Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday - Yay!!


It's the most wonderful time of the week. The weekend! I have loads of work to do, but it doesn't make me any less enthusiastic. Jozi winter sunshine makes me feel so much more excited about winter. You have to spend some time, nicely bundled up in the sun, with a yummy pastry and a steaming cup of tea.

What are your plans for your weekend wherever you are? I'll be roasting a chicken at some point, but I do plan to have loads of fun wherever I am this weekend and whatever I get up to. Perhaps another pilates class or a yoga class...or one of both...

I'd love to get stuck into a new book as well. Perhaps try my hand ;) at writing one even? A girl dreams.

A fledgling little entrepreneur that I am, means that the budget is limited, so no spa treatments for now, but it doesn't mean that I can't do a little home treat. Love a little at home treat though, regardless. I'll be trying some of these, especially since I love me some olive oil.

Enjoy the downtime you beauties. Oh and don't make too many appointments. Commitments are the thief of weekends. Choose wisely.

xx

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday thoughts

What do you want to do with your life? I want to make beautiful handbags. Leather, fabric totes with leather handles and all sorts of beautifulness. Why am I doing what I do I ask? Strategy, consulting, where do I start? At the very beginning might be a great place to start.



Key question is though, where is this beginning that we so often speak of? Best I find it and soothe my soul perhaps. For fear I will stay wondering and being slightly lost.



What is one of your deepest, most sincere dreams? What would you really love to do and get your hands stuck into? I do feel like consulting is the purgatory of really tortured closet creatives and fearsome dreamers. It's where we often go to wait and lie in the quasi comfort or medical aid and pension funds and routine that claws at our inner recesses. Staid thinking that takes us to a very dark place in fiercely lit office building with too little natural light.



Take one step, even a little step like you're testing out the water with your big toe, before you jump into the pool. A toe, becomes a foot, becomes a shin and ideally, we can go head first into the vast pool of our dreams and most earnest capabilities.



Go out there you beauties.

Just try!

Listen closely to yourself, you know where you're going.

Dance little dreamers!

xx


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Threads

I'm keen for a new wardrobe, but since my budget does not align with my wishes,I have to be original with what I have in my wardrobe, which if I'm honest is not all that paltry.

Loving these looks for winter here in Joziville. I wish I had more tartan/plaid in my wardrobe though. That would be perfection.

How are you liking these looks?






A little colour to brighten up a chilly day.



Bundle up little buttons.

xx

Monday, May 26, 2014

Well DONE!



I realised just now as I instagrammed a pic of my most epic green juice that I've ever made , that I never ever say well done to myself. I never acknowledge doing something well, when I may just have done just that, done well. How the hell can I strive for excellence, when I don't acknowledge it when I myself may gave just done something great. Seems kind of contrary to the point right.

Also my good friend just called me to say thank you for doing something for her. She went on to say that I am so efficient and professional and if I'm this good with my friends that I must have really lucky clients and they must be spoilt. I did my usual, I brushed it off and redirected it. You see I'm not so good at attention and praise I am. But it just dawned on me now as I was writing this post, that that was an incredibly lovely thing to hear a friend I've known since we were 13 say about me. Well done me right?! Eek!

Do you give yourself praise where it's due dear readers? How many times do you just take even the teeniest tiniest moment to just acknowledge when you've done something well?

Well today is a pretty darn good day to start. At the end of today, I task you to find at least 5 things that you've done well today. I'd love it if you let me know what some of them were. So comment away. I'll let you know mine. Also if someone praises you, say nothing else, but Thank You.

Oh and if you're into juicing...use swiss chard instead of spinach, it's tasty magic.

Happy Monday you beauties

xx

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sunny Saturday


Dream kitchen inspiration from here


The best thing about winter in Joburg is that it stays sunny. So you're not so sullen to wake up on a Saturday morning, because the sun still rises with you.

Recently I've got out of my funk and I've got back into my kitchen. My truly happy place, so it's really good to get back in.

My new experiment of choice is Saturday Brunches...Two weeks in and I like where this is going.

I chose my new apartment, because of the kitchen. There is more than enough space for me to do the running man from end to end and any variety of my wildly uncoordinated dance moves without injuring my rather long limbs.

Here are my attempts so far...Maybe you can try them out for Sunday brunch. Or whenever, such a treat...

Morning Glory Oats a clear winner last weekend. Super yum!
Tried these toasts today sans dill and added mint and garlic to my peas (going to work on presentation though)

Feed your souls you precious ones.

Happy weekend

xx

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday wonderings


Go boldly in the direction of your dreams and deepest wishes. Let faith be your guide! You surely can.

Big hugs (we all need a  tight squeeze)

xx

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pen to...

Who the heck knows at the moment. I love to write, but I've been doing far too little of it lately. Actually for quite a while now. I think I think and feel better when I write things down. From a neat to do list with my favourite pens in one of my many note books, to noting quotes and ideas down in my "note" on my iPhone.


