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Sep 25, 2017

Does Drinking Water Really Give You Glowing Skin?

For sure this is one of my Most Wanted posts! In my inbox, most of you want to know, more in detail, about my current skin products/makeup newbies/tips in general....it is fair that today I reveal a basic one (jokes aside!) regarding drinking "lots of water". I’ve found that water makes a big difference in my skin health, in fact, my acne lesions have totally reduced, pores and wrinkles less prominent. My daily amount of intake water is around 1,5lt to 2lt, I tried my best to achieve that goal which is never so easy, but I try to stick with it. This post is just a quick reminder about the benefits towards your skin and health in general. I can guarantee you that my skin, as it is hydrated, it is less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause me irritations and blemishes. Keep drinking!!



Aug 3, 2017

If Not Now, When?

The rules of life. There are no rules of life, so stop letting social constructions that have been built by organizations hold you down from living the life you want. Be grateful you have at this moment the ability to say "no more." That is a fucking lucky thing we often don't realize. Yes, you think you can't do this because you "need" your shitty job, your shitty relationship, or whatever else you think you "need" at this moment. The truth is you don't need any of it. I've travelled in The U.S. for $6 a night, eaten 3 meals a day for under $10 all together, and have done countless cool stuff for free. I've met people of all ages from all over the world who are making their lives work for them, not working for a life that doesn't work. We've been taught that success means being a CEO, living in a big house, and having more crap than we know what to do with. I'm more than happy to tell you, it's all bs. I've truly never been happier than when I'm traveling around with my trusty backpack with just a few pieces of clothing and amazing company. Meeting strangers who are traveling to open their minds up, seeing places I never even knew existed, and waking myself up from the confines of westernization have been a few highlights of telling myself to just travel, and let myself be truly free. What good is freedom if we can't even use it? Why are we hiding from ourselves? What are we so afraid of? Happiness. We're all actually afraid to be happy because then the stresses we put upon ourselves seem idiotic, and they are. I know for me the idea of failure based upon other people's need for power, greed, and control held me back for so long. I never had enough money, time, or really anything, but removing myself from my day-to-day life I've been reminded I have beyond more than I need or really ever dreamt of. Today I challenge you to stop making excuses, write a bucket list down, and start crossing those things off! If nothing else know you can. 

May 10, 2017

Anxiety | My Story

There are a few reasons as to why I wanted to write about my anxiety story/update. Firstly, because It´s been quite a while since I have written about it in depth and my last proper post about it was in 2014. Secondly, I met many people recently dealing with the same issue as myself, I believe talking about anxiety or even depression is something very taboo in our society and it must be more outspoken bloggers sharing it. As my channel grew in size and very exciting things started happening, I became very aware of the fact I was going to be missing out on potentially life-changing opportunities if I carried on living my life in the same way and it bothered me. A LOT. I was meeting a lot of new people who all appeared to have their shizz together and I became so aware of the behaviours I’d installed so deeply into my subconscious mind that I didn’t really know where to start. Why was I settling for this way of living my life and letting anxiety become my main point of call? I started work on my anxiety in 2015. Having lived a very normal life near the beach, suddenly I was required to go to meetings in Lisbon. Everything moved SO QUICKLY. Some weeks I’d feel on top of the world, and other weeks I would be rocking back and fourth in tears on a train on my own on my way to Lisbon to do something. Although I never really talked in depth about my anxiety, it was something that was extremely challenging to balance. Knowing I could stay at home and not run the risk of a panic attack, or pushing myself because I WANTED TO DO IT...


Nobody should settle with anxiety being a big part of their identity, it isn’t. Anxiety is not your life and it’s not who you are, it’s just a small part of you that doesn’t have to be so loud. Everyone has anxiety in varying levels and some of us are better at it than others. If you have anxiety or any other form of mental health issue, you CAN change how much it affects you. Don’t just settle, take steps to improving your life. It may take time, hard work and dedication but it’s worth it in the end. Also remember that you aren’t alone. You are not the only one on this planet feeling the way you do and although at times it can seem as though nobody understands, yourself included, there will be somebody or something that can help. Ultimately, though, only YOU can make the biggest difference by making that first, and often a terrifying first step. I can’t even express to you in words how happy I am that I decided to make that change.


Apr 5, 2017

Broadway

 This black turtleneck sweater is one of my new favorite things and I seriously can’t remember how many times I got stopped in the street by people asking me where it was from. I can’t wait to wear it in all ways possible! News: I am heading to New York, next weekend. Any ideas about exciting stuff I can not miss?? Pm me! :)


