T H A N K Y O U.
Thank you so much for all of the love for Islas Birthday yesterday - I promise I am going to get around to thanking everyone as soon as I get a spare moment but for now We’re off for a family day at Legoland - im definatly more excited than Isla.... I think anyway 🌱🍃
I've still got a few more from SE Asia kicking around so enjoy this temple...? from Vietnam.
My baby is TWO and this is how I want to remember him, zooming past me, giggling and honking the horn, and then pausing just long enough to say cheese 💕
Remember that time we went to Wisconsin Dells to fulfill @sara.struong
’s childhood dream of going to the Torture Museum and it was closed even though Google said it would be open? 😂😂 We had a good laugh and made our way to my hometown, where we’ve played with horses and the friendliest little kitties. Next up: Pride and Prejudice with a glass wine. It’s been the perfect Wednesday!
She was always walking, Singing to her footsteps. Dirt ditch paths and pine cones digging up glass bottles. In spirit she’s drifted to the ocean, a sunset by the sea is in her mind.
This is what happens when you have your paintbrush in your mouth, are singing AND are getting out your pliers to squeeze that last bit of magenta paint out of the tube 😂😂😂
: This feather on my windscreen was everything today!
I use my morning drive to work for some breath work and a spoken word gratitude prayer. I noticed this lovely little angel feather the minute I declared my car a sacred space.
tip: think of ways in which you can use your daily commute more mindfully. Of course, safety first while you brainstorm ideas!
Valeria aveva espresso il desiderio di provare a dipingere una delle mie ghirlande.
“Ho ingrandito una delle tue foto, ma non riesco a distinguere i fiori come vorrei”.
Quindi gliel'ho spedita qualche settimana fa e oggi mi è stata restituita in bellezza.
Opi Illi ha pochi mq, ma iniziano a riempirsi della sua giovane storia: mi sto circondando di persone meravigliose.
Proprio nei giorni scorsi riflettevo sul fatto che il giorno dell'inaugurazione fossero arrivate tante persone, qualcuno era solo un conoscente, altri li ritenevo amici. Molti di loro sono spariti. All'inizio ho sofferto; io non ho un bel carattere, dai post forse non si percepisce, perchè, in generale, preferisco (per fortuna) raccontare il bello e mi sono data tante colpe. Forse sono stata poco presente, forse ho detto una parola di troppo. Poi ho smesso di farmi domande, perchè la verità è che chi ci vuole bene resta e chi non resta lascia il posto a chi ha da poco incrociato o deve ancora incrociare il nostro percorso.
“Mamma mia Robi che faccia tesa hai”...mi sono sentita dire sabato da una ragazza che due anni fa nemmeno sapevo esistesse e io lì a sfogarmi per questi giorni che non so più definire, tanto mi stanno facendo riflettere (in positivo). E ancora Ilaria che ieri è venuta a consegnarmi delle cartoline. “Ci vediamo Sabato, fammi sapere a che ora” mi ha detto abbracciandomi.
Stamattina una sposa di Dicembre mi ha chiamata dicendomi che si trovava in zona e che sarebbe voluta passare, ma leggendo i miei racconti e i miei pensieri, aveva percepito il fervore dei preparativi. “Ci vediamo dopo la fiera” ci siamo dette e intanto mi ha riempita di parole sincere, che mi hanno fatto bene.
E infine è arrivata Valeria, per mano del corriere e del pacco che ho aperto come fosse la mattina di Santa Lucia. Un grembiule elegante, una pochette (entrambi con i suoi splendidi dipinti riprodotti su tessuto) e il quadro della foto. Il tutto accompagnato da una lettera dolcissima: non un biglietto, ma una vera e propria lettera, di quelle che non siamo più abituati a ricevere. Grazie Valeria, oggi sei davvero stata la stretta finale del grandissimo abbraccio d'affetto che in tanti mi avete regalato. ❤
We’re headed out of town tomorrow and I can’t wait! The three of us are driving to Wisconsin to stay at a cottage off of Lake Michigan. It’ll be so nice to get away and spend time together. Also, the fall colors in WI are so beautiful. Oh I’m so excited to explore it all with my new camera and my two favs by my side!
