Friday, February 27, 2009

Tag you're it...

(how original of me)

Tagged by Steps

I like these, you start to get a sense of who the person is. So here is me:

Four places I go, over and over:
1. miss sushi - I'm addicted, may even sneak there for my lunch today!
2. My bedroom, its my lair sounds too dark, it's like my sanctuary, that's better. Full of my records and photo's, I'm always happy in my room.
3. work...sad but true, consumes 5 of my 7 days.
4. my car - it takes me to all the above places - (well not my bedroom)

Four people who email me regularly:
1. My dad, my mum cannot email. Teaching her was impossible.
2. My cousin Adam, can always rely on a humorous email from him.
3. My colleague, he sends me funny ones as well.
4. Tripple J unearthed/peter Alexander/ fasterloder/ all those types.

Four favourite smells:
1. ylang ylang. We have a tree at home and its divine.
2. New rain
3. New things
4. Armani code

Four places I'd rather be right now:
1. Shopping somewhere with a ridiculous amount of money
2. On a contiki tour somewhere amazing
3. In my bed, drawing wonderful things
4. At a coffee shop with my besties eating a big piece of cheesecake!

Four TV shows I watch regularly:
1. Spicks and specks
2. Sponge bob. It's my ritual in the mornings and no one can interfere.
3. Biggest Loser
4. The news, preferably 7 local news. haha so boring!

I tag:

I'm a bit excited as it's Friday and the prospect of the looming weekend makes me happy. Its only 10 am and I have hours of work left but it doesn't matter!

On the weekend I am going to wash and vacuum my car! Visit my fave art shop and stock up on supplies (so I can get underway with my new blog project), and also do a bit of shopping, Iwant some new clothes. On Sunday I will be road tripping to my sisters house, approx 5hours away. My parents are coming back from the Jackson Browne concert in Brisbane, and we are all going down. Haven't had the family together for a while, so I am looking forward to it! Means no work till Tuesday! Yay! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, whatever you may be doing!

Tilli with an 'i'

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.

"Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill has amazing quotes, they ring so true. I especially like the above one, it's something I have been doing lately, envision what you want in life, and see your self living the life you want to be and you can. I have learned that the power of the mind is extraordinary, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

My life as a adolescent wasn't easy. I won't go into detail, but basically now years on I still have not fully recovered from bits of my past. I never thought I would/could. It was always my mind wining telling me negative things and I would let it. It was not until a couple of weeks ago my friend who I tell my deepest darkest secrets to, found out about a natural well being clinic and we both went. We primarily went to the nutritionist and started on a new dietary plan, nothing extreme, just changes we both knew we needed! And here I also found out about EFT.

It is really bizarre as Icing as some of you would know just blogged about this! Really bizarre. So go there to read more about it as she does a good job in explaining what it is all about. This EFT method is all natural and really effective. I didn't want to go to a psychiatrist and get a dosage of pills to take for the rest of my life, but I still wanted to make a change in my health. I met with one of the practitioners at the clinic and they talked me through the whole thing, the principals and origins of it all. For me it will take a little while, I will have a few more sessions, but for others it may just take that one day! This EFT helps me with my anxiety, and other issues that I go through day to day. It's definitely worth finding out more about it! It could just be the thing to help you out!

Moving on, last night I took my friend/flat mate off to yoga with me, it was so funny, it's always nice to have a friend there with you. The instructor was extremely pleased to find out her last name was moon in Indian. Yoga is now my new favorite activity, there's nothing better than going to a yoga class after work and forgetting all the worries of the day. By far my most favorite part is the child's pose and the big aummmmmmmssss at the end. Its all great though, especially when a cute boy comes and sits on the mat in front of you! hehe. I think everyone should do yoga, trust me if unco-ordinated clumsy me can, anyone can! To top the night off my flat mate cooked palak paneer, and it was incredible, I even ate with my hands wich makes the food taste 100x better!

