Monday Motivation #7

Monday, 20 June 2016

'Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.' - Rafiki, The Lion King.

We have all hurt. We've all been in a dark place we thought we wouldn't get out from. Whether it be from the death of a loved one, the ending of a relationship - anything. But that's something we all have in common, and the way you deal with these things can very much affect your life. It can be hard to pull yourself out of that place, but if you choose to dwell on it or pretend it didn't happen your life will never move forward. 
I'm not saying it's easy - when my granddad died I felt lost for a long time. I knew I had to let go which is something I hadn't had to do before and part of me wondered if I could do it, it meant more than saying goodbye to my granddad, I had to say goodbye to my childhood too and I thought I would never be able to accept it. However, I didn't want to live in an endless cycle of upset, hurt and darkness, and I couldn't pretend it hadn't happened so, I decided to read a poem at his funeral. He did so much for me and I knew that although it wouldn't heal my heart, doing something for him would help me to look at things positively and remind me what a beautiful man he was and will always be in our memories. How you choose to 'get through' things is so important and this quote shows me that you can either learn and grow from difficult experiences or get stuck with them and let them bring you down to rule a miserable life. Be strong, remember that as important as the past is, you cant change it, but you can be in charge of your future and how it looks!
I have decided to accompany this quote with a personal favourite from the original 'Lion King' score. 'This Land' is emotive and it echoes through my heart and lifts it. There are sadder notes and happier ones, there has to be a balance. That is life. The mystical aura of this track makes me feel like I am powerful and strong. I hope you draw strength from it too.

Updating the home for National Flower Week*

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

'The Rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart'

Delicate and dainty, the Rose signifies love and all things beautiful. I decorate my kitchen windowsill with them in tall, single vases for a nod to vintage elegance and to give visitors and friends a warm, loving welcome.
National Flower Week is upon us and there is truly no better way to freshen up and bring life into the home than by dusting it with blooms and bunches of various colours and shapes.

'When life gives you lemons, make a Gin & Tonic.'


Chrysanthemums add a sort of wild, rustic couture to my bedroom. Drizzled with soft gypsophila and tall Pussywillow stems and dressed with lemon slices, the vibrant colour palette is a real eye catcher. The square vase also lends itself perfectly to a table centrepiece for a family dinner, we'll talk about nature and our future plans and how good it is to catch up with one another.

'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.'

Succulents and Cacti are perfect for the minimalist home - and the forgetful gardener. Water them once, or twice, a month and enjoy their laid back vibe.
Bringing a splash of colour to a monochrome bedroom, or adding a touch of life to a copper kitchen. Dress them up with beloved jewellery and reminisce about happy times whenever you cross paths.

 'When in doubt, add Peonies.'

Peonies are, by far, my favourite flower. Slow to bloom, they remind me that some things are worth waiting for - and they look fantastic when finished with Chanel.
Matched with a glass jar candle, these beautiful blooms have added a much needed touch of elegance to my vanity table, but they also work wonderfully dressing a bedside table.
I was delighted to open the somewhat oversized box from Flying Flowers when it was delivered by a young man with an infectious smile, and these amazing peonies have been working their magic on my mood ever since.

Fourwalls have truly inspired me this week, helping me to get my home in order and ready for the summer months. Their ingenious website is stacked full of jaw dropping images of flowers in the most amazing displays. Take a peek, you wont be disapointed.