Living Life Your Way… Interview with Hollie Dunne

I’ve been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I’m running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they’ve overcome it to live life their way… This week’s interview is with Hollie Dunne who blogs over at Mermaids Closet     *Hi Hollie , tell us a little about yourself. Hey Polly and friends! A little about myself…I’m 26, married to an Irish boy I love more than cupcakes. We live in South Florida, and are saving up for a summer move to Cali ;) We’re needing the trees and temperate weather. I’m Canadian, and a Northern girl through and through. I need nature to be happy, and without it, I’m only half alive. Big into crafts, drawing, music, slow food, health, family, friends, animals, blogging, writing, singing, photography :D I’m happy to hang out all alone, but adore girly days of pink and sparkles and giggles. I secretly want my Barbie and My Little Pony collection back. Actually it’s not a secret at all. The other side of me is quite dark. I adore sad mermaids, pond nymphs, fairies,…

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Sick and Tired

source I’m sick. Again. 10 days ago I had a nasty cold, and a chesty cough. It kinda went away but not entirely. Yesterday I woke up feeling pretty yucky. This morning I’m still feeling the same. I have no voice. I feel exhausted and run down. My body needs to rest and I need to learn to listen to it. I get sick but I have so much to do that I don’t stop and rest. I keep going. Keep pushing myself until I collapse. In the last 2 years, the 3 times I’ve gotten sick, it’s ended up with bad chest infections (twice) and pleurisy (once). I’m not good at admitting that I need rest. That I need help. With 3 children to look after, and home school, a house to run, cleaning, cooking, washing, a million and one activities to go to, blogging, painting etc… I don’t have the time to just stop and rest. There isn’t really anyone who can take over or step in for a day or two when I’m ill. I’ve been neglecting myself. So focused on all I ‘have’ to achieve everyday, that I don’t have the time to take care of…

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Saturday Link ♥ Love

This weeks Link ♥ Love I haven’t spent as much time surfing online this week… I’ve been busy creating – 4 paintings this week! But here a few snippets of inspiration for you. Beautiful words from 6 writers on what makes them feel beautiful here Beautiful words over at faeriemoonchild – The Best Recipe’s for Life Great article on praise, punishments, “consequences” and intrinsic motivation – Unpacking Praise I discovered writer and musician Julianna Finch – check out her blog and her music  And I’ve seen this before, but re-discovered it this week. A video by filmmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis – “How to be alone”. For my kindred spirits:

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List 14: Things to love about Autumn

source Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”  George Eliot You can curl up cozily by a fire. Curl up with a book in front of a blazing fire makes me feel so cozy. Making a big crock pot of chili or soup. Nothing better than homemade chili and soup to warm your belly after a walk outside. Halloween! I love love love halloween <3 The trees look like rainbows. I love seeing the way nature creates its own rainbows on the ground and on the branches. (See this article on “Why Leaves Change Color“), The feeling of change. I always feel like autumn is the start of something, the beginning of something new… maybe it’s years of the new school year starting in the autumn… but to me, autumn is a perfect time to make those changes you’ve been thinking about. Crunchy Leaves. Even as an adult, it’s still fun to jump in a big pile of crunchy leaves. Back to school stationary… yes I know I don’t go to school (or do my children) but I still love looking at all the…

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Who Am I?

source “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Winne the Pooh I’ve been feeling a little lost the last few days. I’ve been focused on fighting the depression for the last few months, trying to overcome my fears and finding my joy again. As things level out, the depression has subsided, I’ve actively fighting fear everyday and joy is filling my days again, I’m finding that there is still a niggling voice inside my head, whispering over and over “but who are you?” I’ve spent years feeling that who I am isn’t good enough, that I don’t count. I always felt that I was inferior to everyone else around me and that the things I liked/wanted/thought/did were wrong. So… I spent years trying to be someone else. Trying to be like others around me, trying to be something different depending on who I was with… trying to be who I thought they wanted me to be. Of course, that never worked. I was always chasing after this fictional person, always trying to figure out what people wanted from me. It caused me even more heartache. Now, I’m…

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