My Dream Of Travelling The World

Since i was little I’ve always gone away for the summer, but would always go to the same place… PORTUGAL. Obviously i loved it, its my home country, my family was there and i looked forward to seeing them and being with them for the 3 weeks, every year we would drive from London to Viseu, which took us 1 day and a half if not longer depending on how often we stopped, i LOVED the trip it was so much fun, the happiness and excitement every time we see Portugal on the highway boards… its just so much fun!!20150816_074011[1]

Moving on to the important part of this article, i have always loved travelling and wanted to see other countries, but there was 2 things stopping me, 1st my family in Portugal, if i travelled else where i would not be able to see them for summer, 2nd i HATED flying, couldn’t get in a plane, the thought of being thousands of meters of the ground and relaying on strangers to keep me safe, was so petrifying that i just couldn’t.

Everything changed 4 years ago, when my Nan passed away, my older sister and her family finally came and live in London too, she was living with my Nan since she was 18 years old and stayed by her side until she left us, was a very difficult period in our family but life carries on… and she lives in our heart and memories. 🙂

So saying this my 1st excuse was cleared, i now had all my close family with me in London and  i didn’t have to wait a whole year to see them, which meant i could travel more and start my dream. yup-iii!! The one thing stopping me was the fear of flying, heights and i didn’t know how to control it, so with the help of my two friends Cat and Xana, we went to a Portuguese Island called Azores (Acores), this Island is gorgeous i fell in love with the nature that it has, the mountains, waterfalls, views… i can’t explain how excited and happy i was to be able to be in that Island. We had a chance to go Whale Watching too.. was scary but at the same time AMAZING. Had to take 2 planes to get there but i can say it was worth the panic and anxiety for sure! I also forgot to mention this was NOT my first time in a plane, i had travelled to Rome with my college 10 years ago, but for some reason at that time i wasn’t as scared, (weirdo) yes i know!

 

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This summer 2017 i done another PUSH in my anxiety of flights and heights… I went to AMERICA!! 7 hours in a plane, i thought i was going to have a heart attack, i went to my GP and asked for tranquillisers and explained to her my issue, she kindly gave me 2 tablets to take in an emergency.., Obviously my brain kept telling me to take it, it was like a radio over and over (Ana take it… Ana if you don’t take it your going to have an attack..), BUT i took deep breaths and i went into the plane, sat down and was so glad to see that i had a TV, headphones and a BLANKET, OMG, never been in a plane that had all these things… i was so excited that my anxiety disappeared, i started watching a movie BAYWATCH (with Zac Effron and Dwayne Johnson), i mean can you find anything more interesting to take my mind away from the plane??  i was in heaven! So basically the whole trip was a blur, watched film after film, had food and by the time i realised we was hitting the ground. phew!

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Not long ago i visited Paris for the weekend with my  friend Thuy, if you have been following me on YouTube, you will see the video i made from that weekend away. 🙂 For this trip we didn’t go on a plane, (Thank God), we took the Euro star from ST Pancreas-Kings Cross. Took us 2 hours and a bit i think to get to Paris. Loved the city, Loved their Metro so easy to go around in, and LOVED LOVED the Eiffel Tower at night, its amazing! Every hour they light it up, with all sparkling lights and it just so beautiful! No wonder they call it the Romantic city!

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So these are the places i have visited in the past 4 years or so, and i would love to visit many many more, i have a few on my list that i want to start ticking off, such as :

  • Mexico, Cancun, wanted to go there for my 30th birthday, but i chickened out as its so far. 😦
  • Indonesia, BALI, also planned to go there too for my 30th, again its far, but i also left it too late for booking the flight and hotel that now its just so expensive, so guess that’s also NOT happening. 😦
  • Greece, Kalamata- it’s Europe so i am hoping to be able to tick this one off in 2018.
  • Tenerife, Not sure when but i love to go here looks amazing.

