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Monday, 19 February 2018

BE YOUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADER


Often times whether it is consciously or sub consciously, we seek validation from others. But the truth is we can only seek validation from ourselves. No one else will ever know how much an opportunity means to you other than you. That is all the more reason to stop being your own worst critic and more reason to believe in yourself. I’ve listed a few tips below to follow in order to be your biggest cheerleader. I hope you find them useful.

Find your anthem!

I am yet to meet someone who is not a fan of music. Find the song that defines you, uplifts you and most of all overall makes you feel good and stands for something you believe in. Play it in the morning, in the car or include it in your gym playlist. Whenever or wherever, use the song as a motivator. My anthem is this tune right here. I have a few anthems now that I have thought about it..

Silence the noise.

When we seek advice it will usually involve asking somebody that we know well or someone who you can more or less predict what the advice would be. An encrypted format that really means ‘I know what to do but I would feel more certain with the confirmation of someone else’. Although everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, it is usually advice to take into consideration.  Trust your instincts always.

Speak it into existence.

I have not yet got my head around the many ‘Law of attraction’ readings on the world wide web, but from what I understand from ‘speaking it into existence’ is that it is one of the main elements of LoA that reflects the cheesy yet famous saying ‘you’ve got to believe it to achieve it’. Speak about the things you would like to achieve that should prompt you to act on it.

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

I created a post with this title a while ago; fear is associated with the unknown. Doing what you have not done before. As fearful as the challenge ahead can be, the best way to deal with it is to embrace that fear and champion on. You usually come out the other side if not fearless, less fearful.


Imagery Location: Aburi Botanical Gardens, Ghana


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Monday, 12 February 2018

FUN VALENTINES CARDS WITH PAPIER

I carry your heart by Poppy Papercuts


As I mentioned in my previous post about Valentines Day being that day we either look forward to or we dread, I think it is a day (like any other day) everyone can enjoy with these fun cards stocked by Papier!

In a day and age that is very much digital these handcrafted cards by various artists caught my eye. Papier aim to inspire and connect people in a thoughtful way as they partner up leading designers and illustrators to create cards to remembers. What I like about the cards I’ve been able to select from their Galentine's Day range, is that each card has its own style that reflects the artist behind the magic. 

Here are a few of my favourites I chose, that you could surprise that special person with! Enjoy!

https://www.papier.com/cards/galentine-s-day/
Friendship by Poppy Papercuts

I love the stencil style and illustration of ‘ I carry your heart’ by Poppy Papercut as the literal imagery plays of the titled piece comes across ever so fierce! Poppy’s creations are not only animated but I feel they are the backdrop of a story. These two are a part of her latest collection with Papier.
Find out more about the artist here.

https://www.papier.com/search?utf8=✓&q=i+love+pizza
'I love you more than pizza' - Carolyn Suzuki Studio
Whoever receives such a card is a very special person indeed! ‘I love you more than pizza’ by Carolyn Suzuki Studio makes such a statement against a subtle contrasting baby pink back drop, its priceless!
Find out more about the artist here.


https://www.papier.com/designers/jade-fisher


Valentine Day is a day to celebrate anyone you love, not necessarily just your significant other. Somebody you know and love receiving a 'Treat Yourself' card by Jade Fisher might do them the world of good. You never know the kind of day someone has had and a unexpected Valentines Day card like this one may make it all the better.
Find out more about the artist here.


This one is so cheesy its perfect!  This ‘We’re better together’ duo by IldlewildCo. says it all!

Wishing everyone a lovely Valentines Day!

This post is in collaboration with Papier Ltd.


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Sunday, 11 February 2018

WHAT NOT TO MISS THIS FEBRUARY



I definitely should have posted this nearer the beginning of the month but here it is! My top 4 events of this month. Enjoy!



The most anticipated Marvel movie of this year finally awaits us! Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler and focuses on he sequel of one of the original Marvel Comics character named Black Panther. That is all I can tell you! I have purposely not read too much about it so I can enjoy the film with no spoilers!

