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By samb, Sep 19 2018 11:59AM

Wowzers! One morning, last week, I awoke to the smell of a beautiful fire! After walking Daisy to the bus stop, Marley and I walked home, through the woods. With the smell of smoke in the air and the glorious Autumn sun shining down, the rays were highlighted by the smoke. This really bought home to me how, with a little enphasis on what we wish to see, our lives can be so much brighter. What was there, was still the same, the sun shone all day, but was never so clearly visable as it was through the smoke.


when ever I become fearful or worried about the events life throws at us, I have to remind my self to 'stop taking it all too seriously'. The sun will rise and set, the moon will follow and this is all we really know for sure.

Whilst lying in bed I was taken to a time when, aged 19, I recieved some devistating news. I was at uni, in my bedroom and totally alone......really........totally alone. I imagined holding the younger me, loving me, holding me safe. Then I thought of the best advice I could share....I wispered......."it will all be ok". Then, weirdly I felt something which really blow my mind, behind me (the adult me now) I felt my nanny and grandad. My nan died when I was 3 and my grandad,before I was born, yet there they were, these golden light beings, holding both me's! This very clearly showed me that they were both there then, just when I needed them, and indeed, still here now. This realisation bought me great comfort. We are never truly alone, not ever, whether we fell it or not.

Wise words to the yonger me.......Just do it! if you want to, just do it. Dont overthink it, debate it, weigh it all up, think of 'for's and against's'.( Apparenlty we only regret the things we dont do). If it makes you feel good and is motivated from a place of love (of yourself and others) then do it!

I've taken many a 'leap of faith' over the past 3 years, and I can honestly say, my life is amazing! It's fantastic becasue I refused to let the rules and opinions of 'general society' make me feel guilty. I care not for others negativity, its just not for me. I pay no attention to the media and it's fear mongering Noone has walked my path, expereinced all I have experienced, felt what I've felt, so there truly is noone who can pass judgement. I've found my happy! And I did it all by myself! Every piece of who I am today has been created by these experiences, and for that I am truly greatful. Embrace the contrast, because it shows us, very clearly what we do and dont want. This is your life, for you and you alone. Find your happy, live it, cherish it, moment by moment and express gratitiude, for we do live in such a beautiful age. Beautiful because you are here! Big Love Sam xxx

By samb, Sep 5 2018 01:44PM

Since returning from a few special festivals this year, I have been really craving Festival food. I bit of everything, in a bowl, a bit of spice, usually with some lovely rice and a bit of bread, bonus!


I came home and invented the following 'Festival Food Bowl'. The pictures are self explanitory but quickly (ill be quick, but whilst cooking, work at your own speed). Put the paste and vege stock (300ml) in a pan, bring to the boil, add noodles, simmer until soft, add your vege along with the coconut milk, simmer for a bit until to your tasting, serve with rice and mini nan bread! Simples.


Now I'm no cook, and rubbish at following a receipe, so i tend to just make it up as I go along. This makes around four portions and I bowl it-up, stick it in the fridge and quite happily eat it for the next few days.


The older I become, the more my body tells me when things I eat are no good. I have suffered from indigestion, no poo, runny poo (sorry, but you know, we all do it) tummy ache, bloating (still not sure what that is, mines usually traped wind I think) and in the end, the eating was not giving me enough satifaction to justify the pains. I dont eat meat, but do fish. I'm sure there is a funky label for me, but I just eat what I eat. On the rare occasion I fancy a burger, I'll eat a burger, however the pains do return with it so it depends on how resiliant I'm feeling. I try not eat processed food, dairy milk, too much fried stuff or prepacked meals, but dont miss them much. Honey in hot drinks helps keep he sugar monster at bay.


My daughter, aged 12, announced last week (I must add, to the great disappointment of her grandparents) that she watched a youtube clip on pigs and is now a Vegan.' Sigh', but I'll go with it, as long as I'm not doing all the cooking (this is ususlly quite bad rememember) I find this quite inspiring as she loves her food, but we'll see. She will or she wont, no tragedy there. My point, I think, is that, too often we're quick to roll our eyes at the latest flexitarian, vegan embrassing, carrot defending craze, however, who cares! Eat what you want to eat, thats fine by me.


I have lost weight which is quite refreshing, but dont inflict what I do onto anyone else. I love me, I love my body (but just not enough to finally stop smoking, working on that really soon..... ), so we all have our demons. I now, however, dont have any pain. Poo is still a bit hit and miss but hay ho, (i didnt mean that literally lol). Eat what makes you feel good. As I recently read 'disease runs in families, diets run in families'. Makes sense to me. Give thisa go if you fancy it. I think it's really lovely.


After note, I love being able to show a slice of me through a blog. I'm often asked many questions about my art, my insirations, my living so it gives me the space to put it out there, should anyone want to know. I am however, quite possible the worst speller, that ever walked the planet! Yes I'm dyslexic, yes I have spell check, yes seri is great but sometimes I just cant put all the letters and dots and dashes in the right places, they move around a lot you see. I'm sorry if this upsets you.


Big Love Sam xxx


By samb, Sep 1 2018 12:59PM

Welcome to my new blog!


Having been on such an adventure over the past 3 years, leaving teaching and embracing the journey so I can actually be in it, live it and remember it, I begin with a celebration! I was contacted by Kindred Spritit magazine a while ago, asking if I could send over some pieces for an article. Fabulous I cried, expecting a small piece, at the back, probably next to the bar code. Then to recieve the copy I was blown away with a double page spread!!!


Filled with such gratitude that such things were indeed possible, making the game I play, inside my head, actually real!


I think of such things, just before I fall asleep, you know, visualising the dream, rehearsing the Jonathan Ross interview, sat next to Idris and Daniel, being all spiritual, calm and interesting, probably sitting crossed legged, wearing flip flops and some hippy number.


Anyway, dur durrrr, Wow! An honour and a pleasure to be recognised, and even though I claim its not needed, authenticity in the real world. (A place I dip in and out of, like for shopping and stuff.)


Big Love Sam xxx


By samb, Jan 6 2017 10:56AM

As we start such an exciting year, I encourage all to choose a birch picture you love, look at it and take in 3 deep breaths. Breath deep, hold and then as you breath out let go of all old negativity. Feel the peace and wellbeing this brings to you. With love, Sam