7 for SEVEN

Hellooo Loves!

It’s been more down than up these last few days. I am struggling and I have been reminding myself constantly that had it not been for disappointment and detours and zig-zags and crossroads and the many setbacks I have faced, I would not have come this far. Still…it can be hard sometimes in the midst of personal struggle to remain mindful.

My seven this week is rather short, as I use some of my favourite quotes to remind myself that looking forward is the only way…forward.
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If you’re like me…and perhaps you’re struggling a bit this week, this month…this decade, I hope that one of these quotes, so ripe with wisdom, inspires you as much as they have me.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv – STREET ART EDITION

I am finally sharing some of the amazing street art I was able to capture during my Loud In London trip back in April. Today’s photo challenge Roy G. Biv is the perfect opportunity to share some of the memories of my trip.

Roy G. Biv is an acronym made of the first letters of the seven colors of the rainbow: Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet. Street Artists use all the colours of the rainbow to express their creativity in the most amazing ways. I hope you enjoy today’s photos as much as I enjoyed exploring Bristol and Brick Lane, London to capture them.

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7 for SEVEN

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Hellooo Loves! I came across this quote on a friend’s wall today, “I am thankful for all the dreams I don’t have to close my eyes to see anymore.” And it really changed the course of my Monday.

It’s been reverberating in my head all day…because I get so caught up sometimes on where I am headed and doing the things I need to do now to get there, that I forget that this present moment was once a dream.

This present moment…was once a dream. And that thought, my dear friends, put this week’s 7 for Seven in a whole new context.

ThankfulThis present moment…and all the moments that lead me to this point. Too often, I forget about the times I prayed, hoped and worked hard for something…forgetting that where I am right now is a result of many dreams – big and small – coming true. I am grateful to be living my dreams.

Which brings me to, having bigger dreams. Because I was created to live the best life I could.

Second (third, fourth, fifth) chances…or as many as it takes. Because we all need them.

Finally doing laundry. The pile was starting to look at me accusingly.

Season 3 of OITNB. Yep. I binge watched the entire season Friday night into Saturday. It was the best.brain.cooler.everrrr. And then GOT completely destroyed that cool on Sunday…but that’s another story for another time.

Finishing strong. Completed my final exams last week…and the last exam was a pretty good one. I am savouring this little respite, because the next phase is right around the corner.

Videos that melt my heart.

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

And there you have it folks, I hope that by paying attention to the little things, the every day details that make up all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season

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My off-season?

Any day I can linger over coffee and a good read.

Kissing Frogs

A Prince you say?

I got up this morning, had my usual breakfast smoothie and then headed to the shower. As I was finishing up, there in the corner of my bath was *scream* a frog!

HEART ATTACK!!!

I think we noticed each other’s existence at the same time. I almost broke my neck trying to get away from him and in his bid to get away, the frog jumped towards me for what, the Lord alone knows.

I know I didn’t get all the soap rinsed away but that was ok because no way was I going back in there. How that frog got into the bathroom is still a mystery to me. He must have been hiding under the shower curtain and when he heard the water got curious about what was happening. *bletch*

Disney's Princess and the Frog

To kiss or not to kiss?

If Mr. Frog was my Prince Charming…ah well…he will learn never to surprise a woman in the shower like that again if he wants a happily ever after. Fortunately, I do not believe in that crap fairy tales. Hmmm okay…so that is not entirely true. I believe that other people get the fairytale ending…just not me.

Other people like my brother and sister. My sister got hers last year and now my brother is getting married too. My baby brother is getting married tomorrow! I am ecstatic and happy that he has found a love that satisfies his soul and I’m a little sad too. Mum is not here to experience this, we are truly saying goodbye to childish things and entering a new phase of adulthood – the baby is getting married and well….I am still single.

Being around all this wedding stuff again, has me doing some self-appraisal. That little frog episode could not have happened at a more appropriate time…if there is ever an appropriate time for a frog to squat in your shower WHILE you are showering that is.

What happens when you’re the frog?

Egads! Vernette, is that you?

My self-appraisal brought enough clarity for me to deduce that, while I may think I’ve been kissing royally challenged frogs (see what I did there?) the croaker is actually me. After all…who is the common denominator in all these equations?

ME!

And guess what ladies and gentlemen? I’m learning that there is nothing wrong with being a frog. We need love too. And in the interim…kisses. Lots and lots of kisses.

Damn! Kissing can cause tied tongues.

So…if you happen to kiss a frog or three and you don’t get the “fairy tale” ending, does it make the love less real? If it does not end with a ring, does it mean that it was not a strong, earth-shattering, changed-forever kinda love?

I don’t believe in fairy tales…but I do believe that if the love is real, you are changed forever. Not into a prince or princess…but a better you, warts and all.

Ribbit! Ribbet!

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This post was originally published on October 26th, 2012.
Vernette is still kissing frogs on an island in the sun…
somewhere in the Caribbean.
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