As you probably realised or maybe not, all these destinations have something in common  …. BEACH, SUN, AND AMAZING VIEWS! I love hot weather, the beach for the sand and the sea, the nature it self makes me relaxed and happy, so for me any destination that can offer me these things is a place that i would LOVE to visit!! I will keep you posted as i go and tick off this list 🙂 NOT sure how long it will take me… BUT i will let you know when i do! heheh!!

 

Thank you for reading this long post, but though id write something different this week!!

Have a great weekend and see you on my next POST!!

Love you All!! xx

 

 

My faith and Believes

IMG_3270.jpgWelcome back to another post! 🙂

I have been debating weather or not to write this post, but came to a conclusion that YES i should, i want to be as open and honest with my readers as possible and want you to know things about me.

From an early age i was taught that God exists and is the Creator of all things, my family have always believed in God and the bible. My father is a catholic and my Mother is a JW ( Jehovah’s Witness),both believe in God but in different ways.

I was baptized as a Catholic,and attended Catholic schools throughout my academic years, in between these years i studied the bible with JW brothers and sisters, as mum was still studying on and off.

In 2013 me and mum started studying regularly with two JW couple Amy & Andy, who had such big patience with us, as we didn’t always make time for the study, didn’t go to the meeting on Saturdays, cancelled the study day blah blah blah, we was not very good students at ALL!! It took us months to get into the study routine and attend the meetings. I found it easier and more interesting once i got to study the bible myself with some magazines given to me by the brothers, every night i would take 20min to read and talk with God. Studying and having the meeting prepared helped me want to go to the meetings, wanting to hear the other brother and sisters answers and what they had to say, made me more happy every time i went. I started going every Saturday and studied with Amy & Andy every week, done my personal study every night before bed.

I know we all have our own faith and believes, i have lots of friends who are Catholic and we all have different views on faith. Ive studied both Catholic and JW, and for me i believe more on the JW version of things as everything they say in the meeting there is passages in the bible that give us facts and i really enjoy reading the facts and how God always helps the ones who are faithful to him. JW congregation is like a big family who are always there for one another. We don’t believe in saints and statues, don’t celebrate Birthdays, Christmas or Easter, as there is no passage in the bible that tells us to do this, you don’t need these occasions to give presents or to show someone you love them or care for them, you can do this any time of the year!!

Some people i know don’t see JW as a very good religion and think they are annoying and pushy, BUT, we are not! The reason we tell people about the bible, knock at doors, give out leaflets in the street, its all the same JESUS done when he was on Earth, he too spread the word of God to everyone, the reason for this is in the bible.

This post is not to convince anyone to change their believes, BUT its for you to know about me and also a bit about what i believe in. God is very important in my life and i speak with him every morning and night, thank him for the life i have, my health, and all my daily things. I believe without God, i would be nothing, i wouldn’t be happy, have a life, and have such amazing people around me.

If you want information on JW or bible passages that you want to read to see a fact that means a lot to you… then just leave me a comment and i will definitely show you one.

Thank you for reading yet another post, hope you enjoyed it. See you on my next Post next Friday!!

 

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Handmade Frames(Bespoke)

Hello Girls and Boys 🙂

For those who know me, i have used glasses nearly all my life (blind as a bat), i don’t always like wearing them and don’t always find ones i like. I started working at an opticians last year, which have a workshop in the basement where they make handmade frames also known as Bespoke Frames. This workshop is one of the last in UK as all other opticians normally order frames from reps who work for companies in France, Germany and China. These companies use factories that make production faster and quality not as great and strong. Bespoke Frames can take up to 4 months to be made, the whole process is long and real acetone is used, making them stronger and durable which also makes them much much pricier. The good thing about Bespoke frames is that if you see a frame you like as in shape wise but NOT the colour, you can bring it to the work shop (picture also works) and have one made in the colour you wish and be unique. 🙂 I had no idea this was even an option until i came and worked here, as i said i have always used glasses and always struggled finding ones i like, now my problem is solved, (obviously for me is easier and cheaper as i don’t pay for them hehehehe)  If you live in London then why don’t you pop in and have a look for yourself? i can also offer you a discount code which you an use when you come and visit us. 🙂 just leave me a comment and i can contact you 🙂

This is it for today’s post, thanks for reading and hope you liked it and found it interesting.

