Transition and Reflection

When I sat down to write this post I didn't really know where to start. I wanted to write something to celebrate Christmas and New Year, but I wanted to do it without brandishing pictures of candy canes and roast dinners and without endless lists of tiresome resolutions promising to blog every Monday and Thursday before dawn standing on my head drinking peppermint tea. I felt a need to share something asides from over-commercialized trivialities and over-indulgence, and so I present to you photographic evidence of a much needed break and some ramblings on reflection - enjoy:

London #1
Such a poser...
We reached Big Ben at exactly 12 which was most exciting!

I couldn't resist one picture of the tree in all its grandeur!
Boxing Day at Witley Common:

It almost looked like the photos were taken in midsummer

The gap between Christmas and New Year is always a bit of an awkward week of transition, gluttony and lie-ins. However this year I made a conscious effort to use this time more wisely by reflecting and re-organising things before 2014 crept up to surprise us. I wanted to be the best prepared version of myself I could be to face the trials and troubles alongside the excitement and adventures that are sure to come with what is already set to be a mind-blowingly busy year (as if I didn't say that last year...) 

In terms of resolutions, I have set myself instead a more sort of guideline or ideal to live by: less rubbish. That means buy less rubbish - no more wasting money on unethical, unnecessary commercialised stuff. It not only wastes wonga but wastes the planet by encouraging MNCs (multi-national corporations) to continue over-producing low-cost, high volume goods at the cost of natural and human resources. It also incorporates eating less rubbish - make more of fresh and in season food which is better for me and the planet, whilst honing my cooking skills before I fly the nest to fend for myself alone at university! Lastly, I shall aim to be less rubbish - more time focusing on me and how I can achieve to the best on my ability, instead of wasting time on comparisons and self-depreciation. 

London #2

The most incredible book and map stall.

Playing with reflections and silhouettes.

Tate Modern
The most lively buskers of the day! (The occasion was of course honored with a dance.)

So that's it! I hope your 2014 exceeds even you highest hopes and is crammed full of adventure, explorations and inspiration.

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