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21 Days of Gratitude Challenge #TVDGratitudeChallenge

  To be honest with you, the first days of 2017 have been quite tough on me. I tried really hard to remain positive, to refocus myself, to set new goals… But it was hard for to focus on the positive things in my life. It was like I couldn’t see them, even when they were right in front of me. I found myself suffering from panic attacks… in short, I wasn’t in a good headspace. I needed to calm down, to breath, and to attempt to get my life back together. One night, I randomly thought of the “365 days of gratitude” @jiliciousjourney has been doing on Instagram since the beginning of 2016. Without thinking twice, I grabbed a notebook a wrote “21 Days of Gratitude: Day 1/21”. I had nothing to lose. People say it takes 21 days to start a habit, so I thought that maybe after those 21 days of recording what I was grateful for, I would have my positivity back. Every day I try to write down all the things …

January Favorites (+ Giveaway)

The winter can be hard for me. Especially being in a place so familiar with such little structured time, I can find myself getting stuck in a rut. The dreary weather seems to inevitably find a way to dampen my mood. January was long, dull… but none the less filled with small moments of joy, love, and light. This month I tried to take the time to figure out what I needed. How could I best comfort myself through the long winter months ahead. Setting routine, trying to give myself a little extra TLC. As I move out of January, I  know that I need to be better to myself, give more hugs and kisses, step away from my phone more frequently. Also, if you haven’t already go enter our giveaway on Instagram. We are leading up to the announcement of our first ever Book Club title,  I thought that this would be a good way to celebrate. To Listen It’s been a really long time since I’ve dedicated some time to making myself a …

What Does it Mean to be Open Minded

For the last few years, open-mindedness has become all the rage, “hype”, fashionable, and something everyone wants to be – or at least appear to be. All over social media, people are presenting themselves as accepting, open to everyone + everything. I’ve met so many people claiming to be open-minded. It’s a quality we all aspire to have. But on touchy topics, like political conflicts, veganism, or even art, a few of us are actually willing to listen to people with opposing views and opinions. When I realized that, I asked myself : am I really open-minded ? I started to think about it, and to question what “open-mindedness” really is. I went to google and searched for the official definition : “Willing to consider ideas or opinions that are new or different to your own” We all have things we disagree with, but it’s the way we respond to those things are what makes us open minded or not. I’ve always considered myself as open minded. But now when I will disagree with something, …

Aleppo

I can’t sleep tonight. My brain doesn’t want to stop thinking. I’m mad, and I’m sad. On a French Television show, a journalist has been talking back and forth with a man from Aleppo for the past few months, I  can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, but this has been going on for quite a while. Tonight on the show, they aired the Skype conversation between the two. The man explained the ever escalating situation; how he escaped last night’s bombing, how his friend’s mother had died. He wanted to call now, as “maybe it was the last time.” This man is a hero. He didn’t want to leave his town, and now he is dedicating his life to help his people, saving those who are trapped under demolished buildings. Yet, nobody is talking about it. I’m mad because I’m here, in my bed with my computer I was able to pay for because of a summer job I had in a comfortable office. I am safe in my city, in my country, despite …

3 Tips For A Happier You

Life is undoubtably crazy, and sometimes it can feel impossible trying not to lose yourself in all the madness. You’ve got to learn how to cope with all the stress, and find a way to smile through the rough patches. I’ve had my ups and downs, but here are some of the things I try to do to keep my ups higher and my lows at bay. Be Grateful. When I wake up in the morning, it isn’t long before my mind kicks back into high gear, and I can feel my anxiety levels rising as the tasks of the day ahead begin to pile up into seemly unclimbable mountains. I could let this dictate my tone for the entire day, walking around in a haphazard haze, transferring from task to task. Instead I’m learning to take a second to slow down. First thing in the morning, especially on those of hectic days, I write, or think of a few things I’m grateful for. They’re simple things. This morning I wrote down “waking up to …