As much as I love digital photography, film cameras will always have my heart. Here are some snippets of life in film….
With October already upon us, what a better time to recap the September that has passed. I can’t believe it’s nearing toward the end of the year!…
In our busy lives, rest and sleep are two things we often neglect, so here are my tips on how to make sure you’re getting both of these essentials….
It’s already a week into August, but I thought it would be a good time to squeeze in my July Look Back….
A few years ago I was someone who didn’t drink much water — granted, I’ve always been a big tea drinker and drank a few glasses when I was thirsty, but I never made hydration a big priority. Now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I have come to realise the importance of keeping hydrated. Our bodies need water to function properly, and drinking enough water also does wonders for your skin. I try to drink at least 2 litres of water per day, and more if I’m exercising.
1. INFUSE + ADD COLOUR
To make drinking water less boring, one of my favourite things to do is infuse the water with citrus and berries. It sounds fancy, but it’s really just popping some of your favourite fruit in a glass and filling it with water. The fruit makes the water taste better and also look more visually appealing, which is perfect for encouragement.
2. USE A CARAFE
Another tip I have is to drink from a water filter jug or carafe. I’ve been trialling the BRITA Fill & Serve water filter carafe and pouring the filtered water into a jar with berries and lemon. I keep it full at my desk while I’m working from home and love how its minimalist design fits seamlessly into my workspace. Using a carafe is another excellent way to reduce costs of continually buying bottled water. The filtered water tastes better too, making it much more enjoyable to drink and stay hydrated.
3. EXPERIMENT WITH TEA
My last tip is to try different teas! There are countless varieties of teas out there to try, both hot and iced. I would definitely recommend giving licorice tea, green tea with jasmine, and white + peach tea a go.
I hope this has helped!
#BRITAFillandServe #BRITAau #HydratedByBRITA
I think as we grow older, we become more and more aware of the kind of people we should surround ourselves with. …
No one wants to feel alone — I think this is a fact, and a fear, shared by every single person on this planet….
Do The Things That Make You Happy.
It’s a simple statement, but it can be one of the hardest things to do in our chaotic, money-centric lives.
We often look back on our teenage years and think, how carefree those days were, how much free time we had to enjoy life, how filled with freedom and joy those day were. Our rose-coloured glasses hide the fact that this joviality was helped enormously by the fact that we lived at home, had no bills to pay, ate for free, had no commitments apart from school and occasional household chores, and we weren’t yet assailed with the expectations and pressures of adult life.
This is not to say adult life is not a happy life. But often our happiness is superseded by stress and strain that our work, family, friends and sometimes love demands. We all get caught up in being busy all the time and then wonder why we’re not enjoying ourselves like we used to. Sundays off remind us briefly of how easy and carefree life can be, but then Monday arrives and we roll out of bed with an ache to return to yesteryear.
I came across a great quote on Pinterest a few weeks ago that made an impression on me which lasted long after I closed my laptop. It was simply: ‘Stop the glorification of busy’. It struck such a cord with me, as I’m guilty of constantly feeling as though I have to be busy in order to be a normal, deserving person. But it’s bullshit and I realised this. I realised I don’t have to feel guilty for sleeping in on a Tuesday, or lying about a commitment I didn’t have so I could just be at home and rest. We deserve time out and we deserve to do the things that make us happy.
So I promised myself to start doing just this: do the things that make me happy. I wrote a list of all the little things that give me joy and peace and gratitude, and I promised myself to do one of these things at least once a day.
Some things on my list include: go to the markets and buy fresh flowers, go for a picnic in the park and stare at the clouds, paint my nails, do a face mask, write in my journal, embrace my boyfriend and tell him how much I love him.
The things that make us happy don’t have to be big, and oftentimes they aren’t. Something as small as taking the time out to sit in your favourite spot in the house and drink a cup of tea, or looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you are beautiful, can make a huge difference in our otherwise stressful and doubt-filled day.
So I really advise you to write your own list of things that make you happy and to make sure you put aside time in each day purely for you. Let’s all stop the glorification of busy, and let’s stop feeling guilty for taking time out to treat ourselves.
I’ve never been one for making devoted resolutions as each year comes to a close. To me, many of the resolutions we make are admissions of self-disparagement – that we’re not yet a good enough person the way we are now. We are all way, way too hard on ourselves every day of the year already, so why do we feel the need to assess our self-worth and prove our selves to others at the end of every year? We promise that next year we will get thinner, happier, read a book per week. But these wishes are often a result of over-comparing to others and leads to thinking we are inadequate, that we need to be improved.
You are a perfectly perfect version of yourself. If you – and I mean you, not the version of yourself when you compare yourself to your best friend – are not as happy as you feel you could be, or if your body or mind is telling you that it might be time to make some positive, healthy changes, then this is where positive change will come from.
This is not to say New Year’s Resolutions are bad or should be avoided. Some resolutions I understand and even silently make myself; “Do more things you love”, “Explore”, “Listen and be more open”, “Don’t be so hard on yourself, you don’t have to do it all”. But these are the things I try to remind myself on any day of the year – the desire to make positive changes doesn’t need to occur on one day in all of the 365 days of the year.
Most important of all, know that you are great humans. Be good and kind to yourself. If you make resolutions, be sure they come from a place of self-love, not hate.
All seriousness aside, I wish you all a Happy New Year and that the year to come brings you joy and laughter.
Much love, Juliette x
Here are some snaps of my and my boyfriend’s little beach adventures, taken with a point and shoot film cam. I’m currently at the end of a hectic work week and I’m hoping that this Sunday will be my chance to pop down to the beach, squish my feet in the sand, dive under crystal clear waves, and greet the sun as I float on my back. I’ve definitely just jinxed Sunday for everyone, sorry. Fingers crossed though.