Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday's muse

Flipping through the fashion and style blogs and websites that have been giving inspirations of creative, intriguing and be-yourself style, I just want to post some of my current eye-candies of fashion (and, c'mon... I want all of these too for real!). 








*All photos from various sources.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Diving into the deep

You are sailing away across the stunning sea of the eastern part of the country; bringing along the key of my heart to be your pendant. And I feel like Davy Jones -- but in a nice version. 


God be with you, sweetheart...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Reasons

This blog was made to help give people who struggle with motivation reasons to become fit…


I had followed this “Reasons to be Fit” tumblr account since long time ago, once I had saved some of its inspiring pictures to encourage me in exercising again, but then I just forgot that it even existed.


Sitting back behind the laptop of my working desk at the office with no-frustrating piles of assignment, I checked my tumblr just like that. The reason? Simply because my office blocks social media networking sites (including blogger.com, everybody!), but not tumblr. In fact, had tumblr account. But most of the times, I only re-blog and post pictures and quotes. Nothing that really narrative posting just like my blogspot does, as for me tumblr is more fascinating for pictures, colors and quotes. Oh, and I like some food recipes and fashion tumblr blogs, they’re beautiful!


Back to the topic, “Reasons to be Fit” blog amazes me repeatedly. I have no idea who behind this stirring fitness blog. She/he would be awarded for being a great, creative motivator. Here I tell you why: The pictures represent the affecting words of each of its “Reasons” why on earth you should be fit and mind your health. From reason #1 to the current one, they’re all like the “envoy” of my unspeakable minds.


Doesn’t matter if you once have done routine exercise, join some sport clubs or even gym ratter; but now, somehow you are no longer practicing them (or keep doing them for one, two times a week only) because the job keeps you busy. And, you are in need of a great pusher to break you out of this damned work situation, but more and more excuses plus fatigue hold you back from this longing-to-work-out that you really want to do.


These are six “Reasons” from the blog that egging on me much to bring my active exercise life back for my own sake:


#8 - To treat your body how it deserves to be treated


I cannot forget how Parkour has affected me. Even though I am no longer active in the training, I am blissful to learn many things of physical and fitness condition, training exercises, breathing system and stretching steps from Parkour. Recalling that Parkour is for everyone, it invites me not to limit what I can and can’t do, see no boundaries, BUT still listen to my own body.


Body is the physical asset that I have. This is the only thing I will be walking with, doing with and living with until the end of time. If I want to achieve what I’ve been dreaming of, with this body of mine, so why wouldn’t I treat it nice? In the end, this body supports me in each steps I make.


The body deserves healthy foods as its fuels, for the skin, the digestive system, the eyes and more. It also deserves exercises the keep the muscles strong, the long stamina as well as the body tones. Who wouldn’t want that huh? Anyway, most of women’s cases especially (this is only my personal observation), we mostly treat our faces without really pay much attention to the other parts of body. Starting now, bear it in mind that your every part of body is worth of your awareness to be taken care of.




#65 - Because I’m tired of making excuses


This is undeniably true. I find myself excessively making excuses. Such as: “I can do it tomorrow morning, though. I’m sure I can wake up and just grab the running shoes then go running for about 20 minutes” or “Today’s plan would be the late afternoon jogging.” Then I was failure to make it happen for a little reason, and just let it be.


When I skip my plan to jogging, I indeed feel sad because I can’t fulfill my own plan and thing doesn’t go as designated. But so what? I still have tomorrow, and I can complete it the next day. The following day, if not. Well, how about the next following day? And the excuses go on…


Damn, I am tired of this. Why fussing with such small little reason if you can go sweaty, have some endorphins out there and make yourself happy afterwards?




#75 - To feel powerful after a nice, long run


This is what I really feel after a long, panting run: Happy, strong, positive and I-am-happy-and-want-to-die feelings, as I am breathless.


