Yesterday I read a blog post on inthefrow about getting back into old hobbies. It reminded that I haven’t done anything textiles/sewing related for a long time and that I don’t spend enough time writing just for fun.
Sewing is something I’ve been doing from a young age. It began with me and my sister using fabric scraps to hand sew dolls clothes then when I was 9 I joined the sewing club at school where I first learnt to hand embroider. As I got older Textiles was always a subject I enjoyed and did best in at school.
Last year in January I got my very own sewing machine and I was so happy as I had wanted one for a very long time. Fast forward to present day and I haven’t used my machine since August. The feeling I get when I’m creating something is amazing and I miss it. I already have a few things I want to make or alter I just need to get to it.
I spend more time thinking about writing than I do actually writing. I was recently inspired to start writing fiction again as I haven’t done so since secondary school. It won’t be for my blog, it’ll be for me and for fun. In terms of blog posts I have an ever-growing list of 40+ ideas but I rarely get round to actually writing them out.
Procrastination is one of the reasons I haven’t been pursuing my interests as much I as could have been. I want to be good at the things I do but I constantly worry that I won’t be (it’s a vicious circle!) and sometimes it ends up seeming better to not bother than to try and feel disappointed.
I’ve felt like that with many things in life but it’s only now when I’ve done some reflection and become consciously aware of the habit, that I am able to realise it is something I have to work on.
I want to end this post with a quote from a book by Paul Arden:
“Aim beyond what you are capable of. Try things you are incapable of. Make your vision a reality.”
The book I am currently reading is The power of habit by Charles Duhigg. I tweeted about Duhiggs book, a couple of days ago and he replied which was pretty cool.
I think these books minus the one on the bottom left are perfect for the place I am currently at in my life. I’m letting go of the past starting to work towards the life that I want for myself.
The first day I began the power of habit I learnt about the habit loop (that consists of cue, routine and reward). The book said that in order to change a habit you only need to change the routine.
I think the reason why I like the book so much is that I can apply the things I have learnt to my own life which actually makes it worth reading.
I’d love to know what you’ve been reading lately, whether it’s a book or blog.
I looked up at dusk and this is what I saw.
I really like being out when the sun starts to set, especially if I’ve had a bad day. I feel like it is a reminder that the day is coming to an end. If the sky is changing then so will your life.
Living in the moment
There was a quote from a book I read last year that went something like ‘We shouldn’t always wish to be somewhere we are not’ it then went on to say that we should enjoy the moments that we are in because they’ll pass us by.
It’s easy to wake up and go to school or work but wish you were somewhere else. I can guarantee everyone has done that at least once, me included.
However instead of wishing yourself elsewhere how about live in the moment you are in, make it amazing so that when its over you can say you didn’t let those minutes/hours pass you by. If someone told me this a few months ago I would have said that I’ve tried and it isn’t working (obviously forgetting Thomas Edison’s wise words) and that maybe it doesn’t work for everyone. Funny how things turn around though.
Here are 2 scenarios that I’ve had in my life:
A. You have to go to class whilst all your friends have frees for the rest of the day. You gaze out of the window wishing you were with your friends instead willing for the hour to be over so you can join them.
How about paying attention and making use of the next 60 minutes to learn as much as you possibly can.
B. You are laying in bed with Wonderwall by Oasis playing in the background. You wish that you were out somewhere having fun but instead just wish for the day to be over so you can (hopefully) start fresh tomorrow.
First up ‘stop the music’ now realise that even though your day has gotten off to a crappy start by choosing to live in the moment you could possibly have the best day ever.
Living in the moment isn’t an easy habit to adopt but like most things it just takes practise.
Last month I was contacted by a member of the Modani furniture company regarding my interest in doing a blog post on them.
If you haven’t yet heard of them here is a little about them:
‘We are constantly embedded in the world of interior design to select the most trendy items, from the most renowned designers of the last 50 years to young artists’ new lifestyle concepts.’
‘In life, there’s the Trendsetters… and the followers. Have you ever wished your home looked like those modern mansions featured on TV, or one of those edgy hotel lobbies that catch your eye the minute you step a foot on their white marble tiles? Modani has made a goal to create lines of furniture that would be ultra modern, yet affordable to everyone.’
They wanted my take on styling a living room as a style/fashion blogger. It’s not my usual types of post but I thought it would be quite fun to do and it was.
I kept this pretty simple with the majority of it in black and silver, but chose the cushions for a pop of colour, against the black sofa, I also really like the pattern on it. I liked the structure of the vase and mirror and think that having a variety of textures whether in interiors or outfits is always a great idea.
My starting point for this look was grey-scale. I chose the grey corner sofa as a focal piece with it’s modern yet simplistic design. For accessories I chose a lamp with quite an unusual shape it looks more like a sculpture really but it works so well because everything else is so simple. I really liked these cushions because of the paisley pattern on them and I think grey on white is a good colour combo.
For this last look I started with the 2 patterned cushions in yellow and grey. The pattern on the cushions reminds me of the kind of thing I’d have done in textiles class and I think they looked perfect with the white sofa The rest of the pieces are in white and silver and I really like the way it all comes together. Its a very fresh and clean look which I like a lot, this is probably my favourite of the 3.
If you like any of these items or want to see more head to modani.com
Or check out the Modern sofa collection
Let me know which one is your favourite.
Tomorrow is a new day,
Reach out and grasp it.
Make someone smile.
Live a remarkable life.
I’ve been feeling quite inspired lately and have been getting back into doing all the things I enjoy. Life can be really serious and scary but it’s also finite so I’m learning to let go of things.
I want my life to be the best it can possibly be.