Lionheart

   Today marks a bittersweet day for me.

  Today,I chose letting the memories to  resurface and to mend my soul for no other reason than finding the inner peace I’ve been looking for.At some times,I may have found it but other days,like this one,makes me feel the pain I have wished so badly to erase.

      Quite frankly,how could you define pain?

      What is the first thing your mind drifts to while thinking about pain?

       How could you make it go away?

       How could you accept and eventually live with it?

       Pain could really have a good thing within it?

  It is wisely said that God gives us no more than we cannot handle.Challenges,troubles,obstacles,sorrows,they usually come in the most unexpected shapes,at the most uncertain times of our lives.We cannot deny them,we cannot hide from them like they would dissapear in a blink of an eye,we cannot run far away,we just can’t back down until we are strong enough to face them properly and knock them down.Without any weapon,any help or perhaps any clear judgement,we have nothing and no one but ourselves in this battle.Raw,insecure,vulnerable,scarred,fearful,yet faithful.We are all what we have got.

      As every emotion that we are blessed to experience throughout our lives,I tend to believe that our spiritual development comes closer while going through lifechanging situations in front whom we cannot be nothing else but powerful.We have no other choice left but get up,stand our ground and rise.This crucial feeling of having the strength in front of the unknown is scarcely acknowledged by ourselves,but I guess that a little part within us knows we can do it.This unsignificant portion that is screaming at us that we can overcome any inner struggle that we may deal with and eventually,heal our minds and souls.You know what? Today I chose to believe in that small part of my brain,which told me that whatever I may have faced in the past,whoever I may have lost psyhically along the way could not break me to the point of not seeing my life anymore.

   Thruthfully,pain is,amongst other emotions,the most daring one,which steals so much from us,leaving us wounded,heartbroken,lost,without any further direction or even an escape plan.It hurts a lot,I know.However,I like to believe that despite what we have to lose in the process,we could still gain something back.We could learn something from our heartbreaking moments that had happened to us and manage to expand our horizons of thinking,loving and appreciating every single thing and person we have by our side.

As for me,I think that the pain of loss had taught me a lot about life and its authenticity.I’ve come to learn that regardless the ache that will undoubtedly be printed in our hearts,it could never come close to the pure happiness,priceless memories,laughs,lessons and undying love we had gathered with our dear ones.These are what I will remember the most.

  You need to discover your lionheart and bring out the fierceness you didn’t even know it existed inside you.

The Black Cat,Blue Sea Award

    Recently,I’ve came across one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve seen and read,with so many inspirational and moving posts,which involves so much  talent,passion and dedication that surely left a mark upon many bloggers, myself included.Therefore,to receive a nomination from the lovely Ademola was an absolute pleasure and honor for this award,which is actually the first one for me of this kind.Thank you,girl!I appreciate you!

     As a little insight of what this award basically consists of,it is all from and dedicated to bloggers,who strive to write for everybody,regardless of the viewers,stats or followers.This award means an expression of gratitude to the nominee,as well as for your own self,who have managed to open up your soul,discover,inspire,love,learn and encourage further through your own stories and lessons.Everyone matters here,because I truly believe we become richer and happier by sharing,giving and inspiring,even without our knowledge,our fellow bloggers.I feel like every day I could learn something new and enciting from my readers.This is the main purpose why blogging will always remain my happy place.

   The rules are the following:

  • Anybody nominated can nominate up to seven other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers the three questions imposed by the nominee.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions,as long as their purpose is to get to know each other better,without offending anyone.

The questions I am about to answer are:

1.When writing or drafting a blog post,what message do you try to convey to your readers?

   You know,I never thought about this for as long or as deep as probably I should have by now.Fact is,my greatest purpose by expressing and opening up my soul here is and will always remain the one which tells me that I could make somebody happy.I could make someone cry.Hell,I could be someone’s source of inspiration.I could make a difference in someone’s daily thoughts,feelings or brighten up their day.I could have the power to evoke some pure,authentic feelings through my words.My own pieces could have a positive impact over someone’s mind and soul.These thoughts literally make my heart warm and keep me going,because I am a believer in the good of everything.I believe in people,especially,and the raw way of healing one another by sticking together,loving and empowering each other through it all.

