Sunday, 31 May 2015


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It can be hard to remember everything

In the quest to reveal & express our individual uniqueness in our daily life, it can be really hard to remember to do all the things we are trying out, or adding to, our life.

I read once, & I don't know if it's true, that Albert Einstein did not memorise his phone number, & that he preferred to use his brain/mind for other things. It became another of my mottos: I stopped trying to memorise this & that, & simply wrote it down in my diary. And I recently forgot that this is what has always worked for me, so I decided to resurrect the Ancient Practice of Writing It Down.

I've tried using computer records, but I forgot, always forgot, to look at the computer each day, so I am so not going to use my cell phone in that way either. The computer thing was a disaster for me, as are leaving notes, making a list on a sheet of paper, post-its on walls......

And recording after the fact? I have never remembered that this is what I'm supposed to be doing,

I make lists in my diary

What does work for me, & I offer this as a maybe for you to try out, is to make a list in my diary.  I've tried to use special books, but I then forget to use the book so that doesn't work for me, but my diary....I look at it morning & evening, it's a good habit that I acquired a long time ago, so diary it is!

I make rough lists, in code that I understand, in the order to be done, & tick off each day as I do each thing. So on the left side of the paper is my scrappy list, 1 line per thing/habit/etc, & on the right I just do a tick, & at the end of the week  I start again. So 1 line going down for each thing, 1 tick per day going along the line as each thing gets done. I do this list just 1x per week & tick off during each day, as I know full well that I won't write it out each day. It's written messy & I don't care, because just doing it is the main thing..

I have a morning one, & an evening one. 

Le morning routine:

  • weigh, & I write the number on the list....I know that people say you shouldn't weigh but slender people always know what's happening with their weight, so I'm copying this
  • then meditation
  • a special prananyama (breathing exercise) for winter cold prevention & clear sinuses, which is an addition to my yoga routine as I got a heavy cold, as did the rest of the city, apparently, & this simple pranayama is miraculous. I simply forgot to do it as winter approached
  • then what I'm doing with the morning yoga, & this never changes from 1 year to the next. It's basically 3 different types of sun salutes & the number of times for each....if I'm not feeling too good I can cut these back & just do 1 round of each, but the idea is to work up to quite a few rounds..... Again. 
  • 3 specific postures 
  • more pranayama
  • relax
  • open windows
  • & now the day can start.

This sounds a lot but for me it isn't much at all, & I'm guiltily resuming more serious, but not too strenuous, yoga, after quite a longish break. It makes me feel good, it's who I am, & I prefer to do it.

Le evening

My evening routine is not quite down so pat but the list is: 

  • clean off make-up...I don't use much but it does need to come off each evening, & this is another thing that I simply forget to do, not always, but sometimes, which is not good as it's ageing to leave make-up on overnight
  • put out tomorrow's clothes
  • do a quick, short tidy up
  • meditation
  • hand cream. 
How hard is all that? 

Le new habits:

I have another list on the same page, of habits that I want to include, & I'm feeling that it would be best to add a new habit each week, rather than make dauntingly long lists that overwhelm me.

The thing is, we generally do the same things in the same order each morning & evening, & for me, I feel that because these are autopilot times, we can nip in & add & subtract till we have a really beneficial system:

  • short & easy to do.
  • and smart, making sense.

This used to be called discipline but I do recall that now we are calling it "habits"...& I like that, it's more user-friendly.

So you can look at what you do, & see what can be tweeked...a bit at a time. And remember that it should suit you, this is all about you:

  • I know that if you have a family that is a priority, but still you can have a system. When my kids were younger, I was always up first, & showered, before they got was what worked for me personally, & it worked for my kids too.
  • I met a woman once who always got up & walked for 40 minutes each morning. Always. 
  • A friend likes to do more for herself in the evenings, but this doesn't work for me as I'm often working in the evenings, teaching yoga. 
  • By the time that I get home each evening, I don't want to do anything much, but my new evening routine, I'm hoping it will slow me down for sleep so that I can get to bed earlier.

So that I can get up earlier. Again. I miss not getting up early, it's the loveliest time of the day for me.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

winter! it's arrived

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Winter is here!!

When winter first bursts forth, I so love the longer darker nights, the cleansing rains & the wind...I personally love the wind! I remember at this time how much I love living where there are proper seasons.

But I am unprepared

But, alas! The first flush of winter delight is well & truly over. Heaters on (power bill rises), panic has set in as I realise I have no slippers, gumboots (for a fine day between rainy days when I get to hang the washing on the clothes line, & also for sploshing through puddles whilst taking wee doggy for a walk), raincoat, not enough warm clothes....& it's too rainy to grandly sally forth in a Shopping Expedition to replenish essential warmth supplies. There is something so pathetically miserable about trekking around getting wet in the effort to look & feel good.

Winter clothes

I don't like having tons of clothes: I find it confusing having too much choice, which may be due to my Libra sun & moon. Less is more, is my motto. I do like to layer in winter, with my black tee shirts under my 2 black jumpers, wearing black socks to go with my black shoes (always! unless I'm gifted some nice shoes in another colour which has often happened). I have very tiny, wide feet, they look like little flounders, & it is very hard for me to find shoes that actually fit. When I do find a pair that fits & looks good, that's what I wear, year in, year out, unless I find something better. But it is always a mission in the shoe department, & because I'm only 157 cms tall, or short, as the case may be, those lovely long boots ending under the knee aren't always flattering on me.

