Wednesday, 31 August 2011

To do

Thought for today:

Today, make sure whoever you come into contact with doesn't go away empty handed.  They should feel that they've gained something from the interaction.

Find something to share that will benefit them and make them feel better.  It doesn't have to be a physical object, it could be an encouraging word, a solution or even a positive thought or a good wish.

from Innerspace

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I like this quote, and by the way, the reason I write the quote of the day every morning is so I remember it and therefore try and do something positive with it!

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To do today (some things to catch up on)

  • Renew library books.
  • Organise home office space.
  • Do food plan for the week.
  • Go go the gym.
  • Choose blog name.
That's all folks.

A cool article:

Revolution in America | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

YAY!

I shifted 4 kg/ 8.8 pounds this week, over the last two weeks that is 7 kg or 15.4 pounds, over a stone, YAY!!  I am trying to keep optimistic about loosing more weight, but I doubt it will be as fast as it has been...time will tell.

As I am home now all snugly and warm after a hot shower and a good scrub, I don't really feel like going out again.....I have a little bit to add to my to-do list and I can cross off some too:

  • Gym.
  • Renew library books/go library.
  • Read.
  • Organise office space for college starting soon.
  • Pay credit card bill at the bank.
  • Put leaflets up for Embrace in West Norwood.
  • Visit the charity shops in West Norwood.
  • Research the Embrace leaflet for this weekend/start designing.
  • Put a wash in.
  • Bake bread.
  • Relax! (I want to take a long bath, exfoliate, cut my nails etc).
  • Buy some body moisturiser.
  • Hoover
  • Dust room.
  • Food plan and shopping list for the week.
  • Update diary!

Much To Do About Nothing.

Thought for today:

Some of us have a talent for melodrama.  We blow things out of proportion - creating 'dramas' out of little things.  All this can get a little too exhausting, for us and others.

Try steering your Inner Drama Queen away from over-exaggerated emotions and over-reactions.

Being a drama queen doesn't have to be negative, we all need a little bit of flamboyance.  Use your dramatic tendencies to share funny stories, entertain others, to relieve stress and promote stronger interpersonal relationships.

from Innerspace

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Friends have called me a drama queen in the past, and I think I definitely was.  Recently I have started to realise when I think other people are being drama queens over nothing, so maybe that means I have replaced my drama queen streak with calmer thinking?

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Oxford was lovely yesterday, we made roast chicken and watched Knowing....errmm, I thought the beginning half was good but I didn't like the ending. 


There are lots of small bits and pieces to do today:
  • Gym.
  • Renew library books/go library.
  • Read.
  • Organise office space for college starting soon.
  • Pay credit card bill at the bank.
  • Put leaflets up for Embrace in West Norwood.
  • Visit the charity shops in West Norwood.
  • Research the Embrace leaflet for this weekend/start designing.
  • Put a wash in.
  • Bake bread.
  • Relax! (I want to take a long bath, exfoliate, cut my nails etc).
  • Buy some body moisturiser.

Better get off....(if at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again)



Monday, 29 August 2011

Last Minute, Late Start.

I had a call from Oxford last night inviting me up there for the day today, so I am just about to go and catch a train!

Yesterday, I found some jobs I would like to apply for. but I have to fill in long application forms, so I will do that tomorrow. Everything else can wait.

To do today:
  • Eat healthy good food.
  • Cheer up my friend!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Who the F**k Do You Think You Are | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Who the F**k Do You Think You Are | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Where is the sun? Life is good.

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles - Charlie Chaplin
 
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I didn't like the original quote of the day sent to me, so I choose the above.  Troubles come and go, one day you can be completely consumed by one trouble and the next day struggle to remember what it was you where worrying about! 
 
