Thursday, July 24, 2014

Writing and Feeling Free

As I promised in my previous post, today I'm going to talk a bit about my writing and I will share more from time to time. It's funny to me when I think about the fact that I've never really talked about my writing here and I've been writing this blog since 2008. Some of my original goals for writing this blog were:

  1. To reach out to others because I felt isolated in those early days of living here
  2. To share my experience as an expat
  3. To get back to writing again

Over the years I've explored the first two goals a lot as is evident here on my blog. And even though the third goal did happen within the act of publishing my numerous posts, I realize that I've kinda been a writer undercover here at my blog  :-)  It's not like I've hid it, but it just struck me recently that I never really mention writing outside of blogging here. I may have mentioned writing a little bit, but if I did it's been so long that I can't remember. LOL.

Writing this blog has brought so much into my life in ways that I could never have imagined. I've become friends with people that I probably wouldn't have connected with otherwise. I've had the opportunity to share my experiences in a new land with all of the wonderful people who have read my blog over the years. And I've been given the chance to experience new places and things through blogging. It has been a blessing. You know, I just read back what I wrote and it sounds like I'm giving up blogging...that is not the case at all :-)  In fact, I have a renewed interest in blogging and all things writerly lately so I hope you'll keep visiting me here.

Anyway, back to the point of this post...pardon me, I ramble sometimes. LOL. That's the fun of a blog though...something that I'd forgotten. This is my place to ramble if I like. It doesn't have to be perfect because hey, life isn't perfect.

Okay back to the point  ;-)  So I'm going to share more about my writing here from now on. I'll weave it in with my photos and various posts. It won't be a detailing of plot points from my book or anything, but it'll just be me being me. I'm like every other writer in that I don't want anyone to read my book until it's done, but talking about my love for writing will be a joy!

As I've mentioned earlier, I'm in a writing mood lately. I've been working on this one manuscript  for a few years off and on. It really got put to the side while I was finishing my degree, but now I'm interested in finishing it. Here's the thing though. It's like somebody turned on a switch and I have ideas for two other books. Well, to be fair, one of the other two ideas has also been with me for a while and I've been making notes. The third idea just popped into my head a couple of weeks ago when of all things I was making the bed. LOL. Hey, you never know when inspiration will strike I guess ;-)

Even though three ideas are floating around in my head currently, I know that I need to take them one at a time. And if some ideas pop into my head, I'll just keep doing what I've always done...I'll keep writing down my notes.

This post is longer than I planned for it to be and I was rambling, but it has been therapeutic. You know why? It's been helpful because I spoke my truth and let my intentions out. I'm usually a private person and that's fine. I think privacy is important especially in the times that we live in. However, I know that creatively I need to release the dam sometimes and be free! I'm a laid back person as well and it feels good in my soul to just not hold back so darned much. Thanks for reading this far...I appreciate it! :-)

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Quick Literary Note

Just a quick note....

As I mentioned in my post last Friday, I'll be sharing some thoughts about my literary pursuits this week :-) My next post will be about that...either tomorrow or Thursday. I'm intrigued to talk about my writing here because I've never really done that to any extent. It'll be fun share where my heads at right now as I go on this journey to finish writing my first book. I hope that you'll come along with me :-)

Until next time...

Spotlight: Just For EJF - Save the Sea Campaign

Today I'd like to share some information about a worthy cause

JUST FOR EJF collaborates with Emma Cook, 
Serge DeNimes and Patternity to Save the Sea

EJF has launched a new collection of designer t-shirts as part of their ethical and sustainable ‘Just For’ fashion brand and in support of their Save the Sea campaign. Designers Emma Cook, Patternity and Serge DeNimes have each donated a bespoke ocean-inspired design to raise funds and awareness of the importance of preserving our oceans.

James Brown, George Craig, Caroline Ford, Izzy Lawrence, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Zara Martin, Max Rogers, Diana Vickers and Kimberly Wyatt have all shown their support for the conservation of our planet’s oceans by being photographed in the designs.

Emma Cook stays true to her brand aesthetic, through a photo-realistic depiction of the sea bed inspired by the beauty of the ocean and its marine life. Design duo Patternity has translated data about the depletion of sea grass, to portray the devastating effects that bottom trawling has on marine habitats and wildlife. Serge DeNimes’ ‘Drop in the Ocean’ design lends itself to one of this season’s key trends, communicating the importance of the campaign through a bold slogan.

The ocean-inspired ‘Just For’ t-shirt collection supports EJF’s award-winning Save the Sea campaign. 100% of funds raised will go directly towards EJF’s work protecting ocean ecosystems and threatened species including sharks, turtles, rays and dolphins, and promoting the need for transparency and traceability in seafood supply chains.

We sell our ethical and sustainable ‘Just For’ fashion products online at and in Just For pop-up shops in London’s premier fashion districts.

30 t-shirts, 26 designers, 92 models, £300,000 raised for EJF projects

The t-shirts also demonstrate the need and potential for sustainability within fashion production. The carbon footprint of an EJF t-shirt is estimated to be 90% less than a conventional, non-organic and non-environmentally friendly t-shirt from the high street. Our bespoke designer t-shirt collections are made to the highest quality in an organic, fair-trade, climate-neutral supply chain.

