So why the sunflower?
Sunflowers embody the very qualities and spirit that this space aims to represent, promote, encourage and share with others.
Sunflowers keep their blooms turned towards the sun, thus symbolising positivity, strength, warmth and light.
Sunflowers produce an abundance of seeds, and in this way they are a source of nourishment for themselves and others.
And sunflowers, with their bright, vibrant shades of yellow and orange, represent happiness, vitality, personal growth and creativity.
Books and reading, for me, represent:
– A time to rest, relax and rejuvenate
– A way to feed my appetite for knowledge, learning new things and personal growth
– Cultivating empathy and compassion, and bettering my understanding of the world
– Travelling to other times, places, worlds
– And is a way to embrace and fuel my creativity, which nourishes the mind and the soul.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein
So who am I?
I’m Julia, I live in Queensland, Australia, and work as a doctor. I love to read. I always have. Now, as a lifelong reader and secretly an aspiring writer, I am putting my love of books down on paper, to share with you all.
What exactly do I read?
Well, anything really. I enjoy a wide range of genres and love discovering new authors and those that may be lesser known, from all around the world.
Here is just a few of the books in my collection which I have enjoyed!
So yes, I do love books. But I do love other things as well:
Hot summer days and afternoon thunderstorms. Cats, big and small. Drinking tea.
Writing in beautiful journals with beautiful pens.
Gorilla trekking in the mountains of Rwanda.
Pretending to be a wildlife photographer.
Ice cream and chocolate. Running. The beach.
Learning to live more mindfully. Colouring in, and dabbling in other creative pursuits!
What can you expect when joining me at Read and Live Well?
This space is largely dedicated to reading and books. Book photography, or #bookstagram, is serious business and my collection of beautiful photographs of beautiful books will also be showcased here!
Some of the categories of articles you can look forward to, include:
– Book reviews
– Spotlight on my favourite authors
– Around the world in books – my favourite books in translation
– Listacles – best books of 2016, my most anticipated releases of the summer, and more
– “Julia Cooks” – a bit of fun – reviewing cook books by attempting the recipes to determine how ‘cookable’ the books really are (this could be disastrous – I don’t, as a general rule, cook!)
I will also include feature articles related to health and wellness, mindfulness, and creativity when the inspiration strikes!
I look forward to you joining me and sharing my love of all things literature!
I also encourage comments on all of my posts, so please let me know what you think and we can discuss!
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