"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
- Christopher Columbus, brainy quotes
With quotes everyone interprets and looks at them in different ways, and there isn't necessarily a right or wrong opinion. I looked up this quote to see other peoples opinions etc, and I honestly got just a little confused, because apparently this quote is from a story, or a book of some sort. I'm not entirely sure, so I'm purely looking at this as a single quote with a hidden meaning.
I fall in love with any quote that mentions sun, sea, or anything related to that kind of thing! Probably because of my crazy interest in Mermaids etc... Nice little fact about me there, but anyhow the way I think of this quote, or the meaning I feel it's trying to show, is that if you always desire to be safe with, for example a career route if you don't take risks, you'll never make mistakes and learn for the better, or you might miss an exciting, different opportunity.
I was feeling incredibly nervous and my mind was in such a negative state. This is only because I have so much work to complete by Monday morning, in such little time.
Considering I woke up just before lunch (12pm), I decided to quickly have some breakfast & get ready to start my day.
One thing that made me feel 110% better, is that my outfit was spot on. I'm such a typical girl, I know - but we can all agree that those random days when you throw on an outfit and it looks more than good, we can't help but feel very accomplished.
I then started some work downstairs once I was ready, then my mother and I went into our local town to get some of my art supplies and other bits and bobs. I mention this because after we got our stuff we went for some coffee at Café Rouge. I've never been before, I honestly do not know why, it's literally got the perfect French setting, the coffee was great, and I even got a small caesar salad as I was slightly peckish. My mum and I sat outside, as the weathers been rather warm and lovely today and drank away. This calmed me down so much and helped me relaxed and get my mind in order.
Right now I am back at home, after quickly visiting our friends shop down the road, where I got myself some patterned trousers as a treat, and I am now writing this post, drinking my Your Tea, waiting for my lovely Emma to come and help me with my work, and for a long needed catch-up.
It wasn't the most interesting day to document! But I still thought I'd share it with you, as it kind of gives you an example of how I try to keep my chin up, when I wake up not feeling 100%.
for many of us we are starting a-fresh, a new year at school, college, or maybe even a job. We prepare ourselves for the worst; the stress, new faces, new surroundings, new challenges... But when we face the reality of it, we don't d-e-a-l with it, we just procrastinate.
We all know how hard it is to get back into a routine after having the Summer months off, I sometimes realise I've forgotten how to write after not having to for so long.
So my one goal starting from now, here in September - all the way through to the end of this year, is to not procrastinate 80-99.9% of the time.
So heres 6 simple steps on how to create a balanced and consistent ... um, life! I guess??
1. Water, tea & detox.
After drinking water with lemons and ice in it, day after day I started to feel so naturally refreshed. Many factual reasons it's a good thing to drink this daily is because it - give your immune system a boost, good source of potassium, aims in digestion, cleanses your system, keeps your skin blemish free, helps in weight loss and helps fight viral infections.
On the tea side of things... Any tea is a great alternative to snacking, and to keep you warm during the colder months, but the tea I having been loving recently, is Ginger, Green tea. It is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. If you've even had ginger biscuits, you will love this tea.
I've also said detox, because in my recent experience it's good to cleanse out your system and leaves you feeling a little bit more refreshed and healthier.
2. Do your work/assignment when it is set.
Get - it - out - the - way. Any work you are set, with a deadline that may be either in the next few days, or the following week, I order you to at least start it when you receive it, because once it is done, you have all the free time in the world! Well ish. It makes things far less stressful and doesn't leave you doing it last minute.
3. Take a walk.
Whether its solo or with someone, sometimes all you need is a little bit of fresh air. It's also exercise that you don't really make a big deal out of! I like going on long walks, once or twice a week, to either clear my mind, or catch up with my b's.
4. Look at Tumblr/Pinterest & or other blogs for inspiration to keep your motivation high!
Tumblr is probably the main reason why I am trying to be more and more dedicated to my blog and why I have become more active and healthier. It gives me a boost in confidence and motivation a lot of the time.
5. Do something active 4-6 days a week, for at least 30 mins.
I always feel guilty if I sit on my ass all day, well actually once, twice, maybe three times a week for me it's ok, but then I need to do something. I normally just do a workout, but I'd like to start pilates or yoga as well.
6. Plan an evening with friends either once or every two weeks.
Go out for dinner/drinks, have a movie/game night, go on a hike/bike ride. SOCIALISE. This is something I honestly cannot be bothered to do often, not because I am rude, and don't like people, but because I'm just not that driven to go out much anymore as I'm constantly tired and just want to relax.
So believe it or not, start doing the majority of these 6 steps on a daily basis, and you'll find yourself in a mildly relaxed, consistent and happy routine. You'll be feeling refreshed and happy inside and out!
“You are the art. Your words, your haircut, your clothes, your actions — these display your unique blend of past and present, desire and lack thereof, insecurity and purpose. You are the painting, and everyday you’re painting yourself and the world around you. Every moment is a canvas is waiting to come to life. The walls of this planet and the walls of your heart are still available to graffiti artists everywhere. There’s still room for redemptive, honest, hopeful colors. You put your brush to canvas with every decision, with every breath. We are the human race.”
- Jon Foreman, Tumblr quotes
When I came across this quote by Jon Foreman on Tumblr, I didn't even need to read it twice to know I had to re-post it. I happily consider myself an artist, not only in art and design, but in mind and soul. I strongly believe that we are a canvas, everything around us is a canvas. We create our image, our hopes, our dreams and that we are capable of being the best piece of art we can be.