25 May, 2014

This too shall pass.

25 May, 2014

This too shall pass.

Last weekend I 'scheduled' in some solid time to ……THINK. I know it sounds strange, but given the fast-paced nature of our lives, I believe we don't actually 'think' enough. I am not talking about mindless daydreaming or zoning out. I mean setting aside time to actually sit and contemplate an issue or concept. Without google. Just by yourself... Of late, something which has been playing on my mind is the way we value on…

14 May, 2014

Showers are the bees knees.

14 May, 2014

Showers are the bees knees.

There are some memories that will be etched in my memory for as long as I live.... It was an average Tuesday afternoon. Mum picked us up from school as my middle sister had come home from school camp. She was dirty. She was tired. She was 12 years old. Mum instructed her to go and take a shower, whilst she made us all afternoon tea. My sister did and she was told....she jumped into…

04 May, 2014

Fine Motor Skills.

04 May, 2014

Fine Motor Skills.

Growing up my mum always told me I had 'magic hands' - I always thought it was because I could roll the cookie dough in perfect spheres, I had very steady hands when painting at 'Plaster Funhouse' and that I had the neatest running writing in my class.... In retrospect, I now believe she said I had 'magic hands' so that I would keep giving her a neck massages whilst watching tv... As I have…

27 April, 2014

One, night stand.

27 April, 2014

One, night stand.

I have been searching for something which.... stays by my side during the night is dependable, reliable and strong can hide away my secrets Yes, for the last couple of weeks I have been on the hunt for; one, night stand (Please note: the comma). Given my limited budget, I have been looking up DIY bedside table solutions, trawled through gumtree listings, spent countless hours on ebay. I gave up hope. I stopped searching. 'When you…

20 April, 2014

Little Prick.

20 April, 2014

Little Prick.

It was last weekend. It was pouring with rain. It was 8am on a Saturday. Instead of sleeping in, instead of going to yoga, instead of meeting my friends for coffee..... ..........I drove one hour to pick up some cacti....   (How cute are my little guys!!) I had found them randomly on gumtree..and I  am not going to lie, it was worth every minute.   Admittedly, one of them kept 'biting' me...or 'pricking me'.…

13 April, 2014

I love balls.

13 April, 2014

I love balls.

Of yarn…or skein. or clew. or cake. or hank. Yes…they all synonyms for a 'ball of wool'. Anyways, I stumbled upon something last week… In a dark Sydney CBD alley. 50m from my office. I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt like a dessert nomad laying eyes on an oasis… Could this be? was this an illusion? was my mind playing tricks one me? "A needle knitting Bar". I let out a high pitched squeal…

02 April, 2014

Old is New.

02 April, 2014

Old is New.

This week.. I used my hair straightener to straighten the tassels on my weave. I used a bulldog to hold up my skirt which ripped when I sat down in my chair at work (too many peanut M&M's of late) I used my hair (was in a very high bun) to house my weaving needle (whilst I was making myself a milo). I used the back of a spoon to curl my eyelashes. And...slightly weird, but…

23 March, 2014

Floor Play.

23 March, 2014

Floor Play.

I am exhausted - it is not surprising..... midbrain gymnastics at my new job, midweek drinking, midriff yoga workouts and midnight weaving.... A few nights ago I came home and fell to the floor. Literally... I tripped over my iron cord. But instead of getting up, I just lay there. I am not sure how much time passed. I couldn't muster the energy to peel myself off the floor.  I stared at the ceiling. I closed my…

16 March, 2014

New kid… on the block.

16 March, 2014

New kid… on the block.

The first day at a new job is never easy. No matter how many times you have done it, the cocktail of excitement, anxiety and a dash of sheer terror. Last Monday, I started my new job at multi-disciplinary architecture practice fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp). I had packed my lunch. Laid out my clothes. Admittedly, I had done a 'practice-run' the week before (to work out the public transport timings). I was all set...but.... Ofcourse...something…

07 March, 2014

Just rock it.

07 March, 2014

Just rock it.

You win some...you lose some. In the last two weeks I have done both. On Saturday night I attended a charity cocktail party. After a few wines, it was time for the Lucky Door Prize to be announced (the prize: 5 nights in Surfers paradise). The MC stepped onto the podium, switches on the microphone and announces; " The winner of the lucky door prize is....Nikita Smith". I was sure that they had mispronounced my…

28 February, 2014

Happy 50th Ma.

28 February, 2014

Happy 50th Ma.

50 years old. BUT only 12 birthday's.... 1 in 1461 chance.... Yes, my mum is born on the 29th of February - a leap year baby. As a result she (forces) us to celebrate her birthday for 7 days (not even joking - it is like an Indian wedding each year) I am aware that I talk about my mum waaayyy too much..but it is secretly because I find her really 'cool'. I love her…

21 February, 2014

Leaving Indesign.

21 February, 2014

Leaving Indesign.

This is my last week working at Indesign. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such inspiring, creative and talented people.   It has been a pleasure going to work every day.   From a personal perspective, the last couple of years have been emotionally turbulent, however working at Indesign has been a constant. Honestly, at times it was the thing that kept me 'going'. Whilst other parts of my…