Day 351: Frannie’s letter, Le Pain Quotidien, The Shard, Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s first music video, Meeting Sam for the 3rd time in the last year and A lesson on Trust…
July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
Dear Frannie, Thank you for your message this morning. Wasn’t expecting that but really, really appreciate it. My thoughts, too, are with you. With love, and hugs. – krissa x / Today, I got to meet Sam for the THIRD time in the last year. How crazy is that! Haha. And then again at Christmas. Wehey, we’re on a roll! =) / Le Pain Quotidien – I just love it! Especially the new branch they opened up next to Borough Market. Perfect place for weekend brunch and catching up with old friends =) / Dear big glass shard sticking out of London Bridge, I have watched you grow and grow and grow over the last 3 years. And I feel like you, too, have watched my life unravel and unfold, under your keen guardianship, over the last 36 months. You were there at the very beginning, one evening in May. And now you are here at the end. Funny huh? Many people look at you and have various opinions. Some people think you are great, ambitious, and a magnificent sight to look at. Others feel like you have “stabbed” London’s skyline and ruined the view for good. Just know that to me, standing there today looking at you in all your glory… you have become an icon, landmark and reflection of perhaps 3 of the best years of my life. And for that, I am grateful. I have nothing but affection and fond, fond memories. / Ryan, how wonderful to stumble upon your music video today. Well done. This puts a smile on my face and this song is still as sweet as the first time I heard it on BGT. Grateful =) / They say life continues to teach you a lesson, again and again and again until you learn it. Over the last 24-48 hours, and because of the last few months, I realised that there is one thing I left out when I set my mantra for this year… When I promised myself to live my life with grace, humility, strength and hope nearly one year ago now, what I didn’t include was Trust. That’s not because I didn’t think it worth it. But purely because I didn’t know then, all the things I know now. You see there was a shift, about halfway through the year, whereby my uncontrollable, ever expansive HOPE slowly and very very subtly began to transform into something much more important and much more grand. My H-O-P-E that was like a balloon that I allowed to soar very high in the sky was soon accompanied by something called Trust. And this Trust was/is the realization that while Hope is a balloon that is inspiring and beautiful and uplifting to watch, Trust is the unshakeable security and peace that weathers all storms. Hope forces us to turn our gaze towards the sky. Trust draws our senses inwards because once you find the Truth, you soon realise that there’s a million heavens and thousands of balloons already soaring inside your heart, waiting for you. All you have to do is close your eyes… 8th July 2012 – I thank the voice inside, calling me home. ईश्वरे विश्वासं करोमि
May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
“If the only prayer you said in your life was ‘Thank you’, that would suffice.” – I think this message by Eckhart sums this blog up quite nicely in 16 words. I wish I could be so concise! 😉 Alas, I’ve yet another 56 days to make my point =p / Summer picnics with Kat and Sue on the roof. Grateful! / I am really loving this dish right now. I call it ‘My Vegetarian Moroccan Rice Bowl’, except I use cous cous instead of rice =p YUM! / Today, my mom asked me if I’d heard of this song by Paula Cole. I was like, Mom – we grew up listening to this song! Remember when music videos used to look like this?! Bet you feel old now, huh! =p Anyway, nice bit of nostalgia and admission there for you x
May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Today, I got to hang out with Sue in the park after her very very long absence! Hurray! Grateful =) / Sun Day = Play Day! =D / “Warrant” by Foster the People = soundtrack of the weekend. Grateful! / Today my future planning got stood up twice. Not the best case scenario… but it did get me out onto the roof to do some of my own homework, playing a bit of FTP, appreciating the smell of the BBQs wafting up from the next-door gardens below on my left, and the sound of birds chirping and some sort of African drums beating on my right. / Today, my beautiful white buddha arrived, all dimple-cheeked and smiling =) Thank you, momma! And thank you, Aunty Janice, for bringing this over! =) This puts a smile on my face, every day =) I think every work desk should have one! / May 27th, I doubt a year will ever pass where I do not stop and acknowledge the significance you have had in my life. Come what may, we will have always had this day. With love and gratitude, x.