    So,I guess that through each post I create,I try to stand by what I put my faith in and desire and that is to be able to lighten up someone’s day,even if that means putting up a large smile on their faces.

2.What is your main source of inspiration when writing a blog post?

     I think that when writing something soulful on my blog,I want that the emotions I pour into each post to be recognized and identified with,as long as it is about something my readers could relate with.So,I must admit I am inspired by countless things,from stars,flowers,books,a loving couple waking down the street to the sun that’s smiling at me from the outside,as well as kindness and love between people,I truly find something quite fascinating and rather intriguing in everything that surrounds me.Anything that can spark some type of emotion within me is worth the story and could change someone’s day or mood for the better.

3.What is your greatest strength and your gravest weakness?

   Well,that took me some time to think about,but I believe my greatest strength always comes from the unconditional love I am receiving from the ones around me,especially my loving and dear family.I guess that this kind of undeniable love that makes me wanna be a better human,do better than yesterday and treasure much more all the blessings in my life is something anyone,I hope,would feel at some stage in their lives.It is unique,indeed.

    Regarding my weakness,I must shamefully admit in front of you that me and chocolate in the same room is not good at all.Or pizza.Or anything edible.Who feels me here?

My nominees are:

Cezanne&Michelle

Burresor

Close to you

Joana Salazar

Madison

Thank you for sharing your journey ,as well as being an inspiration to me and to so many others you may don’t have a clue about.Wish you all the best!

My questions for you are:

1.If you could return to your 15 years self,what do you think you would tell them about you,the one from now?

2.What is that one book which gave you the most revelations about your own self?

3.What is your most treasured childhood’s memory?


Can’t wait for your answers!

Dare to live

   I always used to faithfully believe that life would throw me,besides loving and close to my heart experiences,a couple of dares as well,in order to give me something to work towards to while bringing out what is the best in me.Personally,I love a good challenge,so I thought why not face it with everything I got?

  Perhaps a little insanity from time to time would do me good,would make me become more experienced and confident in the person I am constantly evolving.

    Although I have reinforced my belief in this conception,I admit that I have failed sometimes to realize that my time is nowhere but now.I didn’t dare to believe back then that the power within myself is meant to shine every single day by living my life to the fullest and doing nothing else in addition.Being able to live,smile,laugh with my heart and purely acknowledge the small,the worst,the best,the “okay”,the “try harder” moments of my life without compromising my own happiness and self assurance of my worth in this world are what matters the most to me.

    As years flied by and as wisdom was gradually accumulated,I’ve came to see,feel and wholeheartedly believe that life itself is a dare.An every day bet with your own self.A unique chance to find your inner voice,to develop mentally,emotionally and spiritually,to love deeply,to discover,to constantly learn,to just be whatever the hell you want or feel the need to, without any constraint or for any reason whatsoever.

    I feel like nowadays,people are so impended by these harmful thoughts of doing something worth being alive instead of actually living and accepting every day the way it is.It might not be everything you’d wish for,but that shouldn’t stop you from working hard and reaching your targets.With or without our will,we may take life for granted most of the times,forgetting all about its essence,the one which I could sum up in one word:happiness.

       So,why dare to dream of something mighty and not dare to actually live it?

       What is it up there that is stopping us from living the life we are wishing for?

      Why are we not willing enough to put a fight for what we stand for and desire? If we could dream it,we can absolutely make it reality,regardless anything that may come in our way.

     Just live every single day as it is the last.A little bit cliché,but the magnitude and thruthfulness in these words never fail to make me more and more aware and grateful each day for my strong,beating heart,which is willing as hell to do big.

     Just absorb every moment and treasure it as it is the last you will ever have.We can never take them back nor replace them.

     Just do whatever you feel with the most intense pleasure and love,like it is the last memory you will ever remember.

          Just be.Nothing more,nothing less.

