“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


reverb 11: thrive

i bought cherries and clementines, and those pretzels shaped like stars, dipped in white yogurt & snowy white sprinkles, because i bought those last year, and hidden rose apples, small enough for just a few tangy bites. i splurged for me because it is christmas, and when i cut the apples in half, i found hidden stars instead of roses.


what was your healthiest habit of 2012?
what would you like to change or do differently?


i secretly gave myself a year,
just something i whispered in my own ear -
allowed myself chocolates and too much tv
and didn't beat myself up over the few extra pounds.
from the end of february last
to the end of february next.
i didn't listen to rules,
ate fajitas for breakfast,
read under fairy lights,
forgot the sunscreen,
ignored deadlines and fools,
and i let myself cry.

i would do it all again, and i still have 2 months to go.  


and then. 
well, i will have to dance, i will have to pay attention to that extra weight.
i will have to walk more and lounge less
and look for apples with stars in their eyes.



  1. perhaps, in the end, this year will have been the gift you never wanted, never asked for, and would have preferred to have left unwrapped.
    it was delivered to you just the same, but in there, somewhere amidst all the hard parts and the horrible parts and the parts you will eventually discard, there might be a tiny treasure or two waiting to be found.
    stars and hearts and roses.

  2. I don't know how you do it...but your posts are so real, honest and inviting on so many levels. I always look forward to what you have to reveal..because by watching you...I can feel the tight fist of my inner self start to relax and open.
    Thank you Emma for your posts!

  3. Yes, I love this. Live fully ... and then dance the excess away. So beautiful.

  4. i love that about apples ..the stars inside ..and that's pretty much what i love about you friend ~
    ahem ..nothing wrong with your breakfast!

  5. Reading under fairy lites and finding stars what delights! I walked more, I guess that is what I did. I think I will look for fairy lites and stars next year.

  6. such a beautiful gift, such a beautiful post. and it's not february yet . . .

  7. Those are rose apples? They are so pretty! And this post has me smiling tonight. We do have to be kind to ourselves.

  8. Where can I find apples like that? What a beautiful colour! I wish we had those here!

    I've been reading under fairy lights for almost two months now. I don't have the heart to take them down. I just can't. All the magic will be gone.


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