All posts tagged: Special events

Day 317: Teaching my 9th yoga class, Dani’s cheeks, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Double Rainbows!

Today was probably my favourite day teaching so far… It truly is wonderful watching people progress and continue to push themselves more and more each week. And it’s amazing – like a dance… or a well-rehearsed orchestra – when the class starts to tune into that collective consciousness and begins to move as one. Grateful! =) / Dani… I… umm… There are no words to describe how much I appreciate this photo. I am just grateful I caught it on camera. Because this is priceless, and will probably put a smile on my face any day I want for the rest of my life! =D / St James’ park during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – what a fantastic atmosphere and event to be a part of. It is hard for a TCK to feel any sort of loyalty or patriotic pride towards any given country because, well, we never really know where ‘home’ is. However, at least for today, I got a sense of what it must feel like to be truly proud to be …

Day 306: The day my sister graduates from primary school… and #futureplanning.

My little sister “graduated” from primary school today. And how I remember *this* day so clearly when Mom, Dad and I took her to Discovery College for the first time… That was 4 years ago… Nuts. – Well, I guess today I am grateful for the opportunity to watch her grow, albeit from afar. I have to say, one of the most rewarding things in life is being able to watch a child grow up, and knowing that in some way, shape or form, you’ve played a part in that. One day, Alix will read this blog I’m sure, and if she can take from it even one of the many lessons I have learned this year… then I could only be so grateful knowing that that’s one less thing she has to worry about. =) / Specify your function. OK! #futureplanning. OUT.

Day 279: Stumbling upon tickets to see the Dalai Lama and On Plate, Still Hungry…

I don’t even remember what random train of thought it was, or WWW surfing I did, that brought me to this page today… But boy am I grateful! Because twenty days from today, I will be lucky enough to be sitting in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And what a day that will be =) / On Plate, Still Hungry – cool exhibition. Well done, Protein, and thank you, Kat, for inviting =) Can’t wait to have one of these hanging in our kitchen =) x

Day 277: Birthday pressies from work, My new freeview box, Lama Gyurme and The Offering Chant…

Thank you everyone at work for my birthday pressies! / Thank you, Graham, for the extra free, freeview box! TV at last, hurray! / The Offering Chant, by Lama Gyurme, is without doubt one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Forget about trying to understand the lyrics and translation… Be open, be receptive, and the meaning will present itself to you as a very intimate, and very personal experience in the deepest recesses of your heart and soul. Decipher it by feeling, not by thinking. x

Day 276: The day I turned 25…

Today, I turned 25. I took a day off work and did all of the things I wanted to do and all of the things that make me happy. I went at my own pace and to anywhere and everywhere my heart and feet desired. I made more plans to solidify and fulfil my dreams. And the response was good. Today, I turned 25. I felt and received love and support, prayers and well wishes from all around the world. And my heart melted. Because when you turn 25, it’s an amazing feeling to realize what an wonderful family of souls you have in this universe. I couldn’t feel more blessed. And I couldn’t be more grateful. So, thank you. I love you. Good night. x

Day 271: Happy boss and happy clients, Fiona’s birthday lunch, DJ’s laugh, Hayfever and This new singing habit of mine…

Grateful for the end of another successful and productive business trip. As an Account Manager, there is nothing more rewarding than having a happy boss and a happy client. =) My work is done… (for now!) / Grateful for lunch at Bistro de la Gare with Fiona, Jo, Tim and Zahur. Short but sweet. I did not have the raclette this time but good to know I don’t have to go all the way to Borough Market to get some! / Thank you Deej and Dani for organising theatre tickets tonight. Hayfever was hilarious, and being at the theatre in general was such a nice treat. Now write this blog in the manner of the word… winsome! šŸ˜‰ (awhhh shucks!) / DJ’s laugh. In all its variations… Grateful!! I think my favourite one is the one I call THUNDER. I tell you, when DJ laughs like this, you feel it vibrating around the cavern and in between all the ribs of your ribcage! Powerful stuff indeed! And scarily, mightily infectious! MUAHAHAHAHA. / So here’s the …

Day 269: Happy Daddies, First yoga session with Kan and The moment Cribbin read me the opening lines of Lolita…

You know what I’m grateful for today? The moment I, already late for work, decided to pick up the phone and make myself available to hear my Dad tell me some amazing, long-awaited news. =D Well done pappy. No 1 indeed! =) / Grateful for the opportunity to take Kanchan to Indaba and practice yoga together for the first time. It’s about time! And hopefully many more will come once you move here =) / Today, I stole a few moments at work to catch up proper (no bizznizz chat! – well, only very minimal) and speak to a dear old friend. And he read me Lolita. Don’t ask me why. But it was hilarious and will give you an idea of the breadth of our catch up and conversation =) Esta noche otra vez. Bien!

Day 268: Fire and Stone, Getting Cribbin on board, Sleepovers with Kanchan and The knock-on effects of Future Planning…

Fire and Stone –Ā imaginativeĀ pizzas from all over the world. I like! / Tonight I got the last member of the GNN on board. Cribbin, glad to finally say I have found a boat to sail us into the beautiful beautiful horizon. Dream big, and let the winds of change take us there =) / Grateful I managed to convince Kan to stay over tonight. Can’t wait til you move here chick =) / Let’s just say when you start having to plan and direct and chiefly execute your own stuff, you start to see, approach and deliver things a different way, and it makes your 9 to 6 much easier. Grateful! =)

Day 266: When Miss Kerry McQuigg becomes Mrs Kerry Shaw…

Today, I watched my friend get married and become one of the happiest girls (I should probably say ‘woman’ now huh?) on the planet. Sometimes the greatest moments in life are much harder to put in writing. This is one of those moments. Suffice to say, grateful to be witness to this beautiful, beautiful moment… And the sun was shining. =) Congratulations Kerry and Ben. We love you and will be here for you always =)

Day 257: Getting keys to my new house!

After two months of searching and long-distance conference calls, trying to organise house viewings and deposits with one of us in London and the other in NYC-Peru. After after-work meet-ups searching Gumtree and Rightmove and about a dozen different estate agents a night and every spare moment at work and on our lunchbreaks. After financial calculations and budget concerns and location queries and ticking clocks… multiple multiple emails and paperwork and contracts… I’m glad to say we finally, finally have the keys to our new home. And what a home it is indeed! =) Grateful! / Thanks LH and FM, your help is much appreciated. / Really loved my walk around Finsbury Park today. Beautiful =)