5 quick tiny tips to help you smile


DAY 84

Some days we all feel sad. Perhaps we’re sick. Perhaps we are overworked and just plain tired. Sometimes shitty stuff can happen. It’s not the end of the world but it feels like everything is going wrong. Or perhaps something major has happened in your world and you are struggling to find the good.

So to help a little here are my 5 tiny tips to help you smile.

  • Call your best friend. The one who always makes you feel a bit better about yourself and the world around you. Even if you only have five minutes – call her.
  • Go for a 3 minute walk around the block or into your own garden. Get yourself outside in the sun or the snow and walk. Remind yourself about what is good in your world. In fact challenge yourself to find 10 things on your walk to make you smile. The next door neighbour’s cat. Little people walking in all their Winter gear. Flowers. Birds making nests. Sunshine on your face.
  • Find your favourite song right now. Pump up the music on your ipod and sing at the top of your lungs. Or just dance. Imagine that you are playing in the band and air-guitar the flip out of it!
  • Eat chocolate. Because there is never a time when chocolate can’t make you smile.
  • Hug it out. Hug your dog, your cat, your pet turtle. Hug your best friend or your partner. Hug your kids and your grandkids. Hug your blanket and your pillow. Be kind to yourself. It’s ok to feel a little down. Take a little time to nurture yourself and remind yourself of all of the beautiful people and animals (and fluffy toys) who love you back.

You’re in a good place.

It’s going to be ok.

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”
― Paul Simon



Things I love Thursday


DAY 58

27th February, 2014

Yay! It’s Things I love Thursday! So much to share!

Things I have loved this past week: sleeping and dreaming until midday surrounded by my fury friends, MiMi and Cuba; drinking champagne with my girlfriends (perhaps a little too much?) and singing along with the cast of Grease The Musical, way too much fun! Celebrating my great nephews first birthday, with a bbq at a fantastic children’s playground on the beachfront, and lets face it, little people celebrating first birthdays are really very cute; being curled up on the couch, catching up on a backlog of The Vampire Diaries; having a lovely and unexpected chat with a couple of ladies that I helped – manoeuvring wheel chairs can be tricky! people watching on the trams, so many interesting folks around ~ in particular seeing how many people I can make smile in a day ~ such an awesome feeling when a grumpy waitress ends up laughing! snuggling with my man of course; having yummy Korean BBQ dinner at the local Victoria Market with some hysterical friends who never fail to make me laugh; my new VS hair dryer…I know, but it beats washing my hair the night before and drying it in front of the heater; reading The Desire Map by Daniele LaPorte…I can’t put this book down! making some space to do a bit of desire mapping…of course; hanging out and talking non-stop with my sister from another lifetime and wishing she didn’t have to head back to the UK; editing out last season 1 episode for our show, It’s Japan, Man! and especially loving putting the ‘looking back’ segment together ~ we have learnt so much from when we started and we are so glad that we have just given it a go, instead of waiting for all of our ducks to line up! meeting up with some people from Channel 31 for some very helpful chats and finally, being on holidays, eating lots of chocolate and freshly baked cupcakes and starting to feel human again…

Hope you have all had a lovely week too.