Follow The Yellow Brick Road

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I remember a defining moment in my childhood when I was in around the first grade and we had coloring in sheets with farm animals on them and I colored my sheep so it’s wool was blue.

I got in trouble from the teacher (maybe she was a sub teacher) anyway, I got in trouble and she gave me a new sheet because I had to color the animals in the colors they actually were.

Now maybe she had said this as she was handing out the coloring sheet and I wasn’t listening and I just don’t remember or I wasn’t listening – I mean I was six but the point is. I was creative and then got in trouble for it.

I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Sometimes creative people and  creative mind get a rep for who we just naturally are. Our minds are wired differently. Our eyes see the world in a different way – sometimes the more extreme of us do something outrageous like chop off their ears – which, okay. That was extreme

We’re always given the label of outcasts. We’re round pegs in a square world.

Of course we’re all different. Artists, writers, musicians, photographers, any creative field known to man, if you’re in that field. We’re different. We wouldn’t be able to creative anything if we weren’t. It’s our blessing and curse all wrapped up in a self-doubting bow.

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Someone – Somewhere down the line in history – whoever that person or group of people were  – they – the collective them – decided that different was a bad thing.

It’s not.

Weird and thinking in any another color then black, white or grey  – is not a negative in life.

Sometimes you have to break barriers to break new grounds. Break the rules to see the beauty in the ordinary.

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Embrace it. Accept it. Learn to love it, my little ones. It may take a little time but being different, being weird as you may be called, isn’t a horrible thing. Be brave enough to be yourself and see the world the way that you naturally do.

Live the way the way you want to live it

Never apologize for it.

If Dorothy never walked that very brightly color road, she wouldn’t have learnt all those lessons. She wouldn’t have learnt about herself

Imagine how different the world would be if all the pioneers and conquistadors hadn’t hit the road and explored it for themselves

Go with your heart and listen to your soul. If the whole world is turning right and every single fiber within you is saying turn left – turn left.

If they called you weird – that’s okay. Just smile, wave, pull a funny face at them and keep on the path of your choosing

There is a reason that it is yours and no one elses

It will lead you to greatness

Just please, please, please. Do not cut of your ear.

xxLayla

Weekend Wonders

A great woman by the name of Angela Paul once said – To be alive at any age is a gift that I do not take lightly. I have absolutely no idea how many years, months or weeks I have left to inhabit this body. I try not to worry about things I cannot control. What is my concern is how fully alive I am while I’m still here.

I remember when I was little hearing the age thirty and thinking wow, when I’m that age. I’ll have my shit together. I’ll have this. I’ll have that. I’ll have everything and I’ll know what I’m doing. Now I am that age – I’ve learnt that nobody has their shit together twenty four seven. Life the majority of the time we are just faking it until we make it and you know what – that’s okay

Sometimes all you can do is your best and surrender the rest.

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xxLayla

 

Music For The Week Ahead

 

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  • Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  • Santa Monica Dream by Angus & Julia Stone
  • You Got Me by Ingrid Michelson
  • Family Feud by Pistol Annies
  • Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson
  • Maps by Maroon 5
  • Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves  by Cher
  • No Man’s Prize by Melody Gardot
  • I’ll Be Waiting by Garrison Starr
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Led Zeppelin
  • I Can’t Stand It by Eric Clapton
  • Swimming by Florence + The Machine
  • If I Knew Then by Lady Antebellum
  • Tell Mama by The Civil Wars
  • Black Parade by Gin Wigmore

xxLayla

Dream Big & Keep Going

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When I was graduating high school for the last week we all ran around the place with notebooks – I guess it was our version of yearbooks, since we didn’t really do the year book thing – There was these book you could buy that your friends could fill in standard questions – name, birthday, email address – all so we wouldn’t lose touch or would forgot each other

One of these questions was the persons favorite quote – the quote I always wrote was James Dean – Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.-  I had only just discovered Rebel Without A Cause and was smitten but  ninety eight percent of my book it is the same quote –

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’  which I have since found out was said by Norman Vincent Peale

Much can be said for my friends and our habit of dreaming. We can’t help it. Big or small dreams, we create them. Of course at seventeen and eighteen There was dreaming and we didn’t quite understand how difficult these dreams would be to achieve.

Slowly but surely we have all done some amazing things. I’ve seen friends build amazing families and become strong mothers and wives. I’ve witnessed countless friends live and create lives in foreign countries. Some have come back and some have stayed.

