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Everyday Small Things – Wisdoms

You are today where your thoughts have brought you.

You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

– James Lane Allen

I think of this quote as the adult version of “The World is your Oyster..” quote which just added to my anger as a teenager because I couldn’t be a rocket scientist if I wanted.  I just wasn’t smart enough.  That was cool with me.  But the fact that everyone says this just frustrates me.

Whereas the quote above is more realistic to me.  It reminds me that it is only I who sets the limits to my life.  Now I know you are probably thinking this is pretty similar thinking to the oyster quote, but this is more about the choices, decisions and mindsets that I choose each day.

Sometimes in your life (like being a little isolated and lonely overseas) you need a little reminder that it is only you who chooses to be happy.  No one else.  The choice doesn’t just find you.  You are the choice.  I’ve found this outlook so helpful when facing food demons, and enjoying my exercise (rather than feeling guilty when not doing it), and just appreciating the everyday small things!!!!

Are there any quotes that really annoy you?  Don’t speak to you?

What quotes really do speak to you?

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Wimbledon, Lemonade & the best BF going

imageHi guys,

so I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I had to put a self-imposed blogging ban on myself as I’ve had to apply for new jobs and gosh that takes time!  But there has been a lot going on, and I have lots of new ideas I want to blog about so I’m excited to jump back in.

Randomly though I got food poisoning the other day.  As for the culprit… we have a few suspects… but am not sure.  We joke that I get food poisoning ‘good’ once a year.  In fact my recent trip to France was the first of five times I managed NOT to get sick – I just get waaaayyyyyy too excited about all the food.  And wine.  And cheese (that’s food I know).  You get the idea.

Anyway I sent my BF to get me some lemonade.  That’s what Mum always got me when I needed to get some sugar and fluids back in me.  Funny how when you are sick you crave the things that your Mum did for you as a child. [My Brazilian host Mum tried to make me eat steak and drink milk when I had the flu once… I just cried.. that is the last thing my real mother would ever have given me… but I really appreciated the gesture!]  Long story short… not only did he come back with lemonade.  But THE brand I secretly wanted too… SCHWEPPES!!!  I didn’t specify the brand when I asked because he’d had a long day and was already doing me a favour.  But somehow he knew!  He’s such a good egg!

I also managed to time the food poisoning to one of my FAVOURITE weeks of the year… WIMBLEDON!  So rather than feeling guilty about not enjoying the one sunny day of the year, or job aps etc I spent my time on the couch, drinking lemonade.  Really I might organise that every year!

I’m looking forwards to sharing some of the splendid summer magic with you!  xx

Which makes me wonder… what are the comforts you wish for when you are unwell?


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Everyday Small Things: Ice Cream Vans

Ice cream sundae Ice cream yum

One of my favourite summertime tastes is soft serve ice cream.  One of my favourite summertime sounds is our local ice cream van.  He comes around with his music on every evening in summer.  He drives to every street in our block.  We allow ourselves to go out once or twice over the season 1) we don’t really need the extra calories and 2) he typically only reaches us at about 9:15 pm as it’s not dark here until almost 11pm.  Well I’m in bed by 9:30 pm… I’m a girl who needs my 8 hours sleep!  And early rises for work necessitate this.  But we went out the other day with our neighbours.  It is such a nice way to meet people on your street – his brief visit helps to bring the community together a little bit!

My favourite flavour would have to always be chocolate with nut sprinkles.  Lots of chocolate.  Sometimes cone.  Sometimes tub.  That can be a tough decision.  Oh and don’t forget the flake!!!!!!  This is a variation of a 99 – a British tradition.  One cone + One serve plain soft serve ice cream.  My cousin first introduced this to me on a hot summer day in London when I first arrived.  Where did the 99 get it’s name from?  I thought it got it’s name from costing 99 pence (even though they are often a little more these days).  Actually I just googled it and found an article on BBC news.  Click here is you want to know more and the real reason behind the name and tradition!!!!

I tried to find my ice cream truck’s song on youtube for you.  Here is a link to lots of other ice cream truck songs (I’m going to go out and try and record the song if I can and I’ll add the post).  Each song brings back a really vivid, happy memory from my childhood.  It’s fun to do things as an adult that you used to do as a child.  Maybe one day when we have children we’ll get to do that all the time.  But for now, with just the two of us it is a fun little adventure that made us smile a lot!!

Did you grow up with an ice cream van?  What memories do you have?  What is your favourite flavour of all time?


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Everyday Small Things – Wisdoms

Vision without a task…

…is only a dream.

A task without a vision…

…is a drudgery.

But a vision with a task is a dream fulfilled.

I love this quote as it reminds me of why I created this blog.  I have dreams and wishes for my life.  This blog gives me a structure and a reminder that dreaming doesn’t get me far.  Sometimes I just need a good ol’ kick up the bum (or a well written reminder) to get on with living.

Do you have any inspirational quotes that you use regularly or like to come back to?  Please share as I always love new little wisdoms.


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Everyday Small Things: kindness & smiles

I write from Melbourne’s tullamarine airport as I’m about to fly back to the UK.  This morning as I was running around like a mad woman finishing last minute errands I was struck by everyone’s kindness!

I realised that almost whatever shops I went into or the workman on the roads I exchanged a few words with, or the people riding to work on their bikes that I past…. Everyone had a smile on their face. Everyone looked me in the eye. Everyone felt comfortable and interested enough to exchange a few words with me!

How did this make me feel? Like the world is full if kindness and how much a simple thing like smiling for yourself and others really brightens the world (and my mood).

As I head back to the UK, it scares me a little at the thought of loosing such exchanges. But they do exist.. So I need to remember how much others smiling at me cheers me up, so that u can smile at others and brighten their day with a smile too!

I challenge you all to smile at others today, take a brief interest in the exchange, and watch to see their faces brighten up too!

Let me know how this action makes you feel!

I’ll be out for a few days flying.. So next time I write it’ll be from England 🙂 xx


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Everyday Small Thing: kindness & smiles

I write from Melbourne’s tullamarine airport as I’m about to fly back to the UK.  This morning as I was running around like a mad woman finishing last minute errands I was struck by everyone’s kindness!

I realised that almost whatever shops I went into or the workman on the roads I exchanged a few words with, or the people riding to work on their bikes that I past…. Everyone had a smile on their face. Everyone looked me in the eye. Everyone felt comfortable and interested enough to exchange a few words with me!

How did this make me feel? Like the world is full if kindness and how much a simple thing like smiling for yourself and others really brightens the world (and my mood).

As I head back to the UK, it scares me a little at the thought of loosing such exchanges. But they do exist.. So I need to remember how much others smiling at me cheers me up, so that u can smile at others and brighten their day with a smile too!

I challenge you all to smile at others today, take a brief interest in the exchange, and watch to see their faces brighten up too!

Let me know how this action makes you feel!

I’ll be out for a few days flying.. So next time I write it’ll be from England 🙂 xx