Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sick week - My favourites

Being sick has seriously left me in such a funk. I have had no interest in anything other than sleep for the past week and it has been such a long one as well! I felt like it was a never ending cycle of viruses... honestly I'm over it!

There are a few things I've been enjoying these past week though so I thought that I'd share them with you!

1. Green Tea

I've been asking for it wherever I go including at restaurants while I'm having a meal! I thought I'd change my usual soft drink order for this bad boy! It adds a little flavour to the water, has no sugar, hydrates you and keeps you warm! What more could I ask for?

2. My Keep Cup


I use this cup everyday and everywhere I go! I usually make myself a cup of coffee in the morning before going to work and refill it throughout the day with any kind of beverage I come across! Its double layer glass is perfect for both cold and hot drinks! Thought I'd sneak in a picture of my breakfast as well in there because I've really been loving this in the morning!

I usually scramble two eggs with a handful of baby spinach and sometimes cut up some avocado depending on whether we have any at home - the one in the picture wasn't ripe enough and to be honest tasted quite terrible!

3. Snapchat filters

Being bored in bed or even feeling like your body doesn't want to do any work while you are at work makes you not want to look in the mirror as you often look as bad as you feel. Thankfully there's Snapchat filters that help create that fake glow us sick people are missing at the moment! I honestly can spend hours on that app! It's so entertaining and actually makes my scary sick face look kinda cute!

4. Music
Now we all know that music is the universal symbol of love and no matter what language you speak, music breaks the barrier and reaches out to everyone. So naturally my boredom and lack of ideas of what to do which wouldn't require me moving lead me to dream about leaning to play an instrument again... hmm maybe guitar this time? I do have small fingers... I think I can still make it work though! 

At the same time I thought this would be so cool for a travelling musician - hey maybe that'll be me in a few years! Find out I have some kind of unknown musical talent then once mastered, I take on the road with my trustee guitar and amp! Nah but in all honesty, if there's any musician who do this already, hats off to you and I'd totally recommend the Roland Cube at guitarcenter,com

So this is my week's favourite things. I think I need to go to bed now even though it's only 6pm on a Saturday night! I am so wrecked and feel sick as! 

Hope your week has been a fantastic one! 
Have a lovely weekend :)

Lots of love, 

Karine xx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished

 "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" Lao Tzu

This post has been sitting in my draft for months as I lost all motivation to continue my writing for a while. Even though I am a huge fan of nature and how peaceful it all is, this day did not feel entirely right. Now this could possibly have been my sudden hayfever allergy reaction, the super long walk that left all my muscles aching for a week or maybe the fact that my mind could not connect with nature like it normally does due to certain pressures and disturbances. 


won't go into detail as to what they are - *erhm* who *erhm* - but it made me come to the realization that time itself is not important. Nature does not have a watch, yet everything gets done. Trees grow at different paces, leaves fall whenever they are ready and flowers do not rush to bloom. Nature takes it time and get it all done eventually.





I often find myself just rushing around trying to get things done which results in my stress levels rushing through the roof! My to-do list often looks like Santa's naughty and nice list and my room looks like the inside of a dumpster! I run in and out of the house, throwing clothes in piles and beating myself up for not having enough time to get everything done! 

If you're anything like me then you will understand what it's like to have a million things running through your mind at once and not being able to focus on one things.

Yes, I often look like this waterfall... except not as mesmerizing or alive - I'm more a sloth looking human - so tired that you wonder if I'm even alive sometimes!


Through it all though, I have learnt one of the most important lessons ever and that is to 

BREATHE

Take a bit of time off to just stop, take a deep breath and be in the moment.
We often get so caught up in our deadlines, society's expectations and the pressure we put on ourselves that we forget to actually live in the moment.

Your schedule is not in control of you.
The situation does not control you.
You are in control of you. 

You need time out to breathe and re energize yourself to be in order to work properly.
How many of you like to see the 100% battery icon on your mobile phones? I know friends who refuse to leave the house unless their phones are on minimum 95% yet run on 4 hours of sleep and have not had some time off in days!

How is your phone more important than you? Why do you feel the need to rush around and not get the proper rest you should be getting? The human body should not be stressed all the time. It isn't healthy.

I know the feeling of needing to get things done and the pressure others can put you under because they think you are slacking off when really you are trying to juggle million things at once! Yet I've learnt that my happiness is more important.

We are part of nature and just like the rest of nature does, I will get things done at my own pace.

Breathe in and out. 
Meditate. 
Walk slow. 
Look up at the sky. 
Stop and smell the flowers. 
Be in the moment.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Musical Chicken

Music has always been a big part of my life. If any of you have gone on my Instagram or Twitter, you would have noticed that my Username is actually "Musical Chicken". Now the question I get asked quite often is how did I come up with that and why did I chose this? To be honest with you, I was either eating chicken while listening to music or thinking of getting chickens while listening to music and came up with it. 