Taking small steps and not rushing yourself is usually the key:

A bit like this song from the white stripes:
 

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To do today:

  • Call Kate (I text yesterday).
  • Read.
  • Decide on name for new blog.
  • Hoover house for my mummy.
  • Dust my bedroom.
  • Plan week ahead
    • LWT admin.
    • Leaflet distribution for Embrace.
    • Meet Lauren.
    • Embrace leaflet designs. 
    • Charitable project idea(s).
  • Find 3 jobs and apply for them. 

I am just about to go to a BBQ (even though it's raining) and then I'll hopefully get these tasks done when I get home this evening.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Done did.

I have done nearly all my to do list today! YAY.  I am going to leave dusting and hoovering for tomorrow as I am absolutely knackered and still going out tonight. 

Just cooking chicken noodle soup for dinner, yum!

A cool song, I love the faces the women makes and the way she sounds when shes rapping:

Wizard

Thought for today:


Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.
--Anne Frank


Anne Frank had good reason to be unhappy, full of fear, and deeply discouraged. Years of her life were spent in a small apartment hiding from the Nazis who wanted to destroy her and her family.

Yet even in this little hiding place she had happiness. It was something she had inside which did not depend on what happened around her. She had riches of the heart. She had faith that kept her going. She had love and concern for her family and others, which made even a restricted life very rich with feelings. It is tempting to believe that we will be happy when we have something outside ourselves, which will make us happy. But happiness is not something we have to find outside; the seeds are in our hearts already.

What happiness can I find in my latest setback?


from Today's Gift by Anon

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A good quote, Anne Frank was one of the first 'grown up' books I read, which my dad got for me, I really enjoyed it.

I definitely believe that happiness is in the soul, it takes hope and faith to be happy and also to remember that even when you are down, the feeling will pass.

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Yesterday was not such a good day for me! I had a good morning, although I was feeling a bit tired (I think it was the sugar I ate before I went to bed) I started my day well, put a wash in, posted the ebay packages, did some rubbings of tiles for my mum and tidied up my room.

After that I felt very down and didn't have the drive to do anything!  It was probably a mixture of feeling tired and then starting to think about the past so much that I was becoming obsessed and really trying to beat myself and put blame on to others. I tried hard not to give in to the sinking feeling, so I had a nap. BAH BAH BAH, anyhow, now I am feeling much better!

What happiness can I find in that set back, I feel like saying, none.  I suppose that I got to research a bit about my under eye dark patches and some homeopathic remedies too.

We got pizza delivery with buffalo mozzarella (I was really sick last time I ate cows cheese) and watched Wizards up to number 6, which I think is great.

To do today:
  • Get some strong omega 3, primrose oil and probiotics (to help my under eye darkness, and as I have to eat a low fat diet due to gallstones I think essential fats are missing).
  • Look at the underwear on sale in debenhams.
  • Get some new earphones. 
  • Go to the gym.
  • Go to the embrace bramble bashing day, which is 1 - 4.
  • Hoover.
  • Dust room.
  • Call back Kate.
I have already sent some emails to friends I made whilst I was away.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Good Morning

Today's Thought:

When it comes to my feelings about the past, I might have found comfort in telling myself that I did the best I could at the time. Knowing this probably helped me get through some tough times and deal with my feelings of guilt.

Today, when I find myself feeling guilty about something I've done, I can still remind myself that I'm doing the best I can. With all my knowledge, growth, healing, and willingness, I will still make mistakes. I'm not perfect, nor do I strive to be. I'm doing the best I can do, day by day.

Today I will remind myself of this anytime I feel bad about something I've said or done.

from Time to Fly Free by Judith R Smith

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In the past I have beat myself up so much about little mistakes I have made in work (and I really do mean the tiniest mistakes), and some other bigger mistakes like talking down to someone because I reacted instantly instead of thinking before I replied.

It can be hard to let go, but it is way healthier than holding on and picking on yourself, I remember doing it to the extent where I could think of nothing else and in a sense it ruined my day.  Life is about living, mishaps can be learnt from and then forgotten about!

