Stories to Tell

Finding Myself Again

As I'm typing this, I'm still in a state of shock. Someone crashed into me yesterday in Remuera, they couldn't brake in time, and it destroyed my car pretty badly. To say that I'm devastated would be an understatement, and of course the utter major inconvenience that has caused and disrupted my everyday life. Luckily, I've had solid emotional support from my loved ones, after the incident. I'm going to be as positive as I can be. At the end of the day, I'm thankful that I'm still alive. 

This feature has been in the making for a little while as I was going back and forth as to what I wanted to talk about. I didn't just want to chime out a meaningless post, but I wanted it to be about my thoughts from my mind, and my heart. I can't believe this year has gone by so fast, and in a way, it has been my most challenging, yet the best year I've had in a little while. Last year ended so amazingly with the Burma & Singapore trip. And, then I began this year with a trip to Europe (London & Paris). Sometimes, it feels like my life is a beautiful chaos. Thankfully, as the year draws to an end, I am feeling more focused and excited about my upcoming projects, goals and what it entails. I don't ever want my life to be static, and this applies to my blog too. I just want to continue creating new and unique content. 

This year, I was very selective with the events I attended. I took a bit of a break from blogging. I really felt I needed this break, and truth be told I was feeling uninspired and not as motivated as I once felt. Simply put, I was burnt out. I'm one of those who really need to have my heart and soul into everything I commit to, and if I was losing interest, I would not be producing the quality of work I would have so wanted. In that time, I focused on my other career and other areas of my life where I felt were a bit depleted. I looked for inspiration and motivation to find that love and zest for blogging again. So stay tuned. 

From the outset, it may seem as though people get to see so much of my life, but let me tell you this, just like many bloggers, we are sharing our highlight reel. And, at times, it creates animosity among others, as well as malicious gossip, and unfair judgments being passed. I'm not here to say that I'm perfect, because no one is perfect. But, sometimes the best way to deal with uncomfortable and unnecessary drama, is to just acknowledge the elephant in the room and move on. Fortunately for me, I am not one to get jealous of another's success and achievements. In fact, I get inspired and motivated by it.

There are several places from which I’ve gained my confidence over time and I find myself learning every day to believe in what I do. I work hard and I believe that you can achieve anything you want to achieve, if you give it your all, and that is down to the experiences and the people we surround ourselves with. I choose to immerse myself in a positive and nurturing environment, with people who care about me and my well-being. 

And, that's exactly what I did, at the luxurious and exclusive; by-invitation only, the signature Grand Mercure suite. After all, luxury and exclusivity are two aspects I'd like to  continue to focus and highlight, on my blog. It's one of those pinch-me moments and a beautiful opportunity as such, makes me feel incredibly happy and appreciative that I'm able to do what I love doing. 

It's all in the details & the personal touch. 
Thank you to the amazing team at the Grand Mercure for this gorgeous personalized bathrobe. 

Stories To Tell

I travel quite a bit so sometimes, it's always lovely to unwind in the comforts of my own city, and you'll often hear me talk about 'staycations'. Grand Mercure Hotel is the perfect oasis for that. The rooms are newly refurbished, hence quite modern and if you're blessed enough to be able to enjoy the (invites-only) stunning suite, it is luxury and elegance personified. I've been advised there are three of those, and we were well-looked after in the signature Grand Mercure Suite. The brand is all about embracing the locale and bringing the stories of the local area to life.  As part of the brand each Storyteller is able to tell guests over 100 stories about the hotel and the local area.  

Words can't describe how well we were looked after. Impeccable service is very important to me, especially when I have high expectations. Needless to say, my requests were met each time, and nothing was ever deemed as being too 'extra', because in the blogging world, you've got to be 'extra' and 'over the top' sometimes, to create and produce unique and good quality content. I couldn't fault any aspect of the service, during my stay. 

Without traversing too much into the details, we enjoyed private dining, from the comforts of our own suite and of course, tested out the new season menu and enjoyed the stunning views from the 12th floor.  And, I couldn't think of anyone else to spend this beautiful time with. My blog is a pretty important part of my life, so it's always lovely to have someone who understands this, and is supportive of the work that I do for it. Life is meaningless if you can't share these fun, beautiful and special moments together. 

It's easy to celebrate when things are going well in your life. But, it's when bad events occur, it shakes you to the core and that's when it makes me really pause, reflect and think, what are some of the things I am thankful for in my life? This recent car accident (where the driver of the truck rear-ended my car) really made me feel so down and powerless, as there was nothing I could have done to have prevented it.

So, I'm trying to embed the gratitude list to my everyday thoughts and routine, because it also helps keep you level-headed and balanced. 

Well, the rugby is always on!

I'm thankful for...

1. My Parents 

I'm thankful for my parents. Without their input, their unconditional love and support, I would not be where I am today. I haven't been the easiest daughter to raise, but they've been there for me, each and every step of the way. My dad has always been a guiding light, and my mom has always been the backbone, her strength enriches our family. There's nothing I wouldn't do for them, and vice versa. 

4. Solid Support System 

I'm thankful for having a solid support system in my life. Thankful for my closest friends, certain extended family (my favorite auntie & favorite cousins), and of course certain special people in my life. They know who they are. I love surrounding myself with people who are positive, kind, and loving.  People who make me smile, and people who make me want to be the best version of myself, for them. Nowadays, if people are toxic for me, I'm easily able to get rid of them much easier than I was previously able to, because you don't need negativity or controlling people in your life. You are your own person, and you should feel happy, honest and free to be your utmost authentic self. I'm not one into dramas, so my best response will always be, silence; that in itself is an answer. 

I love the bathroom in the suite, it was elegant, modern and chic. To add a personal touch & to make myself feel at home, I adorned it with some of my favorite bathroom products: the new Linden Leaves candle from the Crystal Crush collection, Marshmallow shampoo and conditioner from MOR, Pure Fiji Coconut & Lime Blossom body oil and Turquoise by Michael Kors fragrance. 

2. Opportunities 

I'm thankful for the opportunities that have come my way, as well as the opportunities which I have created. It's all about believing in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. Never take no for an answer, and don't let anyone dim your shine. Go out there and achieve what you've set out to achieve, keep your eyes on the prize. One of my law lecturers once said to all of us in the lecture theatre; in my first year of law school, "The world is your oyster", and everyday, I remind myself exactly that, especially in moments of self-doubt. 

3. Travel 

I'm thankful for the opportunity to travel and I got the love for travelling, from my dad. This year, I devoted quite a bit of my time to it as I'm my happiest self when travelling. And, it's also important to me, that my other half, shares this passion too. In my previous long-term relationship, it was quite difficult as he didn't share this passion, and the times we did travel, it was predominantly just a series of horrible nightmare. I guess I'm attracted to people with a sense of adventure and love for travelling. 

I can't believe I've been able to finish this post, given the stressed state of mind I've been in, at the time of writing this. But, this too shall pass. I hope I'm able to blog more regularly again soon. I promise to check in here a bit more. At times like this, you truly appreciate all the love and support you are given. I want to thank the Grand Mercure (Auckland) team, for always making me feel welcome, and for taking care of us, and making us feel at home in the truly amazing signature Grand Mercure suite. Thank you also for allowing me to bring my vision to life! We definitely look forward to coming back soon and making more memories. 

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