Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wow, I didn't post anything for over a year! OK, so here's what I've been up to....there has been much dressing up and celebrating. Georgia and Abby turned 21 and 18 so we had lovely parties at home. It was also Abby's last year of high school! I turned 48 a couple of weeks before Christmas, and it just occurred to me on a walk the other day, that I can now officially say I will turn 50 next year! lol...bring it on, I say! Here's to a magical and adventurous 2015

 My niece Brittany also turned 21, so we had to have a girls' tea party with dress ups of course!

And lots of delicious food to eat...

Georgia turns 21!
Abby is 18

I'm still practising yoga...

We took a much needed family holiday to Bali 

Went wonderful places with beautiful friends...

Got creative...

Finished the year with a beautiful Christmas day with my family

So, that was my year in a nutshell - wow, time sure does fly by. Perhaps I shall not leave it so long to pop in here to say hi x

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Colour My World

Over the past few years, I have fallen in love with colour all over more playing it safe for me!   I need to be surrounded by colour to inspire and uplift me. Slowly it has seeped into my decorating, and my choice of clothing, and it makes me smile to be surrounded by glorious colour. 

I have been creating vignettes around home, and there's something comforting about lighting candles and burning incense which creates a lovely sacred atmosphere. 

And springtime has arrived here so my roses are blooming like crazy, and it makes me happy to pick them and bring them inside to fill vases with their delicious old world scent. It is so satisfying to know that something I planted with my own hands rewards me time and again with an abundance of fresh blooms.

I am still teaching my yoga a few times a week, and exploring my own practice and continuing to learn more and more about this ancient practice. It is so rewarding to find something that lights you up from the inside, something that makes you want to learn as much as you can, and then share that knowledge with others.

I continue to meet so many amazing, like-minded souls on this journey. It really is true, as Joseph Campbell once said "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."

And while we are on the subject of following your bliss, yoga really has helped me to find my centre, and to say no to anything which insults my soul. It has also taught me to be fearless and to say yes to new experiences, and new challenges. 

I have met some wonderfully creative and inspiring friends through this crazy cyber world, and I am grateful to them for opening me up to a life I only dreamed about. A colourful, eclectic, artful, interesting, stimulating and fun life.

You all remember Miss Jo from Old Flowers 4 Me - this is the day we went out for lunch and met my favourite artist, the wonderful Mirka Mora!

Mirka is so cheeky and fun, we even managed a little photo shoot in bed with her...(I hope I am this playful when I am her age - she is in her eighties!)

The ridiculous look on my face is because I was SO excited to meet someone I have loved for ever! (The champagne was to calm my nerves, ha ha)
 This is the gorgeous Amanda and Coco - these girls are so fun! I love that they live their lives out loud and in colour!

Then a few days ago, it was off to visit another artist, this time Lin van Hek, who does the most beautiful paintings of women, but also makes gorgeous clothing - the pink silk jacket I am wearing below is one of hers. 
That's Lin on the very left of the picture. We sipped tea in the kitchen of her gallery and listened to her wonderful tales about her interesting life...

As usual, my apologies for not blogging more often. I was inspired to write this post tonight because another gorgeous artist friend of mine has started one. She is the divine Miss Elspeth and I couldn't possibly write a blogpost about colour and not mention her! Go check out her art - it is incredible and I am so incredibly proud of her!

Also, my beautiful faraway friend Melissa asked me to blog again. I have to show you the gypsy wind chimes she made, infused with magic from her own fingers, which are now hanging proudly above my kitchen table! I LOVE them!

So I hope that my rather long post has more than made up for my absence.

"Be the song that makes you dance. Do what excites you, live with your arms wide open, and watch everything else fall into place..."

Monday, June 24, 2013

This Too Shall Pass

It seems that once again, I have been absent for way too long. I have just not felt inspired to write here. I look back through this funny little blog, and it seems so much has changed. I will forever be grateful for everything this little space has brought me...beautiful friendships, a place to share and inspire, and an incentive to be creative.

I have been so busy in my new life as a yoga teacher...a whole new world has opened up its doors to me, and it seems that I have fully immersed myself in this exciting new world. Teaching is very rewarding, but also it is hard work. I am passionate about sharing all that I have learned through my yoga practice, and so there is also much learning and personal growth to be had.

These past couple of weeks have seen me floored with this awful flu. I have had no choice but to not just slow down, but completely stop and do NOTHING! If nothing else, I have learned to honour the wisdom of my own body, and the messages it holds.

This winter has hit me quite hard, and I have had some old wounds reopened, which forced me to look within, yet again, at what I needed to heal. I'm pretty sure this flu was the universe's way of getting me to just stop and begin that journey inwards again...more healing, more growth.

And, along with feeling unwell physically, are the feelings of depression which inevitably set in, so these past few days I have been feeling really sorry for myself (it's ok, it won't last), and I am reminded to just BE with those feelings, without trying to shove them aside. So I have allowed myself to watch sad movies and to read sad articles, because I need to really FEEL what I'm feeling, so I can exhaust those feelings then move on (rather than pushing them down so they manifest as physical or mental illness later on).

It's funny the old self-awareness which I now cultivate. That I can observe when I am responding and reacting a certain way. I'm not saying it makes the feelings any less difficult, but it certainly allows me to acknowledge that "They too shall pass".

So I guess this post is about honouring your feelings - all of them - the good, the bad and the ugly. Because no matter what we may think, EVERYONE has all of these emotions - that's what makes us human. 

And from the depths of my despair, a bright spark of light, a burst of creativity which has eluded me for some time...a poem, written feverishly without thought. It flowed from my pen in under 2 minutes, so I include it here, unedited...

                    She was not one to follow the crowd
                    She preferred instead to explore the intricacies of
                    her soul
                    It beckoned her within
                    Tantalising her with it's sweet repose.
                    A quiet, calm oasis to rest her weary self
                    When life had battered and bruised her
                    And caused her to retreat into her shell
                    It was safe there.

                    No-one to please but herself
                    Here she licked her wounds
                    and healed her scars, so that they wouldn't show
                    She clung to uncertainty
                    It kept her afloat in a sea of doubt.

                                                                 Tina Gates

Can you believe this is the beautiful space I get to teach yoga in - I am truly blessed x


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Divine Tea Party

How to host a decadent afternoon tea party with gorgeous Goddesses....

Step One - Send out a beautiful invitation which your lovely friends will not be able to refuse. 

Step Two - Rope in some help in the kitchen...

These girls made THE best sandwiches.

And provided plenty of laughs in the process...

Step Three - Set a luscious table of goodness (and go pop on a frock and a flower in your hair)

Step Four - Welcome your lovely visitors with a big smile, a glass of iced tea with strawberries (or perhaps a glass of wine, wink)

Step Five - Eat, drink and be merry!

Step Six - be sure to leave some pretty props around for impromptu photo shoots!


Step Seven - plan to do it all again sooner than soon.