Project Life 2015 | Week 16

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Yep, I'm a little behind sharing my pages, so I'll keep it short and sweet. I was mesmerized by the ivy clad old building turning such a beautiful deep red when we went for a walk around part of Auckland city. There's such a contrast of old and new, as there usually is in any city. Auckland has a lot of beautiful really old, trees which were looking pretty spectacular mid autumn.

So I went big, which is a favourite 'go to' of mine. I also like to contrast big with small.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design F and A, Midnight Edition, Man's World Themed Cards, AT Plus One Mini kit, High Five Edition (the pink card) - in digital format

Stampin Up/Project Life Everyday Adventure Digital stamps

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

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Thrive or survive?

This question was raised recently on Instagram when we shared photos of the THRIVE t-shirts we purchased as one of the fundraising elements for Jen. You can read her story here (and find out how to order these shirts). Also have a look at #seehowithrive on Instagram.

It's a curious question really. I aim to thrive but there are definitely times I feel like I'm just surviving! One of the ways I feel helps me thrive is by feeding my body and brain quality nutrition. Almost 18 years ago I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease (an absolute allergy to gluten) after the birth of my first child. Those were scary days as I got really ill in those first days with my weight plummeting to 40kg within 2 weeks. There's nothing like a rattling skeleton with a newborn to get the doctors motivated! I talked in this post about how I went from a gluten free diet to a clean eating diet last year, endeavoring to eliminate all refined sugar, additives, preservatives and trying to even eliminate grains - rice flour included.

Well, it's been going pretty well. I guess I eat about 80 to 90 % on track but I've found it really difficult to give up gluten free bread. I'm also guilty of the odd treat and on Sunday I was punished for this!

We had gone over to the city to take my daughter and her 2 friends shopping as Anna had some birthday money and wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday this way. We left them to it and headed off to have a coffee. I asked the cafe assistant what was gluten free in their food cabinet and she assured me the friands were. Yes, when I looked properly, it was even written on the cabinet glass, so I ordered one. Special day and all.  That was sometime after 3pm.

Fast forward to 5pm and the journey home on the motorway. I felt like my jeans were uncomfortably tight and then... that horrible feeling of saliva in your mouth which accompanies nausea. By the time we dropped the girls off and made it home I raced straight up to our bedroom and ensuite and lets just say the rest of the evening was not pretty.

As I knelt over the toilet, clutching a towel for comfort, I felt I was in survival mode. It's awful. It's painful. And there's nothing you can do until your body has purged the toxic food. Which takes hours.

On Monday I spent the morning lying on the sofa, my brain in fog and my body lethargic and achy. As the haze lifted a little, I started thinking about food and its effect on us.

One of my food heroes is Pete Evans, a chef in Australia who has become passionate about the paleo lifestyle. He says "Food is a cornerstone and necessity of life but it can be incredible medicine or the slowest form of poison, depending what you choose." Aint that the truth?

You don't have to be allergic to something, like I am, to realise that life is all about choices. Making the right choices isn't always easy. Boy, do I know that. It's all a journey. Just read some of the stories people have written on Pete's Facebook page and you'll see that!

As I lay on the sofa, I got to thinking what other choices in life are helping me thrive. When I look back I think that last year was one of many turning points in my life. I like to call them forks in the road, because by circumstance, you're forced to choose which path you'll take.

Last year I believe that my One Little Word class work and research helped me to become more open to accepting that I can't predict what's in front of me and that I needed to be open to accepting that I can deal with what is, open to learning, open to pushing myself, open to following my heart and listening to my inner self.

I also believe that for some of us it takes adverse situations to jolt us into awareness. To make us have a better attitude and to work harder at thriving. Just like food, life can be incredible medicine or the slowest form of poison. I'm thankful I have a choice.

How do you thrive?

AE Day in the Life | 12 May 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Last Tuesday I participated in Ali Edward's DAY IN THE LIFE. Because we're a day ahead of USA, I almost forgot, so it was after 7.00am before I captured the first photo.

This time I decided to use my iPhone only. It's always with me, plus easy to set the timer to get myself in some of the shots.I ended up with over 20 photos without going crazy clicking.

I was going to do something different with the photos but decided early on to stick to my usual formula of grids. They are very simple. As you probably know, I like simple and I like grids... along with enlarged photos and white space!

I used Ali Edward's 6x8 template set from WITL 2014 and then placed these on a 8x10 page, added my text. Done.

To break up the pages, I made a page using Ali Edwards digital stamps from Everyday Life Cursive set and printed out on vellum. It just adds a contrast to the starkness of grids and simple text.

I always love the results of a snapshot in time. These pages will sit between my 12x12 pages as an insert.

Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages 8x10
Ali Edwards page templates from WITL 6x8

Project Life | Week 15

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This was the week I got Cathy Zielske's Value kit in digital form and had to use it right away. I've used it in 3 of the last 4 spreads. Love it that much! The simplicity of the graphics appeals to me so much. I wish it was a bigger core kit so I could use it more. The blue and green colours are my favs and mix really well with the other kits I have. 

So here's the full spread. I'm leaning more and more to clean photos. 
Products Used:
Becky Higgins Project Life Pages Design A and F, Midnight Edition, Cathy Zielske Value kit - digital format

Project Life is a system for memory keeping by Becky Higgins. This year I'm part of her Creative Team. You can find out more about Project Life here.

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