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Indefinite Pause & New Blog

19 Nov

Dear friends,

I have decided to indefinitely pause Love Out Loud, until I decide what I would like to do with this ‘personal project’ next.

I look forward to continuing this wonderful blogging journey with you in the future, in whatever shape or form it may be!

Much love

xxx

A Few Seconds of Happiness

8 Jul

It was a rare moment: wanting to say “I’m happy” out loud.

It lasted for just a few seconds with the perfect combination of circumstances..

ice cubes clinking in a cool glass,
soft skirt brushing against my not-so-pale thighs,
hair with that magical smell of sun and salt,
the earth damp with recent hose-pipe watering,
swallows circling overhead,
leaves nodding to the breeze,
Saturday evening silence.

What has made you say “I’m happy” recently?

Start a One-Sentence Diary

21 Jun

We all want some sort of memory of our past. It is nice to look back at photos and remember the events in our lives, but it’s even nicer reading about our impressions of that event.

Whenever I come across my old notes or letters or diaries, I am overcome with all sorts of emotions: amusement, Diary mountainssurprise, joy, nostalgia, sadness. I am grateful to my past self for having ‘eternalised’ these fleeting moments.

However, although it’s great to keep a diary for the pleasure of our future selves, our busy lifestyle does not necessarily give us the time to write in detail about our day. And anyway, will we even want to read all the details of our days in 20, 30 or 40 years time? Probably not. All we will want to do is to remember the most important feelings, thoughts and impressions that we had during certain periods of our lives.

So, why not keep a one-sentence diary? Yes, that’s right, write only one sentence a day. You can be sure that this one sentence will sum up the most important event or impression you had that day.

Use a pretty diary and colourful pens. I use the Someday diary, with a beautiful design and creative photography, and I write with pink, orange, green and blue pens.

Amongst my diary entries you will find:

We ran through pink sprinkles at the stadium after closing hours and got soaked.

You brought me a glass of water when I was upset.

Singing and cycling in the sun.

A strong supportive hug when I came back home from work.

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One sentence. The one memory that matters. The one thing from today that is worth taking into tomorrow.

Thank you to Alex Quick and his book “102 Free Things to Do” for this inspiring idea.

Thank You for this Wonderful Life

15 Jun

The Universe’s Advice

6 Jun

Walk gently but strongly,
Like you’d wade through the sea.
Listen to your breathing
And spare a thought for Me.

Walk gently but strongly,
And let the people pass,
You are not the only one
Grazing on this grass.

Walk gently but firmly,
You know the path to take.
Don’t let them distract you,
Live for your Truth’s sake.

Walk gently but surely,
The way a Love would walk;
You are the flower,
The root, the leaf, the stalk.

Walk gently but wisely,
Believe in every move,
And it shall be worth it,
Your journey shall be smooth.

 © Love Out Loud