Studying conflict and believing in peace. Follow for my thoughts on ethical living, art, trips and other ramblings.

Working on my dissertation in the sunshine with green tea. I’m so behind with my literature review and the deadline is in September, eeek.
Somehow, somewhere, someone must have figured out that they will buy more things if they are kept in the self-hating, ever-failing, hungry, and sexually insecure state of being aspiring ‘beauties’.
— Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth (via endangeredbodiesnyc)

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Lost in Lace exhibition in Birmingham, 2011. The artist is Chiharu Shiota. These dresses were huge, much bigger than a person. 
JK Rowling wrote this profound piece about oppressors and tyrants in the Half Blood Prince. I’ve been thinking a lot about oppressors/oppressed recently in my research. I love that I found such a great description in a children’s book. You rock JK.

'Is that you Fenrir?' asked Dumbledore.

'That's right,' rasped the other. 'Pleased to see me, Dumbledore?'

'No, I cannot say that I am…'

I love that even at the very end, Dumbldore has wit and style.


Border falls by [P]hotogr[AV]

Fingal's Cave by Andrea Ricordi

Doubtful Sound by kplimmer
You leap into the unknown. And yet you leap at the same time into the known. Your lover knows you, satisfies that deep desire you have to be truly known, and you do the same for him. You discover you are cut out of the same stuff… Our minds flowed out and touched. We chose each other. I felt that deep down we were kin. We were alike. We were soul-mates. We belonged together.
— Michele Roberts on falling in love

Procrastination often stems from our mixed or negative feelings about a certain task — we may be experiencing intimidation, fear of failure, or a lack of passion. As a result, we may view tasks as things to be overcome rather than experienced or achieved.

“Increasingly, psychologists and time-management consultants are focusing on a new strategy: helping procrastinators see how attempts at mood repair are sabotaging their efforts and learn to regulate their emotions in more productive ways,” wrote Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. “[Dr. Pychyl] advises procrastinators to practice ‘time travel’— projecting themselves into the future to imagine the good feelings they will have after finishing a task, or the bad ones they will have if they don’t,” relieving the anxiety and worry they subconsciously feel about the future.

— Huffington Post:

Inspiration for the next time I procrastinate instead of doing my dissertation!

I recently went to Jerusalem and the West Bank on a short two and half week trip. It was my first time travelling alone, I thought I would hate it, but I LOVED it. I just wanted to share a few things I learnt on this trip, in the hope that it will encourage/help other would-be solo travellers:

  • Don’t worry about making friends: Because you will. I stayed in a hostel and on my first night I was going out with some girls from my dormitory. There are a lot of other travellers looking to make friends too, so you will meet people! 
  • You’re free to do what you want: Travelling alone means you don’t have to worry about the thoughts of feelings of anybody else.I know this sounds horrible but give me a moment to explain! I love travelling with my partner, but I know I’m a nervous traveller, so it was nice to stress in peace without feeling like I was bumming him out. I was also able to leave/go to places when I wanted to, without checking with anyone else. 
  • You become a lot more confident: In England, I would never enter a restaurant or cinema or even certain coffee shops I didn’t know by myself (stupid I know). Travelling alone means you have to do this. One of my most favourite and relaxing times on the trip was when I was sitting in the sun in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant, eating dinner and watching people on the busy street opposite go by. 
  • Don’t believe it when you’re told it’s unsafe for women to travel alone: It’s a lie. As long as you respect local custom, dress appropriately and don’t do anything risky (just like you wouldn’t do in your home country!) you”ll be fine. 
My partner and I are both reading Rowling :)