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Monday, 19 March 2018

Lifestyle: The Power of Being Positive


A Woman's Lifestyle and Wellbeing:
The Power of Being Positive

I'm going to start this blog with perhaps, something not so positive (ironic I know) but it is necessary, as many women, including myself, can sometimes struggle to be positive, thinking that we are not able to do something, whether its going for a dream job interview, having the courage to actually take the trip to the country we always wanted to visit, even taking up class, language course, etc. Why? because we don't think we can do it, for various reasons ( I would say excuses) right ?

Because our mind its so powerful, can sometimes lead us to think all the negatives, instead of the positives in a situation, we focus so much on what could go wrong, what would people think, we can even doubt our own abilities, and that can lead to something even worse, it could actually make us feel stressed, anxious, nervous and with low self-esteem, that ultimately makes us loose valuable opportunities.

I had experience a situation where I was feeling just like that, I only had to talk about an issue, express my views, reasons, exchange ideas, and accept whatever outcome (hoping always that it would be a positive one) but then with all the anticipation, pressure I put on myself, overthinking and suddenly all the negative thoughts blurred my mind, In a way that hasn't happened before.

I consider myself to be a woman who always focus on the positive, in every situation. I do like to take on a project, even if I might not be so experienced in the field, but if the opportunity is there, I'll take it, because I know, I'll learn as I go along, I'll do my best, and I will put 110% of my effort and motivation to achieve that end result.

For example: Little did I know that I would end up modeling for the longest catwalk in the UK years ago, I don't consider myself a model, I was one of the last people to audition, and was just for fun. When I found out I was selected, I was shocked, and I did hesitate whether I should do it, having absolutely no experience. But I had to take the opportunity, it was there, and I focussed in all the positive benefits I would gain from it, because I do like to learn about events management, and business in general, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience. And I did, one year I modelled, learnt a lot, the next year I wanted to be more involved in the managing, and behind the scenes, learning about the industry, hospitality, the business, and how it all comes together when organizing events, and I did just that. ( I will write another blog on this!)
The point is, if I hadn't thought of all the positives of the situation I wouldn't have that experience and gained all the knowledge.

Why did I focussed on the negatives then?

Going back to the situation where the negative thoughts took over my mind, to this date, I wonder myself why? ..why did I let it happen? how did I bombarded myself with negative thoughts? why I couldn't speak ? why I wasn't able to feel confident enough to handle the situation, in a positive and graceful manner.

It's not like I am afraid to express myself, all the opposite!! I can be in a event with business owners, diplomats, etc, and confidently express my views, opinions and ideas. I did once talk to a friend who was starting his business, about how he can marketed it, 3 years on, to this date he uses the words and idea I gave him. I can be humbly proud of that!
I can stand in front of a group of people and give a talk about a subject, prepare and organize a presentation, I can deal and negotiate with people when I have to, whether it is for social media/blog collaboration or events, etc.

I'm also a dancer ( you can check it out if you wish) so before the performance, there is the events negotiation, planning, logistics of the venue, organizing etc. And dealing with all the unpredictable things that can happen at an event. Plus I do have to feel confident to put on my dance costume, smile and dance in front of many people. Sometimes representing other countries like Colombia (I'am from Bolivia) yes I do like to challenge myself to do something different and gain knowlegde.

I "should" be able to face anything, having mentioned everything above, but the truth is sometimes we do struggle, many women would relate, when I say: that sometimes it can be too much for our mind, the stress, the nervousness, anxiety, pressure, etc. it can be draining.

I reckon that I've let my mind focussed on the negatives in a particular situation, because it was very, very, very important for me, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do the right thing, and I did struggle .
Our mind its so powerful that can take control of us sometimes, but we can, and we must ( I shall say) learn to control our thoughts, only ourselves can do that.

You Have The Power to be Positive 

We must always remember that we are capable of doing everything, and anything we want. We have the power to control our thoughts, to think positive, to challenge ourselves, to achieve our goals. And that can only be done if we think that we CAN do it, instead of "I'm not sure". Only ourselves can change the way we think.

As women, whether working mums, single mums, independent women, it doesn't matter where we come from, where we live, what we do, etc. We might not be in an ideal place, moment in our lifes/careers etc. But remember, you have the heart, passion, drive, patience, motivation and determination to achieve what you want.

I would love to launch a project next year, which I have been working on years back, gaining experience, confidence, and base on the positive response and feedback I received so far, it motivates me even more! I know that nothing can be "perfect", but its how we adapt our mind to deal with everything.
Some people may say that I wont be able to do that, the market its too crowded, there are people already doing that, etc. But I know that I CAN do it, if I have to face any challenges, I'll learn along the way ;)

Having goals, determination and positive thinking, can improve our lifestyle and wellbeing.

