Monday, July 6, 2015

Radical Self Love July Challenge

an instagram challenge (details)
hosted by gala darling
July 1-31, 2015

I do not have instagram, but found this challenge to be simply charming. So, I plan to start today with daily photo postings on my sidebar and on this post.

I plan to post photos taken from my smart phone.

Since I am starting late, I will catch up with the previous day photos asap.


July 1: Draw a self-portrait
Get out the marker pens, watercolours, or even Post-It Notes: we want to see your vision of yourself!
===> Me in sunglasses.

July 2: Favourite colour
What colour makes your heart palpitate whenever you see it? Share a photo that illustrates your passion for your most-loved hue.
===> Shades of Blue - especially ocean blue

July 3: Laughter
Nothing is as wonderful as a big, loud, authentic laugh. Show us what you look like when you’re cackling up a storm, or offer up a photo of something that makes you laugh.
===> First saw this picture as one of my friend's email footer.

July 4: I believe
What do you know to be true? Let us know something that you believe.
===> I believe in romance through letters ;-)

July 5: Your babes
Who are your best friends and what does it look like when you get together? We want to see!
===> An outing to see 50 Shades of Grey - wheeee!

July 6: Rainbow
Find a rainbow! It could be in the sky, in a reflection, or even a line-up of lipsticks…
===> I drew this with highlighters from my desk drawer.

July 7: Makes me happy

What’s making you happy today? Share something that’s lifting your spirits and making you smile.
===> Some happy from a Happy Meal ;-) Looking forward to the Minions movie release on July 10.

July 8: Nail art

Bust out the teeny-tiny brushes and paint a masterpiece on your nails (or go to a nail salon for a lovely treat). Need ideas? Check out Pinterest!
===> Starting out the summer with pastel blue toes. Love looking at them when doing yoga.

July 9: #TBT style evolution
We’ve all had stylish ups and downs. Show us an old photo of how you used to dress, and then tell us how you got from there to here!
===> Had fun looking through photos from the past to find this one. Ruffles from the 80's. Eeek! Nowadays I prefer a more classic un-ruffled look - clean lines with solid colors more than prints.

July 10: Tarot card
Pull a tarot card or oracle card and share what you got. (Try Facade for a free online reading if you don’t own a deck.) How do you think this card is relevant to your life right now?
===> Queen of Cups
Description from my Zombie Tarot deck:
Intuitive - Devotive - Emotions
Nurturing, playful, and communicative despite her absence of lips, the Queen of Cups feels that life is a party. Her house often overflows with friends seeking counsel and advice; this Queen has an uncanny ability to hear and understand the mysteries of the universe. Look for new prospects in the areas of children, animals, spiritual matters, and the environment.

Interesting pick on my part. Not really feeling any of these. But will be interested if things go this way in the next few days.

July 11: Lip sync video!

Turn up your favourite song and lip sync along to it! YES! Need inspiration? See Jimmy Kimmel’s lip sync battles for awesome ideas.
===> I would choose Lose Yourself by Eminem. Inspiring in a hip way.
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go (go)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go (go)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
(You better)

July 12: Celebrate yourself

How can you celebrate yourself today? It could be big — like throwing yourself an unbirthday party — or small — like buying yourself a bunch of flowers. Show us what you get up to.
===> While in L.A. visited The Last Bookstore for a visual treat of books in curious poses.

July 13: Silly selfie

Take a silly selfie. Don’t be shy: it’s time to embrace #radicalselfielove!
===>This turned out creepy silly.

July 14: Favourite beauty product

What beauty product can you not be without? A kick-ass cleanser, your favourite mascara, a killer 99c lipstick? Share your secrets!
===>Lip balm is always at hand - especially Burt's Bees.

July 15: My power word

What word do you hope to embody in your everyday life? What does it mean to you? How do you embody it on a daily basis?
===> Positivity - Looking at the bright side of things and believing that things will turn out alright.

July 16: New Moon ritual
It’s the New Moon, so let’s honour it! (I’ll have suggestions on my blog the week beforehand.) Show us how you get down with La Luna!
===> Eating healthy. How many times do we say it. I am attempting another big GO towards it with this New Moon cycle. Picked up Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno for vegetarian recipes.

July 17: Favourite book

Tell us about a book that changed your life. What was it, when did you read it, and how did it challenge your perceptions?
===> Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - The crazy, creepy, horror, romance mix in this story opened my eyes to the world of books and haven't stopped reading more and more since.

July 18: Flower power

Flowers make the world so much more beautiful. Snap a photo of some of your favourites and show us!
===> Orchids - I am amazed that with just a little care they continue to thrive under my non-greenthumb.

July 19: Street art
Take a shot of something awesome painted on the street, on a wall, or somewhere it’s not supposed to be…
===> Walking down Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga I was treated to sprinklings of murals and artwork pieces by local artist, Carlo Marchiori. Loved this whimsical piece of a pie sitting on a window sill found on the side a of one of the downtown shops.

July 20: My hero

Who do you admire? Why do they inspire you and how do you emulate them in your life?
===> Captain Awesome from the Chuck tv series. He is someone sweet, kind and all-around awesome without even knowing it.

July 21: Make-up free selfie
Yes! Show us your gloriousness! Today’s a big one for many of us — take a risk and post a make-up free selfie!
===> Freckles is the only extra on my face.

July 22: Vision board

What does your vision board look like? What do you dream about? Show us a snippet!
===> I use a planner.

July 23: Things I  Thursday

Share a list of things you’re grateful for. I like to break mine up with emojis, like this!
===> Love when days go right.

July 24: My wish
What do you wish for more than anything else? (When you tell people what you dream about, they can help you…)
===> Merge work, travel and books into a career.

July 25: Write a love letter
Get romantic and write a love letter to yourself, to a friend, to a crush, to your long-time lover… Ooh la la!
===> Wrote to a future love.

July 26: My altar

Do you have a special space within your home full of treasures and crystals? Show us where you light candles and do magic.
===> The closest would be this shelf with my current tbr pile which I look at everyday.

July 27: Dream vacation
If I gave you a plane ticket tomorrow, where would you go? What would you do? Indulge your imagination and take us on a virtual trip!
===> Would love to lie on the beach and swim in the sparkling ocean.

July 28: Dance moves

You’ve got sweet dance moves, I know it! Show us some… And make it a video if you can!
===> Oh, snap!

July 29: Favourite artist

Who creates art that makes your heart sing? Share a piece and be sure to tag them or let us know their name in the caption.
===>Anonymous by Aberswyth

July 30: #TBT best day ever

Share a photo from one of the best days of your life and tell us what made it so special.
===> I loved walking around the streets of Paris and just feeling the vibe of the place during my very first trip to Europe!

July 31: I’m rad because…

Let us know your favourite characteristics. What is the best thing about you? Don’t be shy!
===> I hear PATIENCE is a virtue ;-)


* discovered this at Happy.Pretty.Sweet

* images: laughter, oh happy day, travel book, love letter, Hawaii

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