Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

My Wordless Wednesday is going to be made up of pictures I was pinning on pinterest yesterday, some funny, some inspiring.

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Linking up with Sakura Haruka for another awesome Wordless Wednesday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

You Only Appreciate Your Body When it's Gone

Isn't it funny how we only cherish something once it's gone?

We never understand the full impact someone or something has on our lives until it's not there any more.

Human Beings have been making that stupid mistake for as long as we have documented evidence showing us that humans centuries ago still made the same mistakes we do now.

We judge based on first appearance, instead of finding out whats underneath.
While training for my 9k run

We make decisions based on ill-informed, prejudice and subjective motives.

And most of all, we can be incredibly selfish.

Why do we always have to let something slip by before we realise the true value?!

Are we incapable of it?

Well, I've never had a child, I've never had any lasting scars. I am a young 22 year old who's body is perfect. I'm in a healthy weight range, I do not over eat (maybe chocolate but whatever). I try to exercise regularly (a recent thing), but I still don't have great confidence in myself.

This I have come to realise started off when i was very young, with the insecurities of my body, and my face, bushy eyebrows and fangs for teeth do not a happy teenager make.

I also had low self-esteem when it came to my brain as well. I hated feeling dumb, I hate making dumb comments, I hated people making fun of what I said. So I learnt to shut my mouth, and its basically been shut ever since. 

The last four years since I finished high school have taught me a lot.

That I don't need to rely on others to make me feel better. It should come from within and through the words I read in the bible:

"For you created my inmost being;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13-14

My brain is capable, when I put my mind to it, its does amazing things, and that my body is only limited by my brain, so I need to focus on my mind and make it stronger so that my body can withstand anything.

It is harder right now more than ever. My wedding is coming up and my dress is done and ready to go, as long as I can stay at my current weight. It's so hard to stay motivated and run! I know I need to, I need to start taking one day at a time and not get so hard on myself! 

I can do this! I can last the next 5 1/2 weeks before the wedding at my current weight! I can make it! 

So the real point I wanted to make of this post is that I love my body because I have no reason not to. 

I have a fiancee who constantly tells me I'm beautiful and loves me even when I look my worst, and a Creator who knows me most intimately and still loves me unconditionally.

So here's to the next however many years of my life, to my body that will be guaranteed to change with age and use, that I will learn to love my and understand my body at and through all its stages. I will, without a doubt, struggle continually with my self-esteem, and I will continually become stronger in myself!

Road tripping with S

Linking up with I Heart my Body for 'I heart my body 2012'

Monday, October 22, 2012

Daily Inspiration

From Pinterest

The Weekend-Stupid Sydney!

My weekend was quite adventurous. Well for me anyway..

It started off slowly, having a relaxing day housesitting my sister's house... Watching foxtel, knitting, eating some chocolate, hanging out with Barnie...

Then Saturday came, lazy start to the day, had my friends 21st party in the city that I must get ready for, so I took it easy, counting the hours until I had to leave.

Shower, do my hair, my makeup, get into a nice new dress, footwear= thongs :) (heels in the handbag in case of clubbing)

Stupid Sydney!
So I was driving into the city with my friend E, she lives in Canterbury, so I was just going to drive through that way to pick her up. Thankfully E knows her way around the city pretty well, so I felt as though I was in good hands. Which is true, she got us there.

But then it started... Traffic. George St was closed due to some food festival they were having, which then totally screwed up E's parking plan. So we slowly made our way through all the one was streets just to get to parking (damn those one way streets!). We were already late, so E had a brilliant idea, why don't I jump out of the car, E can park, and I'll run to the place to meet the girls. Great idea... Right?

NO, worst idea ever!! 

I got lost........ For 40 minutes!!

40 minutes I aimlessly, ran up and down Elizabeth street trying to find this place. I was at the right number, just on the wrong side of the street, and I couldn't figure out where I was meant to be. I didn't know that the numbers went in the opposite direction!! If I'm standing infront of 242, then 243 should be across the road..... You'd think... A native Sydneysider would know this, but alas I did not..

So I ran like a madman  up and down Elizabeth St, on the phone to Sam whos trying to calm me down. Finally I stop a man on the street, to try and find out where I was meant to be. A nice Irish man who'd been in Sydney for 3 weeks... Lucky he had an iPhone (will be using this as an example in my argument for an iPhone!!) 