Mar 24, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts

If 3 years ago someone would come to me saying that I would travel twice to The United States within one year, I´d probably laugh in their faces. This is damn crazy and exciting to say the least! Moving abroad was never ever a thing I wanted so bad, my motto was always about looking for opportunities and seeking challenges, personal and professional ones. Hence, putting me apart from the reality I am used to was something I always looked for but never had the opportunity. As you might know, last year I came to The US to attend an international business program (yeah that´s my academic field!) during Summer time and, undoubtedly, I had the time of my life. Among friends, business trips, classes, celebrating 4th of July, New York, clubbing, hard work, I must say this experience became THE best adventure I put myself into. Presumably,  I became more mature and aware of the infinite possibilities life can prompt us. I believe we´re all pretty busy, looking for something, trying to achieve that position at work or fall in love with that guy that texted us last night. Besides our own bubble there´s also life and exciting stuff to discover and let yourself be! Maybe what we´re looking for is not right for us right now, someday will be, but not now! Overall, this has been my motto over the last 6 months.
I came back from New York on August 27th, full of energy to start something new and maintaining my happiness, apart from loving my hometown and family, I knew I wanted to leave again and that´s what I did. I started to apply for International Programs to work abroad and my destination was Boston! Do you know what I am talking about? Less than 9 months and I am back to America!! I don´t know what´s this, but I totally believe in signs, so maybe it means something.
I have been in Boston for 3 weeks now and what I can say is that the city is fresh, outgoing and everything moves fast. Likewise New York, Boston is a small baby still giving the first steps, which is cool because New York is very chaotic and demanding. Downtown Boston is full of skyscrapers, Barneys is my favorite luxury mall, the Haymarket is pretty good to find cheap grocery and fresh fruits!! Still adapting to the city tricks, but on the whole sometimes I still have to pinch myself!
Spring is here...New season, new looks, new parties, new friends, lets make this a good one.

Happy Spring!!!




Feb 5, 2017

Why Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone Is Worth It

[Life updates 4 p.m // 2017-2-4] My family´s vehicle developed a problem out from nowhere and along with them we´re at a service station waiting for an insurance car, and still four hundred kilometers away from home! The weekend is, obviously, for 2 days and 1 day and a half is almost over and I still have tons of things to do! (Oh did I forget to mention that I am living by my own as the company I am working for is not located in Lisbon?!) Okay..pretty bored but having my laptop here with me is a good excuse to update my blog..oui? To begin with, I´ve wanted so bad to write a personal post about what I´ve been doing lately and why I am constantly searching for new opportunities and challenging myself. At first sight, it might seem that being able to live international experiences is easy or that I am not afraid of "saying goodbye" to my family and friends to embrace something new! For this reason, I want to remind you all that I get very emotional when it´s time to pack and leave my comfort zone behind my back. It seems beautiful, fierce but, sometimes, it is quite the opposite. Even though it´s totally worth it. Personally, I simply want to try out and see if going abroad can be a good way of moving forward in my career. I did it last year and I´m going to do it again, I believe giving up small personal sacrifices for the greater good can change a big deal to my success. Now it´s time for me to reset my current comfort zone, store it in the cupboard and create a new one from scratch. I will keep you posted on how I get along with that. 



                              "Find your comfort zone. Then leave it."

Jan 2, 2017

Why study abroad | My experience

My biggest achievement of 2016 was having the tremendous opportunity to study in the United States for 6 weeks and traveling among Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York. In the beginning of 2016, I knew I wanted to be more a risk taker, adventurous, step out from the atmosphere I was used to and dive into other opportunities. In fact, the beginning of the year made me research for several hours about international programs, I spent weeks on google on a regular basis searching for summer camps, English courses, volunteering in not developed countries, working abroad during summer..and so on! At that moment, I was still working for a luxury hotel and even though I loved what I was doing and the team I was working with was beyond words, I knew I needed to give a step forward. And that's what I did! I applied for a Business and Leadership program called The Global Village at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, The United States. Since day 1 I was not aware of what this program could benefit myself not only due to professional reasons but also related to personal growth. Living abroad in a multicultural circumstance, working on projects with young leaders passionate about a bright future is something that I did not know much. The truth is I consider most of my friends in Portugal are afraid of thinking out of the box and face challenges, some of them, unfortunately, don't believe in a career, they think they're not good enough and that we should settle down. That's the current way of thinking that I have emerged for quite a few years but I was done. Life's far from being perfect and in a world where, at least in Portugal, our unemployment rate is slightly increasing to tremendous levels we can't stay quite and settle for nothing. We are all worth it, we just need to work harder and make things happen! I have learned a lot with people from everywhere, from Peru to Indonesia or from Africa to the Middle East, the exchange of know-how, values and culture were humongous. My first days in America weren't easy, jet lag was literally killing me, I usually woke up around 4 am because I couldn't sleep more (in Portugal is 5 hours ahead)...a mix of excitement and everything was different. I shared a room with a guy from China, pretty funny tho! But we didn't get along a lot, we're both very busy and in different team buildings. About the program, I must say it was very intense and the key challenge was always to meet short deadlines and dealing with people from different background from mine! Now I understand how important was this experience, definitely, this program was designed to be an approach to the labor market. Working hard with fewer resources, meeting shorter deadlines and deliver the best outcome for customers. Putting work aside, we also had time to travel during weekends and the pictures below stand for this. Above all, I advise each one of you in 2017 to step out from your comfort zone and do something different. You'll be eternally grateful for how much that experience can positively impact your life.
This year I'm going to dive into another challenge soon, again I must say it's hard to pack your bags and leave to the unknown and alone, although I'm sure my current choices will impact my life over the long term. Are you ready to take off with me? 

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