Don't Be Afraid To.................

............nurture your souls.

OK, so what do I mean (I promise I'm not going 
all Zen and woo-woo ;-)

I mean absorbing yourself in
such things where time just flies; 
you lose hours without realizing
(let's not even talk about Pinterest ;-)

The thing is most of us have bought into the falsehood that

taking time to do frivolous things for ourselves is selfish.

It isn't. It doesn't take away away anything from anyone else;
it just  makes us better people in the process and
adds to our goodness :-)

Some of my soul "nurturers" include:

*cooking up a storm
*flicking through cookery magazine and books

*walking through Epping Forest which surrounds my home
here in the UK or
*walking on the beach really early in the morning
when I am at my home in Spain

*flicking through interior design mags, books
+ blogs

*painting walls (I'm lethal
with a paintbrush in hand!)

*wandering around my fav bookshops

So do something today that
really stimulates your soul and
puts a smile on your face.........then
watch the little miracles start to happen

How do you feed your soul? What makes you get lost in the 

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  1. Right now it's all of the Christmas food catalogues that are stuffed into newspapers and mags, can't get enough of them.

  2. Hey V! Right now not only am I feeding my soul with Christmassy things, the odd Pinterest winter inspo and lots of winter warming recipes!
    Hope all is well with you V!

  3. Beautiful post, Van.
    Playing with my dogs is one of my favorite ways to get lost in the moment...I never grow tired of their darling faces.

  4. Hi Vanessa, I needed to hear this...I fully agree with you, these things are not at all frivolous. I love spending time baking or browsing for books and magazines.

  5. Most wonderful and soothing post my friend. Great reminder, especially as the Christmas season moves into full gear - taking time to just be and enjoy is so important. Relaxing with a cup of tea or hot chocolate - curled up on the sofa reading a good book - or flipping through the pages of a great magazine. Wishing you a beautiful and tranquil week-end..xo Hugs and Blessings C. (HHL)

    1. You too Celia. Hope you are taking things easy and enjoying every minute xx

  6. I know this sounds corny but this post just speaks to me. This year, after coming back from Canada, I've had more time to spend on me and what feeds my soul, and I really am grateful for that. No matter what's going on in my life outside of this. This is something that I can control and get lost in. I love browsing through magazines, blogs, and pinterest, etc. but the thing that feeds my soul is art and writing.

    I hope you're enjoying some time to yourself Vanessa and having a lovely weekend.
    p.s. thank you for your lovely words of encouragement.

  7. Beautiful scenery always does it for me, Vanessa. So does just lying on the bed cuddling my dog while he licks my face as he listens to me droning on about stuff! Have a great week. xx

  8. Living so close to the beach it has to be a walk along the seafront for me xxx

  9. I love this post SO much, Vanessa! It was just what I needed today. XO What restores my soul? Looking at beautiful pictures on Pinterest, reading inspiring blog posts, going for walks in the woods, sitting on the beach and staring out to sea, taking a rest in the middle of the day. XO

  10. How do I feed my soul? I'm happiest when I: have time to spend an afternoon with a good friend, just having lunch and coffee and chatting up a storm; shopping all by myself with no time limit and nothing in particular in mind, just wandering around, munching on delectable things and soaking in window displays and soaking in the eye candy; being in nature ... nothing makes you feel alive like a walk in the woods; doing things I did as a child ... even the beach brings back memories of summer days of fun; time in a bookstore, leafing through interior design books and magazines ... the list could go on and on! You're right, without time like this our soul quickly can burn out and feel depleted! Hope you're having a lovely holiday season, Vanessa ... so glad you stopped by to see me this week! xox ~S

    SANDY M Illusration

    1. TYSM Sandy. I see we are girls with similar taste (just wish we lived closer ;-)

  11. Love this post Vanessa and I totally agree. It's so important to take time for yourself.. especially during parenthood. Nurturing the soul helps keep our stress levels in check. I always enjoy thumbing through magazines, walking my dogs, and just twittering about the house.


  12. Vanessa...I love this post...the JOY of living in the nurture your soul is the kindest thing we can do for ourselves...the benefits you reap are invaluable.

    1. Love that in the now. Dare I ask are you a fan of the book by Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now? ;-)

  13. This time of year, we all need some Zen. Happy Holidays!

  14. Thanks for your visit hun, wish you a wonderful weekend ahead!

  15. I so needed this post today! It was beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!


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