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Monday Mindfulness ~ October 1, 2018

Hello, all. Time for another installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Today, it’s a reminder to be grateful from Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (from 161-180), Stoic philosopher, and author of Meditations. 

Here’s hoping your day and the week ahead is filled with joy, contentment, and many other things besides for which to be grateful. 

Marcus Aurelius - A Privilege to Be Alive

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 24, 2018

Good morning, all. A very happy start of the new week to you all.

Today, our Monday Mindfulness thought comes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Wouldn’t it be nice if more people felt as such? I believe a kinder, more compassionate humanity is possible.

Challenge yourself today and every day to speak and act as you would like others to. If there are people in your life for whom unkindness is their way of being, show them a better way by your deeds.

Dalai Lama XIV - Your Philosophy is Simple Kindness

How Video Games Help Me When I’m Dealing with Anxiety

Like 1 in 13 people worldwide¹, I have a history with anxiety. My specific mental health journey has involved developing generalized anxiety around the age of 12, my first panic attack occurring when I was 17, and the onset of moderate depression shortly thereafter. Thankfully, I kicked the depression by my second year of university, and I haven’t had a panic attack since 2014. Generally mild yet persistent anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies linger still, but I’ve become much better at recognizing my triggers and knowing instinctively what I need to do for myself to relieve my mental muddle.

Now in my late 20s, I’ve found another, rather surprising tool to add to my mental health mending kit – video games!

While I fondly remember the classic Game Boy ‘brick’ my parents gifted me with as a child, I didn’t truly delve into gaming until around the start of last year. Playing console games has opened up a whole new world (…many worlds, in fact) of entertainment. Not only that, but playing many of these games has helped me better manage my anxieties – and here’s how.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ September 17, 2018

Happy Monday Mindfulness, y’all.

This week our food for thought comes from Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of India’s independence movement against British rule and an architect of non-violent civil disobedience.

Gandhi -Where There is Love There is Life

Nature News: Climate Change-Resistant Coral Reefs, Passive Plastic Pickup, and the Restoration of Endangered Rainforest

Reading or watching the news can often be a depressing experience; that’s why I believe it’s important to be reminded as often as possible of some of the positive things going on in the world at large.

It has been a while since I last shared a selection of interesting and positive news stories about the environment, so here we go! Read on, and let the good feelings grow… Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ September 10, 2018

Good morning, all – and happy Monday Mindfulness once again, following a brief pause.

I’ve recently returned to work as an adventurous activities group leader after having a bit of the summer off. My mind has been a bit off-kilter this week what with readjusting back into the flow of things, but I stumbled upon this quote last night after finishing work and found it to be an important bit of perspective for me. Hopefully, you’ll find it to be both helpful and hopeful too.

Hat tip to Robert Louis Stevenson, writer of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from whom we get this week’s quote.

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Seeds You Plant

Monday Mindfulness ~ August 27, 2018

Hello, world.

Time for another Monday Mindfulness to kick start the week. Today’s quote comes from the Irish novelist and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

Here’s hoping y’all have a marvelous day and a wonderful week ahead!

George Bernard Shaw - Create Yourself

Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 3

Hello again, and welcome to the last installment of my scribblings about a recent visit to Portugal’s sun- and surf-filled south, the Algarve. If you’re new to the site and happened to miss Part 1 and Part 2, no worries – I’ve added the links here.

As I said at the end of the last post, this time we’re headed west – out to the many gorgeous beaches of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ August 20, 2018

Happy Monday, all. I hope everyone has a really satisfying week ahead, filled with good times and good things.

Here’s some more Monday Mindfulness for us all. Having recently come back from a week away, I felt inspired this week to share a quote about travel that spoke to me.

Find a bit more on American essayist and naturalist Henry David Thoreau here, if interested. 

Thoreau - Travel the World Over

Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 2

Boa tarde, fellow adventurers.

Here, find the continuation of my recent wanderings in southwestern Portugal, in the region better known as the Algarve. If you happened to miss Part 1, no worries – here’s the link.
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Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 1

Olá, y’all!

My partner Nick and I recently returned to our neck of the woods after a week away exploring the Algarve, Portugal‘s southern most region. It was a fantastic adventure, and I’d like to share a bit about our wanderings as well as a few of my photographs with you. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to do a bit of adventuring somewhere new as well!

~ The Algarve, Portugal – Part 1 ~

Met to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the west by the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve has a plethora of sandstone stack-spotted beaches to discover. Its location also means there is a near-constant sea breeze, making even the hottest of summer days reasonably comfortable.

And what to do on those long summer days? Well, the region has plenty to offer visitors, the adventure-keen and relaxation-minded alike. As for us, we wanted a mixture of both active pursuits and chillaxin’ time, and I’d say we definitely managed to strike that balance. A rental car is fairly essential to making things happen in the Algarve, but the options are plentiful at Faro Airport and the prices not too dear. I recommend doing a little online research before arriving in the Algarve, including becoming familiar with how the toll road – Via Verde – system works. Going to be doing a lot of exploring? Consider downloading a GPS app for the region onto your smartphone before you go, as there are many options available and they are often free. We used Navmii Portugal, and it was often invaluable.

Our wanderings took us mostly through the areas around and between Lagos, Sagres, and Aljezur, so the most southwestern part of the Algarve. Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ August 13, 2018

Hello, all. I hope today’s Monday Mindfulness note finds you well.

Here’s a little positivity from Martin Luther King Jr., whose impact on history I’m sure most of you will already be familiar with. It’s good to remember that we can each make a positive difference or set a good example through even seemingly insignificant actions.

Anyway, here’s hoping you all have a really positive, really lovely week ahead.

Until next time! 

Martin Luther King Jr. - Do Small Things in a Great Way