Sideline paradise

sideline paradise.whatever. kicking life's lemons to the curb.
Say hello to my new friend!

Say hello to my new friend!

On Valentines Day. Reading Plato. I’m dying with happiness…

On Valentines Day. Reading Plato. I’m dying with happiness…

Came in the mail just in time for Valentine’s Day! Talk about perfect timing :)

Came in the mail just in time for Valentine’s Day! Talk about perfect timing :)

Wonders

I think there isn’t anything better than adventures and surprises. Discovering something new, finding something beautiful, and seeing something inspiring always puts a smile on my face. And the best part is, it doesn’t have to be anything grand. There are little things we see every day that are motivating and interesting, all we have to do is look around, really see the things around us. Photography is something that really helps me do this - be conscious, aware, awake. Sometimes we can get all wrapped up in our problems and thoughts, and forget to look around. I have realized recently that I have started taking pictures every day, at least one picture a day. They aren’t anything amazing or very inspiring, and sometimes they are just photographs of food, or books, or little still lives that I make from all the little things lying on my desk. But they act like anchors that bring me down to the present.

Today was a busy, fast day, and I went through it without stopping for a minute to look around and have a break. And then I got a text message from a friend with this beautiful doodle that she made in her French class, and my day slowed down a little. I instantly remembered having a conversation with her today about an artist I found who paints witty portraits of cats dressed as people, which I showed to her because she has two cats of her own. The prints and original artworks are unfortunately not within our budget, so we were joking and saying we should make some paintings like that ourselves. Then she sent me this drawing, and just like that my day got better. It really doesn’t take much.

This is by far the best thing I have ever received in an e-mail. It gets more brilliant by the minute.

This is by far the best thing I have ever received in an e-mail. It gets more brilliant by the minute.

I think this sums up a good time for me. Hope everyone has a happy New Year, or just a New Year if you don’t feel too happy. Don’t be too hard on yourself with all your resolutions.
Much love xx

I think this sums up a good time for me. Hope everyone has a happy New Year, or just a New Year if you don’t feel too happy. Don’t be too hard on yourself with all your resolutions.

Much love xx

What We Forget

Today I opened my email to find a few pictures of my little cousins enjoying their breakfast, this being one of them, and it made me think. What are all the little things in life that make us happy? The things that seem insignificant, simple, the everyday things we overlook because we are searching for “bigger” happiness. The moment I saw this picture, it reminded me how happy it makes me to see these two beautiful girls living a happy life, how much joy I get out of seeing them smile, how much I can laugh because of the silly things they do. And there are so many other things that give me happiness in my life that I sometimes forget, so I am trying to learn to be thankful for all of them, for all these little things.

Wake Up, Get Happy

Morning! Today it is raining, the sky is grey, the sun isn’t shining, but I choose to have a good day. There are too many great things to do to be bored or uninspired. For those of you who are, maybe this playlist will help.

The Coral - In The Morning

Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Push The Envilope

Badly Drawn Boy - Something To Talk About

Phoenix - Lisztomania

Generationals - Ten-Twenty-Ten

Young Galaxy - We Have Everything

Erin McKeown - Santa Cruz

Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth

Cast - Sandstorm

The Courteeners - You Overdid It Doll

The Cure - Friday I’m In Love

By the time I created this playlist, the rain stopped, and the sun is starting to make an appearance.

Happy Wednesday morning everyone xx