Journal by Assia

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20 May 2017

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and the Law of Attraction - Book Review

In the last few months, I've been reading a very unusual self-help book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Like The Power of Now, this book offers some radical, completely new way of seeing things. While I still need to fully absorb its ideas and disagree with some of its concepts, I found it very interesting and helpful to stay motivated.

18 May 2017

4 Reasons Why Meditation Will Improve Your Life

As I mentioned on my Instagram, I have recently been to a meditation class which brought me back to the significance of meditation and how much it has improved my life. Before trying it, no one told me how many benefits it offered and how much better you could feel. So today I'd like to share some of the reasons why it is worth trying this amazing spiritual practice and hopefully some of you will try it out.

8 May 2017

My Morning Routine at University

love Sundays. I like to be able to sit down at my desk with a hot cup of tea and a snack and blog after some long sessions of studying. On this cloudy Sunday afternoon, I'd like to share my morning routine, which is a crucial part of my day if not the most important one. This is because I think mornings are a key moment to set good intentions and get ready for a fresh new day, both physically and mentally.

29 April 2017

Monthly Favourites - March and April 2017

I am back in Bristol after a few weeks at home, which was so lovely. Those days felt amazing compared to the rush of assignments and homework back in March. I'm currently preparing for my interpreting and languages exams, which is hard but much better than studying for a cultural unit exam - I'm so grateful to have already taken my Spanish history exam in January and not have to prepare anymore! I've also submitted another essay and my dissertation which felt so great - in the past few months I've been so productive and despite being so challenging it's also very satisfying. Being home also felt amazing because every now and then I really do need to get away from Bristol as it's difficult not to associate it to university and studying. I also went to the beach for a day in Marina di Torre del Lago and did a little yogi photoshoot which was so fun (make sure you check it out on my Instagram)! So I actually didn't spend much time reading or watching stuff, but I hope you still appreciate these few things.

12 April 2017

The Muse by Jessie Burton - Book Review

One of the first books I read in 2017 was Jessie Burton's The Muse, which had been laying on my shelf for more than three months when I got it for my birthday. Having read The Miniaturist and loved every single bit of it, I knew I was going to enjoy The Muse just as much - Burton is one of those authors whose writing won't disappoint you.

16 March 2017

Monthly Favourites: February 2017

After January exams, February put me back on track with classes and new assignments. I also finished writing my dissertation, which felt great! As nerdy as that might sound, I really enjoy writing essays and it has always been my favourite thing about being a university student outside social life. I find writing to be a calming and pleasurable activity, and I love how, compared to exams, it gives you the time to gradually formulate ideas and adapt your style. I also made time to read a few interesting books, which I'll soon be sharing with new posts.

12 March 2017

"Prisoner of Night and Fog" and "Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke" by Anne Blankman - Book Series Review

Before starting to write my February favourites, I'd like to dedicate a post to two of the best novels and first series of books I read so far this year - "Prisoner of Night and Fog" and "Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke" by American author Anne Blankman. If you liked The Book Thief, All The Light We Cannot See and Suite Francaise, then keep reading!