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Sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you stand!

A statement could not be more true.  I love these quotes.  Call me cliché.  When I see one that truly motivates or inspires me…it gets pinned straight to my pinterest board.

I also love youtube! Because youtube brings us immortalised moments of funny, hilarious and amazing.  Take the below video for example.  I watched this video a couple months back and felt so sorry for the leggy model falling, tripping or whatever it is she is doing on the vid.download

Funny story; about a week ago I headed out for a new year catch up with friends…I was looking preeeetty spiffy if I do say so myself.  I had heels on! Now, I work for an e-commerce business.  We don’t have clients popping in or anything like that, so it’s been casual day, everyday for the last 2 years. My heel skills have taken a dramatic dive.

But I was feeling very ambitious this one night and wanted to wear my 6 inch platform heels.  You know what is coming next.  Yes! I fell over in them.  I was crossing a zebra crossing, placed my foot on a relatively uneven section of bitumen, my heel gave way and I fell sideways, arms out trying to grab onto an imaginary, I don’t know, to prevent my fall?!?!  I fell! People saw.  Motorists laughed.  I picked myself up, chuckled (I wasn’t going to cry) and then tottered off.

However, right after it happened, I remembered the video below; and it brought me solace.  As soon as I got home from the night out, I watched the video again and I can conclude that even though I took a fall….at least it was no where near as embarrassing as this one :)))  This is why I love social media.  You can always find evidence of someone just that little bit worse off than you.  Someone whos predicament is so much more embarrassing.  And don’t get me wrong…I am not sitting there laughing at them (well a little c’mon) pointing and snickering at how silly they are? No! I feel a comradeship with them and feel somewhat connected.

Basically, carry on doing the things you love.  You will fall! You will stumble! But at least you know other’s before you have too also and they made it out okay 🙂 

Why am I becoming a cat person?

I recently read this satire article about cats on the huffington post, ‘Sorry, But Your Cat Is Actually A Total Jerk. It’s Just Science.’   It discussed how ‘every cat is an asshole’ basically (View below media for proof).  And in the past…I would have totally agreed.

  As an avid dog person, I did not have much time for cats.  I would not go out of my wayto avoid hitting a cat in harms way on the motorway, if you know what I’m saying. No, only joking!! Of course I would.  I have respect for all animals however it’s just that I have never had an affinity towards cats.

However of late, I have found myself ‘liking’ cats? I’m pretty sure it all started out with ‘grumpy cat’.  I actually loved (love) this cat.  There was something about it’s damaged soul that drew me to him/her (I don’t know the gender?).  I wanted to pet grumpy cat and make it’s pain all better.  After that well…I was trying to find ‘grumpy cat’ in every cat.  I then found myself looking adoringly at these little furballs and thinking they were cute? When in the past, I would never find anything ‘cute’ about an animal that would hiss at you and try to claw your eyes out every time you try to hug it.

So it raised some interesting questions for me about why my preferences were altering in regards to these little felines and what was that saying about me? Was my personality changing? Instantly, I conjured up all the typical stereotypes one has about ‘cat owners’.   Was I becoming increasingly more ‘anti-social’ with my old age.  Was I nearing some personal, social crisis in my life that would require the comfort from 15 purring, annoying cats that seemed to bring solace to other ‘cat ladies’ out there? What did it mean?  So of course, I used our trusty and credible friend ‘google’ to do some research….as you do whenever you are worried about serious issues (google Dr anyone?) Fast Facts on Cat vs Dog People General: Dog people: 15% more likely to be extroverts Cat people: 11% more likely to be introverts Dog people: 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone Cat people: 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party Dog people: 11% more likely to say they’d support cloning, but only for animals or pets Cat people: 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree Dog people: 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions Cat people: 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns

Living area preferences: 
  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.
  • Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.

Children:

  • Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.
  • Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.

Favourite Beatle?

  • Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.
  • Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.

Random facts

  • Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.
  • Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.

Compelling stuff I know! But what does this reveal about me though? That I am an introverted, clingy yet brainy (I have a degree remember), pun loving, urban dwelling, dog hating, George Harrison loving, twitter posting individual? 😐  Do any of these insights really give us insight into a person?  We surely aren’t that easy to predict or define based on some generalisation and stereotypes.  Hmmm? Who knows! Perhaps I’ll ponder all these curiosities and more, in my jammies, as I snuggle up in bed and browse through my twitter feed whilst I polish off my university degree! Carry on everyone! Just random musings from me….

Just me an ma cats!?!?!
Just me an ma cats!?!?!

Wondrous Weekends…

The first two weeks of January have been quite stressful for me. Working, the business, running around, launched my much anticipated charity cause.  However, this weekend and the next couple, have been solely dedicated to relaxing and enjoying. (You’ve got to make the time sometimes.) On the agenda this weekend, celebrations for my nephew’s, twin sister’s and my birthday.  I still can’t believe we all share the same Birthday ;).   Plenty of scrumptious food and good times catching up with good friends were in order.

I also had a chance to dust off a couple silk dresses I haven’t had the chance of wearing yet. Since commencing my little campaign, I’ve been busy sorting out my wardrobe and apart from freeing up space and donating, I am also rediscovering old clothes to wear.  I love it!  I am finding pieces that I forgot I had.  It’s like having a new wardrobe all over again.  In spirit of the occasion, I matched my happy mood with a kaleidoscope of colour 🙂 An old Kookai singlet in a beautiful coral pink. A pair of floral garden Mink Pink shorts. A Tigerlily denim pigmented dress, and a silk slouch dress that always reminds me of carnival for some reason?!

Grateful for time with old friends, family, dinosaur parties with a piñata and the most yummy high tea spread I’ve ever seen.

6 things to do before winter!

There have been a few activities that I’ve forever had on my ‘must do list’ however have for some reason neglected to do. Of course these activities are doable in the cooler months, however for me, these are 6 things I personally wish to do within the next 2 months.

I keep saying I’ll get around to it however, never do.  So to commit, I have planned the 6 things I’ll be doing before Winter.  🙂

What is on your list? 😉

The 90 day challenge!

I was so inspired by the 365 Day Personal Challenge by Christina Dean, Founder of Redress Asia, it had inspired me to attempt this challenge myself.  I initially stumbled across the challenge via Eco-Vintage blog, written by Katie Thomas who herself have some very inspirational posts.  One of the things I have loved during my research into sustainable and ethical clothing is finding these great bloggers and sites that support this movement also, who inspire me even more on a day to day basis.

However, back to my 90 day challenge…I knew, and anyone who knows me would also have an inkling, that this would be an extremely difficult challenge for me.  I am after all a self confessed shopaholic, the proper kind,  however on a mission to reduce my slavery footprint.   After watching the video almost over a week ago however, I still had the message firmly impressed on my mind.

The solution?  I am embarking on a 90 day challenge.  This personal mission is to not shop for 90 days.  The rules: I wear what I have in my wardrobe and can only purchase from second hand stores if necessary. The reason: To reduce my consumption, recycle my current resources and promote sustainable practices through purchasing already manufactured clothes.

I will keep you posted on my progress…this will NO doubt, be one of the biggest challenges for me however I am committed to doing this.

Fast Facts

Approximately 500,000 tons or 1 billion items of clothing are sent to landfill each year – that’s 114,000 per hour and an average of 16 items per year per person. Source: http://www.treehugger.com

Another great initiative

http://prexamples.com/2012/04/ms-and-oxfam-collaborate-to-launch-shwopping-campaign/

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/marks-spencer-shwopping-camapign.html