10 Effective Positive Affirmations

10 Effective Positive Affirmations

Ever heard the saying, thoughts become things? Well, Neuroscience has proven that ‘neuroplasticity,' the ongoing remodelling of brain structure and function, occurs throughout life. It can be affected by life experiences, genes, biological agents, and by behaviour, as well as by thought patterns. What does this mean? Essentially, by practicing positive thought patterns (affirmations) repetitively, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are thinking about. Through this practice, we can change the structure and neural pattern of our brain. The key is repetition so you flood your brain with the positive thought. | Follow my Instagram page @iaminaplace for daily affirmations | I have chosen 10 positive affirmations that I believe can help to change your mindset towards life and help redirect your mentality. The key topics are happiness, love, success, confidence, self-esteem, health, peace, mindfulness and inner calm. It is imperative that the environment around you is positive, filled with peace and spiritual nourishment.  1. Happiness is my...
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My Dream Destinations 2017

My Dream Destinations 2017

I'm not huge on New Years Resolutions, but one thing I definitely think about is where I would *love* to travel to in the coming year. Here is my list of the countries (and cities) that I would love to be able to visit during 2017. At the end of 2017, let's see how many countries I managed to step foot into. I have a few months of student life flexibility left and really want to maximise on the opportunity of travelling (whilst writing my thesis of course)!  -Greece- Anyone who knows me knows how much I've been banging on about Santorini ever since a friend visited two years ago. After seeing all her photos and her raving positive reviews, I did some research and came to the conclusion that Santorini is my next go to. Santorini is an island featuring the infamous whitewashed cubiform houses. Not only is Santorini breathtakingly gorgeous, it also hold a deep history based on its formation from...
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Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

The Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017 was released yesterday, and what an inspiring list of 600 young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers it was! I stumbled across the Forbes list release whilst browsing trending key words on Google. The list represents individuals across a wide spectrum of industries including science, music, sports, education and finance. Being a strong advocator of education, STEM in particular, I was exhilarated at the prospect of learning about ventures undertaken by others of my generation. Scrolling through the list (particularly education and science), I was amazed by the sheer talent, drive and innovation the individuals demonstrated through their work. I truly believe that this list SHOULD be showed to students in Secondary School to inspire them and demonstrate the creative aspect of education/STEM. Speaking from experience, I have sometimes felt blocked from being creative in my field. Especially in STEM, there are such high walls when it comes to jumping out of textbook knowledge and into a...
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The Chess Valley Walk, UK

The Chess Valley Walk, UK

Last weekend I decided to partake in a 10-mile walk on a glorious Saturday morning. The Chess Valley Walk is a 10 mile linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham. It passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns' famed chalk streams. My friend came across this walk online and suggested starting from Rickmansworth and walking to Chesham. I've done many long walks within Greater London and the UK, especially this year, and so I wasn't too worried about the length of the walk. We got to Rickmansworth at 10am via the Metropolitan Underground Line. I would highly recommend downloading the PDF map of the walk as a guide, as some points during the walk, there is no Internet Network and signage isn't great. We had planned to pack lunch from home as we didn't...
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How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

As a generation, we consume much efforts to take photographs of things that attract us, to then post them online on social media sites, be it Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I, for one, really enjoy taking photographs, and although I'm not an expert, I'd like to think that I can capture a decent image. Thing is, many people just CAN'T! For those who wish to become professional photographers, there are remote online courses or even part time college courses that one could subscribe to. Here are 5 very simple tips that I have learnt along the way and have led to enhanced photo taking skills. 1. Get a decent camera  I recently purchased a Canon G7X and highly recommend it. Having said that, the best camera is the one that is always in your pocket aka your phone. Most phones these days comes with a good camera with flash and can be used to take good photos. From experience of owning a DSLR, more...
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A Traditional Harari Wedding

A Traditional Harari Wedding

At the end of last month, I experienced my first ever Harari Wedding. Harar is a small walled city in Ethiopia. It is considered the fourth holiest city in Islam, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It is also a city protected by the UNESCO World Heritage due to its preserved historic culture, and deep Islamic roots. Just before I returned home, I sat down with my cousin and we went through all the cultural steps involved when two people wish to get married. Culture plays such a heavy role in every day life in Harar, especially when it comes to wedding proceedings. 1. Nikkah In Islam, marriage is a contract where the bride and groom consent to the marraige. This is done at any point before the wedding. Once the Nikkah is completed, the bride and groom and now Islamically married, and anything that follows from this point is cultural and NOT  of a religious nature. 2. Sirri The elder women of the community make a...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part Two

The third and fourth day in Geneva were disappointing in terms of the weather! It had begun so great with the sun, but this soon became extremely cold thick FOG. It was hard to see just a few meters ahead of you - and I thought the fog in London was bad! Here is my Part Two of my couple of days in Geneva - see Part One to see what I got up to for the first two days. On Sundays, not much is open in Geneva, so we decided to save the outdoor sights for the Sunday. First, a visit to the United Nations Office was absolutely necessary, considering Geneva's stance in the UN. Opposite the UN building stands a 'broken chair' meant as an appeal from the humanitarian organisation Handicap International of the signing for the banning of landmines. Its dignity is meant to represent those that were affected by landmine work and injury. We then visited the Mosque of...
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Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Thinking of a name for my blog caused me so much pain, and led to weeks of procrastination, delaying the birth of I Am In A Place. So what's the story behind my blog name? My name is Amina. My blog name is I Am In A Place. As you can see, my blog name has incorporated my name in a subtle way. It also epitomises the purpose of this blog - to share my location, be it a different city, mindset or place. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some very intelligent and creative people, who suggested a few names for my blog before coming up with this one. Here are some questions that I asked myself and considered when thinking of a name. 1. What do you want you blog to be about? It's very important that you have an idea of what you want to talk about. Be it fashion, travel, lifestyle, cooking etc. Once you know what you wish to...
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