With the abundance of literature on the Laws Of Attraction and the success of The Secret, its no surprise that the self help section has boomed in the last few years.
Just the immense collection of Gratitude books in Waterstones makes my head spin. But have you ever tested these concepts over a longer period of time?
I must admit its hard to be positive and motivated when your career,love life and money situation is on a rapid decline.
And then there’s that confident friend. We all have one. The one who has an abundance of money, who has incredible parties to go to with interesting people, who has a list of intriguing people just waiting to date her.
Of course you’re happy for her, but maybe also a bit of envy added into the mix? Especially when things just seem to be such a hard slog?
Personally, after living a blissful 18 months surfing in Bondi and partying with some of the best friends I have been lucky enough to meet, I hit rock bottom when I had to return to London after a failed relationship and visa issues. I ended up living on a mattress on my friends floor for 4 months until I could secure a mundane office job in the concrete city called London.
Rock bottom was not the word.
I have used the laws of manifesting and gratitude to some effect before and life has been on the up since then but after a lengthy illness and a slightly morose attitude I, still need all the help I can get. So here is my challenge to myself.
Every night I will think of 3 things I am grateful for.
. A warm winter coat
. Money for a coffee
. Bus fare to get to work
Just simple things and after 30 days Ill do a personality check : )
Feel free to print it out and join me : ) After all, surely 1000s of devotees cannot all be wrong!
Nothing encapsulates the power and raw beauty of nature quiet like a Waterfall. Here are my top 6, some visited many more to go!
1. Plitvice Falls, Croatia
Plitvice National Park in Croatia is one of the oldest parks in Eastern Europe.
This ancient woodland surrounds 16 turquoise, hued lakes that cascade into one another. Rustic wooden pathways lead you around the falls entranced, whilst shoals of black fish swim in the shallows. Plitvices allure has led to this area being protected as a UNESCO heritage site.
2.Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Sutherland Falls in the South Island of N.Z are located near ethereal, mist shrouded Milford sounds. I have ventured here myself and to this day, it has to be some of the most jaw dropping scenery I have ever witnessed. Standing at 1,904 ft tall with snow laden peaks, a large glacier pool cascades over the cliffs edge. This powerful waterfall is just another testimonial to New Zealands captivating beauty.
3.Yosemite Falls, USA
Yosemite falls resides in the arid sunshine state of California. The most famous park in the US, Yosemite falls is a jaw dropping 2,242 feet tall. This ample jewel is actually made up of 3 waterfalls cascading down the cliffs edge. Once all the snow on the peaks has melted in spring, this fall becomes little more than a trickle in the blazing month of August.
4.Hawaii, West Coast
Situated on Hawaii’s torrid west coast, these tropical keyhole waterfalls will take you right back to a scene from Jurassic Park. We took a helicopter tour and hurtled through a long, narrow lush gulley until we came across 4 magnificent waterfalls over 2000ft tall. The power and crescendo was quite deafening and a fine layer of mist swirled all around us.
5. Iguazu Falls – Argentina
Iguazu Falls is situated on the border of Argentina and Brazils oppressive rainforest. Capsuling 275 waterfalls in all with the longest drop at 269 ft, this tropical jungle paradise has it all. 450,000 cubic feet of water pour over these ledges every second and Indiana Jones and the crystal skulls rafting scenes were filmed here.
6. Dudhsagar falls, India
The ‘Niagra Of India’set the bar very high and it did not disappoint. After a long and sticky jungle trek, we all bathed in the falls rejuvenating plunge pools. Every hour or so, a train would rudely announce its arrival and circle us high above, teetering perilously close to the edge of the tracks.
Monkeys cheekily harass you for your lunch as you take in the thriving scenery.
The best time to visit is at the peak of the monsoon.
I have just watched Spectre and it was a pleasant surprise to see Londons foggy streets featured heavily again throughout most of the film.
Here are my top 5, easily accessible London locations right down to bonds apartment in the heart of Nottinghill.
The address of the apartment is 1 Stanley Gardens set in the beautiful, prestigious Nottinghill. The rather sparse apartment overlooks Stanley crescent park.
The area itself is famous for its provocative Carnival, affluent celebrities and the quaint book shop in the film Nottinghill.
I’m astonished its still standing after all the abuse this building has taken over the past few films! The location of the Secret Intelligence service building is next to the murky waters of the River Thames. Vauxhall Bridge is the scenic highlight and a perfectly alluring spot for photo opportunities.
The high octane speed boat chase passes under the Lambeth Bridge. Opened in 1932, the bridge was painted daringly in red to match the leather benches in the nearby majestic House Of Lords.
What is a bond film without the quintessential, exhilarating car chase?
Bonds Aston Martin is driven with wild abandonment through the streets of Westminster and then passes through this grandiose London landmark. The building was finalised in 1912 in memory of the great Queen Victoria and is the gateway to the pigeon infested, Lion clad Trafalgar Square.
The grand finale finishes next to one of London’s most Iconic buildings, Big Ben of Westininster. The bridge was finished in 1862 and features a predominantly green colouring to match the leather benches in the noble House Of Commons.