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    Dear Diary: There Is More

    The caterpillar that once was has suddenly discovered its wings and learned how to fly. I found myself struck by the thought of the butterfly and how beautiful and breathtaking it can be to find one. Now I’m not an ecological expert, I’m an artist and a writer, but I drew a butterfly recently for my cards of kindness campaign to remind and encourage people that they are beautifully unique. In today’s crazy-busy world it feels easier to forget to look in the mirror and check in on ourselves than it does to scroll through the reams of stills and images on our phone comparing and contrasting our life and journey with the next person. Yet, how can this be? If we too are as unique as the next. Every fingerprint represents a unique code of gifts, talents, patterns, and humans. This life is not a one sizes fits all, so why then do we spend some much time, money, and effort to squeeze into the box of ideas, to get the same coffee cup as that influencer on social media or just allow ourselves to get comfortable and camp up along the journey of life because we found ourselves tiring of the thought ‘are we there yet?’ ‘Have they recognised me yet?’ ‘Why is this not happening for me yet.’ Yet it is really the keyword here. Perhaps these kinds of questions are a signal to remind ourselves of our why. Perhaps, this is a sign that we’ve become so consumed with the highlight reels around us that we have taken our eyes off our own journey and road. If only we would be reminded that there is more ahead than what we left behind or what’s going on to our left or to our right. Fix your eyes on the path set before you and be prepared to fight. No great adventure was gained without a fight.

    Transitioning from caterpillar to butterfly is not a comfortable process and neither is shifting lanes or change in life for any human, but it is necessary. Perhaps it’s time to be brave in this storm we are currently bumbling our way through to remember that there is more, and it’s time to go again.

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    Embrace your grace

    I now believe the more comfortable we are with ourselves. The happier we will be. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up for what we did or did not do, for what we have or do not have. What would happen if you decided to stop comparing yourself today, if you decided to give your own inner voice an actual place on the stage of your life, and allowed yourself to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going?

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    “It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” Terry Pratchett

    When I wrote this post before work this morning, I didn’t expect that we would lose the Queen of soul today – Aretha Franklin.

    “Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”

    As Aretha once said, “sometimes what you’re looking for is already there.” Let’s look within, and embrace the grace you’ve been given. Shine bright baby girl.

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    Where’s our great British summer?

    You could say this is the question on everyone’s mind? It’s not exactly been the Indian summer we were promised, but then again I am Scottish and I come from a land where the sight of grey sky, rain and wind is of regular occurrence.

    Sorry to my Scottish friends, and family out there! 🙂 I love you all dearly, and truth be told it sounds like you have seen more of summer than London this year!

    Still, as it is Wednesday and I missed the Great British Bake Off tonight. #GBBO I’m going to have to watch that one on catch-up, so  I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures from a moment of sunshine in one of my favourite spots in London… the park.

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    This spot in particular was stunning. Despite being deep in conversation, eating M&S cake and drinking coffee – The sunshine, blue sky, park buzz and sound of birds singing softly in the background was bliss. I took a Vine of this moment too.

    *Warning* I hear it’s not good to tilt the camera, so sorry in advance. I was a little excited.

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    I think I have a filter on my iPhone 6 phone…
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    I had a really cool picture of the sunset from my room window tonight. It’s not been as warm as it looks, but I feel these pictures have brought back a moment of sheer bliss and cheering me up this evening.

    So that’s it for me today. These are just a few of the beautiful moments I have captured recently. I’m not sure where the great British summer has gone this year, but if all I had was this one snapshot, I’d be pretty chuffed with this one.

    I hope you’re having a good week. If not, make sure you stop and look for the opportunity in your week and day to appreciate. If the dream or circumstance you’ve been waiting to see seems slow to turn up. Remember the process of growing like the tree above. As long as you’re sowing the right seed into good soil, the harvest will come.  As one of my hero’s today said, “You can’t sow a seed and reap a harvest at the same time. There is always a natural delay in between.” Just because something hasn’t happened yet, or fallen into place, doesn’t mean it won’t.

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    Hats for days

    Hello beautiful!

    It may have been a rainy bank holiday Monday, but have to say I am thankful to have spent a little more time at my desk preparing for the week ahead.

    I’m not sure I’ve introduced you to my home yet, but here is a sneak peek into my new hub. I’ve deliberately drenched it in fairy lights, and cute little reminders and scents that are really just a way to lure me to write, or think.


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    Oh have you spotted the book on my desk? Yes, that is T.D Jakes new book that arrived last week. I am super duper excited to delve into this. This man is a gifted communicator, businessman, pastor and so much more. I loved his last book Instinct, and could not put it down. I’m pretty sure this won’t take me long to get through as it’s so easy to read, but after taking a look at the first two pages it looks like I may need some highlighters. The gems are oozing out of this book. You can find out more about this book here. I may end up doing a review piece on this blog soon, but don’t wait for that, go buy it. It’s good to invest in YOU by reading. I was shocked to hear stats that suggested many adults stop reading once they leave university. I want do something about this.

    But hey, check out how close this plane flew over my head today! I thought it was a cool picture to post, and actually took three! This turned out to be the best.
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    So what did you all get up to for your bank holiday weekend? I deliberately used this weekend to relax. Lots going on right now, but check out this cute little hat that I got as a gift. Do you like? I went a little crazy taking pictures of it, so if this seems vain I’m sorry. #sorrynotsorry It’s too cute!


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    No bank holiday Monday would be complete without some X Factor (on catch up) and some rather yummy strawberry fondu! This has to be hands down my favourite dessert ever! Although, this is a mini version.


