Thursday, July 29, 2010

Get busy living

I remember being told once that some old, and wise dude once said "a life half lived is a life wasted" Ive decided that, that dude must of had a pretty sweet beard, because I think he was onto something pretty smart.

For those of you that know me personally, {or have been reading my blog for a while at least} you will know that Im not the kinda girl who does things by halves. I mean, I got all out, and thats one of the traits that I am proud of, one of the things that I love about myself. I give 100% in everything I do, whether its school, work, love or friendship. I guess I just dont believe in doing things half heartedly. Its not in my DNA to give up, or give a little. I am also the kind of girl who likes to be busy. And Im not talking about a little bit busy. Im talking about, doing 7 different things at once, while working 2 jobs, trying to run a business and starting different projects on the side just to keep me on my toes {I cant wait to share some of these with you!}

Though, I have come to learn, that with giving yourself completely to everything that you do, comes risk. Great risk sometimes. Now, Normally I would say that the risk is worth it, it might not appear it in the beginning {in fact it almost never appears it in the beginning}, when you are nursing a broken heart, drowning in a sea of uncompleted tasks or counting on someone else to make your life make sense but when it all passes and you are left with that feeling of satisfaction that you created something wonderful, or were part of something that might just make someone elses day, or that the memories that you have with that person are irreplaceable, and that they actually really did shape you into the person that you have become today, it all becomes worth it. At least, thats what I am telling myself.

There is a bunch that is going on in my life right now. Somethings that are awesome and make me really really happy {like the fact that on tuesday im getting tattooed...again} somethings that are making me a little bit stressed {like this meeting next wednesday that is going to decide my future plans} and somethings, that are making me a little upset. However, I guess its times like that latter, that test your character. And I know who I am. And I will stand strong in that. Thats the most important thing. And so, I keep telling myself that as long as there is balance between these different aspects, that I cant really complain. That there are people in this world that have it a hundred, a thousand, a million time harder than I have it, and that they manage to stay alive, to stay focused, to stay smiling. With that, I keep moving forward. I keep finding new things to busy myself with, I keep pushing the boundaries on what I can do with my existence, and most of all I keep hoping that I am making a difference.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Changing Perspectives Vol. 4

Once upon a time there were 2 girls, who decided to embark on a photographic journey. Not the kind of Journey with Dragons and Bad Guys, rather the kind of journey that requires them to take 1 photo everyday for a whole year. Thats 365 photos. A challenge? Perhaps, But these girls decided to take it on together, everything is better in pairs right? The rules are simple. 1 Photo every day for 365 days. Starting July 1st 2010 and ending July 1st 2011. They thought they would share their little project on their blogs. A little gallery of sorts. So this is it. A year of photographs. Are you ready to see what their worlds look like through a lens?

Week Four.
22.07.10 - 28.07.10

I cant believe that its thursday already! This week has gone so fast! I get excited on thursday mornings because I get to see the week of photos that Jess and I have done. This might sound a little bit weird, but I feel like we are totally connected in this! Like on the 22nd, both of our images are super red! On the 25th we both have alcoholic beverages, and on the 26th Coffee and Chocolate! I mean what goes together better. Its been really good to get the first 4 weeks done! Only 48 to go!

While you are here, you should go and enter the wonderful giveaway I have running at the moment! is generously giving away some of her amazing products! So quick! Go and enter before time runs out.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Our City Lights... and a little giveaway!

Im so very very excited about this! is one of my favourite blogs ever {no lies} If you havent already, you need to check it out. {Seriously CLICK THE LINK NOW!!!!} Diana is potentially one of the most lovely girls ever, kind, sweet, tattooed, super talented photographer and a lover of books {she hit the cool jackpot I swear} Its been a while since I have done one of these little features, but I was so excited when Diana agreed to pop by and have a wee chat about whats in her handbag, slow cookers and a band with my name!

Hi my name is Diana But you can call me D My blog is The best thing I have learnt in the last 7 days is that my college sleeping schedule does not work for me at 29. In my bedroom you will find piles of books on my reading list I really like to cook something as easy as possible. The slow cooker and I are best of friends. My favourite book is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls One of the things I cant live without is my heavily prescribed glasses. I take my coffee french-pressed, hot, sugarless, a little cinnamon. In my handbag you will find my ipod, my cellphone, kindle, and a camera or two. In 1999 I was graduating high school and enrolling in beauty school. The last song that I listened to was Tilly and the Wall's Lost Girls. It's been on repeat lately.Last night I dreamt about babies, and thankfully it was just a dream! Not many people know this about me but I am a huge fan of the show JONAS (no judging!) I think everyone should know that I'm painfully shy.The best advice my mum ever gave me was your worth is not based on others opinions of you. I am inspired by fellow bloggers, bike rides, and music. In the second half of 2010 I will finally start my to-do list for 2010

A little while back, I treated myself to some of Diana's most ADORABLE products from her shop. Infact I think I got my hands on one of almost everything! I just couldnt choose what I wanted to purchase! Its all just so dreamy and delicious. Diana, has ever so kindly offered to give away one of her packs of postcards AND the lucky winner will also recieve one of a beautiful 5x5 print that Diana is will select just for you! Talk about awesome. {I wonder...can I enter my own giveaway?}

Heres the Rules:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. You must leave your email address in ALL entries!

