Peter Pan in the Starry Night

Hey everyone!😄

Recently, I’ve been working on a new drawing….

I had never attempted to use colour in my art before (well, at least ever since I started drawing in lockdown). This was my take on drawing Peter Pan/Wendy and Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ with a fusion of pencil colours. This drawing sparked a new approach to my artistic style : having more fun while trying something new✨.

Share your thoughts! Hope you have a blessed week ahead 😊!!

Unleash

Hey everyone!

This week, I have new piece of art for you.



The art convey the theme of liberating yourself from anything holding you back. It can be anything, a person, a thing, an emotion or even your own thoughts/mindset. The dragon is a personification of breaking yourself free from it. Plus, I used to read too many fantasy novels when I was younger and watch too much fantasy so guess you can say, unleashing the fantastical creatures in my mind😂.

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Hope you have a great weekend!

Benefits of Reading

“More than merely a distraction, but an active engaging of the imagination,” one that “causes you to enter an altered state of consciousness.”

– Dr David Lewis
  • Boosts knowledge

This should be no surprise that reading encourages knowledge. In todays world, majority aim to know about a broad range of topics and genres, in keeping up with conversations and reading is always the way to go.

  • Enhances imagination and gives inspiration.

Most readers are great dreamers as reading allows them to delve into their imagination simultaneously boosting it. It also inspires to create.

  • Expands vocabulary and improves speech

Over the years, many studies have showed a strong link between reading and a richer vocabulary. For instance, a study showed gradual improvement of students’ vocabulary and reading skills through reading English newspapers.

  • Promotes mental health and prevents cognitive decline

In one study, participants were asked to read “Pompeii” and as the plot grew more intense, increasing regions of the brain showed enhanced activity. Brain scans revealed that reading stories not only strengthens language processing areas but also affects the reader through embodied semantics in sensorimotor regions by enhancing long-term connectivity. Another study even suggested that individuals that read, have a lower chance of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

  • Develops empathy

According to researchers from the University of Toronto, reading may change certain personality traits of readers. Some results indicate that fictional literature may facilitate empathy.

  • Improves sleep

Another strain of neuroscience by the University of Sussex showed that even six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%, even helping people with Insomnia.

White Horse

It was a sunny day today and as you know it’s a rarity in the UK. So, we spontaneously nipped to the Bratton White Horse in Westbury.

The history…

White Horse is a famous local landscape and the second largest white horse in Wiltshire. The horse sits on an escarpment of Salisbury Plain, simply offering some breath-taking views of the countryside. It is visible from a distance and the locals state that it was cut in the late 1600s originally to commemorate the Battle of Ethandun.

Guide to show the distance and direction from the neighbouring towns

Some pics of moi 😁

As of recently, trying to practice less doing and more being and simply, enjoying the view.

Have you been exploring anywhere recently?

Share your thoughts! Hope you have a great week ahead 😃

How to build self-confidence ♡

Over the last few years, I realised that I have become a much more confident person and I believe that my greatest lessons have been learning from my own experiences. Today, I wish to share some things that worked for me and how I developed and continue to build my own self-confidence.

Growing up, I was known as the nice, ‘shy’ girl. Fast forward, years later, taking part in singing competitions, moving, starting a new life, work experiences, doing things that require talking on-stage, mentoring students, working as a student radiographer.

So, what changed?

  • Become comfortable in appearing foolish – No one actually cares. I learnt to embrace myself wholly, my quirks, differences and projecting it in a better way.
  • Overcome self-destructive comparisons – Sometimes an indication of lack of self-confidence could be insecurity and jealousy from other people’s progress. Always always remember that you bring your own qualities to the table.
  • Confidence does NOT always require certainty – It is knowing, accepting and trusting yourself to handle whatever comes your way. The quickest way to build trust in yourself is doing the things that you promised yourself to do. From what I’ve noticed, a lot of other people’s confidence solely relies on certainty and everything going too smoothly however confidence wavers and then suffers when things do not go the way you want them to.
  • Do things that scare you – This always worked for me. Don’t get me wrong, I made mistakes in the process and learnt from it but it nearly always built more confidence in myself. So, go and grab those opportunities!!
  • If nothing works, I realised that people cannot tell the difference between fake and actual confidence – fake it till you make may help people more than we give it credit to.

* There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence though – some notice the difference and catch themselves immediately if they think they are crossing the line. The key thing is knowing the difference.

Hope you have a great weekend! Stay blessed ♡

Welcome

Hey everyone! 😊

I hope you’re keeping well and manifesting meaningful changes in your life. Well, I am sure we all agree that the pandemic was a turning point for most of us, evoking a spectrum of emotions. The most significant thing I have established is that, paradoxically, change is the only constant in our life.

Well, it’s officially summer here in the UK! I recently finished university, got myself a degree in Diagnostic Radiography and thought that it was time that I focus on blogging again because……. I’ve missed this. During the lockdown, I also re-kindled my love for art and music, and I have been reading. A lot. It is interesting how my reading dynamic has changed over the years and wish to share it more here. I created a page to share thoughts/summaries about books if you are interested (reading made easier = saves your time!). On this page, I aim to document key points of the books I have read which contain tools that may help you better yourself as well. However, I strongly advocate that the only way you can improve your life is taking steps to implement them, no matter how small.

I am back, revamped my site which you can check out now.

Share your thoughts!

Stay healthy x