How eating healthy and regular exercise can change your life!!

Just 15 months ago I decided to join the gym and really my reasons were mixed but never ever did I expect the amazing outcome that has now become a reality and a lifestyle, which has changed my life forever for the better….

Starting with small steps

I must admit that I do now constantly obsess to all my friends and family about nutrition not that I’m an expert or anything but the difference that my body feels from being correctly fueled is mind blowing.

I so want to inspire all of you to make these same changes in your lifes, small steps have been my secret and being realistic and patient are key points.

One thing my son has said to me all through this is,  ‘How long did it take to put the fat on and become unfit ?’
and I then think to myself….
‘Why yes years!!!’
so obviously he replies
‘You have to be patient

what took years to happened, will also take time to put right……’




Wedding fever

Photograph ‘Flickr – Lovilee’

We all dream of a fairy tale wedding, the glamour, the romance, pure delightful bliss, love, lace and lavish splendor….

Where magical memories are made to be etched in our minds for a lifetime!!

So its no real surprise then with all this in mind that planning a wedding does endure a huge amount unfortunately of stress and pressure.
Difficult times can be inevitable, disagreements and much more can erupt, but don’t despair before you have even started because I’ve put together my five top tips for a stress free wedding plan and day.


Image ‘Flickr – Purple Marker’

1. Preparations, dates, venue, etc – listed in a book or laptop for easy access and continued reference.
Having a data reference of all the particulars, including the financial dealings with budget included, will help keep you focused and organized.
You can refer back and almost use it as vision board, even sticking fabric swatches for the outfits and imagines from venues and flower ideas to help you build the wedding you dream of.

2.Keep it realistic and don’t set yourself unreachable targets.
Being a realist in the process of planning your wedding isn’t the easiest task but you do need to keep to budgets and timelines. Without sensible decisions within reason of your vision you can find yourself in hot water. Trying to achieve the unachievable is like banging your head against a brick wall, so in a nutshell don’t expect a castle if its not within your budget. The smallest of occasions can be as wonderfully enchanting as a banquet….

3.Be willing to consider others differences – flexible on your ideas, keeping an open mind.
That stubborn ego can surface and want all his own way, admittable it is your day but do remember its about others too. Do take their ideas and feelings into consideration. My experience from many years ago now was a real head on disagreement on the actual time of the big day with my own mother. With her wanting the preceding later than I did became silly, but looking back I now understand she was considering others traveling from a distance on the day and actually your guests are incredibly important.


Imagine ‘Flickr – Fairy Heaven’

4.Taking care of your own health -nutrition, sleep and exercise.
We have all heard the story about how the bride tries her beautiful gown a week before the big day only to discover in horror that shes lost huge amounts of weight and now needs it adjusting and this is usually due to stress.
However take heed and look after yourself both in body and mind.
To ensure you have the natural glow on the big day, consider your diet and drinking enough water is paramount. Exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.
All of this might seem like common sense but once you fall head first into wedding fever you will forget these important facts.

5. Keep calm and let go of those nerves on the big day but more importantly stay in the moment and savor every single minute…..

And they lived  ‘Happily ever after’…….


Fear’s face of disguise!

Let’s look at fear in the face,
Examine its crushing expression,
Let’s feel that fear and release its grip,
Who feels it strength?
Only all of us!!!!

Never be a victim of fear!


Go out and take fear by the hand,
Grip it back and then abandon its wrath,
Be free of doubt, be free of control,
It’s disguise is fooling you,
It’s loyalty is blinding,
Release and flow down the stream of life…..




Deep within all of us is the ability to manifest the life we dream of!


We must change our subconscious connections, change our wiring, its years of bad thoughts, bad remarks that have lead us on this path, this path that doesn’t flow, moreover its kicking and screaming to stop the natural flow and its blocking the life intended for you!!!

Think about nature, think about a spider weaving his web, he doesn’t shout and scream if his masterpiece is destroyed by chance, he doesn’t blame anyone or anything he simply starts over again…


 Our ego our conscious mind is always unsatisfied!


In order to manifest the life we deserve, the life meant for us, we must change things, change our minds, beginning with letting life just be, stop controlling our own life and others….


Love is indestructible!


This life we live is precious,
This life we live is pure,
Could it be just an illusion,
Or am I dreaming from a nightmare!

Take nothing for granted,
Tomorrow is of no significance,
The moment is all we have,
Yesterday but just a memory….

Memories I often remember,
A smell, sound, sight evoking a thought gone by,
Let my mind wonder,
Holding on to the past for far too long,
For now she’s leaving me,
Her memories all but destroyed…..

So instead of tears, pain and misery,
Take this moment of now,
For time is just an illusion,
What is this time but now…….

Love I hold in my heart,
She gave me this and it will hold forever,
This feeling, this grief of missing is just an illusion,
For the strength of her love will never fade,
It’s memory is indestructible,
Our love eternally stored inside me, Gratitude of having been so lucky to have her as my mother……


Good or bad vibrations?

Photo credit – Flickr

Do you ever feel like all around the vibrations are suffocating you, like the negative feelings of others touch you, affect you, drain your energy, surrounding your existence.

