.: The cheesecake and the blank page :.

Is there something more liberating than having time for myself and a blank page staring at you? No pressure, no compromises either. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday or what happens next, just being here now and go with the flow.
If you spend all your life following schedules that you can barely control yourself and rushing against time, isn’t it great when nothing else matters, just enjoying the freedom of every single second? You can stop and just stare outside, you can grab the pen and just follow your own words. So many possibilities left to unfold waiting for you.
This feels something we used to have as kids, this type of freedom of being but as we grow older the world seems to build it’s own special rules on us. Be on time for work, prepare an important meeting, leave on time to reach the doctor appointment or pick the kids from school.
And now, while I’m staring at everyone else around me follow the clock outside I realise this might be one of the last times in a long time I’ll be able to do this. Just me, no one else, not even my own expectations of me. I guess the more the reason for me to enjoy it well. Although I’m not necessarily alone anymore either. You are making sure I don’t forget about you, kicking inside of me (Probably as a reaction to the amazing cheesecake I’m having). It’s hard to believe it’s only a matter of days before we finally meet! That is probably going to be THE moment of my life Because of that I’ve been full of worries in my head: Are you ok? Are you going to reach outside safely? Are you going to be healthy? Am I going to be the Mom you deserve?

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So for now it feels good just to be here: me, you, us. Just enjoying the cheesecake and occupying this once blank page. The world carries on, but for this once I just stop and stare. No distractions (no e-mail, no social medial). That’s right, to make the most of it all I have is pen and paper – and a big window in front of me. I can also stop and just imagine what the other people are doing. There are 2 other people in the room with me, both of them with their own computers. I used to play a game while I was in public transport trying to read people’s minds and creating stories behind their lives. You don’t even notice time goes by. Now I tend to do what everyone else does, which is to stare at stuff on my phone and occasionally read. I miss a bit of the old days, so let’s try to play it again.
The guy on the right and side of the window seems to be a programmer or a web designer doing some work. He looks really quiet actually. He’s probably used to work from places like this, feels somehow better than to work from home. Less lonely I guess, even if you’re not interacting with anyone. Also in London not many people have the luxury of space for an office.
I would probably fancy finding such a job, that would allow me to work from everywhere. Today this lovely cafe, tomorrow maybe sitting in front of the river. That would be quite a creative boost wouldn’t it?
The lady on my left working with a mac I suspect is a creative of some sort. She’s also quite young (not even sure if she’s even 20!). She just ordered another round of coffee. Probably she’s working at a startup in the marketing or fashion industry. She looks the type that could easily be a blogger and actually be working as such (yap, nowadays being a blogger can be a profession as well).
I have a blog too but I use it mostly to share photos and thoughts. Doubt I could ever make a life out of it.
Next to the counter people are chatting and socialising, but my attention keeps getting drawn to these two silently working from different corners of the room.
Would they actually benefit from talking to each other? I suspect so, but that would be awkward for them I guess, because at first glance, aside from both working from the same space they don’t seem to have anything in common. Also I guess in their heads there’s also an invisible cube around them. It doesn’t matter who else is in the room, who comes or goes. The chatter in the counter doesn’t seem to bother them either – I guess the same way it doesn’t bother me either.
Uh…. just realise my cheesecake is almost gone! It’s really good (one can’t resist happy calories, I surely can’t). I wish I could bake like this! Although I’m certainly improving. The brownies we’ve baked over the weekend were really good and my scones tend to make my friends smile (baby I suspect you will like them as well).
Shall we have the last bit of cheesecake? Let’s do it… and that’s it, gone. Now I’m staring at the plate with nostalgia, when the cheesecake was still there. While the last sweet sensation from the cheesecake goes down, you’re kicking (you recognise the sweet taste don’t you?).
I stop to admire the lights in the room as well as my real life telly (I mean the big window) of people coming and going outside. I’m also starting to feel I need a bit of a break because I’m not used to write this long in pen & paper anymore (need to train my hands on that old school process again). While that, I look at the newcomers, a mom and 2 really well behaved kids. They are quietly enjoying their cake and fresh milk. I’m sure our 2 workers are as impressed as me, as probably they thought that they would be disturbed. They haven’t. Although I suspect a bit of distraction would be a good welcome break to whatever they are doing. Ah, guess I was right, as he got up and he’s looking through the window outside. A mini break before getting back to work. Isn’t it amazing how small little breaks can be such a productivity boost? Which reminds me of an interesting paper I wrote back at uni (we were tasked with interview people and explore around the breaks they did at work and how that affected their productivity). I definitely miss writing. But as soon as I would have the pressure to write to meet deadlines that’s it, all the worlds would take holiday from me and vanish somewhere else. So I guess that’s not something I will be doing either. Just stick to blogging when the words come even if no one else reads it.
There’s a newcomer in the room, a nice guy and a dog. Yap, I know, I’m already assuming he’s a nice guy. But you can actually judge people by the way they treat animals. He’s caressing the dog and the dog seems so happy. I’m seriously smiling as it’s such a tender moment happening right in front of me. Mr worker seems to have noticed as well and he’s smiling, while the young lady is still striking back her keyboard completely distracted of what goes around her. I’m happy I’ve noticed and that I’m actually here right now to see it. Dog seems happy and so am I. Happy that I left the house and the distractions to appreciate moments like this.
I have no idea how long I have been here. I didn’t checked time when I arrived and certainly not checking it now either, but it feels time to go for a walk and stretch my legs a little bit.
The luxury of time does indeed wonders . I feel absolutely peaceful and free from any worries. It doesn’t matter what happens next but I’m just happy that I’ve stopped the clock and just came to my once cheesecake and blank page.

