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How To Clean Up Your Relationships in Eight Easy Steps
07 Apr 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

It's not just your life that needs some decluttering this spring. Your relationships, be it with yourself, the people around you and the things in your life, could benefit from some cleaning too. Check out the 8 ways you can do just that this season and beyond!

by Helena for SweetEscape in Cape Town

1. Get Playful

The sun is out, the breeze is wafting... it's time to go out and play! Revisit hobbies from your childhood, buy a colouring book and splash colours all over them, run with your dog at the park - do whatever that makes you feel good. Look for the humour in everyday situations. Make up silly dance routines. Laugh more!

2. Enjoy The Quiet

Once you've had all the fun, it's time to dial it down and enjoy the quiet. There is so much needless noise in this world, and this is the perfect time to declutter that as well. Lie down and give silence a try! Mostly because it's so rare, and thus, beautiful. And while you're at it, listen to your inner voices and learn something new about yourself.

3. Ditch Toxic Friends

We all those pesky friends who just can't resist to start up an argument at every turn or make offhand jokes that only leave you irritated. Un-commit to any friendships that are leaving you feeling bad about yourself or unnatural, and stop gossiping with them too. Leave all that toxicity in your past!

4. Do A Digital Detox

While you ditch toxic friends in real life, do the same in your digital life. There are always those friends who keep airing grievances on political matters or inciting hate speech. And if you feel like using social media makes you feel worse about yourself, consider taking a social media break to reduce the ‘noise’ in your life.

5. Learn To Say 'No'

You do realize you don't have to say 'yes' to everything, right? If you feel like staying in on the weekend to catch up on some reading or cleaning, you can refuse your friend's invitation for brunch. Remember that Dr. Seuss quote: those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!

6. Treat Yourself

And we don't mean eating yourself into oblivion! Schedule time for a mani pedi, haircut, wax, massage, whatever it is that will make you feel polished and your best. Go green at home and buy yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers, buy an air-purifying plant or grow a herb garden in your window box. Keep it clean and fresh - inside and out!

7. Do You - Only Better

Ditch the practices that you’re not loving, and find the self-love ideas that bring you the most joy. Stop going to the workout that you hate and find one more pleasurable. Quit watching TV for hours a night and instead get more sleep. Fill yourself with love and appreciation for what you have in life!

8. Shake Up Your Routines

Visit a local farmer’s market and try some unfamiliar ingredients you haven’t cooked with before. Sign up for a new fitness class. Get up early and watch the sunrise. Take the scenic route to work – bonus points if you manage to walk, bike or roller blade to the office. Take a new approach for the tried-and-true, and you'll be surprised to find out the new perspective it brings!

by Helena for SweetEscape in Cape Town

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!