Faces In Vietnam

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“What do you like most about the new park?”

“I like that the children have somewhere to play, I like seeing their smiles.”

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“I don’t care much about modernisation, as long as it keeps growing in a sustainable way.”

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“Can we take a picture of you?”

“Yes, but I want the beach in the background.”

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Tan, who runs his own sustainable bamboo shop, talking at the round table meeting –  “Step by step I’d like to encourage more people to live like this, that’s how I want to make an impact, that’s the path that I chose.”

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“Is it better for things to be easier?”

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I love learning new things, and meeting new people.  I love the moment when you step out of a building and into a sunny day.  I love creating things.  I love evenings when the kitchen is free and I can conjure up a new recipe.  I love the sensation of taking off your shoes, after a long day at work.  I love sitting down with a good book, and losing myself in the pages.  I love all the little moments that fill up a day, that fill up a week, that fill up a year, that fill up a lifetime.  I love this life.

Love Kat x

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FriYAY – A Night Off

So I did the unthinkable.  And I’ve decided I don’t regret it.  I took a night off… (*GASPS*).  If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you’ve probably picked up on how uni focused life is at the moment in my neck of the woods.  It’s not over just yet, as we still have four more weeks and then exams.  But my golly, we’re almost there – and how great it feels.

If there’s one thing I’m really thankful for – it’s that I have an opportunity to study.  This is what I remind myself when the work load seems overwhelming.  It’s a blessing to have an opportunity like this, as education is an incredibly important and powerful tool.  I really hope I can do something with what I learn to give back.

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE, WE MADE IT!!!!  And now I’m going to bed (HOORAY FOR SLEEP!!!!!)

Love Kat x

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Work In Progress Wednesday – Uni Week 3

I’m back at uni and let me tell you, it’s weird!  My psych lectures and labs are usually in the same rooms, so stepping back in has bought back a flood of memories from last year when I felt like a total wreck.  Jani passed away at the start of my semester, so often I’d silently sob in lectures, or sit quietly detached while my tutor ran us through the labs.  Of course it also didn’t help that I was doing two of the worst compulsory subjects ever for my psych degree – bio and stats.

The vibe is so different this year.  I love the courses I’m doing, and I’ve had some really interesting conversations with people.  I feel renewed and more on top of things which feels strange because a year ago that wasn’t the case.  Inevitably the work is still overwhelming but this time round it feels much more doable.

I’m so glad I took a semester off, it really helped me to flourish and gain perspective.  I learned life will never pane out the way we expect, so we just need to role with it and do what’s life giving for us at the time.

I’ve decided to record the work-in-progress of this semester.  At the moment things are OKAY – fingers crossed it stays this way!  Is it too early to say I can’t wait till the mid term break?!?!

Love Kat x

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Thankful Thursday – Opportunities

Amidst all the hustle of people settling into uni, during my first few days back, I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed.  Not just because I find crowds tricky to navigate – hello introvert feels – but also because there’s several pathways opening up before me, and I’m not sure which one to walk down.  All of them have pro’s and cons, and all of them look interesting.  I don’t really know what I’ll do, or where I’m heading, but as I sat down to eat my lunch today, I realised I’m seriously thankful.  In a really unequal world, I’m very fortunate to have the choice in attending university and deciding what paths I want to pursue.  The real question underlying this is, how can I give back?  I think this is what’s keeping me grounded, and this is something I will always aspire in.

What things are you feeling thankful for and where are they leading you?

Love Kat x

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