Inspire (me please)

Good morning! This will be more of a diary entry than a blog post, but I am pretty sure I’m not the only one feeling this way. I am not as productive as I used to be/ want to be. I’m not writing as much as I wanted to, my journal is basically empty. I don’t draw anymore. I was planning on getting a canvas and painting outside, yet I barely even touch my Moleskin sketchbook. I change my mind all the time, now I started to regret chopping my hair off while looking at my old Instagram pictures with my long hair. I sometimes get homesick, so I devour half a pack of Turkish delight, imagining that I’m sitting near the Bosphorus having green tea at the House Café. The weather is getting colder, and…

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Is Social Media Really Evil?

Hai there! Welcome to the machine. As you might’ve seen, Essena O’neill, a 19 year old vegan blogger has “left” social media a week ago. She claimed that it was limiting her and making her live her life according to the societies standards, trying to make it look better than it is. She was someone that I’ve been following even before going vegan and her videos really helped me through the first stages of my vegan experience. However, did she really have to do that? Did she really have to walk away from an opportunity of educating people about veganism and world issues WHILE making money? She had half a million followers yet she chose to deactivate her account and walk away from it. Even though I respect(ed) Essena so much, I think she could’ve…

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My Little French Getaway

You know how I said it’s okay not to be okay? Yeah? Well sometimes in those times,  a friendly, warm welcome from an old friend is all you need. I decided to visit Strasbourg for my reading week to catch up with old friends! EasyJet might’ve delayed the moment of our reunion but it was one of the best decisions I have made. I love it how it only takes a sincere laugh for two friends to just keep on being like they always used to be, as if they don’t live in different countries, which in our case, is me being outre-manche. Here, like I do for all my travels, is my photo diary from my visit to Strasbourg:   The lovely view from the Cathédrale Notre Dame of Strasbourg. The way up was SO exhausting (so…

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Why I Deleted Instagram

Sit back. Take a deep breath. And let go. Let go of all the emotional baggage. Let go of all the likes and the comments. Let go of your stats. Let go of your followers. Let go of fucking arranging the plates. Let go of the lighting. Just. Let. Go. I had an awakening. It was 8.23 pm, listening to Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch, reading Essena O’neill’s blog post. I finally realised that social media is taking over me. I’m not doing the things I do for myself anymore. I do them to get “liked” and get “followed”. I’m using my life as “content”. I tilt the plate for 5 more likes. I put a filter on for 5 more. I press my collarbones out to get 10 more followers. I push my legs…

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