Look after your future self

This poster hit me like a meteorite (but without the enormous crater and dinosaur extinction):

"Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For" Framed Print

Such a simple concept, but oh so powerful!

I don’t know about you, but I find it very easy to get caught up in day-to-day needs and desires and to-do lists, and lose sight of the little fact that I’ll (hopefully) still be here in 10 or 20 or 30 or even 50 years…

but I don’t want to be right ‘here’ then…

I want to have moved on and done great things…

which isn’t going to happen unless I actually DO some things now…

All this doesn’t necessarily require grand gestures. Small steps work too. Dreaming big is all well and good; planning is fantastic; but nothing quite beats ACTUALLY DOING STUFF! [emphasis to remind myself ;) ]

What small things can you commit to today to help out your future self?

Pick one or two and get to work!

My ‘small things’ for the moment are

  1. commit to doing some dance practice every day
  2. do at least one thing every day to help move my career/work life forward. Today that involved reading through the ProBlogger jobs board. I have made a short list of simple things to do to help #2 along, and I’ll keep refreshing that as I work through it.

Please share your ‘small things’ here or on the Facebook page: that way we can cheer each other along.

And feel free to remind me about mine… but right now I need to dance a bit :)

Random bits of inspiration – mist

Mist covered shrine on Tateyama, Japan

And so the wheel goes round: bringing us crying into the light of our journey's exhuberance, back into the unconscious mist, taking less time than to notice a second's passing.

Sashiko : Mist pattern, from Kazuko Mende & Reiko Morishige's book (1991) "Sashiko: Blue and White Quilt Art of Japan"

Yosemite morning - smoking valley by Fredlab via Flickr

Misty Nature Photography

The Greenman, Cernunnos /Herne the Hunter... Morning Rays Through the Mist... By Artist Unknown...

fading mountains. Want to draw this with drawing pencils & see what I can do with it for class.

Ilya Ibryaev - Forest River - watercolor (53х37) cm

This looks like it would be a good bridge to add to my 'I wonder where this path goes' board.

Byakko es una palabra japonesa que significa “luz blanca”.En la mitología japonesa se refiere a uno de los cuatros monstruos divinos que representan a los puntos cardinales. Byakko tiene la apariencia de un tigre blanco haciendo referencia al este y simboliza, también, el elemento viento...

White Wings - Chapter One - #wattpad

Macro photography by Cliff Briggie  A lot of colors playing perfect hues together... Beautiful :)

The walk home

The Misty Mountains

Sublime black and white photography. ~thisfuckinggorgeousplanet #landscapephotography #dramaticnature

Painting of cat at night. Tatyana Rodionova

Know the feeling?

Sorry, I’m down with a bout of “benign positional vertigo” (they call it ‘benign’, but I do not think that word means what they think it means) That’ll learn me for trying to do stretches…

Normal service should resume shortly, once I get everything in my head back in the right place. (!!)

In the meantime, please enjoy this excessively true-to-life cartoon.

There won’t be any hold music unless you hum it yourself… but your call is assuredly important to us.

I think I’d better stop now.


What I’m reading (version 22.07.2015)


Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte – a fascinating look at Western society (especially American) and our cultures of time. It includes some interesting and useful tips, and thinking points.

Dressing your truth by Carol Tuttle – a guide to dressing that works from the inside out, rather than by your colouring and shape. You start by identifying your dominant energy type and work out from there; with the permission to be true to yourself rather than conforming to anyone else’s ideas of what your energy ‘should’ be – you ‘own’ your own energy :) . I’ve found this remarkably freeing. It’s taken a few weeks for this to sink in fully, but I’m now at a place where I can see the usefulness, sense and practical application. In case you’re wondering, I’m a Type 2. The link will take you to her free introductory course, which includes a copy of the book. If you’re not into e-courses, you can buy the book on its own from the usual places. At some point I intend to sign up for her paid course and learn more – it really has been that useful and revealing for me.

The big leap by Gay Hendricks – an interesting method for identifying your blocks and freeing your potential. I can see myself re-reading this a few times to let things sink in and take effect.

Currently reading Home by Francis Pryor (from Time Team), which is an engaging and fascinating read about British prehistory.


