11 Quotes from The Book by Alan Watts



A couple of months ago whilst scrolling through twitter, someone I follow recommended the author Alan Watts. Last month I started reading one of his books called The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. I was unsure of what to expect but found that I really resonated with much of the writers words. Whilst reading the book I made a few notes of the quotes I liked best as I thought it would be good to share them.

  1. Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature
  2. Attention is narrowed perception
  3. Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way
  4. Society as we know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules
  5. A permanently vicious specious destroys, not only itself, but all other life in its environment
  6. Most of our products are being made by people who do not enjoy making them
  7. The more strenuously you grasp this airy nothingness, the more swiftly it collapses in your hands
  8. The present is the only thing that has no end
  9. We have scrubbed the world clean of magic
  10. Life must be lived as a game
  11. To define is to limit

So there you have it, let me know which one was your favorite or if you’ve read any good books lately. Leave me your recommendations below.



Stuff and things: March 2017



Simon Sinek and Seth Godin

I find them both incredibly inspiring, not for who they are but for what they’ve done and what they are continuing to do. They are both authors, public speakers and marketers. I’ve been watching talks and interviews with them on YouTube and I always come away with something valuable from each one. I would definitely recommend checking them both out whether you’re a writer, have a business even if your a blogger.

Reading Fiction

I often find myself wanting to read about personal development, creativity, marketing, spirituality etc. But last month I was really into reading fiction. I’d forgotten what it’s like to get lost in a story.


Towards the end of last month I had deadlines for my course. It got quite stressful so I had to keep reminding myself that in a short while it would all be over and I’d have nothing to stress about. When I did get stresses or anxious I would just tell myself that I had nothing to worry about and that I had sufficient time to get it all completed. It was incredible helpful and is exactly the way things turned out.

Going Self-hosted and another name change

So I recently changed my blog name from Jimi the Phoenix to Fuchsia and Phoenix. My plan was to buy the domain and just have a .com blog, however I’ve realised that Fuchsia and Phoenix wasn’t the best choice of name. I’m now in the process of coming up with something new. I’ve also decided to finally go self-hosted after more than 5 years of having a free WordPress blog.

My first restaurant review

Last month I was lucky enough the attend the restaurant 1580 and I did a review of it. This was my first time doing a restaurant review and I definitely think there is room for improvement but I enjoyed branching off into something new.

Bridgit Mendler

I’ve only really known Mendler from being on Disney channel but when Temperamental love came up in my recommended videos on YouTube, I became curious. The song was nothing like I expected but I surprisingly loved it. I then proceeded to listen to more of her songs and was continuously surprised. I’ve had Can’t bring this down on repeat for weeks.


Stuff and things #1



Cartia Mallan

Cartia quickly became one of my favourite Youtubers not just because of her amazing style but for her honesty and unique content. These days the content on YouTube channels is quite often very similar and that can sometimes get boring. I love the way that Cartia edits her videos as it keeps things interesting and you can really see how creative she is.


The interview with Caitlin Stacey was in my recommended section  whilst I was on YouTube one day and after watching it I ended up watching around 5 more. I just found that it was really interesting to listen to people tell their stories of life and share their experiences.

It’s different for girls

book cover of  It\'s Different for Girls


I love reading fictional books based in past decades. This book by Jo Brand was based in the 70’s and is a story of friendship and growing up. It was easy to read and I enjoyed the way the story developed. Something I noticed was the major contrast in technology and it really emphasized how dependant we are on it for everyday living. It seems crazy now to imagine my teenage years without a mobile phone as it has always been the main form of communication especially with friends that live far away or even just to make plans with friends in my city.



I love to doodle it’s something I started doing a long time ago as a bit of a distraction and I still do it now. I often end up doing it in class even though  I should be fully focusing on things like the Bowditch adjustment method. My class mates are always curious and tend to peer over like ‘What’s she drawing this time?’ and they tell me my doodles aren’t too bad which is nice of them.

Bullet Journals

planwithmechallenge Day 24 Stay Motivated One of my favorite wayshellip:


So I don’t currently have a bullet journal but I love peering into the pages of other peoples. Hannah Gale did a blog post not too long ago called How to use a bullet journal which was pretty good, so check it out. I really like the idea of writing things down and being organised so to have a notebook with things documented neatly in an array of colours sounds like a great idea to me. If you are really into journals, planning and setting goals then I recommend the blog Boho Berry as it is amazing for all that type of stuff.

So that’s all for the first post in my new series, hope ya liked it!




Tales from a long weekend


Good Friday: Early starts, Mento and Mantras



I began my day just after 6am when I woke up and decided to read The Happiness Project. I did so until around 7.30 which was when I finally decided to get out of bed. A few hours later I was found dancing to Mento music with my mother and sister. Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that is often confused with calypso. Being that my family is from Jamaica when I listen to Mento I envision my great grand parents listening, singing or dancing to it which brings me joy.

The afternoon was spent working on multiple assignments and writing. In the evening my nieces arrived as they were staying for the weekend. Throughout the day I found myself worrying about something which felt important. But I later reminded myself of something I’d written a few months ago: “I cannot control the things that are out of my control”. It’s become like a sort of mantra for when I find myself consumed by things to an unnecessary extent. I also like to ask myself “Will it matter in the long-term?” if yes then I try and come up with a rational solution so I can move forward. However if the answer is no then I just have to get over it, pretty much!


