‘creativity is the love-child of imagination’
and the tale of my two tees, is a case in point. Long story short, I had received the wrong sized tee from ASOS, and decided to keep it. One day, while looking at it & deciding its fate, creativity stepped in after my imagination stepped UP!
I simply stepped into the neck, belted it and welcomed a new skirt into my wardrobe-fold! It’s quirky…and cheeky, and I love it. Teamed with some LuciteLove, it was the perfect outfit for a breakfast meeting at Bread and Circus.
Skirt: ASOS tee
Leather boots: Wittner
Bangles: Somebody else’s trash became my treasure ─ a long-ago Rozelle Markets find ─ and I think they cost me $2 each
Big ring: Another long-ago Rozelle Markets find, and at a sweet $5
Small ring: Bella Emporio in its opening year! It was $10
Bag: River Island via ASOS
Leather jacket: Just Jeans purchased in February 2010, and never worn until this day!
Location: Empty ‘For Lease’ space next to Bread and Circus.
Inspiration: minimalism & metallics, my imagination & an innocent mistake!
It’s time…for another ONE of these!
I find that when overwhelm threatens, I can either be overwhelmed or I can remind myself of ONE desire ┃one day at a time, and take my own advice.
My hunger for knowledge is titanic ─ I like to know things, because I’m highly curious and love trying new things or simply editing that which I already know! Yes, it’s a passion. And along with this passion comes a sh*tload of information! The knowledge part being the carefully selected bits from this ocean of information….& this takes time ─ a precious commodity that can evaporate in the blink of a long-lashed eye!
Which brings me to this…
I breathe (very important first step!) and then I tell myself that it’s okay. It’s okay that I am so interested in everything. It’s okay that I have gargantuan to-do lists! And it’s okay that my personal and professional lists are head-to-head in this knowledge-race. It’s okay.
I breathe again. And then I reach out for ONE thing.
This is what I did yesterday, because I wanted to cry when I happened upon a list from a few weeks ago, with only 3 lonely ticks! I wanted to cry….but I didn’t. Instead, I calmly looked at the blue, blue sky and thought, “Wow, beautiful”. I listened to the neighbouring noise…Sunday sensations…late afternoon…reading…on my supremely comfortable couch….breathing….seeing….sipping on some sweet Sunday Style, and just enjoying the moment! It’s not easy when your to-do-thought-train threatens to take over, but you just brush it away calmly, and stay right where you are!
It’s peaceful coming right back to where you are…right now. It makes sense. You appreciate where you are and what you’re doing; you appreciate the situation, the things and the people around you, in that moment, full-stop. So simple and yes, very grounding and energising.
I find that as soon as I do that, and continue to do so, all that follows (yes, the to-do stuff!) flows a little better, and answers greet me without the how-&-where-constipation.
When I started work today, the answer to a big business question came to me in two-clicks. Usually, this can entail an entire morning, afternoon or even day of ‘work’, so I truly believe that by focussing on my moment ─ as I like to call it ─ I calmed the heck down, I breathed…properly, I enjoyed, I appreciated, and I opened my whole-self right up to receive all that I needed, in order to do all that needed doing.
I am particularly enjoying this moment ‘talking’ to you.
Your moment is not only waiting for you, it’s with you right now, so enjoy it!
Every day is an opportunity to be thankful. And every day, amidst the madness of life, one has to remind oneself of exactly this. I particularly push myself through the gates of gratitude when I least feel the bliss of the g-word. And while I begin reluctantly, by the 3rd or 4th thank-you, I am rearing to go and with a huge smile that starts at the root of my liver and heart!
I give thanks in the morning, while still in bed, & starting with my bed! It’s deliciously warm and comfortable, and had just provided the best platform for a stupendous night’s sleep; Makes a big difference to one’s day.
I give thanks at night, yes again in my bed ─ a popular pulpit for gratitude! hahaha. And also everywhere and anywhere in between. Whenever I remember, I’ll quickly shoot off one or a few things for which I am grateful……sometimes, I’ll take a moment in the sun, over my latte, to scribble a score of gratitude in one of my favourite Moleskines.
I gave my thanks its first public platform here on lieslg, & revisited it every Friday at Cocktail Hour. I stopped for a while, but then I came back; I re-jigged the name and now it sports a simpler moniker. It may no longer (strictly) be weekly, but it will continue to find its place here as it’s such a big part of my life anyway.
