As The Rain Falls

Today's weather has been rainy yet, i hadn't anticipated it to last majority of the day. What I've come to notice about such weather is... Most people find it inconvenient, annoying, and even unnecessary. 

I fortunately do not feel this way, encourage rain (when I'm inside much more than when I'm out in it), and understand it's purpose.

Not only does the rain water the flowers, plants, and trees it also cools down the temperature and creates much needed moisture within the air. 

Personally whenever it rains i'm naturally forced to slow down, reflect, and even stare into space. Within my office i have a window seat with an outside view and although its not a view to brag about i sit there (with the window fully opened) when it rains, looking into the atmosphere. This action gives me the most joy, it's as if time stops for me in those moments of solace. 

I'm exceedingly grateful for such a small privilege and now welcome the rain much more than i've ever done before. 

Happy Rainy Day 

- LDN

'Let's Talk' - Being Connected (Ayo-Ma! Event)

I had the absolute pleasure of curating/hosting the first Ayo-Ma! 'Let's Talk' discussion, which was by far the highlight of my week. Being able to engage/interact with a diverse group of thoughtful individuals was such a treat. 

The topic of discussion was 'Being Connected', the ways in which we can easily open up our communication by:

  • Simply simply smiling
  • Complimenting
  • Listening 
  • Being open to others 

It's important that we understand the act of connection is consciously working on togetherness! Sometimes it takes for us to disconnect to re-connect with ourselves and those around us. 

Let's not allow life to pass us by before we realize how simple it is to make positive impacts on others. There's nothing more fulfilling than an act of service. Try one a day and thank me later.

A special guest/life long friend (@rewolfnusmoon) shared her thoughts on the event and even created her own personal Vlog of the discussion. Feel free to press play (below). 

- LDN

Moxxie Made - July Supper

On Tuesday 24th July a group of beautiful and inspired womentrepreneurs gathered to engage in an intimate, scenic, tranquil, and safe environment! 

I could go on about how amazing I felt within this space and bore you maybe regarding what it personally meant to me... (let me pause)! Let's just say I was emotional as it's rare that you're taken aback and have no qualms at an event, especially within the metropolis which is NYC.

Nonetheless I am thankful to the lovely ladies of Moxxie Made & appreciative for their platform/forum. 

Here are a few pictures from the night:

 A Royal Welcome

A Royal Welcome

 Want a drink? 

Want a drink? 

 Need help connecting? 

Need help connecting? 

 Vibrance

Vibrance

 Aesthetic is Quintessential 

Aesthetic is Quintessential 

 Personal Touches

Personal Touches

 So what's the answer? 

So what's the answer? 

 Panelists!

Panelists!

 Had to get at least one in my Miami inspired get up!

Had to get at least one in my Miami inspired get up!

365 Days of Thankfulness

I'd like to challenge you as I have my instagram community to take the '365 Days of Thankfulness' pledge.

Here's how this works: 

  1. Grab a Notebook/Piece of Paper & pen, Tablet, iPad, or Phone 
  2. Number your margin (1-365)
  3. Think about what you're thankful for and jot your thanks down [each day]
  4. Refer to your list whenever you'd like :) 

If we think of things to be thankful for; whenever we may feel down, experience sorrow, doubt ourselves, are neglected and/or rejected, become disappointed, and/or have negative thoughts we can refer back to what we were once thankful for! 

*Note additionally that we can be thankful for more than one thing in a day. Think of 365 as the minimum!

Learn more about this process...

Day Trip to Chicago

The annoying alert of my 4:15 alarm kicked in as I woke up bewildered. You know that feeling when you need to hit snooze about 3 times before you stumble out of the bed zombified? Yes, that's the kind of morning i was having.

My 7:15 flight wasn't waiting for me... So, I better had get my skates on (in other words hurry up), showered, got a decent outfit together, booked the car service, got to the airport, blah, blah, blah, blah!

Anyway I arrived to Chicago safely, ran downtown, and had a little stroll at the beach before stuffing my guts with some food. In true (me) style I visited one of my favorite restaurants Lao Sze Chuan. (See what i ordered below). 

I had to rush to the airport attempting to beat traffic leaving with a doggy bag... Which i devoured at the gate whilst waiting to board. Im sure i looked like a pig!

If you're ever in The-Chi let me know what you think of it? 

 Magnificent Mile 

Magnificent Mile 

 Flower/Plant Bed

Flower/Plant Bed

 Quaint Park

Quaint Park

 Artwork at the Beach

Artwork at the Beach

 Artwork at the Beach

Artwork at the Beach

 Artwork at the Beach

Artwork at the Beach

 Lake Michigan 

Lake Michigan 

 Feet in the Lake

Feet in the Lake

 Lao Sze Chuan

Lao Sze Chuan

 Spicy Cabbage & Traditional Hot and Sour Soup

Spicy Cabbage & Traditional Hot and Sour Soup

 Chilli String Beans 

Chilli String Beans 

 General Tao's Tofu (Requested Crispy)

General Tao's Tofu (Requested Crispy)

Oh! Santorini You Beauty!

I left NYC on Saturday night, landed in London the next morning, ran to have breakfast with my Dad & sister, then rushed off to a surprise birthday party... 4-5 days later I was due to arrive in Santorini, Greece. 

Here I stood at the airport nervous about the flight and even more so about all the  strong (family) personalities i'd be greeted with throughout the next 5 days. I thought "but we are still going to have an amazing time..." 

Our villa was located in Vothonos which was remote, away from the hustle and bustle as well as far enough to be tranquil. As much as I enjoy rest and relaxation i also love home cooked food, which is why our villa was quintessential as it came with a kitchen :) 

Nonetheless we enjoyed local foods, shopping, and getting lost (or shall I say "we explored unknown territories...")

I won't bore you with much more but here are some photographs (which include me), for the lovely views click here

 Fresh Orange Juice

Fresh Orange Juice

 Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar

 Oia

Oia

 Thira

Thira

 Getting Ready to go

Getting Ready to go

 All Packed up

All Packed up

 The Stray Animal Community Broke My Heart...

The Stray Animal Community Broke My Heart...

Quick Trip to Miami

I've grown to love and appreciate Miami so much! i prefer to capture my stay(s) in a personal way. 

 So Much Scandal...

So Much Scandal...

 What a view?

What a view?

 Interior

Interior

 Views

Views

 So therapeutic looking at planes 

So therapeutic looking at planes 

 Lovely Township

Lovely Township