Monday, February 25, 2013

#motivationmonday - love with all your heart

I wish I could say this is me 100% of the time, but if I'm truly honest it's not.  But what a wonderful aspiration to only love in whole, and never in part.

Friday, February 22, 2013

love yourself... because you're worth it!

A few Mondays ago I posted a motivational quote that says "we accept the love we think we deserve". In many ways this isn't really a motivational quote so much as a reminder to ourselves. If we don't value ourselves, we don't think we are worthy of great things or great people coming into our life. For me this quote didn't speak to me so much about love, but about living a fulfilled life.  So often we rob ourselves of experiences in life because we don't feel we deserve them, or perhaps that we aren't ready for them. Self image, self worth and loving yourself really is the first step to living a fulfilled life. This isn't about living a life full of arrogance of who you are and what you've achieved. Rather its about taking a good hard look at yourself, your gifts, your talents, recognizing their value and finding a way to share those with others - to their benefit.

If you do nothing else this week, take 5 minutes to write down all the things you bring to the table (your skills, passions, talents) - in your relationships, with your family, to you job. Take a good hard look at the list and recognize that you have something amazing to offer. And then look for an opportunity to offer it.  Remember - you and me - we are amazing!

Monday, February 18, 2013

#motivationmonday

I love this quote.  To fully embrace life we need to risk, and in love we need to risk our hearts.  They may be broken - not just by our partners, but by friends, family and sometimes those around us.  But life is richer with deep relationships and lacking when we guard ourselves from the world.

Today I choose to risk my heart.  What do you choose?

Friday, February 15, 2013

#funfriday - chocolate cupcakes with a twist


A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted a picture of these ridiculously delicious looking cupcakes.  I can't remember where - it could have been pinterest, it could have been instagram - but they taunted me.  They called out to me.  They had me in lust.  They had me in love.  So last week after I completed the colour run I came home and made my version of them.  

I cheated.  I didn't have all I needed in the cupboard to make the cake from scratch, but I did have a Betty Crockers Chocolate Mud Cake mix.  (Betty is my go to girl for quick treats when I don't have much time - I'll let you borrow that little tip!)  After making the cake mix up, and resisting temptation to tweak the recipe I baked the cupcakes.  Because I baked them as cupcakes and not a full cake the baking time was almost half what was recommended (yay for eating them sooner!).  I scooped out a small piece of cake from the top to make a bowl shape for the Ferrero Rocher to sit.  Before putting it on I iced the cupcakes with chocolate butter frosting - including the hole - and then pushed the Ferrero Rocher in.


The best bit about these cupcakes... not only were they delicious, but there were left over Ferrero Rocher's to enjoy all week :-)

Happy Friday

Monday, February 11, 2013

#motivationmonday - don't just tell them you love them


I'm not a parent, but I've learnt the value of this lesson the hard way after seeking validation from my father for many years of my life.  The first (and only) time he was ever able to write me me a letter telling me he loved me has stayed with me for life.  The words strengthened me.  They helped me believe in myself.  And I've kept that letter to this day.

As I've declared February the month of love I want to encourage you not only to tell your kids, family and friends that you love them, but tell them why.  Don't just stop there.  Take a moment to tell those you work with that you appreciate them, and why.  We all need a bit of encouragement, so why not take the opportunity today to encourage someone in your world.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

it's personal

I have a blog post all written up and sitting in my drafts just waiting for me to hit the 'publish' button, but I can't do it. You see I wrote it tired... which isn't really a problem as I do a lot of things tired. I also wrote it because it was on my list of posts to write this month... which isn't really a problem because having a plan is a good thing and keeps me on track. The problem is it just felt like work for me. Reading it over I realise that while I believe what I wrote, and that I would stand by it, it just doesn't feel like me. There is something about it that feels a little forced. I promised myself that with this blog I would be authentic. I would only post things  that meant something to me - things that resonate.  Things that are personal. So I've decided to wait.  To not post it. To just wait and see what happens. Maybe I'll rewrite it. Maybe I'll be passionate about it tomorrow and post it. Maybe it will never be published. All of these outcomes are ok as long as I stay true to me and why I'm blogging - it's personal.

Monday, February 4, 2013

#motivationmonday - what do you deserve?


I haven't read the book or seen the movie where this quote is taken from... however I have come to know that this is true. When we live in insecurity and self-loathing we attract insecure and unstable love in our life. And we strangely accept it with open arms and embrace it for all it is even if its not the best. When we come to know ourselves, value ourselves and yes... even love ourselves we are able to accept real love, generous love, unselfish love into our life.

What love do you deserve?