Emma Cook said:
"I'm proud to be supporting EJF's Save the Sea campaign with this design which is a snapshot of the precious ocean life that needs our urgent protection. EJF's work combating illegal pirate fishing not only helps protect vulnerable marine species like sharks but also the communities who are dependent on the oceans for food and livelihoods."

Serge DeNimes said:
"Serge DeNimes are really excited to be able to support EJF on their Save the Sea campaign, highlighting the importance of the preservation of our world’s oceans. We wanted the bold print and slogan ‘Drop in the Ocean’ to make a statement of how important it is to protect sealife.’’

Patternity said:
“Patternity is launching an exclusive data visualisation t-shirt as part of EJF’s Save the Sea campaign. Using pattern to translate data about the depletion of sea grass – the design highlights the devastating effects of bottom trawling on our ocean floors, marine wildlife and habitat. Patternity is committed to using pattern as a tool to help people better understand and feel connected to the world around them – driving positive social change.”

EJF Executive Director, Steve Trent, said:"EJF is excited to be working with three very different British designers, Emma Cook, Serge DeNimes and Patternity, to relay the importance of the world’s oceans through fashion. The ‘Just For’ t-shirt designs support EJF’s Save the Sea campaign mission to safeguard the marine environment, its biodiversity and the livelihoods dependent on it. Funds raised by the t-shirt collection will help our work towards the protection and effective conservation of marine ecosystems and the preservation of human rights.”

Priced at £30, the Save the Sea t-shirt collection
is on sale at

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Weekend

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

I do love summer weekends. If the weather's good, I usually get out and enjoy the sun while I can. This summer we seem to be having much more of a warm summer than we've had the past few years so this is great! The weather people here are predicting a heatwave of sorts this weekend and I say...


It won't be a scorcher, but it'll be hot for England and I'm so ready. And I know that some of you reading this are having scorching hot summers and just want things to cool off. I totally understand. I really do. I remember my Georgia summers. So I'm hoping that you get a cooling breeze wherever  you may be. But when you hardly ever get sunny weather like this, you just really relish it when it comes :-)

For the past few summers we've had downright autumnal weather some days, so I'm relishing the chance to wear shorts and sandals while I can :-)

So in celebration of the sun and all things summer, here's a pic that I took at the beach in Bournemouth a few weeks ago.

P.S. - In addition to enjoying the warmer weather, I'll be working on my book. I'll share more about this next week :-)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pictures From My Week

Today I'd like to share a couple of photos that I took this week. They're just random shots that I took on my phone but they have been a good part of my week. 

This is what I saw yesterday morning...a beautiful blue sky and some lovely slowly fading roses. The blue sky is always welcome and it reminds me that summer is finally here in this corner of England. Yay! As for the roses, I've taken pictures of them many times over the years and every year they seem to be a little different. I guess that they are in actuality because each rose is unique and the roses aren't reincarnated ;-) They smell wonderful and they remind me of back home. We had white, deep pink (almost red) and light pink roses in our front yard. The smell of roses always takes me back to being a little girl in our front yard in the summertime :-)

The picture below shows what I'm currently reading. It's The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling under another name. It's about 550 pages long and I'm roughly 200 pages in. I like it and I'm not usually a crime fiction reader. I don't know when I'll finish since I'm a preoccupied reader sometimes. Lol. I love reading very much, but I can get distracted sometimes. Once I finish though, I'll write up my thoughts on the book and share them here.

So there you have it...a look into my week.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend. Have fun! :-)

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The heidi klein Pop Up Shop in Covent Garden

A couple of months ago, I attended a press event given by heidi klein swimwear, which was held to reveal their High Summer '14 Collection and their new My Body line of swimwear. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the collection up close. Each piece was lovely and I wanted one of everything :-)  If you missed that post, you can read it here and you can also see some of the beautiful designs.

Now there is more news from heidi klein swimwear. They have very recently opened a pop up shop in the Covent Garden area of London.

Above: heidi klein Covent Garden pop up shop

The shop is 1,000 sq. feet and is located at 29 Floral Street, Covent Garden. It will be open throughout the summer months. If you live in London, anywhere in the UK, or if you'll be visiting London, the heidi klein pop up shop is well worth a visit. They are the authority on perfect fitting, luxurious swimwear and will help you pull together a beautiful look for your summer getaway. The pop up shop carries the style influences of their Chelsea and Westbourne Grove boutiques in that it evokes the feeling of chic oceanfront enjoyment.

Founder Heidi Gosman says:

"We wanted to offer the same exclusive shopping experience found at our other London boutiques."

The Summer 2014 heidi klein collection is fresh and elegant and features classic nautical prints as well as bold color harmonies. There's something for a variety of tastes in the form of swimsuits and cover ups. And heidi klein also has a wonderful array of colorful mix and match bikinis. The pieces are well-made and offer great support and fit, so a woman can feel good and look good as she goes off on her summer holiday.

Shoppers are invited to stop by for a complimentary personal fitting on swimwear and receive a free heidi klein beach bag on orders over £200. If you tag a picture of yourself on Instagram @heidikleinswim  wearing a heidi klein bikini, you could win a gorgeous heidi klein bikini of choice.

Location:  29 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DP
Opening Hours:  Mon-Sat 11am-7pm / Sundays 12-5pm

For more information on heidi klein swimwear go to

Happy Wednesday


Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Taking a Look at My Pictures #5

Here's another one of my pictures. I took this the other day when I took a morning walk. It's so peaceful at this spot. I go there when I need to clear my mind and it works every time :-)