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Review: Elizabeth Gilbert ‘Big Magic’

Title: Big Magic      Author: Elizabeth Gilbert     Pages: 276  Rating: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I just wanna start off by saying I love this book!!! 

Firstly, I wasn’t one of the die hard Eat, Pray, Love crew. I can just about remember much else besides Julia Roberts eating pasta or pizza & some Asian old man blowing her mind about something or other on Netflix. (Her bestseller Eat,Pray,Love was made into that film)

However, I came across this book after watching Elizabeth Gilbert doing this TED talk & decided to buy it online. It arrived super quick & I took it with me on my writing trip to Norway.

Creative living beyond fear

From page one I was Immediately drawn to Gilbert’s conversational tone & writing style  which is super familiar & comfortable. Almost like catching up with an old friend for coffee.

Her perspective on creativity is refreshing, especially how she personifies ideas as beings looking for human collaborators  in order to maniesft. I caught myself nodding vigarously like in church & even laughed out loud on the airplane.

As a writer, it’s easy to get caught up in your own head especially after success, & that search for perfection  can totally kill creativity. What I loved was that she takes the angst out of the creative process by reminding you to be unafraid to just jump back in the ring. Ideas dont have to be perfect, just finished so you can develop. The process will guide you back like a homing device. Keep learning. Keep growing.

It’s not going to be peaches & cream always, but embrace the fear. Give yourself permission to fuck up. You don’t write for others, you write because you do it for yourself.

Listen, I felt this book on a spiritual level boy!!

She weaves stories of trials & triumphs into gems with a delivery that speaks to your damn spirit. I definitely will be refering back if & when nessesary.  I say buy a copy, borrow or steal one. Just make sure you read it if you need a creatve kick up the bum.

I give it 4 stars! 

HAPPY CONSTRUCTION!

A x 💋

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GoodReads Reading Challenge 2017

Ok so Im doing the 2017 reading challenge by Goodreads.com.

Im super pissed that I actually failed to hit my target last year 😩 so I’m making a concerted effect to actually complete it this year 🤓. My target isn’t that ambitious, but let’s see…

You can sign up through facebook & see what others are reading for inspiration on what to read next, which is pretty dope. I’ll also be do book reviews to help keep me on track .

Wish me luck, infact why not join in & let me know what you’re reading!

HAPPY CONSTRUCTION!

A x 💋

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The V-Word: Why I went Vegan.

Happy New Year!!

Hi,

So, I’m really about to be that one person still saying happy new year half way through February…but Happy New Year!!!! 😂 💃🏾

So far 2017 is officially looking like the craziest IN MY LIFETIME!

We are officially living through a “President” Donald Trump administration & it’s the most surreal thing. Im sure if there was an option to get our collective memories erased ala Men in Black, the shares in neuralyzers would be through the roof!

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Trying to erase the last 4 months like…. (Neutralyser from M.I.B movies)

Seriously  though, it’s only been three weeks  since his inauguration & we’ve already had claims of Russian hacking & a Muslim travel ban. (Nationals from 7  Muslim countries are banned from entering for 90 days), & already the world seems a little less normal.

It’s scary out there son! So in order to counter this weird energy, this year I decided to create a happy bubble around myself. Inside this bubble, I’m President & the first order of the day, is a 90 meat ban!

 

 

Inspiration to try a Plant-based diet

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Inspiration: My Cousin Jacqui

Ok so, all jokes aside…I decided to adopt a plant-based diet for 90 days at first to see where it would take me.  Actually I was inspired by my cousin Jacqui who lost loads of weight following the Dr Sebi ‘Electric food’ way of eating. (Click here for an unofficial list of foods permitted in Dr Sebi’s ‘Electric food’ list).

I saw how healthy, slim, happy & full of energy she was & it just seemed like she was glowing from the inside & her eyes were all bright shiny. It totally convinced me to try a plant-based way of eating. Emphasis being on nutrition & not just a yo-yo fad diet.

Jacqui also does book camp work outs regularly so im going to follow her foot steps. Step by step.

Making the shift

Boxing day 2016…

Before embarking on this diet shift, I’d been toying with the idea of going vegan for a few years, but I just wasn’t able to commit, even when I wouldn’t feel great after meat-heavy meals.

I  talked myself out of doing it sooner because of my love for cheese & eggs. (Eggs where blatantly my kryptonite.)  I felt like I could happily survive on cheese with everything, despite it making me snotty & sick, but I did manage to stop drinking cows milk a few years ago because of my intolerance to lactose.

I began researching veganism & watched loads of films on the meat & dairy industry, which pretty much sealed the deal for me. I just don’t want to be complicit in the suffering of other beings that share the earth, to be honest. I also work with a producer called Whiten3rd who has been a vegan for years & is super knowledgable, & has been a major influence.

The V-Word

I’m super happy to say, I’m Currently 54 days in & if im honest I haven’t felt this good in a long time. My energy levels are higher, my concentration is better, I don’t get that after dinner bloated feeling & i’ve dropped a few lbs. I also suffer from PCOS & so far this change has honestly got me feeling 100 times better.

The transition wasn’t difficult because searching Instagram recipes, watching YouTube & asking friends who have cut out animal products has been a god send (shout out to Hayley & Naomi ).  Also the stigma of veganism being synonymous with vegans inflicting their choices on others is lifting & it doesn’t feel like the dirty little V-Word anymore. Feels like people are generally more conscious of what they’re eating & thanks to social media, becoming educated about fucked up food industry practices. Either way, I believe it’s completely down to personal choice.

My favourite thing has be discovering the Vegan resturants springing up all over London. I’m  planning to go back & Love Gift Vegan for the amazing caribbean food. The BBQ wheat me is a game changer! I’m also dying to try  The temple of Seitan’s  vegan ‘fried chicken’ but they’re always sold out 😫 which is equally amazing & heart breaking! ) 👅👅👅

I can actually say, Im commited to  continuing this plant-based lifestyle & am going as far as to say I am now vegan.

There….I said it. My names Ayak & Iam a Vegan 🤗

HAPPY CONSTRUCTION!

A x 💋

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Steve Void Single: ‘Never been better’

Dutch Dj/Producer Steve Void  has dropped his second single ‘Never been better’ Spotify & all digital retail outlets, & Im really super chuffed with the outcome of this record.

This one was co-written by Carl Ryden,  Grace Tither & I.

Special mention to Grace who absolutely knocked this vocal out the park & to Carl who in my opinion is one of the best when it comes to recording/ producing &  treating vocals. I love what Steve Void has done on this production, in keeping the vulnerable feel but going off in the breaks, matching the lyric perfectly. I Love it.

Steve is currently on a European tour with Matoma…. have a listen!

HAPPY CONSTRUCTION!

A x 💋

 

 

 

MelodyDay Single: ‘Kiss on the lips’

Korean pop group Melody day  just dropped the video for our song ‘Kiss on the lips’. ‘Kiss on the lips’ is the lead single from their mini album of the same name.

I wrote the original song  in LA with Myah Marie langston, twins Bennet & Justin T Armstrong. It was then translated into Korean & also co written by Ryan S Jhun, Melanie Fontana & Denzil Remedios.

I really love that Kpop & Korean culture in general has made such an impact in recent years. Having travelled to Busan, South Korea. I totally get why. (Infact i think i’ll do a post on my experience there)

For now, heres Kiss on the lips …. (Album tracklist below)

HAPPY CONSTRUCTION!

A x 💋

 

 

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‘Kiss on the lips’ Mini album track list