How to enter:
for ONE Entry - Head over to the our city lights shop and tell me what is your favourite thing that she sells {its going to be a hard choice - trust me!}
for ONE extra entry - Tell me your favourite city in the world, and why it has your heart.
for ONE extra extra entry - go and purchase something from the our city lights shop! Let me know what you brought, and your etsy username!

Winner will be chosen at random on the 5th of August! So you have a little bit of time, but I wouldnt slack if I were you! I have a question for you, Now that you have entered the giveaway, What are you still doing here? Quick, grab a cup of tea and get yourself over to You have a lot to catch up on! You wont be disappointed... I promise.

P.s If you or maybe someone you know has an etsy store, or an online shop or something like that, and would like to be featured, and have a little giveaway like this one on shewaitsforwhispers.... please email me shewaitsforwhispers{at}ymail{dot}com and we can sort something out. I dont bite. I promise!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lets Partyyy! Part 2.

Saturday was such a great day. My goodness. The morning was spent at the hairdressers, and then Jess and I went and picked up my pal Jacinta and headed into the penthouse apartment in the city which we had for the night. Rosie turned up shortly after that and we spent the afternoon being super girly, with homemade guacamole thanks to the beautiful jess {it was FREAKING delicious!} getting made over thanks to the seriously talented Jacinta {this girl has skills. i mean. mad skills.} and doing all sorts of other silly things like drinking wine and taking photos, not to mention shaving arm pits and moisturising legs all while having a no pants party in the living room! Yum! After we were all a ready to go, we put on our pretty dresses {my mama made mine! She is amazing} and headed down to a bar... where a beautiful pink cadillac picked us up and took us to thee party {yeah so it was a little over the top, but so much fun!} Speeches were made, and flipping Jess got me all teary, photos a plenty were taken, and so much love was shared. Honestly, I feel so so so blessed to call these amazing people my family and friends. They made my night so very special, and honestly, it wouldnt have been the same without every one of them being there. Jeepers! Im a lucky lady. Wanna perve at how awesome we all looked? Oh ok!!

Yum! Homemade guacamole!

Using industrial strength deoderant, to keep our pits dry! haha

The venue! Isnt it flipping sweet!

Photoboard 1.0

In thee cadillac on the way to the diner

My beautiful friends Ben and Elise.

My GORGEOUS cake! It was soooo tasty!

Brooke, Zoe, Dom and Myself!

Wonder Nat and Super Sam! <3>
Mama, Me, Jess and Auntie Annie

Jared dressed as Buddie Hollie. Love!

Haha this photo makes me giggle!

Everything is a okay with me!

Jacinta and Tillie.

Miss Robyn and I.

Dom, Finn and Tillie

My beautiful Mama and I. Can you believe she made BOTH of our dresses! Wonderwoman!

Cousin Lovin!

And and and! Just because I want ya'll to see the incredible job that my mother did on my dress... here a full length picture with the car. oh the sexy sexy car! yum!

Yay! So, that was my birthday. We ended up in the city after the party, where I proceded to do 21 shots, dance for another 4 and a half hours, and ending the night with diet coke, mince and cheese service station pies and cuddles from the best people. And the best bit, I get to do it all again next weekend {on a slightly lesser of a scale} with the most lovely of people in Auckland City! Yip, Operation: Tillies Auckland 21st commences at 1430 on Saturday 31 July 2010. I cant wait.

In all Honesty, I truely had the most wonderful night. Everyone made it so special, I was SO spoilt, and treated like an absolute queen... I guess now that I should start acting like an adult.... probably not though!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lets Partyyy! Part 1.

I had such an amazing weekend. Actually. Amazing doesnt even begin to describe how wonderful it was. On thursday I turned the big two one. {thank you all for your birthday wishes. Love you heappppps!} So on Thursday night my mum and aunty took me around to our local bar to have a cocktail... which turned into a few cocktails, and a sore head the next morning. Being the silly one that I am, I didnt really take any photos that night, because it was just us, and I sorta just forgot! Whoops! But it was a lovely way to spend the evening of my birthday none the less. Then friday rolls around... and the best thing about the 23rd of July, is that it is my cousin Xaviers birthday! He turned 6. Its so special that we get to share our birthdays the day after each other! So, on Friday evening, my whole family got together, and we had a big old celebration. Stevens Style. My beautiful cousin Jess came down from Auckland, My grandparents travelled from Tauranga, and the family got together, to eat, drink and spend some time with one another. It was so lovely. Photos you say? Oh... okay, you twisted my arm!

