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My World


Letter to Olive and Noah,

Everything has completely changed the day you were born…is probably the simplest words I could use to try and portray my life today.

I watch you while I write these lines and I am trying to remember my days before YOU.

I do remember the early mornings, not as early as we have now, the commute to work, the long meetings, the adult conversations and lunch breaks, the gossips over coffee…

I remember the evenings spent in your daddy’s arms, you might not know this, but I used to call him hubby…

I remember the long hours we used to spend relaxing on the sofa watching our favourite TV shows…

I remember date nights, dinner and a movie, kisses and holding hands…

I remember food shopping in the weekend without a shopping list, eating smoked salmon canapes for breakfast and enjoying a delicious coffee and a croissant after…

I remember being bored every now and then…

I remember your daddy saying we might be missing something in our lives…

You are both asleep and I smile…

I wonder if you know how you have changed our world…how, in a blink of an eye, you have become our entire reason for living?

You might ask me if I miss anything from my life before you…

Not in the way I have imagined I would…

I have to be honest and tell you that being a parent is not easy but it is the best choice we have made. No day is the same, some are harder than others but somehow every evening we go to bed happy and fulfilled…grateful for the life we now share.

Some days I miss not feeling so tired and some days I don’t remember my life before YOU!

Do you know why?

Because every time I look at your sweet faces, especially when you are asleep 😊 I don’t know why we have waited so long to bring you into this world.

One day we will remember the sleepless nights, the five second showers, the 5am eggs and crumpets breakfast, the anxiety I feel when we need to leave the house, the adventure of changing nappies, the few minutes spent with daddy on the sofa just to make sure we still remember each other…and we might miss these moments too.

I do know that every day brings a new adventure into our world and I couldn’t ask for more, because my life has only been what I have once dreamt it could be, since you two have been born.

What I am certain of is that even if some days are harder than others, much harder and I feel overwhelmed, YOU have changed my world for the better…and I am excited to celebrate every milestone and to see the world for the first time through YOUR eyes❤️

With love,

Mummy

‘One Lovely Blog’


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It’s such a lovely surprise to be nominated for “One Lovely Blog” Award, thank you so much to Amanda from Surprising Lives for the nomination! I love her inspirational blog, her quotes and words of wisdom…stop by Amanda’s page, you will not regret it:)

Award Rules:

1. Thank your nominator, if you’d like 🙂

2. List 7 facts about you

3. Nominate 15 blogs for the award


I took a few days to think about how I will write this post…so here it goes, hope you will enjoy it

I will leave the nomination part open because I can’t possibly choose just 15 lovely blogs…all of you out there reading this post, it’s your turn to share your loveliness:)

Lots of love,

Julia

xxx

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‘Thank You!’


Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’

Hello my beautiful friends:)

This post is so long overdue that it has to be the best I’ve done until now:)

For the past few months I’ve been blessed with so many nominations for amazing awards but had no time to thank all my fellow bloggers who thought of me as a deserving recipient of these beautiful awards.

I dedicate this post to YOU…because you are the reason why I love to write!

If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know by now that ‘simple’ is not something I am familiar with:)))

I am going to bend the rules a bit, just because this post should be all about YOU…all of you who nominated me and who sit beside me on this journey of discovery that is My Red Page.

I hope you will enjoy this post…I’ve loved every second creating it:)

Here we go…

The Beautiful Blogger Award

The Beautiful Blogger Award
The Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you so much Elyse for the nomination…I’ve never been nominated before and I feel extremely privileged to join the club:)

Elyse from Beauty By Elyse is the true definition of beautiful and her blog is all about finding the best beauty tips out there; but besides sharing her ‘fashion passion’, Elyse shares her optimism with the world with simple but insightful words.

The Creative Blogger Award

The Creative Blogger Award
The Creative Blogger Award

Thank you so much for this nomination, I feel so happy that the way I express my views is considered creative and worthy of your attention:) I’ve received three nominations for this award, so thank you so much to Eloquent-devianceayuj28consul and Alicia.

