It was goodbye New York City

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Last day in NYC 2012

Just a short post for Travel Inspiration Thursday today, and I apologise for it been late! I have decided to share one of my favourite pictures from my trip to the USA in 2012. It was taken during an early morning walk with half of the Contiki group I was traveling with, from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the bridge.

It was a lovely walk and a great way to see the city from a different perspective.

I then spent the day on my own in the city before meeting back up with Contiki buddies that evening. I was completely in awe of the city that day. Total wanderlust. I wanted to soak it all in. I went to little parks, ate macarons from street vendors, got rained on and visited Central Park (where it went from sun to torrential downpour… where I decided not to risk my camera in the rain and currently have no photos of the park, but can vividly remember it!). I then went shopping, ensuring I had one last visit to Tiffanys.

That is how I said my own personal goodbye to New York City, and in just over two months I will get to meet up with it again. No doubt I will fall in love with it all over again, and will dread leaving one more.

Have you read past travel posts from KOOKLAH – such as why I am thankful for travel opportunities, five destinations that fill this blogger with intense wanderlust or shots from 2012’s visit to Los Angeles

Goodnight dolls,
Sarah XO
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Treat Yourself …

Everyone deserves to feel special, happy and worthy. You may receive this from the attention or actions of others, but I think it is important – possibly more important – to give to yourself.

There is a quote from Diane Von Furstenburg that reminds me of the old ‘have to love yourself before someone will love you’. It reinforces that the way you treat yourself is as important as the way you treat others and that in fact a good relationship with yourself will only improve the relationships with other people in your life.

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To fulfill this idea, you need to spend time getting to know yourself. From the physical to the mental, what you like and what you don’t,  the things in life that make you happy and are important. In Why not go alone? I wrote about the reasons why spending time on your own is a vital aspect to a fulfilling life; to really know yourself, to clear your mind or perspective, gain independence …
By utilising some individual time it will help to create balance in your life and encourage you to be reflective,  supportive,  kind and realistic with yourself.

A fantastic way to build your self-relationship is by treating yourself. Showing yourself some love and kindness will increase your self belief, confidence and worth. If you do, you’ll shine brightly and attract others who do too.

I’m not just encouraging you to do this, I have made a commitment to attending to my needs as well.
Lately I have been really focused on my mental and emotional health – I’ve gone for walks in the sun with my dog, continued doing yoga at home, am participating in the 100 days of happiness challenge (see the Kooklah introductory post – 100 Days of Happy – update post to come soon) and am trying to step away from negativity by spending more time with positive people. Today I allowed myself to enjoy a facial + complimentary warm oil foot massage {first one ever- I’m sold} and an expresso martini with dinner.

Look after YOU,
Kooklah X.O

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Thought of the Day

I found this to be an inspiring and thought provoking saying. It is simple and yet has a strong message…

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#quoteoftheday

What a great reminder to keep moving forward. You can’t change the past, we should all be able to look back for the benefit of learning from our experiences… but ultimately we need to keep looking ahead.

Lately I have felt low, stuck and stagnant. Reading this allowed me to take a breath and remember that progress doesn’t have to come in huge ways, progress can be recognised in the smallest of victories.
For me, last week I reached out and was open when I felt that I couldn’t deal anymore. I needed support and to take some time to recharge. I also went to the gym again. Once + yoga, but this week I am aiming for atleast two gym sessions. Small steps towards change.

So turn forward, just keep moving. Eventually you’ll be able to turn around and say “look how far I’ve come…”

Kooklah Xo