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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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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My Photography Portfolio

It is finally up on the blog! My photography portfolio. I managed to start getting the pictures from the photo shoots together and now you can see my photography up there in the Portfolio.

I am super excited about this. If you couldn’t tell.

Thank you to everyone that has encouraged me to keep working. It means a lot. I am super in love with photography and the editing process.

Contact me via the Facebook Page or via direct message on Instagram if you’re interested in shooting with me.

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Slowing Down

I can’t believe it has already been almost a couple of months since I launched the blog. Got everything set up in a weekend with the precious help of my boyfriend and have kept it going with regular posts since then.

The new Facebook page has been kept pretty much up to date to make it easier for you guys not to miss anything. And posts are out on Twitter as soon as I publish them.

My Instagram has been a priority lately and I am trying to post quality content on a regular basis. The old Snapchat is getting a bit dusty as I mostly use Instagram stories now.

More recently my photography has come into the spotlight. Out of the blue I got a proposal for my first photography paid job! This is a big deal for me and I am super excited about it.

After that I was invited to attend a photography meet up. My first one. You guys already know all about it.

I have been working hard to ensure I deliver the best possible service when I do that photo shoot. And who knows, maybe do some more after this one.

On my blog my posting schedule is at three times per week. Might not sound like much but when you do it properly and pay attention to the SEO, readability and finding the right pictures for each post it is not a quick process. Even though I love every bit of it I still have to manage my time and energy to do all that plus going to work five days a week.

From September I am changing my schedule on the blog to two posts a week. I will be posting on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Please bear with me while I try to find a balance between the blogger life and the day job life.

If you want to keep up with what I am doing on a daily basis you can follow me on Instagram.

To everyone at work that has come to me to tell me that they read the blog, a massive thank you! Your support is much appreciated.

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Intro, 10 years on 

25 de Abril bridge palm trees and wavesMost of you know my blog as I started writing back in 2007 just before I moved to London.

I was living a fairly comfortable life in the outskirts of Lisbon when I decided to move to London in search of a more financially independent life.

My boyfriend and I lived and workbig ben a london park and london eyeed together for a year before the big move. We resigned at the same time and planned this big adventure together.

Now that we are fully settled in London it makes sense to start writing in English.

For my Portuguese readers I am hoping to write the occasional post in Portuguese. Some of you might also be able to follow me in English, if not you can make the most out of Google translator.

I will be writing about whatever I feel like as I have done so far but you can expect a lot of travel related stuff as I fell in love with it when I moved to London.