Eloquent-deviance it’s a very interesting blog about true feelings and honest thoughts…a refreshing way of looking at the world, I might say!

Moviemphetamine is one of my favourite blogs because it shares my passion for movies, so if one of your ways of spending Friday evening is sitting back with a cup of hot cocoa and watching a good film, take a peak at what should you watch next.

Alicia from AliciasWorldofPages has a great blog for book reviews that she shares with all of us in her own unique way…read some inspirational posts and open up to a journey of amazing reads.

The Inspirational Blogger Award

The Inspirational Blogger Award
The Inspirational Blogger Award

Thank you so much Deb for this nomination, it means more than you know!

All of us, writers…secretly, we all wish that one day someone will call us ‘Inspirational’, because that’s how we know that the message we wanted to send out into the world, was understood and shared.

Deb and Once Upon A Hot Flash it’s one of the most inspirational blogs I’ve read in a while…she is the one who reminds me that we should be grateful for every little thing in our life and that we should live each day like a birthday…isn’t that beautiful?

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award

Thank you very much Jasmine for the nomination…this award is well known to me, but always appreciated:)

It’s all about love…and sharing that love with others!

Jasmine from JasimeMimz is one of the best writers I’ve had the pleasure to meet through the blogosphere.

Her passion for life and sincerity in her words is inspirational!

The Sisterhood Of The World Award

The Sisterhood Of The World Award
The Sisterhood Of The World Award

One the most loved awards in the female bloggers community…why?

We are proud to recognise each other and support one another when we need to:)

I’ve received three nominations for this award, so I would like to thank Soumi, Amanda and Kat for inviting me in this exclusive club of Girl Power:)

Soumi from An Unwrapped Soul has an amazing blog…she is a very talented writer and if you take a minute to read her blog, you will be drawn into her world!

Amanda from Amanda Under Construction is inviting all of us to a journey of self discovery…her blog shares her life experiences, passions and hobbies and her first steps as a writer.

Kat from Hunggry Tummy shares her best recipes and food encounters with step by step guide towards making  your own delicious dishes in the comfort of your kitchen. What can I say….us foodies must stick together:)


As I’ve mentioned at the beginning, I am not going to make this post about myself, because you already know more than 7 things about me…this post is a ‘Thank You’ for all these amazing opportunities that I have every day to share my thoughts because you are along side me, sailing towards the unknown.

Thank you again for all these appreciations and I am extending the love to all of you who are reading this post…keep supporting each other and rewarding those who inspire you because we can only make it together!

Your Eternally Grateful,

Julia

xxx

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‘Inspiration from across…’


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Inspiration from across…


This week two of my assignments for Blogging 101 were to visit and comment on other blogs and be inspired:) Easy, you might say…I agree…only if they weren’t so many amazing bloggers out there who inspire others:)

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The assignment – Get Inspired By the Neighbours

Since joining the Blogosphere, I’ve discovered so many extraordinary people who amaze me every day with their talent and creativity…it feels like I embark every day on a journey of self discovery and I always end up with a great achievement…might that be a new way of writing…a new perspective of a landscape or a new challenge to follow!

Challenges…how I love them:)

I’ve always loved a good challenge…something that brings me out of my comfort zone and makes me look at the world from a different angle!

So, today I’ve decided to mention a few of the people who have been an inspiration and who keep me coming back for more:)

Lucile and her inspirational Photo101 Rehab challenge, from which I can’t stay away so I’ve become a happy patient of The Clinic…I definitely recommend it, if you present the following symptoms as carefully described by Albert from the blog Trigger Happy,: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

Andy and his Dark | Side | Thursday…again a great writing or photo challenge that takes you across, to a different point of view. So, if you enjoy a writing challenge or if you’re just curious of what could be on the other side, join us:)

Jennifer and her amazing blog that it’s just a living proof of her talent and determination! She hosts a weekly photo challenge, One Word Photo Challenge, that I’ve recently joined because I am still developing my endless love for the beautiful visual that is life:) Take a peak and join the boat that sails away to the unknown…


Life is indeed beautiful…

…and every day can be your chance to discover the world…share what you love the most and be a better version of yourself!

