Podcasts I’m loving right now

Someone please tell me why it took me so long to understand the necessity of a good podcast.

Honestly, since the beginning of this year, I’ve been listening (or at least trying to listen) to a number of podcasts whilst, driving, doing work, taking a bath etc… And I think I’ve finally managed to find a few that I like!!

So below is a small list of the podcasts I’m loving right now. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had the pleasure of listening to any that’s made it onto the list, or if you have any recommendations 🙂

1.Sunday Gems

It’s still early days as only 4 episodes have been released so far. However, Sunday Gems hosted by Kehlani & Reyna Biddy, has to be one of my all time favourite podcasts, purely because of it’s relatablity. Tackling the theme of depression in the first episode just goes to show that nothing is off limits for the pair. In addition to the podcast, we are also presented with curated playlists which closely follow the subject matter; alongside a shoutout to local black owned businesses and a Gem of the week giving reference to it’s healing properties and uses.

2. Your dream life with Kristina Karlsson

I first came across Kristina whilst looking for and eventually ordering a planner from her store: Kikki.K (which by the way sell the most amazing stationary ever). The podcast is based upon dreaming and how you can create the life you’ve always wanted for yourself. Kristina sits down with some of the most inspirational people who have all gone onto achieve great things, which at first otherwise seemed impossible.

3. StarTalk radio show with Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you love Astrophysics then this is the podcast for you. The first episode dates back to 2009 and has since then gone on to birth 2 spin off shows: StarTalk All-Stars & Playing with science. This podcast has somewhat of a comedic undertone, which is quite refreshing to listen to. A number of celebrity guests are invited on as co-hosts to discuss all things relating to the universe and science.

24 hours in… Lyon, France

At the start of 2019, I was kind of bummed to be seeing the new year in on a plane. I jokingly thought to myself ‘start as you mean to go on …Whatever is happening now just sets the tone for the rest of the year’. And with that, I then decided that 2019 will be the year of travel.

A day later, walking into the office (as jet lagged as ever), I noticed a boarding pass on my desk… I was going to Lyon on an all expenses paid work trip.

Fast forward 6 days and I was at Gatwick (again) in a posh departure lounge that I managed to get in for free as none of the card machines were working.

Seeing as this was a work trip, we had very little time to explore the city. However, we managed to fit in a few things…

The MusĂ©e Miniature et CinĂ©ma 

Situated in the ‘Maison des Avocats” (a UNESCO World Heritage building), lives the MusĂ©e Miniature et CinĂ©ma. The museum is spilt into two categories, miniature and cinema. In the miniature section you can expect to find an abundance of miniature sets all created by European artists. The cinema section is filled with original props and costumes from highly popular films. You can explore the various different rooms on show here for hours. It took us around 2 hours to get around the entire museum at quite a fast pace.

The Ferris wheel – Place Bellecour 

Ok, so this is a bit of a seasonal one as the ferris wheel is only erected over the Christmas period. Although bitterly cold, the ferris offers amazing views of the city & lasts for around 15 minutes

French wine & nibbles

We ended our day in a traditional french restaurant which I can’t remember the name of. I think it was somewhat of an informal wine tasting restaurant that also served light food. I’m not much of a drinker so I stuck to one glass of wine & only managed to enjoy the olives amongst a spread of cheese & cured meats (yes, I’m Vegan)

Overall, Lyon was a short but enjoyable trip. It was quite hard to find food due to my dairy allergy, so if you do have dietary requirements, I would suggest using google to see what restaurants cater to you before venturing out

Self-care tips for valentine’s day

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I’m spending valentines alone,

What about you?

Spending Valentine’s day alone is nothing to be embarrassed about. This day, heavily commodified not to mention cheesy, in no way needs to be celebrated with a significant other. It’s a day used to celebrate love in all of its forms.