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.: A broken lens and a whole new perspective :.

One of the street photographers I admire the most is Marius, simply because I totally love his style and because he managed to achieve quite a lot just putting effort and love into it.

Here’s a few samples

Recently I saw a post on his blog where he describes what happened to a $1600 lens, whereas most of us would cry like a baby (I certainly would since I find $500 already quite expensive!)

But he took a whole new approach which I find truly inspiring, check out the video

Isn’t it just amazing? Also the topic is quite a powerful one. The best photography for me is the one that tells the story and captures the moment even if it’s not technically perfect! This is the art I want to perfect, telling a story through a photo.

To follow his blog and check his work click here.

Any inspiring stories you would like to share? Which photographers inspire you the most and why?

.: Inspiring Saturdays :.

It’s a sunny Saturday but as I’ve started to pack I’m feeling a bit sad. It’s hard to realise I’m leaving this place, this house, this home! We love being here, but oh well

So just sharing a few things that inspire me today:

Yap, this quote makes a lot of sense to me. This is something I’m trying to live by. Rather than waiting for big moments and exciting surprises, I’m trying to enjoy all the little things from a daily perspective. A smile, a hug, that gorgeous sunset you’ve almost missed 🙂

Minimalistic Home

If I ever buy a house / flat this is the style I would love to have. Quite minimal and soft colours 🙂

Alentejo Houses

It’s my favourite areas in the world! Beautiful landscape, gorgeous coast, lovely white houses and the best wine 😀

Spring

Finally here 🙂

Inspiring Portraits

I really love this portrait, it’s certainly one of the best portraits I’ve seen in  while

You can visit Gianstefano’s Photos here.

Amazing sounds

Such as this video. So beautiful

Beautiful colours

Like this photo

We are in Blue

Any inspirations you would like to share?

Inspiring mondays

Well today it’s a bank holiday in Germany, so I’m not supposed to be working, although I’ll take the chance to finish a few things before going back to the madness of meetings tomorrow.

Accomplishment of the day
Finally managed to open a tuna can with the can opener. Oh yeah, it always seemed a mystery to me, but finally I did it and I feel proud. 

I’m also planning all the places I want to visit in Lisbon during my holidays, by navigating through dear Miss Twiggs blog. If someone knows how to explore and capture the beauty of Lisbon that’s her! Can hardly wait to go back 🙂


To be accomplishment 
Waiting for my dear to arrive home so I can start my running program, although it still looks pretty rainy and miserable 

Wish you all a great week ahead


P.s Ice cream count = too many!!!!

Monday I’m in love with

Flowers!
Love love love flowers, they make me smile. Love flowers in sunny days. And finally after a lot of rain (the whole weekend), we are having more blossoms. Here’s some of the photos I’ve managed to take during my busy busy weekend. (Straight from the camera)





I’m so tired today that all I want to do is sleep, but I guess I’m already lucky because I don’t need to travel today. Plus I spent all my weekend walking around in the turistic places in London, now I can’t move my feet. 


The good news is, I’m in countdown mode to go to Portugal, weee!!!


Wish you all a good week ahead

Monday Inspirations

So it’s Monday… and I’m one of those that hate Monday’s, especially today since I had to wake up at 4a.m!!! Such a crime! I was feeling so dizzy… all I wanted was to return to bed and sleep by his side. But no…. I had to be too professional and responsible, so I really woke up and went to work. At least the flight was on time and it was not fully booked, so I had space to rest and even sleep.


But because I really hate Mondays, I decided that instead of focusing on the bad side of a Monday, I could try to find something I like and write about it.


So my inspiration for Today is aquamarine blue. I love this colour, it just looks so cute and dreamy!


E hoje e Segunda… uma segunda terrivel especialmente porque tive de acordar as 04 da manha! Que crime!!!! Ainda por cima acordei a sentir-me tonta… tudo o que queria era regressar a cama e dormir em conchinha ao lado dele. Mas nao… tinha de ser uma pessoa demasiado profissional e responsavel pelo que acabei por me levantar e ir trabalhar. Pelo menos desta vez o voo saiu a horas e nao estava totalmente apinhado, ao menos tive espaco para descansar e ate dormir.


Mas porque eu detesto mesmo as 2as, decidi escrever sobre coisas que ate gosto.


A minha inspiracao para hoje e “azul cueca” (adoro este termo em Portugues). Adoro esta cor, e tao cutxi e tao sonhadora.

Actually the majority of my Pyjamas are also in this colour, so I can be with my head on the clouds (not that during the day I’m not!).

Na verdade a maioria dos meus pijamas tambem sao nesta cor, para que seja mais facil estar com a cabeca nas nuvens (nao que durante o dia tambem nao esteja)
I used to have bed sheets very similar to this, and the clouds were on a fluffy material inside. And mentioning about clouds, today the sky was just beautiful, we seem to be navigating on top of a sea of cotton. Inspiring really.

Ahhh que saudades dos meus lencois que eram muito parecidos com isto, e com um material mais fofo na parte das nuvens. E por falar em nuvens, hoje ao descolar parecia que navegavamos num mar de algodao, uma verdadeira inspiracao!
So what does it inspire you today? Wish you all a good Monday 🙂
E entao, o que e que vos inspira hoje? Votos de uma boa 2a 🙂