Positive Thought ~ Motivation Monday ~

Welcome to yet another Motivation Monday!

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.


Sometimes, all you need is one bright things, one ray of sunshine, one little piece of positivity.

Sometimes, the difference that tiny bit of happiness can make o your whole day is unbelievable, sometimes it can be the difference between a good day and a bad day.

This week, try to wake up with a positive thought. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be anything at all. From your favourite food that you’re going to have that day, to a party you’re excited to go to, or maybe there’s going to be something really good on television.

Whatever your little bit of positivity is, think it just as you get up, and let it set your mood up for the day, and just see what a difference it might make.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x


Let It Snow ~ Fiction Friday ~

It’s Fiction Friday again!

This week we’re talking about a book titled ‘Let It Snow’, which was written in three parts by three different authors; Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle.


Each of the stories could stand alone, but they twist and tangle together, and show the reader how life really does overlap. Set at Christmas time, this book is perfect for you if you love the holiday season, and are interested in a bit of romance.

All of the main characters in this book are teenagers, and they bah as such. Each of the authors who worked on the novel are brilliant at writing realistic adolescents, and their individual styles and quirks shine through in their writing.

Overall, this was a great book, and could be enjoyed by a lot of different people, it was interesting to watch the way in which the author’s worked together, and yet still had such separate storylines, and how they utilised each others ideas to tie each section together with the others. I imagine that this process was just as interesting (and probably a little more challenging!) in writing as it was in reading.

If you’ve read the book, plan to read it, or if maybe this post has encouraged you to give it a try, do be sure to let me know what you think!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

RainCoat Mistake ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Welcome to another Wicked Wednesday!

For some of you, it’s probably heading into summer, but that cannot be said for the southern hemisphere, so I’m here to share with you some winter blues.


I’ve recently moved interstate, to a place far colder than the heat I am used to, and let me just tell you than being cold does not agree with me.

I whinge, wear pyjamas for as long as possible, and am generally unpleasant to be around, but that’s not all.

Being cold means I put on very glamorous looking raincoats, and tighten the hoods around my head, which I did just a couple of weeks ago.

Not a mistake I’ll be making again. Recently, I had to have facial surgery. When I pulled on that elastic band to tighten the hood, and accidentally let it slip, where do you think it bounced back to?

Right on the scar. The accuracy was incredible. It was one of those moments where your body is ahead of your brain, and your brain is struggling, not quite sure what’s happened, and trying to catch up.

And I laughed. Because my brain hadn’t worked out that it wasn’t funny yet. I really, really laughed. Then my brain actually worked out it’s surroundings, and the laughing quickly faded. And there I was, just waiting for all my systems to work as a team.

My poor mother, who laughed in the face of my terrible injury. I should be angry, shouldn’t I? But how can I be? I can’t, not when it was my brain who thought laughter was cool first.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Wishes ~ Motivation Monday ~

It’s Motivation Monday!

Some see a weed, I see a wish.


All things have multiple dimensions. Everything is more than just one thing, everything is many layered. Where there is bad, there is also good, even if it takes some searching for, and it seems you’ll never find it.

There is always a bright side, some little victory, or small happiness you can take.

This week, make an effort, when there are things that aren’t so wonderful and rosy, to see what good you can find. Look at your weeds, and turn them into wishes.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

The Magician ~ Fiction Friday ~

Hi, and welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday!

This week, we’re looking at ‘The Magician’ by Michael Scott, which is the sequel to last week’s book, ‘The Alchemyst’.


I really enjoyed this book. The author has done impeccable research, and that much is again made apparent with every chapter and every page. These books teach their reader about mythology, and the way in which it relates to our world, and modern society, without losing any of the thrill and excitement that pure fantasy can bring.

I would say that these books are perhaps better for slightly older readers. Not that they can’t be enjoyed by younger children, but just because older readers will be better able to understand and fully appreciate all of the mythology incorporated into the storyline.

Over all, definitely worth a read, particularly if you have an interest in history, or myths and legends, you will likely really enjoy this book and all it has to offer.

If you’ve read it, are going to read it, or maybe even if this post has made you think you might, do be sure to let me know your thoughts!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Broken Ankles ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

Welcome to another Wicked Wednesday!

I once walked on a broken ankle for about 4 weeks.

Before you ask, no. I didn’t mean to, I just didn’t know it was broken.


I rolled it falling off a curb, not very exciting. I walked for another twenty minutes or so, and then when it was time to go home I at least pretended to elevate it briefly.

