Finally settling into the new house. Also practicing my patience and compassion over the last few days. I need to remember that everyone is doing the best they can, and they feel bad enough about any shortcomings without others’ resentment and blame. So my goal is to just be more understanding and empathetic. Always.
Никак не могу почувствовать себя свободным в городе, душа рвётся на реку, в лес, подальше от суеты, на воздух.
Отыскали уютное местечко, вдохновился настолько, что отобрал у @peschenyusha айфон для портрета в закатный час.
Alla fine di ogni viaggio mi ricordo che sono fortunato non solo perché ho la possibilità di visitare luoghi stupendi, ma soprattutto perché posso farlo con persone meravigliose che, ognuna a modo suo, è disagiata come me. ❣️ -
Ever wake up super happy for no apparent reason? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
After a horrible night of sleep with a toddler who swore up and down she wasn’t tired (even at 4 am 😑), I managed to wake up this morning happy and so content. Of course that came after a strong cup of coffee, but it got me thinking that we truly are in charge of our own happiness. It’s so easy to overlook ordinary moments and look forward to the next trip, next milestone and even for the next weekend. I find it so exhausting and feel I miss out on tiny, yet important moments that i should be cherishing. I’m striving to have more days like today where I celebrate my life for everything it is and enjoy the now! ✨
However, I’m now off to bed at 9pm due to sleep deprivation and a stubborn toddler 😴🙃 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Okay, so BarChick wasn’t 💯 sure on what Turkish-inspired cocktails would contain when we rocked up to The Mekan at @ruyalondon. Turns out: a hella lotta fiiiine ingredients. We’re talking Black Hive honey, dates, figs, saffron... and that’s just for starters. •
This epic serve is the Rüya Negroni - an Anatolian twist that’s a punchy mix of gin, red vermouth infused with Turkish coffee, Campari and Tonka bean. •
There’s no going cold turkey after you’ve tasted the stunners at this new Mayfair hotspot. Get yourself there sharpish.
• 📍 The Mekan at Rüya London, 30 Upper Grosvenor Street, London
Life has a fullness about it when you look back and realize everything, both the good and bad, that’s made you into who you are today. It’s a story where you see God’s hand throughout - purpose in everything, people you can’t thank enough. I’m thankful for so many including these people who were so generous to celebrate me this past weekend 🙂
One thing I’m fighting for this year is this mindset - the current chapter is the best chapter and the next chapter will be even better than the current - being present while being hopeful. I’m confident in this because God has never failed in telling an even better story with each year of my life. And that’s solely because he’s the greatest storyteller that’s ever existed. God’s desire is for me to know and love him and live a life with Him. And by responding with knowing God, loving God and living a life with him, it creates a life that represents true significance. And true significance creates the best stories. I have no choice but to be expectant of an even better story this coming year. •
One more thing: I don’t want social media to be just a highlight reel. Here’s part of a journal entry from five years ago today (8/15/2013) - “Lord help me understand who I am. I want you back but I don't remember how good You are. Help me Lord. I love you. Please.”
🎶 “Too old to die young
Too young to slow down
Still got a lot to learn...” -@stevemoakler - Thirty
It would be so different
if any of these were missing is the feeling
you always have on the first day of autumn,
no, the first day you think of autumn, when somehow
the sun singling out high windows,
a waiter settling a billow of white cloth
with glasses and silver, and the sparrows
shattering to nowhere are the Summer
waving that here is where it turns
and will no longer be walking with you,
traveller, who now leave all of this behind,
carrying only what it has made of you.
No through road to Paradise Street 🇬🇷🔌✨
You know if you take a couple of left turns and leave the masses of other tourists behind you can find a rare moment of quiet in the chaos
I say 'other' tourists because of course I am currently another number here also adding to those crowds as much as anyone
I can find it internally hard to relate to the mass consumerism and the herds following each other to the same harbourside restaurants and the same boat tours BUT it doesn't matter so long as they're happy right💕
Hey, they probably work their asses off at home and deserve every moment they choose now.
I must be honest, I recall doing those boat tours squeezed on board with 30 other visitors once upon a time and I enjoyed them then too.
Happiness is always the end goal for all of us so we choose differently yet should never judge each other😊
I discovered the last year that I'm a rare 50/50 balance of an extroverted introvert... A social explosion that also needs space and quiet time to quieten the mind
There's a lot of people here which is no surprise as it is peak season to visit the Greek Islands and they are achingly beautiful. They deserve to be visited and local economies boosted from that.
For me... I just need to take a few left turns once in a while and take a moment of quiet while enjoying the raw beauty often hidden among the gelato bars and glass bottom boats😊
Chania, Greece - August 2018