Puffy winter coats, wool mittens and of course Ice Skates are essentials when you live in our little part of Canada 🇨🇦// Ice Skate Hair Clip available in the shop ⛸
But my humanness beckons,
whispering to me, that I’m weak.
only to be met with
only to endure racing thoughts,
desperate to speak.
But it feels as if no one will hear me.
No matter the resistance,
To embrace freedom,
to have a change of pace.
To take hold
of this new life,
I am ready to make.” No matter what it is in life that is trying to bury you, trying to hold you down. Know that nothing deserves that control over you. And nothing can truly have that control over you unless you allow it.
So surprise yourself, free your mind of what threatens to tear you down. And watch how the freedom will let you soar past whatever it is that is trying to keep you from moving forward.
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# #wanderleurspark #postthepeople #photosinbetween #visualscollective
At 10:10am I got a text from John next door “I got you a rainbow cake in Sainsbury’s.” In the 2 mins whilst I bundled the kids in the car this morning he picked up on my panicky rainbow cake chat and solved all my problems. John 🙌🏻 #johnthelegend #johnnextdoor
Nothing beats the awesome feeling of opening the kiln & finding that everything came out perfect for this weekends show (Witney Methodist Church ) whoop whoop #pottersofinstagram #goldenthreadpottery
This lil guy has been one needy cat since we got back from New York. I don’t really mind cause cat cuddles are life 🐱
In exactly 15 hours I’ll be officially switching off for my first actual holiday, where I do ZERO work, in 5 years. Yep you read that right, every single time I’ve traveled, every single day of the year, Christmas included, I’ve worked. I’ve replied to client customers and kept their social channels going.
I’m anxious and worried about it, but ahead of me for the next 7 days is nothing but love, wine and incredible food. Not a single email, not a single client crisis, not a phone call, not a thing.
My clients place huge responsibility on my shoulders to care for their social presence and I take an enormous amount of pride in my work, in the extra hours I work every day for them that they never see, the time and energy I exert to get the best for them, the things I miss out on personally to make sure they have everything they need.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry with joy about it all! So I’ll settle for a bath & a coffee!
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Wearing fall colors is my superhero power. 🍁🎃✨ “The Fall Obsessor” is my superhero name. 🤷🏻♀️🍁🍂
<— U P D A T E .
Love my new handle but clinging on to my old hashtag just because they are a part of us!!! — 👄 my mouth is finally back to normal and I’ve done my best hungry caterpillar impression this afternoon - I’ve eaten through one bacon sanny - one packet of crisps & I’m currently on my way through one packet of short bread — somebody come and stop me 🐛
This is #TheMindfulBreak
that I take every single day. Every morning, in fact, with my first cup of coffee. This view outside my window fills me with peace; it grounds me; it makes me feel whole.
In what simple ways can you make your first cup of coffee, or tea, a moment of mindfulness? Is there something that is already around you, that can bring you a sense of calm, but maybe you haven’t noticed it yet?
Loving the mix of blues here thanks to these @denbypottery
bowls which were very kindly #gifted
for our engagement 🧡
Flowers have the power to transform any entrance way...
October moonrise 〰️ I just listened to a @realrobbell #robcast
💧proving Monday’s can be inspired! Rethinking fundraising and philanthropy and discussing why people give to charity. I would LOVE to know your fav charities, why you give time or money and what catches your attention... (can you guess I *may* be writing a Christmas appeal tmr and need your help!) .... #charitychat
My 7 year old self’s dream to have a real princess bed finally came true last night! Do you think @cliffatlyons
would notice if I took this beauty home? 💗✨⚡️🔥
Enjoying all the warmth of the Indian Summer temperatures today...we had an early tea and walked the dog on the beach at golden hour and it was just the tonic everyone needed! Hoping Monday has been kind to you all too 🌟
Did you know that by purchasing selected P&G products from @sainsburys
until 20th November you can help @poppyscotland
support vulnerable people serving in the armed forces, veterans and their families? It feels good to know that by purchasing everyday items, that are already on my shopping list, is providing financial, emotional and medical support to those in need. Having family members who have served in the armed forces means the #HelpUsHelpThem
campaign is close to my heart. #ad
It might have been 27° when the kids headed off to school this morning. And may only currently be 31°. But that’s not making me give into winter just yet over here! I’ll wear all the white, carry on with my bare ankles, and pretend that winter isn’t on its way until I can’t any longer. #frozentoestoday #worthit
Life happens when your making plans. My mom wanted to so badly take a road trip to New England and see the Fall foliage. But life happened and her sickness took her too soon to make that happen. It’s weighed heavy on my heart since she’s passed ... all the things she wanted to do and no longer can. So as a promise to her and myself, I do all the things. I make the road trip, I take the leap, I try something new, I make the time, I choose the adventure, I get uncomfortable ... I do what I say because there is no time like the present. And every time, I can promise you, it’s been worth it.
