I stumbled upon this awesome video the other day, and I’ve been sharing it with everyone! It really hit a nerve with me, arriving just at the right moment.
I’m a big fan of TED Talks, so to see a popular and inspiring TED Talk re-worked in a simple yet powerful way piqued my interest. It was created by the folks over at Flo & Frank, so I went to check them out…and I was not disappointed!
So, if you are into intelligent, fun, inspiring and tailored content maybe you should check out Flo & Frank too!
See the video here
I know I’ve been a bit quiet lately. And I debated about explaining why. Not because its some drastic event or some big secret, but because sharing the personal stuff makes me uncomfortable…its outside my comfort zone.
But it is for that very reason that I am writing this post, even if (perhaps especially if) no-one even reads it. Because I know how important it is to push through the boundaries we set for ourselves and get outside the comfort zones we have created.
So, I’ve been a bit absent lately because I am in a funk, in a rut and I didn’t really know how to get myself out of it, and what’s perhaps worse, I didn’t really care about getting out of it.
It all started about 6 weeks ago when during the last lesson of a ski trip, I fell spectacularly on a black run and f**ked up my knee. Yeah, it happens. No biggie. But two days earlier, on the same ski trip my mobile phone was stolen. Again, sh*t happens, no biggie, especially because I’m usually a fairly positive person and I don’t let the little bumps in the road deter me from enjoying the ride.
But once I found myself at home, after the worst (or at least most painful) part had passed and I was up walking again, and driving again and life returned more or less to normal…I started to descend into the funk. Yes, I was walking again, or perhaps the more appropriate word is limping. So no more day trips to explore little-known villages, no more 7km hikes through the woods with my dog in tow, no more yoga, no more wayfaring. And whats a Wayfarer to do when they can’t wayfare?!
This injury also meant that I was off work, as my part time job is physical and so requires a state of near perfect health and agility. Now, my part time job is what pays my bills and puts food on the table, its not my passion…so having time off from it should have delighted me, giving me the sort of time off that most people (myself included) only dream of. Time to work on passion projects and side hustles and while I have used the time to study my butt off, without the rhythm and routine of a job and a place to go everyday (and my job is not even a regular 9-5, Monday to Friday gig) I found myself adrift, getting bogged down in the miniature of day to day life.
And then, after my phone was stolen, I decided to go it ‘old school’ with an ancient Nokia I had lying around while I waited for the lasted smartphone to be released and to teach myself to disconnect a bit. But what I didn’t realise was that by not having a camera with me always in the form of a smartphone I was significantly hindering my creative expression. I realised that without the obvious inspirations of travel and wayfaring, my remaining inspiration was in the spontaneity of daily life and nature, whether it be human nature, animal nature or mother nature, and I didn’t have a camera to capture that.
My first attempt to pull myself out of this rut was to get organised. I had recently gone off to-do lists, but I thought it was time to bring them back….with little success. I am a goal oriented person, so being able to strike items off a to-do list usually gives me a certain sense of satisfaction. But it also lets me confuse busyness or productivity with worthiness, which isn’t a good thing. I am more than my to-do list. I am more than what I can get done in one day (especially when some of those to-do list items are 2 loads of washing and pick up dry cleaning).
And so I realised I needed to focus. Not on the tasks that needed to get done (of which there are many), but on myself. With this abundance of time on my hands and the removal of my job, my routine, my ability to wayfare and express myself creatively, is it any surprise I felt lost? Without the usual demands, both physical and mental, is it any surprise that my idle mind started attacking itself?
I made a commitment to up my sporadic meditation practice to a daily ritual. I started reading Brene Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly‘. I re-watched Gabby Bernstein’s Free 90 Minute Live webinar. I got up every morning, showered and got dressed to start each day with purpose (and get out of my pyjamas!). I signed up for an online Brush Calligraphy class I’ve been wanting to take for ages.
And slowly, step by step, these small things are pulling me out of that funk, out of the rut. By nurturing myself instead of getting caught up in all the things I’m suppose to do. All that stuff on the to-do list, it will get done sooner or later. But I realised that right now I have a unique opportunity to take care of myself. So thats what I’m going to do.
Famous for his children’s books like Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and The Grinch who stole Christmas, Giesel created whimsical and timeless worlds and characters that sparked the imagination and ignited joy and laughter in all who read or saw them, both young and old.