Being grateful really opens up my eyes to abundance…my own abundance. There is no room or necessity to want-and-wish for anything or anybody else’s life or good fortune. And it’s the quickest and simplest and cheapest way to happiness and…generating some more of that much-desired abundance.
So here I go……
Share Your Victory ─ it teaches me so much about myself, business and people. It’s the 3rd member of our family. It’s our heart. It’s our livelihood. And because sharing victories and supporting each other is what it’s all about.
lieslg ─ it gives me such pleasure hanging out here and writing and musing to my heart’s content.
A Cowboys-&-Indians party! Yes, as you can see below, I’m half Indian (top) and half Cowboy (bottom) ─ a somewhat cheeky nod to my own mixed heritage!
A cluster of feathers and a bubble gun! Oh, the little things ─ hahaha! This is an old Sportsgirl necklace that I quickly fashioned into a my version of the Indian headdress. I bought the bubble gun from a local toy store & then gifted it to the kidlets after the party. Here’s to thinking creatively (to avoid unnecessary costume shopping) and supporting local, small businesses as well.
Meeting new people all.of.the.time, and giving time to friends who have been in the fold for a while.
Old jewellery coming out to play again.
Manly, and hanging out on the harbour.
Green juicing, always.
‘All that I need to know is revealed to me. All that I need, comes to me in Divine Right Order’
Discovering Kundalini yoga.
Jewellery design sketches!!!
Letting go and allowing.
Long ocean swims.
Old photos of my dad, his dad and his mum.
The distillation of my 2013 Core Desired Feelings: self-acceptance (enough)│believe (confidence)│purpose (excited) │focus (accomplished). Sweet-Swoon!!
Trieste limited edition coffee pods ─ such lovely smooth chocolate-y undertones.
Amazing sunsets and magical moon nights.
Visiting family in Canberra.
Meeting up with blogger buddies.
Sundowners with friends at Belgrave Cartel.
Taking up with Pinterest again ─ so good!
A Friday lunch-date with a beautiful friend. A bonus that we were spoilt with mazarine skies, a balcony with ocean views, a gorgeous apartment, yummy food, fab company, music and good ole fashioned laughter!
Herbal teas. My current favourite is planet organic Chai Spice, while my ongoing love is for Genmaicha with roasted rice. Ahhh…wicked work companions.
Imagination. My imagination. It’s such a blessing. An escape and also home…as well as a fabulous foundation for birthing ideas and collaboration and business ventures and your Dreamality™
Getting up super early on a Saturday to experience the second-last day of a pop-up cafe. It helped that the view to the sky, beach and ocean was magical, and that the service, coffee and food was fantastic! Here’s hoping the pop-up becomes permanent.
Getting shit done! hahaha. And Sundays are simply super for this very reason. I got my dye-ON, my writing too ─ hello 4 articles, in the space of about 3 hours! And cleared out my jewellery and more clothes!
Snippets…of TIME! This is precious and divine, all in the one breath. Shit.can.be.done.in.snippets.of.time! I was never one for that ── I’ve always preferred long stretches of time…to start, keep going until that ‘thing’ was finished! Oh, the old ways! Hahaha. Well, the snippets…of TIME thing is gratifying with a capital G! It’s called life, it’s called this-needs-to-be-done-along-with-everything-else, it’s called focus, it’s called “no more excuses”, it’s called ‘Yay, I can do this’……and I quite love it, because it’s getting shit done!
Lazy Sunday mornings (before getting shit done!)…in bed! Being ridiculous, silly, narcissistic…whatever…it’s about trying shit (as well as getting it done!), experimenting and putting it out there. I call this my grainy rendition of the 1980s-Elle-Macpherson-in-bed-for-Gilles-Bensimon’s-Sunday-morning-photographic-experimenting!!
Plunge in and Prosper! My mantra for 2013 and beyond. So good. Incidentally ms brownskin came up with this one, and I love her for it! So, I am super thankful to be able to get my PIP on!
Snacking on Love and Forgiveness. And being reminded to do so just when I most need to. It’s so-good soul-food I tell ya!
Letting go of “my plan”. Oh boy, so hard to do, but I’m blinking determined to Plunge in and Prosper!
