List 15: Books I Love

source Here’s some of my favourite fiction books, in no particular order, and certainly not all of my favourites! The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffennigger Wizard of Oz- Frank L Baum Valley of the Dolls -Jacqueline Susann Finn Family Moomintroll – Tove Jansson House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende Lullaby – Chuck Palanuick Lolita – Vladimir Naboka Dolce Vita – Iseult Teran The Colour Purple –  Alice Walker  The Master and Margarita – Mickhail Bulgakov Factotum – Charles Bukowski A Spy in the House of Love – Anais Nin

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Words of Wisdom

The Laughing Heart charles bukowski  your life is your lifedon’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.be on the watch.there are ways out.there is a light somewhere.it may not be much light butit beats the darkness.be on the watch.the gods will offer you chances.know them.take them.you can’t beat death butyou can beat death in life, sometimes.and the more often you learn to do it,the more light there will be.your life is your life.know it while you have it.you are marvelousthe gods wait to delightin you.

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Art = Joy

It’s only been 7 months since I picked up my paintbrushes again, after I overcame my fear and ignored my gremlins telling me that I was no good. 7 months of finding my way creatively again and re-discovering my creative side. I’d forgotten how much creating something gives me a sense of peace… deep inside, when I’m painting I’m happy and calm. Fitting in some time every day to paint really helps to keep me sane. When I’m feeling blue, or stressed, or nervous, or insignificant. I turn off the computer and I paint. I can loose myself in a painting and nothing else matters. All my problems drift away for a while. I’m slowly gaining some confidence in my work… I can see a VAST improvement over the last few months. And after 8 years of not having painted I have to expect to be a little rusty. One thing I have to remember is to not compare myself to other artists. I am painting for myself, I do not need (although sometimes I want) others validation. Comparing myself to others only ends in making me feel bad. I am learning to accept my painting as it is… to…

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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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