Outside the window, rain pummels and thunder rumbles. But in here it is warm and dry and quiet. An autumn medley of our favourite tunes plays softly through the house, and the smell of baking pies envelopes us in mouth-watering warmth. The world seems to settle. Our cosy home is filled with memories and promises; the bricks and mortar we bought have slowly taken on something of ourselves.
With the leaves turning down the street, our door closed against the storm, the tastes and smells of autumn bubbling in the oven, and the music of our happiest times playing through every room, it finally begins to go quiet behind my eyes. The comfort I’ve been missing in my busy days settles over my shoulders and across my brow. In this moment of peace, I am overwhelmed by my blessings and I see the depth of joy in my life.
For some it is adventure in the great wide somewhere that calls and lifts them. To escape to the new and the beauty of the unknown. But for me the greatest adventure has always been in this: in coming home. I cannot help but wonder that in the vastness of the universe, on this beautiful jewel of a planet, floating amongst the stars, there is a place that is so inherently me that it brings silent solace to the chaos of my busy human mind. As if, while the wind howled outside my door, the universe leaned in, wrapped a bubble of quiet warmth around me and whispered ‘this is for you’.
Enjoy the beauty in the imperfect. There is more loveliness in the world than you know.
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Sometimes things don’t make sense. They just are. Sometimes things can be all the more beautiful for their chaos.
I hope you enjoy this amazing nonsensical universe this coming week.
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Remember this post when I told you all about my absolute favourite magazine Flow? Well I just discovered something exciting…
Flow have a new app!
365 days of Flow is beautiful, simple, inspiring. Gorgeous illustrations surround lovely words, a different ‘card’ for each day of the year. And you can share your favourites through your favourite social media outlet.
I love little things that brighten up every day sort of days and I can tell this is going to do just that! 🙂
Hello lovely people, how are you?
Me? I’m fine. Excited because we seem to be finally creeping nearer to moving house. I started packing and everything. We have a lot of stuff. I’m also covered in nettle stings as hubby and I started to tackle the wilderness that has slowly been encroaching on the garden, and I currently have a weird tremor thing going on in one of my hands. Not sure what that’s about. Anyways I thought I would share some of the random things I have recently found and liked. I hope you like them to!
1. I am loving this tutorial for hand stamped necklaces. Super cute! As soon as I saw it I started looking for jewellery stamping kits so I could make some. Just waiting for pay day so I can by one and start making some of these beauties myself.
2. Also waiting for pay day so I can sign up for this crash course in making yummy and oh so pretty macarons! And look at the lovely gift boxes you can make to put them in. I’m thinking these would be perfect to make for our housewarming!
3. A little bit in love with this desktop background currently gracing my screen. Makes me want to go fold some tiny paper animals…
4. Full of admiration for this gorgeous lady and her confidence, determination and beauty in the face of body shaming.
5. And finally a fabulous post reminding us that we are all extraordinary!
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“We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird…” you know that Dr Seuss quote? So. Flippin’. True. And Poe has it right as well. Beauty is strange and the strange is often very very beautiful. So this week look out for beauty where you wouldn’t expect it, or notice the beauty in things you wouldn’t normally consider so. After all they say it’s in the eye of the beholder…
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So I finally decided that I would in fact respond to my #nomakeup selfie nomination, because in spite of the controversy it has caused it has in fact encouraged people to donate, share stories and raise awareness. This is a good thing.
The fact that the campaign has caused some controversy actually makes it even better. It’s critics have voiced some of the things that might have been otherwise ignored. Why we should be talking about other types of cancers, not just breast cancer. Challenging the link between makeup-less faces and cancer patients. Pointing out that well intentioned though the campaign might be, just posting a slap-free selfie is not going to cure cancer, thereby encouraging people to DO SOMETHING, whether that be donating money or time or actually just doing a bit of research into things to watch out for and raising their own personal awareness.
I also decided that sharing these bare-faced pictures was good for promoting the celebration of natural beauty. I kept looking at the makeup free pictures of my friends and family and thinking “look how lovely you are”. This is also a good thing (although I already knew you were all lovely without makeup!).
After reading this note on Facebook I decided to donate to Teens Unite as most of my personal experience of cancer is through the young people I work with.
I also want to throw a couple of websites out there for you to look at. The first is for riprap which supports young people with a parent or family member with cancer. The second is for the Cancer Research UK signs and symptoms page. This is not intended to make people panic and become paranoid that every little thing might be cancer, but is IS good to be self aware and to make sure you get any changes checked.
So whether you decided to jump on the #nomakeup bandwagon or not I hope it will at least have provided some food for thought or maybe prompted you to do something, however big or small.