I'm sorry that I've been a shitty correspondent of late.
I've been distracted and preoccupied to the point of neglecting both you and my creative pursuits for almost a month now! That's far too long.
But I have fair reason to have ignored you till now.
What with holiday preparations and an inundation of clients wrestling for my time before I leave it's left me with little time to even process all the exciting things that have been going on this month and all that is yet to come.
It honestly just dawned on me today that I am only a week away from leaving the country alone for the first time in my life and a week away from saying goodbye to my husband and puppy (and you my bloggy friends) for the longest we'll ever have been apart so far.
I'll do my best to post from there but will have to wait and see how I go.
Well that's all I suppose, here I am leaving you with a brief note to say sorry for my absence, both lately and upcoming, but I can promise you that when I get back I will have enough material to last us a lifetime.
You won't know what hit you!
Until then I bid you all adieu.
A tune to say goodbye to:
See you when I get back xox
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
I did say I would contribute these to my dwindling Sunday Sessions last week but turns out it was Mothers Day and if you've ever met my mother you would know that mine commands undivided attention therefor stealing the show.
Needed these songs to have a theme of their own and so here they are…
Hope you enjoy xo
Thursday, 10 May 2012
In honour of my new iPhone,
(which is doing a great job of enticing me away from my poor little laptop),
I am sharing with you some iThoughts.
i Love… my iPhone, obviously…
i Admire… people who can meditate anytime and anywhere.
Try as I might I can't stop myself from being distracted.
i Dislike… that I can't retract certain photos/comments (read: spelling mistakes and multiple posts) from Instagram. Either it can't be done or, more than likely, I don't know how. Yes, I am a control freak.
i Am grateful… for so many things this week. It's a love fest of positivity round here - but if I had to pick one thing this week I would say, I am grateful that my travel agent could arrange for an usher to escort me to my next flight at KL. (Told you I was a scaredy-Kat)
i Am craving… dried cranberries. OMG have you tried these?! Sweet and sour heaven, they're a taste-bud's delight!
i Am reading… blog archives. Going through people's very first posts and I must say it's rather interesting to see how you all started out ;)
i Am listening to… some new music which I will share during this weeks Sunday Session.
I've neglected this ritual since Thea gave up her blog recently but I've missed it terribly and so will be reinstating it regardless of whether I can link it to anything or not.
i Want to achieve… inner peace. Which I hope to get a glimpse of during tonight's guided meditation.
i Want to change… nothing. Simply happy to be grateful for what is.
i Want for tomorrow… to be a smooth running day.
Today saw people turning up to their appointments at the wrong times and some even on the wrong day (I had 3 girls come at the exact same time and two who weren't booked in for another week!).
i Am happy… that I booked my tickets this week and that my plans are finally official.
Just 4 weeks to go! OMG!!! <insert hyperventilation here>
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
But firstly… what was I loving about this weeks Much Love Monday you ask?
(Besides the finalisation in my mind to commit to my plans anyway).
Well how about the long awaited acquisition of this little beauty?!
Oh.My.Goodness.Gracious.Me! I am soooo in love with her.
I've only had Sophie for one day and already I feel like we've been together forever.
While I'm sure the novelty will wear off soon, I've been having hella fun giving grief to poor ol' Siri.
Some of her answers have been hilarious.
Meanwhile I'm discovering the dangers of Instagram.
A little late on the bandwagon, I know, but I can see myself becoming more and more obsessed with iphonography by the second!
Well that's news number one and forgive me for not telling you about it.
I was still so undecided and had a few more months on my contract for the Crapberry so was unsure which way to go.
Plus the HTC and Samsung Galaxy had me confused… but in the end I couldn't wait any longer and it's plain to see I'm an Apple girl through and through.
I really don't think I'll ever regret making the leap.
So onto plans…
|Penang City Center|
Well again I was reluctant to talk about what wasn't yet set in stone. But then in life what really is?
Originally the hubby and I were discussing anniversaries in Hawaii but with funds the way they've been lately that got scraped pretty quick.
Then came the bright idea to head down to Langkawi since we'd heard how beautiful and ridiculously affordable it was. I'll admit I had a bit of an ulterior motive, as my sister currently lives in Malaysia and so was hoping we could spend a few days seeing her as well.
But alas work has come between that idea and due to H having so many projects and contracts due in the next few months his participation in a holiday was snuffed out too.
Enter plan # 3: I would travel to Malaysia with my 19 year old niece in tow to visit my sister in Penang.
All good except that my niece hasn't been at her new job for more than a year yet (asking for time off within that time is a bit of a no-no) and we figured it best not to push it lest she have no job to come home to.
Add to that, the fact my passport was being delayed by more than a week and I was convinced this trip just shouldn't be.
Besides I'm such a scaredy Kat that the idea of traveling alone just seemed too daunting.
So for a while there I umm'ed and ah'ed and I if'ed and but'ed until finally I thought: 'Why not?'
Why not go by myself? What do I have to fear?
I'll be with my sister and her boys the entire time I'm there. All I'll have to do on my own is catch a plane into Kula Lumpar, find and ride the monorail and get on one more domestic flight before she meets me at the airport anyway. It'll be an adventure!
And so this week I am booking my flights.