Some things I have been loving at the moment wich are also awesome for you!
-Chamomile tea
-Green tea
I have given up coffee, ahhh I know! But tea is a great subsitute, half of the time coffee drinking is just habbit!
-Meditation (does wonders for my sleep!)
-Bananna muffins
-Yoga! :)

yep that's it for now!
I promise you I won't keep bombarding you with my health kick talk!

oh and I just was informed that the IT guy fixing my home computer is cute! An update from my flatmate, I said I don't mind I just want it fixed!!

so here's hoping loves, that I can update from home and not from work and be scared of getting busted all day!

teehee. :)
Tilli with an 'i'

Monday, February 23, 2009

I took the thyme...

to make a herb garden...

My flat mate and I woke up early Sunday morning for an adventure. We were on a mission to find ourselves a sweet little herb garden. We picked up the plants, potting mix and the planter, and journeyed back home to get our hands dirty!

And that we did. (Well I did, haha it was a lot of fun) And now when people peer onto our balcony, they will be ever so jealous of our herbs. I made it my prerogative to include mint in our purchase of the plants. mint = mojitos! yummo.

That night I was ever so motherly and cooked a roast for my fellow housemates. With a citronella candle burning, wine in hand, a full tummy and a cute herb garden on the balcony, I was content with my Sunday.

I took some pictures, but alas I still have no internet at home, they shall wait for another day. Now I am off to finish my cup of tea and get stuck into some work!

I have a new plan for my blog, as soon as my personal home computer is hooked up to the internet, the plan will be unveiled. Untill then sit tight.

How was your weekend?
I hope it was lovely.

I leave you with this, I think its so lovely and true.


Tilli with an 'i'

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture

on the cover of the Rolling Stone...

Since I can remember I have listened to DR.Hook. It reminds me of so many things, one in particular. My parents.

I have been looking at more music photographers, two in particular Gregg Dalmen and Jim Marshall. I love how a photograph, when taken well can capture the atmosphere and attitude of its subject. Especially with musicians.

I have been trying to convince some of my friends to be my subjects for my photography practice. I think I have a bit more convincing to be done yet, I will get there though. Until then, I will just have to be in awe of other peoples photos.

Jim Marshall

Can you tell I like black and white photography?

Now I feel like watching almost famous. It's possibly my favorite movie.

And of course Dave Grohls take on the scene

Tilli with an 'i'

Monday, February 16, 2009

Everybodies Free...

To Feel Good...

Ugh Monday ick is something I would usually say. But I am in the process of discovering the new me. The positive me. The spiritual me. The healthy me. It's somewhere , I'm just finding it.

I have been attending meetings with my nutritionist, it's once a month and I have only been once, and its great. It's made up of a group of 20 women, just like myself, all with goals similar to each other. Ultimately we want to be healthy.

I don't know what exactly happened but something shifted in my mind, and now all I can think about is good whole food. I'm not in anyway attracted to bad sugars and foods, infact the thought repulses me. It's now because I have an understanding of what that food does to my body.

In no way am I focusing on being a size 8 or image, I just want to know I am living the life I should be, as healthy as possible. This change in lifestyle is and has already improved my quality of life. I love to be active, I swim 1km every second day, and run on the days I don't swim. I feel so revitalised, and when I'm tired at night, it's because I know I have earned it. I suffer insomnia, and even with sleeping aid, I found it difficult to sleep. But now being active and using meditation at night, my sleeping has dramatically improved. And I hope for it to only get better.

Basically I just wanted to write this for all of you who feel a bit stuck in a rut, feel a bit run down and feel like your quality of life just isn't how you would like it to be. It's easy to make the change if it's something you really want, I can tell you now the results are so so worth it!