I do, its tiresome and its making me dizzy and sick with nausea,
Sounds, chaos of others emotions entering my physic, taking away my peace and harmony, encounters become deafening, buzzing, deep into my mind, into my soul…..

Noises swirling, eyes heavy,head banging,panicked thoughts……

Breath, breath long and deep….. take away the negative, wash away the dirt, protect against the urban playing field of life.
Dilute, erase,cleanse the mind, find a different place to focus.
You can find tranquility just practice, calm still thoughts against the metropolis…….


Photo credit – Flickr

Disciplined mind….


The mind is a powerful tool,
Sharpened, chiselled, structured,
Produce a life you designed,
Not a life of chaos…..

Disciplined thoughts bring peace,
Practice can bring possibilities,
Days and nights in the wilderness,
Allowing for time to grow in wisdom

Once you learn true happiness,
Is from our very own soul,
Join and cherish but never forget,
Harmony holds no ego….
Disciplined minds never disconnect!


One small change at a time….


Photograph by Noor Iskandar. Flickr

Just as this beautiful butterfly was once a caterpillar, so can we also manifest and change our life’s!

We all want change really if we’re totally honest, unless you want to stand still because change means moving forward, it means improving and checking who we are, the hard part is achieving the change and making it a habit, a lifestyle…..

Whether it be a habit of food, exercise, or thought of mind I find the best way is to just make one small change at a time and practice that for a few weeks so that it becomes habit forming before introducing another change and so hence then not getting too over whelmed or worst still failing with the change, giving up!!


Photograph by ‘Moon jazz’ Flickr
This amazing picture shows the change that hasn’t happened overnight, the seasons take time just as any change in your lifestyle or mind takes time.

• Always visualise your goal in your mind. • Be realistic.
• Be patient.
• Be kind to yourself still though.
• Be determined.
• Be organised.
• Always be mindful.
• Expect failure but try again, don’t give up.
• Keep positive, combat the negative.

These are some of my methods, simple yet they are really helpful, the most important being in my opinion is realistic and mindful always. The true power of the mind is really all you ever need. It’s like a muscle keep practising and it will become stronger…..


Not forgetting the very important gut feeling, the heart.
Without your heart in anything you’ll never achieve a result. So don’t start trying to change if really you don’t want it……

Start tomorrow, make that decision whatever it is that you are unhappy with in your life, remember you are the only one who has the power to change it.

If you have any stories of how you have changed your life please comment and share with me, I’d love to hear them….

Mandy. X

Creative blogger award nominations!



I am totally honoured to be nominated for these two awards by fellow blogger
There are certain rules I must follow in accepting these nominations.
Firstly I would like to thank for the kind nomination and please do all visit her blog she is a fantastic writer.

I must tell you five random things about myself

1. I have green eyes.
2. I absolutely love green olives and eat about 20 a day.
3. I love bright colours in my life both to wear and in my surroundings
4. I drive too fast.
5. My family are the most important thing in the whole world to me.

These are the questions I must answer from
1. Why do you have a Blog?
I like to express my thoughts and feelings to help others and almost like a therapy for myself…

2. What inspire you the most?
I’m incredibly passionate and intense as a person so inspiration comes naturally but usually I take ideas from life’s day to day occurrences.

3. Do you like to create your work on day or night?
Definitely night.

4. What is your favourite book? and why?
The hunger games trilogy, fantasy and real life experiences collide in my opinion.

5. What mood do you have when you create?
Mixed, depending on the kind of day I’ve had.

6. What is your favourite Artist

7. Do you prefer the Ocean or Mountains?

8. What type of jewelry do you like?
Silver with semi precious gems.

9. Tea or Coffee?

10. What is your dream?
To bring peace to the world, a large crazy one I know!

These are the ten questions I ask of my nominations….

1. What is your biggest inspiration to write?
2. What is your favourite colour?
3. Dog or cat person?
4. What’s your favourite flower?
5. Which season do you love the most?
6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? And why?
7. Best childhood memory.?
8. Do you love music and what kind?
9.What is your favourite all time film?
10. Favourite sport to watch or play?

Well now all I need to do is nominate.

Good luck to everyone nominated.


Dementia’s Robbery!


Photograph by Wann Mekwi Flickr

She’s gone, no longer like my mum,
She may hear me but understanding not!
The pain of realisation that she’s gone….
A stranger has inhabited her body!

Its a robbery of her soul,
Its killing us all,
Dementia’s agony…..

The tears I can cry but still she’s gone,
Strength I must find for my dearest dad,
Ripping away her memories,
Erasing her personality…..

Its a robbery of her soul,
Its killing us all,
Dementia’s deepest agony……

Turn on her favourite music,
Be positive be strong,
Find a moments lucid glimpse,
Fooling us all in an instant could it be a nightmare?

Its a robbery of my Mum,
We miss her I scream
Dementia’s demands…..

Just let her see me one more time,
Hold converse and tell her so she knows,
It won’t happen I know,
For dementia has taken her mind……