My Creative Journey (to 50 and beyond)

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Well, here I am… following a new path… yet again…

Hopefully, this one takes me somewhere great.

I know it will be better because it’s my path.

To read more about my creative pursuits,

see my ‘studio’ work and meet my co-workers,

please come and visit us at Alphaccino Studio.

www.alphaccino.com

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I’m Back! Sorry for my absence…

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What can I say? I’ve been hiding in my cave
And I’ve been way-way down the rabbit hole…!
So here’s one for my Gen-X readers. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is well and my love to all
SJP xxx
ps. The Clash are the reason why I (still) wear Boots

LYRICS:


If it’s true a rich man leads a sad life,

that’s what they say from day to day,

then what do all the poor do with their lives

on Judgment Day, with nothin’ to say?

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

On my own, I faced a gang of jeering

in strange streets, oh.

When my nerves were pumping and I fought my fear in,

I didn’t run, I was not done.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

Yes, I have lived that kind of day

when none of your sorrows will go away.

Go down and down and hit the floor,

down and down and down some more.

Depression.

But I know there’ll be some way

when I can swing ev’rything back my way.

Like skyscrapers rising up

floor by floor, not giving up.

So you rock around and think that you’re the toughest

in the world, the whole wide world.

But you’re streets away from where it gets the roughest.

You ain’t been there.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

Songwriters: Joe Strummer / Mick Jones / Paul Simonon / Topper Headon

I’m Not Down lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Artist: The Clash

Album: London Calling

Released: 1979

Genre: Punk

 

We’re gonna party like it’s 1999!

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Yes, I am… Generation X that is

Generation X or Gen X’s were born after the Baby Boomers and before the Millennials.

There are no exact dates to define the start and end of Generation X although we generally use the birth years ranging from the early to mid 1960’s through to the late 1970’s to early 1980’s

The term “Generation X” has been used at times to describe an alienated youth., while the “X” refers to an unknown variable or to a desire not to be defined.

We were children at a time when society focused on adults rather than children, As teenagers our lives were overshadowed by ever-increasing divorce rates, broken families and we grew up with significantly less adult supervision than ever before. Kids who came home to an empty house who were unsupervised until a parent returned home from work were described as ‘latch-key kids’.

Interestingly, when I started school it was more or less expected that women would be stay-at-home mums who would take responsibility for managing the household and organising the family. In fact, whenever asked, I would actually tell people

‘I want to be a mum’

Fast forward 12 years and wtf? Now I’m expected to be super-mum and have a career as well.

Of course, another constant was the threat of nuclear war – WW3 was going to be the war to end all wars and it was inevitable that they would someday ‘drop The Bomb’, which just added to the eternal ‘doomsday’ predictions.

The approaching new millennium proved to be an uneasy time for most. Who could forget Y2K? With computer systems that were unable to cope with a date change from 19XX to 20XX.

These are just some of the reasons why many Gen Xer’s lived by the following motto.

“We’re here for a good time, Not a long time”

So, exactly what did we want to be when we grew up?

The answer was actually quite simple – we just wanted to be happy!

 

Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…

Live life with Love, Love Life and Live

xxx

We Think Too Much And Feel Too Little

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via Charlie Chaplin : The Final Speech from The Great Dictator

As I get older (and presumably wiser!) I continue to learn, what I like to call the ‘home truths’. Such as, the difference between being ‘happy‘ with what you have and being ‘content‘ with what you have. They can be perceived as two very different concepts which provoke pole opposite action and/or thought.

Many ‘truths’ are learnt from life experience and for me, they have been life-changing lessons. Lessons that touch you heart and soul and leave you with a peaceful, calm feeling within. In fact, my tagline (“Living Smarter, Not Harder”) was created to reflect my ‘revised’ attitude and outlook on life

The Great Dictator was Charlie Chaplin’s first film with dialogue. Chaplin plays both a little Jewish barber, living in the ghetto, and Hynkel, the dictator ruler of Tomainia. The final speech was written by Chaplin himself for the end of the movie as a call for peace from the barber who has been mistaken for Hynkel. It was criticized by many and said to be superfluous to the film. While others, myself included, found it uplifting.