My kitchen corner ─ much body-&-soul-food is prepped here with joy (the joy bit, more and more these days!)
Clearing out the physical junk to allow my much-loved and treasured possessions to shine and give me joy, make me smile every time I catch a glimpse of them or that one thing. I am enjoying my improved plan of having, in my home (and wardrobe), only that which I absolutely adore.
Mothers’ Day and being with family, for the whole weekend.
Burgers with a twist! Yes, that’s sprouted rye & spelt and oh, so yummy!
Cafe love and new ingredients…hello mustard cress + chilli on avocado. I will be re-creating this combination at home.
Exercise. Honestly, not as anticipated as my hit of morning nectar, but very satisfying once it’s done (and yes, good for the mind, body and soul!)
Each.new.day…full-stop! And realising the magnanimity of this daily gift. It’s not just another day to endure, it is carte-blanche on repeat if you’re lucky enough to be alive and in receipt. I sometimes need reminding (day-dredge can be persistent in her visits!) and when I am reminded, I can deeply realise and deeply appreciate.
Give thanks…appreciate…when you least feel like it too, because it will flip your switch to feel-good pretty much pronto!
BIG love xoxo
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I love books. I love reading. And I read a.l.o.t.
Funnily enough, I rarely remember the content or rather the details of the books that I have read once I put my full-stop on the final chapter. Funny, given that my memory is quite sharp!
And I never read a book more than once. Just can’t. I ride the tantalising wave, of ooh-what’s-next, far too well.
Until of course You Can Heal Your LIfe. At the time I didn’t know it. Now, it’s my most emphatic exception-to-the-rule.
I bought Louise L. Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life in 1991, and have since read it at least 4 times (possibly more). It’s filled with anecdotes that act not only as that, but as loving reminders and examples of how one can apply it to one’s own life. Love that. I am currently reading it again which as a result, became the catalyst for this article.
Louise wrote YCHYL in 1983, and 30 years later, it is still as relevant today as it was then ─ perhaps even more relevant today. A book well before its time ─ the proverbial and first drop in today’s ocean of the all-encompassing metaphysical thought-thread.
It’s relevant. It’s easy. When you read it, it’s like reading your favourite author ─ you can’t wait for the next bit of the story. The chapters are succinct yet voluminous ─ the message you need, is the message you get. It’s heartwarming and encouraging… it’s gentle. It is also practical, and the exercises and affirmations are simple and easily assimilated.
This article was not intended to be a book recommendation, but as I draw to its close, it feels like an apt segue. If you need some love, some light yet real and grounded teaching, borrow or buy You Can Heal Your Life ─ it has the power to heal your life and change your life…at the pace that you choose.
I like to call it my BlissBible™! Indulge if you can ─ I often do and in fact, am about to go back for a second serving right now!
“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete” ─ Louise L. Hay
To create your own BlissBible™ ─ It’s like a notebook that’s been given wings…and blessed by you!
Grab a pen ─ black, ballpoint, felt tip, sparkly gels or a rainbow of coloured pencils. Pour yourself a tisane, some sweet nectar or a flute of FrenchFroth. Steal a corner somewhere at home, in a park or dans un café, and this is what you do…
♥ Smile. It’s free and fabulous fuel to get you in the right frame of bliss!
♥ Give it a moniker. You can most definitely call it your BlissBible, but other names that come to mind: SoulSister, MagicMemo, RadicalReams, StreamSensation, ProdigiousPad, or simply Dreams, Desires. If you want to make it really personal, then name it as such: Liesl’s Book of Dreams, Francesca’s Den of Desires, Dan’s Web of Words or Loulou’s PaintedPages!
♥ Now do an impassioned VerbalVomit! Use your imagination…absolutely anything fun, fabulous, exciting, positive, positive, positive…how you want things to be ─ it’s your life so write your script!
♥ Jot down divine affirmations……about yourself and your life
♥ Doodle……from a ‘Dream BIG’ sign to a pair of shoes you’ve always wanted to design
♥ Write a letter to your 16-year-old self
♥ Choose your favourite quotes and put them in there too
♥ Brain storm your Core Desired Feelings for this year (no, it’s not too late!). Give it as many pages as you require. Then slowly narrow it down to 3-5 words. Come back to these words often to remind yourself of how you want to feel, and even transfer them to a piece of paper for your wallet or an index card for your fridge. It’s BrainBliss and BodyBliss in a nutshell, and in ONE neat hit!