This is how I started:

1. Thought of what I really wanted out of life
(to be healthy and active as possible)
2. Re searched ways to get me there
3. Acted on it, not just thought about it
4. Belief. I believe in what I'm doing, and know its the best thing for me
5. Eat organic, as much as possible. No more toxins from bad foods, organic for me please. It can be a little difficult, however I have discovered organic buyers who deliver right to my door in my town! exciting!
6. Feel good about myself, I'm learning to love myself. This is one thing I have struggled with my whole life, one day soon I hope I will be able to tell myself that I love myself.

I make exercise an important part of my life, it's not a chore, now it's something I love doing. Running makes me feel free, swimming makes me feel great, you shut off everything around you, and you have all that for you. I do most of this with my best friend in the whole world, we are doing it all together and that helps. Having someone to motivate you, you can't let them down, its harder than just letting down yourself.

I'm re-reading this and feel as though It's come straight out of one of those terrible self help books, but I can tell you I am just a real average person making this change in my life. I have a long way to go, but making the start to the change is leading me there. If me the chocoholic can do it, trust me anyone can. I'm only in the early stages, but I know I won't be going back to my old ways.

Some things I do to keep going:

-Look at inspiring pictures, I buy womens health and its jam packed with fit people you want to aspire to

-Go to Yoga, its low intensity, helps your mind body and soul! It's not like running on a treadmill for an hour.

-Change what you do, change your routine to keep you interested.

-I rarely go to a gym, I love being outside and being in a constantly changing surrounding.

-Buy nice running clothes, I love clothes, even active clothes. Lorna Jane have some awesome stuff. By buying these clothes, it gives me motivation to get out and exercise in them!!

-I no longer make excuses, there is no excuse

-I look at exercising as a way to feel better about myself

-I look forward to seeing a change in my body as a result of my hard work

-Started to make a collage of inspiring quotes, pictures and bits and pieces, for when I have a day when I just don't want to, it will make me want to.

But that's basically it, I didn't intend for a humungo post like this, but I'm glad I did, it helped me to get it all out, like I've written my plan out, if I ever get lost Its something I can refer back to.

I don't know if this helped, maybe it did, maybe it didn'tBut I would love to think that it inspired you even in the tiniest way.

Have you loved yourself today??


Tilli with an 'i'

“Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.”
-Chelle Thompson

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Originally only jumping on to pay my late rent..oops. I couldn't help but post as I got tagged by the lovely poppy to write about 10 things about me. She put a smile on my face by saying "for her wonderful and interesting ways" she is really too cute.

So here I go, hopefully sounding interesting rather than lame.

1. I pretend to be alot braver than I actually am, I will squish the spider for you, but really I'm just as scared as you are.

2. I am super tall and fit a size 11 shoe! Finding pretty shoes can be hard! But I surprisingly am dedicated!

3. This may surprise you, but, I'm a country girl, love rodeos and driving hilux utes. But at the same time love indie music, records, fluro orange nailpolish and high heels.

4. I think I have a mixed personality disorder, I like too many different things, see above. I think it confuses people.

5. My favourite animal is a dog, I have a blue cattle dog at home at the parents, but I so desperately want one where I live...I think they are so gorgeous. Especially puppies nawwww.

6. I have an older sister who I admire. We don't see eachother often and I miss her so much, even though we're apart I feel closer to her than ever...She also gets me signed T-shirts from sneaky sound system and the screaming jets wich makes me happy!!

7. Half of my family are from NZ, I will be going over in a couple of months for my grandads 80th birthday. I have been several times when I was younger.

8. I play acoustic guitar, am self taught and hope to improve! I also try to sing, but am too shy to, and when people tell me I am a good singer, It's worse.

9. I don't go a day without listening to music. I listen to it getting ready for work, on the way to work and also with my IPOD at work. JJJ in the mornings help with my early morning commute. It's ridiculous, but music is my everything.

10. I've been white water rafting and next on the list is jumping out of a plane at the end of the year! It's going to be sort of symbolic to my best friend and I. Stay tuned, I'm sure you will see pics!!

well there you go, some random facts about me!

