Good Living, Good Life : Healthy Self-Care

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Hello My Beautiful Doves,

Something I haven’t been doing lately, is taking time out for myself. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in what we need to do for other people or what other people need from us, that we forgot to take care of ourselves. It is a habit that a constantly find myself falling into. The only problem with that is, when I’ve had enough – I have a tendency to breakdown and in a big way. Sometimes No can be the most difficult word to say. Sometimes putting yourself first is even harder. Let’s put this out into the universe before I go on

It Is Not Selfish

Taking a day a week, a fortnight, a month can help you; help other people so much more. You can’t do anything for anyone else if you are running on fumes in the fuel tank. That one day of ‘me time’ or one day of peace can mean the difference between brushing something off or having an emotional breakdown.

Taking good care of oneself is a necessity, not a luxury or indulgence. So be your own best friend and most ardent supporter ~ Angela Paul

Eat healthy and move around. I am not a huge fan of the gym or working so hard that I am sweating a river or wanting to throw up. That’s not my thing. Find whatever exercise, sport or activity that fitsyou .I am going to sound like Dawn-Earthchild again here but try mediationI tried it a few months and it is amazing how more relaxed and peaceful you feel afterwards

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When you feel good on the inside psychically, mentally and emotionally, you are better equipped to help others. Go for a facial, a hot stone massage, get your nails done – okay fellas clearly some of those opinions weren’t for you but the bottom line is that you within yourself know what makes you happy – Do it!

xxLayla

Music Monday: The Futurist

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Hi My Doves,

It’s a funny world of labels we live in. When an actor records an album it is normally met with reservation and ridicule, which is a shame because actors need to be multi-talented, to be in the profession that they are in. Most actors can sing, dance, juggle or play something or other. I think that world just remembers the misses rather than the hits. Whenever an actor releases an album, I always have to have a sticky-beak. In the case of this week’s musical choice – Mr Robert Downey Jr

It’s apparently no secret that this man can sing – well actually, it was to me. I was unaware of The Singing Detective  or RDJ sing while he was on Ally McBeal ( I love his version of Every Breath You Take feat Sting). The first time I heard him sing was in the closing credit for one of his movies Kiss,Kiss. Bang,Bang – it was a song called Man like Me.  All you lovely dove know me well enough to know – one song is all it takes for me to go into research mode. With a  click, a swipe, a car-ching and a fed-ex aeroplane zooooom – Robert Downey Jr’s album The Futurist – Landed on my doorstep and it has been a stable on my ipod ever since.

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On this album RDJ not only sings but has written/co-written all but two of the songs. It is clear when you listen to these track that this album was a personal one. Each song is very unique and a journey within themselves. The music is soothing and soulful.

My favorites are Little Clownz and Hannah but you’ll discover your own – I promise. It’s an easy to listen to album. Just to put it on in the back ground and enjoy

 

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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Good Morning My Doves,

It is that time again. The day that is filled with both joy and sorrow. Joy that you have a free day and sorrow that yes, tomorrow is Monday – that dreaded day that we all fear.So here is some tunes to cheer us all up

Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & the Papas

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie

Elenore by The Turtles

Let’s Get Together by The Youngbloods

I Feel Free by Cream

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) by The Birds

A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum

The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix Experience

Season of the Witch by Donovan

Time of the Season by The Zombies

Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) by Janis Joplin

With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Run Through The Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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Hi My Doves,

Well this has been the week from hell. New computer system implemented at work and oooooh how nice it has been but now it’s weekend and the only way is up. Sleep ins, big breakfasts,late nights and if you’re in Sydney, a very rainy Friday night. Do something for yourself this weekend.

How Do They Do This

Stop It. Just, Stop It

Why We Love British Villains

I Want Everything Here

#SingleGirlProblems 

Some Very Talented Gentleman 

My Friends Will Love This

Rest In Peace,Beautiful Lady

Beautiful Places In The World You Must See

Laugh Your Way Into Saturday 

xxLayla

Music Monday: Sarah Vaughan

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Hi My Doves,

This time last year I started a WIP after shelving it and attempting two other WIP’s. I am back into it and finally finishing it up. I found Sarah Vaughan and I loved her music, her voice, her everything about her really and have used one of her songs as my title of the WIP.

Her voice is indescribable, Immaculate, smooth, her phrasing crisp and so clear. Sarah Vaughan sang in church as a child and had extensive piano lessons from 1931-39; she developed into a capable keyboardist. After she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater, she was hired for the Earl Hines big band as a singer and second vocalist.

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She joined lifelong friend Billy Eckstine making her recording debut. She began her solo career in 1945 by freelancing in clubs on New York’s 52nd Street such as the Three Deuces, the Famous Door, the Downbeat and the Onyx Club.

Her chart success continued with the charting of “Black Coffee” in the summer of 1949. “That Lucky Old Sun”, “Make Believe (You Are Glad When You’re Sorry)”, “I’m Crazy to Love You”, “Our Very Own”, “I Love the Guy”, “Thinking of You” (with pianist Bud Powell), “I Cried for You”, “These Things I Offer You”, “Vanity”, “I Ran All the Way Home”, among many others.

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Have a fish around. Have a listen to a lot of her stuff. You might have a pull to different songs then I do. Dive into the sea that is Sarah Vaughan and tell me what you think

 

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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Get up and out of bed. Take a stroll to your local coffee shop. Go for a surf. Go for a shopping. This is the times of our lives. No matter what age we are – this is the time to enjoy – no time like the present to listen to some great music

  • Club Foot by Kasabian
  • Just Be Good To Professor Green feat Lily Allen
  • Unlock that Honky-Tonk by Kellie Pickler
  • Friday Night by Lady Antebellum
  • They’re Red Hot by Eric Clapton (originally by Robert Johnson)
  • Forgiven, Not Forgotten by The Corrs
  • New York State of Mind by Billy Joel
  • Autumn In New York by Billie Holiday
  • Lemon Drop by Pistol Annies
  • Austin by Blake Shelton
  • Whiskey, Mystics and Men by The Doors
  • You Are The Best Thing by Ray Lamontage
  • Loving You by Minnie Ripperton
  • Love Don’t Cost A Thing by Jlo
  • White Room by Cream

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

 

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Hi My Doves,

Well this week has been a HUGE week at work home and writing wise. Needless to say I am past tired and ready to be in a coma of the weekend. So for me it is all about a Suits Marathon and The Red Road, lots of tea and some typing on the keys. I hope everything is bright and sunny in your worlds. Here is some fun for your friday

Please Don’t Use These, So Not Sexy

One Of The Coolest Couples In The History Of Hollywood

The Awe In Their Eyes – I Love It

Enjoy It While You Can. Winter Is Coming

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Ms Atwell

For You Chocolate Lovers

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So Beautiful

If You Could Read My Mind

XxLayla