Fuerteventura – Winter Escape

This little break in another Canary island has been planned for a while. In March we visited Lanzarote and now we are in Furteventura.

These islands make for the perfect Winter escape with temperatures around 20C throughout the year. They are also quite affordable. Two return flights with British Airways were only £210 and car rental is very cheap at less than £15 a day.

We have booked two apartments in opposite sides of the island. This should allow us to explore a few different places while we are here.

Saturday was a travelling day and a long one. This Winter sunny destination is about 4 hours away plus another hour or so by train to Gatwick. It was a tiring day but will surely be worth it.

Once we got off the plane we got hit with the sunshine and a nice warm day. It was perfect. After admiring the sea view from the terminal we headed to pick up our car, a white Clio. The apartment is an hour drive away from the airport. Really spacious in a quiet area in the South of Fuerteventura.

Next mission was to get food and water from the supermarket. Thankfully this was not far away. We bought dinner and a few other food items along with wine. Steak, rice, red wine, strawberry dark chocolate for dessert and we were ready to chill.

A little taste of what the first day was like below taken from my Instagram stories.

You can keep up with me on my Instagram stories 🙂 I will also be posting here on the usual days.

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Why Not?

I have done a few different things in my life when it comes to work. Different jobs in different industries and different countries.

The most rewarding experiences happened when I was in a position where I managed people. Managing people is not easy. You have your ups and downs. It can be a struggle at times, it can be tiring but it is definitely not boring. Also it pays off for all the struggles every time you get a thank you or see people happy around you.

You cannot imagine how amazing it feels to have someone you recruited, trained and managed a few years ago ask for your address so they can send you a thank you postcard for being their first mentor.

Even though I love doing it I made a conscious decision of staying away from such positions when I changed to a different industry. I wanted to focus on learning. I wanted to be a little selfish and focus on myself. Five years in I have learned a lot about the industry and about myself. For a moment I thought about getting back to managing people. I got excited with the possibility of doing it again.

Why not? You might be asking. I gave up on the idea because I know I would be super focused on the new role, it would consume all of my head space and I would have no time or energy left for this blog or for photography. For those reasons I have decided that now is not the time to make that move.

To everyone that encouraged me to apply for a team leader role, a big thank you for the vote of confidence. I really appreciate it.

I am super passionate about blogging and photography at the moment and don’t want to lose that just yet. Maybe you are thinking that this is silly. That I should try to step up at work. Maybe it is silly! Honestly I think it makes sense and I am following my “heart” on this one.

Another big thank you goes to everyone that has been complimenting or just asking questions about my photography work or my blog. I really enjoy talking with you guys about it.

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Work Christmas Party

This year the work Christmas party came early as we were also celebrating a big anniversary. The venue was new and oh so fancy this time! The Roundhouse in Camden!

The theme was the 1920’s and it was really nice to see so many people putting in the effort to dress up accordingly. There were props available as well to spice up the outfits. The room looked stunning. Food was delicious and the entertainment could not be faulted. Dancers, a live band, a good DJ and David dancing on the table.

Even the transport to the venue was in style with old double-decker buses. I missed that though as I chose to come home to get ready before heading to the party.

Leaving work early, being able to relax a little and get ready at home with my best friend was super nice. We got Uber to take us to the Roundhouse so we didn’t have to walk too much in heels or freeze to death outside. Temperatures dip below 0 that night.

At arrival we walked around a little to find a table. The room was packed already even though we were not that late this time. We sat down just in time for the big speech! It is quite cool to be part of a company that is growing so fast. We were only about 300 when I joined and now we’re past a thousand.

Once the speech was over we went to find the bar and doubled up on drinks not to be queuing all the time. I stayed on clear drinks only and it was a smart choice as I did not suffer much the next day.

We barely had to queue for food which was great as I was quite hungry by the time we got to go get some. The food was delicious. Belly satisfied we headed to the bar again.

The dance floor was on fire with the music pretty much on point as no one seemed to be bored (unlike in previous years).

As in true work Christmas party style the night didn’t go without some incidents. First, I had red wine poured all over my arm, yuck. That wasn’t major really. One wet wipe after I was good. Accidents happen.

But the weirdest thing happened to me this year. This random guy started dancing with me, which is fine but suddenly he got really close to me and bit my face! Not just a nibble but a proper bite, it hurt! I was in shock and just got myself out of there! Apparently I was not the only person he bit. If you don’t know how to behave you should stay at home.

We were chased out of the venue once the party was over. Even though it was very cold I stayed outside just chatting for a while. It’s good to catch up with people you don’t see every day.

