Posts tagged courage
{To inspire} Invincible Summer

As the days grow warmer here in South Africa, I have been thinking of a well known quote by a french philosopher:

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

I love the idea of having all that you need at hand, and simply realising it makes it accessible. No one is born shy or afraid, we develop negative traits through influence and knocks. Ironically, it's often a really difficult experience/hard knock that helps you tap into that internal strength out of pure necessity. The trick is to hold onto that strength and carry it forward, knowing that you are capable and great instead of accepting thoughts of inadequacy and being surprised when you achieve something.

I know this seems awfully deep for a Friday, but my own experiences, as well as seeing friends doubt themselves lately, led to recurring thoughts about how wonderful they are and how unfounded those doubts are. Claim your greatness guys! Go forth and conquer :)

On that note, here are some rather pretty typographic designs and illustrations to delight and inspire as Spring moves into Summer.


A quick side note, if you haven't see Anna Rifle's look book yet, do yourself a favour and check it out here.


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Watch It! "The Blind Side"

Last week I had the pleasure of blubbing my way through a fabulous movie, based on a true story: The Blind Side. Yes my dears this is the one Sandra Bullock got a well deserved Oscar for (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role).

Quinton Aaron plays Michael Oher (Big Mike), a kid from the wrong side of the track who was taken from his mom as a kid; due to her drug addiction. He's such a friendly giant and  lovable character. I cried within the first 10 minutes because he was so endearing and my heart went out to him! Leigh Anne is such an incredible, strong, gloriously stubborn woman and Sandra Bullock really captured this. I also loved her son in the movie, Sean, played by little Jae Head and Michael's teacher, Miss Sue played by Kathy Bates.

Leigh Anne Touhy: ...till we some time to figure out another bedroom for you. Michael Oher: This is mine? Leigh Anne Touhy: Yes, sir. Michael Oher: I never had one before. Leigh Anne Touhy: What, a room to yourself? Michael Oher: A bed.

Leigh Anne had to deal with judgement and pressure from so many and she stood firm in her decisions:

Beth: You're changing that boy's life. Leigh Anne Touhy: No. He's changing mine.

I wont ruin the plot for you but it truly is a special story that has been told so well on screen! The Tuohy family were incredible and their kindness is such an example for us all. It deals with issues of race, class and family values but in a lighthearted manner so you feel sad, but warm and fuzzy and entertained all at once. I think this was a particularly effective way of telling this story as people today hate to be lectured to but still want to know about the realities and hardships out there. This picture below shows one of my favourite parts.. I literally almost lifted out of my chair!

The family Christmas card!! Love it :) We all need a happy ending now and then. This really was it for me. And below we have the real deal: Michael Oher with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy:

Michael is such an admirable character. For him to come from such a tragic beginning, and a life with such peer pressure, and still maintain a good heart and morals and get as far he did... true respect to him

Michael Oher: Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.