I thought nothing of it. It was getting more painful, but there were hundreds of reasons for that, so I didn’t stress about it. We went on bush walks, and hikes, climbed up hills, and over uneven terrain. I kept on going to physiotherapy, and using the gym equipment. I didn’t even try to cut the poor joint any slack.

I started saying it was broken as more of a joke than anything else, and so that’s what everyone took it as. I was still kind of joking when finally I went to have an X-ray, mainly for the purpose of shutting me up.

The radiologist was pretty rough, and did some damage herself, so I ended up in emergency two days later to have the X-ray looked at.

The staff at the emergency room were lovely, but they seemed to have quite the issue with me walking. They asked if I’d walked in, or sort of limped, and seemed awfully relieved when limped was the answer. They didn’t even want to let me walk a metre and a half to go to the toilet. I shudder to think what they’d have thought had they known about all the bushwalking I’d been doing.

In the end up, I wore a boot for a few weeks and I have now have quite the anecdote to tell about the time I didn’t know I’d broken my ankle. No biggie, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity for a whole host of ‘I told you so’s’.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Dance In The Rain ~ Motivation Monday ~

It’s that time again; Motivation Monday!

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.


Life is full of storms, and problems, and things that don’t go quite as we hoped they would. Storms will always come, and we will always have to face them. There is no perfect time, there is no time when everything is without flaw.

But there are perfect things. Rain brings rainbows, and darkness shows us the stars. Even amidst our hardest moments, there are wonderful things. Perhaps we have to look a little harder to find them sometimes, but they are always there when we are willing to search for them.

Dance in the rain. Laugh when it feels impossible. Smile in the face of hardship. Look for all of the wonderful little things, thhings that are always there to make the bad they live in worthwhile. Seek happiness wherever you can, and know that it hides everywhere, and so can be found everywhere too.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

The Alchemyst ~ Fiction Friday ~

Hi all, and welcome to Fiction Friday!

This week, I’m talking about a book called ‘The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)’, written by Michael Scott.


This book is one I read for the first time years ago, but when I was perhaps a little too young to fully appreciate it, long enough ago, at least, that the storyline now is entirely new to me.

The story has a lot of basis in real mythology, so it’s not only entertaining, but is educational too! The author has obviously done a lot of research for the novel, and his commitment shines through, making the story an incredible one.

If you have any interest in legend and mythology, this book is definitely one I would recommend for you, and you’d probably also like it if you’re a fan of fantasy, namely the Harry Potter series, which itself uses a lot of real mythology, and historical references.

If you’ve read this book, if you’re planning to, or maybe even if this blogpost has made you think you will, be sure to tell me what your thoughts are!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Witch? ~ Wicked Wednesday ~

It’s Wicked Wednesday again!

As a child, I thought my mother was a witch. Honestly, and truly. And I mean this in the nicest way possible.


At age 8, I got hugely into Harry Potter, and obsession which has never ceased to rule my life ever since. It was all I could talk about, or think about, and even now none of that has changed.

My mum would play games with me, and they would be Harry Potter themed, as would my birthday cake, any gifts I got, and any costume I might wear to just about anything.

My mum gave me whatever she thought might be fun for me to play with, because she was always good like that. One such item, with regard to the whole Harry Potter obsession, was a cauldron.

That’s right, a little gold cauldron, with a black handle. It was quite old, and was very nice, perfectly magical and rustic looking. But who just has a cauldron? Who keeps cauldrons just lying around?

I think I legitimately thought that my mother had been to Hogwarts, and was a witch. It was the only possible explanation for the cauldron owning.

In turn, I must have thought that I was a squib, and that she’d decided not to tell me, sparing my feelings until I was old enough to handle the information. She’s still not said anything about magic. But then again, maybe she still doesn’t think I’m ready. I’d promise to keep you updated on my possible magical heritage (which I’m still a little bit sure exists), but I wouldn’t want to break the international statute of secrecy.

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x

Deserving Happiness ~ Motivation Monday ~

Welcome to another Motivation Monday!

I deserve to be happy.


You do, I do, we all do. Too often, we steal happiness from ourselves, and for whatever reason we think that we don’t deserve to feel it. Too often, we are too afraid to let ourselves feel happy.

You deserve happiness. You deserve to smile, and to appreciate all of the wonderful little things that make up the day, you deserve to love your life.

This week, take time to make yourself as happy as you can. Take time to let yourself feel happy whenever possible, and take happiness from all of the tiniest things, as well as the big stuff. This week make an extra effort to be kind to yourself, and to remember that you are not only allowed happiness, but you are worth it!

Keep Smiling!

~Shade x