Getting old is very odd.

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"Getting old is very odd. The main thing is that you have to keep telling yourself, I'm old, I'm old. You see yourself in the mirror as you descend the escalator but you don't look directly at the mirror, you give a little side glance, a wary smile. You don't look that bad, you look something like a dusty candle. Too bad screw the gods, screw the game. You should have been dead 35 years ago. This is a little extra scenery, more peeks at the horror show."

Bukowski, Charles "The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over".

Happy Birthday to me. Here's to getting old but not feeling old!

Picnic time

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Sooo, It's my birthday this Wednesday, and as it's in the middle of the working week, I decided to get together with a few friends in anticipation during the long weekend. We gathered for a picnic at Victoria Park in London, and we had a lot of fun. Except when there was a bit of a shower and we had to hide under the Chinese Pagoda! I decided I should wear something fun, hence the white and pink. I think in the back of my mind I just wanted to feel like the birthday princess, haha!

Did you notice I have little Game Boys on my nails? They were made by the super talented Alice @alicemcnails, at the Joy event I attended last week. Joy has several shops all over London and they have now reopened a branch in Brixton, and I was there for the opening. Lot's of 90's style fun was had and I came back with this super fun mani.

What I wore : Dress - TJ Maxx (last Year in Florida); Jacket and tights - H&M; Shoes - Irregular Choice; Necklace - Kenzo (c/o Harvey Nichols)

I'm joining the stylish link up at Patti's Visible Monday this week. It's been a while since I've done it.

Burning out – and how I’m avoiding it

Lately life has been soo busy, that I'm seriously in need of a break... I wake up every morning feeling like I haven't slept. I spend whole days feeling drained and with no energy, with difficulty concentrating. All I do is complain that I feel tired, which is not good for me nor for my friends, who are probably sick of listening to me by now.

I'm so tired that I started thinking where can I cut down on activities that can generate anxiety and pressure? I questioned all the involvement in social media. Is it really worth the energy investment? Sometimes I feel like quitting Facebook altogether, so when I read this article on Molly Crabapple on Wired, this bit hit home:

"Twitter is the place where we crack jokes with our friends and where we see oppression, sorrow and war," she continues, adding that she sometimes wonders if humans are equipped to cope with seeing this much suffering. It's important to remember that having us constantly distracted and traumatised is a great plan for businesses, but it's not so good for us.

It doesn't mean that she would avoid or regret the internet though, she believes. Online life is not inherently false," she says, just as "the real world is not inherently true". "Burnout is real and we are not meant to consume all the knowledge in the world. We will always lose if we attempt to match the internet's pace."

So that's it. I'm giving myself a break. I'll still be blogging and checking FB every now and then but I need to stop checking social media obsessively. It's not going anywhere so might as well just leave it alone.

I'm simplifying my life. Not entirely sure how yet, but I recently read that one is only capable of  making a certain amount of decisions every day. If I waste all my decision making energy every day before I even leave the house, it's bound to leave me feeling stressed for the rest of the day. Deciding what to wear the previous day might help, as well as leaving my bag packed.

I have to learn to say no. Say no to activities, to nights out, to meeting with people. Seriously, I love all this but if I can't function because I haven't given myself enough downtime, this has got to stop. Living in London can be exhausting and there's always something happening, so it is easy to end up doing too much because, FOMO.

I'm reading more books. Since I moved to London I already finished reading a couple of books. My shelves are full of books I haven't read yet, now that I take the tube to some places I managed to start getting through them. All I need to do now is leave the computer alone and just relax with a book and a cuppa when I'm at home.

Getting back into yoga. If I spend more time at home, I will be able to start doing yoga again, which as we all know is beneficial in so many ways.

Eat more greens (especially brocolli). Eating healthily might also help. I've recently become addicted to avocado, which is a good thing to be addicted to, if I may say so.

Reduce alcohol intake. Having a cheeky pint every now and then or a glass of wine is ok, but not every day. Especially when you feel like you NEED it to relax.

Taking a day off to not do anything. that's what I'm doing next week. Just staying home, taking naps and relaxing.

So these are a few of my things I'm doing. Do you have any other suggestions? Drop me a line!

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