words to live by

2015, December, Inspiration

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
William J. Clinton

Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments…Our divine nature comes from God.
Rosemary M. Wixom

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Walt Disney

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Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.
Jennifer Ritchie Payette

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
C. S. Lewis

Here then is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong.
James E. Faust

 

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words to live by

2015, Inspiration, March

“It is better to grope in the dark and wade through a million errors to reach the truth than to entrust oneself to someone who knows not that he knows not. Has a man ever learnt swimming by tying a stone to his neck? So let me go my own way even if it is the wrong one.”
Sudhir Kakar, The Seeker: A Novel

“We must embrace the darkness as well as the light in order to truly understand life.”
Andrew Fairchild

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan

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“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. ”
Vincent Van Gogh

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
Erma Bombeck

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2014, Career, Inspiration, May

// i’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days looking at other people’s lives through facebook and instagram mostly. i keep wondering how everyone has it all together. and i should stop doing that. because aren’t we all making it up as we go along? but i can’t stop looking. maybe this means a social media break.

// i do this ^^ because i’m trying to hide from figuring my life out. i don’t know, i don’t know, i just don’t know.

// i need to be on a beach somewhere reading a book. or sitting in a café in rome drinking something luscious of the iced kind.

// the best thing about today was spending sometime with a lovely boy. he tickles my heart that one.

// back to the life thing. i thought i had a plan. turns out i don’t. i’m in a figuring out phase. it’s been 2 months. and nothing seems to be coming together. i’m mostly referring to my career here.

// this post is becoming a bit of a debbie-downer so i want to leave you with something positive…

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letting go and more lipstick

2014, Januray

i’ve had serious writer’s or should i, blogger’s “block” recently.

i’ve started, typed, deleted and repeated different lines, sentences to adequately describe what i’m feeling, or what’s been going on in my mind.

the connection that occurs between thoughts and fingertips has been non-existent for a few days. you should see me at work.

it might be partly due to that fact that as of january this year i became a guest blogger on world light review, a thought-provoking blog that covers everything from literature to faith and family, art and music to film and social commentary. i felt honored to be asked to contribute to such a positive space, then i came to write my first all-inspiring post and nothing. absolutely nothing. the founders of the blog have been patient with me, allowing me some time to get my thoughts together but perhaps its the desire of wanting to write something epic and fearing that i will fail is what is holding me back.

a bit silly if you ask me. yet. i. can’t. seem. to. get. started.

this is me tonight.

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hot cocoa, my laptop and my thoughts {and shoes} for the last 3 hours.

i’m also freaking out about life. just a little. ya know, deciding on when to move back to england. whether it was the right choice for me in the first place. and dating. oh where do i begin. it’s complicated and not-so-complicated all at the same time. my career? i’m not sure i want to stay in marketing anymore *gasp*. i know. marketing is all i have known for the last 10 years. and what do i feel passionately enough about to switch to? at this moment i. have. no. idea.

what’s going to happen in 2014? i. have. no. idea.

too much? probably.

unnecessary pressure on myself? most likely.

and my brother’s voice just came right into my mind “relax”.

i’m letting go of the reigns and just looking up to say, “ok i’m not sure i get what’s going on, and i can’t seem to make a concrete decision right now, so i’m leaving it up to You.”

i’m a worrier and a little ocd when it comes to planning my life. so when things don’t work out as i thought they would, or as i planned, i get slightly frustrated. letting go is hard, but feels like the right thing to do right now before i spontaneously combust.

all i know is i’ll be heading home this year for sure. i will living in london. i will be visiting new york,  houston, paris, brussels, prague and stockholm…actually i’m not entirely sure about the last two.

talking of which, i will be in houston next thursday and i am very excited to see some family {cousin and aunts}.

you know i mentioned i wanted to wear more lipstick in 2014? i started off by buying mac’s lustre lipstick in syrup. and it’s divine.

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it’s an everyday color, which i have been looking for, for what seems like a very long tedious 6 months to a year. i just couldn’t find the right natural/nude color for my skin tone. anyway wearing more lipstick was inspired by meg from the m{squared}story blog.

this blog post is all over the place tonight. i apologize but i’m kind of ok with it too.

here’s to letting go and more lipstick.

m.

50 years since that speech

2013, August

wednesday august 28th, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of a speech that was both incredible and all-changing by one martin luther king jnr.

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thinking about this today i have felt an overwhelming feeling of one person can make a difference. a big difference.

i am thankful to be raised in a home where my differences were never to be seen as a hindrance. i am thankful for the men and women before me who fought tooth and nail, so that i can be where i am today…

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

read the rest of these phenomenal words here.

when you have something worth fighting for, whether it be freedom, love or peace. never give up. goodness will always overcome the atrocious, the awful and the corrupt.

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react to this term — letting go {day 30}

2013, July

i can’t quite believe it’s day 30 already. where did july go?

letting go is a tricky one for me. i tend to hold on to things, from mistakes i have made in the past to people who have hurt me {and who i have hurt}. sometimes i wish memories could be erased of such things.

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where i have been and where i am is literally like night and day. and now that i am in so much light i wonder why i waste time reflecting on that dark place , wondering over and over again why i took myself to that place. and then my memories take me back. like i didn’t get enough the first time round. but this sums it up well:

“abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive”
bryant h. mcgill

how much more can i receive if i just let go? probably a whole lot more. i can enjoy many more of life’s experiences if i let go. sometimes i do feel like it’s an uphill battle; of forgiving myself, of forgiving others. some of the pain and mistakes still scar my life today. but i guess that’s the challenge of it all. letting go when the scars may burn from time to time.

to me letting go is a process. one step at a time. whether it takes days or years, one step at a time is all i have.

m.