As I seem to finish most of my posts with a quote, from this week I’ve added a new column to my blog, called Red Echo Date, where I will share weekly, one quote that describes an experience I’ve lived or just words that I can’t seem to shake away:)

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I will be hosting a quote challenge each week and you are more than welcome to join us…put your own spin on it and share your thoughts with your audience:)

  • Leave a comment with your quote on the actual post
  • Create a post of your own around your favourite quote and link it back to Red Echo Date
  • Share a photo that might visualise your motto
  • Be inspired and write about it

Here are the first ones who wear the Red Echo Badge:)

Vinneve and https://evewanderer11.wordpress.com

Deb and https://onceuponahotflash.wordpress.com

Amanda and http://amandaunderconstruction.com

Some beautiful and inspirational quotes…read them all here🙂

Break the rules a bit…

spice up your routine

and join the challenge team:)

Your Always Thirsty For More,

Julia

xxx

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‘Liebster Saga’ Episode Four


“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” Mae West

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An amazing way to start June…continue the Liebster Journey:)

Today’s post is dedicated to three of my fellow bloggers who honoured me with the Liebster Award Nomination.

I’ve said it before and I am not going stop…this community of bloggers it’s absolutely remarkable…the way we support and encourage each other it’s something we could all learn from:)

Thank you so much to Rameesha, Helen and Annie for the nominations. I’ve been showered with so much love and I’ve learned so many things since I’ve joined the blogosphere but most of all I’ve had the privilege to meet some extraordinary people with whom I now share my world:)

So, take a few minutes of you time and page through these amazing blogs, discover Rameesha’s beautiful life insight, Helen’s love for books and Annie’s journey of self discovery!

Here are the award rules:

– Once you’ve been nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

– Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

– Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

I was thinking the best way of delivering this post…if you know me by now, you are aware that I don’t do simple:)))

This might surprise you, but this time around I went for a more challenging way and named this nomination!

The 31 Word Challenge

Rules…just one…answer all questions with one word! This might be harder than I’ve thought:)

Rameesha’s questions:

1. Where would you go in a time travel machine?

Future

2. What is it that you seek?

Happiness

3. If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Dharma

4. What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

Life

5. What is the first thing you notice about people?

Eyes

6. What do you prefer; sunrise or sunsets? Why?

Sunrise

7. What is beauty to you?

Soul

8. Is revenge sometimes justified?

No

9. Do you like spending more time alone or more time around people? And why?

Alone

10. Everybody worries about something. What do you worry about and why?

Time

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Helen’s questions:

1. How do you feel that blogging has changed you?

Confident

2. Ok, Fictional Book Character Snog Marry Avoid: Ron Weasley, Hamlet, Heathcliff???

Neither

3. What is your favourite blog and why?

Blogosphere

4. If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be and why?

Great expectations

5. Would you ever break the law?

No

6. Is it better to try and fail or to never have tried at all?

Try

7. Try to describe yourself using only song lyrics.

Classic

8. If you had one message you could deliver to everyone in the world, what would it say?

Peace

9. What have you learned from your mistakes?

Determination

10. What is your best piece of blogging advice?

Inspire

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Annie’s questions:

1. Why do you blog? What drives you?

Writing

2. What is your blogging routine?

Scheduled:)

3. What message do you want to transmit?

Love

4. Who is your audience?

Everyone

5. What do you want people to know about you?

Writer

6. What has been your biggest challenge in life?

Rejection

7. Give some piece of advice to your fellow bloggers.

Share

8. What makes you happy?

Family

9. Tell us about a dream come true.

Love

10. Tell us about a dream you want to come true.

Novel

11. Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

Mother

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This was crazy…what was I thinking?:)))) It was so hard to find the right word for each question…but it was fun and out of my comfort zone, which is always a good writing challenge!