So I finally find the place I'm meant to be (E came and found me!)

So we hang out for about an hr and a half then we finished up and headed back to our car, as our friends hotel room was in Kings Cross. So we decide to just drive over there, no biggy theres only four of us......

We just happened to pick the parking building that should be in a horror movie. The tiniest place ever!

The only paying station was on level 4, below us, so E and I jump into the elevator, press 4 expecting us to go down and what does it do... Takes us to the top floor of the building, level 26, and then it proceeds to just sit there, not opening its doors, not responding to our pressing other buttons..... 5 minutes of panicking and an emergency button later we safely land on the ground floor. Had to walk out on to the street then back around to the parking, then drive all the way down to level 4, just to pay 9 dollars to get out of that place!!

So ends my Saturday night in the city, and to the man who threw a full bottle of coke at my car whilst I was driving, I am sending you lots of blessing....... that hopefully your car will break down and you can grow the ef up!

I made it home safe and sound, to bed where I had no more worries....

9am Sunday morning, my friend (who's party we were in the city for) texts me and asks if I can pick her up from the city (which was fine, I'd offered). So I jump up, check google maps write down the directions, hop in the car and head to the city.... Im confident I can make it. Until I take South Dowling St instead of the ED... BAD move!!!!!! Travelling along nicely, then not so nicely, realising I needed to be in that tunnel. Stupid signs, never listen to the signs!!!

I travelled down this road, seeing signs that say Kings Cross, so I thought I could make it on my own... Nope, took me to St Vincent's hospital and the signs stopped. 

So after having a massive panic attack, going down a one way street, (the wrong way) and getting myself back onto Oxford St, I call my sister A hoping her husband is there to tell me where to go. 

The phone rings (they were on holidays up or down the coast, who knows) and A answers, and I scream, I'M LOST IN SYDNEY!! I'M ON OXFORD ST I NEED TO GET TO WILLIAM ST!!! 

J is probably the most amazing person to me right now!! He got me there in a matter of two turns!!!!!! I could not believe it, thank God for phones! And people who know Sydney!

This brings an end to my weekend. My very hectic, frightening, anxious filled weekend. Looking back on it now, I will forever remember this weekend as the funniest time I spent in Sydney, and fingers crossed I never have to go in there alone again!!!

So how was your weekend? Any freak outs/funny moments? We all have them, I seem to have them more so than any one else hmmm, something must be wrong with me!

Anyway, your weekend was better than mine and you week goes smoothly!!

Linking up for Flog Your Blog Friday over at With Some Grace!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Daily Inspiration

This always motivates me. 
I want to earn my shower.
Earn my down time.
Earn my body!

Linking up with Twinkle in the Eye for Flash Blog Friday

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Daily Inspiration...

STOP! Hammer time!

Oh how I wish time would hurry up, and stand still, all at the same time.

It was only a month ago that I ran in the city for Blackmores 9km Bridge run with an amazing group of Cantooers. After the run we were all invited back to the Cantoo's tent at the finish line, where we were treated to free massages, alcohol and chocolate goodies and treats, indulging whilst sitting on the grassy knoll over looking the Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House all in our view, amazing. 
Cantoo Group

Yet I barely remember it. 

I'd been counting down to this moment for 10 weeks, training, eating well, pushing myself, motivating myself. I counted down the days to the big race and I could treasure the great triumph in an amazing setting with the people I love.

The day went by in a flash. So did those 10 weeks.

13/10/12 My Hens Night
Time is strange like that.

44 days until my wedding.

I remember counting down from 100.

Every weekend is booked from now until the big day and the weeks will be filled with me moving towns, driving all my belongings 5 hours away from my home.

The next few weeks will be the busiest, best time of my life. I hope I can use my experience and enjoy the time I have.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to be apart of this place, this time, here and now, enjoying it with amazing people in an amazing and beautiful country. 

I need to stop counting the days and enjoy them.

I need to stop an accept the time I'm in as I'll never be here again.

What do you need to take a step back from and just acknowledge this moment in your life? 

I think we all have them. We all get a little carried away with looking forward to whats happening in the future we forget that the time we have now, we'll never get back!

Linking up with Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursdays!

