Monday, July 29, 2013

Motown Monday

Jukebox (don't put another dime) - The Flirts
The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Small Town - John Cougar Mellencamp
I melt with you - Modern English
I'm a believer - The Monkees
Please Mr Postman - The Marvelettes
Son of a preacher man - Dusty Springfield
Stop! In the name of Love - The Supremes
Down by the station - The Four Preps

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunny Sunday off.

The fact that it has been a while since I've had a Sunday morning or afternoon off prompted me to "seize the day" as the saying goes.... Carpe Deim . My first task was a flat viewing and then I was on my way; scenery flashing past,the burble of Sunday morning conversation and my collection of last week's tips - ready to shop!

I headed into Spitalfields market with a slightly springy step. It is truly a sight for any eyes. London has brought out my inner shopaholic and markets are the greatest factor. Although there is always a string of similar stalls, there are a few "Gem stalls" that make the whole experience of sifting through worth it! You might find a bargain box, a sale rail or even a "Fill a shopping bag for £20". Today my adventures are not unrewarded; I left with a bag of records I found on sale, a maxi skirt, some bargain box shirts and the satisfaction of having found the perfect place to find an energising snack. Rainforest Creations - the vegan, raw and health food stall whose food makes you feel heavenly.

And now I shall log off, eat the rest of my takeaway raw food dessert, put on my front-of-house apron and earn my splurge-money back ;)

Smiles & Sunshine.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mulling it over.

I guess it takes a while to sort out thoughts in our heads, and yet the things we do in our everday lives lessen our time for thinking.
When i got to London,  I knew only a handful of people who were rather busy at the time of my arrival,  I ended up sightseeing and enjoying the touristy side of london alone.
During that time I was able to think a lot and realised how easy it is to leave out propper alone time with yourself and your thoughts.
We are surrounded by the constant hum of electronic devices, chatter and bustle of the city and it's imhabitants which makes it decidedly more difficult to create headspace.
That could also be the reason behind the appeal of foreign countries, travel, and retreats.
I myself have realised I don't think as much as when I first arrived- although I am glad I now have made time to experience London Life with friends and family. In retrospect, I am extrememly glad I was able to have that alone time in the beginning. It showed me that I can travel alone and also allowed me time to find and piece together parts of myself I hadn't known were missing.
A learning curve is what it was, as deep and intricate as one can be during a gap year.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Little Routines

Whilst i was still in school my mother and I would wake at 6am every second morning and it started out that we would do a 2.5 km walk to the farm stall and back. Although, being a true runner at heart, we continued our routine and while my mother walked I would do a quick sprint around our block which also allowed me time for 'faffing' around before school.

Routines are in nearly everything we do, they may start of slight but sometimes when you think back you realise how important these are. They give us security and make us feel like we're fulfilling a purpose.

This got me thinking about my routines I'd started whilst living in London and after analyzing my actions from previous days I realised I had implemented a few. On the mornings on which I work, no matter how much I try to be ready earlier, I always end up taking the same bus at the same time. I also always sit in the same seat (if no one has already occupied it).At work whilst setting up front of house, I use the same order in which I tackle all the tasks. On the mornings which I don't work, I often go to the gym. I use the same locker every time; I have the same playlist of pumping songs and I have the same work out regime for certain days.

Should I delve deeper, I am certain I would find a lot more routines.
I'm sure that should anyone look back on the days passed, they would see a definite thread of consistency
which is what routine is considered to be.