By being positive, we can inspire others to have more self-love, self-esteem and to be a better person everyday.

Think positive, don't miss out on an opportunity.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Reflexiones: ¿existe el amor a ciegas o es que te ciega el amor?


El corazón, es quizás, lo mas imcomprensible, inexplicado..que muchos puedan definir..
En el amor, el corazón no mide lugar, condición social, no elige.. no busca.. no espera nada, mucho menos sufrir, sino lo que espera es que éso que es tan inexplicable que siente sea correspondido y pueda superarlo todo para tener un final felíz.

¿existe el amor a ciegas o es que te ciega el amor? Llegar a amar sin ver, amar sin ver al amado, amar sin verse a uno mismo. ¿Al punto de perderse uno mismo?

Quizás pueda ser posible, llegar a idealizar a la persona de la cuál te enamoras, entrando en un estado emocional que te vuelve ciego, sordo y mudo. Lleno de sensaciones que no te dejan reaccionar. Entonces sí, posiblemente, te enamoras, te quedas ciego y sólo ves lo que quieres ver, una persona perfecta, en lugar de ver que al igual que todos tiene defectos y errores.

Posiblemente la manera menos indicada para llegar a enamorase, ya que uno puede llegar hasta perderse uno mismo, llegando a cometer errores, hasta ¿locuras? Comportándose como no lo habia hecho antes.  Porque estando ciego de amor.. no se puede ver más allá de lo que uno piensa que es el amor perfecto.

¿Qué es el Amor?

El amor tiene que ser de dos, (obvio dirán) pero se trata de una balanza..que hay que saber mantenerla en armonía, con la responsabilidad de ambas personas. Teniendo paciencia, ganas de todo lo que uno es capaz de aprender del otro y de todo lo que él puede aprender de ti. Comunicación, es la palabra clave, también es importante el respeto, comprensión, apoyo, confianza. Pienso que son los pilares para poder fortalecer el Amor.

Amar es construir, es encontrar a alguien para hacer equipo y resistir valientemente los golpes de la vida, sin dejar de tener en común la misma meta.
Porque en el amor también hay problemas, dificultades, quizás la prueba de que juntos se hace un buen equipo para sobrellevar todo obstáculo.. porque en realidad es el amor lo que importa.

¿Cuándo se encuentra el amor?

El momento en el que encontremos el amor será aquél en el que nos sintamos completamente aceptados y libres de ser quienes somos y buscar lo que queremos llegar a ser.

"El amor, según el Principito, se trata de entregarlo todo sin esperar nada a cambio. Cuando actuamos con amor, lo único que esperamos es que el sujeto de nuestro amor viva con plenitud, no importa si nos corresponde o no; nuestra única recompensa será su felicidad. Por consiguiente, cuando nos damos cuenta de que su sonrisa es sincera y llena de vida, la felicidad que transmite ese gesto en combinación con nuestro amor, nos lleva a sentirnos contentos lejos de todo deseo difícil de alcanzar."

Muchos dicen que se pierde el amor por orgullo, enojo, sin razón, o posiblemente porque los pilares que conforman ese amor no estaban fortalecidos...no comunicación, respeto, comprensión, apoyo, confianza. Por diferentes razones.

Se dirá que el amor te ciega.. pero irónicamente:
En el Amor, cuando ambas personas se quieren, los ojos no mienten.

Reflexiones de la vida. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Migrateful : A cookery initiative in London with a social conscience



Migrateful is just that: a new series of events where participants don’t just taste cuisines from around the world, but are taught to cook them by asylum seekers and refugees who have migrated to London

Migrateful is a cookery and language initiative where asylum seekers, refugees and migrants struggling to access employment in the UK due to legal and linguistic barriers, teach their traditional cuisines to the public.

It sees those struggling to access employment in the UK due to legal and linguistic barriers teach their traditional cuisines to the public. The chefs bring their home cuisines from countries across the world including Syria, Iran, Nigeria, Eritrea, Cuba, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

The aim is to improve their own wellbeing, aid their England speaking skills and in turn improve their confidence. But it also broadens their social network and improves their employability at a time when they are unable to work for other reasons. It was also created to enable positive interactions between Brits and the migrant community in the UK.

Each chef receives professional training and English tuition with Migrateful, as well as the chance to practice their language skills through the teaching of the classes.

Each Migrateful class lasts three hours where participants cook and share a three course meal made from their chef’s home country. For one person to pay for an open class it costs £35, £70 for two people. A private cookery class – for up to 8 people – costs £245. That price can be split between the group, making it just over £30 each.

For more information visit :
https://www.migrateful.org/

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sin perder La esencia de lo Tradicional (Relatos Gastronómicos): La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua en Inglaterra.


