Sunday, 18 October 2015

Perfect autumn porridge

After six weeks I'm finally going back to work tomorrow. I hadn't had such a long break since I finished university too many years ago, so there is no wonder that I am a bundle of nerves. I am excited and looking forward to seeing everyone and to get stuck in work (I have really missed it!), but at the same time I have that feeling you used to get the night before going back to school after a long summer.

This week will be a test of how well I am, and I want to give myself the best chance to be full of energy, so I've been playing with different breakfasts that will keep releasing energy throughout the morning. As the weather has been getting colder this past week, I thought I would make porridge this morning and make it an autumn one.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

High 5: Beauty products on my wish list

After what has been nearly two months of giving make up and most beauty products the cold shoulder, and as my birthday and Christmas seem not that far away, the list of beauty products I would like keeps growing. These are the 5 things right at the top!

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.

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