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Success rate on yesterdays tasks: embrace work - finished, frog video work - not done, as the videos don't seem to have been uploaded properly, but I managed to set up final cut pro in preparation! I completely forgot about doing the hoovering, tided up my room and instead of the gym I cycled to and from Kings Cross.  Not bad, not bad.

Patten cutting is in its very beginning stages, we have identified the fabric we are using and how much we need and have drawn a idea.  Now we need to make a mini patten and mock up, then a real size mock up and then the real thing. Patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue!

For lunch yesterday I made a tasty lentil soup, oh yes and I also made some bread, which I am going to have with boiled eggs for breakfast this morning.

With regards to my other to dos, I have been learning how to use adobe illustrator using free tutorials here, and have decided that I want to have a drupal or word press website, does anyone know of any other good blog servers? Ideally I would like drupal as then I will learn how to use it and have better search engine options...

To do today:
  • Research/make Embrace leaflet for next weekends event.
  • Write up charitable project idea.
  • Put a wash in.
  • Get organic chicken and some noodles for dinner (I am making chicken noodle soup).
  • Post Aaron's ebay sells on his behalf :)
  • Go to the gym!!
  • I would like to try and use the screen printing kit and do some more origami, but I will have to see how the day pans out.

Some photos I took of my beautiful godchildren:









I love this song, it reminds me of driving in a car with my dad and being extremely happy, love you dad x

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hobbies

Thought for today:


If you don't have any loyalty to what you are doing, you ought not be doing it.
-- Tom Harding


We understand loyalty to friends and family members, but does loyalty to an activity imply the same thing? To be loyal to an activity means to stick with it even when we hit the inherent snags. Let's consider a hobby for instance. Are we so frustrated when we can't track down a particular stamp or seem unable to complete the 5000 piece puzzle that we consider quitting the activity in disgust? If so, we probably lack the loyalty that Tom alludes to.

Each of us has to consider for ourselves whether or not we value this kind of loyalty when it comes to the "extra curriculars" in our lives. We're not failures if we decide to drop some hobby for another one. Sometimes we can't see that some interest doesn't fit us all that well until we get deep into it. What's more important is that we remain loyal to our values, whatever they are. When some activity loses its appeal, for any reason, and we continue to stay with it out of shame or embarrassment, we're not being loyal to that which is most important - ourselves.

Today, I'll ask myself if my hobbies suit my true interests.

from Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

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An interesting thought for today, as I have been obsessively getting up and writing my blog and to do list and doing origami for the last couple of days, I remember when I was a child, I would obsess about whatever painting I was doing or thing I was making to the extent that I was so excited when I went to sleep so I could get up the next day and be creative! 

I never thought I would be the same, but I seem to be feeling the same now - although I am starting to wonder how long my happiness and commitment will last for.

Hopefully it won't run out.

On the other hand, when I have started projects or courses in the past that I though I was interested in, but I gave up, it wasn't always because I lost interest, but because I was too stressed to be loyal. Now I tend to push on a little more!

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Ok, so yesterday wasn't so successful in the terms of getting my whole to-do list done.  I didn't go to the gym, but I did bump into a friend with whom I had coffee, there I found out about grants I can get for studying international development and have been advised to get in touch with some friends of my friend - this is great news, if I can study and come out of the other end without debt, that would be great.

I finished the embrace leaflet:


Ideally I would like the leaflets to look a bit less amateur, but I suppose I am a beginner so I can't expect too much!

The library was a failure as I left my oyster card which had all of my library cards and money in my rucksack, which Aaron borrowed - the same thing has happened this morning.

My friend Esther is going to come round today and we are going to do some pattern cutting (she's an expert) and make some lentil soup, hopefully it will be a successful day as I have lost my patience and temper when trying to cut patterns before.

I edited and posted photos last night.


Great news!  I have been asked by the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation project to put together a video for them.

