From the Vines…

What a week! It’s been crazy. So much to do and so little time, but better to stay busy than have nothing to do, right?

There’s been a lot happening, both personally and professionally, it’s really hard to keep check of what’s going on, but I’m happy to report that everything’s moving quickly in the direction I want it to go – forward! I haven’t felt so good in a long time, and I think it’s all down to being able to bring peace to my past. I have also finally come to the realization that I don’t need to have it all figured out to move on – I can just go with the flow and see where this crazy journey is going to take me. I’ve stopped pondering over the worn pages of my previous chapters; I’m ready to not just start a new chapter, I’m going to write myself a damn new novel – more about that in a few days or so!

I’m finally back at the gym, and I’m taking up yoga. I’m pretty excited about the prospect of furthering my spiritual side with yoga and healing my soul, and of course improving my flexibility and core strength at the same time. Yoga comes with a warning: it improves happiness, health and well-being – bring it on! I’ve been poring over websites, looking for the ultimate gym outfits, and the choice is huge. Working out seems to be back in fashion and the High Street is having a field day!

A person who’s caught my attention this week is one of my favourite actresses, and secret girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence. It has nothing to do with her starring role in her latest film Passengers, instead it was her reaction when some assholes decided that it was okay to body shame her. Firstly, I think she’s absolutely stunning, and her healthy body image is encouraging. A role model can teach you to love and respect yourself, and this is what she does, which I think is especially pertinent to the young women of today. As a woman and a teacher to teenage girls, this is something I feel strongly about, so it’s definitely worth exploring Jen’s ‘Screw you’ attitude more – stay tuned!

On the topic of inspirational women, is Meryl Streep. Stepping up to the podium at the Annual Golden Globes, Meryl Streep proudly accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, and as she did, she chose to do something that was not only valiant, but also very frank – she called out Donald Trump. Her graceful and powerful anti-Trump rhetoric hit home, and it had her peers and the rest of the world giving her a standing ovation (apart from actors Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson, who were seen shaking their heads in disgust as they watched from the side).

Meryl Streep received praise from around the world, including her fellow actors, which to be honest in a fickle world like Hollywood flattery usually wins over praise, so it’s clear she touched the hearts of many. Another one of my favourite actors Robert de Nero responded to her candidly:

“What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beautifully. I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements. I share your sentiments about punks and bullies. Enough is enough. You, with your elegance and intelligence, have a powerful voice—one that inspires others to speak up as they should so their voices will be heard too. It is so important that we ALL speak up.”

We also said goodbye to Barack Obama and his family. A US President that will surely go down in history as one of the best ever American Presidents, it’s definitely sad to see him finally leave office. His impact was far-reaching, far beyond the borders of the US. So with this, I’ll finish off with one of my favourite Obama quotes on change:

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Till next time…

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