Bristol is ok sometimes 👌🏻✨ soaking up the last of the summer sun by the harbourside 🌞
The perfect, cool, winter-blue sky on a weekend in Edinburgh last year. Can’t wait to visit my favourite city again soon 🏴💚
The village of Matlock Bath in Derbyshire is an absolute joy. Highlight from visiting last summer was the glorious Matlock Bath Aquarium 🐡🐠 that also happened to house: • The only remaining 'Petrifying well' in Matlock Bath • An international gemstone and fossil display • A private collection of Goss and Crested China And, my favourite... • One of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe (swipe to see an example!) It was one of the most bizarre places I’ve ever been and I loved every second 😂💚
A mermaid found a swimming lad, Picked him for her own, Pressed her body to his body, Laughed; and plunging down Forgot in cruel happiness That even lovers drown 🧜🏼♀️🌊 - The Mermaid’ by W.B. Yeats ✨
Been feeling a bit stressed and burnt out lately so made a little pilgrimage to the sea at the start of this week, and isn’t nature just the best medicine? A few hours by the gorgeous Dorset coastline really helped to clear my head 🌊
Everyone on Instagram seems to have been in Cornwall this weekend! Makes me so want to be back here looking out across the beach from the Tate 🌊⚓️
I’ve had a very healing day today reflecting on my life, what it used to be, and where I am now. Three years ago I was 21 and living in a single student bedroom with my then boyfriend. At that time I’d recently dropped out of my compulsory year abroad at uni and, as a language student, my degree was hanging in the balance. I felt like a failure, and with no friends, family or support network within reach, besides this boyfriend - with whom my relationship was fraught and tumultuous at the best of times - I felt profoundly alone. I had a lot of unhealed and unacknowledged trauma, felt incredibly intense self-loathing and was generally in a lot of emotional pain that I had no idea how to begin to process or deal with. It’s been a difficult and meandering journey, but three years later I’m regularly overcome by just how different things are for me compared to that summer in 2016 and the years that preceded it. Now, at 24, I live on the other side of the country and am two years into a job that in that time has imbued me with confidence and purpose. Said boyfriend and I have long gone our separate ways - in the best interests of both of us - and I’m grateful to be instead surrounded by an ever-growing network of kind and supportive colleagues and friends, in a home where I feel comfortable and safe. Above all though, I’m grateful to myself for one day deciding that I deserved to heal, and for choosing to set that process in motion. If any of the above resonates with you, please know that you deserve this too! Regardless of what past experiences or shame you may be carrying around with you, know that you 👏🏻 deserve 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 be 👏🏻 seen, and you’re worthy of love, acceptance, kindness and respect 💗 I’m very privileged to have access to a therapist to help me through this process, though I’m well aware this isn’t an option for everyone. If it is for you, I’d highly recommend it. If not, some other things I find helpful day-to-day include: • Instagram resources incl @lisaoliveratherapy, @the.holistic.psychologist, @sitwithwhit. • Gratitude journaling • Guided meditation (Headspace is my favourite for this) • Yoga (especially with @adrienelouise!) 🧘🏼♀️
‘London, thou art the flower of cities all!’ // William Dunbar 🌻 So happy it’s finally FRIDAY! 🙌🏻 I’m looking forward to catching up with an old friend in London tomorrow, and hopefully having a mooch around a few of the markets! What are your plans for the weekend?