Monday, 29 October 2012

Juicy Pear Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are hands down my favourite jelly beans in the whole entire world.

True, I love anything sweet, so jelly beans aren't necessarily my favourite thing in the whole entire world. But Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are delicious and most certainly the best of all other jelly bean varieties.

Now, of all the Jelly Belly Official 50 Flavors, one stands out from the rest:

Juicy Pear Jelly Belly.

Have you ever tried one? Or three thousand (which of course I do not recommend)? They. Are. Incredible.

Somehow the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans people have managed to create not only the taste of pear perfectly, but also the texture and juiciness of the pear perfectly. Perfectly!

I remember (years ago), sitting with a very good friend of mine, tucking into Juicy Pear Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. Neither of us could contain our amazement at the preciceness with which the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans people  had captured the magic of the pear.

After a while it occurred to us that we might just eat pears instead of food which so closely imitated an actual pear, but nonetheless.

Fantastic.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

We love Brene Brown

Have you heard of Brene Brown?

If not, click here for her website, and you MUST listen to these talks by her on TED.com (we LOVE TED.com) on:
  1. The power of vulnerability, and
  2. Listening to shame 
(in that order too).

She is an incredibly compassionate and passionate woman who has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame (refer to the bio on her website for more).

It is extremely intruiging research, and I find myself quite drawn to it.

Imagine my excitement to discover (I can't believe it took me so long) that she has written, not one, not two, but three books! Hellooooo Amazon.com!

The thing I love most about her research and the results that she speaks about, is that an essential part of happiness is shame and vulnerability.

It seems so simple, but it is something I had personally struggled with my entire life. Until quite recently, that is. I'm learning to accept myself warts and all (though not literally), and love my life as it is. Shame, vulnerability, and all.

We love Brene Brown!

Sweetness in sadness

Sometimes sadness can be such a sweet feeling. Make no mistake, sadness is sad. But there is a sweetness to it too.

For me, reflecting on past hurts can carry so much emotion. Some rawer than others. And it runs deep. I tend not to experience numbness from strong emotion, although sometimes I do bury it - it always comes out in one form or another.

I find crying a cathartic and effective way to release pain. Oh, how I do love a good cry. To just feel those fat tears rolling down your face, and sob a bit, and then it passes and the tears dry. Sort of like evidence of the pain passing. I love to really feel that sadness. Not wallow in it, but feel it, and release it, and move on.

Other times I find a good release is to have a big sigh, if a cry seems too much. You just take a deep breath and let it out as noisily as possible.

Just breathe in. Hold it a moment. And let it out, go on, make some noise.

Repeat if necessary.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Mary Ryan Photography

Last week I launched my new Facebook page for Mary Ryan Photography!

I have found the photography part of my business has taken off the most and so I am focusing on that for a while. It has been just so much fun and I have received a lot of really positive feedback! Any more feedback, of course is welcome, negative, positive or neutral.

To check out my photography Facebook page click here.

Friday, 5 October 2012

One of the best holidays ever

Dedicated to my dear friend, A.

One of the best holidays I ever had, I spent at home.

I wanted a week off to do not much of anything. I wanted time to take some photos, and set up my website, and eat breakfast out and read the paper every day. I wanted to just decompress.

So I took a whole week off from work (annual leave). And I stayed home.

Each morning, I slept until 9.30am. Each morning, I showered, dressed and got myself over to Newtown SC for breakfast. I ordered the museli most mornings - it's delicious - and a latte. Sat in the window seat and read the paper.

By late morning I would usually feel like plugging away at the website or taking photos of my vintage stock.

I read magazines, and spent a lazy afternoon at My Beautiful Laundrette.

I meandered around Fitzroy and Collingwood, and had a massage.

I basically did nothing, and it was just wonderful.

One of the best holidays ever.

Thursday, 4 October 2012