Anxiety

I can feel it. My body aches in a weird way. I feel restless. It’s not a nice feeling and I just want to feel at peace with myself again. Can this feeling go away now? Please.

Thankfully I don’t feel like this often. I do try to go through life with as little drama as possible. This way I feel less anxious, more relaxed and generally happy.

Someone close to me not being well and a few other issues sent my anxiety levels through the roof.

Being “happy” is really my thing so I struggle to cope with being anything that is not “happy”.

I mentioned it before, I don’t like drama. Writing this now feels a little “dramatic”. Sorry about that! I’ll try to go back to our drama free posts ASAP.

Even if drama is good for the blog I’ll try to not do a lot of it.

It’s likely that this post will get to the blog after I get through this anxiety thing so please don’t bring this up in conversation. Written comments are always welcome.

Remember it’s OK to not be happy all the time.

As a final note give a listen to Invading Spaces by Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey. I listened to this podcast episode recently and loved it.

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Out in London

Sunday We headed to central London for lunch. The plan was to eat at The Breakfast Club and have dessert next door at the new Portuguese café.

Even though Soho was pretty quiet and most restaurants were empty there was a one hour wait queue at The Breakfast Club! Oh well. Change of plans then. We tried the Bodeans in Soho instead. It didn’t disappoint.

Dessert was a “Pastel de Nata” and an espresso at I love Nata in Soho. The flavour was great but the filling was a little too runny. The service was so good I will definitely go back.

I had decided to take my old camera out as I didn’t think my new one was that much better and is a little heavier. Guess what? I was wrong. My old camera takes forever to focus and the battery doesn’t last as long either. Still got some decent shots. Please excuse the blurry ones.

We walked through Chinatown, Soho and went into Liberty (we were looking for toilets) before walking through Regent Street.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Let me know if you have any favourites.

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Bad days at work

Bad days at work. Guess everyone has these once in a while. Guess they’re perfectly normal if not too frequent. But once you start crying or having regular nightmares about work it means it is definitely time for a change.

I’ve been through it all more than once before. It’s not cool and it messes up with your personal life. Unfortunately there are people that will enjoy making your life miserable or people that simply don’t know any better in most work places.

It’s up to us to get out of these situations to keep our mental sanity. I know it’s easier said than done but you need to at least keep trying.

Fortunately it’s been a while since I experienced anything like this. But when I see friends going through it I feel for them.

Sadly “bad people” are a little too common. In my opinion you either don’t care enough which means it doesn’t affect you or you need to get out of their circle. Every time I had any issues those were the only solutions that worked for me.

Talking things out with the people involved was tried too in some situations and even though I’m a big communication’s advocate when it comes to avoiding or healing conflicts it didn’t really work for me. It served more like a plaster (the ones that don’t stick properly). Not saying this approach never works, just saying it didn’t work for me in the past. Still think it’s sometimes worth trying. Unless you just don’t like your job. In that case just start job hunting now.

At the end of the day no one should have to work with toxic people. Life’s too short for that.

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Deal Day

After a weekend mostly spent at home working, cleaning and resting I decided Monday we should leave the house. We don’t get to enjoy nice weather often in the UK so it’s always good to make the most out of it.

Sunday morning I spent a while browsing possible beach destinations for the Bank Holiday. Brighton is usually our go to destination for a beach day trip as train tickets are quite cheap. But I felt that would be boring and too busy on such a hot day.

Around lunch time I finally made my mind up and booked train tickets to Deal! A place I had never heard of. I thought this was a good thing as there was a chance it wouldn’t be crowded.

Thankfully I was right!

Two hour train ride away and with only one change, Deal was quite easy to get to. Just a little expensive at £89 return for two.

We had fish and chips for lunch (nothing amazing), visited the local castle, lounged on the long stretch of pebble beach and walked a lot. It was nice to spend time together and enjoy the sunshine. Fortunately it wasn’t as hot as in London otherwise walking would have been tough.

I’ll definitively be looking to explore other beach destinations around this area in the future. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

Here are some shots of Deal.

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Nothing to Moan About

Just got through this week like a zombie. As there was too much happening last weekend I didn’t have the energy to do much. For some reason I didn’t manage to sleep a lot either so not feeling re-energised just yet. Thankfully we get to enjoy a long and warm weekend in London.

Spent the week doing what I had to at work, editing pictures and watching a little TV. Despite the nice weather on Friday I couldn’t even get myself to go to the pub.

Saying all this not much has happened since the last post and honestly I cannot come up with something to “moan” about. Guess this is not a bad thing but it makes this post a little boring.

This weekend I need to keep editing all the pictures I have taken between Portugal and the last weekend and post some to sell online. Even though the weather is great outside I am sure many hours will be spent indoors catching up with all the laptop work.