Now to tag some lovelies my reasons for the following, just because they are wonderful lovely littlw bloggers. :)
1. 16 bluebirds
2. stuff and nonsense
3. just jacinta -
4.theaandsam - if you haven't visited here, I strongly suggest you do, what they do is fantastic!

Goodnight, sweetdreams

Tilli with an 'i'

Instant Human...

Just add coffee..

I think I need this shirt. Its from here. This week has seemed to drag on forever, I hate those days when your constantly checking the time to see whether your any closer to knock off time. Today is a great example of that, you look and to your disappointment its only 9.41 no where near close to 5pm! This is why my quest today is to find things to occupy me and keep me entertained, while hopefully time flies!

Like emails to friends who's mornings are also going slow
I'm trying to finalise plans for the coming VDAY. I was det
ermined to round up my single girlies and make a night of it, so far we decided cocktails, hes just not that into you, and more cocktails. I think we can make a great night out of it, I'm really looking forward to it. Embrassing my single status and just having fun, leaving the couples to be all lovey dovey!

And discovering pretty things
I have one tattoo, but this year am looking to get a second, or add to the first. I have been scouring the web for inspiration, I draw my own tattoos, so I am excited to get started and come up with an end product.

I think this one is so gorgeous. Simple but effective.

More pretty things
to pass time
Jovan de melo
His work is so honest and lovely.

Ok beautiful people, I better get back to it, till another time.
Tilli with an 'i'

Monday, February 9, 2009

I almost forgot...

...that the sky is blue.
Today reminded me it is.

It's been raining for way too long, but today the rain went away and the sun shone through. It made me instantly happier. Now all I need is for it to be the weekend so I can enjoy it.
illustration. From here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

In My Dreams...

...I have clothes like these.

I love clothes, but just cannot afford them and also lacking a variety where I live. How I would love to live in Melbourne. I would be broke for sure.

Anyway so shopstyle I'm sure you all know, is a site where you browse clothes and can assemble outfits that you pick out. It's great! I've been doing it all morning! And this is what I have come up with to match my personality and style etc.

Doma at ShopStyle

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

French Connection at ShopStyle

I'm kind of obsessed with this now, I think now when I'm out shopping, I will be on the scout for similar bits an pieces to combine like my outfits above!

That's what I love about fashion its a free realm, you can just go for it and see what works for you!

This is fun give it a go, Link me if you do! I would love to see your individual fashion choice!!

You can expect to see more of my pickings, because like I said, I'm kind of obsessed ha!

Tilli with an 'i'

Wednesday, February 4, 2009



'It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.' Da Vinci

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's raining it's pouring, the old man is snoring...
This morning, I drove through floodwater and only just missed a car eating pot hole. Today is not a good day. It's miserable and wet, has been raining for 5 days.

Don't get me wrong, I love the magic of rain, its beautiful, a significant act of mother nature. However like this it just seems damaging and depressing. A cyclone crossed a few days ago near my parents home but thankfully no harm was done. In 2006 it devastated my home town, I just get a bit worried when I hear about another looming. And this is just the start of the wet.

But I don't want to let this get me down, I want to still see the beauty in the rain and the happiness it brings to people, why not make the most of it and blog about it?

It's raining it's pouring
The old man is snoring.

The picture above reminds me of my sister and I, when we were young. We used to have races with rain droplets on the car windows, and used to trace them with our fingers until they disappeared.

I have a great memory of myself, my sister and her friend. They had great rain jackets, one bright pink one bright yellow, where as me, I was content in a black garbage bag! I could not have been happier, stomping around in the puddles with my altered 'raincoat'.

Riding bikes in the rain seemed to be quite popular, there's something about racing through the water and trying to get the biggest splash possible. It's evident today that not much has changed, my colleague and I were out driving and he insisted on going through every puddle possible aiming for the biggest splash. God help me if he saw someone walking on the footpath, I'm sure he would have been relentless and tried his best to splash them.

I guess rain brings out the kids in us all...

red bubble
Tilli with an 'i' xo