During the day I did the food shopping for the week, I spent £45 for two people and that's including breakfast, lunch and dinner for about 5 - 6 days.  And I also got organic wholemeal flour and plan to make some bread.  

Dinner last night was vegetable lasagna:





To do today:
  • Embrace work.
  • Look at videos sent to me by Angie, start thinking of ideas.
  • Pattern cutting.
  • Hoover house.
  • Tidy bedroom.
  • Gym.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Some edited photos














When folks have allotted themselves a task and work together in unison, they escape unhappiness.
--Emile Zola


from Night Light by Amy E Dean

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Working in unison is exactly what I think the world needs to do to create simplicity, sustainability, end loneliness and promote green living. 

It seems although consumerism is designed to try and make humans work, buy, buy stuff to relax with, sleep and work again.  Then when we meet with friends, according to advertising we need to look our best and "are worth" buying new items to look "best". 

In my opinion if we could break free of extreme money making and spending to work together we could break the consumerism spell and make positive sustainable changes therefore creating a happier world (yes even without the HD 3D TV).

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My to do list from yesterday is complete! I went to the gym, found out I lost 6.5 lbs/ 3 kg! Edited and posted a origami video.

And my acetate origami needs improving, here is a initial try:






I met with an old friend for dinner last night, in Balham, and then went to the Balham Bowls Club pub to do the pub quiz.  We didn't win and now I want to be able to revise and retain as much information before next week, so I can go and win, although if I am realistic, I don't think this will happen.

Recently I have been reading, crafting or blogging late into the night and waking up early, including this morning, so I am feeling a bit tired and I am not sure exactly what I want to achieve today, so I will make a not so sure list

To do today:

  • Meet Selena
  • Edit photos.
  • Charge camera batteries.
  • Make some more acetate origami.
  • Open up and look at the screen printing kit, maybe do a print or two.
  • Finish Embrace leaflet.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Go to the library.

Other things that need to go on my to do list for general future (in italic is added):

  • Research/idea map changing my blog to another server with a new design.
  • Read.
  • Make a dry mix for bread to use as a bread mix.
  • Apply for 3 more jobs (6 in total this week).
  • Acetate flowers using the felt flower tutorials.
  • Use fabric printer. 
  • Update my google reading; whittle down the information I am subscribed to and try to read on a regular basis. 
  • Have this weeks and next weeks leaflets ready for Embrace.
  • Attend the Embrace events.
  • Type up charitable/not for profit project ideas. 
  • Look at free photoshop and adobe CS3 tutorials.
  • Come up with short film ideas to do with Lauren.
  • Dig SLR camera out and learn about it.
  • Apply for photography course that runs one evening a week.


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

I did it!

Ok, so a great start to the day for me, I went to the gym and I found out I have managed to loose 3 kg, just over 6.5 lbs - nearly half a stone, in one week.  I am very happy and impressed that cutting down on sugar and eating healthier sized meals really does help. Now I feel inspired for the week to come.

Also I managed to edit an origami video

video

And I updated my linkedin profile and joined twitter!

Portrait of Me.

Thought of the day

When you finish a task, do you respond with "what next?"

If you throw yourself into the next task on your list, you'll most likely drive yourself to exhaustion and reduce the quality of productivity because to-do lists are unlimited.  There's always more to do and more that can be done.

"What's next" can be a quick (5 min) rejuvenating break.  Breaking up your tasks with the occasional short break will prevent exhaustion from taking hold.


From Inner Space daily email.

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It's interesting that I got this email today as I have been feeling a bit run down, I think I got a cold, and I had been thinking about fitting in a lot more me time this week.  This morning I emailed the London Wildlife Trust and said I wouldn't be going on site this week and am trying to arrange to help them with some admin work from next week. 

Unfortunately I tend to feel guilty for having me time; in fact in the past I think I have felt so guilty about me time that I skipped it out all together.  I know now that without this time I am not able to be my best, so it really is better to set some time aside so I and everybody else gets the best of me.

