Monday, 23 January 2017

Turkey 2016 #1

Here are a few photos from my recent trip to Alanya, Turkey.

The view
Sleeping so close to the beach was awesome - and having breakfast with that view was even better. I don't think there's anything that can beat it really if that's the kind of holiday you are after. It was lovely and warm and the temperature of the water was perfect too!

Our back garden  
Here's a shot of the beach - the garden of our hotel was the beach and so we didn't actually have to go anywhere to get to the beach, just walk outside...

The moon and beach in the night... So beautiful and insanely fierce at the same time! I tried to take a photo but my camera skills are somewhat terrible in the night, and the photo doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.
Night Time
We went to the beach in the night a few times and each time we got closer and closer to the sea. The first time we went we stood on the steps to the beach and went no further. The waves were so fierce and it's all so different in comparison to the day time. During the day the sea was inviting and warm but come nightfall and it was harsh and loud, the waves stronger and fiercer than I've seen before. Each day we crept closer and closer, taking in its beauty. It really was beautiful.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello 2017

If you were to ask me this time last year if I'd have thought that some of the things I listed last week were to have happened, I'd have laughed in your face. Literally, I would have. I still do laugh when I think about some things I did - not because they were funny but because there are times where I find it all a little hard to believe.

Now I regularly give myself the 'you can do anything' talk in my head because I do think we CAN do anything if we try, and at the end of the day, trying is better than not. But sometimes it's just so hard to take that first step. So damn hard.

It's so hard to go from doing so much to doing very little. From being constantly busy to wondering what to do next. It's hard. It's hard breaking routine, it's even hard not having a routine. It's hard going somewhere where you have memories of people who have left - people who have moved on to better things. It's worse feeling left behind.

It's hard when you are plunged into the real world having studied for donkeys years, and I'm guessing it's just as hard for those who've worked for ages to go back to studying. It's hard to see people leave and it's hard to say goodbye.

It's hard admitting things to yourself even when no else needs to hear it.

Lots of things are hard. But so many things are good. So many awesome things happen when we open our minds to the possibilities and embrace opportunities. When we do things a little differently and embrace change, when we let people into our lives and even when we take some out. There is so much good, sometimes it's just a bit hard to see.

So this year, 2017, step into the year with an open mind. Let's be open to possibilities and embrace things, even the crap that is bound to happen.

Look at what you have, because dude, what you have is good. It's freaking awesome. Make the most of it. Seize it.

Be open to possibilities because things happen when you least expect them.

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