This time next month I'll be on my way to Penang to see the sights, the sounds and experience the wonderful tastes of Malaysia. How exciting!!!
I keep telling myself, 'people travel alone all the time. It doesn't matter that I haven't traveled without company in the entire 29 years of my life or even left the country in the last 15... I'm sure I'll be just fine…'
Oh please let me be fine. eeeeeek!!!!
Frequently, the difference between success and failure is the
resolve to stick to your plan long enough to win.
resolve to stick to your plan long enough to win.
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Recently I read this post written by Rhianne of For the easily distracted, who was inspired first by EZ of Creature Comforts who in turn was inspired by a 'Things I'm afraid to tell you' blog challenge created by Jess of Makeunder My Life.
The fact that this has trickled into a force of such momentum as to have over 50+ bloggers participation is astounding and gives me hope that honesty is in fact the best policy.
While it's always lovely to draw inspiration from such pretty sites as design and fashion forums, blogs etc, there's an element of nicey niceness within it that, well… sometimes just feels a bit forced.
And when it does appear that some people are just so effortlessly cool, it only serves to reaffirm my own self doubts - which of coarse is a problem of my own creation - no one can make you feel something you don't already believe...
Anyway I'm rambling, as usual.
I think I'm usually very honest on this space (probably waaaay too honest actually) but hey why not push the boundaries even further?
What is self growth if not the ability to laugh in the face of your own ridiculous face?
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as best as we can.
Right then, let's dive in shall we?
☁ I've collected every card and every letter I've ever received and store them in old shoe boxes.
Proper letters, not bills and stuff, that'd be weird. (Although I do have a few of those floating around too. Sometimes I just put them down or shove them in a draw somewhere and forget to throw them away till I get in the mood to Spring clean.)
☁ Before renovating my dining room, all that space was used as a junk room.
No, I don't mean just a few random bits and bobs that don't have any other place in the house.
I'm talking about things like piles of clothes that don't fit in my already bursting and outdated wardrobe, my very first PlayStation console (plus games) as well as a monthly collection of Dolly magazines dating back from my first days of HighSchool. Do they count as vintage?
☁ During said renovation, rather than sorting through all that crap I simply dumped it all into what used to be the study but is now the Room of Doom. (You can barely open the door or even walk into it without fear of being crushed by clutter).
Sometimes while watching Hoarders I worry that I may become like that one day.
I joke about it all the time but my Dad has always had a tendency to hoard and I worry since I do take after him, more than I care to admit, that it will happen with me too.
☁ I cry whenever I get angry. I cry especially hard if ever anyone is angry with me, even if I just think they are. My stomach gets all knotted and I replay the scenario in my head till I think I've convinced myself I couldn't have done anything wrong but then the tears come anyway.
I hate to disappoint and I especially hate confrontation so a combination of the two is simply a disaster.
☁ When I get too personal about my inner feelings I worry that I'm coming across all emo and needy, not to mention super depressing, and that I will turn people off me.
☁ But when I avoid talking about my darker moments I worry that I'm no longer being real and that you will all get bored of me.
☁ I'm completely in love with my dog and consider him my fur baby far too much than is normal.
☁ Sometimes I think my photos are actually really crappy and so amateur that people only say nice things about them so as not to hurt my feelings.
I also worry that I have no actual talent in photography and that attempting to get any good at it will turn out to be a waste of time.
With so many wonderful photography blogs out there showcasing so much amazing work I feel I'll forever be on the back foot. But it makes me happy that I'm trying and so I continue.
☁ I know I use (brackets) and 'commas' and italic far too much than I should. But.I.Just.Can't.Stop…
☁ I'm not at all very domestic (it comes and goes in sparks & spurts) and worry that one day this will come between hubby and I.
☁ After almost a year of blogging I still don't know what the hell my blog is about or where on Earth any of this is heading.
☁ I get so nervous before any and every social occasion to the point that I get snappy and irritable at every little thing to go wrong. I don't understand why this happens but it gets so bad that I can't make a single decision during my panic and always end up over or under doing it when making myself up.
I've found the only thing that helps is to put on soothing background music while getting ready in order to calm myself down.
☁ I've been known to eat jam straight from the jar. Especially gooseberry jam which I only just discovered recently but boy oh boy does that stuff taste out of this world!
☁ I'm afraid that lists like these make me seem incredibly insecure, self absorbed and neurotic.
☁ Secretly I hope you instead find them endearing and relatable and therefor will prove me to be completely irrational and wrong about myself.
And so now I will go bury my head in my blankets and pretend I never pushed publish.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
So… What do you think? Isn't she beautiful?
While I'm still editing in a couple of personal touches, all in all I must say I think my new space is absolutely, positively, unarguably incredibly amaze-balls!
I love, love, love that my cloudy little space of bliss is finally able to be shared with the world.
Sneaky me kept it under wraps all this time but I wanted it to make a bit of an impact.
A ginormous hug and thank you to the super clever and unboundedly generous Jade of Oh Antipodes for lovingly using her time and effort to create a gorgeous finished product that I would be happy with.
I would totally gush some more but it's 1.30am and my eyeballs are about to fall out of my head (excitement wouldn't let me rest until I snooped around a bit and left a bit of my own mark.)
Thank you for putting up with the many e-mails and ridiculous requests dearest.
I am truly over the moon.