Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Brad, burns and bottlenecks

At the risk of feeling like I'm back at school (which oddly enough I am), I decided against blogging due to the flash flooding on Dean St. So, being the safety first girl that I am; I took a breather. The mission drive through the floods was well worth it as I treated myself to the new Brad movie. Baseball never looked so good..but in all seriousness it was a good movie, well written by 'The Social Network's Sorkin. It reminded me that sometimes opportunity knocks on our door, only to make us more aware of the ones that are closer to both our home and our heart. On that note, a girly dinner is awaiting my presence...adios amigos.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

fake it till you make it

Was having a coffee at my local this morning and one of my yogi friends commented that I was living a 'rock star life'. I guess you could say that it really isn't too far from the truth. My mum always did used to say that I had a 'champagne taste'. But I think that's important, letting the princess or prince side in us out, more than just on 'special occasions'. When working in a casual position, it can be even more of a challenge at times. Which makes the rewards even greater. My new lease on life, so to soeak has come about through the underrated pursuit they call goal setting. After a beautiful yoga workshop yesterday (try dru yoga if you have not done so yet), this was our homework. To sit and think about the important goals in our life - mentally, physically and spiritually. It keeps you accountable and working towards all the desires in our hearts. Hence the title of this blog. Yeah, I am taking singing lessons, it's not at the moment something I receive money for...but fake it till you make it honey. As the song says, we are all rock stars x

Friday, 25 November 2011

ordinarily ordinary

Expectations. The plans that I had keep on changing..what is the message in this? Going with the flow for me has never been my forte. However, I think there is a lot to be said for it, as it's where life happens really. The saying goes that the only certainties that exist are death and taxes.  But I think there is something else, that gives me comfort in tough and uncertain times..things pass. Change is a constant and when you resisit it, the experience is really quite ordinary. I think that's all I really want to say tonight, as the process of change for me at the moment has left me a bit spent. Have fun taking flight fellow butterflies.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

You are beautiful

Yes that's right. You. Say it out loud (changing it to the first person of course). Put it on your mirror. Heard a singer use these words in one of his beautiful tunes as the sunset was having its own show outside. It reminded me of how much beauty there is in each of us. Often times this gets overlooked or minimalised by our thoughts and actions. So sometimes we need a little reminding. The odd treat for ourselves doesn't hurt either. There is a beautiful book called 'The Artist's Way'. One of the tasks in the book is to take yourself on an 'artist date' regularly. Mine is often a movie, as this is a safe bet. But I also have come to realise that the more we give ourselves a good shake up...i.e. doing something that ruffles your feathers. Mine tonight was going to a gig on my own. Was great..fear is only a facade. So have fun starlets and go get your feathers ruffled. xo

Sunday, 20 November 2011

flying fairy dust

Apparently fairy dust can only make you fly if it is accompanied by a happy thought. So spoke my singing teacher, paraphrasing the words of Robin Williams' Hook. It did the trick, as my notes finally took flight and were no longer caught in my throat, so to speak. It's the same old thing of taking one's own advice. I teach teens about the importance of empowering thoughts, but sometimes overlook pruning my own garden. And it's a lot of fun, the happy thinking game. Brings you back to the innocence and freedom that is just part of your nature as a small child. My happy thoughts in singing class were full of faraway places and magic, possibly conjured up by the 'Hook' reference. Taking on a creative pursuit is one thing, but really stepping into it and having fun is the one small step that makes all the difference. So sleep, as Shakespeare would say 'perchance to dream'.

fairytales and folly

What it is about a white dress and a diamond ring? It can make us feel weak at the knees and bring tears to our eyes. Or is that just me...? I've come to realise, however, that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to weddings and 'forever after'. I can't find it in a little blue box. Even though it is interesting trying. Fairytales are great. As a kid, my favourites were 'The Last Unicorn' and 'The Neverending Story'. The idea of a happily ever after set in a magical place had me transfixed in its world of wonder. Growing up to be a big kid, advertising preys on these fantasies. It's no mistake that many women fall for a Tiffany diamond. The advertisement of the damsel being whisked off her feet and made to feel special by a handsome prince had us at hello. I'm consciously trying to avoid the creeping cynicism that I can feel...I love romance, there is very much a place for it. Even more, a need for it in a somewhat switched off society. What I don't love is that at times, we are not encouraged to read the fine print. Everyone else is doing it, why can't I? In reading the fine print I have learnt that being the odd one out is ok. It's not about having the boxes ticked at a certain age. Going against the grain should be the new norm. Find and follow your own heartbeat ladies, we are all princesses. And there are indeed many princes out there, just don't go blindly where angels fear to tread. Sweet dreams xx

Friday, 4 November 2011

flying away

Off to the big bad city tomorrow that I once called home. The thing I'm looking forward to most is jumping into the ocean and then soaking up some sun on the sand. A coffee from my favourite little cafe will also go down nicely. I got asked the other day if I was going to stay in my 'fish out of water' country town or return home. I don't think I want to be in a smog filled home anymore. That used to really scare me as it was really all I knew. Stepping away from it, some would say running away, gave me a chance to breathe again. Don't get me wrong, I miss some of the dear friends and of course my family..but I just think it was and is too much of a payoff. I love the fact that in a country town, life is a lot simpler. Ironically it has also provided me with more opportunities. I got a job offer today for a London position..which was something that, up until a while ago, I had my heart set on. Right from where I'm sitting now, it's really the furthest thing from my mind. Simplicity brings space...I always thought I wanted to keep running around and finding new things. Now I'm really enjoying the answers that can be found in stillness. Namaste and may you find some time to take some deep breaths today..wherever you are.