Posts in Elisa's Expedition
Fitness Friday: Variety is the Spice of Life

Some people are creatures of habit while others thrive on change. I like to think that I lie somewhere in the middle. As important as routine is in maintaining a regular fitness regimen, mixing it up every now and then is important to keep your mind and your body guessing. Ever notice how you feel sore in places you never even noticed before when you try a new sport or workout? Just as our minds get used to and bored with looking at the same thing all the time, our bodies have their own kind of muscle memory.

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The Lost Art of Novelty in Adulthood

There’s something about growing up and reaching adulthood that seems to make people less open to risk-taking. It’s almost as if we reach a state of complacency and comfort in establishing our routines that we no longer see the value of trying new things. Whether it’s ordering the same thing at your local restaurant, taking the same class at the gym close to work, or taking a holiday to the same destination year after year – we’re all guilty of it.

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Battle of the Temperaments

Introverts or extroverts; which category runs the world? Introverts and extroverts are the yin and yang of society, serving to complement rather than compete with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This introvert-extrovert friendship details how the two temperaments can work in tandem to rule the world together! In the words of Sophia Dembling, “extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks, introverts are a fire in the hearth.” 

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Eliciting Change in the Age of the Hashtag

Love it or hate it – or be defiantly indifferent to it – the #TimesUp movement at last week’s Golden Globes has certainly sparked a conversation. Here at MSL, we are passionate advocates for the importance of sharing stories, the value of finding one’s voice and the resulting impact these actions can have. We are firm believers that our individual stories play a significant role in shaping the broader narrative of our shared society.

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Eat, Pray, Yoga: Seeking balance in Bali

Travel has an amazing way of expanding our worldview and forcing us to pause, reflect and make changes for the better in our everyday lives. I try to bring something intangible back from each trip I embark on – whether it’s being reminded of the importance of family after reuniting with long-lost relatives in Eastern Europe; becoming inspired after meeting the local businesswomen in a poor village in the Dominican Republic; or, as is the case with my most recent trip to Bali, changing my worldview about things which are beyond my control.

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Unearthing Another Side of LA

Love it or hate it, Los Angeles (LA) is a city which attracts a host of vehement opinions. With monikers ranging from "the City of Angels" to "La La Land", one-dimensional it is not. Having visited all the tourist traps on previous visits to the city, on this particular occasion I am determined to unearth the real LA, beneath the veneer of Hollywood glamour and luxury.

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Keep Calm and Hygge

Year on year, Scandinavian nations such as Denmark and Norway top the world’s happiest nations list. So what is it specifically about these countries that attract these high scores? These countries continually rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness--caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

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A Role Model of Strength in the Face of Adversity

It’s almost alarming how easy it is to let morning traffic or a train delay derail your mood for the entire day. It often takes sombre news to bring some much-needed perspective to a very first-world problem. For example, when we learn that a fatal accident is at the root of the traffic or that a suicide attempt is behind the public transport delay. In a (first) world where we have access to so much – unlimited food, water, shelter – how have we come to demand so much more? Rather than begrudging those who may be well-off and never failing in their list of demands, I think it’s more important that we celebrate those who do it right. That is, those who come out strong in the face of adversity, exemplifying gratitude at their core. 

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Being a Force for Good (In a World Often Marked by Bad)

I wholeheartedly believe that there’s a positive correlation between happiness and kindness. Despite living in a world that’s more interconnected than ever, we are more disconnected and isolated than we have ever been. How many people do you encounter on a daily basis that you don’t really see? Whether that be on your daily commute, at the gym, or even at the office beyond your self-contained cubicle?

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