I have filled in my diary and I'm not going to make any more meetings or appointments this week; ideally I would love some time to do more crafts, reading and preparing for the weeks ahead of studying and creating an office space.

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Much to my delight, I managed to get nearly all my to do list done yesterday!  I even applied for 3 jobs, and have found what I think is a good template to work from for a cover letter - fingers crossed that I will get some responses today.

The origami I did worked well, I tried to fold four butterflies, but got a bit stuck on the last one which I will try again today.  I started the weeks plan for dinners and food shopping, but ran out of inspiration half way through, although I woke up with some good ideas.

What I cooked last night; roasted tenderloin Pork with roasted sweet potatoes (cooked in apple juice, garlic and dried rosemary on gas mark 3 for just under 2 hours after browning on the stove) on a salad of finely chopped iceberg lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, spring onions and apple with a balsamic, soy sauce, chili, honey and lemon dressing.  A picture:






Today; Tuesday 23 August

What I would like to achieve today:

  • Go to the gym.
  • Weigh myself and update my DIY weightwatchers.
  • Try acetate origami.
  • Edit origami making videos. 


Plus, what I would like to do over this week:

  • Research/idea map changing my blog to another server with a new design.
  • Read.
  • Make a dry mix for bread to use as a bread mix.
  • Apply for 3 more jobs (6 in total this week).
  • Acetate flowers using the felt flower tutorials.
  • Use fabric printer. 
  • Update my google reading; whittle down the information I am subscribed to and try to read on a regular basis. 
  • Have this weeks and next weeks leaflets ready for Embrace.
  • Attend the Embrace events.
  • Type up charitable/not for profit project ideas.

I came across Yowayowa on Honestly WTF - her photos are AMAZING, seriously, you need to look at them - done without photoshop or props to hold her up!

My friend Helen, did a portrait of me yesterday - it is beautiful, thanks Helen!




Monday, 22 August 2011

Origami

I had a wonderful day yesterday!  There was a whole load of pink and blue acetate left out on the street in Covent Garden, which I am going to try and make some origami out of today, I found a cool site where you can get free origami patterns.  I will film myself doing it and hopefully post the video up here.

Lucky me also managed to pick up a 70% off deal on a fabric screen printing kit for £40.00 - a bargain, I just hope I use it (tomorrow maybe)?

Unfortunately I didn't manage many other parts of my to do list as I was locked out when I came back from Soho! Uh oh!  My lovely friend Leon put up with us for 2 hours or so whilst we waited for my mum to come home; to my surprise she had made an apple and blackberry crumble so we didn't make an apple pie.

For dinner I reheated left over pasta from Saturday (home made spinach and garlic pesto) with crispy bacon, grated courgettes and baby tomatoes, it was very tasty, and healthy!

Today, I went to the dump with my mum to drop of garden rubbish and then to SpecSavers with Paige to help pick a new pair of glasses.

To do today:

  • Diary.
  • Emails.
  • Embrace leaflet for this weekend; research.
  • Healthy home made dinner.
  • Weeks plan for food and shopping.
  • Change bed.
  • Put wash in.
  • Tidy room.
  • Origami.
  • Read.
  • Write cover letter.
  • Apply for 2 jobs.

That's enough to be getting on with!  I managed to get some reduced free range pork tenderloin this afternoon for £1.80, so think I will make something like roasted pork tenderloin with sweet potato, apple and thyme salad...I've never cooked it before.

Another of my favourite photos taken in Christmas 2009 in Selfridges, London.







Sunday, 21 August 2011

Now

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
--Rainer Maria Rilke


We carry problems and discrepancies within us, quandaries that are not easily answered - and we have bigger questions about life and the world. Why did I act as I did in my younger years? Can my life partnership be happy again? How should I handle a secret that I carry? What is this thing we call Higher Power and God?

