I have been following Ida Laerke on instagram and through her blog for at least couple of years now and she has always inspired me.
I always look forward to her posts and new photographs, to see what she is up to, what is inspiring her or to see what is going on and what the weather is like in Copenhagen. Ida is so creative and I love how she curates/styles her photographs.
I wanted to start taking photographs the way she does, or at least being more creative and putting more thought into the photographs I take. However, I don’t really have much time to do that at the moment, so I decided to illustrate her photographs instead.
The image above is a watercolour illustration I did of Ida’s bowl of strawberries.
Today I had the day off and had the best time.
I caught up with my sweet friend Kate (who you can see in the first picture). We went to Top Paddock for breakfast. Kate had the hotcakes, which are my favourite. And I had the porridge ( in the second picture). I didn’t have hotcakes today because I am trying to eat healthier. Kate and I went into Space furniture store ( I go in there every time I go to Top Paddock) and probably spent an hour sitting in some new, fancy, expensive arm chairs and had very inspiring conversations.
I wish I can be rich enough to be able to shop in that store one day.
After that we went for a bit of a walk, the sun was out today which made it extra lovely.
Photo 1: I had this cool idea to visit as many yoga studio’s in Melbourne as I can. One I had been wanting to try was Yoga 213 in South Yarra, so that’s the first one I went to and I don’t think I will bother going anywhere else. I am enjoying it so much. It is the most perfect place for me. The actual Yoga practice is excellent, it’s so challenging and I am so inspired by the poses that the teachers have shown me. All the staff are super amazing. I was a bit intimidated to be honest, and worried I couldn’t manage it, but the teachers are so helpful and nice that I just love it. And my most favourite thing, they play Hip Hop beats while doing Yoga, if you know me, you will know this is basically heaven on Earth for me. I love Hip Hop. So this first photo is of a painting of Biggie which is on the wall in Yoga213.
Photo 2: After Yoga I tried the new cafe that had opened on Chapel Street; Lucky Penny. It is a really great space, I enjoyed my coffee and I resisted because I’m trying to eat healthier, but there is a very irresistible cabinet filled with sweet treats. I was just thinking how annoying that when I lived in South Yarra there weren’t many cool cafes to hang out in, and now since I moved away all these cool ones have popped up, oh well.
Photo 3: My new notepaper pad from Kikki K, I am signed up with them and they gave me a $10 voucher for my birthday, so nice of them. I have millions of unused notepads, but I love the colours and designs on these, it’s so fun making notes on it. And the book is a Feminist Philosophy book by Iris Marion Young. I have been reading the essays in it lately and it has been answering some of my questions and also making me ask different questions. I really like it and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading interesting things.
p.s. I’m playing with the way I write my posts, the idea was to write less, but it didn’t turn out that way, hehe. Have a fun weekend.
I realised I hadn’t made a smoothie in forever so I googled some recipes and I made the one above.
It is super smoothie-a-licious. Which means it is a bloody great smoothie recipe and you should also make it.
You are more than welcome.
In the last few weeks, more than ever I have been thinking about what I think. Why I think it, and whether I can control what I think and then in turn what I do.
I have always read ‘personal development’ books and psychology books, depending on what questions I’ve had or particular things I have needed help with. So I guess the power of the mind has always been something I have been interested in.
I have found the more I read, the more intrigued I am, and the more I learn, the clearer things seem. And actually, the happier I get. I think I still have a long way to go and a lot more learning to do, but I think these days I am more aware of things, and am more mindful than I ever have been in my life.
I have been questioning my actions a lot, and also listening to my inner self and it’s actually really empowering. The main question I think is ‘why do you do what you do?’
Some of the answers to that question that I thought of are;
- Someone told me to
- Everyone else does it
- What do you mean?
- Why not?
I think if you listen to yourself more, and be more mindful, and just do what you want to do all/most of the time, then life would be a total dream. That’s what I have learnt so far from all these books I have read, and things I have tried. A quote I read today in Anthony Robbins book Awaken the Giant Within ” As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
I guess, what I am doing is being myself, being more confident, not being scared to be myself and trying not to get influenced by things that other people (media) (bad people) tell me I should be doing, or should have. I am trying to look beyond, and also be more in control of my own life.
I feel like I’ve written a bit of a riddle. Haha. It’s not a tricky one, basically just be you.
Want to know what my favourite day of the year is?
It is the day this book comes out. The Age Good Cafe Guide. This is the third year that I have bought it, and I can say without a doubt that it has improved my life. Seriously.
Basically what I do is, I pick one highlighter colour, and I turn to the back (there is an alphabetical listing of all the cafes reviewed in the book) and I highlight all the cafes that I have been to. Then because I’m slightly kooky, I count how many cafes there are (this new one has 311) and then I count how many I have been to ( I have been to 80 in this book) and then I start my mission. And then I get a new highlighter colour and highlight all the new ones I go to.
My mission is to drink all the coffee in Melbourne. No, not really. But actually each year I try and go to all the cafes listed in the guide. It’s actually really fun, and it’s cool because Matt Holden and his team do a great job and pick really good cafes.
So this new guide came out this week and I bought it at Dymocks for $9.95. If you can wait ( I couldn’t), you can buy it with The Age on Sunday for $5.00.