As the sun set on 2015, it is fair to say that not everyone was sad to say goodbye. But along with all the disappointments, many will be rising to a new hope for 2016. Here are some photographs that I took (alongside my musings) in Los Angeles on the eve of the New Year.
By Tori R
(Nothing like a beautiful reflection to make you reflect)
Summer Musings: The other day I bought a t-shirt from Zara. You know the type with the writing on them that says ‘I am all about this!’ This particular top was a reminder of new begginings. As we enter the second part of 2015, how many of us are beating ourselves up about not yet achieving what we set out to do and who says we still can’t?
(Try something new? No! This post is not actually about shopping) Continue reading
Recently, I have been thinking a great deal about the concept of time and how it can be defined in so many different ways. I find myself in the waiting period a great deal and something I battle on a regular basis. Time can be so many things; events in the past, present and future, measurement in hours and minutes, an event in history, the expected time for something to happen, one’s lifetime or an indefinite period. I am reminded once more that all these require a loss of control and embracing the unknown waiting for time to come to pass. I am learning (while finding it difficult and extremely challenging!) to find the beauty in the waiting. For time is greater than I can humanly comprehend. Here’s a poem I wrote that says it all…
By K Groen
(He’s a bit miffed with waiting) Continue reading
Was the dress blue or was it gold? Do you remember this whole saga earlier this year? It really wound me up. Not because it was everywhere on social media but because I couldn’t make sense of it. I saw both colours depending on when I looked at it. And for someone like me, that turned out to be quite significant.
By Laura Clarke
(Oh, it’s definitely a rose pink) Continue reading
Freebie. It’s a word we all love. This week I discovered that well known fast-food chain Prêt a Manger have been giving away free coffee in a random act of kindness. The popular theory is this treat is for anyone the barista thinks is pretty or special (my ego obviously likes this, as I got two in one day and a free Chai Latte from Caffe Nero) BUT they responded in a recent tweet to The heart wall to explain it was to brighten someone’s day (The formal answer). How lovely. What is it about us that makes us find our identity in other things, and how can we see this differently?
By Rochelle B.
(This dude is just trying to take an order. He is not judging a beauty pageant) Continue reading
Fear gets at us sometimes, but here are some of my top tips for living without it.
By Michelle V
He’s taken a risk . It looks ify, but he’ll be ok. Continue reading
Shortly after my first ever church experience (I only really did church at Easter and major dates), I was invited to a small home group, and I found myself going just to make friends. I didn’t get any of the theology, but I could sense they were a safe bunch of people that would be gentle with my heart. Some things were hard to engage with (singing songs, praying aloud) and the icebreakers were often silly. Sorry. However, I did stick with it. Then one night, the team leader gently asked me for a bucket and a towel so she could wash people’s feet. I was like “…ok”, but I was pleasantly surprised.
By Stella K
(You didn’t warn us. I should have had a pedi) Continue reading
I’ve struggled in the past wondering how far I take ME to work, to church and to meet the parents. You know, the real me. The one who says a sentence and adds at least two other contrasting thoughts that fly in, before I get to the end of it (just multitasking), the real-self who smiles a lot, but, actually, doesn’t always fancy it, or do it for that matter. The me who gesticulates wildly when I get passionate about, um, everything? Do they, whoever THEY are, want to see that, or will some of my personal or even feminine traits be looked down on in a workplace or new environment? This week, as most of the world celebrated International Women’s Day and womanhood with its unique set of challenges, it also begs the question, can women and men be authentically different in every situation and find value in that?
By Rochelle B
(Epic strut. Maybe a little inappropriate for the commute.) Continue reading