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What is it really that inspires you?

The topic of ‘Inspiration’ seems fitting for a January month and it’s been a while since I’ve been ‘inspired’. We’ve all thought about our new years’ resolutions which often stems from something we saw, or read, or a person we want to be or not be like or whatever the reason might be.

I’ve had friends talk about Michelle Obama’s new book which has inspired them, others are literally working their butt off to get a good butt, I, on the other hand just want to dedicate any learning time to possibly memorising anything that Nazar Qabbani might have ever written, read or touched (with help from my boo Kazim, sorry Zee).

How could anyone describe love stronger than these words?

It sounds nowhere as beautiful as it was if you only understood Arabic, but it says because of you my women have aged, and I’ve left my history behind, and I’ve wiped my birth date, and I’ve cut all my veins – so perfectly dramatic.

I’ve been gifted a book that has touched my soul, and so I’m inspired to rewrite it, translate it and just talk about it. I wonder if he has any idea how incredible he was, how could something be so good?!

He should be the reason you want to learn Arabic

Or understand Arabic

He is the reason I continue to want to write Arabic

His words are the darkest vision and the brightest beautiful

He is my all time #inspo

Tell me, what and when inspires you?


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A Weekend In Bowral!

Berida Hotel, Bowral.

A year ago on this same day, I had woke up earlier than usual knowing I was going to commit to my forever. My forever decision has me sitting at this moment typing away with light seeping through the curtains, listening to the sound of him lightly breathing and the swish of wind outside in the cold town of Bowral.

Having been to Hunter Valley few times we decided to venture out so we choose the Southern Highlands as a destination to celebrate our One Year Anniversary as it captures the elements of getaway and most importantly had the wineries we all look for.

What to do if you only have one or two days here? 

  •  Stay at the ‘Berida Hotel’ – absolutely gorgeous. It has me wanting to turn my whole house Baby Blue and Navy with lots of Chandeliers (sorry boo).
  • Visit The Press Shop for Breakfast – a very cute cafe.
  • During the day, drive to Wineries. Recommended are the Centennial Vineyards, Cherry Tree Hill & Bendooley Estate (this one is a library / restaurant so you can book in advance to eat).
  • Walk around the town and visit ‘Dirty Jane Bowral’ if you’re after some Antiques, trust me, you’ll definitely end up buying someone else’s junk.  That’s not all, whilst there are few places to eat, we choose the ‘Bistro Officina Restaurant’ for dinner. The food is delicious, romantic atmosphere and if you’re staying at Berida Hotel it means you don’t even need to drive.

One final thing, yes, it is freezing so don’t forget your warm clothes. Now, if you’ve been and I haven’t covered something you’ve loved / must do, do let me know!

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I just can’t help myself, this is how I see Layla.

I do promise, it is one of the greatest songs ever written & sung.

This intoxicating mixture of him and her has created a unique and world – class music scene.

After all, Nizar Qabbani has touched it so this modern verse of the ancient tale of Layla is the epitome of all that is romance.

If you read into it it becomes so sombre, but that’s not even the point, I mean just listen.

I’ll trust you to trust me.

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