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‘Hello Blogging 101’


We always need a challenge, a reason to step forward and get to know the best version of ourselves.

This month I am taking part in Blogging 101 and Photo 101…I am excited of learning new things but most of all I am eager to grow this amazing family of bloggers and discover brand new worlds:)

First assignment of Blogging 101 – “Introduce Yourself to the World”

Most of you know me really well already but I might still have a couple of things to pull out of my invisible hat:)

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This is me…

Your author who, just recently, felt comfortable in saying it out loud that she is a writer and that maybe someday she will have the honour to sign a book with her name on the cover:)

But until then…

I am a fashionista…I love the catwalk, the art and design and I’ve created this blog as the first step in this amazing journey of self discovery. I am in love with photography and every picture I take creates a whole new world that feeds my imagination:)

My favourite colour is Red…

It’s not just a colour to me…it’s a state of mind, “a mirror to my soul”, if you want…

Red is passion, creativity and love…but it’s also the colour of blood, fire and danger!

So here I am, caught in the middle and finding the balance quite beautiful and terribly intoxicating…

My blog it’s my own way of loving life as it is, constantly learning, dreaming and pursuing happiness!

I love baking…

The luxurious taste of dark chocolate and salty caramel…I indulge myself in sweet temptation every time I open the door to the land of endless desserts:)

Also, I am not a stranger to savoury and the beautiful flavour of herbs and spices…

Did I make you wonder? If I did, join me in my little secret ‘Kitchen Corner’ every week and discover what is that I call scrumptiously tasty!

Movie adoration…

I grew up with these amazing stories on the big screen that opened up the world of fantasy and fable but also created a fantastic collection of movies…which I am sharing with you in the hopes that it might bring to life the same emotions I’ve lived while watching them:)

Follow my short reviews that are mostly teasing my readers to go out and watch these movies:)

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I am completely, irreversibly, entirely, utterly, absolutely in love…

My Red World

Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope that together we can go out there and paint the town red!

Paint the town red!

Love,

Julia

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‘The perfect time and place’


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WHAT WOULD YOU DEFINE AS THE TURNING-POINT OF YOUR LIFE?

One day…

The perfect time and place…

The only place I could ever call home…

It might sound as a ‘cliche’, but the moment I’ve said ‘YES’, everything changed…our lives became one, our hearts took the same rhythm and home turn out to be anywhere in the world…with one essential piece…being together!

I’ve learned throughout the years that home it’s not necessarily a place…sometimes it’s a state of mind, a feeling of belonging…not to a specific location but to a person.

“Home is where the hearts is”…this quote keeps coming back to me…and if I am being honest with myself, my life it’s based on it, because home for me it’s him…not a country or a city or even a house…home is where I left my heart…

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This was the topic I was challenged to answer by my lovely fellow blogger Lucy at Icecoffeecoutureūüôā Thank you Lucy, it was fun:) I love free style writing challenges so here are the rules:

Open an MS Word document (or Pages)

1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat. (Not sure what that meant so I just set the timer for 10)

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.

4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post write down ‚ÄėNo. Of words =_____‚Äô so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers)

The nomination list it’s wide open…if you want to get on board and take a journey with us, please take part in this challenge and create a pingback to this post:)

Your topic: THE ONE PICTURE THAT YOU LOVE:)

As I am trying to be extremely efficient, this post it’s my first entry to the amazing Photo 101 Class:) It’s a picture that is close to my heart and falls into the theme of ‘Home’!

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Picture courtesy of The Daily Post, Photo 101

Love from home,

Julia

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‘In the mood for love’


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

Open your eyes,

Breath in the air…

Feel the warm touch

of a love affair…

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Purple heart

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Lust

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Passion

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Gem

Another week of sharing our thoughts with images…

I love so much these photo challenges and in today’s post, it’s all about strong emotions…nothing is stronger than love:)

I would like to also link this post to Photo Rehab 101…a place where you can share your passion for photography and connect with some great bloggers. One of my lovely fellow bloggers, Lucile, introduced me to the Rehab Clinic Photo 101…thanks again! Have a look at her page, there are some amazing stories and photos, ¬†that will inspire you:)

Here is the address for the Rehab Clinic, if you share the same symptoms:)

This blog hosted ‚ÄėThe Photo101 Rehab Clinic‚Äô from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by¬†Photobloggers Andy Townend,¬†Mara Eastern,¬†Cardinal Guzman,¬†DesleyJane,¬†Justine,¬†Amy,¬†Teresa, Albert,¬†Terri,¬†Giving Thought,¬†Ellen,¬†Nalinki,¬†Mariangeles,¬†DwayCrafts,¬†Lucy,¬†Terri,¬†Bampa‚Äôs Views,¬†PeaceCrafting,¬†Dreaming of Leaving¬†and¬†Project Easier.

