10 Reasons Why Travelling is Good for You

In the cover picture, I am in front of the Met in New York, a place I wish to return one day to explore it more! It has always been my dream to travel the world. Why Travelling is Good for You? Here are 10 reasons:

  1. You Learn About Yourself
    💭 “A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet .” Patrick Rothfuss
  2. You Improve Your Mind
    💭 “If you allow it, travel has the ability to expand your mind in a way you never realized was possible,” Trusted Travel Girl, Valerie Wilson.
  3.  It Strengthens Relationships 
    💭“The shared experience of travel brings people together. A family getaway, a romantic trip, or long weekend with the girls or guys can strengthen important bonds.” Betsy Goldberg
  4. Boosts happiness and satisfaction
    💭 “According to a Cornell University study, the anticipation of a trip can increase your happiness substantially, even more than the anticipation of acquiring something tangible, like a new car.” Riyaz Babu Shaik from Medium.com

  5. It Puts Life in Perspective
    💭 “Traveling to other countries, particularly those in the developing world, can be a big wake up call and put your own life in perspective. Things that you may take for granted, like having running hot water, modern appliances and the opportunity to study and get a well-paid job at the end of it are not available to everyone, purely because of where they were born. You’ll probably come away with a new appreciation for everything you have and the opportunities that life throws your way.”  buildabroad.org10-Reasons-Why-Travelling
  6. You Get More Social
    💭 “It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone, crying each night into a pillow. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people.” Nomadic Matt
  7. You Won’t Regret You Didn’t Do Something or Never Visited a You Always Dreamed to See
     💭 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain 
  8.  It’s an Investment in Yourself
    💭 “The money you spend on travel, is an investment in yourself. Travel doesn’t make you feel as bad for spending money.” 
  9. It Increases Your Mental Wellbeing
    💭 “Travelling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being, especially if you’re no used to going out of your comfort zone.” The Claimcompass Blog 
  10.  You’ll Have Incredible Adventures (and Stories to Tell)
    💭 “Whatever your initial expectations and travel plans are, it’s more than likely that you’ll have incredible adventures along the way that not even J.K. Rowling could write the script for. Sometimes it’s everyday encounters that dish up unimaginable experiences, or wild side trips that you take on a whim, but chances are you’ll be going home with a few tales to tell.” buildabroad.org

Which one is your favourite?

This year I made a promise to myself to go away as much as possible. I visited Denmark, USA, France, Romania, Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania (a few times as my family lives there) this year. Might not seem like a lot to some but it felt to me like I’m always going somewhere! I loved it and I hope the next year will be just as eventful. Please visit my Instagram to see the visual diary of my travels. And my recent post about where to go for a great cocktail in Amsterdam.

What is your dream places to visit?

Love,
Hewnly

 

 

 

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3 Daily Habits to Start in 2018

Feel stuck in a routine or standstill? Can’t move forward with your goals?

It’s the little things you do that often determine success or failure.

Just like many, when the New Year starts I spend quite a bit of time contemplating what’s next for me, what have I achieved during the previous year and how would I like to better myself. I try to be as realistic and honest as possible – that is the only way this can work, the only way to improve and change your life, steer it in the direction of your choice.
It seems like not an easy task to change yourself. Trust me, I get you. Sometimes, you just gotta do it for you. And if you’re struggling to keep it all together then take a breath and start with this challenge outline of which I found on zenhabits.net :

How to Develop a Habit
Do a 30-day challenge, focusing on just ONE habit.

  • Write it out on paper, along with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Commit fully, in a public way.
  • Log your progress.
  • Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
  • Have support for when you falter — either in real life or online.
  • Reward every little success.
  • If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again.

Read full article here

Last year, one of the habits I vowed to myself to start is reading every day. Now, I have a book with me anywhere I go and read (mostly) on my commute which adds to about an hour a day. For then I can’t have a book with me or forget to put it in my bag, I have the Kindle app on my phone with a range of books already downloaded, just in case. Now I feel anxious if I don’t get to catch up on my reading! I try to read a different type of book every time. I alternate between non-fiction and fiction, self-help, historical novels, autobiographies,…

If you don’t read much or at all, this is probably the first habit I would recommend to pick up.

As Todd Henry writes in his article on inc.com:

You can’t draw water from an empty well. Do you take time each day to fill yours? The quality of input that you curate often determines the quality of your creative output. As Steve Jobs once quipped, “creativity is just connecting things”, but to do so you obviously need things to connect.

I encourage you to set aside time each morning or evening to fill your well, to read inspiring or challenging books, to watch videos or listen to talks, or to otherwise fill your well so that you have something to draw from when engaging in your work.

 

There are a number of new habits I would like to pick up this year but I think I will start with these three:

1. Meditation

It trains the part of your brain that is responsible for willpower and self-control. Basically, meditation gives you the ability to train your mind, be more in control of your emotion, focus on your goals and ultimately – achieve them. Meditation also increases your sense of general well-being which makes you more positive and happier.

2. Excercise

I have an on and off relationship with working out, which, I guess, is not that uncommon. However this year I will make it one of my main priorities to have a more regular and frequent workout routine.

I read somewhere that most people who start sticking to a

fitness regimen will often find themselves adjusting their diet as well
even if they’re told not to. Two birds with one shot sound good to me!
It makes sense because if you’re working your ass off, you’re less likely to eat junk food right after because you know it undoes all your hard work.
Because these two habits basically come in a package together, it requires a lot of willpower to maintain – so if you can make them into full-fledged habits, you’ll be able
to take on smaller habits with ease. The more you train yourself to adopt new habits the easier it gets.
It is also likely that whilst you are working on a new habit, such as exercise and better eating as a result of it, feelings of being tired or foggy are consistently replaced with feeling better with every workout and/or choice of healthier dinner. And if you start feeling better on a day to day basis it makes it much easier to start adopting other good habits. This ability to improve your body’s day-to-day function makes fitness and diet an extremely powerful keystone habit.

3. Trying new things

Keeping your routine fresh will help you stay on track! I am a firm believer of this and whilst working on including more consistent habits of meditation, exercise and diet, I want to make sure to mindfully include new things to mix it everything up.
From cactus water to matcha tea instead of my morning coffee, making your daily routine exciting is the game changer.  It’s easy at first to stick to the same regime, but after a while, you’ll get bored. That’s why you need to switch things up!

It takes discipline & motivation.

In order to be motivated, we have to motivate ourselves every single day.

Motivation is like taking a shower.

Remember that every time you feel you are not and go take a motivational shower asap.

It’s up to you how much you’ll achieve, how far you’ll go or how fast you’ll get there.

Love,
Hewnly

50 Quotes that Will Inspire You to Do Anything (3 min read)

To start the New Year!

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean”

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis

Monday Inspo: Interiors | Artwork

Happy New Year everybody!

Initially, I have planned my first post of the year to be a list of the most inspiring quotes to motivate myself (and you my dears!) but I couldn’t make myself to finish it. As I was researching for inspiration I found myself in the artsy part of Pinterest and then I thought to myself – art is what I want to share with you in my first post this year.

Isn’t it wonderful how a piece of art can complement and personalize your space?

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As you may have already noticed that when it comes to interiors I tend to go for more Scandinavian, modern and monochromatic look.

What about you? Share in the comments below!

Yours,
Hewnly

P.s. If you want to follow me on Pinterest click here

Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers Under £15

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

I have spent a great amount of time researching for stocking fillers this year – going to spend it with my very big family and no-one can be forgotten!

