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‘Those Were Yesterday’s Feelings….’

3 Jul

I found this on my cyber-travels earlier today, and I love it. I love it so much in fact, that I am considering making it my personal motto when it comes to dealing with all the little nasties that life has a knack for bringing every now and again. The past few weeks have been a very tumultuous time for me, and it has got me thinking. While I believe we are all entitled to feel whatever it is we feel about certain situations, and have the choice to acknowledge and honor all these feelings and emotions that surface, wouldn’t it be simple, if at the end of each night, before we close our eyes, we simply make peace with our days? And move into the next as a new beginning, as a new opportunity to start afresh, telling those thoughts and feelings which we drag around with us, that they belong firmly in the yesterday, and not in our ‘today’.



All The Small Things…

16 Apr

Small things – our whole world is made up of these tiny little building blocks, and they are to be found everywhere, forming and making up every part of our earthly existence. As part of this month’s topic over at the wonderful Creative Everyday 2011 Challenge, Small, I have put together this series of every day small things and moments I am grateful for. This is to remind me that everywhere I look, wherever I am, whatever I do, there is more to my world than meets the eye, and joy really can be found in the small and simple things!

“All great things are only a number of small things that have been carefully collected together” – Unknown

A single page when bound with many others, brings me the beauty of my notebooks, on which I write the stories of my life, composed by the tiny details of my daily events, all lovingly recorded in small, loopy handwriting all over the lovely lined pages

One tiny berry by tiny berry can I create a healthy body from the inside out, made up of teeny tiny essential vitamins and minerals I can’t even see! But I know they are there when I see the healthy skin and happy glow when I look into the mirror!

The  vibrant petals of the beautiful spring flowers, delicate and elegant, open to receive each new day

Little creatures come out to play in the spring sunshine- the joy of  watching the lady beetle sunning herself on my white-washed window-sill!

The delicate detail on my silver bracelet – those little, hand-crafted swirls are too cute, and make me smile whenever I wear it!

What I’ve been doing for the last 14 days…

14 Apr

I can’t believe it’s been so many days since my last post – it’s like the days simply fly by and I don’t realise where they are all going. It’s now Thursday night, and I am laid up in bed with a head cold – you know, one of those icky head-achy, sore throat, stuffy nose-type ones, which seem to come from nowhere and strike without warning, only to linger around for days without easing. But it’s the perfect excuse I need to write and post this, so no more encouragement needed!

Where life has taken me since my last post:

Have taken myself on a lovely little trip to Glasgow for shopping and bought home loads of goodies, including two pairs of shoes and a gorgeous tailored, very Mad Men-esque black dress. I have only been there a handful of times, but the city itself reminds me a lot of Sydney, and yes, the shopping is fab.

I have finally taken the plunge and both coloured and cut my hair. Getting past my fear of hairdressers and bad hair cuts once again and ending up with something I actually like has made me happier this week!

Have started to tackle the small pile of books that I have promised myself I will read this month. I am carrying a few over from last month, as time has been very limited, but I will get there!

Discovered TED! Full of inspirational talks and chock-a-block of ideas, the TED community is awesome if you are looking for something to make you think, see the world just a little bit differently, or inspire you in your own life. I have listened to a few talks already this week, choosing from a wide topic pool as beauty, politics, business, and science. My favourites have been listening to the inspirational story of Caroline Casey, a remarkable woman with a mind-blowing story who has taken a stand and made a difference despite all the odds, and that of Neil Pasricha, the creator of the totally awesome blog, 1000 Awesome Things.

Continue to write in my latest Moleskine notebook. I find that no matter how busy I am, I always find time to write in my notebook, and carry it with me absolutely everywhere – I just never know when I’m going to want to put pen to paper and either write or draw my ideas, especially when I know I’ll be anywhere near the vicinity of a cozy coffee shop. And this week has been a busy one for ideas! ( More on this one later!)

I have fallen in love with hummingbirds! I don’t know exactly how this came about, but I found a picture of a hummingbird in a magazine last week, and the image of the delicate little thing resonated with me in a very profound way. I have begun to find out as much as I can about these little birds,and have begun working on a series of illustrations of the little guys. I am still in the process of doing up my rough sketches!

Indulging in eating Pink Panther Vanilla Wafers – such a sweet, pink colour, and they taste delish too! And they have a picture of the Pink Panther on the packaging – so childish, but if there is another reason to buy these, then that would be it!

Have been busily looking for my next crafting project. And with the discovery of quilted notebook covers, such as this one that I found on the awesome blog Faerie Acres  ( there are a few others on here as well), I think I may have found the it! I am totally in love with the sweet patchwork and frills!

Work – alas, this one never changes! But I do consider myself lucky in that I may possibly work the best railway route there is – the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line in Scotland. Stunning scenery accompanies us the whole 2.5 hour journey ( and back!) as the train snakes it’s way north up the Scottish coast, and I have been keeping a look-out for seals basking in the sunlight. No luck yet, but there is always hope!

