8 Tips For Feeling More Awake In The Morning

 Found this Picture of 8 tips for feeling more AWAKE in the morning. It can be a little hard to read so I’m copying the texts here:

1. Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice ( not in a carton, real fruit you cut up before juicing). Live enzymes = more energy.


Have you ever been surrounded by people and yet felt so alone? I was hitting an emotional wall last week and desperately seeking the way out. Thankfully, drawing came to my rescue.

A life drawing class during the week with a great teacher sparked my interest of more drawing. Drawing life models always sounded like a daunting/impossible task to me, especially when the model changes position every 5 minutes. But after a couple of hours warming up and practice, the mission impossible seemed almost achievable.

*** Sometimes you don’t really know what you limit is. Just give it a go and you’ll be surprised.

I spent a restful weekend hitting golf balls and drawing. It doesn’t read like physically restful, does it:). How luxurious it feels to just do something you really like, without thinking anything else and worrying.

Do you know drawing is really therapeutic? What can you do when you feel depressed and only want to paint with shades of grey? Draw.

*** When you are feeling down, take some time out to do things you really enjoy doing and soak in completely.

In lieu of life models, I used photos of people. This Karl Urban portrait was sketched with a 2B pencil. I took this photo of him from the Star Trek, Into Darkness Sydney Red Carpet premiere. His serious look in this picture suits my mood perfectly.

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*** Believe it or not, motivational quotes can give you a mood lift when you are feeling down.

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Don’t quit, don’t ever quit on believing in yourself.

Found a photo of mine taken over a year ago which I was going to delete initially but decided to keep it in the end. Suddenly realised nowadays I only  wear daggy clothes with no jewellery and make up on.

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Need to feel inspired again?

Here goes another doze of quotes of the week.


Don’t ever get comfortable when you have the ability to achieve more.

Every expert was once a beginner.

If we quit every time we felt uncomfortable we wouldn’t achieve anything.

Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens.



Brad Pitt made his first visit to Australia for World War Z premiere. Here’s a photo of mine, featuring Brad Pitt on the red carpet, interviewed by Chanel 7 Sunrise weekend host Samantha Armytage in front of The Star, Sydney.

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Brad Pitt at World War Z Sydney premiere, 9 June 2013

In the meantime, enjoy the quotes of this week too..

Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber at weekends.
~ Woody Allen

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
~ Milton Berle

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?
~ Robin Williams

Happy weekend.

Foggy morning - Darling Harbour, Sydney

Foggy morning – Darling Harbour, Sydney

“Women like my shoes because they look good on them, not because they look good on the rack”
— Christian Louboutin

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― J.K. Rowling


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Bay Run Leichhardt, Sydney 25 May 2013

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
― Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Bay Run Leichhardt, Sydney 25 May 2013

“A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice.”
― Bill Cosby
“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
― Mark Twain

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Mount Wilson, NSW Australia

Mount Wilson, NSW Australia – 4 May 2013


“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
― Albert Einstein

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
― Winston Churchill

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Sunset – Central Coast, NSW Australia

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
― Lemony Snicket

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola

Pyrmont bridge - Sydney

Pyrmont bridge – Sydney

Be consistent

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”
― Oscar Wilde

“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”
― Woody Allen, Annie Hall


Our plan for this evening was to go to Palm Beach to shoot sunset, depending on the weather. We’ve had clear, blue sky the whole day. You’d think it’s a good thing right? But for nice sunset shots, an overcast sky is preferred:). After much hesitation, we finally got in the car and managed to arrive Palm Beach 15 minutes after sunset. It was actually a lot better than I’ve expected! The hazel sky, light lit wharf and moving boats formed a perfect backdrop of Palm Beach. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day:

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Happy weekend all!

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
― Albert Einstein

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Paris - River Seine, love locks August 2012.

Paris – River Seine, love locks August 2012.

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
― Albert Einstein

***Always wanted to take some clear photos of Luna Park at night and I finally did it! Below is one of them. Can’t wait to share more photos!:)

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Luna Park Sydney March 2013

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.”
― Albert Einstein
“I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ”
― W.C. Fields

“What’s meant to be will always find a way”
― Trisha Yearwood

Eiffel Tower 2012 European trip

Eiffel Tower, Trip to Europe August, 2012


Happy Weekend!

1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

2. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
― Marilyn Monroe



“If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?”
― Jerry Seinfeld

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
― Winston Churchill

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”
― Golda Meir

Sydney, La Prouse

Sydney, La Prouse