So what a better day to spend loving yourself. Below are some self-care/love tips for valentine’s day (& pretty much every other day)

Self-care tips

  • Light a candle

There’s something about candles that really lift the mood. In 2009, a study by Keville & Green reported that scented candles and oils can help to improve depression and anxiety, amongst other psychological imbalances. So if you’re feeling down, lighting a candle is the start of a great little pick me up.

  • Read a book

With the steep the rise in the usage of technology and social media, taking breaks from our electronic devices is extremely important. Picking up a tangible book (if you like reading) is a great way to filter out all the noise from the outside world. Only 6 minutes of reading a day can reduce stress by up to 68%.

  • Treat yourself

Valentine’s day has been marketed as the day of giving gifts to those you love. However, this rarely includes ourselves. Well, today we are changing the narrative and treating US!! Stuck for ideas? Saabirah has an amazing self-gift guide where I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you love.

  • Write down some affirmations

Affirmations are basically your way of talking to yourself as you would talk to your best friend. It is the core (in my opinion) of self-love, empowerment & positivity. Take the day to write down some positive affirmations on post-it notes & stick them up where you can see them. This can then become somewhat of a daily routine

Valentines day playlist

In the cheesy spirit of valentines day, I’ve put together a few of my favourite tracks that feature love (or the lack of) as the main theme

  1. Honesty x Pink Sweat$
  2. Lost in London x Asiahn
  3. More than words x Isabella
  4. Mile High x James Blake (Ft. Travis Scott)
  5. Riot x Summer Walker
  6. Won’t get lonely x Notifi
  7. Woman’s intuition x Hudson East
  8. Nights like this x Kehlani (Ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
  9. Could’ve been x H.E.R (Ft. Bryson Tiller)
  10. Pretty little fears x 6LACK (Ft. J. Cole)
  11. Ain’t love strange x Eli Sostre
  12. Small conversations at parties x Derek Pope
  13. Sweet ride x Rini (Ft. Nasty Mars)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist//pl.u-MDAWvM3uRYD3Ny

Things to do in: Grenada

Grenada, also known as the isle of spice is a small island in the Caribbean situated between Venezuela and St Lucia.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve visited the island. However, this is the first time that I’ve been able to explore the island and soak in the amazing history. There are so many things to do in Grenada, Some of which I will share with you in this post.

1. A trip to the chocolate factory

The Diamond Chocolate factory is one of the 2 chocolate factories on the island. Located in the parish of St Marks, the locally owned chocolate factory should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Not only do you get to tour the factory, you also get to taste all of their amazing flavours. The 60% Nutmeg is by far one of my favourites.

Did I mention that all of their products are vegan-friendly?

2. A relaxing beach day

BBC beach (Morne Rouge), is one of the smaller, quieter beaches in Grenada, perfect if you’re in need of a relaxing beach day. Grand Anse beach, on the other hand, is much more populated. Being the closest beach to the tourist ships, there is is an abundance of things to do here. From water excursions to restaurant hopping along the beach stretch, there’s bound to be something suited to all.

3. A dip in the sulfur springs

The sulfur springs are yet another way to relax on this beautiful island. I can’t remember the exact science behind how the sulfur mud & waters were formed (something to do with volcanos). But don’t let my lack of scientific knowledge put you off. This naturally occurring sulphur mud supposedly does wonders for the skin. You can apply and rinse off in the hot springs, or if you’re not up for it, you can always buy a bag of sulphur to take home & use as a face mask (like I did).

4. Take in the history at Fort Fedrick

Fort Fedrick was erected in 1779 by the French and still maintains a lot of the original features. Aside from all the history that awaits to be learnt, the fort also offers some amazing views of St Georges. An amazing place to catch the sunset too.

Anyway, that’s my list of 4 things to do in Grenada. Honestly, Grenada is such a beautiful country, and no I’m not just saying that because I’m from there (bias alert).

I’ll be adding more pictures to my photography page, feel free to check it out.

Thanks for reading 🙂