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REFLECT AND CONNECT

Take a moment to print some great memories 

When was the last time you actually printed some photos? Now that digital photography is so easy and convenient it’s becoming less common to physically print photos and create photo albums. We are taking photos at such a fast pace and, with no limits on how many frames we can take, we tend to end up with large collections of photos that are often lost in the sheer quantity or deleted.

When my Mum passed away, almost four years ago now, I decided to create a family picture wall dedicated to her memory. The last memories I had of my Mum were of her in hospital looking so frail and sick while battling liver cancer. In life however she was incredibly athletic, healthy and a vibrant woman, and I wanted to have those images around me so I could celebrate her memory and her beautiful energy. It doesn’t have to cost the earth to create a photo wall. But it allows you to connect with fond memories and images of people you love in your life. This technique also adds so much interest to any wall.

I would suggest creating what’s called a ‘Paris hang’ – a technique where you hang all different sized and shaped frames in a group. As you can see in the photo above, I decided to use mostly black frames to give the series a more modern feel. I would recommend using painter’s tape to create a top line to guide you and which you work down from. Use a measuring tape to get the right height and use your own judgement to decide how much of the wall area you cover. This technique is actually very easy to master so don’t be scared to give it a go. You will be amazed how great it looks and so glad that you took the time to print out some great memories to have around you.

STOP WORRYING AND START DREAMING

Make what you want a reality. 

As I’ve mentioned in some past posts I’m about to start a new business. I have been working towards this moment for a few years now and finally, in 2014, I will be launching James Houston Design – a website where you can purchase my photos, homewares and visualization tools and products. A great friend of mine from Australia is moving to New York to help launch the branch and run the company. It’s an incredibly exciting project and I can’t wait to see it become a reality.

However there are those moments when doubt creeps in and you start to talk yourself away from a great feeling to a negative one that leaves you feeling somewhat defeated. Having done work on my HEADSPACE over the years to reinforce the belief that I am the creator of my own reality, I know that all I have to keep doing is connecting to a great feeling and thought about what’s to come. Feel it before you see it! I have been listening to Esther Hicks, doing a lot of meditation and reminding myself to feel my way forward.

Back when I was a kid at school the teachers would always get on my case for daydreaming and now it’s almost like we need to start doing more day dreaming than day worrying. Daydreaming is a great way to connect to that result you are trying to achieve in your life. I know this sounds simple and, honestly, it really is. The main challenge is just reminding yourself to realign with feeling forward, and therefore feeling good, when things get off track.

I also find ‘gratitude walks’ can really help. Simply go for a walk and just recite to yourself everything you feel grateful for. Breathe deeply and feel the gratitude for your life. Nothing will propel you forward faster. Remember ‘feel’ your way forward.