See you on my next post 🙂 XAU

My Scoliosis

Hey guys! Welcome back!!

Today I want to talk about me.. (what a surprise!) hahah. So as most of you know.. I suffer from Scoliosis since I was 12 years old. What is Scoliosis? For those who haven’t heard of it.. it’s fine! Heheh I didn’t know anything about it before either.

Scoliosis is a mal-formation of the spine.. it’s curved in to a S shape, with time it causes discomfort and limitations. Getting old also doesn’t help heheh 😏.

When I was told that I had Scoliosis was the scariest moment ever! I just though I would have to stop doing everything I loved, that I would be in a wheelchair, all sorts of thoughts came rambling in. I had X-rays done, heart exam done, lung exam.. all to make sure the curve wasn’t affecting any of my vital organs, and thank god it wasn’t.

Doctors didn’t do anything and only gave me the option of having an operation, which could make me pain free and back to normal or.. could send me to a bed or wheelchair, so my answer was NO! ( There was braces available to correct the spine while I was growing, but this wasn’t offered to me 😔😢)

Years went by and it didn’t feel like I had anything wrong, done everything as normal, went swimming, running, gym everything and not a single pain or discomfort. Until…. 8 years ago that I was working in a pharmacy 10 hours a day standing on my feet and walking for sometimes 2h. The pain started and I got a lump on my right side as the spine was pressuring the curve more to the right. Went back to the GP who sent me for more exams, the curve had become bigger and now was curved in 2 places and that’s why the lower back was so painful at the end of my 10hour shift, recommended by the doctor I asked for my hours to be reduced, tried hard to stay at the job, loved working there, loved the customers and my colleagues, but even with hours being reduced the pain at the end and beginning of the day was really bad.

Went back to the GP who sent me for some physiotherapy, I went to 2sessions and promised myself never again! I left that place worse than when I went in.. couldn’t feel my legs and could hardly walk, was like this for 2weeks,needed someone to be with me every time I wanted to go out of the house, scary and the same time so upsetting. Thank god I got better, but I had to leave the pharmacy job as I couldn’t do it anymore, got a letter from the Gp and had to hand it in to my boss 😔. Months past until I was back to my normal self with pain still but I could handle, and finally found a job that suited my illness, receptionist and desk work. Amazing boss and amazing work conditions, love it!

Spoke to one of my colleagues about my Scoliosis and how sometimes the pain comes back and lasts weeks, and how I struggle to walk to and from work on those days, so he mentioned a lady friend who is a cranial osteopath, and that he has gone to her loads of times with his back pains, he gave her a call and booked me in…. best call ever!!

Was scared the first time I went in, and especially when she said she was going to click all my bones 🤷‍♀️, but I had to trust her so I let her get on with it! The feeling at the end of that session was… unbelievable, the pain I had was gone, the pressure I felt round my lower back was gone, bending side ways was so much easier, turning my neck side to side was so light and effortless… I can’t describe how good I felt. Been to see her twice now and have my next app booked, according to her, with this treatment and exercises she gives me, with time I will be more flexible, more free and the curve can be straightened ( not fully.. but a bit), I am so excited to see the results!! After all these years of pain… finally found someone who can help me and understands me!

I though I’d share this with you because I know that there is so many people out there with scoliosis and information about it is so little, cure is hard to find unless your willing to go on the operating table, but there are ways of living your life free and comfortably with scoliosis if you find the right person to lead you and help you!

Any information or advice please let me know and I will try my best to help!

Thank you for reading and see you on my next post! Loveyou😍