Manifesting My Dream Life

Lifestyle, Personal

Manifesting My Dream Life

Hi friends,

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! Mine has been wonderful, following a weekend at the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Waikato, then going to a friend’s cosy birthday dinner. We also visited my partner’s parents – where, much to my joy, I got to take some beautiful cherry blossoms home. Our house now feels very special and sentimental: handmade candles made by me, a handmade wooden shelf made by my partner, and homegrown cherry blossoms from his parents. I even bought some pohutukawa flowers to decorate and I couldn’t be happier!

This Monday was absolutely perfect. My day was nothing special, but consisted of everything that is, for me, synonymous with simplicity, joy, and pure bliss:

I woke up mid-morning, around 10am. I ate a real breakfast, admired my fresh flowers, and worked on my photography. I went out and picked up new candle jars & fragrances, then shopped for organic food & essential oils.

In the evening, I came home to realise that I was living the life I had always wanted – and that I had manifested it all.

Let me explain. When I got home, my heart was feeling so full that I remember wishing I could bottle up some of my happiness and save it for a rainy day. I was recalling all the things that had made my day so wonderful, when something hit me: it somehow sounded very familiar. Could it be..?

I immediately searched through my old 2016 and 2017 diaries, and there they were. Times when I had dreamt, written, and ultimately manifested the life of my dreams. Proof that the Law of Attraction, and manifestation, however slow and gradual, is real.

Here’s what was written in my diary on 25th April 2017:

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Food | Baduzzi

Food, Lifestyle

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This weekend, I took my love to my favourite Italian restaurant – Baduzzi. It must have been my fourth visit, but the handmade meatballs & pasta were still the same – absolutely delicious.

What I love about Baduzzi is that it is such a warm, cosy restaurant, that oozes elegance and sophistication. We sat in the covered courtyard outside, enjoying the sunshine and greenery without the cold & wind, and enjoyed some truly amazing cuisine. My highlights were the hapuka bolognese with crayfish broth, braised lamb meatballs, and Italian rosé from Sicily. My partner chose the wood-fired flat iron steak tagliata with creamed potato and rocket, and for dessert, we shared the tiramisu which was the perfect combination of sweet & creamy, bitter & crunchy. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch date, and I’m thrilled to have re-visited the best Italian restaurant in Auckland. If you’re looking for delicious, authentic Italian food, I’d highly recommend Baduzzi!

Sophia 

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Food | The Midnight Baker

Food, Lifestyle

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Today I visited a lovely vegan friendly cafe in Mt Eden by the name of The Midnight Baker. For the first hour or so, I enjoyed a good book while enjoying the cafe’s famous Freedom Loaf – a wholesome seeded bread high in protein, fibre & good fats – with spiced cookie almond butter, and a warm turmeric latte. Deceived by how little the toasts looked, I found them incredibly filling & nourishing! When my friend joined me for lunch, we had the red velvet latte, an Earl Grey tea, toasted banana bread and deconstructed ‘pulled pork’ tacos.

The ‘pulled pork’ part? It actually consists of jackfruit adobo, salsa, slaw, and an amazing vegan aioli I mistook for sour cream. (It was so delicious I asked for extra aioli.) The warm, rustic decor of the cafe along with wooden furniture & greenery added to the homely atmosphere. I’m happy to have found a spot perfect for healthy & natural food, or even simple, cosy mornings with a good book and a warm latte. 

PS. My experience was made even better by the fact that the cafe was playing this song during my visit. Rest in Peace Mac Miller. ❤

Sophia

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21st Birthday | Nilesh

Party, Photography

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I had such a fun time shooting Nilesh’s 21st birthday party last night. Held at Kelston Community Centre Hall, I LOVED the beautiful backdrop & decorations the family had thoughtfully set up on stage and at every table, the creative games throughout the evening, the awesome MC who hosted them, and the colourful attire everyone wore. 

The moment captured in the last photo here is my highlight. During the final round of musical chairs, the girl on stage sat on the chair first – but fell! The guy then quickly grabbed the chair, while helping the girl up. An unexpectedly hilarious moment.

Here are just some of the highlights of a night filled with celebration, family, friends, food, games and dancing. Happy Birthday Nilesh!

Sophia

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How Letting Go of Perfectionism Infused My Life with Joy

Lifestyle, Personal

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Hi friends,

Have you ever read a book that enriched your life more deeply than you ever expected – even inspiring you to change your life? Well, I have. Let me share with you one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books, and how it empowered and led me to live a life filled with more joy.

Portrait | Jess

Photography, Portrait / Headshot

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Hello friends, I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Mine has been fun, productive and enjoyable. After spending a lovely Friday night sipping cocktails at The Lula Inn, I took my friend Jess out to Takapuna today for a portrait photoshoot. Takapuna is such a beautiful, diverse place to be – and to shoot. I love the variety we managed to get just by exploring the shops on Hurstmere Road, the restaurants by the beach, the trendy fairy-lit food alley, and more. My favourite photo is the very first one on this blog – we were walking along Hurstmere when this bright, radiant store caught my eye, and I just had to take a few shots. The peachy hues, gold floral decal, and Jess’s big smile made for the perfect photo!

We got hungry and ended the afternoon with delicious prosciutto & mushroom pizza and mixed berry & red wine sangria at The Commons. It is a cozy garden bar, and noticing a couch with cute cushions, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take some naturally sunkissed portraits. Warm and vibrant, they’re an interesting contrast to some of the light and airy photos earlier in the day.

Overall, I’m thrilled with these headshots and portraits, and it is one of those days where I feel so lucky to have made my passion my vocation. I’ve added Headshots & Portrait Photography to the services I offer, so that I can help those of you who are looking for fresh new pictures to use for your personal social media, business/corporate profiles.. Or just because!

Have an amazing rest of the weekend – and, in this freezing cold winter, stay warm & well! x

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21st Birthday | Mary

Party, Photography

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Last night, I had the honour of capturing special memories for Mary’s 21st birthday. As I walked into the lofty, open space that is the upstairs bar of Little Easy, Ponsonby, I thought to myself, “Wow, what a beautiful venue!”. The decor was bright and colourful, the light warm and ambient, and I LOVED the birthday girl’s sparkly outfit (pink and red with hearts, it matched her cake)! It was lovely to document this special occasion for Mary, one where all the guests evidently had a great time. Here’s some of the photos from what was a fun and enjoyable evening of celebration!

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