If I’ve learned anything, Im not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of dying and thinking, “I’m not finished yet”.
So I thought it might be time for a new introduction for those of you who are newer followers. My name is Kayla, a special educator living in Southern California with my daughter Lu and husband @therealtonyd83
. Here’s five fun facts about me:
1). I grew up in a small mountain town and always dreamed of big-city living. Now that I’m older, I’d give anything to go back to small town life!
2). My favorite food is French fries and if I had to pick a last meal it would be In n Out burger.
3). I am a morning person. I love sunrise and can rarely sleep past 6, even on weekends.
4). My favorite color is blue because it makes me feel calm. Even our kitchen cabinets are blue!
5). I love a good bubble bath and have made them a frequent part of my self care. Give me overflowing bubbles, a sheet mask, and some calming essential oil and you’ve got one relaxed mama!
I created this space after having my daughter as a creative outlet for myself after feeling like I lost myself to motherhood. My hope is that it can be a place where I can encourage and empower other women- and my little girl as she gets older. The idea is that though we are all just tiny drops in this pool of life, our ripple can be pretty darn fierce if we nurture it!
Thanks for reading along! Do we have anything in common, or opposite of one another?
It’s been stormy in Oxford and a rough go for Katie and me over the weekend. Last week, a job in London that looked like a done deal suddenly and strangely collapsed after negotiations for salary and benefits landed in a good place for both parties. The firm seemed happy with the arrangements but pulled out without explanation. We’re now back to the drawing board. How we’d love to continue in the UK, to keep @illyriapottery
open, and to stay with our Oxford community we’ve built over the past 6 years! We’re hopeful that something will open up, but it’s been such a long and emotional process. I’ve been looking for a visa-sponsored role since I tidied up the DPhil thesis in February. We’re a bit confused, frustrated, and weary of the struggle. And time is ticking, as we need to alert Katie’s landlord in December to whether or not we will stay. Someone once told me that the Oxford doctorate was my golden ticket. But I’m starting to think that the visa trumps the golden ticket. If you pray, please do pray for us. For patience, strength, opportunity, courage, and peace.
Meditating on this: “Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;/ The clouds ye so much dread/ Are big with mercy and shall break/ In blessings on your head.” ~William Cowper
You may not always have time for holidays and quiet strolls. But you can create a purposeful space in your home to relax, get inspired and let your mind wander. A place without distraction or pressure. You don’t need to make it a place where ideas have to happen, but rather just a place to take a little moment out of your day, even 5- 10 minutes, so that your mind has a little quiet time to process thoughts. Ideas may not flow right away, but it gives you time to start the process and begin working through things or simple fill you up with inspiration or motivation and remove the daily distractions and the things that stress you out.
Where to Create a Calming Space to Inspire Creativity
—— Your calming creative space can be as simple as a beanbag in the corner of your office or bedroom. It could be a cosy spot on the couch in your living room, a deck chair in your backyard or a special armchair with a basket beside it full of books and a cosy blanket. Depending on the space you have and what works for you, find a space you can turn into a little sanctuary. It doesn’t have to be a full room completely dedicated to relaxing, but if you have that available, then go for it.
Check out my bio link for my new YouTube channel and you will find a video all about creating a space in your home to cultivate creativity. And while you are there, be sure to subscribe as I am launching on 23rd Oct with a special edition video and a giveaway!
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