Inspiring, Motivational Quotes That Help Me

Why Not?- Jim Rohn

It’s a simple quote but it helps with a lot of decisions I make and if I don’t have an excuse for that question I go ahead and do whatever it is.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King

Stepping into the unknown is a habit I keep doing. I feel fear but I don’t let it stop me from exploring. The outcome is either positive or negative I’m from that you learn life lessons. I’ve just learned to trust myself and go with my instincts.

 

Life is Only Good as Your Mindset – unknown

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A quote that I standby which is why encourage people to be positive and keep happy and follow there dreams. And to do things for themselves

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world – Mary Anne Radmacher

Travelling changes everyone for the better. You become more wiser, more educated, you experience something spiritual and you appreciate everything a lot. You realise you have changed once you return from traveling. The world that you once knew just looks different.

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your emotions – unknown

A quote that took me a while to learn. But now I have learned this I am the happiest as ever and living life the way I want to.

Hope you enjoyed reading. Remember to stay positive good things will come to you.

 

 

 

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Being Creative with Homemade Food

Working in a kitchen I’ve always been told “People eat with their eyes” even though that may be an obvious statement the meaning behind that is, if it looks good people will want to eat it.

 

Pasta Bolognese

A simple dish that a lot of you would have cooked at home. It’s always a good thing to take pride in whatever you love doing. Taking time to be creative and giving your food a nice presentation makes your food look even more delicious.

Pasta Bolognese is something I make regularly and its easy just to pile it on the plate and eat it. But I wanted to be creative and have fun. I’m not going to write up a recipe as it’s a easy dish that is really quick to make. Here is how I created my presentation:

Drops of tomato sauce around the plate also sprinkle fine herbs

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Position pasta in the middle

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Add the Bolognese and all thats missing its a bit of green on top Basil Leaf would be perfect!

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Salads

Salads are healthy and nutritious but I find some salads can look boring. Too liven up your salads all you need is colour. I just cut a red bell pepper and cut lines out of it to give a nice design and put it on top of my salad which makes it stand out!

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The Beginning of Life at Sea

The beginning of my journey of life at sea as a chef started when I embarked on a cruise ship in Sweden Stockholm August 2015. I was excited and scared of the unknown I also just turned 21!

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I embark on the ship 9am on the dot and got taken to the HR managers office, she gave me forms to fill out introduced me to the executive chef, as he showed me the way to my room he warned me to becareful of some of the men on the ship I had no idea what he meant (I found out what he meant very quickly). I got settled in my single cabin and got ready to start work. I was mislead with food in the crew mess when I arrived there was burgers, hot dogs, fries, icecream! I was so happy the days after that is was rice, rice and rice also some meat and fish. Seriously no exaggeration there was rice for breakfast lunch and dinner. I was definitely mislead😂

I started my journey of the unknown and to be honest it was scary! The ship was massive to me but compared to most ships it was small, the first few days I always ended up getting lost. When I walked through corridors I felt like men would stare at me like fresh meat, I’ve never been exposed to so many men in my working career and I’ve never been noticed by everyone but everyone noticed as there was only few females on board. I panicked because I realised there was only few women on board and hundreds of men. Not only that but I discovered I was the youngest on board and I thought I was not going to make any friends (oh how wrong I was😂). The first 2 weeks I would call my Mum and tell her I’m leaving at the end of the month. I was so convinced I was going to leave.

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Out clubbing with a few friends

So during my first week it was quite daunting. I learned how to handle the persistent men and not to let them bother me. I decided I had to change my mindset and be open minded and positive. I found a young girl similar to my age and we bonded straight away. I went out at every port and made more friends and life at sea didn’t seem so bad I started to see the benefits. I learned that when things get tough you have push through for things to get better “there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.”

I got to travel around Europe for free. I made friends from around the world. I had parties every week and I had my own cabin for the month. I got to learn about Filipino culture, Indian culture and plenty more as I met so many people with different nationalities. So that was my first month on board. Not such a great start but it got better very quickly. An update on my second month will be up soon!

