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10 Powerful Affirmations

It is a constant in this world that we as individuals are just too judgemental of ourselves. It is important to maintain the positive ambitious thoughts & dreams in our minds and to ward off the negative thoughts that aim to bring us down. Affirmations may seem funny to say out loud at first, so I find even writing them down has been helpful to keep me motivated & driven. Here is a collection of 10 powerful affirmations to bolster your positivity and inner strength.

Your opinion matters

You’re fierce

Your possibilities are endless

You are strong enough to achieve all your goals

You are worthy of your dreams

Your fear is only temporary

You are confident to act in spite of fear

You are persistent and will not give up.

You are worthy of love and all the joys the world can offer

You are enough.

I’ve found that incorporating affirmations and being more grateful for the little things in life, are some of the easiest ways to bring light into any day. Similar to the effect of simply smiling to trick the mind into a happier disposition.

There are a lot of other self-care practices that I have been trying out to bring more calm and joy into the mundane and stressful days in my life. Such as taking days(or nights) to pamper myself, for example, last night I poured some warm water in a large bowl with some of my favourite Lush shower gel and dipped my feet, then scrubbed, moisturised and painted my toes, whilst reading a new book. Taking that time made it a lot easier to tackle the week ahead, which for me is filled with meetings, social outings and parties galore.

What are some of the ways you boost yourself up?

Until next time…

Reads of 2017 pt. 2

Now for the last ten books of 2017 that I read. This post is part two of me going through all the books I read in 2017 by reviewing them in one sentence. Link to part one: 

The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Dark Tower #1)

Short and weird. A lot happened and didn’t happen in a small book. A good introduction to a wacky series.

The Drawing of Three by Stephen King (Dark Tower #2) 

Could you tell I was sucked in?

Beyond entertaining, I never knew what was going happen and seriously didn’t think there was even a spec of a silver lining. I’m intrigued to see what happens next.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I’m not going to spoil it, but a classic murder mystery that keeps you guessing the murderer over and over and over again.

Milk and Hony by Rupi Kaur

A stunning and emotional collection of poetry that was wholly relatable and will remain on my bedside table for the indefinite future.

Vengence in Death by J.D. Robb

Just a little obsessed with this series, I can’t seem to get enough of Eve Dallas and Rourke and of course seemingly unsolvable murders. This one delved into Rourke’s dark and mysterious past and reading him unravel his former sins was a serious page-turner.

Saga Volume 1

Picked this one up in NYC and I’m honestly surprised why I didn’t pick it up earlier, a unique story of war, romance and science fiction.

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

I’ve never read a book from the perspective of a woman in a polyamorous relationship that she didn’t choose and the family drama was non stop, I spent the entire time reading praying that Yeijide would find happiness or some positive reprieve in her life.

Mile 81 by Stephen King

A short story of sorts that didn’t compromise on good characters and of course being a King, had all the elements of shock horror and terror.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1

Funny and quirky, she is so full of positivity that I finished the whole volume in one sitting, I truly believe there is no one she can’t beat!

Last but certainly not the least….

Lifeboat no.8 by Elizabeth Kaye

A short compilation of survivors’ recounts from the Titanic that brings to light the true thoughts and fears (or lack of) of the people onboard who lived and those who did not.

Entering into the new year I’m excited to read new stories and dive head first into more murder mysteries, science fiction adventures and maybe even some non-fiction!

What were your favourite books of 2017 and what have you started reading in 2018?

Until next time,

Current Weekly Bullet Journal Setup

By far the best thing about having a bullet journal is that I can change how I organise my day, week, or month as it goes. As someone who could never stick to a pre-made planner, making the transition felt like the right move to suit my personal approach to planning

Instead of using daily spreads I prefer to use weekly spreads as I find they let me organise my thoughts & workload the best. I have in the past used daily pages to track workload, however, in my current position, I found that this did not work very well. I’ve now moved to this broad overview spread to help to keep me organised. In this current spread, all I tend to include is reminders, meetings and events. I’ve also liked using the weekly spreads to motivate myself to achieve my personal goals. (i.e cut spending and working out)

I changed to this style of weekly spread last week. I really liked the minimalist theme that also gives me plenty of room to plan & incorporate quotes and comments on the week.

Tools I use:
  • Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted journal
  • For headings, I use the Pilot Fineliner in Black
  • For everyday use and to fill in my bullet journal I use a Uni-Ball ballpoint pen

I got inspiration for this spread from Life by Whitney’s post.

What type of planner do you use? Have you tried bullet journalling before?

