Monday, October 26, 2009

Back to School!

It's my first day to school today! I don't know what to prepare, I don't think I need to sharpen my pencils... On top of it all I hardly slept last night.

Hope all is good and I will be back before 2pm today. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

From Beads to Bracelet

I am so glad to have received a message from one of my buyers who has turned the beads she bought from me into a lovely bracelet!

Her studio is called Mothers Love and has many wonderful items for sale.

Here is the bracelet.

And here is (or was) the bead.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Please Take A Moment!

A few days ago something really horrible happened in Melbourne. A mother waiting for a train at the platform just let go of her pram (stroller) for a second to pull up her pants up (literally) and the pram rolled off the platform!

This was caught entirely on the station's security camera. This is a link to the video, there are several but I wanted to get one that is clear and do not have lots of obscenities in the comments. Link - Baby hit by train. I warn you that this video is shocking, but rest assure the baby survived with a little bump on his head.

Many people might be angry with the mother, but what has she done wrong? The only thing I see that could have been her fault was that she got distracted and for that split second let her mind wonder. She wasn't on the phone or talking to friends, she just pulled her pants up! It could have been that she scratch her back or push her hair back or any insignificant action that we do all the time, but its that moment when we think nothing is going to happen, is when something happens!

Having said that we could not be on guard for something bad to happen every second of our lives or we will be stressed and life will just lose it's meaning. What we could do is to keep in mind that it is better we be safe than sorry and start forming good habits. If only she used the brakes all the time and it was a habit, things might have been different.

Yes there are things that are easier to do than others, but if we would just take a moment and think about the many near misses in our lives, like when we cross the street while on the phone and didn't realize until the front bumper of a car was right at the back of our knees; then form a small habit like answering the phone only after crossing, or put the caller on hold until crossing, we might not have to regret the consequences.

I really feel sorry for the driver of the train, who needed therapy after the traumatic incident.

Better safe than sorry! Have a good day everyone!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Going Raw - My Expeditions with Raw Food Diet

The first time I heard about raw food diet was on one episode of Oprah. Actually it was more of a little health test undergone by a group of people with regular modern day health issues like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure... you know what I mean. They went on a diet consisting of only raw fruits and vegetables for 10 days, devouring over 11lbs of food a day! After this little test, most of their problems went away and some lost up to 10lbs of weight.

This has been playing in my mind for sometime now. With a little more time on my hands, I search the web which led me to this blog by Steve Pavlina (actually it was the first result if you Google 'Raw Food Diet'). Steve has gone 30 days strictly on low-fat raw food, and blogged about each of his day on the diet. On a few of his posts he has encountered "a feeling of euphoria"! Wow!I for one believe that this is true and that raw food could be really good as you are eating something that is still alive and still contains the energy of the sun. When I say 'alive' I mean that it still could be planted and would either sprout or continue growing. And not that your food will to get away from you! So yes, raw food meaning fresh raw fruits and vegetables.

My plan is to slowly replace my meals with raw food until it gets to about 80% of my diet. I've started with having smoothies in the morning and afternoons and will be sharing some of the combination. I will also try some raw food recipes and let you know what I think about them.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Re-newing My Blog

Yes! It will be spanking new! First I've changed the way it looks. Now I will be changing it's contents too.

My old blog was too cluttered and too filled with things about others. My new blog will be kept simple and easy to read. I also want to share more about me, the things I've learned and experience, with hopes that it will help others.

I would not stop featuring other studios or online shops, I think that is still fun and it is still what I like to do. The frequency however and the delivery will be slightly different.

So I hope you are all ready for a bit of change!

Monday, October 12, 2009

No Job Scenario, Where Am I Now?

It's been several weeks since I posted about losing my job to the economy. I am surprised to receive so many comments, some were encouraging, some were uplifting, but all was good. To receive attention from almost strangers at the moment I really needed to hear nice things, has left me with a deeper sense of belonging to this place we call cyberspace!

So this post is a little update on what I am planning for myself.

Firstly I am getting re-trained. I will be taking a course in hairdressing. I am quite tired (like sick and tired) of the corporate world, where after 11 years, I learned that in order to survive, you must be skilled in 'blowing your own trumpet' or 'fanning your own fire' or in plain words - making yourself seem important to the company.

I want to have a skill in my hands. So that how I use it or when I use it - are the only things that will determine the outcome of my own destiny. And not if my boss likes me or not.... well as long as I am not running my own business, I guess that will continue to be important :(

So I moved my Etsy graphic shop over to ArtFire and will be creating more banners and ads to help me towards my tuition fees! Below are some of the things currently listed.

Thank you all who read my earlier post, took time out to write me a few lines. Those minutes you spend on me will be appreciated eternaly!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Sale!

I am participating in the STS Halloween Sale!

Anything in the orange, yellow and white/black/clear categories are on 10% off from now until 31st October!

Coupon code is "STSHALLOWEENSALE" and you could also get it from the widget on the right.