From here

It's been said that the best way to write is to get writing.

Perhaps that's what I should do....

Daddy has it kind of engrained in me that to do something, one needs a qualification to do it. I have a degree in English as a major, but now I've been thinking what else do I need to bolster this qualification. Perhaps me actually getting writing and putting it out there. First step right? Hihi

I found some courses on line... It would be wonderful to go to a tour of all the great writers haunts in Paris, but that would be wonderfully self indulgent and I'm not too sure I wouldn't get caught up between cafes and crepes and the the wonderfully cobbled side streets of the 'city of light.' Quelle beauté.

Reading the NY Mag online the other day, I stumbled upon their higher learning link. On there I found a writer's course, online option of course, because I don't know anyone who will pay to fly me to NY to study. A girl can dream. So here I sit wondering about whether I should try out one of the online courses at Gotham. mm.. Here is something else for me to ponder.

An important lesson I need to learn that will get me into action at a far greater pace and with a far greater hit rate is to remember that, "Done is better than perfect."

Perfection is often my standard and stumbling block.

What are you thinking of going for you lovely little bloglets?

Stay warm if you're in Joburg, but do venture out and chase your dreams wherever you are.

xx




Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday

So today getting out of bed has been a task. Also I just feel hazy and tired and frankly I just want to take my duvet with me wherever I go today. My protective shield in a sense. From what? all the questions that reality poses, that I am frankly in no state to answer. I know the answers, sometimes saying them out loud makes them real and that is often something we are afraid of. Because when it's real, it forces you into action.

Here's the question for the day or maybe for the year? A real stirrer this one is. Brace yourselves. Don't read it if you're not ready to answer it and do something about it.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Weekend

Perfectly packaged (source)
It's the most wonderful time of the week :) So happy to finally arrive at Friday to unwrap the beauty that is the weekend. Yay! A full week that blitzed through as much as it dawdled to an end. Some bigs things happened this week. As did some great little things.

What are your weekend plans? Whatever they be, may they be wonderful.

I've been very reflective lately. Well more than usual, but thinking more about good stuff instead of stressing myself out into a frenzy in my head. Been on a positive thoughts tip lately. Good direction for my head I say.

Here are some beautiful little finds from the inter webs for you to have a look at:

"Often much truth is told in jest" - Thank you Sarah Silverman
I've literally just chopped all my hair off, but you may find this advice handy
"But why are they only taking girls?" I've been asking the same thing.
Even we single gals need this wisdom in our arsenal
So many bags to covet from & other stories
If I read nothing else this weekend, I need to read this, about going the distance

Happy weekend

xx



Best believe!

From here

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hello Tuesday you beauty



The sun was shining brightly today. So I can't be sullen or in a bad mood. Terrible things happen sometimes, yes of course, but well let us just leave them where they lie and look up and move on. Preferably with a big smile on our dear faces.

Gratitude is where I am at lately. Oki dokes, where I am headed.

We have so much to be grateful for. By gosh do we ever. If we all started counting even the littlest things that we can be grateful for in an hour, my goodness the list would really be so long. Here's my little activity for your day.

Just stop yourself at different intervals in the day today, whether it is every hour or at different junctures in your day and just think about what you have to be grateful for.

I'll be trying it to. I was chatting to my sister yesterday and we were talking about how we can find ourselves complaining a lot and really talking about all the yucky stuff happening, but in reality, that is not the bulk of our lives.

If we must count anything, let us count our blessings.

Happy Tuesday beauties

xxx

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Please do.


I'm not a mama yet. I've been yet to be given this most precious and perfect blessing in life, but when the day comes, oh my.. I have no words.

I am an aunt though and I love my little bundles of boundless joys. Oh and thanks to my darling bestie, I have been a Fauntie(Friend- Auntie) for the past 41 most magical weeks of my life so far.

Happy mother's day to my mother and to all the wonderful Mamas and mamas to be out there, that I know and love.

xx

Friday, May 9, 2014

Be brave!



That is my theme for my day today! Actually I think I may just carry it through with me for a lot longer! Seems like a great companion through life.

It's easy to think about bravery when you face the break of day atop your little Vespa-rina.  Great way to start the morning I must say. Sunshine on my face and in my eyes(since I forgot to don  my sunnies).

It just settled on me as I whizzed through 8am traffic, travailing across some intersections with sleepy drivers, it settled on me like a warm, protective shroud. Be brave was what it was. Don't know where it came from, but I'm grateful.

It's Friday you beauties and a really bright one in a lovely sunny Joburg. Loves it. Some fun work to do and some important decisions to make or rather execute. Hence I have to be brave and take the plunge into what I really want to do.

Be wishful and wistful this weekend.

xx

From here



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May it be everyday

May it be this way more often than not.
Today we voted in South Africa. 20 years on in this thing called democracy. Young though we may be at it. Only the second time I'm voting ever, which is still novel and a little bit of awesome.

May you feel the sunshine in your soul more often than not.

Sunshine and smiles xx

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