Holding on and letting go

There comes a breaking point in life when the best thing you can possibly do is to let go.The pieces of your heart may be torn or grouped into pain,sadness,betrayal,perhaps regret,into millions of twisted,unexplainable emotions,yet your mind lives.It is always  there,wondering how could you hold on so long onto that certain person.In your most vulnerable state,despite that it might seem like you are absolutely powerless,you have the strength within yourself to allow your mind to take charge and clean up the absolute mess your heart, once again,managed to create,without your knowledge or consent.It could look like the easiest thing to do,to switch from irrationality to rationality,like it’s just an ordinary command on your remote,but the amount of emotional damage is so much stronger,screaming internally at you to just let go.Let go of everything that had taken away your substance as a human being,that had made you feel unworthy,unloved or less important than you utterly are.Your heart may seem defeated at first,alone,with no further destination,but what honestly matters always conquers.And that is the inner you,hidden in the train of your thoughts and underneath your shadows all along.You may have thought the inner you didn’t even exist anymore because most of us have in our human nature this unbelievably big amount of love that easily reaches the love we have for ourselves.We can’t help it sometimes,but I pretty much think we could balance the two of them.

     You see,we have a tendency of loving either too little or too hard.I guess we are ‘all or nothing’ sort of humans.We want to receive love so deeply,we yearn for it all our lives,look for it in every spot,yet we don’t want or know how to give it back,when it is up to us to put our heart out in the open.At least not to the same person that is loving us.That happens a lot,either because we are scared or just plain idiots.But,hey,love cannot be explained,it is only felt.It is totally fair to love whoever you feel on the inside.

     On the other hand,it happens that our love towards someone to be deeper than all the oceans on this Earth and damn crazier than any other fairytale we’ve ever read.I call it the ‘destructive love’ because its core is so unreachable that we get to damage ourselves on the way.In that case,we are absorbed,compelled even,to that love that is fulfilling us emotionally,psyhically and mentally.This kind of love is greater than anything.It holds no limits whatsoever.However,on this unpredictable road,our inner selves are easily forgotten at times,bit by bit,until they managed to dissapear from our daily thoughts at all.That is,I must say,the scariest love of all.That is what makes the whole “letting go” of themselves and “holding on” onto ourselves the hardest to accomplish and put into practice.Here is the turning point,where your authentic self needs to step up and to hold on onto it,while your heart tries desperately to give yet another useless chance.It is a constant battle,whose result always needs to end up with you.

        I firmly consider that no love should be greater or scarier than the love we need to have for ourselves.Not to be narcissistic or delirious,but we are all we have got here.For real.Everyone flies throughout our lives,just like passing birds on the sky going to an always better and warmer place.Or like different pieces of gold,but which turn up to be made from the same metal in the end.That is how it is and you can do nothing about it but learn to love you the most.Not in the way of believing that everything is yours to deserve,but in the raw manner of knowing that you deserve the world if you put up a fight for it.

      I am aware it may not seem this way,but most of the time we are purely options to those who we strongly consider a priority in our lives.It may also take time to notice,but doors are swinging open and close all the time.Nevertheless,the one door which stays still through thin and thick,through sunshine and thunder,through black and white,through happiness and unbearable pain,is you.

       No one should have the right to own you by the love you are wholeheartedly feeling for them.

         No one should ever lose themselves in the process of having somebody else.

         No living soul should ever forget to love themselves in the process of loving someone else.

           Not even you.

Top 5 memorable songs of Sia 

 

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler
,globally known as Sia,is an Aussie songwriter,record producer,music video director and one of the greatest voices of all times.Born on 18th of December 1975 in Adelaide,South Australia,Sia’s tumultous,roller coaster like,yet earnestly admirable road to success and mental,psyhical and spiritual recovery is one worth the recognition and story-telling.

    At only 22 years old,she had released her debut studio album,named “Only See” on Flavoured Records in Australia,while at 33 marked her first album to chart in The United States at number 26 on US Billboard 200 only for now,to become of the most rated and loved singers in the pop industry,with her seventh and latest album making headlines all over the world,titled “This is acting”.

      Regardless if you had listened to her music once or twice in your lifetime,had heard her randomnly on radio or had not seen her at all before,I’ve got you covered with some of the less known facts about one of the best artists of our generation.You can thank me later.