Saturday: Childhood and the opposite of productivity

Well Saturday mimicked Friday except for the fact that I was much less productive. I played with my nieces which is always fun. They are so energetic and curious. They constantly want to play, be picked up or eat. But I love it and can’t deny that I miss that carelessness and freedom that comes with being a little kid.


Easter Sunday: Lazy Sundays


My morning consisted of Mcleods Daughters, cereal and a mocha. Overall I had a fairly lazy day which is what my Sundays are famous for. My sister took care of dinner and I did the other usual chores and looked after my nieces. It was a pretty uneventful day but I spent the evening preparing for the week ahead (as I usually do) with plans and to-do lists. The next day I was heading off to London for an all day church thing my Nan asked me to attend so I also had to sort out an outfit for that.


Easter Monday: The things we do for old times sake

Albert Bridge, London


I woke up at 5:10am put my phone to charge then fell asleep again almost instantly. I was later awoken by the sound of heavy rain beating down on the world. I grabbed my duvet and trudged over to the window to watch it pouring down. Not long after this the 6am alarm went off. For some reason I felt ridiculously tired so I allowed myself an extra 10 minutes or so of comfort in bed before I started getting ready. We left for London at around 8am much later than planned and it took a few hours hours to reach our destination. Once we reached London I enjoyed the drive which involved me listening to music whilst gazing out of the window at the big city. We drove through Earls Court and along the Chelsea embankment so I got to see the Albert bridge which reminded me of something from a fairy tale. As someone with an interest in engineering, history and design bridges are pretty interesting to me.

Despite the fact that I’m not a Christian the event overall was pretty descent with a pleasant atmosphere, the type created when people come together for a positive cause. It was an annual church event that I’ve been going to since I was a kid but now that I’m an adult it was a very different experience. This year was the last time I’ll ever attend which is why I chose to go, it was simply for old times sake.


8 lines of inspiration from ‘It’s not how good you are…’


Earlier this year i read a book called It’s not how good you are it’s how good you want to be’ by Paul Arden. It was excellent and also really easy to read. It was inspiring and full of the most amazing arrangements of words. So amazing in fact, that I just had to share them with you. Also I would definitely recommend Ardens’ book as it is both encouraging and empowering.

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be By Paul Arden:

  1. Creative people need something to rebel against, it’s what gives their lives excitement.

  2. If you can’t solve a problem it’s because you’re playing by the rules.

  3. If you think you can’t, make it your aim.

  4. Start being wrong and suddenly anything is possible.

  5. Aim beyond what you are capable of. Try things you are incapable of.

  6. You are the magic, the art is to inspire.

  7. The way too get unblocked is to lose your inhibitions and stop worrying about being right.

  8. Originality can’t be fashionable.


3 quotes I forgot to share earlier



Earlier this year I read ‘It’s not how good you are it’s how good you want to be’ by Paul Arden. I made a few notes of bits and pieces I wanted to share on my blog and will do so in the coming days. At the end of the book were some quotes by various people. Here are 3 of my favourites:

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm

Winston Churchill

I’ve failed at various things in my life and sometimes I feel like giving up but I don’t. Sometimes I laugh at myself with my perseverance despite the odds but there is a reason I don’t give up. The truth is I believe that I’m capable of achieving what I want if I put in the work and my heart is truly in it, so I keep trying.

If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough

Mario Andretti

I tend to gravitate towards comfort and having things under control simply out of fear that I can’t handle anything more. for me this quote means ‘do more’ or ‘take it further’. Andretti is actually a race-car driver so I’m not sure if he applied this to everyday life but it’s possible. If I really think about it though I could be doing so much more with my blog for example.

We don’t see things as they are we see things as we are

Anais Nin

I’ve always thought this, not in the same words but round about the same idea. We each have different thoughts, perspectives and feelings. Those are the things that shape our individual realities.


The Lost Art and Tara Jupp



When I read the Lost Art of Keeping Secrets a few months ago it felt like I was right there with the characters in the 1950s. I felt so much emotion and I remember just being in awe at the talent of the Author.

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry.

One quite in particular that I liked was,

We were young and the world spun for us alone.

Midway through the book I realized that one of the names sounded very familiar. Now I knew both of these books were by the same author but what I didn’t know is that they were connected. A few of the characters are in both books and they have similar themes.


Tara Jupp has 583 pages. When I read it last year, it had been a long time since I had read a book of that length but it didn’t seem long at all. As my eyes followed the words row by row images and motions began to play out in my mind; almost like a dream but I wasn’t sleeping. The book is set in the 1960s and it’s so exciting. You end up wanting the best for the characters as though they were real people that you know and care for.

Tara Jupp, vicar’s daughter, singer and occasional thief, is lured to London from Cornwall in the summer of 1962 and finds herself at the start of an extraordinary time. Within hours of her arrival, she is plunged into a brilliant new world of fashion, music and heartache, all in a city where skirts are being hitched up as fast as the past is being pulled down. Can Tara succeed while still holding on to who she is…

If you like the sound of ’em, seek them out and give ’em a read. I fell in love with both of them and will definitely be reading them both again.