Jess and I hanging out!

Grandad and the Grandkids!

Me, Xavier and My mama!

Oh my gosh! A cake!

The birthday kids cutting the birthday cake

Pink AND Blue icing. YUM!

Cousin Lovin!

Well, that was part 1 folks. Stay tuned for more fromthe weekend! There are over 800 photos for me to sort through, so ill be posting a couple more posts throughout the week. Hope you had a delicious weekend too!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Changing Perspectives Vol. 3

Once upon a time there were 2 girls, who decided to embark on a photographic journey. Not the kind of Journey with Dragons and Bad Guys, rather the kind of journey that requires them to take 1 photo everyday for a whole year. Thats 365 photos. A challenge? Perhaps, But these girls decided to take it on together, everything is better in pairs right? The rules are simple. 1 Photo every day for 365 days. Starting July 1st 2010 and ending July 1st 2011. They thought they would share their little project on their blogs. A little gallery of sorts. So this is it. A year of photographs. Are you ready to see what their worlds look like through a lens?

Week Three.
15.07.10 - 21.07.10

What a week! Waking up to sunrises, posting letters, baking, and even an avant garde make up photoshoot. Goodness me. I feel like I should feel exhausted, and yet, I am feeling quite refreshed. A big weekend ahead, which I am really looking forward too! I hope you all have had a lovely week and that you are looking forward to a delicious weekend.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to me! hehe.

1 more sleep

Mmhmm! Im 21 tomorrow! How exciting. Ive spent the last couple of weeks sorting everything out for my party, making drinks tickets, bus tickets, camera cards, and all sorts of other bits and pieces {next week ill post all about it!} Its going to be so fun! I really cant wait. I think what I am most excited about is the fact that I am going to have my closest friends {the local ones at least!!} and family all together in one place, to celebrate! My mum has made me the most BEAUTIFUL dress ever, the venue for the party is simply perfect {1950s diner anyone?} and everything is coming together. Last night I spent the night going through all my old albums and boxes upon boxes of photos to find some photos to have running through the TV screens throughout the night. It was such a trip to look through all the old photos, especially the ones from when I was super little! It was kinda cool to be able to look back and actually remember the people in the photos from my younger years, or to see the look on my face and remember exactly how much I loved my Wendy Doll House. I thought, in light of my birthday, and the whole coming of age thing... I would share some of these photos with you... and maybe even some of the stories that go along with them.

What can I say. I was cute! Haha.

Ths is me and my grandad! Check him out rocking the pink shirt!

When I was a bunch younger {obviously} we lived close to the beach. This was the playground at the beach, I remember spending heaps of time here!

I have no clue what I was wearing, or why I have this wig on! Haha, but according to my mama I use to like playing dressups alot when I was a little one.

This photo makes me laugh! My mum {in the blue and green striped jersey!!} use to take me to a kiddies gym type class thing once a week when I was little. I pretty much rocked the matching sweatsuit.... and have been raising the roof every since!

Potentially the cutest dress to ever exist. I would like one of those in my size now!

Me and my delightfully lovely cousin Jess. Hehe. Dang we are cute! {I had to!!}

I dont even know what was going on here, but I like how I look like im in mid song. Pretty much case in point that music was and still is a HUGE part of my life

Naww! My wendy Doll House! {I mean seriously! How sweet is that house!} This was practically permanently set up in our living room when I was a kid. I use to have tea parties and such in there, and would rope my aunties and uncles into playing with me everytime they came over!

I was 4 in this picture. It was my kindergarten picture, taken in 1993 {I love how my fringe is pretty much still the same}

I was a dancer as a kid. I use to practise a bunch and spend alot of time at competitions. I fricking loved it! So much! This was at a dancing competition probably around 1993/1994. I remember it perfectly. It was my first every competition, and it was a tap dance. I had practised and practised in my living room, but because our house wasnt that big rather than doing the steps how they were meant to be i just went round and round in circles... I got up on stage for my competition, and, of course because I had practised, I performed round and round in circles... I must have been good, because I won! Haha. Either that or the judges felt sorry for me haha.

This is me with my incredibly amazing aunty Denise. She passed when I was 8, so the photos I have with her are so precious because we were really really really close. I love how candid and chilled this photo is. I wish I remembered this day, but I dont really. I know it would of been a good one though, every adventure with Denise was a good one.