Sunday, 26 December 2010

Happy Everydays!

Happy Sunday, beautifuls!

I hope that each of you is having the most wonderful Holidays ever, and is spending a great time with your loved ones, family and friends. Persuing in the same tone than how has been this entire year of 2010, something is changing a lot for me in my perception of Christmas. I never felt this much disconnected to this huge tradition, but never had such a great time and feeling this much well surrounded and loved.

I am going through it in the opposite way that I've ever been. I did not even put a foot in a mall or a shop. I've always been a giver type. I've always had so much pleasure to give gifts, way more than to receive one. But this year, I did not give any, and I haven't receive any either. But I realise that I gave and received way much more than ever before.

Nothing as been done in the traditionnal way. No turkey, no meat pie, no meatball and pigs' feet stew, and no sweet pickled onions and gherkins. Dressed as I am everyday, wearing no makeup, just as everyday, I found myself surrounded with lovely and simple people, all friends, from old times and brand new ones also. No one have had the trouble to cook for days and being stressed out to create the ONE BIG reception. Each party that I took part at, was from the same formula: potluck style. Everyone bring a meal and a drink to share, some bring a game to play, others bring a music instrument. And the night takes different turns, as the time goes by and as we are enjoying each other and the special moment.

Yep, I see that you noticed: it is all about SHARING. Sharing food, sharing drinks, sharing laughts and stories, and hugs. Looking at this celebration time with these new eyes, I see that everyday should be Christmas. Everyday should be a celebration and an occasion to share with friends and family. Material gifts last for a certain time, but great moments with closer friends, will add a plus value to our life, in one way or another, that will last forever, since it becomes a part of you. Thus, I officially rename this time of year: from now on, I won't wish Happy Holidays to anyone, but Happy EVERYDAYS! YES! :D

Yesterday night, I had no plans for today. And this morning I went outside to have a breakfast with a friend, and tonight we are going to another friend's place for another potluck and playing an hawaiian board game. Tomorrow? That is another day, and we'll see when we'll be there. The door is wide open for anything to happen. The way that I am now allowing me to look at this freedom feels so good! Make place for surprises and uncertainty into your life. And breathe.
And smile, 'cause life is so truely wonderful!

Sending you much love and happy vibes. May you all have the most astonishing last week of the year EVER!


Monday, 13 December 2010

Quote of the day

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” Vince Lombardi

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Miracle rescues

I wonder if you have saw this news passing by on internet last month, and if this astonnish you as much as me?

Every year, from July to October, thousands of animals cross the Mara River, to migrate from the
Masai Mara to the Lamai plains. For the Zebras, the Wildebeest and the Thomson's gazelles, this Great Migration is indeed a necessary adventure to their survive, even though it costs the life of some of them. But this time, a hippo was there, and something amazing happened.

"The hippo was watching as the wildebeest herd swam past. As soon as the calf jumped in, the hippo swam up to it and pushed it along all the way across until it had reached safety on the other side. It then went back and did the same for a zebra foal just minutes later."

Yes, a hippopotamus -the third largest land animal- rescued a baby zebra and a baby wildebeest from drowning, as they were trying to crossed over the river with their herd.

The beautiful photos of this great moment have been captured by Michael Yule and other guests of Lemala Camp, a seasonal tented camp for those who want to capture the best wildlife action in Tanzania.

Don't you think that it is an amazing story? Nature is so surprising and so wonderfully made!

Go sit in a park somewhere this weekend, and observe it! Let me know which beauties you'll have seen!
And let yourself be inspired by this female hyppo, and spontaneously help those who are different from you!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The sound of love - With My Own Two Hands - Ben Harper

Yes, it IS that simple!

Use our own two hands to reach out to our peers. Use our own two hands to clean up this place, our Home to all.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Reduse and reuse before anything else!

I am glad that we have covered a part of the recycling topic in one of my permaculture classes, and that this brought me to have a great conversation with one of my friends recently.

I always have found that there was a huge problem in our way to see and to use the recycling option in our life… I mean… Why taking a new plastic glass at each new drink that you are ordering in a festival, for example? I always get a weird glance and an answer like “Duh! It’s recyclable, ya know?!” WTF!! Not because it is recyclable that we have to use tons of those!! Recycling is the very last hope in a chain of choices available. The first is to REDUCE. The second is to REUSE. And THEN comes the very last one, which is to RECYCLE! So can you tell me why the heck we all focus on recycling?? And why so many plastic containers are still being produced, used and consumed and which are NOT recyclable? Oh, one more... why is it that too many of us are still not aware of which ones those are? It's been 15 years that we are recycling, y'all!! I’ll tell you: plastics number three and six are NOT recyclable!

Wanna have some ideas of how to reuse the plastic that you find along the way? Create art! Yes, let's turn trash into beautiful pieces of art that will make smile and that will inspire!

Or build houses! Whatever that your creative mind will tell you to do!

And now that we all ARE aware of all this, let’s just leave those products on the shelves: companies will end up having no other choice than to change their packaging! Be assured, there is way enough of plastic already stuck here with us to create your art! No worries!

I can also give you this so very effective tip to reduce your consumption of plastic (also applicable for any other type of consumption, obviously!)... Ask yourself: "Am I gonna die if I don’t get this yummy treat, or this frozen meal that comes in this not recyclable container?" Do I really want to add one more piece of plastic somewhere on the ground of our beautiful planet and which my great-great grandchildren will still be stuck with, and be cursing me, saying “What have you done?!” A resounding NO! Do you feel the same? Good! It is our responsibility, each of us, to educate our loved ones. Some, or I should say many, are bothered by my "preachings", as they say. Great! We all remember of what bothers us, right? haha! No one has ever changed things without bothering anyone.

I love my place in this universe. I wouldn't exchange it with no other being! Well, what else can one ask for, than to make things evolve as one is also doing so, and by being surrounded by other enlighten and amazing beings? I say: enjoy and have fun, little fish!


Friday, 3 December 2010

The multifaceted nature of sharing: All for the ONENESS

To me, there is no other action that is more important than SHARING. Sharing ideas helps to bring things further on, sharing food makes nobody to be hungry, sharing our happiness brings more than just you to smile about something, and sharing someone’s sadness or pain is what we call compassion, is what helps someone to stand up throughout hard times.

I am the first one that is gaining from my sharings on this blog of mine. To write my posts, I’m taking a moment of zen to think about a topic. It leads me to push my thoughts further on. It inspires me first, be assured! A day where I write is a day to be cranked up in positivity. And -since I am not only blogging (you must guessed!), but I am also acting in the way I am preaching- it happens that, in a day off of writing, I sometimes need a little boost. And in those moments, well it happens that I go back and re-read one of my own posts, in addition to all of others’ blogs, who are great sources of inspiration as well.

There are so many great sources of inspiration in this vast world of blogging. In addition to all those that I have already shared with you, some others put magic in my life lately.

Green and Free Blog: some of this cool cat’s posts will kick your ass, be aware! Thank for your beautiful self, Miss Vanessa!
i’m on an adventure: the youth has something to teach us. Jenni is truly amazing.
Miss Moon in the Sky: the lovely Tumblr site of my dear friend Hana. Her blog has often put me into great thoughts also:
Today, Tomorrow, and Sometime Yesterday.

You are all shining so bright, lovely ladies! I am proud to know you and to be by your side in this great journey!

And I am so grateful to you. Yes, to YOU, dearest reader, for your support and for your lovely comments.

I am here because you
are there. We are all
creating this together.

I love you. Yes, YOU,
dearest reader, because
you totally rock!

Be inspired, be beautiful, and lets share stuff together, my friends!