Without a doubt, Chaplin’s words are as relevant today as they were in 1940.

Which leaves me wondering, how far have we really come? And are we even heading in the right direction? Perhaps we’re moving further away with every advance.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…

Live life with Love, Love Life and Live

*DIVING* Towards Vegan

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Vegan or Vegetarian?

While I was thinking about my answer, I had a bit of a chuckle because it sounded very much like the answer I would give if ever asked what religion I followed.

You see, I don’t really identify with either one and I don’t want to say that I’m exclusively one or another because, well, you know I don’t know if I can resist dairy and cheese. One thing I do know, it’s that I want to reduce (not ready to ‘eliminate’) meat and animal products in my diet.

My inspiration to even consider either comes from ‘Ralph Smart’ (one of my favourite YouTubers) and what he calls the 7 Day Vegan Challenge. Ralph is a very inspirational speaker and a beautiful soul as well. In fact, I can actually credit him as being ‘the last motivational kick up the bum that broke the blogger’s block’. 😛

Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters) speaks often about his choice to eat a vegan diet and his reasons for doing so. A vegan diet was not really anything of a priority for me, all my life I had been naturally thin and had never needed to watch what I ate. Diet was never an issue for me until recently when I entered my forties. First of all, my eyesight started to deteriorate, then arthritis started to knock loudly on my joints reminding me that I’m not a spring chicken anymore and although healthy, I became concerned about stuff like Diabetes and Heart Disease.

For me, there was a definite moment in life when I finally realised, ‘f*ck I’m old. I’m closer to 50 than I am 40… WTF? Now, I’m not sure if this happens to everyone or whether I’m the only one that feels that way. For instance, I love to walk, especially out in nature, breathing in that good arse prana’ (one for the Deep Divers) and almost everyday for the past 6-7 years, you would find me out walking or hiking with my dogs. One day, I developed a twinging pain in my knee and thought ‘Gee, wonder what I did to my knee’. After a moment or two, I corrected myself;

‘der, you haven’t done anything to you’re knee, it’s just old-age, dummy’

And now, I have found a really important reason to start looking after my health and that reason is love. Meeting myself again around 2013 had a profound effect on my desire for a long healthy life. The longer I’m alive, the more time I will have to appreciate this lifetime. There is much I have to learn, countless memories to create and a soul story that’s aching to exist.

So, when it comes to Vegan or Vegetarian? Well, I’m still not going to commit to either one but I WILL commit to eating more rawplant-based foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables and less meats and animal products.

Ralph from Infinite Waters has more information about the 7 Day Vegan Challenge and I will be using this as the starting point in my vegan journey. Perhaps you’d like to join me? If so. please leave a comment and  keep me updated with your progress.

I have included links to the ‘Infinite Waters’ website and Ralph’s YouTube channel. I positively encourage you to watch some of his videos or subscribe to his channel. The linked videos are the actual videos mentioned, the one with the spiritual kick and one that prompted an A-HA moment about veganism.

Just for your own amusement, see if you can identify the moment in this video, when I felt like Ralph was ‘literally’ (and I literally mean literally) talking through the screen, to me personally.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…

Live life with Love, Love Life and Live

Introducing my ‘Spider Cruising In A Raspberry Beret’

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via Open Discussions – Open Discussion – New drink discoveries!

My ‘can’t-get-enough’ cocktail ingredient at the moment is (shhh!) – ice cream. In honor of *the artist formerly known as Prince*, I named my first recipe a ‘Spider Cruising In A Raspberry Beret’ as I was drinking them on the day his death was reported on the news.

Of course, it’s also a wonderfully delicious addition to Kahlua or Tia-Maria Milkshakes…