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Outfit Post: Catania Harbour and Thoughts on Avoiding Burnout

Catania Harbour

Sitting on the harbour wall in Catania, Sicily was a little slice of heaven.

I just got back from the Etsy Captain’s Summit and we were talking about burnout and how to overcome and avoid going into overload and crisis. Something that really struck a chord for me was when we starting talking about peak experiences.

A peak experience is a moment where you felt at your best, like you were doing well, life was good, you felt content and just “ahh”. I recognised the feelings we were talking about straight away as that’s exactly how I feel when I’m travelling.

Outfit Post at Catania Harbour

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There’s something about heading off to a new place that just gives me a happy heart and I think the act of travelling brings me a whole bunch of the things I need to keep going. My fuel, I guess. Travelling gives me:

// A moment to switch off, not completely, but so much more than I ever would at home
// Constant inspiration from my surroundings
// A fresh start, you don’t have bad memories there, you don’t get distracted by the negatives. The beauty stands out so much more
// Time. For sure with city travel you are always on the go, but there’s time to do the things that you love – eating amazing food in incredible places or spending hours taking photographs
// Quality time with the people I love. I mean actual quality time, not just existing together in our busy lives.

Thoughts on Avoiding Burnout

Autumn Outfit Post at Catania Harbour in Sicily

Sitting on the harbour wall in Catania was one of those moment for me; Switching off and admiring the beauty of my surroundings with a fresh mind where anything was possible. Just taking our time, enjoying some lunch, taking photos and just wandering or sitting. Spending time with each other talking or just being side by side. Just looking back at these photos makes me feel a little bit calmer.

So in the absence of having the time and money to be able to travel every week, somehow I need to bring Catania back home with me. I need to find a way to see the beauty again in the places that I see every day and I need to make myself take my time more and do more of the things I love. I need to spend time with friends and family without stress and distractions and the biggest challenge for me will be learning how to switch off.

What are your peak experiences? What do they say about the kind of things you need to avoid burnout?
Loves x xx

Quality time at the harbour in Catania, Sicily

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Traditional Sicilian Food: Cannoli & Arancini

Cannoli, traditional Sicilian food

On every single corner in Catania there was a cafe serving cannoli to enjoy with a nice strong espresso or a selection of arancini balls to pick up as a put-you-on snack. We were totally taken by this traditional Sicilian food.

OK, so here was our mistake… although they look like light snacks, both of these dishes are actually really filling so when we opted for large sizes and had them both during the same coffee break we were absolutely stuffed! Arancini balls are packed full of rice, oozing with cheese and a ragu sauce (although you can get different fillings, these are the most widely available). I was really unsure of how to eat mine, as you will see in my travel diary video from Sicily next week (subscribe, here!), but in the end I just opted to bite the top off and let the filling flop out. It was messy, but soooo delicious. I could really eat one right now.

Arancini, traditional Sicilian food

I’m definitely more of a savoury person, but Stu loves his puddings so we decided to order a traditional cannolo with a ricotta filling and sprinkles of pistachio on the sides and a chocolate cannolo and share them. Both flavours were super rich, though the chocolate one more so and even Stu thought it was a bit too much for him. The tubes are a hard pastry shell and the cream is thick and gloopy inside. I thought these were spot on to enjoy with a good strong glug of Italian espresso though, the perfect opposite to their creamy sweet nature. I would definitely choose these again, but maybe go for the smaller size next time.

Prestipino is a cafe spilling out onto Piazza Duomo in Catania, serving traditional Sicilian food with tables right in the square. It was a fun place to sit and enjoy a break from exploring with the crazy sirens of their fire trucks whizzing by and the sun disappearing behind the incredible architecture. Man, I want to go back!!

Loves x xx

 

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