In his rhyming way he was also a master of words with his extensive works providing a plethora of inspiring and wise quotes about life and love.
Being a big fan of quotable as well as imagination and creativity, Dr. Seuss’s words have always had a huge impact on me, never failing to bring a smile to my face with their simplicity and proud insight.
Below you will find a collection of my favorites in honor of Dr Seuss:
// “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
// “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered”
// “The more that you read the more things you will know, the more that you learn the more places you’ll go”
// “Be what you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
// “Today you are you and that’s truer than true, there is no one alive who is you’re than you.”
// “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose”
Do you have a favourite Dr. Seuss quote? I’d love to hear it.
BYE BYE SOCIALITY BARBIE
I love Instagram, I really do. But sometimes the curated perfection can get you down and that’s why I love an account that keeps it real, tells it like it is or adds a dash of humor – no matter how cynical or sarcastic – is a welcome relief to my feed.
And so I am sad to see my of my favourite accounts, Socality Barbie, closed today. After months of secrecy, the account’s creator has revealed her identity and claimed her work – poking fun at the “authenticty” of curated Instagram posts and the manufactered hipster lifestyle particularly in America’s Pacfic Northwest – complete.
The account will be kept open for a few more days before it disappears from Instagram forever. So, if you havent already, this is your last chance to check out and enjoy this clever and amusing account that never failed to bring a smile to my face.
FMSPHOTOADAY // Alphabet Month – Week Three
I got my groove back this week, really having fun with the letter prompts and getting creative!
Although did did skip ‘Q’ – I thought of turning my (four-legged) assistant, Lilly, into a ‘Queen’, but that seemed a bit obvious, so I spent the rest of Wednesday on the look out for things that were ‘quiet’ or ‘quirky’ and found nothing! Oh well =)
Here’s a recap of the days I DID complete:
MONDAY 19 // O IS FOR…OATCAKES
THURSDAY 22 // R IS FOR…ROMANO DI LOMBARDIA
One week to go, follow or play along on Instagram!
FMSPHOTOADAY // ALPHABET MONTH – WEEK Two
I have found this week a bit more difficult! Life is getting in the way a bit and I haven’t been taking time to be grounded in the moment and be inspired by the little everyday things that make this project so fun. With this in mind, I’m going to try harder this week. But here’s a recap of week two….
MONDAY 12 // H IS FOR…. HIKING
WEDNESDAY 14 // J IS FOR…JUMP
SATURDAY 17 // M IS FOR…MUSIC
Don’t forget to come and play along or follow my progress on Instagram!
FMSPHOTOADAY // ALPHABET MONTH – WEEK one
So, I finished week one without missing any days and I am having so much fun! Here’s a recap
FRIDAY 9TH: E IS FOR….EVERY COLOR OF AUTUMN
SATURDAY 10TH: F IS FOR….FLOWER
SUNDAY 11TH: G IS FOR…GREEN GRASS AND GUMBOOTS
Looking forward to week two! Come play along and follow us on Instagram.
Photo a Day with Fat Mum Slim
I’ve been playing Fat Mum Slim‘s Photo a Day off and on now for years. I think its a great way to be both creative and mindful. The prompts provide the inspiration and each day you start to take notice of all the little things around you that you can use to interpret that prompt. Its a great way to live in the moment. And its a great way to improve your photography skills, taking a bit of time to think and plan your photos, rather than just capturing a moment in time.
This year FMS Photo a Day prompts have gone weekly, rather than monthly as in previous years, to help out all those peeps who can’t commit to a whole month, I guess! I have found the opposite true for me personally, but as October is ‘alphabet’ month just like last year, I’ve decided to commit to Photo a Day for the whole month of October! I’m going to do my best to post everyday and not play catch up, but I can’t make any promises =)
Alphabet month is also a great time to start playing Photo a Day for the first time as the prompts are very easy to interpret and allow a wide scope of creativity. So come along and play this month, joining the huge online community of photo-a-dayers even including celebs like Pink, Dannii Minogue and Holly Madison!
You’ll find all the details on how to play and where to share your pics on the Fat Mum Slim blog.
MONDAY OCT 5TH // A IS FOR……AIRPORT SUNSET
is to limit
– Oscar Wilde –
Some great advice from the great Oscar Wilde for your Monday…the sky is the limit people!!!