Anyway, I usually let people's imagination run wild when they ask what a musical chicken is so when I come across artists, I often ask them to draw what they think a musical chicken is. I was very impressed and quite speechless when I got given this picture.


HOW CLEVER!!!

This artist put so much time and effort into this! I am so thankful that he has done this for me and I appreciate his kindness so much! 

But as you can tell, I am a massive music lover. It runs in the family with my grandpa being a singer and piano player and my brother a self taught guitar player and singer. I feel like it helps bring people together and there are so many talented individual out there. 

I've grown up playing piano and even though I may not play anymore, I still find myself browsing the internet looking at either instruments or other accessories that could help me with the sound quality of my videos and other ideas I may have for future videos. I've always wondered what kind of PA system YouTubers use to make song covers and so I went on the hunt to find a cool mixer. Anyone who knows me would know that I learn by trying things out rather than doing courses or getting graded. That's how I learnt to use html for my blog.

I would love to have a play with a mixer one day and see what I can come up with but for now I am left browsing the net for ideas. I came across musiciansfriend.com pa system and realised that getting the product I was looking at doesn't necessarily have to cost a fortune! The Gear One PA2400Kustom KPC12 PA Package was what really got my attention! So many great quality products for such a great price! 

Ah just going through their range of products is making so happy and has left me feeling like a little kid in a candy store! I'm going to keep browsing like I have been for the past half hour! 

Happy browsing! You'll thank me later :P 

Lots of love,


Karine xx

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A blog that matters


This blog was created over four years ago. I remember when I first started. I had big dreams of one day turning this into my most worked on project ever. I seriously cannot believe how quick those four years have gone. It's taken me forever to even get the courage to post what I actually thought and trust me that spilling your heart out in a post is a lot scarier than people think, I was taking big breaks in between my posts and ended up posting a very low 3 posts a year at one point. I took up YouTube and ended up spreading all my creativity towards that platform instead.

However I kept on getting burst of inspiration from time to time which always lead me back to my blog as words on a page often translated better to the people I was aiming to reach. No matter how many months went by, I still wanted to continue this as I have worked so hard on starting this page and it's something I'm very interested in continuing.

Thinking out loud, I figured that it isn't the amount of posts or followers you have. It isn't about how fancy your blog looks or how professional you sound. It is about creating a blog that matters. One that can inspire people whether it be to help create, to educate, to entertain or to encourage them to positively live their lives to the fullest.

Now to make my blog matter more. I just hope to one day reach people with similar views and ones who could relate to the situations I share or even be able to help them in similar situations. This will be tricky but I take on the challenge.

Today is a new day.

I've taken all those years on board and have realized that I can be my own inspiration. That my work does matter even though it may not for others. I do what makes me happy and wake up each day knowing that this is something I love to do.

If you're on the same path as me, perfect! Let's work along side each other and I promise to always be an encouraging friend.
If you're not, then that's okay. Just don't stand in my way because I don't have time for your negativity.

I could end this post with something like "support each other" or "be kind to everyone you meet" but that's a given, It's not a strange concept and isn't something you haven't already heard.

So just keep on being you and let positivity guide you through life.

Lot of love,

Karine xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Letter S - S is for Social Media




Okay so after two pretty heavy posts, I thought to myself, wow Karine you need to chill - ahh nah I'm kidding

It's crazy to think that we live in a world where Social Media is one of the biggest part of our everyday life. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, you name it, most of us have an account! Without it most of us feel quite lost but some don't want to have anything to do with it!

For example, I know a few people who don't even have an email address, let alone a Facebook account! Yet, I am sitting here on my laptop with all my Social Media accounts open... that's A LOT of tabs... one of them is playing music and I cannot find which one it is... sigh

Now I just thought to myself... why does an individual not want any kind of social media account? Wouldn't you want to connect with others and find people who you haven't seen in years? Personally, I do but I guess it depends on the type of person you are OR it means that you are not familiar with how social media really works.

Social Media can be used in many different ways and for many different purposes... This includes personal use, growing a business, reaching out to others, promoting an event, research and building a profile with reviews.

Most of us on here use our blog on a regular basis and watch our audience grow each day. I've had my blog for a few years now. Even though it has been dormant for a couple of years, I still managed to get it live again and continue to do what I love.

