This week has been filled with a mixture of emotions, with Brexit and the US elections it has politically been an interesting year and today marks Armistice Day which serves as a reminder to keep working for unity and peace wherever you live in the world. Yesterday my sister sent me a post from Amnesty International and their logo always stands out in my mind; it combines two symbols, one of oppression (the barbed wire) and one of hope (a burning candle) and was inspired by the Chinese proverb “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. The notion holds true across history and today. As Britain reflects on some of that history during the Remembrance Day weekend, I hope that we continue to strive for a better world; one with love and acceptance.
One of my favourite things to do is immerse myself in nature as it reminds me of the beauty in the world. In San Francisco you don’t need to leave the city to experience this, the many hills allow you take in the surroundings and whenever I look across the bay I am filled with awe. This week a friend and I headed to the moraga tiled steps to watch the sunset and I loved climbing the colourful steps to be greeted by moody skies. I am trying to work on appreciating the present and the beauty around me as it is tempting to just look forward (Christmas, I’m looking at you). I think life is about having a mix of the two so I have taken time this week to appreciate the present, from cozy evenings baking to plum nails and berry lips.