I decided to share top 10 favourites with you, please see the list below:

  1. Bath Roses from Accessorize
    Absolutely beautiful and with 3 for 2 offer – a great value for money!
    Get one for £6, 3 for £12
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  2. Paperchase Gothic Garden Gold Bee Snow Globe from ASOS
    Stylish new take on the classic snow globe, £12
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  3. Ted Baker Citrus Bloom Black Mini Notebook & Pen
    £11.96
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  4. Beauty x Beast Pillowcases from John Lewis
    £12
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  5. Lightbulb Vase by London Garden Trading
    £12.95
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  6. Pixapet from Urban Outfitters
    Some serious 90s vibes! £10
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  7. Pineapple Tea Lights from Prezzybox
    Playfull touch for home, £6.95
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  8. Charbonnel et Walker Milk Orange Thins
    £13.50

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  9. Garden Trellis Fragrance Diffuser by Ralph Lauren
    £14.99

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  10. Prosecco Ring from Next
    £6

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I hope my list was useful 😉
As much as I would love to be done, I still have soo many treats to buy… Have any suggestions? Please share in the comments!

Kisses,
Hewnly

Food Aesthetics | Black

I was scrolling through my Instagram and saw this image!

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Image by Rachel Aust via www.instagram.com/rachelaust

I have been storing black been pasta in my kitchen for a while now but it never got me thinking of endless possibilities out there. Personally, all black food sounds delicious to me… and looks even better!

Ps. I won’t focus on vegan only foods here because everything can be prepared with vegan ingredients.

Now, feast your eyes…

Could we have a recipe for black ice cream, you say?

Well, here you go!

I will be reinventing this recipe in a very near future! #charcoalordered

What do you think of this new food trend?

Hugs,
Hewnly

Giveaway Winner

Thank you all who entered the draw!

I have used the random.com to determine which one of you is the lucky one. So without further ado.. my congratulations goes to… Franz Budny (@franzbudny)!

Dear Franz, please get in touch with me via contact.hewnly (at) gmail.com to claim your creativity set! I look forward to hearing from you!

If I won’t hear from you in 48 hours, the prize will go to Mama Muse Me who came second in the draw.

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I hope everyone enjoyed this little contest as much as I did!

P.s. I am already planning the next one, so stay tuned!

Out In London | Saturday Night Review

The Occasion: Saturday Night out / Date night

The Plan: Kaspar’s at Savoy | Play “The End Of Longing” | Opium | ECC

In Short: Lovely dinner, theater & great cocktails for a perfect night out.

Budget: ~200 pounds/person

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When you live in London, it is so easy to get into the never ending routine of rushing to work and back home and having all the chores to take care of, responsibilities, evening tv and weekly crazy Friday/Saturday club outings you don’t have much recollection of, thank god for Instagram, right?

But once in a while, you have to remind yourself – you live in one of the capitals of the world, full of history, culture and so much more! I wasn’t planning to write this post but recently I had one of the best Saturdays in a long time and maybe it will inspire you to plan a similar evening, or check one of the places out.

We were planning a girls night out for a while now but we didn’t want just a regular get drunk kind of night so we’ve spent a couple of hours planning and researching, and it was sooo worth it!

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We decided we really want to see The End Of Longing play, so once we’ve got the tickets, the plan was built around it. We started the evening at the Savoy, drinks at their award-winning bar and pre-theater dinner at Kaspar’s restaurant. It’s such a beautiful place! Drinks, food, service and the whole experience was perfect and we couldn’t expect a better start to our night.

 

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After a quick stroll by the river, we reached the Playhouse theater, grabbed drinks (like true ladies we’ve got ourselves a pint of Prosecco each) and got to our seats ready to be amused. And it was a great show, the first part so witty, so fun and the second part – deeper and quite sad, but with a happy ending so we left satisfied! The show is running until 14 May 2016 so make sure to go see it before then!

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After the show, the night was still young and we decided it was time to check out Opium, a cocktail bar in china town. It was nominated to be one of the best bars in the world so we just had to try it out. I would recommend getting a reservation to make sure you’ll get in!

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Once you are ready, and it took us a good 4 cocktails each, move on to ECC (Experimental Cocktail Club) which is just a couple of doors down the street. It’s titled and renowned almost as much as the Opium and serves truly great cocktails. I recommend checking it out because it would be a shame not to and because it has such a great atmosphere! We chose it as the last stop because it has more of a clubby lounge setting, great DJ playing and is a perfect place for the last stop of the night!

