Friday, November 15, 2013

Perfectly imperfect

Have you missed me, dear readers? I've been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but... I'M BACK!
I have Matt & Kara to thank for this post. I felt incredibly inspired by Kara's post 'The imperfect life' and decided to hop on the bandwagon with a post on honestly.
Not every day is an 'Instagram day'. Believe me, I'm not always eating at fabulous cafes and capturing romantic moments with my partner or travelling to somewhere exotic. That's not real, that's not life. Sometimes, life is piles of washing, dirty hair and arguments!
My name is Kiera. Punctual should have been my middle name; I am ALWAYS on time to an appointment. My nails haven’t gone without polish in at least 5 years and I never leave the house without mascara or blush. I make a mean salad. I am really naive, but I’d rather be naive than sceptical and suspicious. My typing skills are out of this world good. I can draw pretty pictures and entertain children like a pro! I am nice, probably too nice as well as friendly and I love sharing. I am crazy loyal, to my family and my friends and I have an excellent track record at keeping fish alive.
I am too emotional and cry worse than a baby meeting Santa for the first time at Christmas. I hate shaving my legs, especially in the winter! I’ve killed almost every plant I’ve ever owned. I use fake tan. My house is crazy dusty. I cannot cook to save my life. I cut corners, in every way imaginable. I'm terrible with money and budgeting, I also have superannuation in way too many funds. I edit the shit out of my photos. I sometimes feel really guilty for feeling grumpy when my life is so blessed. I don't iron my clothes and I rarely mop. I'm too hard on my partner.     
There you have it. Behind the images I share with the world, I'm just a punctual, insecure, hairy, frivolous spending grump with lovely finger nails!
Now, what about you?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

five fast facts.

1. I have an overwhelming desire to do something positive with my time and skills. I've decided that I no longer want to work for a corporation that's 'all about the money' - there needs to be substance there too!
2. I am far braver in text than talk! I can stand up & debate my opinions in confidence when I'm typing. But in the 'real world' I'm a push over!
3. The above image has no relevance to this post at all. I just like it. My other favourite quote is by Ayn Rand:
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”   
4. I suck at gardening.
5. If someone let me, I could easily eat a jar of Nutella in one sitting. Not even kidding. Not even sorry!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Obsessing Over. Nothing. It's kinda nice too!
Loving. Faith. Knowing that everything is ok. Knowing that there's a big picture and I'm heading in the right direction. My new apartment. The fact that I only 15 days left of employment. Reading. My 20 minute bus ride to work in the morning and my fleeting moments of bliss with beautiful music, hot coffee and a good book!
Reading. To be honest, I'm reading incredibly trashy romance novels lately. Every spare moment is spent with my head buried in stories of deep, dramatic, over the top, no holds barred love! Call it lame, that's ok, but I love love!
Thinking about. The future. 2014 holds big things for me, I just know it! New job, travel, growth, adventure and challenges to boot. I cant wait to see what it has in stall for me. 
Doing. Evaluating! Before I know it, I'll be faced with unemployment and the challenging task of finding my next job. I've been asking myself the big questions lately, like; What is important to me? How do I want to spend my time? What serves me? What kind of company would I like to work for? Thankfully, I am blessed to be in a position where I can take the time to find the right role! Exciting things are to come, of that I'm sure!
Thankful for. My parents. It has been clearly shown to me recently just how incredible they are and just how deep the love for their children runs. My brothers and I feel incredibly lucky to have such supportive, encouraging parents. I can only hope I can be half of what they are one day! They are both truly amazing people.
Working on. My body! Inside, and out! Eating well & exercising has always been a struggle for me, and although I'm healthy, there is always room for improvement. Will power isn't a strong point of mine, but I'll be stuck with this body for a while to come, so... it's out with the junk food and soft drinks and in with the good stuff! I've even been dragging my butt off to the gym! That's an entirely new world for me! If anyone has any motivation tips, send them my way.
Wishing for. For those who are dear to me to find the peace their souls are searching for. To land my dream job. More time.
Making me happy. As cliche as it sounds... life. Life is making me happy! Although at times, it seems drama filled, and although at any given moment someone dear to me is struggling and it can feel a little helplessly overwhelming, I've been blessed with so much GOOD in my life and it make my heart swell!

PS. I've missed you!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Giveaway :: Gypsy & the Dreamer

Can you believe that in just TWO short months Gypsy & the Dreamer has already developed a fan base on Facebook & Instagram?
Elise & I feel completely overwhelmed by the support & by the love we've received from the beautiful souls following us from around the world. It's better than we ever imagined!
We are blessed! 
To celebrate and to say a big 'Thank you' we're hosting our very first Giveaway!
It's super easy to enter & the lucky winner will receive a beautiful silver & turquoise ring!
Here's how to enter:
1. Follow or 'like' us on either Facebook or Instagram.
2. Share our giveaway photo (publicly, so we can see you!) with your friends (tag us on Instagram @gypsyandthedreamer with the hash tag #gypsyandthedreamer)!
Optional: Share on BOTH Facebook & Instagram to double your chances of winning!
That's it!
Pretty easy huh?
Good Luck!


Making dreams come true...

Where do I begin?
It has been over a month since I last posted here. And to be honest, I have been asking myself if I was even still interested in blogging... I was tossing up whether or not to deactivate Almost a Melody!
This morning I had a look at my blog, something I hardly ever do. I looked at the colours, the photos, the stories and the memories and I realised pretty quickly that I actually love blogging. I love my little space on the Internet and, whether you like it or not, I kinda enjoy sharing my mundane awesome life with you!
So much has happened since my last post, I could write for days catching you up... but instead, here's a quick gist of what you've missed...
I made dreams come true. I travelled through India and visited Vietnam.

I got some ink!

I was lucky enough to see a close friend marry the girl of his dreams.
I found a new place to live & I move in tomorrow!
I made progress on my 101 things in 1001 days list!
Gypsy & the Dreamer reached 400 likes & we're hosting our very first giveaway (more on that later)!
So there you have it. The last month has made me feel incredibly blessed. I am so lucky! I get to see the world with the love of my life, live in a beautiful city and work with my best friend, creating beautiful treasures to share with you all!
Life is good great!