As the week progresses, I hope to blog on my progress on all the little things I have just mentioned, and hopefully this time the amount of time between posts will be considerably less!

A Wise Man Once Said….

1 Mar

Because it feels like I have been away for a while ( which I have, I won’t lie!), I thought I would ease myself back into posting ( at least I can try to pretend I haven’t been away that long) by sharing a few wise words from Lao Tzu, which I discovered on Paulo Coelho‘s blog. I  am a regular reader of his blog, and I have found many an inspirational treasure among his words, and for today, these are the ones, as a collective whole, that have had an impact on me. Enjoy!

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu ( also Lao Tse) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching.

Au Revoir 2010 – Bonjour 2011!

2 Jan

Ahhhh….2010! What a year, and what an opportunity, now that we have welcomed 2011, to reflect on the year that was, and the year that is to come. For me, personally, I never expected 2010 to hold what it did. I somehow managed to accomplish what I set out to do for myself, and am now faced with the task of coming up with a list of more accomplishments to be achieved this coming year.

Setting the goal of leaving my comfort zone, and leaving my country, my family friends, job, and study to relocate to the United Kingdom , has been the singularly biggest decision of my life. I managed to plan, book, and build up the courage to leave behind everything I have ever known, and take a massive leap of faith into uncharted waters. My travels took me to Chile, New York, London, Wales and many other places in between, before ending up in the city of my heart, Edinburgh, which I am currently choosing to call home. I can honestly say they have been the best times of my life. But then the real work was still in front of me. The task of finding a job, a home, some new mates, was enormous, and incredibly daunting at first, as I battled with understanding the language ( same-same, but very different!), the way of life and local culture, and the weather. Finally finding my feet, feeling settled, and knowing that I navigated my way through my own efforts, was a feeling so satisfying, now I look back and still can’t quite believe I somehow pulled it off. All in all, through all the highs, inevitable lows, and lessons learnt,  I made it through 2010, and here I am, at the beginning of 2011, looking down at the long road ahead, wondering what this precious year will hold.

So, it is with excitement and some nervous anticipation, that I have come up with my List-To-Aim-For. Whether I get there, or whether I don’t, whether I change the goal posts, or they shift themselves to take me to a better place, the process of reaching my goals for the year will be an adventure unto itself. One I look forward to with joy,courage, and hopefully, inspired confidence.

  • Sign up for and complete Matador Network’s Matador U Travel Writing / New Media course
  • Enrol and complete Blaze Online Creative Writing Program. I have been writing now for many years, and it is my life-blood. This year it’s time to make it official, hone the craft, and share it with others.
  • Post on this blog once a day for the next 363 days!
  • Travel. Frequently. Every month if possible, and at any opportunity if the wallet says ‘yes’! Am already planning a short visit to Europe in 12 days time – destination still unknown! And am going to the beautiful city of York at the end of January.
  • Plan a 3 month trip to the United States in 2012. Still a while away, but getting organised for this now will make it easier in the future.
  • Begin work on my first novel. The idea I have held for many months is finally taking shape!
  • Expand my ever changing literary tastes to include more poetry, plays, and books that really make me think about the person I was, the person I am, the person I aspire to be.
  • Take more photographs, and work seriously on my art – I am an illustrator at heart.
  • Look for and find a day job I actually enjoy doing, while allowing me enough freedom to pursue my creative side
  • Figure out who my real friends are – separate the thorns from the roses. This is always a tough one, but one I feel is necessary in order to grow as a person. Being surrounded by positive, supportive, and caring people.
  • Get healthy and reclaim my energy levels. Being a vegetarian and following a gluten-and wheat free diet isn’t easy, but coupled with sleep, exercise, and plenty of ‘me’ time, all I am aiming for is balance and happiness within myself.

So now that I have shared my goals and aspirations for the year with you all, I am hoping this blog will be one of may main incentives to keep myself going. I hope to be able to blog my progress throughout the year, and see where the many different paths take me. And to those of you on your own inspired journeys: ” All our dreams can come true, if we have courage to pursue them ” (Walt Disney).

111 Things That Make Me Happy ( because I just couldn’t do 100)

26 Oct

Here are 111 things that make me happy! I know the title states 111 things, but it is a work in progress, as are many things in life – I’m sure that as time goes on, more and more things will be added, as I discover more and more things that bring joy and a smile to my face. I created this list during a period of self-doubt, but creating this list, and re-reading it often makes me smile and realise there are many things to be grateful for in life. Enjoy….and I hope this inspires you to perhaps create your own list too.