We have all caught the travel bug from Casablanca to Canada and everywhere in between. The one common thread is that we have all been to Londontown

 

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What we couldn’t have imagine back when we were all imploring each other to shoot for the moon and live every day to the fullest. We didn’t and couldn’t understand how hard those dreams would be. We didn’t understand some days those dreams were going to kick our little backsides and leave us crying and sometimes fate would have other dreams for us

We all have gone down different avenues teachers, lawyers, fashion industry, photographers, working for our local council, yogis and life coaches but you know what hasn’t changed – our support for each other and those dreams

Back in January when I was a little lost for direction when it came to my writing ( like I am now) my friend Jody posted a quote from Johnny Depp ~ One day the people that didn’t believe you will tell everyone how they met you.  ~ for some reason it kind of hit me over the head and kicked my butt.

I mean I wanted this – what was the problem

I wrote back to her and thanked her because it was exactly what I needed to read in that moment. She kind of has a sixth sense that way. She wrote back straight away and told me to Dream Big & Keep Going  –  I told her I was trying – she wrote back and said – Just DO it xx

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So I continued – I kept going – I’m still in a fog and I’m at that point where I’ve got so many idea in my head – My tornado brain is spinning with inspiration  as my friend Joan says but I keep going

Sure I don’t know which idea I am writing from day to day but I’m going – I’m doing and if any of my dreamer girls get lost  or breakdown on the desolate road to their dreams – I’ve got their back, a map and a jerrycan full of petrol

Because they would do the same for me

xxLayla

 

Weekend Wonders

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Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.  It is and there is nothing you can do about it, other than weather the storm. Bunker down and count to ten and wish for the best. In my experience nothing helps those days like turning Led Zeppelin’s Ramble On, on loud and disappearing into it. Laying on the floor and get lost in The Door’s The End. Singing along with CCR’s Fortunate Son at my desk at work or having a random dance party in your kitchen. That storm will pass as your having fun and you will look out the window and see sunshine and if not. Just keep dancing. The sun will show up in its own time

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xxLayla

Music For The Week Ahead

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  • Another You by Cascada
  • Dream by Michael Buble
  • Turn The Lights On by Natalie Bassingthwaighte
  • Home by Katharine McPhee
  • California Dreaming by The Mama and The Papas
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie
  • I Want You by Kings Of Leon
  • Love Is Hard by James Morrison
  • Suddenly by Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Fire & Rain by James Taylor
  • We’re Not Gonna Sleep Tonight by Emma Bunton
  • She Believes In Me by Ronan Keating
  • Bug by Mandy Moore
  • Help by The Beatles
  • These Days by Jennifer Paige

xxLayla

Love.Live.Forgive.Remember.Believe

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Tuesday morning I woke up late, like I had  the whole previous week. I then proceeded to rush around my house getting ready for my day. That’s life right. We do it, day in and day out. I somehow got a five minutes sit down, drunk some water and watched like three minutes of news and then rushed off again to catch my train. On the train I was dreaming of slow paced morning and for some strange reason, thinking of Los Angeles.

I found myself on the amazing website The New Potato reading an article on one of my favorite people on the whole entire planet and they asked him, what his ideal morning would be. He said Espresso, reading or mediation

and it hit me

A) Yes, that is the prefect morning

B) How long has it been since I mediated

C) Oh my lord, I haven’t done yoga since January

No wonder I have been feeling off lately.  I find that no matter what I’m doing physically, I always have a lot going on mentally. I’m not just talking about the writing side of life but just life in general.

Trying to save money. Trying to enjoy life. Learning about new things. Dreaming. Making plans. Trying to find peaceful solitude. to be alone with yourself and just freakin stop and breath

Then of course you have the normal get up, go to work, come home, cook dinner. Go to bed.

Get up and do it all again.

Weekends, end way too quickly. After the washing, drying, cooking, planning for the week. Houses. Friends. Family. Fitness

Geez, no wonder we get lost sometimes – especially around this time of the year.

 

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Ok, now breathe. Big,deep, cleansing breath,  that you feel from the tip of your head to the tips of your toes.

Ground your feet and clear your mind

Get ready

Somewhere between the dreaming and the reality, we need to stop and realize just how lucky we are to have the lives we have. To have another day. A day that is not given to others.

Another day is precious

So make plans but be thankful for everything you have – never stop dreaming because that is the only way you truly fail  – but stop and appreciative of all you have now.

Try new things

Love with everything you have to give

Live in a way that you feel fulfilled but also live in a way that makes you truly yourself

Forgive yourself – Never regret anything.

At one point in your life you truly wanted it or desire it. Even if that desire led to a mistake – never regret it. Remember to forgive yourself for the mistake

Believe in tomorrow – because it’s a brand new start

Don’t get lost in the rat race and know your worth more then that

xxLayla