Empiezo a escribir algo diferente, algo que llamo un marco de relatos gastronómicos, vivo en Hertfordshire- Inglaterra, un tanto fuera de la capital, Londres-donde existe comida de todo el mundo.
Sin ir muy lejos, la comida Latinoamericana, está teniendo un fuerte impacto, y popularidad tanto con las personas que viven en Londres, pero también con los que vivimos en las afueras.

Y de éste modo ha sido una inspiración escribir acerca de experiencias, encuentros, descubrimientos, tanto de gastronomía en general, pero también, claro está de la gastronomía de mi país, Bolivia.

Sin perder La esencia de lo Tradicional

En cuanto a gastronómia para mí, pienso que lo más importante es no perder esa esencia de lo tradicional, eso que hace a un plato único, que lo diferencia de los demás, que le da característica, autenticidad, historia, aparte del sabor especial, que mediante un bocado nos pueda transportar hacia ese país, un recuerdo, un momento de viaje, de haber compartido con amigos, con la familia, etc. Porque la gastronomía une, y es parte de un pasado, un presente y un futuro.

La Llajua 

En las palabras de la Chef Kamilla Seidler: " La llajua es una salsa tradicional boliviana que forma parte de la cultura gastronómica de éste hermoso país (Bolivia) y se utiliza como sabroso acompañamiento de diversos platos tanto en la región altiplánica como en los valles"


La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua en Inglaterra. 

Bolivia es un país con una gastronomía muy diversa, yo nací en La Paz, desde pequeña veía como mi mamá prepara la llajua en su batan a diario, en casa no faltaba. Y en la ciudad, en cada restaurante, puesto de comida, para acompañar el almuerzo, plato fuerte, en ningún lugar donde vendían comida, faltaba la llajua, ése sabor picante que le dá un toque especial a las comidas. Y aún, hoy en día es igual. 
Restaurantes Bolivianos en Londres

En Londres, donde hay un par de restaurantes bolivianos, tampoco es la excepción, de igual manera a tu mesa te traen la llajuita, aunque no tengan quizás, todos los ingredientes, (ya que no se consiguen en Londres), es algo tradicional, que no se ha perdido, aún así estando fuera del país, sigue presente, y pienso que seguirá en un futuro.


Cada boliviano/a tiene su forma de preparar llajua, yo aprendí de mi mamá (y la mayoría de las recetas de gastronomía boliviana que uno aprende es mediante las generaciones familiares)
Aprendí a preparar la llajua con cuatro ingredientes: tomate, locoto, huacatay/a y quirquiña.

Y hace un par de años atrás empezamos a experimentar en Inglaterra, a plantar éstos ingredientes que le dan ese sabor especial a la llajua, como se preparaba en La Paz.
Locoto, sólo resultó un año, pero no imaginábamos que, a pesar del tiempo inglés, que es todo loco, tan impredecible cada temporada y cada año, huacatay/a y quirquiña nos llegaron a sorprender y nos dió buenos resultados, año tras año.

Quirquiña
Huacatay/a que es una hierba que también se utiliza mucho en la gastronomía peruana, le dá un toque especial a la llajua, conjunto con la quirquiña, una hierba boliviana, son la combinación perfecta.

Quizás ésos experimentos de sembrar, ésas hierbas que se caracterizan por un sabor único, que no se consiguen en Londres, han sido una forma de resaltar lo importante que es la llajua para los bolivianos, y para los que vivimos fuera. Conseguir huacatay/a o quirquiña en Londres es difícil, he llegado a conocer a algunos bolivianos que de igual manera siembran, pero sólo para consumo propio. 

Huacatay
También es importante resaltar el movimiento gastronómico que está teniendo Bolivia, con diferentes, hoteles, restaurantes, que recibieron premios internacionales, ponen a La Paz y a Bolivia en el mundo gastronómico con una variedad de ingredientes únicos, como un destino turístico, con un ejemplo de gastronomía sostenible, tradicional y a la misma vez innovadora, que fomentan a los ciudadanos bolivianos y emprendedores a explorar, investigar, y más que todo a apreciar y valorar lo que tenemos.

El Sueño/Propósito 

En un futuro espero que la gastronomía de Bolivia, pueda llegar a                                                          ser más conocida y más popular, fuera del país.
Llajua
Y que mediante la gastronomía podamos trabajar por un mejor futuro económico y social que beneficie a Bolivia.

Empecé con el título de éste blog como : "La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua"
Pero termino en conclusión.. de que no soy sólo yo..sino somos los bolivianos que no podemos vivir sin llajua.. que no podemos vivir, aún estando fuera del país, sin nuestras tradiciones y cultura que nos hacen únicos.

Bolivia es un país para querer.




