December Time

(I asked around, and apparently most people say December, 1st.)

It's time to turn around another page in our calendars and realize that December* has arrived and it didn't come alone. Christmas, family time, fairy lights, traditions, decorations, food, holiday songs and creative gifts are some of the items that December brings along on its red and fluffy backpack. On another month, all of this would be a wild rollercoaster to deal it, but not on December. Oh, no! We love this rollercoaster - we are ready to jump on our seat and we don't mind getting nauseated every once in a while - we will always find neutral ways to make the nausea go away.


Spoiler: this post was written under the influence of kindness.

The definition of kindness does not change much if you overlook it in different dictionaries. Overall, everyone believes that kindness is the quality of being generous, friendly and considerate towards others. Its easy definition and catchy key words, however, are not directly linked to a greater use of this attribute. You don't need to reach further into your conscience to point out at least one of the many excuses human beings use to explain the lack of kindness in the World: being busy, being stressed, being worried, being angry, sad or tired, forgetting it in general. However, if you ask those same people what they feel when they receive an act of kindness from another person, it is more than likely that they will name at least one positive emotion. Because that is what kindness and love and consideration do to people: they make you feel good about yourself, they make you feel loved, they make you reach for that true smile hidden amidst seriousness. So, if it is scientifcally proven that something is good for you, why not get it on a regular basis? Not only that, why wait for someone to give it to you when you can give it to other people and still experience happy emotions?

23 things I learned until I turned 23

The moment you are born, you learned how to breathe. When you are 1-2 years old, you learn how to walk and how to express yourself. When you are 5-7 years old, you learned how to read those beautiful stories you were once told at bedtime and find out you too can write down your dreams. Life is full of learnings - both good and bad - and they are part of the box that makes you who you are, what you love and what you dream about. Things that work as your shield, things that make you smile, things that help you get through sadness and things that make you feel a happy bird. And that is what I am going to talk about today.

Five minutes with... Inês

Wanderlust... It translates into something that means a lot to me.
(Inês Almeida, 2014)

When the idea of having a blog was still struggling with finding coherence in my mind, I stumbled upon Inês' Facebook. She had just published some photos from her new work and, as always, I was amazed. So an idea crossed my mind: why not interview her? Ever since my love for analogue started to blossom, she has been one of the few people I look up for how capture the most beautiful moments.

The day I interviewed her, I had one of the most wonderful conversations about life's challenges and adventures. As I read her answers over and over again, I felt proud. Proud that I chose her to be the first person I have interviewed for Oh Kori.

Inês... It was a honour to interview you.

25 resolutions.

In the last hours of the remaining year of 2013, I did what I do in the end of every year: a summary. If you know me, you know how much I love doing summaries, for I believe they are one of the greatest ways to feel better about yourself and your achievements. So I sat down on my bed, grabbed a piece of paper and a pink pen - tradition - and I started rambling. Two pages and so many giggles later - "Getting a pat in the head from Yoda" - I had my 2013 summary finished. Thirty minutes before, I thought I wouldn't write half a page and, guess what? I had experienced more than I thought I had. So I finished my summary with one wish - "Please, 2014, make me happy!". And in those last few hours of 2013, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to keep being happy - or happier, if possible - during the year 2014.