Inspiration. Motivation. Love?

These are the things I struggled most to find during the year that I’ve been here. It’s been one hell of a ride and the journey and memories that we all faced will be ones that we can never forget.

Yet if there’s one thing I’ve learned this amazing, terrifying, and awe-some experience is that self-reflection and patience are some of the most important things to master. Meditation, forgiveness, and self-forgiveness are some of the key elements in surviving this critical time in our lives where we finally discover who we are, and why do what we do.

All of us will struggle in our own way, some will fail, and others will achieve the highest of honours, but as I’ve come to understand it’s not about the downfalls or the expectations that we fail to meet. It’s about the ability to learn, to grow, the never-ending journey that defines who we are.

I still learn every day, or try anyway. One of the most useful lessons is simply this; take one day at a time. Life will hit you like a bitch but finding happiness in the simplest things will change your entire perspective on the phenomenon we live each day. A smile from a passing stranger, the friends we can rely on, and the fleeting moment…. Of knowing there’s help when we need it.

I wish I could say that things would get easier once we graduate this semester but it’s the absolute opposite. Life is about to get much more complicated in every single factor but that’s why we came here isn’t it? To equip ourselves with the necessary tools to deal with those difficulties that will eventually find our ways.

In part self-discovery is one of the most difficult challenges that may come our way. It’s still the most important… and once we find it? The rest comes naturally.

Peace, love, and respect to you all.




Isn’t it weird how the smallest things can have the biggest impacts? The other day I was cooking what’s called Kraft Dinner (I’m pretty sure they don’t have that here in the UK), which is just cheese and small macaroni noodles in my small kitchen.

When I finally sat down to eat and took in the aroma of my KD a flush of memories hit me from back in the day when we begged my mom for some Kraft Dinner – especially when she cut up hot dogs and threw them in. Sauce it up with some Ketchup – Delicious.

Yet still I can remember all the times when we sat in my kitchen eating the stuff, from the time it was just me & Mum, to moving into our big house with my step dad, to now when I could show my English roommates who had never had it before.

The flood of memories came back and made me think of home and how far away I truly am these days. It may be time for exams but the holidays are just around the corner and I know that there will be some people sticking around here with no one to celebrate – thinking about home the way I do now.

We might be busy now but those memories are soon going to hit us all when we finally leave the exam hall and can take a deep breathe of relief in.

I hope you all have those small reminders because in the end those are the ones that are the most important, the little connections that we all live for. It’s going to be a stressful few weeks but I hope everyone finds time for those memories that we’re here for, and for a second, take a breathe of relief.

Love as always,

Ty Javos


Time is a funny thing isn’t it? One day we can’t get enough of it and the next we feel like we have enough to completely let go and not worry about the next in-coming second.

When we’re feeling good it feels like we have all the time in the world and not a single care to waste on it – and yet sometimes we feel like time is crushing in on us holding us down like an anchor.

For me as a top-up student with only one year at the university it always feels like time is running out. Despite being November my mind is constantly wrapped around the fact that I’ll be leaving next year homeward bound, waking from the dream that was England.

Yet there are still too many things to do: travel, school, and a never-ending social life. The concept of time crashing down on my head is a stressful one at that so why should I let it weigh me down and distract me from living in the moment?

It’s a fact – none of us have enough time. So if that’s true, why waste precious time thinking about it? We should appreciate the time that we have, the time we spend with others, the time we spend with ourselves, to grow and evolve as people – the people that we came here to become.

Time should be celebrated. Time should be spent cherished, and loved, and most of all – enjoyed.

And it’s time that we start making the changes necessary to achieve our hopes and aspirations, to make our time here valuable and useful.

It’s time to make a change; it’s time to start living.


Your friendly neighbourhood Canadian.

Reflections at lunch time

At the beginning of the month, I was comparing the main differences between Brazil and England, with a friend of mine. Later that same day, I realised how intriguing it is to analyse the cultural differences between here and any other country. For example, I’ve been here in the UK for approximately two years and it was the first country abroad that I’d ever been to, so I always had a limited mind-set due to my lack of experience. Everything I knew about the UK was from people’s view or facts.

As soon as I arrived here I had the opportunity to develop my critical thinking. I became deeply interested in politics, history and philosophy, which allowed me to have a bigger picture of why the world is how it is. Consequently, I became more critical of every aspect of life, since one subject connects to the other. Although I do not know everything, I am more willing to learn and to discuss.

Recognition and critique were also the actions that created the well-developed country that the UK is today.  People in modern society often forget to be glad for the positive aspects of living where they do. For example, England is considered one of the safest places to live and it has great public transport availability, however the people still sometimes complain about the facilities.

I believe one of the most powerful weapons a person can possess is critical thinking. People, especially the youth, like me, need to be able to analyse and judge the information they are been exposed to, so better life decisions can be made.