Former Instagram model Essena O’Neill recently posted a video about why she was quitting social media that caused quite a stir in the online community. Even though the original video is now off YouTube, there are plenty of others who continue to spread her message. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1Qyks8QEM
Even though the video isn’t fun to watch, it raises some important topics. In the video, an emotional O’Neill lets the public know that her social media fame led to nothing but insecurities and self-judgement. Prior to the viral video, I had never heard of Essena O’Neill but I’m glad that I did.
We live in a time that praises efficiency. How many life hacks have you seen that teach us how to cut down on time or find short cuts? While this can be great for some things, it shouldn’t necessarily cross over into how you go about everything in your life.
It seems to be our family’s annual tradition to hike the Doi Inthanon nature trail during northern Thailand’s cooler months. Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest mountain, at 2,565m. above sea level. The nature trail is around a 2.5km hike (which takes about 2.5-3 hours to complete) at an altitude of about 2,200m. It’s a beautiful trail that begins in the forest, which opens to an alpine meadow, hugs along the mountain ridges and returns back into the forest. Hiring a guide is a requirement and the national park charges a 200 baht fee for the trail.
Seeing the sakura blossoms in Japan has always been on my bucket list so I was so excited to hear that I’d get to see my motherland’s very own version of it. Thailand has its own type of cherry blossoms that produce beautiful pink blossoms during the cool season. The full bloom only lasts for a few weeks so visitors from all over the country head up north to see them.
I sat down and thought about 2014 and all the craziness that made up those 365 days. Some good, some bad – but all part of this life. Here are some of the lessons that came to me when I put pen to paper.
Life will keep handing you the same problem until you learn from it.
Persistence pays off, if the goal is genuine to you.
You have the power to change your body.
You don’t have to settle.
You can teach yourself new habits.
Every pain or set back makes you stronger and more deserving of the good things.
Nothing is over until you stop trying.
What lessons did you learn in 2014?
How can you take those lessons and focus on changes that you want for this year?
Last year I learned that I could change my body through hard work and determination. This year, my goal is to have that control over my mind – to develop a healthier relationship with it and nurture it in ways I never have before.
You can use the lessons that you’ve already learned to realise how you can simply change one aspect of it to create a new and attainable goal.
I can’t wait to make 2015 the best year yet and am looking forward to the new lessons that this year has in store. I hope the same for you!
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
Seeties hosted their first blogger networking event in Chiang Mai on the 1st of November 2014. The event offered an opportunity for Chiang Mai based bloggers to meet and socialise in the lovely Mahasamut Library. I was able to meet a bunch of unique individuals who are all doing their own thing and create their blogs out of love for their passions. We were also given insight into Seeties and their Seetizen Expert program, which offers the chance for individuals to promote the places, activities and things that they love in their locality.
I was lucky enough to be invited to attend TEDxChiangMai on September 27th 2014. I have always been a fan of TED talks and was excited to be able to be part of the experience in my city. When people asked me why I wanted to go, I replied, “well, why not?” TED is all about “ideas worth spreading” and I want to know what those ideas are, especially in regards to my local community. Continue reading →
Ever since I heard my favourite Thai reggae singer, Job 2 Do, sing “Railay” I have always wanted to go. Once I found out that I was going to visit Krabi, I knew that I had to take advantage of its close proximity on any day that the weather would allow me to. Today was the day! I woke up early to blue skies and was one of the first people to wait for the long-tail boat to the island. We left Ao Nang Beach at around 8:30 and 15 minutes later, I arrived on the gorgeous white sands of West Railay Beach.