We are on a journey and, in some ways, this journey is a quest for answers. The questions give energy and direction to our seeking. We cannot expect to get quick or easy answers. And some questions will always remain just that: questions. But we can learn to be patient with ourselves, tolerant of our incompleteness, and always curious about how it will all turn out.

Today I will practice patience with myself and embrace my unsolved questions as crucial elements in my quest.

From Wisdom to Know by Anon. (unfortunately no link at the moment as the website is down for maintenance!)

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For me personally patience is a hard road, with myself and others, for thoughts, questions, crap that runs through my mind!  I have been trying to practice staying "in the moment" and have found The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle very helpful.  The essence of staying in the moment is to not be dwelling on what went on in the past and what will go on in the future by running over eveything in your mind, but by being able to have a calm mind that has slowed down and is able to enjoy the actual surroundings and people you are with.  This is turn helps me with patience and to be less anxious as I do not feel so rushed to find a solution to my problem, usually now a solution pops itself up or I forget about what it was I was worried about.  Plainly put, having patience and living in the present for me is very rewarding and much happier than I have been in the past.

If you are interested in the above you can also search for Mindfulness and see what comes up.  I managed to get a short course here

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My to do list from yesterday is done! I cooked a fresh spinach and garlic pesto (I added 5 garlic cloves!) which I had with a lovely juicy organic salad, wholewheat pasta,  and a chilli and lemon dressing for the salad which was different to what I would usually have, and tasty.

I started reading another book: How To Be Free by Tom Hodgkinson, a very inspiring book which I can't wait to read today.  I put my clothes away and made the bed; this needs doing again today. And I also managed to make some changes to my blog so that mobile readers have better access and layout for easier reading.

To do today (considering it is Sunday)

  • Make apple pie.
  • Have a healthy home made dinner.
  • Tidy my room.
  • Read.
  • Do something creative.
  • Read and reply to some emails.
  • Check my diary for next week.
I'm just about to head up to Soho to go to the art shop, so maybe I will buy a sneaky something to be creative with!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Jamming

Thought of the day today: 


Today, I will affirm that it is my right to grow and change, even though someone I love may not be growing and changing alongside me.

From the Language of Letting Go.

Letting go can be hard, especially when old relationships, including friendships seem to stand still or end,  it can be heartbreaking but it takes time and even some mourning to let go of friendships and romantic relationships that need to be let go of.  It's easy to start wondering why or trying to put blame on where things went wrong, but I try to think that without letting go, we don't get space for the new, which is always exciting.  And who knows, sometimes if you let the old relationship go, you could get a better relationship with the same person further on down the line.

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What I want to do today:
  • Read.
  • Tidy my room a bit (not much to do!).
  • Cook a quick healthy dinner.
  • Edit some parts of my blog.
I managed to get some of my tasks done yesterday; I went to the gym,  cycled to and from Kings Cross, went to the dentist, where I found out I haven't been for 7 years, but my teeth where fine! I'm going to get some stains removed in two weeks.  Also I ate better portion sizes, and feel good about that!

No reading, or apply for a job, but that's OK.  I will do some reading today and hopefully apply for 2 jobs on Monday to make up for yesterday - although I think I need research and write a cover letter first.

I finished the leaflet for Knights Hill Ramble: 

 

I designed it in Adobe inDesign, which I have used once before, I am happy with the outcome!

For dinner I am thinking of cooking something with lots of garlic, maybe a big salad and some wholewheat pasta with vegetables and something.

Well, have a good Saturday, here is a cool song to listen to by Bob Marley, the best line in this song for me is "Life is worth much more than gold", as I think life is worth more than money or materialistic possessions - as they say, you can't take these things with you once you die!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Friday 19 June

Thought for today from Worthy of Love by Karen Casey:

Unconditional love corresponds to one of the deepest longings, not only of the child, but of every human being.
--Erich Fromm

Feeling the need to be perfect to ensure we'll be loved is as familiar as the robin's whistle heralding spring. Am I too fat to be loved? Do people think I'm dumb when I speak out?  Mistakenly, we feel unique in our struggles with our fears of inadequacy, thus we fail to find comfort among friends and strangers who share our selected fears.

