Friday, 28 February 2014

The city goes to bed...

There is a beautiful emptiness in the air at the moment.

As we walk home from a true spectacle in a familiar city, it seems to whisper to us. The quiet of the night is punctuated by squeaks and hisses in the darkness.
But they are not sinister. No, they are more like the city is getting ready for rest, as are we.

A gate whines eerily in the darkness, unseen. Blowing in a steady breeze is some sturdy shrubbery; the result of a permanently breathing air-conditioning unit.

The air seems to pulsate with energy. Anything could happen.
We wander through the darkness, the air still warm but a cool breeze swiftly reminding us that autumn is on its way.
I imagine the streets crowded with people. In the absence of movement and life, they seem conversely to be glaringly obvious.
And so also conversely, I feel more alive, exhilarated and yet perfectly calm in the moonlight. "The city goes to bed, and I can live inside my head."

All too soon we are back, and I feel suddenly exhausted. Tonight was a night to remember.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Summer playlist

This is the last weekend of summer. How fast, yet slow it has gone. These are the songs I listened to over the summer, that hold memories of good times and long nights. I did an A side and a B side; the A side for the good times and the B side for the long nights.

A side:
Love Love Love by Avalanche City (my all-time favourite summer song)
Make You Mine by Benny Tipene
The Wrong Direction by Passenger (for singing along to with friends and a guitar)
Something I Need by One Republic
Love Is On The Radio - Hopeful Mix by McFly
Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

This image is courtesy of Megan, who has a really lovely blog that you should definitely check out. I think this picture embodies those warm summer nights in the city so well, as do the other photos from the same post.

B side:
Say Something by A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran (which for a long time I thought was Icy Fire)
King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men (for dancing crazily to late at night)
When I See You Smile by Bic Runga 
Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey
Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

And here is the playlist on Spotify, just in case you wanted to listen. :)
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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Anonymous Letters

So, I have been doing quite a bit of thinking lately, as per usual, which has led me to write this letter. You know when you barely know someone, but you are in a situation with them where you think, you deserve better than that, but you don't feel you know them well enough to say it to them? I decided to write a letter instead.

Dear R,
So, recently you have been saying to me how 'perfect' some people are, and I wanted you to know that while I seemed to be agreeing with you, I was really thinking this and felt that it wasn't the time or place to go into this.
First of all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I think that you are an incredible person, who is bubbly, stunning and a great person to talk to. I do not think that you are perfect, in the same way that I do not think that I or E or anyone else for that matter, is perfect. Perfection is unattainable, and who would want to be perfect anyway? Wouldn't it be boring?
I am, of course, not perfect, but I am happy with who I am. I want you to understand that you should be too. Everyone has their own special imperfections and we are so much more because of that. Why would you want to be someone else when you could be you? Amazing, imperfect you?
You don't need to feel intimidated or silly around I or E. You are not less than them, they are not more than you. You are different and your friends and family love you for that.
Because this is so long that it is becoming an essay rather than a message, allow me to finish with a quote. :)
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is youer than you"
- Dr Suess

I know that it isn't just me who has seen things like this and wanted to say something but felt it was not their place. So I have made these two graphics for you to send to someone who you think deserves better. Just copy and paste, or pin it. :)


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Sunday, 9 February 2014

New Blog Design!!!

Hello everyone,
As you can see, I have a new blog design!! I am so excited about this, I always love looking at other people's blog design's, I think they can be so expressive of a person's personality.

Grace from Fox Lane Tales has done this and she has done it beautifully, and might I say, free of charge! She wants to gain some experience in blog designing and so she didn't charge me for it, which I think is so lovely and kind and I am so grateful to her. She is such a wonderful person and it was a pleasure to work (if you can call it that!) with her. Thank-you Grace. I know I have been saying it a lot, but I don't think I can say it enough. All of you reading this, yes you, should go and check out her blog, because it is very good.

I think that my new blog design reflects my personality nicely, because honestly I'm more of a purple than an orange kind of girl. I really wanted the glasses incorporated in the design too, because they explain my blog title, that is the lens that I am talking about. In fact, I didn't even consider the fact that lens could be about a camera lens until I started blogging properly. Going off on a bit of a tangent here; the reason that I called my blog the Earth through a Lens is because I wear glasses so I see everything 'through a lens'. I often find that when I wear my glasses I see things slightly differently. Just like when I am daydreaming, sometimes my glasses refract the light and so I can see tiny rainbows around the place, but only I can see them. Or I will look outside and the sun will make a flare across my glasses. I guess what I mean is that for me, my glasses allow me to appreciate the little beauties of life, which I don't do as much when I am not wearing my glasses.

Anyway, have a lovely week. I feel like I had a super productive week last week, with four blog posts in one week! But sadly I can say right now that will not last, school is starting to ramp up now and there is just so much to do!

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pea Soup - A New Zealand Blogging Community

Hey Lovelies,
Well, I’m not Emma, but I hope you will keep reading on ‘cause I have something super exciting to tell you about!
Pea Soup.
No, not the actual Pea Soup. 

Pea Soup is a new online community for Kiwi bloggers like you and me. Created by a fellow Kiwi blogger – that would be me.
See, Emma and I got talking about how we couldn’t find any sites in New Zealand where we could connect with other New Zealand bloggers. The ones we found were either out of date or the wrong theme (meaning, we ain’t mummy bloggers).
So I said I’d make one. And I did.
But what makes Pea Soup a bit more special is that is has a private forum for bloggers to join, connect and chat to one another. I wanted to create a site where it wasn’t just a bunch of posts all about what other people had written, I wanted to create a conversation between us all, bloggers and readers; to make new friendships all over the country and find fantastic new blogs to read.
Each day I aim to have a “post of the day” which could be anyone. Pretty much whatever blog post takes my fancy that day. Gosh, I sure do have a lot of reading to do! 
There will also be features of bloggers and their sites monthly and posts here and there about me (just in case you get a bit nosy).
You don’t have to be a blogger to use Pea Soup, if you love reading blogs then head over and check out the blog directory to find more! Keep checking back for more blogs to be added and keep an eye on the home page for the “post of the day”.
Are you a blogger and want to join? Head over to Pea Soup and have a click around. Submit your blog to me so I can read it and feature you. Join the private bloggers forum and we can all get to know each other. And don’t forget to add my button to your blog, that thing took me a good couple of hours to make and work out how on earth you get that little HTML text box underneath.
I hope you will enjoy using Pea Soup and feel free to contact me any time you like. As Emma would know, I am pretty good at replying to emails ☺

Hayleigh xx
I hope you guys check Pea Soup out, I am super excited for it, I think it is going to be fantastic! (I may or may not have view the page over 50 times yesterday) Thanks for posting Hayleigh! (ps. I am secretly very happy, because this is my first guest post!)
UPDATE: this community has unfortunately come to an end, but if there are any other NZ blogging communities out there that you know about, please let me know! :)
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