Until next time…

Reads of 2017 pt. 1

Everyone loves a good book and now that 2017 has come to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on all the page-turners that ignited my imagination, got my heart racing and made my eyes well with emotion. I was able to conquer twenty books last year and to break it up a little I’ve split the post in half, ten in this post and the last ten in the next (link available here soon!).

In the essence of covering all of the books I read last year, I am going to do my best, to sum up in ONE sentence why I liked it (eep!). Books are listed in chronological order from Jan-Dec 2017.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Book #2 in the Inheritance Series)

Dragons, adventure and coming of age, although a bit of a lull in the series, I can’t wait to see what happens to Eragon and Saphira in the next book.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Technology and social media taking over the planet, sure I can see that happening but there could’ve been more about the main character, unfortunately, she fell a little flat for me. See my full review (here)

Ms Marvel Volume 5: Super Famous

Kamala is my favourite superhero in the Marvel universe and seeing her figure out how to handle her social, family and superhero lives is a magical combination of humour and adventure.

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Another page turner in an intriguing and intensely captivating series, this time with a more compelling mystery as the death of several high profile individuals present themselves as suicide.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Thor, Loki, Odin and many more mythical gods from the Norse legends. It was a pleasure getting to read stories of adventure, triumph and sorrow that have been shared around for generations.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This novella was a delight of pure imagination and such a unique read that was a truly wonderful execution of fantasy, romance, coming of age and mental health.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Science fiction that was so relatable I started stressing imagining myself in his shoes and how one could cope with such a hopeless situation.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Best book of the year for me. I love reading murder mysteries and horror books and I have never actually jumped while reading, well not until I read this one. Truly terrifying and the characters were so wholly flawed that it made sympathy an element of conflict.

A Handmaid Tale by Margaret Atwood

Honestly sad. A terrifying reality that hits a little too close to home. You hope and hope for a brighter future but unfortunately, the outlook is dim. (Well at least in this book!)

Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb

Another one I know, but I like a good murder mystery and Eve Dallas is one of my favourite detectives. This one was creepy, interesting and definitely a unique take on satanist rituals and ceremonies.

Stay tuned for part two!

What was your favourite read of 2017?

Until next time

 

USA & Canada Vacation

I have been very MIA lately and the reason being is that I travelled overseas, the United States & Canada to be precise. Alex and I planned this trip over a year ago so we have been pumping ourselves up for such a long time. So if you want to know a little more about our trip + some pics, keep on reading.

First stop – New York City, NY, United States – This was Alex’s first time to the big apple and it definitely did not disappoint. After the approx. 30 hours of flying, we finally made it to our hotel, the Kimpton Muse Hotel. It was the perfect location for us to squeeze in as much of NYC in the two days we had there. We did a lot of the touristy things, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, National History Museum and much more. One of my highlights was the food day I planned, which started at Katz Deli then went through Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where we stopped at Joe’s Pizza and Milk Bar! By far the biggest highlight of NYC, let alone our entire trip, was going to see Hamilton on Broadway. I tried not to cry, but after fangirling about this show for over a year, I  happy cried more times than I can remember.

Following these crazy days in NYC, we joined our tour and headed off to Boston, which was a gorgeous city with a lot of history. Things sped up exponentially after this, we then went to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Harrisburg, Washington D.C. & Philadelphia.

Here were some of the highlights (in no particular order):

Red Sox v Blue Jays Baseball game in Toronto

Niagara Falls

Montreal Food Tour

We saw some pretty cool street art 🙂

American History Museum in D.C.

We had such a crazy time, and met some amazing people along the way but are glad to be home and back into the swing of things…but I’m sure that won’t last long.

Where’s the last place you traveled to?

Until next time

His Proposal

As mentioned in my last post, I have been super MIA lately because I got engaged!!! I feel like there is so much to catch you up on but all everyone seems to want to know is how did he do it. Now that we have been engaged for about 3 weeks I have probably retold this story about 20 times (maybe even more!). So it’s nice to finally get to write it all out and have it published.

Friday 7th April

Here’s some context.

We were going to a family catch up on Friday evening and all week I had been looking forward to Friday drinks so Alex had agreed to be the designated driver so I could have a few with our family. So you can say I was a little taken aback when I drove home on Friday night to his car, not in the driveway!!! I called several times and honestly thought he had forgotten and left without me. Also, the house looked locked up, all the shutters were closed, lights off etc.

I was wrong.

I walked up the stairs to the front door and saw that it was UNLOCKED!!

Opened the door and was nearly scared to death by my housemate in near darkness, who said that Alex had a surprise for me.

