Thoughts by The Beach

Today I am sharing a slightly more personal post on the blog, mainly because I have completed yet another chapter of my life and had some time to reflect on the last few years, while keeping the future in mind. Also, whenever I go to the beach I just seem to become rather reflective. There is something about the ocean that is both calming and confronting at the same time. 

That being said, I don’t actually go to the beach very often so whenever I do find myself with my toes in the sand I get pretty excited! This year I really needed a couple of days filled with relaxation on the beach. Not only was it my final (and extremely stressful) year at uni, but also the year that I went on yet another  experience abroad to do an internship in London. An experience that has yet to come to an end, as I landed a job at the same company where I was interning. 

Although the year might have started with quite some tears, anxiety and raised stress levels, halfway through I can luckily say that it was only the first weeks that were difficult. I soon decided to take  my time with my final dissertation (a massive weight lifted off of my shoulders) to focus on the internship and I think I settled pretty quickly in London. Somehow I really feel at home in this city, although it can get quite lonely at times and I obviously miss my family and friends I still can’t picture myself living somewhere else. 

Recently, I have also made peace with being in my (early) 20s. Where I basically cried on my 19th birthday because I didn’t want to leave my teenage years behind (God knows why because there weren’t even that great), now at 21 I feel incredible. Without sounding too full of myself of course, I came to a point where I am actually proud of what I have achieved so far. I still have a long way to go, but I have got many possibilities and the fact that I am still quite young made me realise more than ever that I should also take time to enjoy life right now. I am still focused on the future, but something I have learnt in my 20s is to live in the moment. 

Another thing that I have noticed is that slowly but surely I have accepted my body a bit more (#bodyposi anyone?). Yes, again, I still have a long way to go and still want to improve many parts of my body, but I also came to realise that I only have one body that gets me up every morning. I should love my body for all the work it does everyday, while still looking pretty good! It’s okay to tell yourself every now and then 😉 

Lots of Love,




  1. Aleksandra
    August 14, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I just adore going to the beach – sometime around 5am 🙂 Highly recommend!

    • Savannah Giersthove
      August 17, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Ooh that sounds like a gorgeous time for the beach! The sunrise must be stunning x

    • Savannah Giersthove
      August 17, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      It was really perfect, I can't wait to go back soon! x

  2. Nikki Lund
    August 15, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Reasonable thoughts I must say. I have actually thought I was the only one to have been sad when saying goodbye to the teenageyears. I also went through a couple of years in which I found it very difficult to figure out who I was if I wasn't the teenager I had portraited my self as for so many years. When I finally got past it I realized it doesn't matter how old your are, just as long as you use your time well :-)Kram,

    • Savannah Giersthove
      August 17, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment Nikki, I totally agree with you! We often limit ourselves by creating this idea of who we should be, but the moment we let that go life is just so much more exciting and liberating! Just enjoy the moment x

  3. Kris
    August 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

    What an honest post! I'm so happy you're at a better place now. And congrats on finishing your dissertation!Have an awesome day!xx Kris

    • Savannah Giersthove
      August 17, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment Kris, I am so relieved as well. Let's hope this positivity will continue! Hope you have a good weekend x

  4. Telma
    September 3, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    São Pedro do Estoril, beautiful beach. I am a resident of Lisbon, more precisely in the area of Cascais and I love living here.Beautiful photos :)