Cornish Sunset

Taking Stock of Changes : Where I am at in August 2018

Changes Afoot There are significant changes afoot in my life and I thought I would write a blog post to try and get a handle on where I am at mentally. I am not overly concerned that I cannot or will not be able to cope in the near future, I just realise I have hardly[…]

Boating

Captain Your Own Ship : Never give up on your Friends

Thanks mainly to a positive comment I recently found a YouTube Channel of an Amsterdam based spoken word artist called Vino Venitas. For one thing, it has reminded me of the creativity of exploring a poetic voice. For another, a certain video of his has inspired me to write about self-belief and the importance of[…]

Chinese Cup

Finding Inspiration

Outlook on Life There are various answers to the question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, my favourite being ‘It depends what’s in it’. The main purpose of the question is basically are you more of an optimistic or pessimistic person. I have previously touched upon needing to persist with projects[…]

Vang Vieng Laos

Nostalgia and Positive Benefits

What exactly is nostalgia? The word itself is formed of the Greek νόστος (nóstos), meaning “homecoming” and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning “pain” or “ache”. However, in contemporary use, the word doesn’t necessarily mean a painful yearning for home. Nostalgia is actually one of my favourite feelings. Although likened by many to a melancholy, I always feel it as a positive thing. It[…]

Temple Door Knocker

Stopping Procrastination Through Practicing Gumption

Procrastination The word procrastination has its routes in the Latin words ‘pro’ (forward) and ‘crastinus’ (belonging to tomorrow) so it literally means putting things off until tomorrow. Making a habit of procrastination is harmful to productivity as it’s likely that whatever is being put off is something that needs to be done for a reason. Generally[…]

Path to Gunung Bromo

Effortless Action (Teachings of the Tao Te Ching)

  What is effortless action? There are times in life when everything seems to flow by, one good experience after the other in a seemingly endless stream of positive and/or empowering experiences. The travelling lifestyle or University days seem to embody this sense of flow. During these episodes, it tends to be easy to have[…]