Starting a blog can be a bit tricky when you aren't sure what to do. Here are a few tips I used when I first started:


  1. Be consistent - Whether it be in your content or the amount of posts you publish weekly. Try to be consistent and offer your audience a set schedule they can look forward to.
  2. Promote your work - Use every type of social media to promote your blog - they're all very useful platforms to grow your blog and get it out there.
  3. Hashtags - Use hashtags in all your posts - It enables people to find your work and attracts the right audience to your content. 
  4. Be active in the blogging community - start off by reading other people's work ad interacting with different bloggers - we all have something we can learn from each other and it also allows you to make blogger friends!
  5. Engage with your audience - Reply to comments and visit their page to show support in their work as they have done for you!
  6. Join in on blogging challenges such as A TO Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE (Click on the link for more info)
  7. But most importantly, have fun and make sure you enjoy what you do! There's nothing worst than feeling like you have to do something rather than wanting to do it!
I hope this helped even if it's just a little.

Let me know in the comment section below how you're going with your blog and leave any tips you may have for others.

Share the love and be kind,

Lots of love,

Karine xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Letter O - O is for Open Letter

Dear You,

Never did I ever see myself writing to you, let alone the way I am right now. I got this sudden feeling that has left me wondering what it would be like if things were different. If that one unexpected change had not made distance the biggest factor in our lives.

But I guess that's just how life works. It does not allow us to rewind time or understand why things end up the way they do. It just keeps moving like a fast train at full speed with a destination known to only the driver. I wish I could get it out of him or at least convince him to slow down just so that I could come up with a solution but all this wishing just won't do. He's sat there refusing to tell anyone. Some may call him stubborn but most call him fate.

We can only control so much of our own life. How we interact with others, how we mask our own feelings, who we let in and what we do next but the rest is a mystery. You can try to find a way to beat the odds but even then, what are the chances it will go your way?

You tried so hard. I didn't have to look at you to know you did. You were patient and understanding but even after it all, we ended up here. Lost and confused.

But I get it. I get that things ended up the way they did for a reason. I cannot come up with a single reason why but it could not have been your choice to leave. I refuse to think you had the need to.

Call me selfish but I did not want you to go. I had plans. Plans that I'd hope you'd want to be a part of. But now, I am left on my own with a huge hole which I cannot seem to fix. It's so crazy when I think about it and to this day I cannot wrap my head around everything that has happened.

Your name does not seem to disappear. Ever. It echoes in my head especially on that day. It lingers around. Do you know that you are talked about a lot? I'm often told all the stories, stories of you and me. They will never be forgotten. Distance will not devalue the memories. I will not allow it.  

There are so many things I wish I could've said, so many memories I wanted to laugh about and places I wanted to revisit but a lot of it wouldn't make sense since I don't get to include you in the picture anymore. If only I knew how things would turn out. I would have earlier.

But now it's too late.


You left.

rip

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Letter J - J is for Judgement



You know what the crazy thing about people my age? It's that about 90% of them will judge you for being different, for doing something no one else is or even for things you cannot help like an illness.
I speak based off experience when I say that people are quick to judge you but when it's too late, they'll pretend that they would've helped or been there for you.

Take suicide vs suicidal for example. These two aren't so different yet people's way of dealing with the two differs.

How?

Let's see... when an individual is suicidal, people tend to take it lightly as though it's a phase or something they need to get over.
HOWEVER when suicide happens, you get people crying over them saying that if they knew about it, they "would've tried to help"

Now, I am in no way saying that this goes for everyone but I thought it was a good example of a situation which shows just how people can often be judgmental and not realize it until it's too late.

In my case I've gone through a similar situation which is a perfect example of my point. Back in high school, I went through a tough phase where panic attacks often took over me which resulted in my absence for most of my year 12. My two close friends at the time knew and offered support as they'd gone through similar situations but I mostly kept it all to myself.

Two years later when it was all over, I wasn't afraid to share my story with people and explain why I was so distant and away. "You should have told me. We could have helped you as a group" was the response I got when I opened up to a friend. By this point I felt so silly to think that I'd get judged and that people wouldn't understand... maybe I should have?
Months went by and I got asked a question by the same person about something new that I had shared.
"Why?" I got asked

I went to explain the medical term of my current problems which was basically the closing of my airways while sleeping and caused a disruptions in my sleep. This time I got a totally different reaction.
"lol weirdo" is what I got as a response.

At that point I wasn't sure whether they were just joking or were literally that ignorant to understand that I thought I trusted them. That person who once comforted me, who said that I should have spoken up, had now turned around and called me a weirdo for sharing something current.
The worst thing is that they are well educated in the health department.
I honestly cannot express how disappointed I was that I was right. 

They did not understand. 
They do not care. 
Only when it's too late, they say they would've.


Life doesn't work that way. You CANNOT go through it with "Would've, Could've and Should've"

HOW ABOUT YOU DO?
How about you start paying attention now?
How about you offer support now?


Too often we think that society sucks for a number of reasons but I hope that people start to realize that YOU are part of that society so YOU have the power to be that change.

Don't let it be too late.

Lots of love,
Karine xx




Disclaimer: I am good. No, I am not in a bad place. I have had an enormous amount of support and this is based of past experience (not current).