If we could understand our sameness with others, we'd be able to feel the gentle urging within to acknowledge their presence, their smiles, and their messages, which are assuredly meant for our ears only. Their desire, like our own, is for the promise of love.

Unconditional love wants expression; pass it around and watch it return tenfold.

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Unconditional love is an interesting subject, and something I have been trying to practice for about a year; I recorded some positive thinking mantras for myself last year and one of them was:

"I love myself, my friends and my family unconditionally"

I can't say that I completely agree that I have that full feeling now, but I definitely have a feeling of better patience and acceptance for everyone I meet and what is more important to me; people I love, my friends and family.  I suppose the most important part is that I love myself much more and accept things about me that I didn't before such as my body, my mood swings (which now I know do pass) and I now even have the ability to not beat myself up so much about small "mistakes" I make!

If you would like some positive thinking mantras I found some free ones and some free meditations in itunes podcasts.  I don't have my ipod to check the names now, so I will try and post the exact links a bit later. Or you could make your own if you're feeling a bit creative or want to touch on particular feelings or subjects.

Stuff that I would like to get on with today:
  • Finishing touches to the leaflet for Embrace Cooperation's ramble in Knights Hill Wood tomorrow.
  • Go to the dentist.
  • Go to the gym/do some exercise.
  • Do some reading, I got some more cool books out of the library.
  • Eat better portion sizes and stick to weight watchers points. 
  • Apply for one job! 
Another one of my favourite photos for you:
 

This is a photo of a dead frog from when I volunteered at the Amphibian Rescue Project. You can also like them on facebook.

    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Glue Gun

    It's been a busy old time in London, we've had riots which I was obsessed with; constantly watching the news and searching for information on the web including videos.

    I finally got a glue gun so hopefully at some point I will be able to make some felt flowers, got the felt too! And I also have managed to set up a home office to do work from, YAY!

    Recently I have been feeling a bit unmotivated, but I think that's as it seems to be taking me a while to get anywhere, but I came to realise that's a good thing,  I still have college to start in September, I am volunteering for two charities (I will post some of the InDesign work I have been doing), socialising a lot, keeping my room tidy, taking and editing photos and somehow get the gym and reading in there too.  Not bad! Not to mention I have started weight watchers again and have to dramatically reduce my portion sizes - good and bad.

    My plan was to spend more time on my blog, so I may try a mixture of new and old approach to blog writing, which would include posting my goals on here and also then updates of my general life and interesting links to music, crafts etc.

    Here is my lastest favourite photo I took:


    First goal:
    From tomorrow write my daily motivation quote and things to do today/this week!

    Fingers crossed x

    Friday, 5 August 2011

    Crafty

    Thought I would share some wicked craft sites I have been reading and some I came across this morning....

    Honestly WTF has some cool do it yourself projects, mostly simple so great fun for a quick DIY.

    Free people have some really good ideas, that I've not come across before.

    Instructables.com have got wicked sections...I heart them!

    What the craft look good, I haven't come across them before today.

    Craft gawker....some great projects on there....wish I had all day to do crafts!

    Not sure about the rest of the blog, but these paper pom-poms are magical.

    Ruffled is mainly for wedding projects, and these string chandeliers are beautiful...perfect for a wedding, or not wedding.


    Two girls being crafty, looks good....is great!

    More pom-poms.

    I know this is for a baby, but it's good inspiration for other projects or ideas.

    I think that's enough to be getting on with!

    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Nice links and interactive art

    It doesn't seem to be being updated any more, but I like this blog, they get a word and then do illustrations for it.

    Some cool things to go to in the Barbican and Canary Wharf area! They are mostly FREE!!!