I got Uber again to get back home. Luckily it was a nice Mercedes this time and not another Prius. I will really miss it if they stop operating in London. #saveUber

Thank you to everyone who organised the party. I had a really good time 🙂

Note: In case you were wondering, I picked the black dress for the party.

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Too Many Dresses

The party season is here! In my opinion way too soon this year. Picking up a dress is a major task for me. I am happy this get all dolled up situation is just a once a year affair. I am thankful for Asos though. It is a blessing not to have to try on dresses in super hot tiny changing rooms. Getting sweaty while trying to fit in a fancy dress is just not ideal. Yuck.

On the other side I have spent a ton of money to be able to try all the dresses at home. Too many dresses. But it’s fine as I will get it back soon enough. I lost count at how many dresses I have tried on so far for the work Christmas party this year.

I just can’t get over how convenient it is to get clothes delivered to you next day and how easy it is to return whatever you don’t like. No questions asked. Absolutely love it and I am not even that into clothes.

Two dresses are definitely keepers. Just need to figure out which one will be chosen to go out on this special occasion. Lets hope I can make my mind up before the party.

Which one do you guys prefer? Simple LBD (little black dress) or the one with the pattern? Leave a comment or let me know when you see me around 🙂

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Selfie Experiment

Last weekend I came across a blog post by Eric Kim that caught my attention. The title “5 simple Tips How to Take Better Pictures” made me click almost immediately. It is worth reading if you are into photography. On this post he “challenges” the reader to take a selfie a day for a week!

Eric says “The more comfortable you are photographing yourself, the more comfortable you will to photograph others. Why? You will overcome your own self-consciousness, feel more confidence in photographing yourself, and therefore transmit that confidence to your subjects. Once you honor your selfie, you will be able to honor your subjects.“.

It made sense to me so I gave it a try! Honestly I didn’t think it would be that much of a challenge. I was wrong. Even though it is suggested we can take the selfies with any camera I only used my new camera. As I didn’t want to take my camera out just to take selfies this meant that for most of the days I had no daylight. Damn the UK super short “Winter” days.

The good thing was that I had to get creative with light to try and keep the selfies a little interesting. In the process I found flash photography can be a lot of fun and deliver cool results.

Some days I did not want to pick up the camera. I did not want to bother thinking about it or felt “too ugly” to be in front of the camera after a long day at work. Still, I did it. Every day, for seven days.

Yesterday I took the last selfie of the week and edited a bunch of them. It was a lot of work but I am glad I did it. I am adding them here with a little description for each of them to proper share this experiment with you. Hope you enjoy it!

All the pictures taken were edited in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop. The camera used was the Canon EOS 200D with the kit lens. I have added my favourite day of selfies to my Portfolio here.

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Bloglovin’

Recently I have been keen to find the best way of keeping up with my favourite blogs. I used different apps on my android phone to figure out the best one for me.

And no, unfortunately this is not sponsored content.

I was using Feedly for a while but the interface is a bit dull and it is not easy to manage the read and unread posts. Even though you can find virtually any blog there as it works with simple RSS I did not enjoy the experience. Also not all the pictures on the blog posts appear on the app.

Tried Flipboard too. It is a super pretty app but in my opinion it is better for news or just random blog content on a specific subject than actually to follow your favourite blogs. The cool thing about it is that you are also able to follow social media profiles. I followed the blog’s Facebook Page and it looks really nice. If you are on Flipboard not only you will be on top of new posts but you will also see anything else I share there.

After trying these apps and a couple others I am sticking with Bloglovin’. I get all the pictures on the blog posts showing there. It is pleasing to read. Easy to go onto the actual post on the blog and super easy to keep track of the read/unread posts.

If you are a blogger go claim your blog or at least add it on there. If you love reading blogs install the app on your phone or add Bloglovin’ to your bookmarks on your browser.

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Money Can Ruin Your Life

This week was to say the least, different. There was so much happening that time just flew by.

When something “big” happens it gets everyone talking. Information spreads like wild-fire. Of course there are details that are likely to not be very accurate. People tend to spice it up a bit by adding a pinch of drama. That is just Human nature, I think.

Some people do stupid things for money. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people to have an unhealthy “relationship” with money. growing up having people around me that dealt with money in a not so healthy way I cannot say I was truly shocked. It was more of a surprise than actual shock. It makes me sad that people allow money to rule (and sometimes ruin) their lives.

At the same time it makes me happy to be able to say I have learned from the bad examples around me growing up and as an adult I am not obsessed with money.

Let me know in the comments if you have had any bad experiences related to money. Either first hand or close to you.

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