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Archive for the month “March, 2015”

On friendship

 

Friends have always played an important role in my life. They were there to accompany me in goofy decisions, first loves, heart breaks, depression and unreasonable joy. They were there to listen to my problems and give me advice, support and strength.

As I grew up I realized not all “friends” had the best intentions. Being younger and naive I thought the whole world was thinking like me and everyone meant the best for each other. Fact that wasn’t true in every case. Some people can be mean, or arrogant or even abusive under the veil of  friendship. But that isn’t friendship my friend. I took me a while to realize and even I sound a bit bitter at the moment I ensure you I’m not. I only posses the best intentions.

I was hesitating to be open about my feelings and express my discomfort in such occasions, because I was confused. I didn’t know if I was over-exaggerating or if I was being totally right. As I later learn in therapy you should always listen to your guts, because your body knows what’s best for you. It reacts to your feelings. If a friend gives you headaches every time you meet, or your stomach gives you some bad signals, you probably feel insulted or under appreciated in no doubt.

As I recently read on Pick The Brain “You’ve to get rid of some friends and then feel awkward around new people”. That’s the case. If some friends have completely different values or lifestyle than yours you just have to ditch them and move on with your life. You’ll get plenty of chances to get to know new wonderful people, have long conversations with them and evolve your mind together. Don’t stick with those who hold you down and choke you.

Ok, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic there, but I ‘ve felt like this more than a couple of times in the past, so, take my advice and get rid of toxic people who just happened to be in your life, I promise you ‘ll feel so much lighter, smarter and satisfied with your self. Chose your friends and  take better control of your social space.

If you have any similar experiences let me know in the comments below!

Lots of kisses until next time!

Artemis

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My Art Project on Instagram

Good morning dear friends!

Today I ‘m gonna talk to you about my very own art project that I ‘m particularly proud of. You can direct yourself right at @the.daily.sketchbook and enjoy the true beauty of my illustrations. Yell yeah!

It all started back in late 2014, when I discovered Instagram. In the beginning I was frustrated by the enormous amount of visual information the medium provides to the user. You have to be quick and picky at the same time, not to mention the networking the whole new world of interesting connections with artists and people with a sharp perspective.

Thankfully I adjusted pretty easy and trained eyes to browse in a fast speed. But being a passive observer was never enough. Millions of artists can be found out there in the Instagram woods. I was clearly one of them. At 16th of September my first sketches went viral and I keep going since then.

The feedback I receive daily is just amazing. Plus I get to talk with some of the coolest guys and girls, be inspired and contribute to the art world with my creations.

I encourage you to start your own art project and come and say “hi”! I ‘d love to meet and talk to you!

Greetings until next time!

Artemis

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The pleasure of a resting Sunday

downloadToday is one of my favorite Sundays. No errands, just fun. I’m ready to take part in a full-day Gestalt seminar about who we react to others and how we define our relationships with them. It sounds fun and exciting. I can’t wait to spend my time there and blog about the results later.

When was the last time you did something good to yourself? A little treat? A workshop on that art technique you always wanted to learn? A walk in the park and some alone time with a cup of coffee? Now is the time. Schedule an activity just for you and treat yourself like you would treat a dear friend. Heavy schedules make us forget about these things sometimes, but I assure you they are as important as it gets.

You could also make a list with things that make you happy and pick one spontaneously and just go for it! Trust me you’re gonna love it!

This was my small piece of advice of the day. Get some rest and charge your batteries until next ti,e!

Tons of love and rest!

Artemis

Travel Stories:: Nafplio, Greece

Hello again! I’m back as promised to talk to you about more beautiful places, in Greece this time. The truth is I didn’t have the chance to see most of Greece’s towns and islands so far, but that’s about to change! I recently visited Nafplio, a beautiful town in the southern part of my country. I bet ya craving for some visual content so I’m gonna jump right to it. Here I am standing in front of a colorful, offhand stand full of flowers and positive quotes. It’s also one of the best photos I have from that one-day trip.

DSC_0841Nafplio stands by the sea and has a rich history, since it used to be Greece’s capital for a while. Also one of the first prime ministers of modern Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was murdered there. Here, now you know a little bit more of history, which in some cases I find it’s boring, but in others it pleases me! Moreover, this small town is the perfect destination for small excursions, since it combines the beauty of the mountains and the sea. Here’s a photo of it to make it easier for you to picture it.

naf10The town preserves its old beauty with tow-floored house in pastel colors, greens, blues and yellows and tiled roofs. In addition there are plenty of stoned paths and roads only for pedestrians, so you can walk relaxed around and take a look at the fancy touristic shops that sell souvenirs, local products, hand-made dolls and decorating objects, like posters and flower crowns. The architecture reminded me of the Island Corfu, as well as the little shops all over town, like the one you see below, the Caramel House, that was dreamy and wonderful and it could host the plot of many movies with its extraordinary scenery.

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Or the store with Vespa products and its vintage atmospheare that takes you back to the ’60s.

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After a long walk in and out of the narrow alleys it was time for lunch. The truth is that most of the restaurants there are extremely touristic, serving “greek gyros” and “mousaka”, which is great, but not so appealing. Thankfully we found a modern restaurant called “Popey”, which I forgot to photograph -I hope you can forgive me. It was minimal and cozy at the same time, with wooden roof and wine red walls (if I remember correctly) and on the menu were delicious spaghetti, pizza and burgers. It was full of young people and families that were enjoying the tasty wine and the quiet environment.

As long as we finished our meal we headed over to Palamidi fortress to climb the famous 999 steps. Bad choice with a full stomach, I can ensure you. But it totally worths the trouble. The view is magnificent and you can see the whole town, the mountains that surround it and the port from the west side. Moreover you can take really remarkable pictures, like the one below these lines.

naf6We were getting more tired as we were getting closer to the top and here’s a picture of my triumph!naf8

When we managed to return back to the ground we were exhausted and in a desperate need of a cup of coffee. We came across the most playful and hipsterish little cafe called “Skajohiros” which means hedgehogs in Greek. Unfortunately there isn’t any descent digital representation of this coffee shop either, so I ‘ll describe it with words. it was as small as it gets, with vivid colorful walls, like a playground. Small square tables were dressed in paint and geometrical shapes and a couple of swings were hanging down from the ceiling. Not to mention the most tasty starwberry and huzelnut latte I’ve ever drunk.

That’s all for today. I recommend Nafplio for young couples and families. It’s a quiet and beautiful place that offers an escape from a fast routine and some relaxing time closer to nature. Here’s one more glimpse of the breath taking sky above it.

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All photos were taken by Marstay, go check him out!

Lots of love until next time!

Artemis

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