The Drawing Board

Via

There is nothing scarier than a blank page. You sit and stare at it willing yourself to think of something creative to write, draw, or paint on its stark pages.

I'm back at the drawing board, sitting next to you, struggling to make sense of the picture in my head.

I seem to becoming back to this place a lot lately. My drawing gets so far, and then gets erased, only to leave that page, mockingly waiting for my next move. I don't know the next move.

but

that's OK. I don't need too. All we both need to know is that we can make mistakes. We can mess up the page so all the white is gone, filling every available space with mistakes. The beauty of sitting at the drawing board is that there is always an eraser. 

Make a mistake, rub it out, pick up the pencil and start all over again. 

I see you there sitting next to me.

Welcome back to the drawing board.

NB. I turn 26 tomorrow. When did I become a grown up?

2 Ingredient Dinner - Houmous Chicken

Yep, that's right, you can have a delicious dinner on the table in 20 minutes using only 2 ingredients.
 
I don't know about you but I always seem to have a pot of half-eaten houmous in the fridge that needs using. I can't remember where I first saw this idea. Whether it was Pinterest or a foodie magazine it doesn't really matter, it tastes amazing.
 
 
I first made it for Mum's birthday in July, and I was going to post the recipe {if you can call it that, it's so easy}, immediately afterwards, but life gets in the way.
Speaking of life, I hope yours is brining you everything you could ever dream of. I feel like I need a major catch up with some of you; I am getting round blogs again, slowly but surely.
 
Since Dad left finances have been pretty tight. Mum only works part time, and both M and I are unemployed {fingers crossed for the interview tomorrow!} Not only is this recipe simple, easy, and healthy. It is also cheap and uses up any left overs you have in the fridge.
 
I used plain houmous for this, because it is what I had, but any will do. Try it with garlic, red pepper, onion, see which flavour you like the best.
 
You want around 1 tablespoon of houmous per chicken breast. Cover the breast, wrap loosely in aluminium foil, and cook for 20 minutes on Gas Mark 6. I served mine with just a simple garden salad, but you could try a pasta salad, potato salad, or even bake off your own potato wedges.
 
     
 

The girl who believed she could change the world

Via

There was this girl who was lost.
Lost in her own head and the world around her. Lost in her situation.
 
She spent months frantically searching for something to find meaning in, and eventually opened the bible that lay dusty on her shelf.
It changed her.

In that moment the girl felt just what it was like to be loved. She wanted to exude that love. She wanted to forgive with love. She wanted to love the sinner. It just took her time to realise that the sinner she needed to love the most was herself.

The girl started on a journey. One that would wreck her from the inside out. She knew it was going to be painful, but she could already see glimpses of beauty when she looked in the mirror. Her journey even took her to a different county, and back again. The journey made the girl see herself through God's eyes, and sometimes she didn't like what she saw.

The journey ended and the girl started to change. She forgave, she let all the hate out of her heart, and she learnt to wait.

The girl made contact. She asked for help. She built a community around her. She felt safe.

The girl could see the future, and it was shining bright.

The girl felt loved.

The girl is me.



Adventures

Well here I am, off on another new adventure.
 
Every time I plan to go somewhere else I remember two things;
 
  1. How privileged I am to be able to do this for a job.
  2. How much I love escapism. I do believe that's down to books.
 
Seriously, I think I could have been an escape artist the way I climb out of places when I've soaked up enough. If you had the means would you be the same?
 
I love home, and Sheffield will always be home, but there is so much more.
 
Some people say that I haven't done anything with my life because I don't have a partner, and I've never had a full-time job. Sometimes I believe their negativity, but most of the time I look back over old photos and e-mails and realise that actually I have done a lot with my 25 years.
 
I've travelled, not the world (yet), but I have travelled.
I've met so many wonderful and colourful people.
I know this is going to sound so incredibly big-headed, but I've touched lives.
 
I've been accepted.
 
I'm sorry if this post is getting a little deep for a Wednesday morning, but adventures put me in this mood.
 
My little brother was getting upset the other day because he was so worried about his future it was overwhelming him; he's 18. I'm sure like me you were thinking about Uni at the age, but were you thinking about having to make as much money as possible to support yourself in later life? I think now. It sadden me to see him put himself under so much pressure. Yes, the future is something to think about, but it will also still take it's course.
 
Maybe I should be a little more worried about the future, but for now I'm still young and I'm adventuring.
 
See you in Holland.
 
 
 


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