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    It’s starting to feel like winter. X factor, comfort food, and grey sky. Have I been transported to Scotland? I hope there’s a little more sunshine in you yet, London.

    Hope you all had a fab weekend! I’ll aim to be back here on Wednesday. Catch you then?

    P.s I’ve been MIA for blogging for a while, but I can’t seem to shake my love for Periscope @leemac85 , and Instagram. I’m also on Vine too, so do make sure you follow for my latest broadcasts. Come say hello, and let’s chat!

    Xoxo

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    Spontaneous photography and MasterChef Uk final!

    It’s been so long!

    I’ve been rather busy with life, and all the fun elements that has to offer. I still love my job, challenges and all. I have so much that I want to do and experience, and doing my best to tick them off, whilst staying focused on the main areas of life that I’m building on. There is so much to be thankful for. If anyone follows me on Instagram, you will notice a theme in some of my photos, which I call #30daysofthankful. This hashtag probably rings alarm bells for grammar police, now that I think about it. However, it’s been one of my favourite things to do, and a source of strength on days that aren’t all that fun.


    They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Thankfulness is something I am particularly working on right now, and it’s serving me well. I also think it helps keep things in perspective.

    I hope this finds you well. I’ve just parked up in Starbucks (my favourite haunt) to push through this my latest writing project. I am so tempted to start the next book, but determined to finish what I’ve started first.

    This week is Colour conference, where thousands of girls will gather to refresh, energise, and challenge each other to be the change in our world. This will be my first Colour conference, and its suffice to say I am expecting a life changing week.

    Have any of you been following @MasterchefUK? I watched the final last night, and it was epic. I’ve followed this programme for a while, but this was by far my favourite episode/series to date. All three finalist were highly skilled, and appeared worthy winners. Watching winner Simon Woods pursue his dream, with humility and great diligence was more than inspiring. It was magical.

    His passion for food, and gift for cooking was evident for all to see. I think what touched me the most is his endurance to push through the nerves, to be open and teachable, and his determination to not give up. I’m sure he has felt like giving up many times over the years of his life, and what we see in the final few steps of his breakthrough is only a snippet to the years of perseverance he has endured.

    “Perseverance produces character, and character hope.”

    Here’s few of my favourite pictures from memories I’ve create over the last month.

               
    Until next time.

    Xx

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    Editing thy novel: My new abode

    As I have a few days off I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend hours and hours on my novel. I even found a new abode yesterday, which has the best hot chocolate in the South West, and unfortunately due to creative reasons I won’t be able reveal this haven just yet. However, I would like to add and let you in on my frustration. Yesterday I managed to edit three whole pages before I was distracted by my shopping list, which I had to go home to cook.

    Today, I’ve managed to edit 5 pages so far, but the daunting prospect that I am only 28 pages into a 200 page draft is startling to say the least. Do you, or have you experience or advice in the process of book editing that you would like to share?

    I think I’m going to go pick up my new printer now, which I plan to encourage myself by printing out these 28 pages. The idea is to inject some sense of productivity, and spur me on.

    Besides this very enjoyable process, I am still looking for a new book to read. My schedule has cranked up a notch this week, which has place a whole new value on time to read. I’m open and keen to find a good rom com novel, or anything other than horror or porn so if you have a recommendations please leave below. I only ask as time to research book reviews has shrunk again. All though I am a huge fan of novelicious and good reads.

    Happy Friday everyone! Stay tuned for my pancake story this Monday!

    Peace and Jam!

    Xox

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    This cafe is so cool. Besides hot chocolate, and a range of tasty looking cakes! The music is chilled and one of my favourite songs by Passenger is currently playing in the background. I’m currently sat by a huge bay window, where the sun is piercing through in the most beautiful way. The shop had a great selection of design and home items. All of the above make for the perfect writing environment right now. I’m so glad my friend introduced me to this place. She said it was a great place for getting things done, and she was right. I have discovered that choosing a spot to write/edit your novel is crucial to finding your flow. They say silence is golden, but for me it’s tempered with the sounds of my new abode.

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    My Hunger Games obsession

    Oh my goodness. I’ve just watched part two of the Hunger Games, and I loved it! I put off watching the Hunger Games for so long because truth be told, I found it scary. I know, I’m a geek.

    I watched the first instalment back in March, or May with some friends. It’s safe to say I now want to read the books, and starting with part 3 so I can see what happens to Peeta. I absolutely loved ‘the lovebirds’ of district 12; Katniss and Peeta. I am a sucker for a good love story, and find Josh Hutcherson way too cute in this film! As if that’s possible?

    I am probably breaking a thousand rules in this post, and I know they always say the book is better than the film, but I happen to believe different.  I love books, however; I love them just as much as watching the movie (so long as it’s made well). I love watching movies because I find the good ones are extremely powerful in pulling you into a world where the make believe becomes believable. I love books because I get to create and write those scenes that I want to watch. It’s magical. Truly magical.

    Okay, if anyone reads this they are most likely going to think I’m crazy, but this is an overspill of excitement from watching a fantastic movie on a spontaneous whim.

    Are you a fan of the Hunger Games? Is anyone willing to spill what happens next? I want to know!

    As you can probably tell, I’m not the most patient of readers. No one ever likes to let me in on the ending, but seriously I don’t mind. I’ll still enjoy it just as much±

    I’m off to buy the books on Amazon! I’ll be back in a few months? 😉

    Joke.

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