Struggles Of Not Knowing The French Language

 

So today I’ve experienced the struggles of being in a foreign country without knowing the language. I had to apply for french health insurance and open a french bank account, its hard to do that when you don’t speak there language or the staff do not speak English very well, which is understandable. The only problem with setting up insurance and opening accounts in France is everything is a long process, they ask for certain documents in my opinion that is not necessary. Having this experience only motivates me to pick up French faster!

I’m using two apps to learn French which is Duolingo and Learn French Quickly. Youtube also helps. The best way I learn and remember is practising with someone who is French.

I’m loving the life in Paris as everything I need is on my door step. Literally like a 5 minute walk I have a market, Monoprix, Beauty stores, plenty of pharmacies Clothing stores, Shoe stores, Restaurants, Cafes, Patisserie’s literally everything I need. Travelling long distances is not needed.

Moving to a foreign country is not easy but if you stay positive all will work out well 😄

London to Paris

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Recently I have moved to Paris with a very tight budget I’m surprised I pulled it off. If you have lived in London you will find that Paris is quite cheap compared to London so it is possible moving out there with a tight budget.

Accomodation

I found my accommodation with eramasu. In Paris the rent and deposit for a studio flat cost me £850. In London it would have cost me £1400 for rent and deposit. This may not the average pricing but this is what it cost me.

Travel

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Today in Paris I bought a weekend deal where I can travel on the metro all day for €3.85. I was very impressed because for a day pass in London it would have cost me £8. For a week pass in Paris its about €20 and in London £37.

Supermarkets

Food shopping in Paris is very different compared to London. In London we have big supermarkets that are local such as Asda, Tesco, Co-op and Morrison’s and I found that very handy as it has everything you need. Paris does have supermarkets but they are independent stores and some are not close by so you can’t always go round the corner and buy everything you need. What is nice about Paris is that you have the individual food stores next too each other which is rare to find in London only in markets. Where I live in Paris there is a Cheese shop next to that is a Fruit and Veg shop and a Meat shop also next door. They are all local produce.

 

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I’m not completely settled in Paris as there are afew things I need to do such as; get a french bank account, get a navigo pass, register to local doctors and learn to speak french. I’m going to challenge myself to speak fluent french in 3months. I’ll make update about that, however so far so good a lot of people speak English which is helpful, the weather is not so great but the city is still beautiful and the Parisian’s are friendly.

Leaving the Beautiful Lake District

20160604_152116I have had a good experience of working in the Lake District and also a not so great experience. But no one can take away its natural beauty. I stayed in Keswick and Kendal and the landscape is just amazing to look at. I’ll share a few pictures I took during my stay.

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On my previous post ‘Trying to Stay Positive’ you will read that my accommodation was not great at all and I couldn’t wait to leave. Well I have excellent news and the countdown has finished and I can finally leave. My positive mindset kept me going and I’m very happy I managed to stay. The people I was working with also helped as they were very friendly and welcoming. Overall I had an amazing challenging experience at the Lake District.

Trying to Stay Positive

 

I’m all for being positive but some things you cannot sugar coat. Normally I get to travel around and stay in nice hotels. Well yesterday that all changed! I left this wonderful 4* hotel called the Inn On The Square.

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If you are ever think of visiting the Lake District I recommend you stay there. It’s really stylish and modern and also Dog friendly.

I’m currently working in the middle of nowhere in Kendal working with the nicest people. But theres one big problem, my room! I get bad vibes and this room has beams. The room just looks scary and feels scary. Even though the bed is very uncomfortable and I have no TV I’m gonna stick it out and stay even though I’m struggling to sleep. I’ll spread my positive energy in my room and hopefully I’ll eventually have a much nicer stay. Here is my room

I have 6 nights here so let the count down begin!