Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Be yourself

"We have the power to choose moment by moment who and how we want to be in the world" 
Jill Bolte Taylor

Friday, February 8, 2013

Self love

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. 

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” 
 Siddhartha Guatama Buddha

Self love is not saying... 
"I love how I look in the morning when I wake up"
... it's saying, 
"This is how I look in the morning, and I am fine with this.  
I don't need to be any different to be more loved."

Be yourself.  
Live your dreams.  
Love your life.  
Love your body.  
Accept yourself.  

Change the things you want to about yourself because YOU WANT to.  

When you are happy with simply being YOU, 
and you don't compare yourself or your life to others, you will gain a sense of self respect.

Then you will be able to walk away from anything that no longer serves you
and move forward to what you deserve!

That, is self love

Thursday, February 7, 2013


“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ 
and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. 
This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, 
including inside ourselves.” 
 Salma Hayek

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Exploring Jozi: Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery is an absolute adventure! With so much to see, and it's contrasting setting in the heart of the CBD situated in one of Jozi's oldest parks, it's the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Where to find JAG: Joubert Park Gardens, Kind George Street
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Entrance: Free and parking is available inside the gates (entrance from Kind George Street)
Contact: 011 725 3130

The gallery has a bookshop and visitors can find local and international art books and exhibition catalogues and a friendly curator, which you have to book in advance should you wish to do a tour.

The building was designed by Edward Lutyens and opened in 1915, not long after World War 1.  After  that there were extensions made to the gallery in 1940s and the 1980's.

There is a distinct African flare in the gallery which has procured stunning contemporary South African artists pieces, including traditional artefacts, implements, ornaments and jewellery made with a variety of rock, wire, beads and clay.  An absolute must see for locals and tourists - and ensure you take the time to read the stories that go with each piece.

The current collection comprises of  a variety of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, installations and photography from local artists and international artists including Dutch, British and French artists as early as the 15th century.  Amongst the 9000 pieces you'll find Monet, Degas, Dante and Picasso can on the walls of the 15 exhibition halls of this beautiful gallery.

JAG has one of the largest collections in South Africa with some of the most prized works in the world.

Here are my three favourites!

Pablo Picasso
Tete d'Arlequin II
crayon and pastel
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

Charles Albert Desplau
Portrait d'une Americaine
oil paint and plaster of Paris
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

Salvador Dali
Lobster Telephone (also knows as Aphrodisiac Telephone)
Sculpture paper, plaster, painted metal, rubber
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

If you want to see more pics check out my instagram http://instagram.com/mylifescape


“My primary relationship is with myself - all others are mirrors of it.

As I learn to love myself, 
I automatically receive the love 
and appreciation that I desire from others. 
If I am committed to myself and to living my truth,
 I will attract others with equal commitment.” 

 Shakti Gawain, Reflections in the Light

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Self Love

The month of loves starts off with me considering, how much do I love myself?

I know that I love my life, but it's more than that... I'm pondering how much I love my self ...

Not in an arrogant way...

I'm talking about loving myself enough to realise how much I deserve in life, and what my boundaries are.  What I am willing to put up with and what I am willing to sacrifice so that others can get what they need.  How much do we give everything to someone else, and get nothing in return? How often we put ourselves second so that others can come first.  Why would you accept second best, and settle for what is so much less that what we are worth?

I think before we can love others, we need to love ourselves.  What this means however, I am still figuring out...

What I do know, is that it's so easy to neglect ourselves, and it's easy to take on too much.  Self love is about doing things that bring YOU joy.

Love and accept yourself... whatever that means for you.  Discover what that means for you. Accept yourself as you are... the good, the bad, the scary... you are enough! You don't need to be or do anything different to be enough.