Hello, blog readers!
I know I have been a little absent from the blog, but I had to go on a much-needed rest. Life has been so intense over the last few months of 2018, that I felt the need to book a little getaway to recharge my batteries, right after I welcomed 2019! But let's rewind a bit: Christmas came and went, and I had lots of fun playing UNO cards, Monopoly Cheaters Edition and some epic classic card games. The same was repeated on New Years Eve, since this year I took a much more 'secluded' approach to the celebrations. I wasn't up for being surrounded by drunk people, neither was I for all the queues, traffic and stress that comes with going out on New Years Eve. Instead, Bruno and I hosted a little get together at our house, where we played board games, watched movies and welcomed the New Year from home with a glass of Champagne. We watched the amazing London Fireworks on the TV, and stayed up all night playing games. I cannot remember the last time I pulled an all nighter...but boy was it fun!
In 2019 I want to continue to work on most of the same goals I had for 2018. While I still need to improve some of them, I also need to change my approach and choose different methods to make the other goals come true. For everything that I planned to do in 2018 and couldn't, I want to make 2019 the year where I experiment different ways to make those dreams come to life!
In 2019, I want to continue to inspire other people. I want to do more of the things that matter, and let go of those that don't. I want to start living more, without fear of what others will think of my choices or approaches. I want to make 2019 the year of living to the fullest; a year of travelling and exploring even more; a year of continuing to find my place in this world. In 2019, I want to continue on my journey and mission through veganism, learning new recipes and cooking more healthy foods. This year, I want to stop poisoning both my body and mind. I want to focus more on Yoga, meditation, exercise and the outdoors. I want to continue to spend a significant amount of time in nature, where I always feel calm and at peace. I want to keep exploring the link between nature and happiness. In 2019, I want to continue to read more books and watch more documentaries about subjects that matter to me. I welcomed 2019 with open arms, in the hope that this year will bring me nothing but genuine happiness, in whichever shape or form.
I hope that 2019 brings you everything that you wished for. I hope that all your dreams for the new year come true.
Since the final months of last year were somewhat stressful for me, I felt like it was time to get away exclusively for relaxation purposes. No, I don't mean camping or glamping; I don't mean booking a place somewhere remote, but then waking up at 4 am to go shoot the sunrise.... I mean it was time to take a few days off to recharge batteries, forget about the world, do nothing all day if I had to...and then return to reality feeling ready to take control of 2019!
I looked at a few flights and weighed the pros and cons of going away from the country, but since both Bruno and I had very little money to spend on a trip (I blame Christmas for this one...!); and Bruno was working throughout these two weeks, I opted for something 'easier'. And the choice was obvious! I was dying to go back to the Lake District, so another trip was definitely the right option.
We went on a two-day getaway to Windermere, until the 4th January, and we stayed at Beech Hill Hotel & Spa. I booked our stay easily, through Groupon, and from that moment I'd been in countdown, looking forward to a few nights away.
Driving to the Lake District was a pleasant experience, and as soon as we arrived in Windermere, I was amazed by all the beautiful scenery and luxurious mansions with enormous gardens! What a beautiful area to explore. Everything was surrounded by trees, and the lake was peaceful and inviting you to relax. We stopped in the town centre for some quick photos and to go in a few shops, before driving the final 10 minutes of our journey, until we arrived at our destination.