16 things that 2016 taught me

  1. To always take on new opportunities no matter how scary it is.
  2. Success doesn’t come without hard work.
  3. You have power over procrastination.
  4. Procrastination is a choice that leads to stagnation.
  5. You are great just as you are.
  6. Love exists even though we do not know what it is.
  7. Love is a choice, so choose to Love.
  8. Happiness is a choice, so choose a life filled with happiness
  9. There are some nice people in this world, you just need to open up.
  10. Not everyone is an open book and that’s okay – that gives you another reason to get to know and understand them.
  11. Fairy tales never truly end. They live on inside us. They live on around us.
  12. Don’t be shy to express your faith – no one truly knows but believes.
  13. Music heals the soul.
  14. Unending tears should not be a barricade stopping your success. Swim through those troubles.
  15. Believe in yourself. (and all things smarticles)
  16. Situations do not change unless you act.

 

To a year filled with more lessons – Happy New Year !

Weeding out Hopelessness

Michael Landy, a pioneer of the Young British Artists movement, was born in London in 1963. Landy is best known for his performance installation piece “Break down” where he destroyed and displayed all his possessions. In 2008, Landy was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts London and continues to make a big impact in the artistic industry.

Creeping Buttercup’, which is a detailed study of individual weeds, is a part of Nourishment -a collection of etching pieces. It is said that to acquire the materials needed as inspiration for Creeping Buttercup, Landy found weeds growing in the street.

The meticulous study of the weeds signifies the miraculous growth that can occur in an unfruitful / famine – filled land. Just as in an urban street it is unlikely to find a lot of green spaces. Continue reading “Weeding out Hopelessness”

10 Steps to a healthier mind

It takes time to heal a mind. To grow a mind. Take the time to build your healthy mind.

1. Smile more

The act of smiling can help lift not just your spirits but of those around you-the more you do it the easier it will become. Trust me – smiling to yourself can feel weird at first and awkward especially when you aren’t feeling yourself. However,I have found that faking a smile once in a while can actually make you a happier person. This does not mean that you should pretend that your problems do not exist and use the smile as a mask – accepting issues and situation then figuring out how to solve them with a smile is very different from hiding.

2. Adopt a growth mind-set
You’ve probably heard it a million times but however it is true. Adopting a growth mind-set could be the start of your new journey as a better you. Carol S.Dweck stated that “In a growth mind-set students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” This can be applied outside school, of course.

Continue reading “10 Steps to a healthier mind”

Welcome to my story

.We are all the main characters of our own story.

Sometimes it is easy to feel as if you are just playing a supportive role in life. You feel as if the people around you live a more exciting life – they are always in the spotlight while you hide in the shadows. You hide in the shadows of your friends. You hide in the shadows of your family.

To you , you do not matter, but to someone else you are a precious pearl- their main character. You probably haven’t met this person yet. If that is the case then you should start living for yourself. All main characters in fairy tales could not have possibly existed without their supporting characters. Would there have been a Little red ridding hood without an evil wolf- I think not. The evil wolf had a purpose and so do we all.

Each of us have a purpose in life and it is up to us to find and alter it.

Welcome to my story.

Where I make up the plot.

Where I decide who my supporting leads are.

Where I begin to live.

LaFortune xx

What is your story?

Poetry Thursday: Black Flowers

 

Black Flowers

He said – long ago – that
myth was dead. He meant it.

“Myth is dead!”
“Long live myth!”

They are playing out
something. Legendary.

Picks up her glass. She
has a glass, with coffee,

ice and milk in it. Thinks
about the refugees on the

road. Road to what, to
where? With nothing but

their clothes on their backs.
Mythic and literal.

How to speak about them
and why? How to speak

to them. To keep them
in mind. In our minds.

“Bless you and keep you,”
so the prayer says.

-Norma Cole

Trend alert: Embroidered denim

Lately the internet has exploded with pictures upon pictures of embroidered denim pieces-street styled. We all know that this trend is definitely not new but it is more prominent in today’s media.

It is refreshing to see such a 90s -crossed with 70s inspired look come back to life.  These pieces are likely to top  my wishlist.

Are you going to jump on the band wagon? or Are you already loving this trend?

LaFortune xx

Want to know what else is on my Wishlist? Click below: