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Breaking Free: Overcoming Phone Addiction and Building Intentional Habits

woman's hand scrolling on the phone

So, I’ve been wrestling with this whole phone addiction habit thing lately. It’s like this magical device that sucks us in, right? Endless scrolling, reading, learning, and even games—it’s a real time-sucker! But hey, I’m on a mission to break free from the phone trap and get stuff done. Where did all this awareness start?...

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  • Fadima Mooneira13 May 2024 - 16:25

    Scrolling is one my bad habits. I need to reduce my scrolling time. Thank you for sharing this article. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina13 May 2024 - 16:41

      I know, it was my main time waster. Even if for work I have to use it, it’s so distracting! Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • Fritzie14 May 2024 - 02:07

    I completely understand the struggle with phone addiction. Your tips from ‘Atomic Habits’ are spot-on. I also keep my phone in another room at night and silence notifications for better sleep. It’s small changes like these that add up. Thanks for sharing your insights!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina14 May 2024 - 09:03

      That would be next level. I still have it next to me at night with notification off of course. But I need the alarm, I’m not sure I would hear it from another room! 🙂
      Thanks for readingReplyCancel

Embracing Mindfulness and Photography: Lessons from My Morning Walk

Mindfulness and photography: lessons from my morning walk

This morning, I decided to break away from my usual walking routine and take a mindful walk. I live near the Richmond Lock so I went along the beautiful and peaceful path along the river. Armed with just my phone (not my trusty professional camera), I embraced the opportunity to be fully present and appreciate...

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  • Fransic verso19 April 2024 - 05:52

    I agree with you about mindfulness isn’t just about meditation or deep breathing exercises. Very informative post!  ReplyCancel

    • Valentina19 April 2024 - 10:54

      Thanks for reading. Yes everyone needs to find the mindful things that resonate with them the mostReplyCancel

  • Giovanni Casetti9 June 2024 - 19:46

    I’ve noticed the mindfulness and the quest for beauty. For me both, together, feed our soul and mind. Good post!ReplyCancel

The Heart Behind My Lens: Unveiling the Why Behind Portrait Photography

portrait photography

Recently, I’ve been diving deep into the question of why I do what I do. It’s not the first time I’ve pondered this, but with each passing year and each new experience, my “why” seems to evolve. So, what exactly do I do? Well, I’m a portrait photographer based in London, specializing in motherhood photography....

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    Embracing the New Year: Reflections, Resolutions, and Gentle Growth

    New Year’s Resolutions – they’ve got a bit of a mixed reputation, haven’t they? You’ve probably heard people dismiss them, claiming they never work. The other day I asked my 12-year-old daughter what New Year’s resolutions she has and she told me none because they don’t work! So not sure where this belief comes from...

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    • Emma T4 January 2024 - 19:56

      I don’t really have any resolutions, but I do want to get back to eating keto again, and getting more active with stepping/walking again so I can lose the weight I need to. Working on my 2 smaller blogs as well, although now I have the target to get to Mediavine on my main blog which I just missed out on this month by 300 sessions, so I need to sort out my SEO. And stopping nagging my son about his homework and projects because he gets really annoyed with me doing it, but I think he needs the kick otherwise he just won’t get the grades he is capable of.ReplyCancel

      • Valentina8 January 2024 - 10:07

        I like to think more about goals than resolutions really, and it looks like you have so many! I believe if we take daily small steps towards something we can achieve it. Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Fransic verso4 January 2024 - 20:54

      I wasn’t paying attention more for the self-care but I regretted it because now is all I needed. Working on making it a habit to give myself time for self care.ReplyCancel

      • Valentina8 January 2024 - 09:58

        So important indeed as it helps us to function better and therefore to be there and more helpful to others.ReplyCancel

    The Start of my journey to Motherhood Photography

    black and white portrait of Valentina, newborn and maternity photographer in London

    19th August 2020 – It’s World Photography Day and I thought what a better day for sharing a little bit about my journey into motherhood photography. I specialise in Maternity and Newborn Photography so motherhood photography embraces them all. I always loved taking and looking at photographs. When I was little, my dad enjoyed photography,...

    Carnival of Venice with children

    masks by rialto bridge during carnival in venice

    Right now in Venice it’s Carnival! A very festive time of the year when you can dress up as you want and go around your town or city with your little friends throwing colourful confetti all over. I know ( apart from the confetti probably) you can have a carnival every day here in the...

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    • Hannah25 January 2019 - 08:02

      Where did you get her dress?! Great pics ReplyCancel

      • admin28 January 2019 - 10:18

        Fron TKMaxx 🙂 They have great fancy dresses for children there!ReplyCancel

    A day in Life – Fresh Pasta

    fresh pasta

    I didn’t realise how long this half-term was! There are more holiday days than Christmas!! In Italy, there are normally a few days off for Easter, usually around a week’s time and I still need to get used to the English school system! I will get it one day 🙂 We stayed in London and...

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