Journal

Childlike

β€œTo children, the world and everything in it is new,

something that gives rise to astonishment.

It is not like that for adults.

Most adults accept the world as a matter of course.”

Jostein Gaarder

Life changed again a few weeks ago with the arrival of our darling Liora.  What a cataclysmic blessing children are, and we don't for a second take for granted the epicness of the occasion.

The newness and mysticism of childbirth is in no way dimmed the second time around.  In fact the sensing that this is an unquestioning miracle is much more apparent.  More notably, the realisation that there is a design to this thing we call life, is all the more undeniable.

Even more miraculous is the stretching of my hearts capacity to, in an instant, love another human being so completely and so all encompassingly, that I would do the greatest, or most difficult thing in a nanosecond, should this little life require it.

Second time around, sleeplessness, thankfully hurts a little less...albeit marginally.

Second time around, I am all too aware how fast the days fly by, and how much these little ones change in every 24 hour timespan.  There is hardly enough time to commit the moments to memory, therefore soaking up this precious newness with my eyes and heart wide open is a vital necessity.  

I'm all to aware that in a heartbeat, all I'll be left with of this time are the countless photos taken, and the gloriously fuzzy memories of these momentous, sleep deprived days.

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Put First Things First

A timely reminder for me today, from the phenomenal Denzel Washington.  I love listening to the stories and lessons learnt from successful people.  I seek these out.  From CS Lewis to GK Chesterton.  To Kenneth Hagin, Churchill, Francine Rivers, Oprah, or Heidi Baker.  These are personal mentors I may never meet, but impact my life beyond measure.  I hear the voice of the One in them, but there truly is nothing like putting God first in my life, and following His intimate, personal direction for myself.  Success without this is no success at all.

Also I'm seven days away from my due date!  Seven days people! Until we meet our beautiful new addition, and honestly, getting my body back!  SOOOO ready!

Hoping this spring season is full of newness and creativity for you all.

Big Love

bxx

Favourite Youtube Videos Saved To My Watch Later list

I love Youtube.  I don't actually watch much TV, but I do love abit of Youtube.  I save alot of videos, and one video is often the start of an hour long bunny trail!  Anyway I thought I'd share a few here, and maybe set you off on an interesting Youtube journey too!

I'm forever working on improving my health.  I struggle with consistency, but I know I'll get there.  One thing that has successfully been incorporated into my routine is smoothies.  Ava and I have a smoothie for breakfast 2-3 times a week, it's usually a banana, spinach & mango concoction which is delicious, but I do want to find other combinations to add to our smoothie reportoire.  Here are a few ideas.  

Lisa Eldridge is one of my absolute favourite makeup artists of all time.  Along with Pat McGrath & Mary Greenwell, Lisa is my go to for true artist tips and tricks.  I adore her touch.  She never puts too much product on the face at any one time, but slowly builds to create gorgeous looks, and with so much experience, she is exceptionally knowledgeable and I learn something super handy and important from every video she uploads or blog entry she posts.  

This is just an extraordinarily simple but stunning slow motion video.  I saved this as inspiration for video ideas for the album I've recorded.  I haven't started working on anything yet, but when the time is right, I'd love to make a stunning slow mo visual to accompany one of my songs.

I have soooooooooo many fitness videos saved!  You know for those times when I decide to actually exercise, rather than just wonder why my body isn't the way I want it to be.  Youtube is a great resource for working out at home, and when I really make a decision to permanently add exercise to my life, then there is a library filled with everything I'll need.

Now everyone loves Oprah don't they? I do too, but I especially love when Oprah is the one being interviewed.  I adore hearing her stories behind the decisions she's made in her life, and the things she's learnt along the way.  She's a very generous interviewee, and this video is a classic example of that.

Do you have any Youtube videos you'd like to share.  I'm always up for exploring new bunny trails, so please do feel free to share!