30 November 2015

Reflections on life lately

Whenever the year is drawing to a close, I feel the need to make myself useful and go the extra mile to get things done, whether it's making a big decision I've been putting off, or tackling a big project on the home front. I always want to tie up loose ends, and be in a position to start the new year afresh. Somehow it feels good to achieve small but important things, which clear the way for a more positive year ahead. Of course, things rarely go exactly to plan, and there are always unexpected things that come up, which cause me to review my plans. But these are things we all have to deal with in one way or another, and ultimately, I find it helps to remember the bigger picture. Though I don't always consider myself an especially positive or dare I say it, bubbly person, more and more I'm now remembering to keep a feeling of gratitude and appreciation in my heart, as there are always people with far greater challenges, who are tackling those challenges with a gracious attitude and complaining less than me.

One of the aims I did recently achieve, was to pay a visit to Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, based in Ealing Green, London. This stylish charity store was opened in November 2013 with the input of Retail Queen Mary Portas herself. It has a boutique-style layout and modern design, as well as featuring a sought-after vintage rail, and has received an enthusiastic response from the local community. 

Having heard about the shop I was inspired to go through my belongings to see what I could contribute. There were lots of black sheer tops from my intense-goth phase that resembled each other, and some fancy handbags and accessories from my compulsive shopping days, which had been underused, but would make someone else very happy. While going through my belongings, I was a little startled to see the extent of my shopping habit over the years, and I have to admit I did want to cry when I did the mental calculations of my expenditure. But it did feel really good taking my things to the shop, knowing that one hundred percent of the money raised from my things will go directly to Save the Children, and be converted into something much more valuable. If I hadn't been encumbered with all the things I took, and it hadn't been dark and windy on the day of my visit, I would have tried taking some photographs. But that would be a good project for another time.

I've also been going through some of the forgotten photographs which never made it onto the blog, because I snapped a few pictures but didn't have enough for a complete outfit post. I decided to share some of those images here, as part of a slightly different blog post. I hope you like them. And if you're in London, be sure to visit Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, and keep them in mind if you're de-cluttering your wardrobe.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous week.














20 comments:

  1. A really lovely post, Saba, and what are you talking about - you never complain!

    You always have the prettiest hair accessories....one day I will raid your accessory closet! :)

    Xx

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    1. Thank you for your very sweet comment. I'm really glad you like the post!

      Xx

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  3. These are so amazing!

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  4. Such a beautiful post. Love your style!

    XOXO Kim
    http://lifestruetreasures.blogspot.com

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  5. So true! Love this post, esp. that bow back top! So darling! Wishing you all the best for the new year ahead! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Angela! I appreciate you dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

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  6. You look great in all of your looks! Love them!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Hi Lorna! It's lovely of you to drop by! Thank you so much for your sweet comment.

      Saba x

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  7. What a great cause to contribute to! Such a timely post on reflection and charity.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words Mikayla! I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment.

      Xx

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  8. I'm really glad you are learning to look at things with a more positive light, I really am. I hope it lasts for you and you are able to stay happy!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog Lorna and for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate it! Sometimes it takes an effort to see the glass as half-full, but I'm getting there!

      ((Hugs))

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  9. I think we all have time fillers and things we do that we hope will make us feel better. Eventually we learn that fulfillment comes from within and not externally. I like how you purged your items and that they are going to a wonderful cause.

    Don't be too hard on yourself, no one is perfect and positive all of the time... some people are just good at portraying that... gratitude is a good way to remember our blessings ♡

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    1. Hi Launna!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind and thoughtful comment. You make an excellent point. I think we all fall into the habit of this sometimes, perhaps we are overcompensating for other things! As you say, it helps to have self-awareness and consciously remember the good things, even if it doesn't come so easily at first.

      Wishing you a lovely Christmas.

      Saba x

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  10. Great post... great write up!
    Happy holidays..
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