  1. Beethoven’s Symphony #9
  2. Being in the company of my little dog
  3. Sitting on the grass in my backyard with the sunshine on my face with a fresh breeze at my back and a bottle of cold water
  4. The smell of freshly cut grass
  5. Beautiful sunsets in summer
  6. Early morning dawn by the beach
  7. Smiling at a stranger
  8. Dancing the night away with friends and a mysterious stranger or two
  9. Kissing someone I love with passion and meaning and knowing the feeling is mutual
  10. Road-trips!
  11. Travelling –anywhere and everywhere-the destination is not important
  12. Sharing a random laugh with friends
  13. Finding the perfect pair of jeans
  14. Spending time with family- doing nothing, just talking
  15. Reading inspirational and curious books that take me by surprise
  16. Sky-high heels
  17. The elegance of pearl earrings and diamonds
  18. Browsing quaint bookstores on lazy Sunday afternoons
  19. Fruit salad with strawberries, mango, and blueberries
  20. Watching mindless, random, but side-splittingly funny comedy
  21. Comtemplating life in Princes Street Gardens
  22. Elephants
  23. Girly D&M’s
  24. Sleeping in on cold winter mornings and being snuggly under the covers
  25. Hugs
  26. My baby niece Taliya
  27. Taking the perfect photo
  28. Yoga –being at one with my body
  29. Praying to God and knowing by faith He hears the petitions of my heart
  30. Candle light
  31. Staring at clouds and imagining their different shapes
  32. The feeling of silk on my skin
  33. Going for a run and feeling the wind in my hair
  34. Walking around the art gallery or museum soaking up culture
  35. Andrea Boccelli
  36. Helping a homeless person in need
  37. The scent of vanilla
  38. Contemplating the beauty of the miniature world
  39. Karoke nights!
  40. Chocolate cupcakes
  41. Swimming on a hot day
  42. Cooking
  43. Love
  44. Gerard Butler in the Phantom of the Opera
  45. Taking personality quizzes to find out more about myself
  46. Bush flower essences
  47. Having the strength to say no
  48. Books!
  49. Riding the scary Ferris Wheel with someone special –just the two of us
  50. Listening to the song of birds
  51. Blowing a dandelion into the wind
  52. Shooting stars
  53. Exploring interesting, isolated places on my own
  54. Walking out of a salon with freshly coloured and styled hair
  55. Red Lipstick
  56. Eating a wickedly delicious meal of whatever I want
  57. Listening to other’s perspectives and experiences
  58. New ideas! And being inspired by them
  59. Learning something new that I didn’t know before
  60. Being spontaneous!
  61. My mother
  62. Drinking a warm cup of herbal tea
  63. Knowing I have the ability to love and be loved
  64. Doing absolutely nothing at all –just me and my thoughts
  65. Posing for silly photos with friends
  66. Summer thunderstorms
  67. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  68. My inner strength
  69. Graffiti Art
  70. Christmas Eve with my family
  71. Buying presents for my loved ones and seeing their faces when they open them beause you know its just what they wanted
  72. Wrapping a present for a poor child and leaving it under the Wishing Tree
  73. Playing card games and winning!
  74. Seeing my dog’s expression once he has gone for walkies –priceless
  75. Walking through powder-white sand
  76. Sketching in my little notebook -even if no one sees them
  77. Meeting someone new and having an instant connection
  78. 80’s music
  79. Bear-hugging someone from behind, especially when they least expect it
  80. The scent of D&G He on him
  81. Chocolate covered Strawberries
  82. Doggy Kisses
  83. 5.00pm on a Friday afternoon!
  84. Sunflowers
  85. Knowing I have my freedom
  86. Figuring out a complex problem all on my own
  87. Having hope, always
  88. Listening to soppy love songs when know one else is around
  89. Doing random little dances for no reason
  90. Crunching on ice cubes
  91. Acceptance
  92. Feeling like I’m part of something bigger than my little existence
  93. Reading travel guides and magazines and dreaming my life away
  94. Knowing I had the strength and courage to do something for myself and leave my home country in search of a new adventure
  95. Re-discovering old childhood favourite books
  96. My secret Peter Pan complex – never wanting to grow up
  97. Writing – my journal is my saviour, my stories are my therapy
  98. Bonfires by the beach with a good glass of wine in hand
  99. Bonding with someone special
  100. Random conversations with people you never thought you’d meet
  101. Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca
  102. Writing in my Moleskine notebooks – the satisfaction of seeing pages and pages of my own handwriting,
  103. Grid Glasses in bright colours
  104. Lazing in front of the fireplace
  105. Seeing moonlight stream through my window at night, and sunlight first thing in the morning
  106. Knowing I had a happy and safe childhood
  107. Special memories
  108. Spending hours writing, reading, and drinking tea at The Elephant House
  109. Wandering around antique markets
  110. Vintage chairs and birdcages
  111. Crunching autumn leaves as I walk through the park