Stories For A Smile

Stories For A Smile: February 2017

february 2017

Hey fellow wanderers!

How are you all doing? I hope that your 2017 has gotten off to a great start šŸ™‚

Mine certainly has. I’ve been hard at work on contributing to others’ blogs and growing my audience and views a bit. I’ve also been spending a lot of my time in preparation for my first travel blogging conference!

I’m very excited for this one. It’ll be happening in March and IĀ want to makeĀ sure that I’m fully prepared forĀ it, so I’m working hard to make sure I’ll be as prepared as possible.

So far, my 2017 is shaping up and I’m very excited for what’s yet to come. I hope that you’re excited for your 2017 too!

It is no secret that 2016 was a very difficult year for us as a whole.

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Destinations, Musings

Countries I’d Love To Visit in 2017

countries I'd love to visit in 2017

If you’re anything like me, you love reflecting back on the year that has ended and make a list for what you want to happen next year.

You learn your lessons from the previous year and you create goals, resolutions, themes and intentions for the year ahead.Ā If you love to travel then perhaps you’ve chosen to prioritise travel more or have decided on new countries that you’d love to visit in 2017.

Themes and intentions that I’m setting for this year are:

  • Joy & Fulfillment
  • Creativity & Expression
  • Form deep connections with other Souls
  • ‘Perform’ better than I did in 2016
  • Improve my musical skills & knowledge
  • Create my first eBook
  • Cultivate better sleeping habits

But despite being a travel blogger and a flaming travel enthusiast, I’m actually not making travel a priority this year.

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Honest Reviews, Spain

My Review Of Yoga Sutra Shala

yoga sutra shala andalusia yoga retreat

So as you may know, a few months ago I went on my first ever yoga retreat.

This decisionĀ came from a gut feeling I had, that told me that I should start doing yoga and go on a retreat to learn.

My wanderlust had returned after several months of healing from my traumatic experience in Australia, but I was still scared to go abroad alone. So going on a yoga retreat, where I could be abroad, be looked after and continue my healing journey, was the perfect answer.

After determining my criteria for a yoga retreat, I did some research and found the perfect retreat for me.

ThisĀ is where Yoga Sutra Shala comes in.

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Stories For A Smile

Stories For A Smile: January 2017

January 2017

Hey fellow wanderers šŸ™‚

It’s 2017! Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed celebrating the beginning of the new year.

After the mess that was 2016, I wouldn’t be suprised if you had given 2016 a big farewell. Or maybe… a good riddance!

It’s now a new year with new possibilities, new opportunities and new energies. Hopefully we’ve learned the lessons that 2016 gave us and are ready to take on the new year and all the challenges that that will give us.

Here on Wide-Eyed Wanderer, I’d like for us to start the year on a good note and with positive vibes. Just like we do every month.

For the January 2017 edition of Stories For A Smile, I have collected some stories that show just how kind & selfless people can be.

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Fun Stuff, Musings

8 Trip Ideas For First Time Travellers

If the title of this post intrigued you, then chances are that you’re thinking about embarking on an adventure for the first time. Perhaps it will be your first solo trip or your first trip as an independent adult.

Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

It wasn’t long ago when I was in the same position as you… itching to step into the world and quench my thirst for travel. To explore, experience and engage with the world that I lived in, away from the corner that was my home.

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Spain, Travel Stories

Finding My Inner Sun In Andalusia, Spain

inner sun

It was early July of 2016 and the summer holidays had officially begun. While my family and friends celebrated the beginning of temporary freedom from their tediousĀ routines, I was ploughing away at my minimum wage job.

I was working at the neighbourhood branch of a chain bookstore and though the structure and routine were very conducive to my recovery at the beginning, now the job was hindering it. Even causing me to relapse back into the state of constant panic and depression.

As soon as 2016 cameĀ about, I made myself a deep and powerful promise – I was going to prioritise my health, my wellbeing & my recovery. 2015 taught me that I needed to. That I couldn’t keep delaying the healing work for my mental health issues and life traumas any more and that I had to consciously deal with them.

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News from the Globe, Stories For A Smile

Stories For A Smile: The End of 2016 Edition

End of 2016

Hello, lovely hunnies šŸ™‚

Wow… whereĀ do I even begin.

Rather then doing a typical edition of Stories For A Smile this month, I decided that since it’s December, I’d do an “End of 2016” edition where I wrap up this year and spread some much needed positivity.

But first, let’s engage in some real talk. You know, without denying our actual feelings.

So… 2016 was a mess, wasn’t it? I would have asked whether you have all recuperated from the shocking news of Trump’s presidency last month but honestly, you probably haven’t. I mean, I know that I haven’t. Heck, I’m still upset about Brexit and that was many months a go now!

I don’t know exactly where you guys are from in the world or which way you voted in the recent elections (or would have voted in the recent elections), but for those who are upset by the results of the election – I’m with you during this difficult time.

Moreover, I am you during this difficult time.

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