We need beauty, music and art in our lives – more than we admit or give credit to it. Our senses long to be given pleasure and our soul to be nourished. Caught in the day-to-day routine, work and errands, we often forget and don’t make time to replenish ourselves and experience some of the divine expressions of human genius and creativity.
I’m talking about going to the theatre, ballet, opera, concert, museum, exhibition, book reading, garden show, festival and so on. These are just a few of the many ways we can connect to other people’s creative outlets and get recharged by it. I know it’s a matter of time, money and organisation but it’s definitely worth it. Let me share some of my recent interactions with art and how they affected me.
I have been given the ultimate pleasure of seeing one of the most famous and long performed plays at West End, London – “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.
If you regularly follow my blog, you know what emphasis I put on personal development, enjoying life’s gifts and having the lifestyle of your dreams. If you like learning and travelling like me, you’re going to enjoy this story and maybe think how you can “create” opportunities in your life, too.
I’m not going to talk about law of attraction, positivity, clichés and condescendingly repeat pumped-up phrases of modern gurus.
This new-age movement has gone so out of hand that literally everyone nowadays has the messiah complex to tell you how to live your life but I’m not going to do that. What I will share with you is a real-life experience how I created a marvellous event with focused action, alignment with the idea and faith.
I will tell you a very personal and genuine story. It’s about an episode of my journey towards a higher standard of living or what we call nowadays “lifestyle”.
A few years ago, I used to download images of beautiful dresses and outfits that I came across in websites or the internet.
Before the Facebook and Instagram pages, where you can find anything today, I would manually download pretty pictures of fashion sets and store them in a folder on my laptop. Sometimes I would open the folder and find inspiration about clothes or even get something tailored for me. This was something very girly and gave me pleasure.
One evening I was showing the folder to my Mum –
“Dress as if you mean business. Coco Chanel once said that if a woman is poorly dressed you notice the clothes, if she’s well dressed you notice the woman.” Vikki Worthington
We talk a lot about image these days but what does it really mean and how can you use it to your advantage at work, interviews, progressing in your career, your vocation or business, when networking or joining a new social circle?
Your image is the impression of yourself that you project to others, it’s how they see and acknowledge you.
Barcelona is undisputedly one of the most visited cities in Europe and one with fascination of its own. And how could it be otherwise – with a combination of sunny weather, unique architecture, green hills and beaches, it’s the ideal touristic destination.
Although Spain has always been a very tempting destination for me because of the weather, culture and mentality, the urge for this holiday was actually from my family. My sister and my mum hopped on the plane from Sofia airport and I did the same from London Gatwick and the three of us met at Barcelona airport, thrilled to explore this wonderful city together.
Different people have different understanding and preferences on how they spend their holidays but in general we can be summarized in two types – people lounging by the pool, who enjoy relaxing on the beach, by the pool or at the spa with a cool drink and tasty snacks, actively relaxing both their body and mind, and explorers, who prosper in activities such as trekking mountains or taking cultural tours, who enrich their lives by experiencing more of the history, culture and natural surroundings. Regardless which one of the two categories you fit in, I invite you to embark on two interesting and fun journeys with me 🙂
I’ve been reading travel guides and admiring picturesque photos of distant places for years. Somehow in my mind I’ve always associated pure exoticness with islands.
I’ve been blessed to visit a magnificent island recently – Tenerife, one of the seven larger Canary Islands
and taking pride of being the largest, most populated and most visited of the Canaries. Part of an autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife is actually located closer to Africa ( 300km ) than to Spain ( 1,000km ).
It lies at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, which explains its warm tropical climate with exotic vegetation including palms, cacti, aloe
In the season of holidays, I would like to share with you my experiences on a recent holiday to Scotland. In my mind I have always associated Scotland with lush green meadows, proud heroic people and enchanting castles. What I discovered proved those assumptions and much more.
The flight to Edinburgh from London Heathrow was about an hour and a half long.
After the pleasant evening flight, we landed to a very cold, windy weather.
It was late September but I would happily change my autumn trench coat to a winter jacket if I could. During the short drive to the hotel, I was staring out of the taxi window in the dark night to get my first impression of this prominent city.
In the end of October I was on autumn vacation in Bulgaria. As summer is usually the preferred time for travelling because of the tempting beaches and scorching sun, I have forgotten what autumn was like in Bulgaria.
We went for a short trip in North-Central Bulgaria with my sister, my mum and her colleagues.
I love those trips with family as they make me feel child again and that’s such a precious feeling.
I’ve recently returned from a short trip to Bruges, where I was on a special celebration for my birthday. It’s a magnificent historical place and the largest city in the Flemish Region of Belgium. However, I would like to tell you about a particular spiritual experience that I had and the feelings and reflections that it provoked in me.
The Basilica of the Holy Blood was one of the landmarks of Bruges
that the helpful and friendly receptionist recommended to visit in the morning before we went out of the hotel. Of course, I was interested to see it as I presumed it would be a place where history, architecture, national heritage and faith would interweave in a fascinating way.
Little did I know that what I was about to experience that day was going to move me deeply.