All posts filed under: reflection

Window seat: The view from above

Everyone knows that the best part of flying is snacking on salty peanuts and silently taking in the elevated view. The perspective almost always alters my sense of self when I attempt to compare my realtime world with all those miniature toy cars and Monopoly-style homes beneath me. Matt Low, a Brooklyn based photographer, beautifully captured the calmness that comes over window seat passengers when taking in the view from above. Makes you want to jump on a plane today, eh? You can see a lot more of Low’s work on Behance. Enjoy! S.

Lyrics write my world

Lyrics mean everything to me. It’s my poetry, and the soundtrack for 75% of my day. When I was little, my parents controlled the car radio. No form of begging would sway them from switching the station or ejecting that Roy Orbison tape (I truly despise his voice to this day). My yellow Sony walkman, hiply decorated with Super Mario Brother stickers, was my saviour half the time  – I had to share with my brother. Driving in the car, my parents would join forces, mocking our 90’s musical taste. From the front seat they exercised their parental power, laughing while mimicking the incoherent lyrics. “The music you kids listen to nowadays is just dreadful” says my father. “Ya, I mean, it’s all just rap crap!” my mother would cheerfully chirp in, “They just mumble through the lyrics! I have no idea what they are saying!” And so my musical taste has been greatly swayed not by the vibe, or the beat — but the words. The story. The poetry flowin’ through the tune. well, Grace …

You are Oceanic by Tapiwa Mugabe

All she wanted was to find a place to stretch her bones. A place to lengthen her smiles and spread her hair a place where her legs could walk without cutting and bruising a place unchained. She was born out of ocean breath. I reminded her;  ‘Stop pouring so much of yourself into hearts that have no room for themselves do not thin yourself, be vast. You do not bring the ocean to a river.’ – Tapiwa Mugabe, You are Oceanic

Oh, hello 2014!

I’m so, so excited for 2014! 2013 was a great year for me (which I’ll be recapping shortly) but I just have a gut feeling that 2014 is going to be absolutely fabulous. I gained a lot of strength and confidence last year while I carefully laid down the foundation for my new life. In 2014, I’m going to continue to trust in the process and allow for that momentum to spill on over into this brand new year. Some great advice for you to carry into the new year (I wrote this gem out and tucked it into my purse)…. “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart. One who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” — Marvin J. Ashton Have you made any new year’s resolutions? I have a big long list of things that I want to tackle, like working on my personal writing, reading 31 books and becoming a juicing goddess! Ha Ha. Whether you …

When a waves comes, go deep

While browsing one of my favourite blogs, Humans of New York, I came across a quote that literally took my breath away. For the last few months, It seems like I’ve been tumbling around in the core of a big, tumultuous wave. Each time I manage to get my head above the water, it takes me a little longer to catch my breath and gain a sense of direction…. I hope it passes soon. “If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?” “When a wave comes, go deep.” “I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one.” “There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to …

One day you will lose everything

“You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away. But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude. Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.” Sigh, that one helps to put everything into …