Whenever I think of “I’m going to go jogging today”, I can imagine how I’d be feeling later. This makes me even more committed to the jogging-plan. And thus, I need to remember how it feels like to encourage me to go exercising and not find excuses whatsoever.




#99 - To have something to smile about, even when…


Even when I’m in my PMS, bad mood or something that pisses me off on the day. Even when I run out my ‘smile’ for the day. Even when I get homesickness. Even when I miss those whom I love. And I do need the endorphins to keep me alive.












#161 – ‘Cause at the end of the day, MY health is MY responsibility


As aforementioned, I don’t mind repeat that health is precious. Health is personal. If you think you have family, friends and people around that will cover you for you bad health; you got it wrong, honey. You are the one who swallow the taste of illness and the one who will be in crying to have your healthy life back.










#257 - For the self-confidence I’ve always lacked


Self-confidence, aah.. this always is my weakness. What is happening with me? On my 22 years old, I should be having the utmost confidence of my life. “The most beautiful thing woman can wear is confident”. I am not that shy, but I am not so self-assured. And after finishing a long jogging, I could feel my level of confidence rises up. The endorphins work. And I ask myself, “Why the hell can you find a short time for a 30-minute exercise out of the 24 hour/day?”. Nah, not another excuse!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

So I write...

I’m a girl. 


I overreact. 
I underestimate. 
I overestimate. 
I over-think everything. 
I assume.
I analyze.


I feel.
I also think.
I care.
I ignore things.
I get upset.
I cry.
I smile then.
I hide and fake some things.
I tell story.
I dream big. 
I aim high.
I have value.


When I say I love you and want to hug you tight, I’m not lying.




















Sincerely,
AW.

Friday, March 2, 2012

It is a puzzle of complexity

"Simplicity is not a simple thing." 
- Charles Chaplin

Local fishermen on Gulf of Bone, Southeast Sulawesi, smiling widely while enjoying the sunlight and daily routine of fishing (photo by me).

I have been living in Jakarta for almost the whole years of my life. Bouncing back to Jakarta from another city on another island has been my life this past a year. I can recall how I can survive through the Jakarta's jam-packed street and its hella traffic without any significant complaints and thoughts. But this time, it's a bit different.

Having a time to relax and refresh my mind for a while by going home -- which is in Jakarta -- has given me a second thought of why once I thought I would be spending most of my time here. I don't want it anymore. And if you ask me why, I think I can be a little old-fashioned or old at heart. After a year doing my job in a remote area, I can assure myself that trees, nature, lake or sea, the blue sky with birds chirping are (seriously) rarely found here in Jakarta. As for me, it's the mind and soul that hunger. Aside of that, I hardly discover simplicity here.

With many shopping malls and cafes offering one-stop entertainment here and there, how could it not alter people's lifestyle? It is the lifestyle, right? You think you could handle yourself not to be indulged by the evilish, bedazzling lights of stores, people's street style or gossips all around the city's corner.You think you could be humble in every step you make, but you didn't. You think you could say wisely in every words you spit, but you didn't.

You will not always accomplish the simplicity of life unless you really make-up your mind and review yourself of what you want; what you need and what you can make the most of yourself. Simplicity, as Chaplin said, is not that simple. Another renowned one said, simplicity is not for the twisted thoughts. Choose simplicity, even if you are a complex, twisted minded person whatsoever.

My point of view is simplicity can be found anywhere and applied in life everytime. Whenever you choose what to wear in the morning, what to say in a conversation, what to pick in lunch time, what to do when meeting new people (smile as friendly as you'd be or keep it cool?), what to polish in the eye and many more.

Imagine if everyone (emphasizing in Jakartans) make things simple; by minimizing our ego, selfish, desire and the appetite of having everything in life. Life would be much at ease if we often live in simpleness, because we won't be hungry for sumptuousness. On the other hand, if we always live in luxury, we want everything perfect and relaxing, it'd be sort of difficult to live simple and humble. What about you suddenly get in the downwards of the life's spinning wheel?


“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”
Lao Tzu








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