“There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of ploughing So you watch yourself about complaining. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
It’s international coffee day and I almost forgot to celebrate it..
It should be a national holiday, in my caffeine induced opinion.
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
Meet Hayley. Friend, fashion fiend and author of fantastic blog ‘Fashion and Me’. Early this year, she made the very brave decision to leave her job, friends and family to travel around the world for 9 months with her lovely boyfriend.
She has been documenting her journey on her spin-off Tumblr blog, Fashion and Me - Travels. I’ve got to admit, seeing her pictures make me green with envy. I mean, how many of us have wished we could pack it all in, book a plane ticket somewhere and just disappear for a bit? It really is a dream come true as not many people have the time, money or stomach to do it. Amazingly, Hayley has been able to keep her photo-blog of everything they did and all the incredible things they saw up to date. So rather than feeling sick with jealousy, I thought I would share her wonderful wandering with you all. It’s truly inspiring!
The adventurous couple started their travels in the good ol’ USA, taking in the glamour of California before taking off to sunny Tahiti. A longer stay in New Zealand followed, where they experienced the deep winter weather whilst us over here in the UK were slap bang in the middle of summer (be sure to check those pictures out!). They continued exploring with stops in Australia, Singapore and Vietnam; these guys have become well and truly ‘travelled’.
As their trip around the world draws to a close in the coming months, I’m sure they will look back and reflect on all that they have experienced and realise how it has made them better. They have been pushed out of their comfort zones, never fulling knowing how they were to survive one week to the next but nothing seemed to take the smiles off their faces. They never gave up on their dream. They made a plan and stuck to it and that takes real guts. I truly take my hat off to them both!
I wish them all the luck in the world for the rest of their time away. Enjoy and take great care guys!
—You're All I Need to Get By
This is pretty much what I had been attempting to do all this week. It was a partial success. As a parent, it’s always important to take some time off for ‘me-time’ and this week was long overdue. I haven’t left my kids sides for two years now and I was beginning to run low on energy and inspiration. Luckily, Papa Bear was able to take a week away from work to look after the boys while Mama Bear clocked off.
On Monday, I went to a lovely little place off Old street called Ozone Coffee Roasters and had a coffee and a chat with the owners about holding a little soiree there sometime next year. The place is gorgeous, just what I was looking for. The layout is perfect, it’s extremely unique and hopefully if all goes to plan, we’ll be utilising this venue in a very special way! More on that later - keep your eyes and ears peels folks!
Tuesday was pretty chilled, I blogged a bit, ran some errands and did a spot of window shopping in town. On Wednesday, I enjoyed a day out in Brighton all by myself and it was just wonderful. I did some shopping, sat on the beach, saw some family and even bumped into Zalfie (aka Zoella and Pointless Blog). The sun was shining, the views were stunning and I had so much time to myself again, it was really refreshing. I even visited the Museum and picked up a few souvenirs, including a gorgeous Egyptian Bastet figurine. There was so much happening and so little time to fit it all in, I didn’t really get to do everything I wanted to so I will definitely have to go back again soon.
Thursday consisted of quality time with Papa Bear, as he took me to his favourite Vinyl record shops and introduced me to the fine art of ‘crate-digging’. I even managed to find a few good albums that I will no doubt be playing on his turntables when I next get the chance! Then I was able to have some late drinks and a catch-up with my good friend Terran and got completely wasted, as per usual. Brilliant.
And finally on Friday I took a trip to Cambridge, because why the hell not?! I didn’t exactly know anyone there or the first thing I wanted to do so I just had to wing it and hope for the best. And boy was I impressed! The city is stunning. There is so much greenery everywhere, on every second corner there was a park or field or University college. And bikes! Everyone had a bike so the obvious thing for me to do was to rent one from Cambridge Bike Tours. Anthony, the lovely guy who runs the place gave me a good bike, a great map and I was off to explore the town, falling in love with it every step of the way. The roads were very cycle-friendly, the houses were quaint and beautiful and everyone I met was super helpful. I have no complaints as it was such a great experience and I can’t wait to go back!
Of course I was often dragged back into my ‘normal life’ on a couple of days, as I didn’t sleep anywhere else but it was worth it. Besides, the boys missed their mummy too much and Papa Bear looked like he was beginning to struggle! And as much as I missed them too, I’m so glad I forced myself out of the house and away from my beautiful boys. I really needed to hit the pause button and those few days to myself were just what I needed to reboot and feel inspired again. Even the coach journey was a blessing! I was able to read, catch up on all those texts I never reply to and indulge in a cheeky day time nap.
I encourage all parents - mums, dads, grandparents - to slowly back away from the little people every once in a while and enjoy your own company again. It’s so good for the soul! Now I know Papa Bear expects my next mini-break to come around again sometime in 2015..but I’m already planning a weekend away for next month.
But let’s just keep that between us, yeah..
1. Learn to fall in love with the pain of hard work.
2. Know that pain is temporary.
3. Every day matters.
4. Return every phone call.
5. Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can.
6. To get what you want, you must do things you don’t want to do.
7. Know what you don’t know.
8. Respect the commodity of persistence.
9. The more successful you become, the more humble you should be.
10. If you respect someone’s success, don’t be afraid to imitate their successful behaviour