Monthly Archives: November 2014

The ‘Energy’ Sparkle!

Today has been a very busy day. Most days are but today I had energy!!! I think it was a combination of things which led to this exuberance of sparkle today. Firstly the weather. Yes it was cold and frosty but it was also bright and sunny. One of those days when you just want to be wrapped up warm and walking in the countryside. The second was music. Yesterday I bought ‘Blue Smoke’, The Best of Dolly Parton and I had it playing in the car. What fabulous songs. Some I remember from a long time ago and some I never heard before. Beautiful heartbreaking love gone wrong Country Soul, you can’t beat it.

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Thirdly I had my hair done and I think every girl agrees that when you get your hair done, you feel on top of the world. Then I went shopping. Supermarkets are the bane of my life, I do not enjoy visiting the supermarket, but today, I was in double energy mode. I was through the first one in minutes with the necessities plus goodies in my trolley. I was even quicker in the second one and it was whilst I was heading to the car with my bags I realised I was full of energy. Me and Energy are not words I would usually put in the same sentence 😉 But I am very happy to be able to do so today.

We all have our stresses and pressures, problems and issues and we have to do the best we can. Days when our sparkle is twinkling on all cylinders are days to be enjoyed, treasured and shared. Whatever makes your day sparkle with energy, keep doing it, keep sharing it and keep enjoying it. Life is the most amazing wonderful thing and time is short. Sparkle as much as you can and don’t hold back.

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The ‘Get Healthy’ Sparkle

Well yes, here I go again. You have to give me serious sparkling points for trying for I do keep trying. I do so well for a while and then…oh dear, it is a birthday, a leaving party, a night out or the famous, ‘one won’t hurt’. Once I get back into the goodies it is so difficult to leave them alone again.

Ignite your healthy sparkle. Via Pinterest

Ignite your healthy sparkle.
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I know how much energy I have when I eat a healthier more balanced diet and exercise more, I know how good I feel with all this extra energy and I also know how sluggish I feel when I’ve been a bad girl and chosen the less healthy options, had just that little too much chocolate, had to eat that last biscuit and that one very small sliver of cake…except that it is that one very small sliver of cake every night.

Now, I am not too worried about losing lots of weight. A health scare earlier this year brought home to me how much it means to have health and I would rather have curves and be healthy. I would like however to be healthier within my body. I am becoming more and more conscious of the foods I eat and how my body is trying to digest these foods. I am becoming more and more conscious of the health benefits of exercise. I’m certainly not a gym bunny but I do love walking and I do love to dance and I do love to yoga and these are all good exercise.

You may be wondering why I am being crazy enough to start this healthy eating off, again, at this time of year. The Frankfurt German Christmas Market opens this week in the city, there is going to be goodies galore on the run up to Christmas, nights out, dances, and temptation everywhere and that is just why I am starting now. I want to test my will power. I want to get healthier, I want to stretch my body more and I want to do what I can to safeguard myself as much as I can for the future. Most of all, I want to get back into my Jeans and I want to look good in my beautiful 1950’s Vintage Dresses.

Are you with me? Come on, ignite your healthy sparkle 🙂

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Love your body and sparkle. Via Pinterest

Love your body and sparkle.
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Coffee Shop Sparkles

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Coffee Comfort
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I don’t know about you but I love coffee shop culture. I love to see coffee shops open, people together, alone, reading, on their laptop’s or tablets, greeting friends or family, laughing, talking, hugging, holding hands or even arguing. There is nothing about coffee shop culture that I don’t like. I didn’t always feel this way, there were times I just wanted a cup of coffee and the thought of visiting Starbucks filled me with dread because I didn’t want to order a Mocha Choca Latte, I just wanted a normal cup of coffee. That so changed. My first trip to a Starbucks was a very cold, frosty day, the week before Christmas and I was in New York City, by City Hall. I had a Peppermint Mocha in a Red cup and that was it, I was hooked. I loved it, the atmosphere, the music, the people, the coffee…how wonderful was this place!!

If I have to wait for somebody and I get the opportunity, I’ll wait in a coffee shop. I love to sit there, huge couch, comfy chair or the wooden stool and read a book, listen to their music and soak up the atmosphere. Sometimes I can’t concentrate on the book, I’m watching the stories unfold around me, lovers meeting, colleagues at meetings, students gathering, shoppers gasping for a cuppa. So many lives touching on one another within the coffee shop. Even saying the words ‘I’ll meet you at Starbucks, Costa etc’ just make me all warm and sparkly inside.

In Dublin a couple of years ago, again before Christmas, I visited ‘Hippety’s, a gorgeous vintage style coffee shop. Their music was ‘The Beatles’, there were camper van’s galore, oil cloth tablecovers and it was warm and welcoming. I’m not just a lover of chain coffee shops, I love the independents just as much because they are quirky and different and wonderful. I am currently eagerly awaiting the opening of a new coffee shop in the city centre close to where I work. ‘Yorke’s’ I am watching your progress daily as I walk to and from the office. I can hardly wait to visit, taste the coffee and watch the sparkle of the people coming through your doors.

Irish Coffee Heaven in Temple Bar

Irish Coffee Heaven in Temple Bar

I think coffee shops look exceptionally beautiful and welcoming in the Winter months, the darker evening, the lights are on, the Christmas decorations go up, the music becomes festive and let me not forget that ‘Red Cups’ will be back. We are approaching that time of year right now…get ready to sparkle!!

Do you have a favourite coffee shop moment or place? Please share it with me.

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