Monday, 30 May 2011

Words to Live By #144

Image thanks to tabsinth

"For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
Charles Bukowski

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Saturday Salute 28.05.11

Image thanks to josh

Another very quiet week; I know I've been a little mouse not making a peep, but that's what I love about WTLB and my Salutes - they give me a kick up the bum to dish something up for you. I am currently enjoying my very last days in Spain, and I can't believe it was nearly a year ago that I first announced my adventure to you all! I will pack my bags and head back to Blighty (Britain) on Tuesday, and leave the life I've built here behind me. Whilst it will feel a little bit sad, I'm way too excited about my next steps in life to let it get me down: all will be revealed!

Here are my best bits from the net this week:

// How to Write Your Own Story on Positively Present.

// The world through the eyes of children is great!

// tiny buddha is a quote haven!

// I love this DIY doily lamp.

// Let this shake you up into a creative frenzy, baby.

Stay sassy.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Words to Live By #143

Image thanks to david morris

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end."
Virginia Woolf

Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Saturday Salute 21.05.11

Hello beautiful people of the wider world. I am currently residing under a rock familiar to all those involved in academia around this time of year, it is called the rock of revision. I promise I'll pop back out soon, brighter and bushier than ever! In the meantime, here's some other wonderful stuff from around the internet:

// This is great. As is this.

// One day I will definitely make a hula hoop rug.

// Nobody tells this to beginners.

// LOL! To Relationshapes.

// This is a triumph! (I'm so into Church conversions, I couldn't even tell you.)

Hasta pronto amigos!

P.S. Today the photo is my very own! It's from Paris last summer, and makes me think of happy times...

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Eclectic Aesthetic: The Boats of Barcelona in Black & White 17.05.11

These photos are all from a day out in Barcelona a few weeks back. We wandered around the harbour, ate veggie-friendly Paella, and took an impromtu boat ride! I'm wearing:

Striped Cardigan ♥ Primark
Jersey Blouse ♥ Dot Perkins
Navy Shorts ♥ H&M
Satchel ♥ Vintage
Shoes ♥ La Redoute
Hair Bow ♥ A gift from my sister

A beautiful yet budget outfit, I hope you'll agree! 

Monday, 16 May 2011

Words to Live By #142

 Image thanks to tabsinth

"Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success."
Swami Sivananda

Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Saturday Salute 14.05.11

Despite a few upsets in my life recently, I've been revelling in spontaneous moments of total happiness and joy to be where I am and on the path to where I'm going. In no small part because of this book. But more on that soon...

How about you? Is life blowing you away? Are you losing count of your blessings? I really hope so.

// My housemate and I made these scones yesterday (along with cucumber sandwiches!) for an International Potluck party (yes, that's how we roll here in Tarragona). They were SO easy and SO incredibly tasty, that I couldn't not share the recipe!

// This article is interesting AND hilarious; the best combination, in my opinion.

// When I die, I'm being a tree.

// 33 Ways to Get and Maintain Motivation. I like Create a Custom Environment and Exercise Satisfaction.

Wow yourself this weekend. Adios!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Alternatively Ambitious: a Free-Spirit Manifesto

Image thanks to nicki

Here's a story: an ex-tutor of mine recently told me in an email (regarding a Masters programme he was providing me with a reference for) that, given my grade history, shouldn’t I “consider a more ambitious choice.”

Here's another story: a friend, who has recently achieved an unconditional place at Cambridge university, told me that, though it now doesn’t matter if he achieves a First or a 2:1 in the work he’s finishing up (and he already has a 2:1, I quote, “in the bag”) he is still doesn’t want to let himself down by achieving anything less than the highest grades he can.

These two things got my wondering: who are we trying to impress? What do we want our lives to do – look good on paper, or fulfil us?

It doesn’t feel it should matter to me that I haven’t applied for a Masters at Oxford – because that doesn’t feel right; it doesn’t feel relevant; if I’m totally honest it doesn’t feel fun. And, while I’m no hedonist, I believe that, to make a unique, positive, passionate contribution to the world – we need to be enjoying ourselves. We need to jump out of bed in the morning thinking ‘YES!’ that’s exactly what I want to do today.

One stage only ever gets us to the next. I didn’t blow any records with my GCSE’s, but I was able to do A Levels. I didn’t manage five A’s at A Level, but I got onto the university course I wanted. My friend has Cambridge, one of the top universities in the world, “in the bag”, and yet he can’t lose his desire for top marks – he truly feels he would be letting himself down if he didn’t get them.

He and I are different people, we’re all different people. But if some of us aren’t interested in traditional academic acclaim; if some of us want to do what we want to do, whether or not it is deemed academically “ambitious” – shouldn’t that be okay? Isn’t it, in fact, braver? Like dropping out of Harvard to follow an acting career; or not bothering to go to university at all; or starting your own business.

I’m not saying one choice is better or worse, I’ve learnt not to make those kinds of empty judgements. I’m just saying: start being who you are, not what you feel you should be.

Dreams are there to be followed, and only if we can free ourselves from the constraints of “shouldn’t you...” or “hadn’t you better...” by not minding how our life-résumé looks from the outside; by knowing innately that we’ve got it going on, regardless of popular opinion – only then can say we are following those dreams authentically.

Having a perfect grade track record would be great; but not at the expense of a true, dizzy love of what I do. Going to Oxford would likely do my ego the world of good, it might even make me damn proud of myself, but it wouldn’t be honest to my own, alternative, personal ambitions, and I’m not willing to ignore those for a vague and unfounded “ambitiousness” – what about you?

Monday, 9 May 2011

Words to Live By #141

Image thanks to kelsey

"When I'm sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead."
Barney Stinson (from How I Met Your Mother)

Saturday, 7 May 2011

The Saturday Salute 07.05.11

Image thanks to clickflashphotos 

Well, hello there angel-army. Can't really believe I missed two of my regular salutory slices the past fortnight - shame on me! But my internet activity has looked something not dissimilar to this:

Something for my reasearch project > Facebook > Something else for my reasearch project > More Facebook.

Any-who, I'm back with a vengeance. Hit it:

// She Writes is a community for, you guessed it, shes: who write!

// Old garage turned into mini dream home kind of blows my mind, in a very nice way.

Hope your weekend is rocking your world.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Ibiza 2011: Azure Waters, White-Washed Walls and Wonderful Memories!

A few of you mentioned you wanted to see my holiday snaps from Ibiza - and who am I to deny you?! It really was wonderful, off-season is the way to go kids. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Words to Live By #140

Image thanks to meg wills

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a 
shadow that never leaves."

Sorry for my disappearing act this past week, life has been overwhelming me somewhat! Back to the blogosphere with a bang this week, promise.