It is my turn to nominate my lovely fellow bloggers for a Liebster Award:) So, here we go…

https://shareyourstoryexperience.wordpress.com

https://ntungwerishoc.wordpress.com

https://izzyreadson.wordpress.com

http://sowtogether.info

https://rameshwarir.wordpress.com

https://ashishvision.wordpress.com

https://itsmicaejamora.wordpress.com

https://toodletales.wordpress.com

https://surelysherley.wordpress.com

https://thegoldhourglass.wordpress.com

Here are the questions for you:

1. Why do you blog?

2. What are the first five words that describe you?

3. What is that you always wanted but never got?

4. Did you ever danced in the rain? Would you?

5. How is your perfect pizza look like?

6. What was the last picture you took?

7. What is your motto in life?

8. What is the best book you ever read?

9. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

10. Best compliment you’ve received?

Enjoy blogging…share your vision!

Have fun while you show the world who you are:)

Lots of love,

Julia

xxx

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‘Girl Power’


“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” Roman Payne

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This post is all about love…love for writing, love for reading…love for people around you and love for LOVE:)

Not so long ago one of my lovely fellow bloggers nominated me for three blogger awards…absolutely honoured and overwhelmed:) Creative and inspiring blogger are words I hold close to my heart but the third nomination took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop smiling since…The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

What an opportunity to celebrate female writers around the world…sorry boys:)…maybe next time:)))!

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Thank you so much Kirsty for giving me the chance again to explore my creativity and hopefully leave some worthy inspiration once you’ve clicked away from my red page:)

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This is my very first nomination for this award and I feel already part of a very special club…please stand up and celebrate ‘GIRL POWER’!

Rules for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog

I will answer Kirsty’s questions but before anything I want all of you who are reading my post to take a moment and think about what is that you love the most…your family, your children, your soul-mate…the blue sky, the sun and the moon…writing, photography, reading…fashion, movies, cooking…

We are all so lucky to have in our life that someone or that something we truly love…but it takes even more courage to share that with the world..to be honest and open, be vulnerable and put all of our cards on the table!

That is one of the reasons I love Kirsty’s blog, she is open, honest and true:)

Outside the Coffee Cup is her journey that she shares with the world…from her beautiful relationship to every day challenges…from her passion to write towards discovering art and photography…her blog is about what she loves the most!

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Just click on the picture and your journey begins here…

Let’s get back to the task at hand, here are my answers to Kirsty’s questions:)

Is there something you have tried, but will never try again?

Amusement parks and roller coasters…never again:)))))
Do you have a quirky habit?

I am slightly superstitious, I wouldn’t call that quirky, but some think it is:)
What is your favourite memory as a child?

My father running after me in the garden and just laughing…it’s just something that I hold as a dear memory!
Who is your best friend? NOT lover/partner.

My mum:)
What would your dream date be?

I don’t really know…as long as I can laugh and be myself, that’s all I need to enjoy it!
What is the worst thing about dating?

The silent moments, when nothing comes to mind and you’re praying for the phone to ring:)))))
What is one movie that has influenced your life?

‘Life is beautiful’…made me appreciate every second that I am alive and never ever give up chasing my dreams:)
Would you change anything about yourself?

I stress easily…I wish I could be more chilled:))))
Who is your favourite celebrity?

Oh…favourite celebrity:) I love love love Hugh Jackman, I am a huge fan of Wolverine:)
What was your most embarrassing moment?

I am thinking and thinking…nothing comes to mind…how embarrassing:(…well I think this would be that moment:)))!

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Here are the bloggers/writers that I admire and always have something to learn from…
Ladies, you are amazing and I am honoured to have had the chance to get to know you: Lucile, Jeann, Giulia, Cindy, HumaAq, Lucy and Marquessa!
Please, don’t feel obligated to accept the award…I just love your blogs and I thought you deserve a place in the Sisterhood Circle of amazing female writers!
I’ve had a few moments to think about the questions I would like you to answer…but I’ve decided to change this challenge slightly…bend the rules a bit:)
My question to you is…WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?…so let your imagination flow and make your writing inspirational! Always be you and let the world know!
With Love,
Julia
xxx
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