I am going through a difficult stage in my life. I am doing my best to balance everything that is going on….working, looking after three children, studying for a psychology degree, helping my son get back to full fitness after his serious rta, juggling finances and feel like I am loosing the battle. On top of all this I am now having to go to Court on Thursday because my ex husband displays poor judgment and has put our children at risk. As they say….it never rains it pours.
I had so much on, something had to give. I am now signed off work with anxiety. I did nt realise I was suffering from anxiety until my doctor diagnosed me.
At the moment I am taking the time to chill out and to engage in as many enjoyable activities as possible. As I love yoga I began to search for a retreat. Since I watched Eat, Pray, Love I have become rather obsessed with Bali, and just out if interest did a search for retreats there. I have fallen in love with Bali Goddess Retreats. They offer yoga retreats, fabulous food, amazing accompdation and the option to take part in other activities such as visiting elephant sanctuary, surfing, cycling as well many other options (12 on offer to be exact) Additionally lots of pampering treatments are available.
The retreat appears to have the balance right here, they state they offer healthy food but they are nt obsessive or restrictive. They realise life is about striking that balance and sometimes being able to indulge! To find out the cost you need to contact the retreat directly. I am pretty sure it is out of my price range but nonetheless I wanted to write about it as it is a place one day that I want to visit. I also love the idea of solo travelling and believe this could be an ideal spot. I will get to you one day Bali
As you may or may not know, I love to write about things I like, including clothes and accessories. My chosen items this time around are from a designer called Annie Haak http://www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk/ Her website states that she gets much of the inspiration for her designs from the magical island of Bali where she is based for most of the year. Her influences are gathered from many aspects of Bali life from the local flora and fauna, the magical people and the colours and patterns found in the local markets and villages. Perhaps this is why some of the pieces really do appear rather magical!!!
Many of the designs carry a special meaning by way of mantras or symbols that represent luck, love, protection strength and well-being. It is core to Annie’s design ethos that all her designs should carry a message of either love or support.
I first came across this designer a couple of years ago when I was reading a spiritual magazine, some of her bracelets incorporating guardian angels were featured in the magazine. As a total ‘angel believer’ I immediately fell in love with them. So much so in fact that I cut out her Sama My Guardian Angel design and added it to my collage art work which hangs in my bedroom.
Additionally, I am naturally attracted to silver jewelry. It appears to suit my skin tone much better than gold. However, there is now a few gold and rose gold options, which are equally as beautiful, I guess it just depends upon your personal preference.
Unfortunately to date, I have not managed to get my hands on the bracelet stack I so desperately would like (see featured image), due to lack of funds, but should I ever start to get paid for my writing, then I will ensure my first pay check pays for one! I have however, treated myself to a lovely pair of earrings. Which I have had now for over a year. They are simple but lovely, a star with a single diamond in the middle. They still look like new and we were worth the pounds I spent investing in them. In addition, they came in a beautiful lined velvet bag and box which I now use to store some of my favourite crystals. This is a range which when you receive the item, everything about it screams ‘quality’. I was not disappointed and look forward to when I am able to add to my collection.
There are also lots of other reviews from happy customers on the website. If you like the style of this jewelry have a read, you will see there is nothing but positive comments about the quality and style of the jewelry. I am sure you too will love this range. I know Danni Minogue and Ferne Cotton are big fans too!