As I don’t have many words for you on this Sunday post here are some pictures I have worked on recently.

The models in these shots are XeniaElla, Maria and Yami. If you are in London and want to shoot with me just send me a DM on Instagram.

Just in case you were wondering. In just over a month I will be going away again. Visiting Croatia for the first time. Super excited about that!

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I need another Weekend

Quite used to mostly restful weekends. That’s what this super cold months in London are good for anyway. It just feels good to be inside where it’s warm.

This weekend was different. I barely spent time at home!

Months without any photography meetups and then there were two in one weekend. On top of those a friend from Instagram that I hadn’t met before was in London for the weekend.

I didn’t want to miss out on any of that so now I feel a little tired. Didn’t even manage to write my Wednesday post during the weekend. But not to panic as I’m sorting that out last-minute and this post will be out in time.

Saturday I headed to Hyde Park for the Boosted Boards‘ meetup. There were loads of boards available to try but I was not brave enough to get on one of those. Even thought the weather wasn’t the best I got some shots.

In the pictures Mike representing the UK Shooters, Shio and Nikolai.

After the meetup I got on the bus to central London to meet Nat and her friend Sebastian. We have been exchanging messages on Instagram for a few years but only now we found ourselves in the same city at the same time. We walked around Soho until we found a place to sit down and have a drink.

Even though we had just met the conversation flowed easily. I really had a good time. Hope to see her again soon, next time maybe in Berlin.

Sunday after lunch at home I made my way to Canary Wharf for another UK Shooters‘ meetup (in partnership with Sony and Wex Photo Video hosted by the Novotel, Bokan and Canary Wharf). It was my first ticketed meetup and it was a good one.

After I got my badge we chilled at the hotel’s top floor until it was time to head out to shoot. The chosen locations were beautiful and the models amazing. We walked a fair bit so at the end of the day I was dead.

I am still editing the pictures but here are some I have already managed to edit.

The models in the pictures are Xenia, Shio and Ella Parsons.

It was a super busy weekend but I enjoyed it a lot. Bring on the next one so I can rest now.

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What I got up to in Portugal

The holidays had a rough start. I was feeling ill since Thursday, surviving on painkillers on Friday and Saturday my temperature almost reached 39C! Thankfully the flight was in the afternoon so I took ibuprofen and waited for the temperature to drop. I could barely move and still had to finish packing.

Even though it wasn’t easy I made it on that flight to Lisbon!

Saturday we landed after 8pm, picked up our rental car and headed home for dinner. My mum had made chicken soup and “bacalhau”. We were starving. It was all delicious.

Sunday we had lunch with the in-laws and the nieces. The conversation flowed nicely and we had a good time. My mum had gone to our holiday home so we decided to join them in Ericeira. Dinner was take away piri-piri chicken. As my mum bought a foosball table we spent hours on it and had so much fun.

Monday was our admin day. We headed to the bank later than planned but made it. Unfortunately the services to renew the national ID card were packed so we gave up on it. Defeated we headed to the river for a delicious lunch.

Afterwards I managed to take a nap as I was still feeling like s***. In the meantime my boyfriend went to meet the new baby of one of our closest friends. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it as I didn’t want to give the baby whatever virus I had.

For sunset we headed to Amoreiras to go up to the panoramic viewpoint and take in the city from there.

Later we went back to Ericeira for more family fun playing foosball.

Tuesday we had a hotel booked for the night in Sesimbra. We explored the region and even hit the beach for a little bit. Later we had a lovely seafood dinner followed by quality time with friends. Totally unplanned as they were in the same city as us just by chance. So happy I messaged at the right time as the conversation was great. Luckily our hotel was next to the bar as we said our goodbyes at 3am!

Wednesday was time to check out. The hotel was great and I would totally stay there again. We had lunch at Meco by the beach after visiting Cabo Espichel. The drive back to Ericeira was long. We were tired and decided to just go out for dinner with my mum.

Thursday we had planned to see friends for dinner and theatre in Lisbon but as they cancelled on us we decided to skip Lisbon altogether and stayed in Ericeira. The afternoon was spent at Tapada de Mafra on a “safari” tour on an electric car. I really enjoyed it.

Friday‘s agenda was packed with family meals. Lunch with one of my cousins. The restaurant was a let down but the company was great. Dinner was at home in Ericeira with my brother and his fiancée. A lot of foosball fun went on!

Saturday was time to get back to London. It was raining which always makes it easier to leave. Quick stop to grab lunch before the airport and we were off to return the car and wait for our plane.

I am sorry I didn’t see all the kiddos this time but I didn’t think sharing my “bugs” with the little ones was a good idea.

It was nice being home. Now I am ready for the real holidays in June!

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