Sunday, 4 October 2015

The sweetness of doing nothing

This is my first post since I decided to take a break to recover from an operation I had at the beginning of September (although Blogger decided to re-publish an older post when I changed templates!). It seemed appropriate to talk about what I have been doing all month, which is, pretty much, nothing. This may sound like bragging, but I don't think I am being dishonest when I say that not being able to do anything productive has been one the most challenging aspects of my recovery.

There is a character in the film Eat Pray Love that talks about how some cultures are always on the go and never stop doing things, while Italians appreciate taking some time to not do anything at all. They call it il dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. I come from a very Meditarreanean culture where there are siestas and moments in the day where there is real stillness, but it seems that I have long lost that ability to appreciate it, or at least do so for longer than a couple of weeks while on holiday. This month I have had to learn to feel ok about not doing things that are productive, sit back and get better, and whilst it si still a work in progress (I am sure I will start enjoying it as soon as I have to return to work!), there are a few activities that are the closest to doing nothing and that I have genuinely grown to find pleasure in.

Friday, 25 September 2015

20 small tips for a healthier life

During the past couple of weeks I've read a couple of blog posts or read in a magazine about making end of summer resolutions. You don't have to wait till the end of the year to decide what you want to do better or if you want to learn a new language or play an instrument. Holidays often give us time to think what we want to make better in our lives, and for me it's all been about improving my health for the past year. 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Life: taking a breather

Hi everyone!

I had hoped I didn't have to write this post because although my blog is quite personal there is a lot that I like to keep private. I rarely share big personal things even on social media with people I know, never mind with people I don't know! But sometimes being cagey and secretive can spark more interest so I thought I would write a short post today to explain that I will be taking a bit of a break from it all for the next month or so.
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