Lucky Bitch (discovered via Hiya Tootsie) – a blog about money and giving yourself permission to make it. Aimed at women entrepreneurs. I check in regularly to keep kicking my butt along ;)

Mama Said – honest parenting. Really, really honest parenting. This blog is written by a friend of mine who has had a full-on ride with her young kids. If you’ve felt as a parent like you’re the only one, have a read (as long as you can cope with raw honesty and swearing). I especially like her posts I am grateful… and Lessons from children.

Druid Life – I love this blog (as you may have guessed from all the re-blogging!) I find Nimue Brown’s posts thought-provoking and often quite healing (if not always comfortable).

Manga and Comics

Dengeki Daisy – I’m almost up to the final volume (which has just been published) of this manga, which revolves around an unlikely romance and an even more unlikely computing conspiracy. I’m curious to see how it finishes, but I really don’t want it to end…

Blastosaurus – I was helped to discover this comic by its author, Richard Fairgray, at a stand at Armageddon Expo last weekend. This is a fabulous story about a mutant triceratops detective, and the complications of time-travel and ray guns. I bought volume 1; now I want them all :)

My new favouritest web comic is Breaking Cat News – it is beautifully drawn, gently funny, and very, very cat.

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Now… what are you reading? Any recommendations?!

Random bits of inspiration – metal

Kartell Metal, a new precious touch | Kartell

Stephanie (katzenfraulein) on Pinterest on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/60504740/via/frauruhig   Hearted from: http://pinterest.com/pin/182395853630760135/

The Petal Water Wall - a waterfall wall made of masses of petals of mirror polished stainless steel

Steel Deer Mount This ferocious whitetail mount is a monster 10-point with a steel skull and a rebar rack. You won't find this mount's equal anywhere. This piece is specially packaged and protected to ensure safe delivery.

Tree branch metal table http://www.arthitectural.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/arborism4.jpg

Fire Sphere Sculptural Fire Pit ''Earth" Design by Craftsmen in Metal J.W & A.J Barrett Ltd. on Etsy, $2,505.18

The will never find it in their hearts to spend money on something unique and beautiful. Hammered metals, marble, stone, fabric textures will all be dismissed in favor of cheap linoleum and off white paint.

McConnell Studios, "Momentum." This piece is kinetic. Each piece individually sways, acting like a millipede in motion. With the added impact of the sound of metal, it is fully interactive.

minion fire pit @crysrod2011 ! For your new place I love it! And think of the welding it took, not enough township! Time to learn how.

Silver | 銀 | Plata | Gin | Argento | Cеребро | Argent | Metal | Chrome | Metallic | Colour | Texture | Pattern | Style | Design | Composition | Photography |

Gold | ゴールド | Gōrudo | Gylden | Oro | Metal | Metallic | Shape | Texture | Form | Composition |

Edogawa Garage Club Renovation by Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

key balls, wicked centrepiece

JASON MARTIN, AMPHIBIAN 2005: a painting made of gel on stainless steel.

"Lost and Alone" By Artist Brett McDanel. Left for Dead Art and Furniture.  Found Object Sculpture. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751807638179897

50 Metal Textures collection   Metales (50)

Impressed fish onto metal makes for a shine effect to create the depth in the piece. It reminds me of deep sea where all you see is darkness and black.

Re-blog: Year 2: Day 36 – Salad Bar


I love this poem by Charlotte Cuevas – it is one of my favourite poems. It sticks in my brain with good humour and keeps me thinking…

Originally posted on Charlotte Cuevas, Author:

don’t invite friends
to a salad bar.

What kind of bar
is that?

After we’ve been sitting around
pouring our hearts out
about the unfair standards of clothing sizes
and the outrageous expense
of gym memberships
and society’s expectations
for what our bodies should look like
and putting flavors in our water bottles
to make ourselves drink more
and we’re trying to teach our kids
about loving themselves
no matter their size

it’s just exhausting.
And we deserve donuts,
I believe.

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One week in pictures: Sydney

One week of my life in (non-chronologically and non-geographically ordered, unedited, taken on a cellphone) pictures: