Re-Introductions

Wow it feels weird, filling up this hungry baby once again! I went AWOL, and for a reason! I hit a point where I felt totally uninspired which affected the way I perceive things around me, especially when it comes to fashion. So much changed post my trip from New York. In fact come to think of it, I didn’t realise it but subconsciously I think something in me changed when I travelled overseas, ALONE! Sounds cheese curls, I know but true. For a period I found fashion to be totally uninspiring and so monotonous and the biggest thing for me was I found no value-adding factor to it (I apologise to the fashionistas If I’m offending anyone).

So I decided on taking a new path this year but still in the design sphere because that’s what I realised about myself, I love beauty and design in any form. Whether it be a certain way a tree is carved or my blooming Lilly’s or an amazing pair of Rag and Bone Loafers..it’s all beauty. I’ve come to grow an interest for Interior Decorating so I’m studying that part-time and it’s amazing! For now, I think that’s where my passion lies because for me the beauty of one’s environment whether it’s your home, your working space etc. has a deeper impact on your being than you think! I absolutely love coming home to my fresh flowers and my living room gives me a sense of relaxation no matter what mood I’m in!

Anywho blah blah. My point is, I’ve decided to use this blog now as a space to share my passions in any shape or form and hopefully the inspiration sticks with me this time. This is now my diary and no longer a space to achieve something!

Hello World!

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NY NY!!

So today is my 5th day in the Big Apple! I really meant to blog everyday when I got here but with all the touristy things, the shopping and the WALKING..you come back exhausted in no mood for anything but your bed! Needless to say, this place is exhilarating,such an eye-opener and I can see why they call it the “concrete jungle”!!Really anything goes in NY, people are so liberal and expressive in the way they dress, the way they walk, they way they carry themselves! there’s no conforming, people are all different and super stylish in their own way!

All you see in the movies is exactly that;on the subway there are the earphones, the high heels, the chic, the rockers, the simple, the corporate! it’s absolutely fascinating to me how liberal people are with the way they dress, nothing really looks outrageous. I wish I was able to do that back home, instead of always worrying about how “overdressed” I will look!

Unfortunately I left my camera cord at home but pics definitely to come…bye for now!

New York Shopping!

In about 2 weeks, I’ll be jetting off to the Big Apple! *still doesn’t sound real*. I got excited thinking about how close the 22nd is so I had a look around Top Shop and Zara to remind me of the sea of possibilities!

I probably have to prepare myself mentally (so I don’t pass out) and physically (strength for the shopping) for this trip! BRING IT ON!!!

Celebrate Life!

I’m feeling quite emotional writing this. I came across this online magazine via Vie’s blog whilst doing the usual blog surfing. I had never heard of the CL magazine before but because it’s under the same umbrella as the Studio 8 mag, I checked it out…and wow I’m amazed! The first issue I’m busy reading is particularly emotional for me because it’s dedicated to a dear friend, Lelethu Lumkwana who passed away 3 November 2008. Those who knew Leza will know she was an exceptional Writer/Journalist, a rich soul full of wisdom way beyond her 24 years!

This particular issue is about celebrating life and the articles are beautifully written (but might I add there are a few spelling mistakes here and there and trust a Business Analyst to spot those :))! But if you get a chance, pop in here and read!

Big Ups to Creative Editor George Matsheke and his team for firstly honoring Leza’s memory in this way and for such great piece of work! I’m inspired!

Voice Mail!

Wheew I’m looking at my daily stats of visits and I’m seeing a lot of love even though I’ve gone all awol on you and made you “reach my voice mail box” every time you log onto to my blog! I’m not without my reasons, it’s been a trying past couple of weeks; to be honest I hit a total big ass high brick wall with absolutely no clear path in sight. Have you ever felt like a chess player, knowing you have to make a move but with no clue what move to make? That’s been my battle lately and that feeling of being stuck really impedes on your creativity and blocks the possibilities. But alas, I’m not one to dwell on misery so in the past week I’ve had revelations, I’ve moved my queen to where I think she should be placed and hopefully soon things will start falling into place!

Anywho if you hit that low point like I did,  step back and give yourself a chance to regroup..sometimes all it takes is patience. There’s a song I’ve been listening to with these words that just spoke to me “One day at a time, someday you’ll find..you not so far”

Inspiration!

“There is such a concept of loss.
Loss and how we react to loss. We think of things in a straight line: birth-life-death. That’s not really how it works.
You take those ends and you bend it into a circle so it’s birth-life-death-REbirth. So you have to be prepared when you lose something – when you go through a divorce, when your mother dies, when you lose your house you have to understand that nature has it no other way.
There is a rebirth.
The death is painful. It doesn’t change the pain of the death.
“But you gotta stay awake and stay focused for what’s the rebirth that God is about to offer you.”

                                                                                                                                                        Will Smith

I’ve been so ridiculously uninspired in the past weeks, today i got some tiny form of sparkle going off and so I had to share one of my favourite quotes!

To 13 Year Old Me – Palesa Mjali!

Dear Palz

 

Success: Darling this may not be apparent to you now but believe me when I say, success is not measured by the amount of money one makes. Some people see success that way but as you grow older, one thing that will be revealed about yourself is that success to you is measured by the amount of positive impact you make in people’s lives. It is the true realization of your dreams. Nothing means more to you than living your dreams; being of service to society in more ways than one (sound outrageous?).

Happiness: Ha! Let me tell you something about happiness my girl, it is a point in time, not what happened in the past and certainly not what you strive for in the future! It is right now, being content (perhaps the meaning of this word is too higher grade for you now) and happy with you at this present minute! Do not spend your days wishing for things in the future that you think will make you happy or dwelling on past moments that made you happy! Surround yourself with all that puts a grin on your face, nurture the things that make you happy and cherish the people that make you a better person. And by the way, being rich and being part of a “cool” gang will not make you happy!.

Career: If I told you that in your future life, you start off as an IT Business Analyst, you would probably laugh in my face and ask me WTF! (by the by that’s one of the biggest jargon acronyms of our present time). This particular part of your life is not only one of your biggest challenges but one of the biggest mysteries! You remember how you used to love making dresses for dolls? Remember the day you watched a movie where a certain character was an Image Consultant and you decided then and there that that is what you wanted to be when you grow up? Well….NEVER LET GO OF THAT MOMENT AND THAT DESIRE! Remember how you felt when visiting those young Cancer patients in the hospital offering them an ounce of hope and a momentary escape from their difficulties, remember that? Well as it so happens, being of service to others is one of the things that feed your soul so cherish and nurture that desire!

Style: I’m happy to inform you that the tom boy in you will grow into one beautifully stylish lady who will no longer be limited to only buying “Sale” items thanks to mommy dearest! Don’t worry about your weight now; it’ll all work out in the end, to a certain extent at least! Strive to be yourself at all times, style is emotive, don’t be influenced too much by what’s happening around you and yes it is true…When you look good, you feel good!

Love: Love is one thing that God has blessed you with. You may not see it now, but you will be blessed in abundance not my riches and fame (sorry to disappoint) but by the love that surrounds you each and every day! From your family to friends to a beautiful man God has given you the pleasure of knowing! You will meet some HOUNDS along the way but never lose yourself to please anyone and most of all, love wholeheartedly no matter how difficult it may seem..trust me that love will eventually be returned!

All in all you will be happy with the person you have become, just remember to always feed your mind, body and soul with everything joyful to you!

Love 25 year old you