Day 301: 300 days of appreciation, Finishing my first 6-week teaching course, Having my class observed by Mark, The Dictator and Adele, Live at the Royal Albert Hall…
May 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
300 days of appreciation. And not a single bad day in between… / My colleague asked me the other day if gratitude really works, and if I can honestly say I haven’t had a bad day in the last 200++. To which I responded, “You will never have a bad day, if you can be grateful for at least one thing that happened. Because just that one thing, would have given your day purpose.” I truly believe this. And I am grateful it’s something I learned sooner rather than later. / Today, I taught my 6th yoga class, which was technically the end of my first 6-week teaching course. So far, I have taught 10 people in total, with an average of 4-5 per class. 4 of those were men. 2 of which were brand new to yoga. 1 of those men bought a mat from me. And the other just signed up to a 10-day, unlimited, special induction package at Indaba. Every Saturday morning, my students come to class. They lay their mats and they offer up their practice. They are focused and hungry, eager to learn more. They teach me as much as I teach them. And I am grateful for that. Jo, Dani, DJ, Kav, Behull, Sarah, Louise, Illy, Claire, Saral… It has, and will continue to be, my pleasure. / Mark, thank you so much for taking the time today to observe and give feedback on my class. Your comments and ongoing mentorship, belief and support are much appreciated. And it can only get better from here =) / The Dictator – so wrong, it’s right. I have not laughed so hard in a film in such a long time. This is definitely one to have on DVD! / Adele, my dear. I don’t know how many times I am going to be grateful for you on this blog. But what can I say? Tonight, I am grateful I got to watch a rerun of you performing Live at the Royal Albert Hall. I only wished I could have been there. You have a gift. And that gift is being able to put into lyrics, melodies and chords, feelings that would have otherwise driven us mad from despair on the inside. You give voice to the 10 million ++ people that have been fortunate enough to hear your music. And your success is proof that when it’s real, Love can only ever be inspiring. No matter the outcome. This moment – magic. x
April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
Grateful for the 24 years I have served so far in this lifetime. A fortune teller once told me that things would be difficult (I prefer “challening”) until I hit 25, but after that everything would be A-Oooookay. So I guess today is the interlude. And now to cue the music… =) x / Lunch times with Jo at the Thai Aubergine = YUM!
Day 258: First day of Easter weekend, Teaching my first class in the park, Trashy TV marathon and The O.C.!
April 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Grateful for the day off and the first day of this long Easter weekend =) / Grateful for the gorgeous weather this morning and teaching my first mini-class in the park. / Grateful for Finsbury Park Cafe, which has a decent and broad enough menu. Ohhh weekends with Kat are going to be glorious =) / Grateful for the group chill-out session in Jo’s living room, snacking on guacamole and trashy TV, cosy and warm away from the cold outside. / Grateful for 2 hours worth of re-runs watching The O.C. Californiaaaa… Califooorniaaaaaa… HERE WE COME! I tell ya, you should’ve seen our expressions when Summer mentioned, “the end of 2003 and beginning of a new year!” It was something along the lines of: =O Followed by a unanimous: “Oh. my. god. That was NINE YEARS AGO!! Oh… where did all the time go?!
February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Grateful for Nawaz – best indian restaurant in town! No, seriously. Just don’t tell your friends ok? Don’t want this place getting too mobbed! =p / Love trudging through snow! =) I’m one of those people that will purposefully go out of my way to trudge and slush and smush through snow! I actually got in trouble twice tonight for accidentally kicking snow onto people’s legs at the bus stop. hahaha / Drink Shop & Do – what an awesome venue and concept for a bar cum cafe cum arts and crafts centre cum shop cum night club. ❤ it. / World Mate – the travel app that will (and already has!) made my life a whole lot easier and will hopefully mean I will never miss another flight in my life again! =D / Tash, Badger – love you both. Very much grateful to still have you in my life =) So great seeing and spending time with you tonight. Here’s to good ol’ no. 48. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” – seems only appropriate that I quote Mr Dickens, considering we lived right next door =) x