[a ~slightly~ edited snippet of words written in my travel diary, early june 2018, Cat Ba] golden lights glimmer and glitter on the sofly wobbling waves of ha long bay. a mild breeze caresses my cheeks, blows away the blazing heat. i'm warm. i'm soft. i'm whole. i'm intertwined and connected with everything around me. i feel sleepy, drowsy, dreamy. the world seems to be painted right in front of me. a masterpiece slowly coming together, unfolding. it's breathtaking. the limestone peaks that surround us whisper of magical histories. they smile softly, genuinely from their core. i can feel it. it's in the air. it's this place. i feel my lungs expand, my body expand, my soul expand. overflowing. imploding. light pouring out of me. light everywhere. light dancing in me out of me. i guess, this is what it's like to be happy.
hi from my fav spot in the afternoon sun. doing what i do best lately: pretty much nothing. this leg thing is driving me insane. on a more positive note though: i managed to get a blogpost online!!! yes, really. and i'm kind of feeling a little inspired. but i won't promise anything 'cause i'll probably jinx it. aaaaanyway - here's a quick reminder (and note to self) to be kind. to the world and yourself. to hydrate. to listen to your body. your heart and your gut. sending positive vibes to everyone who needs some 🌞
did you know that worldwide we ditch between 4,8 and 12,7 million TONNES of plastic into the ocean every single year? and that a plastic bottle takes about 450 years to degrade? no? me neither. i knew it was bad, but HOW bad exactly truly appals me. i've been trying to be aware of my plastic use over the past few years and have also been trying to minimize the amounts of plastic i buy. it's not easy, but we can't wait for someone else to fix the world while continuing to contribute to its destruction. i've teamed up with @natgeo to write something about this issue and promote their campaign #STOPMETPLASTIC which launched this month in the netherlands. below you can find a list of things to change, invest in, start doing or at least consider in order to minimize your plastic use and thus a cleaner, better, more sustainable future. 🌸always bring a reusable (non-plastic) bag to grocery stores and market places. say no to plastic bags and don't use extra plastic bags for fruit and veg. 🌸pay attention to bio degradable packaging. avoid things that are individually packaged and bring your own containers when possible. 🌸invest in a reusable cup, bring it wherever you go and ask to get your to-go beverage in your own cup. 🌸buy your fruit and veg at local markets or opt for fruits and veggies that are not ridiculously wrapped and packaged in supermarkets. 🌸recycle and upcycle: reuse old items, buy second hand stuff, fix items that are broken or invest in high quality, sustainable brands that last longer. 🌸say NO to straws. ask for no straw when ordering in a restaurant - if you prefer to drink your beverage with a straw, invest in a glass or stainless steel reusable one and keep it in your bag. 🌸when traveling, always bring these essentials: a spoon (so you won't have to buy plastic cutlery), a reusable waterbottle (tap water often isn't an option in foreign countries, which means you have to buy or filter your water. i lost my water bottle in vietnam which meant i had to buy a few plastic bottles - see picture above - it kind of broke my heart), a canvas bag or a cotton net bag (@thegreenlabels_com sells awesome ones) and refillable containers for cosmetics. #ad
majestic mountains, rolling waves, salty skin, secret passages, golden rays rising from limestone peaks. vietnam was magical. i spent the happiest month of my life kayaking, doing backflips off boats, sneaking onto private beaches in the middle of the night, skinnydipping, fleeing from angry vietnamese guards, conquering rocky roads, slurping noodles, dancing around bonfires, making a complete fool of myself, laughing until my stomach hurt, running into the ocean at four in the morning, sleeping in tents, dorms, hotel rooms, driving under the stars, through the mountains, by the sea. chills ran down my spine of pure happiness almost every single day. i met people who became a second family. a soulsister. golden humans. i'm so happy i got to experience this month. i'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. even if it meant having to break my leg again. no doubt. i'm a better, lighter, happier human being. i'm so grateful.