I love black

As you can see, I love black. It suits me. I have always believed that "black is the new black". In the Colour Me Beautiful original system, I was classified as a winter, in their following systems where you could be a soft, muted, clear, soft, or bright, double Libra went crazy trying to decide which one I was ( I am not joking!). I have admitted defeat, after a decade of trying to fit into their current norms, & am back to just being a winter. If you can ever track down the original Colour Me beautiful book by Carol Jackson, it's very clear helping you look your best via colour. The fashion stuff will be outdated, but the whole colour concept is great, because it does work.

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I've trained as a colour consultant

I trained with Grace Cosmetics about 22 years ago as a colour consultant. They had 2 systems: 

  • 1 warm
  • 1 cool. 
  • The warm colouring has golden undertones in their skin, they suit apricot pink, & off white like ivory or cream.
  •  The cool people have a bluish cast to their veins, you see this in the inner arm, close to the palms, & they suit purer whites, & hot or rose pink. 

They recommended having 2 base colours for your clothes: mine are black, & black. 

A warmer person might like a warmish brown & their off-white, or perhaps beige, for example. 

But these are the colours that you build the basics of your wardrobe around, using the darker colour as your winter base, & the lighter colour as your summer base. 

In spring you start to add your lighter base colours to your winter dark base, & in autumn, you start adding your darker winter base to your light base. It's a really effective way to have a system that is easy, smart, doesn't drive you crazy.

Have your own special colours

And then add about 3 colours as your 'signature' colours, the colours that look best on you, that you feel best in. These are for tee-shirts, jumpers, cardis, scarves, etc, they add extra definition & allow us to express our personality a bit more, via our clothing. I know that people love seeing me wear royal blue, it flatters me...but...& this is so important, I don't feel good in it, so I do wear it, but only when I've got nothing else to wear. I also regularly go & buy royal blue tops, or pants, just because I know the colour suits me.....but I then seldom wear them.

When I wear clear purple or red, then I am feeling like me! My personality is then more expressive, which is very helpful for us quiet types. Years ago, a makeup artist called Chantal told me to wear black eyeliner with clear purple eyeshadow & a fuschia lipstick. It sounds so garish, but mysteriously looks attractive. I seldom add the eyeshadow & I use a softer, lighter fuschia, otherwise I feel a bit like a female Elvis Impersonator.

And your basic colours

Why not work out your 2 base colours? With the correct undertones, clear or golden. Then find 2 - 4 colours for your accents, making sure that all of these suit your personality. I know that a lot  of people would be a bit depressed wearing black, but for me it's a flattering, mysterious colour. I get depressed wearing browns, truly, but a soft cool beige I can (occasionally) live with.

Friday, 1 May 2015

keeping on going

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A wee flu hitch in the life of

Life took an unexpected turn since I last blogged: flu season!! My personal weakness with 'bugs' is the flu, so I always get hit quite hard. 

I have been thinking hard & long about this, it happens every autumn, & I should have remembered my well-ness, or in this case, ill-ness, pattern.

So what did I do to let the dastardly flu get it's evil virus tentacles into me?

  • I was emotionally having a rough time: this is a prime time for our immune system to not feel like 'guarding' our inner health defences
  • I was going to bed too late, mucking around when I could have been organised settling myself, via a routine, into having a good sleep. 
  • And then getting up early. So, not enough sleep
  • I think I should have been more diligent with hand washing, even though it feels as though I'm always washing my hands. I am so over being around people sneezing without covering their mouths. Their wet little germs settle on places, we touch them....., we touch our mouth, or food,.....& get infected
  • I should have been taking vitamin c. I tend to be anaemic, & low vitamin c stores add to having anaemia

So I took myself in hand

  • I have resumed decent sleeping hours, sleep is restorative, we need it to be healthy
  • I'm sitting here drinking water with powdered vitamin c, the easiest way for me to take it. A naturopath once told me to do this, & to also drink rose hip tea for the bioflavinoids that accompany vit c in food. So, will get some rose hip teabags also. It's quite an elegant drink, so I shall feel very special drinking it, plus I have a wee antique tea cup that I'll use for the drink, to amplify the specialness.

I wasn't very organised

So all my prettifying has gone underground as I succumbed to the dreaded bott. I have been suffering from bott-ism. All my new routines went up in a pouf of flu. 

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                      (but I was glad that it was only lady-flu)

Now that I can finally think coherently, I'm planning a triumphant return, like a phoenix arising from the ashes......or from the mucus....or...(you get the idea!!)

But I'm re-grouping

And I'm also thinking of ways to establish a good pre-bed routine.

 I truly believe that in working out ways to do things in our life, we need to try different things until we find a way that suits us, & our life. 

And these routines shouldn't be complicated.....otherwise we just don't do them. So really, it's always about what suits us, not what someone else is doing, although I'm also sneakily 100% into knicking ideas off someone else, & tweeking these ideas, making them our own. I don't mean like slavishly copying. No, not that. But adapting, that's more like it.

I have a few more ideas but will try them 1st, before crowing about them, & perhaps not having them work out.

I'll be more sneakily subtle. I actually really enjoy doing this....then, at the right time: a flamboyant but quiet flourish as I do my ta-da! routine. Not elegant, but so much fun.

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