Time Out


It's sitting on the rooftop type of weather in Tripoli, and it's beautiful at sunset. I've started making a conscious effort to take time out. When I was 18 I remember reading a book by Jack Canfield called 'How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be' (could the title get any longer?). I bought it in desperation of wanting something more. The first chapter was 'Take 100% Responsibility of Your Life' or something along those lines. It really struck me, as I always saw my life as a series of events beyond my control. It's a bit silly if you think about it. Even at a young age, you can still make personal choices.

Most of us are just watching our lives go by, not realising we have the power to change them. Sometimes we have to hit a brick wall, to get hurt, and come to our senses, that things just aren't working! I don't know about you, but i'm a serious conflict avoider. I love everything being in harmony, where we can all sing kumbaya round a camp fire. It's a lovely thing in theory, but it only works until a certain point. 

You're probably wondering what I'm rambling on about. What I want to say is sometimes that brick wall doesn't really come soon enough. The only way to realise things need changing is to take breaks; Nice breaks away from bleeping phones, and florescent screens. I'm personally seeing the difference already. It helps me collect my thoughts and become more focused. We need to take action, and make time for our brain thoughts (yes brain-thoughts IS what I wanted to say haha!). 

These are just some of my reflections of the week. It may seem simple, but putting it into practice makes a whole lot of difference!  So back to sipping my tea for now. Thanks for reading. There's plenty more posts coming up. They might be a little sporadic, so keep an eye out! 


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  1. I absolutely love everything about this post! The photos make me miss Tripoli sooo much! Stunning photographs. My family and I have had lots of brick walls in our life, and if we could have avoided them by taking some time out and reflecting before the fact it would have saved so much heartache! Our life now is structured around allowing as much time as possible for reflection. It's a huge luxury in crazily busy 2015!

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    1. Tripoli misses you more! :) It needs some awesome expats like yourself around, to keep some of us sane :P

      Glad you came to the realisation eventually that you needed breaks. Especially when you have a family, it's needed!
      I've been seeing a lot of bloggers promote 'slow living' but I doubt I can get there any time soon...

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    2. It involves a lot of saying 'no', and not everyone understands that so it can be challenging to do. But we'll all come round eventually. I'm convinced of that! Thanks for the inspiration today!

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    3. Oh I totally agree with that. Being comfortable saying no is a hard one for me, but completely necessary!

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  2. Awww, I really enjoyed this post. Thank you so much for the reminder, taking breaks really does make a difference. That's when I usually grasp hard concepts from lectures that I didn't understand even though I wasn't thinking about the topic.

    The picture of the sunset is beautiful. Hard to imagine people in other parts of the world are experiencing sun and hot weather. Winter is well underway over here.

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