  • Although she had been working in the music industry for over twenty years,Sia’s smash-hit “Chandelier” from her sixth studio album “1000 Forms of Fear” made her popular amongst Hollywood and got her the notoriety and fame she would have well deserved way before.It’s kind of odd for her long-standing fans(myself included) ,but I guess that everything happens for a reason.Also,it was certainly worth the wait,considering her professional ascent in the following years.
  • Her career in singing actually began in a local band named “Crisp” in the mid-1990s,which lasted until 1997,when Sia took the status of a solo musician.
  • She began touring across The United States for the first time in 2005,when she moved in New York due to having problems connecting with her audience and poor promotion by her record label during her first three albums.The following years included releases of her fourth and fifth studio albums,titled “Some People Have Real Problems”in 2008 and “We are born” in 2010.
  • Sia’s outstanding voice made her flexible in reaching several music styles over the years,including hip-hop,funk and soul.However,at her main core remained pop music,which devoted her.

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  •    Amongst her international recognition,she received several awards,including 8 ARIA Music Awards,1 MTV Video Music Awards,1 Rolling Stone Australia Award,as well as scoring 6 wins for APRA Awards.

    

Since you still have yet to discover the incredible Sia,let me ease your job by presenting my top 5 fav songs of Sia of all time.Believe me,you will be mesmerized.

 1.Sia-Fire meet gasoline

 

    This is undoubtedly,my absolutely favorite song.Ever.Since I heard it for the first time,it sparkled something real deep within me,which made me fall in love with it a lil bit whenever I listened to it.It still gives me unexplainable chills.

     This record is from her sixth studio album,”1000 Forms of Fear” and was written by Sia,Greg Kurstin and Samuel Dixon.

FUN FACT: The official music video was not so official and neither was the single,whereas the purpose of it was to promote Heidi Klum’s Lingerie Collection,where Sia only licensed the song.Either way,this song is gold.

    I don’t know what got to me and what exactly blew my mind,either her amazing vocals,the love story itself that it is so beautifully portrayed or the soulful lyrics,what’s certain is that her rawness and uniqueness as an artist and as a vocalist are shining brighter than ever through this masterpiece.

     FAV LYRICS“Fire meet gasoline/I’m burning alive/And I can barely breathe/When you’re here loving me.”

     I am portraying an addictive and perhaps a toxic type of relationship,which describes such an overhelming and intense love,that ended up with damaging both of them.

2. Sia-Chandelier

    “Chandelier” is the lead single from Australian recording artist Sia’s sixth album,which drove her to some of the highest musical achievements thus far.The single attained widespread success,charting within the top five on record charts in 20 countries,including Italy,Poland,Australia,France and Norway.It has also reached number 8 in The United Stated on the Billboard Hot 100,becoming Sia’s first single as a lead artist to appear on the Hot 100.

   The song even received nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year,Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance,with its video receiving also a nomination for Best Music Video.

     It was viewed on Youtube over 1.2 billion times,becoming one of the most viewed and praised videos of all time.Quite impressive stats,right?

    In essence,”Chandelier” is about the consequences of alcoholism and the way it is viewed,without rationality,through the perspective of a “party girl”,which despite the thrill and excitement that it surely involves,it still ends up being a big mistake on the next day.Well,I guess that’s a pretty common subject.

    Okay,and can we focus on those vocals? I love how distinctive,intense and hoarse her voice sounds on her records,she is truly something else.

   FAV LYRICS:“1,2,3,1,2,3 drink” ,just because it reminded me of a good ol’ party.And that I’m thirsty.

3. Sia-Bird set free

   “Bird set free” is the first promotional single from her latest album,”This is acting”,released on the 3th of November 2015.It was written in collaboration with one of her good friends,Greg Kurstin,who had also produced the song.

       I choose sharing with you a live performance of this masterpiece on one of my favorite TV show’s ever ,Ellen’s Show,with the purpose of showing to you how crazily good her vocals truly are,without any alterations in the studio.I mean,those high notes are everything.Her authenticity and the way she is pouring her heart out on stage never cease to amaze me.

      Oh,and I love how she weaves in such a special,yet pretty unconventional way her songs with the art of dancing.Each one of her talented dancers portrays a story,with endless meanings,that holds no limits in imagination or fantasy,making her stand out easily from the crowd of artists nowadays.

FUN FACT: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sia revealed that the song was written for the soundtrack of “Pitch Perfect 2”,but they rejected it in favour of “Flashlight” by Jessie J.Then,she pitched it to Rihanna, who rejected it,then to Adele, who initially recorded it,but let it to Sia in the end.I simply couldn’t envision anyone else singing this piece of art as spectacular and raw as Sia effortessly does.

