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Friday Favourites 23.09.16

Hi Everyone!

The past week has been an exciting one. On Monday I launched “A Life I Choose”. I didn’t plan to launch it on Monday – which is very unlike me, actually. Typically I would set a date and mentally prepare myself. But I couldn’t decide on a date and I just kept feeling like I wanted the website to be “almost perfect”. I say almost because I know that perfection is just not possible. I kept working, working, working on it, and there were still all these little glitches. And, on Monday morning, I thought, “I’m going to keep finding glitches. There will always be something that I want to improve…What am I waiting for?” And I launched it, just like that.

Your reactions to the blog gave me such an energy boost. I’ve been so touched by those of you who have reached out and told me how much they like the style of the blog and what I’m writing about. Thank you again for the likes on facebook, for sharing my posts, and for following me on instagram. I am so grateful for your support.

So, here’s my first in a series I intend to call “Friday Favourites”:

Favourite Accessory
I came across a beautiful Gratitude Pendant by Mejuri. I think wearing a necklace like this is a fantastic reminder to integrate the practice of gratitude into your daily life. It’s a good excuse to buy a nice necklace anyway!! But, no, honestly…I really think that wearing a necklace like this acts as a symbol of the promise you make to yourself to be grateful no matter what. If it works for you as a reminder, it could have an amazing impact on your mood, relationships, work…and so on.

Favourite Snack
I made Deliciously Ella’s recipe for Cashew and Ginger Energy Balls this week. For a youtube video on how to make them click here. They are so delicious, they remind me of gingerbread cookies. It took me 10 minutes to make them. They’re made from 4 ingredients only: cashews, dates, oats, and ground ginger!! Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free. Not that I have anything against gluten and dairy…or sugar for that matter (although I do watch my intake), but they appeal to everyone!… Unless you don’t like ginger…or dates…or cashews 🙂

Favourite Artist
I used to work at an architecture firm, and while I was there, I worked with a guy named Edward Cuschieri. Aside from being one of the nicest people on the planet, he is also an amazing artist. I mean, just look at these sketches. He works with two tools: a pencil and a paper, and he creates beauty. When I look at the sketches, I actually get a sense of what the subjects are feeling. I can create a story in my head of what’s been happening to them. It’s amazing. So, I’m really happy to share his work with you. Here are 3 of my favourite sketches of his, which he’s so kindly let me post on the blog. You can see more of his work by clicking here.

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Favourite Children’s Toy
This week my niece, Georgie, turned 1! I went to Hamley’s and got her some presents from there, but I think my favourite toy has to be Violet by LeapFrog. Via the parent’s smart phone Violet learns the child’s name, and things the child likes. It plays over 40 songs and teaches words, counting and emotions. Here’s a short video of the one we got for Georgie. She loves it!


Favourite Book
I recently read “The Soul of Money” by Lynne Twist. I did find the book quite repetitive. In fact, I got a little impatient towards the end. But, she did encourage me to think differently about how I spend money. A message that I really took from the book was that I can use money in a way that enhances my life. So, if I spend my money mindfully, on things that matter to me, I will feel good about spending that money because it’s like an investment in myself and my values. She also speaks about how money always has to be moving. So we need to be spending if we want money to come to us – kind of like a karma situation.

Since reading the book, I’ve actually felt more comfortable spending money because I’m spending it more consciously. I know that I’m investing in myself, in those I love and I’m spending it on products that I consider ethical. Also, I haven’t found myself broke since reading the book, even though I’ve actually been making bigger purchases.

She tells some really great stories about her travels and the people she’s met from all walks of life. It’s quite eye-opening. I definitely recommend it.

Favourite Poem
I really enjoy listening to poets perform their poetry. This week I want to share Sabrina Benaim’s poem, titled “Explaining my depression to my mother“. She really captures the experience of depression – feeling lifeless, energyless. Loss of interest, not understanding why. People telling you happiness is a choice which to an extent is true, but for the person going through depression, the roads to happiness are long, winding and full of obstacles. People with depression need compassion and support. They need to be challenged to take small steps out of the depression but always challenge from a place of love – not from a place of criticism.

What are your favourites of this week? Do share, I love to hear from you!

With love,


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Emma Hogg, Founder of A Life I Choose

Hi! I'm Emma. I’m a psychotherapist who lives, breathes and eats the science of joyfulness, wellness and achievement. All the work I do is fuelled by my deep wish to belong to a world where people actively choose their lives! A person without choice is an unhappy individual. A person who passionately and resiliently lives their purpose experiences joy and fulfilment daily. If you’re like me and you see that the more people are consciously engaging in life, the happier our world will be, then we need you to be a beacon of this message by living it! My blog is one of my ways of creating dialogue with you, so that together, we can have a greater impact on our world. x

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