Monday, October 15, 2012

2. Bette Midler/Julie Andrews

Who hasn't seen 'Beaches'? You need to go out and rent that shit!!! 

It is a must see, in my opinion, also Mary Poppins and Sound of Music.

Sound of Music
Mary Poppins

These three movies are the must see of all musical movies. Made my childhood and my families!!

My family being very musical we love to sing, and we love Bette Midler and Julie Andrews.

I've decided that Bette Midler and Julie Andrews deserve number 2, because to me they made songs fun to sing. 

Even if they are a little before my time, I've grown up listening to my sisters (older by 8 and 6 years) and mums music. So I like to think of my self as well educated on music covering quite a few decades!

Always so elegant
Julie Andrews, amazing singer, her range covered, I think, 4 octaves, which is damn high! Like Mariah Carey high. She started singing when she was very young, and one of her breakout movies was 'Mary Poppins'. 

Little fact, Julie Andrews was going to star in the movie 'My Fair Lady' but the producers wishing to go with an actress more well known, Audrey Hepburn got the roll. So Julie Andrews lost out on 'My Fair Lady' but picked up the Mr Disney in Mary Poppins. Probably one of the best things to accidentally happen to Mrs Andrews as she beat Audrey Hepburn in the race for the Academy Award for best actress.

Sadly Mrs Andrews does not sing anymore, as a surgery to removes nodules in her vocal chords, a routine procedure most singers go through, but the surgery destroyed her vocal chords and she could not sing the way she used to anymore. A sad day for the music world!

This video isn't the best, but it's one of my favourite songs, and love Julie Andrews high finish to the song!

The Divine Miss M
Bette Midler, sorry I don't have any little known facts about her, except that she bought out an album of covers of Rosemary Clooney's songs. Which I absolutely love. Mrs Midler has a fantastic voice, is a brilliant performer on stage, and can act!! She is basically the last of the real entertainers, I believe. 

Also Mrs Midler's song, 'Wind Beneath my Wings' was played at my Grandmothers funeral, so it will always be in my memory in connection with my grandma.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

3. Hayley Williams

I first discovered Paramore when I was youtube surfing discovering some new singers, which I usually do when I'm bored, just jump from one youtube video to the next. I've wasted a many long hours thanks to youtube!

So this was like any old day, me sitting around not doing much, finding some new tunes on youtube, and I found this really great singer, her name was Hayley Williams. So I looked up some more Williams songs and found she is the lead singer for a band name Paramore. So began my love of all things Paramore.

There songs are so catchy, there tunes are so good to rock out too, and you can tell they don't take themselves too seriously, they have fun with their music!! Which allows the listener to have fun while enjoying their music. 

And also, her freaking awesome RED HAIR!!!

Here is the first youtube video that I saw the talent of Hayley Williams voice. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

4. Amy Lee

Evanescence is one of the first bands I got into when I started liking heavy metal, as well as singing and playing piano.

"My Immortal" was one of the first songs I learnt to play on the piano, and it still holds a special place in my heart as a song that taught me about good music.

Amy Lee is an amazing singer, the ability to still sing like a girl at the same time as singing rock music.

Kudos to her and not conforming to the norm of today, with mini skirts and boob tubs. Kudos to her for sticking with what she likes, it is, in this day in age, harder than it looks!

Linking up with Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday 

John 8:12

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This is the number of page views I have received since starting my blog. On this Wordless Wednesday I thought I might post a few pictures I'd previously posted on my blog.

Linking up with Sakura Haruka for Wordless Wednesday 

Friday, October 5, 2012

5. Lacey Mosley

"Do you believe in God?
Written on the bullet
Say yes to pull the trigger
Do you believe in God?
Written on the bullet
And Cassie pulled the trigger"

-Cassie by Flyleaf

Lacey Sturm (nee Mosley) is the lead singer of 'Flyleaf' an alternative rock band. 

She's struggled through her early years, trying to find a place for herself in a world that doesn't except difference.

This lead her to Jesus and the her band Flyleaf.

Lacey Sturm has been associated with evangelistic tours and performed throughout America, sharing her testimony.

"Fully alive,
More than most, ready to smile, and love life
Fully alive,
And she knows how to believe in futures"
-Fully Alive by Flyleaf

Linking up with Flog Your Blog Friday
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