It’s The Inside That Counts


My sister, Rachel, is the most amazing person.  She has met and surpassed the challenges of all kinds of battles in her life, always with dignity, pragmatism and a positive attitude.

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
~ Lao Tzu

In the last couple of weeks, she has once again had to draw on all her strength and resources.  Out of the blue, she discovered that she had developed the condition called Alopecia Areata.  The most difficult aspect of this has been coping with the experience of clumps and clumps of hair coming out over a short period of time.

Happily, now that she has lost virtually all her hair, she has been able to see her new look as just that; the latest of many different ‘hairstyles’ that she has rocked over the years.  I wanted to share with you this short video she filmed today in response to the many messages of support received from friends and family.  She is the living embodiment of the premise that what’s inside us matters 100% more than the outside.  Her message of acceptance; perspective and calm is an inspiration.

Thank you, Rach, for setting us all such a shining example of how to live our best life.  Love you loads. Xxx 🙂

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding



Landfillharmonic – The Recycled Orchestra

Landfillharmonic - the story of The Recycled Orchestra
Landfillharmonic – the story of The Recycled Orchestra

This is inspirational.  It is the story of a community in Paraguay which built musical instruments from the trash in the landfill where they lived.

“The world sends us garbage…we send back music”

~ Favio Chavez, Orchestra Director

I love being constantly amazed and energised by the strength and passion of the human spirit.  Just watching this very short trailer gave me a lump in my throat.  I can’t wait to see the whole film! 🙂



Creative Insights: the hand-colourist

"The Colourist" (Copyright Loading Docs)
“The Colourist” (Copyright Loading Docs)

It intrigues me that, while I am carrying on with my daily life, there are billions of others doing the same thing, even though I have no idea who they are or what their lives are like.

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