life lately + blog everyday in july

2014, Blogging, Career, Culture, Family and Friends, Food, Inspiration

i’ve finished two books in 2 weeks and had it not been for work, i would have finished them sooner.

in my last post i talked about the rosie project (graeme simsion you genius you}. i decided to buy the fault in our stars, hesitantly might i add as i always am with books that are films and ‘all-the-rave’. but it blew me away.

‘that’s the thing about pain. it demands to be felt.’

how true in this? probably my favorite quote from the book. and i don’t have it with me right now so i hope i haven’t botched it.

i’m currently reading what alice forgot and i’m dying to know it all already.

the book-worm in me is oh-so-happy.


can you believe tomorrow is july? the year is flying by! but july means it’s my birthday month! i still get a little bit excited about birthdays. it’ll be my 29th which means a year from 30. when did that happen? but then i have a feeling i’m going to be saying that a lot more as the years go by.

last year i did the blog everyday challenge for my birthday month and as i love traditions i thought why not carry it on?! thanks to great blog posts dotted around the world wide web, i’ve come up with 31 topics for the next 31 days. and here is the list to give you a little taster of what’s coming:

  • Day 1, Tuesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
  • Day 2, Wednesday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic).
  • Day 3, Thursday: Favourite things on the internet from the past year.
  • Day 4, Friday: Favourite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it.
  • Day 5, Saturday: A letter to 16-year-old me.
  • Day 6, Sunday: Perfect day in the {home} office.
  • Day 7, Monday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of.
  • Day 8, Tuesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
  • Day 9, Wednesday: Your summer book reads.
  • Day 10, Thursday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.
  • Day 11, Friday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less.
  • Day 12, Saturday: It’s my BIRTHDAY!! Share favourite birthday memories. 30 things before 30.
  • Day 13, Sunday: A hard lesson learned.
  • Day 14, Monday: Guest post.
  • Day 15, Tuesday: Today in pictures.
  • Day 16, Wednesday: The meaning of HOME.
  • Day 17, Thursday: Profile an Etsy shop or a local business.
  • Day 18, Friday: A BIG DREAM.
  • Day 19, Saturday: Five of your favourite bloggers. + what you love about them.
  • Day 20, Sunday: A diary exert.
  • Day 21, Monday: Make-up must-haves.
  • Day 22, Tuesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbour or boss does that really ticks you off).
  • Day 23, Wednesday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you.
  • Day 24, Thursday: Favourite apps and why.
  • Day 25, Friday: Last 10 photos from your iPhone camera roll.
  • Day 26, Saturday: Name 3 things that you do in order to be happier, 3 things to be healthier, 3 things to be wiser
  • Day 27, Sunday: Interview someone
  • Day 28, Monday: 100 things to do in the summer in England.
  • Day 29, Tuesday: On being 29.
  • Day 30, Wednesday: Write a Less/More list.
  • Day 31, Thursday: A giveaway! and a thank you.

here’s to birthday months, blogging and summer fun.



on what i’m reading

2014, Culture, Inspiration, June

i’ve started reading again and it’s oh-so-glorious. i had forgotten just how delicious words are and how much devouring them feeds my aching soul.

{and it’s only aching because i’ve. needed. to. read.}

and now that i’m feeding this hunger, this need to escape in words; i am beginning to feel satisfied.

or shall i say my soul is.

not the undo-your-trouser-button-because-you’ve-eaten-too-much satisfied. no.

i mean the THAT-was-the-best-meal-i’ve-ever-had-and-to-over-eat-would-be-to-ruin-the-experience kind of satisfied.

the savor-every-mouthful satisfied.

i don’t know why i’m resorting to food analogies to describe my recent reading experience but now you know my obsession with books.

and food

#bookworm #foodobssessed


the rosie project is brilliant. funny. heartwarming. delicious {we should use that word more often}. chuckle-quite-loudly-to-yourself-on-the-train kind of hilarious actually.

a dazzling read. it’s going on my favourites list.

i guess i should talk about the content of the book right? don is the main character and i fell in love with him from page 2. maybe even page 1. watching his life from his perspective as he looks for a wife *the wife project*{he’s 39 and lives his life by schedules and systems}, his relationship with rosie {who is totally unsuitable and turns his systematic life upside down}…it’s both fascinating and brilliant, i guess that’s what makes me {and maybe you} root for him from page 2 {or page 1}.

i used a lot of {these} in that utterly poor description. here go to amazon. i tried. articulating words into coherent sentences is not my strong point today. or this week really.



attend to your soul

2014, Career, Inspiration, June, Religion

what would you do if you woke up one morning in a pool of your own blood? what happens when you have been to the doctors and all they can tell you is that your cut eye and broken cheekbone was a result of collapsing from exhaustion?

for arianna huffington that was a reality.

talk about a wake up call.

exhaustion. a cut eye and a broken cheekbone from exhaustion.

when i was thinking about a catchy ‘this has got to have meaning’ sorta headline for this blog, i knew i had to use the word ‘soul’. i think attending to one’s soul has a great positive impact on our lives, if not the greatest.

it took arianna huffington waking up in a pool of her own blood to recognize this. getting to that point to begin to understand what mattered most to her. and getting 4-5 hours of sleep, missing important events in her children’s lives {and so on} was no longer worth it. she began to unravel her soul {at least that’s what i’m calling it}.

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while i am only a few pages into the book, i already felt just that more rejuvenated.

yes. perhaps these are things i already know. but i need to hear it again. and again. and again.

people often say that motivation doesn’t last. well, neither does bathing. that’s why we recommend it daily.
zig ziglar

i’ve started my ‘attending to my soul’ journey by reading more. i used to be a book worm. and well, i need to go back to that.

it’s part of who i am.

next up, yoga.

call it meditation, call it prayer. whatever you call it, attending to your soul is becoming increasingly imperative in our ever-evolving technology-infused world.

i’m not a motivational speaker. and i’m not a book reviewer.

but i firmly believe in attending to your soul.

and all the difference it can and will make.

of course i absolutely had to buy a book and get it signed…

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words to live by

2014, Inspiration, June

i’ve shared this piece before. but on this monday in june, i unapologetically share it again.


after a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.
and you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
after a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
and you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…

veronica a. shoftshall


weekends with your sis{ta} mean…

2014, Family and Friends, Food, June

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croissants & herbal tea breakfasts.

power talks & book signings with arianna huffington {really}.

endless laughter. in sainsburys.

talking. about everything & nothing. over delicious food.

no judging. what-so-ever.

nights in with pizza and a film.

being able to feel at home. without being home.

“things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend”
bill watterson

too true.

thank you alison for a much needed fabulous weekend.