Black Panther will be showing in UK cinema from 13th February 2018


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wandercon2018-online-conference-you-can-attend-anywhere-in-the-world-tickets-41401791874?aff=30&afu=151453463613


Are you ready for GoWonder’s largest online travel conference? #WanderCon18 brings your most requested and shared travel content to life. 

Over the course of two intensive (but fun) days, we’ll gather for a series of industry leader interviews, keynotes, and interactive sessions from travel influencers and experts. Addressing everything from solo travel to travel fitness & wellness, and you’ll also get exclusive access to never been seen content related to travel. 

It’s all online so you join no matter where you are. 

WanderCon starts from 10th - 11th February.

3.Valentines Day

Image by Lucian - weheartit.com

Valentines Day, the day we love or dread! Regardless of your relationship status celebrate Saint Valentines Day, treat your other half or move your self-care Sunday to a evening in the week and have some quality alone time or with your friends!


Valentines Day is 14th February 2018

4. Design Indaba Conference



The highlight of South Africa’s creative calendar since 1995! The Design Indaba Conference in back for the 2018 edition. With three days of design speakers and showrooms, it’s the perfect reason to visit SA at this time of year!

Design Indaba Conference begins 20th February – 23rd February


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Monday, 5 February 2018

STUMBLE INN REVIEW


I know I said my last post would be my last Ghana post, however I thought it would only be right to review the first Eco Lodge I have ever stayed in!

During my trip to Ghana, I stayed at an Eco Lodge in Elmina called the Stumble Inn. My friend found it online via booking.com at £7 per night – bargain!

What is an Eco Lodge?
An Eco Lodge is an environment friendly resort that function without or minimal electricity other than solar power lighting. So not luxury – There is my disclaimer.

I stayed here with two friends for two nights in a four-bedroom dorm that had two bunk beds and a handmade bamboo-stacking shelf to put our bits and pieces.  Before making our way to the dorm we walked through what felt like an micro scale botanical garden passage way. This is conveniently situated in between the dorms and the open space by the seafront where most visitors spent their time.  The staff here are lovely and always ready to help and assist with plans.  The food was also delicious! In the right hand corner of the central space is a shack/bar where you must pre order what is on the menu, as the cook will serve everyone at a certain time. From my memory, dinner was at 7pm. Similar with breakfast; we would request what we wanted the night before. Meals and beverages were added to the accommodation bill that you pay for at the end of your stay. Stumble Inn also has a small boutique beside the shack with a variety of souvenirs to choose from.



My favourite element of Stumble Inn is the washing area. There is something so therapeutic about having a shower outdoors, especially with a powerful shower! I loved the simple design and consistent use of the same materials bamboo and cement in the bathroom zone and throughout the site that complimented the rural aesthetics of an eco friendly space. I wish I had taken a photo.

Despite, there being a barrier of rocks by the seafront of Stumble Inn, if you walk further down, the ‘fence of rock’ soon comes to an end and you are greeted with what you were looking for all along…the sand and the sea! We spent most of our last hours here. Please note by this point you have past Stumble Inn and the neighboring Elmina Bay Hotel. The walk there and back is just under 10 minutes.

Some evenings the staff organizes a campfire for the visitors. Which is a nice opportunity to meet with other lodgers. That is if you haven’t met already, as the site is very small. Although it was short I enjoyed the stay, it is ideal especially if you want some down time away from your phone because you certainly will not get any Wi-Fi here. (psst… although they have some wifi next door at Elmina Bay if you really can’t resist.)



Would you return to Stumble Inn?

I am not one to stay somewhere I’ve stayed before, however I would return to Stumble Inn if I were in the area. The only thing I would do differently is perhaps staying in the chalets nearer the sea (first image) rather than in a dorm, which felt a bit dark at times.

Things to know if you are going to Stumble Inn:
- A taxi from Central Elmina to Stumble is take 25 minutes and will cost no more than 15ghc
- Bring a Towel!
- It is next to Elmina Bay Resort
- Pack Mosquito repellant!
- Say hello to Isaac!

Activities to do in the area:

- Visit Elmina Castle
- Visit Elmina Town
- Kakum National Park
- Go for a swim!





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