If In Doubt…


As we are continually tried and tested in a plethora of different ways in life, try and remember these words as this philosophy helps to make sense of it all.  I often find remembering this will give me an injection of strength allowing me to jump on top of the issue and remain afloat.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Two Cups Of Coffee & A Mayonnaise Jar

teaI read this story many years ago and just stumbled across it remembering how inspirational it was and still is.  I’m sure a number of you will have read it before. Whether it’s new or a reminder, it’s always good to get back in touch with what truly matters.

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar, and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full, and they agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous, yes.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

His point from everything he did was that the jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – family, partner, health, children – things that if everything else will be lost, they are the only once who will remains and still your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like – job, house and car. While the sand is everything else meaning all the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles and golf balls. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Always pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Know your priorities because this will only result everything that will happen in your life. Take care of the golf balls first – the rest are just pebbles and sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.

“I’m glad you asked,” he said. “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

Everything that we do in life always end up in choosing which should we prioritize first and which we should treat as an option. We might not end up as successful or just living plainly, but we should know who will be there when everything goes down in your life and who will be there to stand up for you when life is a bit hard. Don’t ignore the important things, because these important things are the only one who can help you stand up and make everything go up.

(Unknown author)

Never Forget

Freya Symes:

Every year I am drawn back to exactly where I was on September 11 2001. I had returned from New York a day early after a continuous niggling feeling that where I was geographically didn’t feel comfortable and I needed to get home. I changed my flight.
It was only when I was walking past a media store on my way to see some friends at an old workplace back in England that I became rooted to the spot in front of the array of televisions watching the towers crumble over and over again. The feelings then made sense to me.
In Megan’s Shoes’ blog post was beautifully written and so very meaningful that I wanted to share it. Most countries have suffered at the hands of war and terrorism so it is yet another opportunity to reflect upon those events too.

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imageToday as we remember all those who lost their lives, please take the time to share with someone from the younger generation the events of that day. It’s so important for our country to never forget and for this tremendously significant piece of our history, and the lives it took, to always live on…

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A Trip To Italy – Part II

Ciao! Welcome back to part two of my favorite Italian adventures!

In part one our last place of residence was Positano, so now after a short drive of just under an hour we found ourselves at the next destination – Sorrento.

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Equally as beautiful as Positano but scenically different, Sorrento still captured that Amalfi Coast magic.  It’s quite ironic really that after my post of June 18th, ‘To Do This Summer: Conquer My Fear of Water’, it appeared that that was the gift that Sorrento gave me.  2015-08-14 13.06.21With a gorgeous cove cordoned off from the sea, it served as a natural salt water pool.  I certainly had reservations about swimming, but I figured the beau would save me if anything happened (!) and I subsequently and quite literally took the plunge.  Surrounded by boulders, the water was a stunning aqua green and clear to the eye.  Despite that, looking the 6ft plus into the water wasn’t something I was eager to do.  Once in, I turned into a water baby.  2015-08-14 16.23.00I happily tread water, swam, floated and generally basked in the delicious hot sunshine.   In that moment, I possessed a confidence that I felt in water that has never been present before.  That feeling was nothing.  It was nothing because what had disappeared was fear.


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Now I could write for hours about this one.  Aside from the fact that we met up with my bestie and her fiancé, which was epic in its own right, it had to be our breakfast routine.  You can ask any of my immediate family members and they’ll tell you that most of the childhood memories I have are somehow associated with food, so it’s hardly surprising that I had an obsession with the continental breakfasts in Italy!

The utter bliss of this section of the trip was walking out on to our terrace and sitting down at the table for breakfast.  Interspersed with chatting and eating, every now and again I would find that I’d completely stopped chewing having been wholly consumed at the picturesque view I found myself simply just staring at.

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I’d pick cherry tomatoes off the vine, bring cheeses, meats, bread and crackers; fruit, juices, coffee and tea, it really was a veritable feast.


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Now, interestingly enough, there really isn’t much in Pisa.  It’s a very run-of-the-mill suburban town, quite2015-08-17 12.24.20 grimy too.  As we trundled off to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I was surprised to find there was a Duomo di Pisa and the Pisa Baptistery alongside it.  Just shows you I didn’t do my research before I left!  Disappointingly, the Leaning Tower was somewhat underwhelming to see; however, the Duomo di Pisa was spectacular.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go in as we were traveling to Florence but I did take a sneaky picture and it looked truly breathtaking inside.


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Oh Florence, how I could have happily moved in with you! Definitely my number one place out of the whole trip, no questions asked.  It’s practically impossible to choose one thing but if my life was at stake it would have to be the Palazzo Pitti or Pitti Palace in English.

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Inside were the most amazing royal apartments.  I LOVE looking at furniture and apartments; stately homes; palaces or other such structures which hold a ridiculous amount of history but stand very similarly to that as they did so many years ago.  It must originate from walking around museums as a child which I didn’t appreciate enough then, but now, now I can wander for hours looking at furniture trying to grasp the reality of what is in front of me.

2015-08-19 13.58.41This palace housed the Medici family in the 1500’s and then was also used as a main abode for Napoleon amongst others.  You’ll see his personal bath to the right.

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I was also very taken with Ponte Vecchio at sunset.  That was really special, walking across as we made our way to dinner on our last night.

So there you have it, aside from our drive back to Rome which was next, that was our holiday, a holiday that we were so fortunate to have experienced.  It really was the holiday of a lifetime!