Books I’m currently reading…

 
I needed a pick me up so I ordered some books off Amazon to give me a burst of inspiration.

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My April Favourite Books

1. We Should All Be Feminists// Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche – This is an inspirational short read about why we should all be feminists. Beautifully written.

2. The Little Book of Confidence// Susan Jeffers – This book is literally so tiny and therefore easy to pop in your bag when you need a hit of motivation for the day. It is a book that you can read over and over again for that little bit of advice that you need to be able to tackle the day.

3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff// Richard Carlson – This is my all time favourite self help book. I always find myself coming back to the book over and over because the message that the author postulates is a question that I will always remember whenever I start to worry… “will it matter in five years?” and the answer is always always ‘no!’. So don’t sweat the small stuff because it really doesn’t matter in the bigger scheme of things.

4. Change your Thoughts, Change your Life // Wayne Dyer – I haven’t finished reading this as of yet but I am loving this! You can change your world if you change the way you think. Easier said than done but it gives you the fundamentals as to how to achieve this.

My Rules for Living (Some of them) 

   
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1.  Learn how to make your favourite restaurant dishes, even if they don’t taste as good as the original.
2. Know when to move on
3. Be like water flowing effortlessly through your environment
4. Be very picky when choosing friends
5. You should not expect something from cheap people
6. Make yourself a brand
7. Realise happiness is not something you obtain
8. Do not let fear dictate your life
9. Manage your expectations
10. Never let them see you sweat
 
11. Quit planning and just take action
12. Make someone’s day everyday
13. Find one good thing about everyday
14. Remain in love everyday with yourself and find new ways to love yourself everyday
15. Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before
16. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer
17. Recognise that if something is a struggle or challenging, then it’s causing growth
18. When you help others you help yourself 
 

My late 2015 post..

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Let’s start off with saying Happy New Year!

Next, I realise that I have neglected my blog – mainly because I have been quite busy but honestly that’s no excuse. I am not one for adhering to making new year resolutions but I am for growth (at any time of the year).

The book with the Eiffel Tower on the front is where I have been writing inspirational quotes. I have literally filled the pages with hundreds of motivating quotes and sayings. There was a night where I was feeling like crap and I started reading the quotes that I had previously written and felt that my spirits had lifted. For my quote sources, I use Pinterest. It is my favourite social networking tool and there are plenty of images to lust over and to use for inspiration.

I think it’s a great idea for anyone that can get overwhelmed with what life throws at them and I encourage everyone to the same or something similar. It could be anything. A photo album, inspirational collages/pictures – whatever tugs your heart strings or motivates you to a higher plane.

My blog will get a whole lot more busy this year… I promise myself.

Have a blessed day xoxoxo

What is Love?

 

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  Love is a slow kiss goodnight
It is anticipation.

Love is an imperfection in yourself not bothering you.
It is acceptance.

Love is passing up an opportunity because the time isn’t right yet.
It is patience.

Love is a back massage that starts above the hairline and ends around the innersoles.
It is exploration.

Love is not having to say, “Let’s make love”, because you know what the other person wants.
It is understanding.

Love is being given an honest chance to say no when you thought you were committed.
It is consideration.

Love is saying the perfect phrase to make a solemn embrace dissolve into giggles.
It is humor.

Love is being told, “Stop and I’ll kill you”.
It is desire.

Love is reviewing the damage to your living room and realizing personal effects are strewn in a clockwise pattern from the front door to the bedroom.
It is abandonment.

Love is seeing what your lover really looks like for the first time.
It is truth.

Love is knowing what time it is and not caring.
It is joy.

Love is the arms around you tightening their embrace.
It is ecstasy.

Love is telling a person, if you have to leave, you will let them sleep, and being told they would rather be awakened.
It is tenderness.

Love is waking up to find the subject of the dream you were having asleep on your shoulder.
It is where fantasy meets reality.

Love is being there to wake your lover……..slowly.
It is sensuousness.

Love is belatedly knowing why you bought a king size bed three years ago.
It is practicality.

Love is two people only taking up a third of a king size bed.
It is closeness.

Love is knowing you gave the extra set of keys to the right person.
It is trust.

Love is saying goodbye and knowing you will be back by mutual consent.
It is faith.

Love is stretching your arms and discovering the real meaning of the word “sore”.
It is a lesson in human fragility.

Love is opening your medicine cabinet and finding your toothpaste turned into a pretzel.
It is adaptation.

Love is sitting at the window, looking out, and remembering who you were with the night before.
It is reflection.

Love is hearing the weather forecast for a winter storm, and wishing you could spend it in bed with your lover.
It is loneliness.

Love is stories that will never be told.
It is personal.

 

Embracing Your Inner Child

When you were younger, the world was limitless and infinite. You could be anything and anyone. You could dream up places and fantasies that were undeniably possible. You lacked fear, you were fearless and no one could tell you anything. What happened to that child? What happened to YOU!

As we grow, the realities of the world and how it works dawns upon us. We are no loger fearless but in fact we fear everything and everyone. We care what people think of us, we watch what we say, we are careful what activities we partake. We place limits on EVERYTHING. We have instances of big dreams and how we can achieve them but we soon doubt ourselves and our abilities again. If only my younger self could help me out of the rut that I sometimes feel I am in.

Listen to her… Listen to him… Listen to what they are saying…

“Remember when you didn’t care what people thought about you… it didn’t even cross your mind.”

You embraced creativity…”

“You loved to laugh, you weren’t afraid to cry, you weren’t afraid to demand what you wanted”

“You made friends easily… You were intrigued by people.”

“You asked many questions… you weren’t afraid to ask.”

We all have different experiences but no one can deny that the possibilities are endless when we think like a child. Not childish but childlike.Image