Monday Inspiration| Maria Oxley Boardman

Monday, July 27, 2015

DSC_0177 The last floral post reminded me of this time with Maria.  Now, edited in black-and-white.  A slight head tilt and eye flicker and this lady transforms.  Part of the job and territory, I know.
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Undeniably biased, but she is my favourite type of pretty- understated, honest and utterly timeless.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction.  Break the habit. Talk about your joys.

Return to Houston

DSC_0066 For the last 18 months, every six months I've returned to Houston.  To be a part of a growing family and my little niece (and now goddaughter)'s first memories.  My brother married into a gorgeous blend of Filipino/Mexican heritage and now with the addition of our Indian roots- it is a blend that is seen in the little being that is Isabelle. And she in no uncertain terms is loved to the nth degree here.

In the moments and days where I was not with twelve year-old Kailyn (pictured above) and Isabelle, we were fortunate to wander and visit some of the the never-ending list of places I've earmarked in Houston.  It was a good one.

Editing images down to a few to share is always a difficult task for me.  One thing I know for sure: life with this extended family sparkles.
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Houston favourites this time around: Tout Suite, Common Bond Bakery, Myth & Symbol and Montrose Shop.  I'll be seeing you soon Texas.

Monday Musings | On learning something new + apologies

Monday, July 13, 2015

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The start of the week always meets with varied emotion but this upcoming week I'm soon to be on travels and like most, have a long list of things to do whilst on 'vacation'.

Lately, most of my conversations with friends are about learning new- starting afresh and how in the world one learns something new at this in between age of reality and hopeful ambition.

As life and luck would have it, I stumbled upon this page full of the best websites to learn a new trick or trade- see here.  I wish I had found it much earlier!

And as an individual who says 'sorry' more than she should, I found this article very interesting.  An excerpt: ''It’s not what we’re saying that’s the problem, it’s what we’re not saying. The sorrys are taking up airtime that should be used for making logical, declarative statements, expressing opinions and relaying accurate impressions of what we want.

We are not sorry to ask for an email that should have been sent to us weeks ago, or to expect to receive the item we paid for, or to be bumped into on the subway. Yes, we should take the shampoo commercial’s advice and weed out the word when it’s superfluous. But it’s just as important to articulate exactly what we mean in its place.''

Two links to start the week.  Wishing you a beautiful one, friends.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Just one of the many, many little ones to look forward to in the next few weeks.

Sun drenched florals in Memorial Park

Last week, Alex introduced me to Memorial Park.

Her text message ''Oh, Rincy. Just you wait. They're a stones throw from us. I want to bring you.'' Enter 4,000 planted roses, nearly 40,000-50,000 in bloom, 15 different varieties- it was a sight to behold on a sunny day.

While one of the two gardens was no doubt more lush than the other on that day,  I am growing increasingly thankful for friends who introduce me to parts of the neighbourhood like this.
Perspective, florals and something new- I'm sold.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologise for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.

Ryan Adams

With Stephen Pearce

DSC_0015 Throwing my first pot with the legend that is Stephen Pearce.  A free spirit whose most loved discipline is seen in his pottery.

His philosophy : simple, simple, useful, useful.
My favourite kind of philosophy.

Monday Musings | From Ina

Sunday, July 5, 2015

''I have a low threshold for boredom.'' Ina Garten

For the last few years, I've been fascinated by the catalyst in an individual's life to change.  How one goes from a career in the White House writing nuclear energy policy to being an author and host of a Food Network program is endlessly intriguing to me.  Forbes recently posted an article about Ina and here are three of her tried and tested pieces of wisdom that got bookmarked straight away:

1) Type A people think they can figure out what to do next while they’re doing something, and they can’t, an important part of changing and figuring out what to do next is you have to just stop. I had to get good and bored before I could decide what was next.

2) ‘No’ is a complete sentence.

3) And referencing Oscar Wilde "Work is easy, fun is hard.''

The full article is here.  A little food for thought to start the week.

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