FAV LYRICS: And I don’t care if I sing off key/ I find myself in my melodies/ I sing for love, I sing for me/ I shout it out like a bird set free.”

4. Sia-You’re never fully dressed without a smile

 

FUN FACT: This is actually one of the few songs that are not written by Sia,which it may be surprinsing,given that most of her songs were created almost entirely by her.Anyway,it was covered by her especially for being included in the soundtrack of The Broadway Musical,”Annie”.

 

   The music video for this song was filmed in New York City and it shows cast members from the 2014 film as they spread cheer to the citizens of New York City by dancing, performing random acts of kindness and holding signs with the word “smile” written on them.

 This cheerful song really makes me wanna smile all the time.How about you?

FAV LYRICS:“Your clothes may be Chanel, Gucci/ Your shoes crocodile/ But baby you’re never fully dressed without a smile/ And if you stand for nothing you’ll fall for it all/ We got all we need, got no more.”

5. Sia-Cheap Thrills

 

     Taken from her seventh studio album,”Cheap Thrills” is the latest single of Sia at the moment,which have already scored pretty awesome records in the music industry.The remix of the song,a featuring with Sean Paul,was released on 11 February 2016 as the second single from this album.

  Commercially,this song became a smash-hit in no time whatsoever,marking accomplishments like certified Platinum for shipments of over 70,000 copies and reached number 6 in her hometown.In Ireland, the song reached number  1 instantly.In New Zealand, the song reached number 3, and eventually certified Platinum for sales of over 15,000 copies. In the UK, it was Sia’s highest chart position as a solo artist, peaking at number 2. In the United States, the song has peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    With a lot of dancing and partying vibes,along with its unconventional video,Cheap Thrills” has got under my skin and made me sing my lungs out whenever I hear it on the radio.Sorry not sorry,fellow drivers.

      You can also check out the special performance video of the song,where the 13 years old Maddie Ziegler couldn’t be left out.Once again,a mesmerizing coreography,which keeps you in a constant trance.The trio of Maddie and another two male dancers put on a spectacular dance,proving their massive and outstanding talent.

   I guess that now you’re ready to join the big fans’ community,am I right?

 

True calling

I guess I’m struck by wanderlust,

Consumed by the idea of uniqueness 

And rawness

In thoughts,love and places.

I think I’m a wanderess in disguise

With a diary full of exquisite destinations,

An overwhelmingly excited heart,

And a pocket full of dreams

Ready to be caught.

I want to see it all,

I want to live it all,

I need to feel all of it,

Limitless.

Every little city is calling for me

Awakening my senses and adventurous spirit,

I could hear them so loudly,

Devoring my mind,

Yet the blur that it’s my life manages

To keep me away

From the world I’ve been wishing for

Since forever,

But just for now.

 The desire that captures my entire being

Of traveling the world

And finding pieces of myself in every corner 

Is so much stronger,

Making me confident

And absolutely positive

That without a doubt,

I’m going to spend my life

Fullfilling my heart and soul,

Limitless.

“I’m a citizen of nowhere,but belonging anywhere.”

The power of love

Love


Oh,you love

Though you are written in a single word,

You are the only magical thing in which 

I always put my faith in.

You are a whirlind of emotions,moods and feelings

 An everlasting hurricane,

Capturing our heart and soul,

Endlessly.

Happiness,

Lust,

Confusion,

Hope,

Swarming butterflies,

4 AM twisted thoughts,

Passion,

Anxiety,

Are just the beggining to the juvenile love

We get to live wholeheartedly,

Yet despite the unconsciousness of our feelings

You manage to steal 

The best memories in life.

Your greatness,

Undying and untouchable power,

With endless meanings 

And countless visions,

Envelops the world

Into a stronger armor 

Which cannot be denied,

But can easily be destroyed,

Ripped apart 

By the cruel devils,

Who reside in no one but ourselves.

I am still hoping for the day

Where you,dear love,

Will cure the ones who can’t accept you

Or simply don’t acknowledge

Your lifesaving ways 

And spiritual calling 

Of keeping us together.