♥ If you’re not such a fan of words, don’t fret, this BB is for the doodler, the sketch artist, the illustrator and the cut-&-paste fiend alike. Whatever drills to the core of your bliss, do it and give yourself some ecstasy-through-imagination-and-intention.
♥ Keep in mind, this is not a one-session-wonder. This can be undertaken once or several times a day, week or month ─ it’s completely up to you. It can be hours of creating your desired life or 5-minute-snatches here and there. Whatever you can afford, claim it and do……because this is one teensy yet powerful step towards your greatest bliss ─ that of simply & joyfully being!
And finally, with the biggest BlissBomb of LOVE that I can muster, I too remind you to carry your BlissBible with you ─ keep it close, and even if you’re unable to write, sketch or paste, you can most certainly re-read what you’ve already written or simply glance over everything, and give yourself some daily, repetitive and on-the-spot bliss!
A stream begins with a droplet…so here goes people ━ your G&T on tap!
❥Morning gratitude – so good beginning one’s day with thanks. I highly recommend it. If it seems that you may not have much for which to be grateful, let me assure you that you do! Once you start, it’s much like turning on a tap ━ it’s amazing and uplifting all rolled into one. I take my morning gratitude over a glass of morning nectar and a huge hit of sunshine – I scribble and sip, on repeat while simultaneously sucking up some sun! If I miss my MG, I hit up some G&T on the other end of my day, cocooned in bed. Just as toasty and gratifying❥Letting go – sometimes you just have to let go! Stop. And give yourself some love and peace❥Getting to bed earlier❥switching off the laptop at 8pm! So hard! But so good for me❥Getting back to hard copy books. How could I forget what that feels like?! Looking forward to whole afternoons of reading❥Vegetables roasted in coconut butter. Who knew I could do this number for dinner and be satiated?!❥Giving ‘Raw’ a real shot. It’s exciting and in motion❥Paying attention to my resistance…with love rather than loathing❥Reducing my coffee intake and just feeling how it feels❥Mario’s word-isms! Man, do they crack me up! Laughter seriously is the best remedy!❥Talking with my mamabear – big LOVE right there!❥Likes, comments, emails and gifts from SisterSledge!❥My li’l brother’s entrepreneurial spirit, and his crack-me-up humour. He loves to refer to me as his weird, crazy-ass sister!❥My thought-capsule reserved especially for my dad – it has been FULL these past 2 weeks❥Catching up with my most amazing entrepreneurial Transplant™ girlfriend over a super healthy FridayBreakfast. She is an inspiration and it was so lovely exchanging on that business level as well❥Zipping around town in Lady Josephine (my car!)❥Reading food labels, and understanding them! No small feat I tell ya!❥Experimenting. Special mention goes to eco skincare (peeps, SO much better for you and SO inexpensive and so few things in the toiletry bag!) and raw/whole-fooding!❥Getting real❥“If your goals aren’t terrifying you, they’re not BIG enough!”❥Raw cacao smoothies, minus the agave!❥Vision boarding, again! lol❥Fab additional strength-training exercises ━ thank you outdoor personal trainers! Sweet serendipity indeed as I don’t normally even notice anyone around me when I’m in huff-’n-puff mode!❥Ahhh…Apple Cider Vinegar, in my mouth, on my face & through my hair. So good. Organic and INexpensive!❥White Oriental lilies! So beautifully fragrant and lovely to look at too❥“Wouldn’t it be nice if…”❥Being treated so well during recent SundayShenanigans™ at Chez Dee! My first visit, and a blog post to follow soon on my experience there!❥Nikki Gemmel - I adore this woman, & she is a delight in person!❥Throwing myself into my own BeliefBouncingCastle and knocking myself out! Frick, it’s scary-feel-good, and a fabulous ‛get real’ activity. You should SO try it!❥PomPoms!❥Grabbing whole moments of complete contentment – no past or future thoughts required!❥Impending weekend catch-ups with good friends!
My loves, the tap doth runneth over, but I’ll stem it there…and let you take it from here! I want to hear your love-lists, I do! What’s making you happy? What are you loving right now? What’s putting you in full appreciation mode! Hit up the comments ━ I would love nothing better!
Oh, and take this with you as you wander through your weekend…