep them out of the bedroom.

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