As you know, to celebrate my recent 29th birthday, I wrote a list of things I’d like to do before I turn 30. Reading a book a week for the next year was one of them (and honestly, it is probably my favourite challenge on the list) and I love that it has piqued your interest. It […]
Before leaving for Berlin, I’d heard the city described by some as ‘soooo beautiful’ and by others as ‘really stark and ugly’. Ha!
So after 10 delicious days exploring Berlin for myself, I guess I would say that it’s… both. Or as the charismatic Klaus Wowereit (prior mayor of Berlin) so famously put it: “Berlin is poor, but sexy.”
Either way, I fell head over heels (or really, warm winter boots) in love with the German capital. Berlin’s energy is electric; there is so much life, so much buzz and possibility, so much to be enchanted by.
Here are a few reasons (and lots of photos) to shed some light on why I left a chunk of my heart in this eclectic city.
I know that you know that you certainly don’t need ME to give you permission to do a single thing.
But sometimes, it’s nice to hear – right?
Inspired by a few conversations I’ve had recently with myself, with clients, with friends, with family…
I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU HAVE:
+ Permission to sleep in.
+ Permission to eat chocolate for dinner.
+ Permission to quit your job.
So I turned the wild age of twenty-nine a few weeks ago! I had such an awesome week celebrating my very own personal new year. It actually made me laugh to think back just four years ago, to my 25th birthday, when there were tears and fears and regrets and all kinds of nonsense at […]
I’ve become more comfortable with simple, natural expansion this year. Evolution is normal; it’s the way things are done. So why do we block and resist it so much? We’re so inclined to limit ourselves, yet the truth is that we are HERE to expand and grow and change.
And life flows like a river when we welcome that truth and give ourselves permission to stretch into new possibilities and experiences.
Which is why I’ve made a few life upgrades recently. I thought I’d share them with you here today. You might even like to try one or two.
Recently, I’ve been craving adventure. Mad, spontaneous, rebellious adventure. After dreaming of London every night for a week in April, I was absurdly close to throwing caution to the wind and booking a ticket to just go.
But I also intuitively knew it wasn’t London calling me (this time); it was a change of routine. It was spontaneity. The un-planned-ness of Life. The feeling that you get when you stretch yourself that liiiiittle bit further, try something new, go somewhere new, meet someone new, leave your creature comforts at the door and propel yourself into a space you’ll need to adapt to – and fast.
Which is quite hilarious to me now, because I’ve completely manifested what I wanted. But it looks nothing like what I’d expected.
I’m all for sharing experiences and moments with the world. And for me these days, that tends to be via this blog or my newsletter or social media. But when status updates and iPhone snaps don’t quite cut it, there’s a soft spot in my heart for painting and pasting and cutting and playing. For writing poems and taking photos on film and waiting days for them to be developed.
As Winter draws near and the days grow cold, I’ve switched up my routine to reflect the change in my sleeping patterns. Hence, my daily morning sweat has become an evening affair and I’m loving it. Normally one to walk with my earphones in (#podcastjunkie) I’ve recently taken to walking in silence. It seems one notices – and pays attention – much more this way.
And it was a few weeks ago (just after the April new moon) when I took my pup to the park to play as the sun fell. The sky quickly turned a lilac pinky-purple-y colour that no iPhone could ever capture – even with an awesome Instagram filter! The trees looked haunted and eery, but quite majestic at the same time. An owl flew above us. The air was crisp, cold, chilling. Music drifted in from the houses we strolled along and the scent of home cooking tantalised the air.
Creativity comes in many forms. In all forms, really! Just take a moment right now to look around you at what has been created for your benefit, ease and pleasure.
And whilst words are wonderful, lately I’ve been encouraging myself to experiment with the infinite possibilities of self expression available to me.
Putting paint to brush to board.
The clothes I choose to dress myself in.
Long walks at sunset; soaking up lilac skies and the glint of a crescent moon.
“Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.”
The first time I saw that quote was somewhere on Instagram in August 2012, right before I decided to book myself on a week long yoga retreat in Bali. Slapping the $1800 on my credit card, it was exactly what I needed in that uncertain chapter of my life, to retreat, to pull back, to: figure everything out.
Today, I’m passionate about honouring this ebb and flow. It is an intention of mine to tune in daily to my own cycles for creativity and self care, in my business AND in my life. Sometimes, this means immersing myself in a project and working my arse off. Sometimes, this means pulling back, creating space, taking a break and retreating.
We’re an intelligent, soulful and creative bunch of book-lovers around these parts, aren’t we? Yeah, we may be immersed in the digital age of social media, blogging and instant information, but we’re still devotees to the printed word and tangible pages of a real life BOOK.