Running Running running….

Where I love to run. ❤️

Recently I saw the London Alethics 2017 on BBC and it has got me extremely motivated to get moving. Coincidentally it collided with a new habit I am trying to form, and this was running.  

I have been running for almost 4 weeks, currently on my fifth. Thus, it is about a month since I have started. Unfortunately, the unpredictable weather here is quite a nuisance that forever prevents me to run as I want to every morning.  

In previous times I have ran for only a couple of weeks until I called it quits. I don’t real remember why. But I do know it had something to do with my sister who was my running budding returning to the City to study. Since then I haven’t been running until now. 

Honestly I think it is one of the best decisions I have made. And I think you should do it too! 

I used to be extremly self conscious but now I don’t feel it anymore. Perhaps it’s because I have taken the first step in stepping out the door that it has made me more confident.

After my first run I realised it wasn’t so bad and it was something I could grow to love. Never in my whole life would I think this way. 🤣
Then I saw a documentary called “Born to Run” on YouTube about the Kenyan runners and their aspirations to become great runners and I was immediately filled with great motivation to run. 

The next day I ran my first mile without stopping to walk and it was also my first time running 8km. I was thrilled about it! What was even stranger is that I felt like I wanted to run more and I didn’t want to go home! I have never felt this way before with running! It was super strange but at the same time exhilarating. 

Even as I write this I am looking forward to my next run. Perhaps it has inspired you to consider running too? Give it a go, I know for sure it will be worth it. 😉


Here’s a quote that I believe is extremly relevant to this post. Do you think so? If so get moving! Maybe it’s not running but something like horse riding, dancing, yoga that you are interested in. Either way keep moving; lest you want to have a sore butt for sitting too long! Hahahaha.   It may be funny but true! 

Have an amazing day everyone! 

May 

Earth Overshoot day and Gratitude

 

This was actually a small hill. I always feel like I’m going to fall down when I run down it! 😂
These wild flowers are everywhere!

On August the 4th was Earth Overshoot day, and I only heard about it for the first time. It was only when I was looking through my Instagram account from WWF did I know of this day. To think I have been on this earth for 17 years and still did not know anything about it! It is quite appalling! Do you know what it is about?

 

If you don’t know what it is I will tell you.  #earthovershootday marks the day where mankind has consumed all the natural resources than nature can give. What’s worst is that this day was marked earlier than it should be, seven months to be precise. 😦

I know this is extremely depressing but it must be addressed to let the world know how serious the problem of damaging the earth is, let alone climate change. It’s a sad reality.

On a brighter note, because of this awareness, it has made me more conscious of the beautiful earth we live in. Perhaps the reason why people are not respecting and caring the earth is that they don’t get to experience its splendor. They have not traveled to see the real world, of green lush fields, snow-capped mountains, and clear crystal rivers.

Nowadays kids are brought up in cities, not because their parents want to but perhaps because it is the most convenient place for both parents and children. And whilst they do seem to be able to see nature’s wonders in books, nothing compares to being physically present in these places.

I’m glad I live in rural areas, everyone is so much more animated and expressive. While city life can be exciting, it can be overwhelming at the same time, though I do love it!

Lately, I have been running during the mornings by myself and I can’t help myself by stopping to take some pictures.

 

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I run under this trial. It has made my running life so much easier especially since the trees are there to shade me when I am hot and the sun is burning. 😉
 I hope this post is insightful and by no means is it to make your day depressing! I just want to make people more aware of what is really happening. But I know we are all helping the best we can. There is still hope!

 Whoever is reading this I hope you have an awesome day! See you in my next post.

Much love

May xx

My, me and I

Hey Everyone~

You might have guessed from the title today is all about me! (Not in an egotistical sense) But just so you can all get to know me better. When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly. Also I have decided to change my name from “hitherandyond” to a more defining name that speaks to me, simply because it is similar to my real name. 😉

When I started blogging, I had so many ideas in my head. Thus it has created an absolute chaos filled with random thoughts and topic onto my blog, so much so I have forgotten to introduce myself properly with 10 facts about myself.

  1. I was born a twin, not identical. I have a twin sister who is 5 minutes younger than I am. 🙂
  2. I am left-handed! Any left- handed people out there?
  3. I love dogs AND cats. In the future, I would like to adopt either one of them and maybe more.
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    This is my sister’s cat. 🙂 
    4. I have four sisters and no brothers. Coincidentally I wrote this for the fourth fact!

5. I don’t drink Coffee and prefer herbal tea over anything else.

Tea anyone?

6. I can speak Mandarin fluently as well as Cantonese, although I am a bit rusty since I haven’t spoken Cantonese in a long time. And of course, English too!

7. The Library used to be my second home, I went there since I was five and till this day I still hold the old addition of the library card. My favorite genre would have to be historical fiction because you get an insight into the past and the lives of people long ago.

 

Books on my bookshelf. 🙂

8. I dance! Ballet to be more precise. However, I am not the conventional dancer who began discovering the dance world as a young girl. I started quite late at sixteen. It has made me more persistent than ever to defy the standard route for dancers. I also have a dance blog!

9. I love photography, as you might have noticed, especially nature ones.

 

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Love this picture. ❤
10. I grew up watching spirited away, Howl’s Moving Castle and other prominent Studio Ghibli animations. My love of art flourished as a kid. Disney has also been a source of magical moments in my childhood as well as DreamWorks. You could say I have always been an artist at heart.

Hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a little about me. As always have a good day and I will see you in my next post. 😉

ps. Thank You for 60 followers! I haven’t been posting an awful lot and the content I have is somewhat random so thank you for being patient and kind. 🙂

Much Love-

M.

Out into the Woods

 

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I went on a journey out of the woods or more precisely into the dense woodlands/grassland of what used to be the Isle of Green. A.k.a Ireland. I

wasn’t alone though on this trip I was among many other people who had to carry out an ecology trip/study in a grassland/woodland and luckily my school has chosen phoenix park/Dublin Zoo to carry out this ecology trip and I am very grateful for that. After, 3 hours of gruelling hard work we were finished with it and were left to wander on our own around the Zoo which was a Superb reward.
It was my first time in Dublin Zoo actually since 2/3 years ago when I went with my family. Back then I did not realize how suffocating and enclosing these closures were for the animals. Now that I am back I feel so miserable but at the same time awed at the beauty and wonder of these creatures. The Animals seemed all to be in good health and was probably affected by the cold weather as I was. Who knew the cold would come so soon! I did not get to see all animals as I had to return to our bus to go back home. Fortunately, I brought my camera with me and took some decent pictures. I did not take all the animals because I feel quite guilty for being that annoying tourist that flashes and points their cameras in every direction of the animals. However, I did try to take these pictures subtlely and that kind of made me feel better.

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Favourite Shot! I love this one because I have never made a close up on a wild animal before

 

Bone of a whale

 

 

 

Orangutans chillin in their groove.

 

 

 

Red monkeys who were actually fighting…

 

 

 

I’m really happy with this shot. It looks so natural.

 

Lively sea lions

 

 

 

The End of the Artic

Hello Everyone! It’s Friday and I’m pretty ecstatic about this. But that’s not the issue today and it’s actually about to get even more serious. Today I want to talk about the End of the Artic.

I’m sure many of you out there know about the detrimental effects of Global Warming and how this is influencing our climate today. And I’m also sure that many of you have probably heard it so much that you kind of push it to the back of your mind and leave it to other people to think of a solution? Well, if you are guilty of this, your not alone because I am too.

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Just now, I saw an amazing yet moving video that describes the End of the Artic and it really made me realize how cruel humans can be. What really angers me about the video is how Oil Companies take the advantage of Northern Regions particularly in the Artic, close to North America even though they know it may affect the habitats and Inuits(people) that live there. These Companies don’t even make rock sampling a job anymore and because of its inability to predict accurately places rigged with oil it has used Seismic Blasting instead. This is more efficient yet has costly consequences. Many sea mammals, like whales, manatees, sea otters and even Dolphins are particularly affected by this. I especially feel a strong compassion for them because they are vulnerable and cannot do anything about the situation. Mammals in the ocean depend on sounds to live, whether it is for calling for a lost one or finding new friends none of these animals should go through this. It could also be detrimental to their well-being; many of these beautiful creatures do not know what is going on and can experience high levels of stress that can influence their immune system and even contribute to reproduction impairment. Even adult fishes in the Oceans are experiencing abnormal changes to their body that might will without a doubt harm humans when we consume them. Schools of Fish are experiencing stunted growth, enlarged livers, changes to respiratory and  breathing rates, fin erosion, (definitely would hurt a lot on a living being, imagine having my limbs eroding away…not very pleasant and kind of disgusting) and the main one that seems to the most damaging, is reproduction impairment. It does not take a genius to realise all this does not bode well for the future and that is exactly what I am here, to bring at least some hope.

Humans are also immensely affected by this, and to think how some people can make other people’s life hard just for their benefit.  The Inuits who have inhabited North America and who’s source of food is the sea is finding it increasingly difficult to hunt for food. Now they are resigned to shop for food and unlike many of us who have our choice of different supermarkets and stores, they only are assured one option. This is “Northern” a store that is available in many parts of Canada. However, though it may seem like the better option, prices for many of the “Northern” stores in locations where Inuits reside are severely overpriced. This makes it harder for the Inuits to live their way of life, hunting and gathering as they did in the old days.

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So, I’m sure many of you might feel a sense of responsibility for your Earth. And for me, I feel I have a huge responsibility because, I think my voice in this community of the internet is much more  effective one and probably one many people will listen to. This is my generation and I think for the future and the other beings who will live on it. But mostly because I want people to realize that we are not the generation that made stupids mistakes that ended up in the in the destruction of the Earth. I want future generations to look up to us and admire us and realize hope is always there if you try hard enough to believe in it.

Also, there is a petition to potentially stop Oil Company(ies) from exploiting North America, or if any of you fabulous readers who have taken the time to readers and live in Canada or want to make the trek to the beauty country of Canada can also stand with Clyde River (an organisation that can prevent these Companies) on the 30th November in Ottawa with Mitch and Greg from Asapscience. 🙂

Here the link to the video and ENJOY!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRDtZp96jw

Here’s the link to sign the petition: http://bit.ly/arcticasap

I wish I could, but I neither have the money or the time because of exams and also because I am only a 16 years old which makes me ineligible to travel on my own without an adult. So please, if you do have the chance go for it!

Right bye for now everyone, hope you have a good Friday or whatever day you read this!

M.