This Home

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I adore this place, it is exactly how I would decorate my own home with wooden floors, high ceilings and white walls plus numerous house plants, trinkets, art & collected objects from around the world. This place feels bohemian, homey & cultured. There is an offbeat dream-like quality to the spaces that inspire creativity such as painting on a lazy Sunday or writing poetry during dusk. Even though surrounded by antiques and other quirky pieces this space still feels airy and bright. This home has definitely made it to my pinterest board!
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Arabic Bracelet

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Another close friend of mine & I had bracelets comissioned as a best-friendship exchange. Because she is now Muslim and living in a Middle Eastern culture and I do love many things about the Middle East it seemed right to have our names done in Arabic calligraphy. We have never given each other anything special like this before and yet we have been friends since High School.
It seemed like the perfect time to have these bracelets made since we both turn 30 this year and this was our way of celebrating. I love my bracelet and the Hamsa charm that comes with it, it is a little bit too big for my tiny wrist and will need to have some links taken out of it but other than that it’s beautiful and I can not wait to wear it.

On other news, my Chakra Balancing course is coming to an end and I will soon be enroling on the Dance Therapy Diploma. I am also currently trying to organise my trip to visit my Mum in Bulgaria and write my 4th article, so a lot on my plate and I am a little bit stressed but I know all will be well.

Tarot card of the Day: Ten of Cups

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I pulled this card out when I ventured to the Eden Project and it’s one of my favourites because it is a happy card and can usually represent harmony, marriage, alignment and contentment depending on where the card is placed in a reading. In my case, because it is a card of the day it probably means wishful thinking, my desires and even how I am feeling in that moment. Which is true, I was content, I felt balanced and happy because we were on a mini break, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by beautiful flowers. The mini break was meaningful and sweet and I felt emotionally joyful.

According to BiddyTarot “It represents almost an idyllic state of peace, harmony and love where all your dreams and wishes have come true and you are delighting in your good fortune. Given it is a Ten, this card indicates attainment of this idyllic state so stop for a moment to appreciate everything that you have accomplished and be incredibly grateful for the blessings that fill your life right now.”

It was on this mini break Jon & I were able to discuss the future and I opened up and told him of all the things I want for myself over the next 12 months, which I have kept hidden in fear of judgement or criticism from him and those surrounding us. But now because I feel so much more courageous and stronger emotionally I actually don’t care anymore what peope say and I am just going to follow my dreams.

Biddy Tarot goes on to say “The Ten of Cups encourages you to follow your heart and go with your intuition about where the best opportunities lie. As an intuitive person, you know that you can trust your gut feeling to guide you. When you feel truly happy and inspired about something, you know that that is the way to go! Aim to seek out opportunities that make you feel fulfilled and that are aligned with your personal values, rather than simply following the path that others expect you to take. You have to do what feels right to you and you only.”

And this is how I feel, my life path has changed slightly (more on this soon) and I feel amazing in myself and I won’t allow others to destroy this new found direction and wonderful energy. For the first time in my life I feel at peace and excited about the possibilities. I also feel so much more in control with what I want and I am not being dissuaded by others opinions of what they think I should be doing. I feel powerful, happy & charismatic. I am just going for it!

A Botanical Mini Break

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Jon & I decided at the last minute to go away for a few days to Cornwall just to relax and clear our minds from the daily grind. We both realized we had been super busy we had forgotten to just be in the moment. Jon is travelling here, there and everywhere with work and I am writing articles, organzing my workshop, studying and arranging numerous projects. Things needed to come to a mini hault, so we did just that. This is kind of like a mini break inbetween the big breaks (Nepal in March and Bulgaria this September). I suggested we go somewhere botanical based because I am currently gathering research for my latest art project that has been buzzing around the back of my mind for ages. As this winter sets in I wish to work on a set of Botanical illustrations which will also be incorporated into an illustrated poetry book. But also this mini break allowed my body to be a little at peace because I recently fell down the stairs and bruised my Coccyx bone, it has been suggested I take it easy so very little or no Yoga (and Dance) for a short while…However as you will see in my photos this didn’t stop me from doing some Yoga poses and in all fairness it took only seconds to take a Yoga photograph so there is no harm in that, my Butt bone was achy a little later though!
Our mini break lasted 3 days and we ventured to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, Truro and a Cicrus (Truro and the Circus are not shown in this post).

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan was perhaps our favourite day trip out of the three. The weather was glorious and the gardens have so much to offer. There are beautiful flowers, secret water fountains, vintage white sitting areas, hammocks for lounging, a teepee workshop area for your little ones and even a little farm. Jon & I took a picnic with us and lazily basqued in the sun all day.
The next day we ventured to Truro to potter about the quaint shops and cobbled roads and in the evening we enjoyed watching a rather tacky Cicrus whilst munching on some overly sugared donuts.
The last day we strolled around the biodomes of the Eden Project, we have been here before and fancied going back and renewing our yearly ticket. we grasped at the opportunity to go here later in the afternoon from 3pm and the place was open until 8pm, this means less tourists and even better less screaming spoiled children. Other than a few quiet families and cute couples we had the place to ourselves and it felt wonderful to get lost in these giant tropical plants. You do feel like you are in the middle of a rain forrest or perhaps a massive Terrarium.
During our mini break we were based in Jon’s parent’s caravan in Par. Here I delighted in reading my books (including a children’s book), playing with my Tarot cards and writing up draft versions of my poetic short meditations I hope to record on soundcloud very soon. All in all it was a brilliant mini break and it was just what my soul needed. It really was a beautiful Botanical Mini Break.

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On other news, I am writing a book review for my next article with Yogi Approved and my Chakra Balancing course is almost complete as I now have 5 case studies to type up.
My Dance workshop in Glastonbury is being postponed until the end of September due to a number of factors including my poorly Coccyx bone but it is still happening!
I will be enroling on a Dance Therapy Diploma shortly and very soon I am off to Bulgaria to visit my Mum. So all in all I am content, although a little fatigued but feeling thankful for all that has come into my life this year so far.

Secret wardrobes, fur hats & soup

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It has been a while since I have seen my best friend. Last time we spent time together was in October last year when I was visiting friends & family for my birthday. Nic & I have known each other since university and it was love at first site. In fact she approached during our induction class and she found out I have a love of belly dance, mermaids & tarot cards and we have been close ever since. Nic is a multi-faceted artist although her primary subjects involve music & acting she is also very crafty and enjoys creating hand made things, painting, writes plays and dancing. Nic tutors young adults in piano and vocals, is in a band, is currently writing her solo album, in her free time is involved in acting projects and skates with a roller derby team.
We are so in sync and are always bouncing ideas off each other so there is a constant flow of mish, mash creative energy involving all forms of art across the spectrum of creativity.
Her imagination is expansive and her charisma is limitless so she is my lovely becon of light during rainy days.

We had so much fun during our day together. Her family had a mini break to Devon and wanted to stop over in Totnes so I hopped on the train and met up with Nic just to have a bloody good laugh and mooch around strange little boutiques whilst conversing about life. We exchanged gifts in a garden cafe, she treated me to a slice of cake & hot chocolate and later we had some exquisite home made soup at ‘The Willow’ (If life is uncertain, eat dessert first is a motto I like to live by). We found a biarre little junk shop caked in vintage clothing & costumes and towards the back it had a secret wardrobe that reminded us of Narnia, here we just enjoyed dressing up in fur hats, vintage shoes & Shakespeare-like attire like little girls lost in our own secret, imaginary world.

Our time together was short and sweet as she had to head back to Liverpool the next day but it won’t be long before I see her again as she is coming with me to Bulgaria in September and I can not wait!