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And if you feel like eating a proper meal in the middle of the night (let’s face it, maybe you’ll need it ;D) visit The Balance restaurant just around the corner. Don’t deny yourself a good meal when you have an opportunity!

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To sum up, I would rate this Saturday night out plan a 10/10. It is based on my personal experience and not sponsored! Please let me know if you decide to visit one or all of the places or you’ve been and if your experience was just as fun!

You can also check my social media accounts for live updates on what I’m up to on Instagram, my photography work on Facebook and digital marketing tips and tricks on Twitter.

Love,
Hewnly

Summer Berries Smoothie

Spring is here and days are getting warmer and warmer. That calls for a good, berry-rich smoothie full of summer flavors – to make the waiting for the best season of the year a little bit easier!

All you’ll need is some bananas, strawberries, raspberries, coconut sugar and I also recommend adding some concentrated goodies, like baobab powder or flax seeds, just to make it a super smoothie.

My smoothie for two, packs:
3 bananas,
500g strawberries,
150g raspberries,
2 tablespoons of coconut sugar,
2 teaspoons of baobab powder
and a couple of glasses of water (you can use coconut water or any of milk alternatives as well.

I usually make double portion smoothies, if my boyfriend is around, I share it with him, if I’m on my own, I make it a meal and drink it all by myself! In case it’s too much, just store it in the fridge or freeze it and later enjoy it as a sorbet/nicecream.

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Now, how about nutritional values? According to cronometer.com, a double portion (if you manage to drink it!) boosts your vitamin C levels through the top! As well as fiber, vitamin B6 and Manganese. Most vital vitamins and minerals are around 50% of your daily requirements, energy: 761.1kcal (44%), protein: 10.3g (24%) carbs: 190.3g (55%) and Fat: 3.8g  (20%).

Not bad, huh? More detailed breakdown and relation to daily requirements, click here. Please note, the parameters for daily requirements are based on vegan high-carb-low-fat diet*.

If you start your day with a smoothie like this, it will give you all the energy you need for the day and then some! I usually have a mono meal** for breakfast and then a smoothie for lunch, about an hour before going to the gym. But it is really your choice and you need to do what feels best for your body!

Love, Hewnly

*I follow this diet quite loosely but keep it as a reference. I’m planning on writing a whole post about plant-based diet/lifestyle soon!
**A meal consisting of 1 type of food, usually fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, etc.

My Photography

As long as I remember, I wanted to be a photographer. I started when I was around 15 years old but was never encouraged to pursue it so, after finishing high school, I  left to Denmark to study international business. I believe it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

After two years of being miserable, I decided to quit and try multimedia design – multichannel studies varying from photography and programming to innovation design and entrepreneurship. During the time of the program, I focused on preparing myself to start my own photography and design business but I slowly fall in love with all things digital, chose it as my career path and started to see photography as two things: art and a tool. I love it just as much as before, but it’s not a full-time job for me.

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While at the beginning I did mostly portraits and artsy projects, I now mostly do food and product photography. However, you never know where life takes you so once in a while I will share with you different projects I might take up.

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I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting projects so go check my photography page or send me an inquiry to contact.hewnly@gmail.com! Have an inspirational page to share with me? Leave a comment bellow!

Love, Hewnly

Hello, and welcome to Hewnly!

This blog will be talking to every girl creating her own future. It will be a place of my personal experiences, living in gorgeous London (currently, and madly in love), cafes and restaurants, beauty and fashion, plant-based​ diet, art, travel, design and lots of tips and tricks from digital marketing world.

The best way to receive my blog posts is through Bloglovin. However, you can follow me in other ways too: Instagram for personal updates, Facebook for my photography work and Twitter, for digital marketing content.

It’s a pleasure to have you with me on my journey.

Love, Hewnly