Leading from the front door to our dining table was a pathway of candles and inside this pathway was our love story in photographs. From our very first date at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens over three and a half years ago to our recent trip to Thailand in December.

Once I get to the dining table I see another photo of the two of us, with a note on top saying “I am so grateful for this one, now turn it over”. On the other side was a declaration of love that brought me to tears. At the end of his gorgeous words, I had to turn around. And you guessed it. There. He. Was. On. One. Knee.

I cannot remember what he said because I started crying, but of course, I said yes immediately and without hesitation.

Once my crying and shaking had calmed down to only slightly audible, he decided to tell me that the trip he booked for us at the end of April was actually that weekend (8-9th April) and that he was taking me to dinner in Maleny and we were staying in a suite in Caloundra.

The rest of the night was a blur of champagne, tears, laughter, love and the sparkle of a diamond.

I’ve had some time to calm down in the last couple of days with all the public holidays, but my head is filled with the joy of wedding planning. Alex and I plan on having a long engagement and are aiming to get married in Spring 2019, so I have plenty of time to save and plan for our special day. So be prepared for a few (maybe more than a few) posts relating to wedding planning.

Until Next Time…

I SAID YES!!!!

There are not that many ways to excuse being MIA for this long, but I hope I’m forgiven because I unexpectedly got engaged in the past week!!!! This is not the only reason I’ve been away, we also had the crazy rain and flooding from Cyclone Debbie, which caused a whole shit storm (*ha see what I did) of problems for both Alex and I. Also following our surprise engagement, Alex took me away for an entire weekend!

I will make a post all about his proposal since I honestly cannot shut up about it, it was literally perfect. Also, look forward to watching me plan my wedding and everything else in-between.

Life is a pretty crazy whirlwind right now, but I’m so happy with the direction that we are going.

Until next time,

Sunday Update

Now I had planned on setting aside some time this weekend to write a more interesting post, but unfortunately, life is life and gets in the way.

To bring you up to speed, I was recently told that I have a severe iron deficiency and the results of this deficiency can make me more fatigued than I ever thought possible. For the last month, my doctor has had me on supplements, but this week hit hard. I was using all of my forcible energy to stay awake and it became painful to be awake. I liken the feeling to when you wake up in the middle of the night and start walking and your mind is waking up but your body is still asleep. I started to worry that I would fall or trip while working and thus, headed back to the doctors.

Since I work full time and have quite a lengthy commute, and not to mention the fact that I pretty much collapse when I come home, my weekends are my prime time to get anything done. This meant expending all of my limited energy as it was to going to doctors and even the hospital! eek! I’m fine, just exhausted. I left the hospital pretty quickly and met this fantastic nurse who gave me some great advice.

Hopefully, my iron levels will sort themselves out soon, because boy would I like to actually feel like a 21 year old!

This post is probably sounding like the longest excuse for a lack of a good read, but I don’t think I would’ve been capable of publishing anything more worthwhile whilst being this fatigued. I hope you forgive me.

Until next time,

 

 

 

Hello!

Curious Eh? Well here’s the run down. Tulips and Tequila (formerly known as OhhKaye) is a beauty, lifestyle and everything in between blog, pretty much anything I think is worth sharing with the world.

The name came from two of my favourite things. My love for tulips started at a young age when I visited a national flower show called Floriade. With the amazing array of florals that were on display the only flowers that stole my attention were the yellow tulips, and even though I live in one of the weirdest climates in the world, my family and friends still seem to be able to surprise me with a few every year on my birthday. Now tequila. Some people love it, hate it or even love it hate it. I simply love it. It never was my drink of choice when I was a little younger but now that I can indulge in some decent (100% agave) tequila, I think it is simply the best way to unwind after a long week.

The other loves of my life include my boyfriend of 3 years, Alex. We recently have hit a few life milestones with each other including buying our first home, going on our first international holiday together and adopting our gorgeous, yet vivacious puppy Checkers. Our life has drastically changed in these last couple of months and I’ve found myself wanting to find a creative outlet to brain dump my miscellaneous thoughts or the ones that Alex doesn’t really want me to ramble on about. I mean he can only listen to me talk about how important eye shadow blending is, right? Hence, the birth of Tulips & Tequila.

I’m also a massive fan of pop culture, film & television and you’ll most likely find me binge watching tv shows on Netflix in my spare time. I’ve always had a passion for the weird and wonderful on and off-screen and I love finding and sharing all the things that make me laugh, cry or even yell at the tv.

Look forward to reading my ramblings about this, that and whatever and I hope that if you made it to the end of the post, I’ll see you at the next one.

Love,

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