    This is the place I volunteered with when I was in Panama, please "like" them on facebook, please.

    Cool art to look at, I have put the link to the one I like as its interactive and I am interested in improving your life to doing what you really want to do before you die, although I think some of the things written on this board don't really come from the heart, but that is just my opinion.

    More great art - this one is interactive via the internet.

    Do you like making stuff as much as I do?  Then you will love this (I hope) a super cool solar lamp you can make yourself. My mum got some solar lamps from the poundshop in Wandsworth, just in case you want to make them!

    Hope you enjoy the links!  I am going to Chapel Bank to do a habitat survey today, which I am very much looking forward to, even though it is raining, I am going with the London Wildlife Trust for their from Thorn to Orchid Project.

    Last night I went for pizza on the common, I laughed a lot and really enjoyed it, today I am going to try and laugh more too!!

    Tuesday, 2 August 2011

    Secret Recipe; Kare Lomen

    Last Thursday I had some chicken that I had defrosted and cucumber which I had forgotten to use, along with some thread noodles, so I thought I would try to make a dish I had in Wagamama's once called Kare Lomen, however after searching online it seems that it's a secret recipe, or more likely has a different name from the place it originated from; so I set about trying to make it (with a little inspiration from other coconut milk based broths) and it went like this:


    Time: 40 mins 


    Ingrediants
    1/2 red pepper cut into strips                                       
    1/4 large cucumber cut into strips
    2 handfuls of spinach
    2 chicken breasts sliced into bitesize pieces
    1 pint of chicken stock
    1 tin coconut milk
    2 teaspoons garam masala powder
    2 teaspoons thai yellow curry paste
    1 teaspoon finely chopped chili's
    1 pack of thread noodles (or you could use other noodles)
    fresh chopped coriander, chili, spring onions and lime quarters to serve

    Method:
    Place vegetables (red pepper, cucumber and spinach) in the bottom your serving bowls (if you have beansprouts I would add these as well). Put some oil in a frying pan and when it gets hot add the garam masala, wait for some aroma to start coming out of the spices and then add the sliced chicken, cook for about 8 minutes or until tender and juicy!


    While the chicken is cooking put the yellow curry paste into a boiling pot and cook for a little while (about 30 secs to a minute) add the coconut milk and chicken stock and heat up.  Once the broth is hot add the noodles and cover until cooked (not sure how long this takes - check the packet!) If you want to eat the soup for another day and will be reheating etc then I suggest not cooking the noodles in the broth, but in plain boiling water and adding them to the bowls and then putting the broth over the top.

    Assemble the cooked noodles over the vegetables, and then the chicken on top of the noodles, cover in broth and serve! 

    This recipe can be changed loads, by which vegetables are added (keeping in mind some might need to be cooked), which noodles you use, changing the stock to vegetable stock etc.  To make it low fat try using low fat coconut milk and using less oil or spray oil for the chicken.

    It was very very tasty, and scored 9/10 with my taste tester!!


    Monday, 1 August 2011

    Have a laugh

    I'm 26 now, although I still got id'd on Saturday in a newsagents when I went to Hackney Wicked; a street festival set up by the Hackney community which I had a fantastic time at; toilets where easy to find, the music was generally good (I watched some fantastic beat boxing), looked at some cool thought provoking art and ate some OK food; to be honest I smelt a lot of good food, but mine in particular was a bit overpriced for what I got.  What touched me the most was the clearing up after the party; the volunteers where walking around with bin liners and handing them out for rubbish collection and pretty much all the of rubbish in the area I was in was gone; great effort!

    A funny video I watched recently on youtube courtesy of Aaron:


    Today I did some volunteering work for Embrace ; I am having fun in their office, researching and making a leaflet about Stag Beetles on InDesign.

    Yesterday was my 26 birthday and to celebrate I went to Richmond Park I had a wonderful day with amazing weather...I was originally going to cycle up, and many of my friends did - here is a photo.