Escrito por Lindsey Funes Obleas, 
lindsey.funes.obleas@gmail.com

Agradecimientos especiales a:
Kamilla Seidler, por la colaboración de la descripción de la llajua                                                      

Monday, 3 July 2017

LONDON | FREE: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream | 6th July


One of the best things about summer is ice cream. The only thing better? FREE ice cream, of course..
To celebrate the launch of the new Ben & Jerry’s Summer in Soho ice cream shop, you can get a complimentary scoop of their favourite ice-cream flavour, including Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
There will also be never-before-seen flavours: Sweetest Peace (raspberry cheesecake ice cream with chocolatey peace signs and ampersand chunks) and Double Caramel Brownie (caramel ice cream with chocolate brownies and a salted caramel swirl).
They’re expecting to give away over 2,000 scoops!! Yum !!
Thurs 6th July, 12pm – 8pm
74 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TE 
Ben & Jerry’s Summer in Soho shop is open until 31st October 2017.

Monday, 19 June 2017

FREE: American Breakfast at Polo Bar this 4th of July



This one is for us, london food lovers!

Liverpool Street’s Polo Bar is getting into the American spirit by giving away FREE breakfasts this 4th July. ..yes ...free breakfast!

Available for 24 hours only, you could get yourself a free stack of fluffy pancakes topped with cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumbles and fruit coulis or a big breakfast; a pancake topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup, with slow roast tomatoes, mushrooms, two eggs, hash browns, sausages and cajun sweet potato fries on the side.

Now that’s the way to celebrate Independence Day...ohh yeah !

Tues 4th July 2017
176 Bishopsgate, London,
EC2M 4NQ
http://polo24hourbar.co.uk/


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

FREE: Visit the UK's First Sweet Art Gallery in London

 

Sweet lovers are in for a treat as Maynards Bassetts opens up the doors to the UK's first Sweet Art Gallery in Central London.

Open for only two days, the unique pop-up offers art and candy lovers a chance to immerse themselves and enjoy their favourite sweets from Maynards Bassetts all under one roof.

Art will include ‘Mona goes Pop’, which sees the Mona Lisa reimagined in Liquorice Allsorts and a jelly baby installation.

Visitors will not only be able to relish in the sweet creations, but also channel the artist within as they get the chance to create their own works of art in the Soho pop-up. As if this wasn’t enough, guests will be able to sample and take-away some of their favourite sweet treats from the ultimate floor to ceiling pick ‘n’ mix stand. From Wine Gums to Jelly Babies with Liquorice All Sorts in between there will be plenty of Maynards Bassetts ready for the picking. 

Ticket includes; access to the gallery, soft drink refreshment, take-away Pick n Mix bag and the chance to create your own Maynards Bassetts Sweet Art. 

All of this for FREE!!
Get your tickets quick !!
 
 Friday 16th - Saturday 17th of June.
Over 18's only.

Location:

70 Berwick Street
London
W1F 8TA


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pay for the Tube with a bottle of Lucozade!


Free Lucozade bottles with a contactless chip at the base will be handed out at Oxford Circus station and can be used to pay for a single journey on London’s underground network. 
Passengers simply tap the bottle at the gates as they were using a normal card.

The promotion is part of a wider marketing campaign for the energy drink on the tube, which involves billboard advertising and other elements.

Until Fri 2nd June 2017
Oxford Circus, Oxford St, London W1B 3AG

Sunday, 28 May 2017

FREE : Pizza from MOD at Leicester Square


Free pizzas and salads for the whole day at MOD Pizza in Leicester Square this Wednesday 31st. of May !!

You may wonder why ?.. well MOD Pizza is celebrating turning one year old ! and they are giving away their 11-inch pizza , made just the way you want it ! you just have to turn up!! easy peasy ;)

Wednesday 31st. May
11am - 9pm
 17-18 Irving Street
London
WC2H 7AT
https://modpizza.co.uk/

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Free London Events: Walk Through Water and Stay Perfectly Dry


Does the rain room ring a bell? If you missed it, visitors to London’s Southbank will once again have the chance to experience how it feels to walk through water without getting wet, in a unique 3D installation coming to the Capital this weekend.

The installation will look like a giant dishwasher, created by Bosch to launch its new PerfectDry dishwasher, and will use 2,000 litres of recycled water falling at a rate of 44 litres per minute to create an indoor torrent of liquid, similar to the conditions inside a dishwasher when it is in use.

State-of-the art motion sensors will respond to the presence and movement of visitors and automatically stop the flow of water as they step under it, so they always stay perfectly dry.

The giant dishwasher installation will be open for three days from 5th – 7th May 2017. 
Admission is FREE with no booking required and spot prizes will be given out to random lucky visitors.

When: Friday 5th May – Sunday 7th May 2017
Open: Fri: 8:00am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

Location:

Observation Point
Southbank
London
SE1 9LT