As former patients informed me¬†that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms,¬†The Clinic ‚Äď Photo Rehab¬†¬†reopened its doors.

You can do a¬†self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by¬†Albert from the¬†blog¬†Passionately Curious,¬†come and join us: ‚ÄúWithdrawal 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.‚ÄĚ

How to join: 

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images ‚Äď or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well ‚Äď showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

Thanks for joining and enjoy it.

The Clinic ‚Äď Photo Rehab¬†

Here is the link to  add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:

Have a blooming weekend:)

Love,

Julia

xxx

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‘Liebster Saga’ Episode Four


‚ÄúToo much of a good thing can be wonderful!‚Ä̬†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:

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

‚Äď Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

‚ÄstNominate 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.

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

‚ÄstLastly, 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’


‚ÄúYou must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.‚ÄĚ 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:)))!

‚ÄúA good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.‚Ä̬†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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‘Liebster Saga’ Episode Three


‚ÄúA grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.‚ÄĚ Plato

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…another wonderful occasion to dedicate a post to one of my fellow bloggers, who presented me with a lovely nomination for the Liebster Award:)

My Liebster Saga continues and I couldn’t be happier…I have so many wonderful people around me and everything I achieve is a huge credit to them as to my unstoppable desire to paint the world red:)))

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Here are the Award rules to follow:

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  • 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.

Thank you so much Romina¬†for this nomination, I hope I am going to live up to your expectations and be the Ambassador for DietYogaEnergy¬†for one day only:) I know you love strawberries, so the core ingredient for today’s post is…Red, tasty, juicy¬†STRAWBERRYūüôā

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Let’s get started:)

Here are Romina’s questions!

1. Hi! What’s your favourite fruit?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36¬†Hello:) I would say that my favourite fruit is cherry…but I love fruits in general, I don’t think I dislike any of them!

2. Do you speak a language other than English? (If yes, what language?)

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36 Yes, I speak italian, french and spanish:)

3. Where would you go if you could live in another country for the rest of your life?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36 I would live in the amazing forever green cradle of Tuscany!

4. What do you think is your spirit animal?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36¬†I’ve never thought of that…I guess it might be the jaguar:), just because I love them but I am not sure if I identify with its behaviour completely!

5. What’s your favourite exercise/ fitness routine?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36¬†I don’t have a favourite one, just because I like variety:) I found that once the body gets used to a certain routine, the effect of it, drops really fast, so I like to change my fitness routine as often as I can!

6. Have you ever tried any vegan recipes (no meat, no dairy/milk, no eggs) of your favourite food?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36 Not that I can remember, but I do give up all these ingredients and become a vegan for six weeks every year.

7. What city did you grow up in?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36¬†I like to leave a bit of mystery when it comes to write about myself:) I would say one thing about the place I’ve grew up in…’you could smell the salt in the air, feel the sand between your toes and hide under the trees from the hot sunshine’.

8. If aliens landed on Earth, would you rather stay and hide from them or take an unknown adventure into outer space away from the planet?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36¬†Interesting question…as much as I love discovering the unknown and embark onto an adventure, I love Earth to much to leave:)

9. What’s your favourite dessert / sweets?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36 It has to be triple chocolate cake with wild berries:)

10. If you had the chance to change one big thing in the world, what would you change?

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 23.37.36 This is a hard one:( I would definitely try and raise more awareness around the exploitation of our environment and the devastation that it could cause. I think we tend to forget that everything around us can survive without us but we cannot survive without it!

Now it’s my turn again to nominate some amazing bloggers for the Liebster Award:

https://frenchtouchincebu.wordpress.com

https://ladeonline.wordpress.com

https://singhalalok.wordpress.com

https://midiwombatz.wordpress.com

https://lafzonkephool.wordpress.com

https://thegoldhourglass.wordpress.com

http://alexandraroman.com

http://www.nty6x.com/blog/

http://dancingechoes.com

http://www.inspiringmax.com

Congratulations to you all…it was difficult to choose only ten blogs…but as this award is especially made for discovering new and exciting paths in this community, I would say it’s worth you having a¬†look at these 10 blogs and you never know…you might find¬†something you like:)

Here are my questions to 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?

We’ve reached the end of Liebster Saga,¬†episode three and I feel very happy:)

Thank you again for the nomination and I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering new blogs and new horizons!

Your nominee,

Julia

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