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I am a believer and I’m not ashamed of that… I don’t and won’t judge your belief structure God allows us freedom of choice xxx I’ve made my choice and right or wrong I’m sticking to it.

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Thank you

It’s time to rest ahead of the week that is ahead of us… a week full of blessings and challenges. How ready are you for what may lie ahead? I’m ready for what may be because I know that it’s going to be alright.

You see too often I get myself psyched out even before I get there and then lose my will irrationally. Let’s agree to not psyche ourselves out before tomorrow because tomorrow is not owed to us. Fact is it may not come. We are not entitled to it just because we assume we are.

Let’s be thankful and grateful for each moment of each day.

My day summed up in a song…

Where is the moment when we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves, and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue sky’s faded to gray
They tell me your passion’s gone away
And I don’t need no carrying onStand in the line just to hit a new low
You’re faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life’s been way off line
You’re falling to pieces every time
And I don’t need no carrying on’Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile, and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down, and you really don’t mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad dayWell you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don’t need no carrying onYou had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile, and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie
You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind
You had a bad daySometimes the system goes on the blink, and the whole thing it turns out
Wrong
You might not make it back and you know that you could be well, oh, that
Strong
And I’m not wrongSo where is the passion when you need it the most?
Oh, you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost’Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You see what you like
And how does it feel one more time?
You had a bad day
You had a bad day (had a bad day, had a bad day, had a bad day)Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Daniel Powter

Be that one….

It’s important in life to bring light to a dark and gloomy situation. I’m generally a happy go lucky and friendly person. I try and see the good in every situation because I refuse to be the dark cloud in the group.

Ok breathe and be realistic, I didn’t say that I don’t have fire cracker days but I try and keep it real and see and be the light in the situation.

It’s ok to feel as though the world around us is imploding (the immediate world around you and not the actual world because let’s face it you don’t have to be a believer to know it’s the signs of the times and that xxxx is about to get real) and that change in our daily lives is imminent… if you don’t like the situation you find yourself in … move, you are not a tree (are you?) oh Lordy if you are a tree then I obviously need a say in a soft padded room because I’m talking to trees again. (As a pre School Teacher it feels as though I talk to trees daily anyway but that is a whole other story 🤤🤭🤔🤗🙄🥴😵🤐)

It’s good to start to relax in the situation we find ourselves in and breathe a bit deeper.

It’s ok to know that you are entitled to feel down sometimes and having a bad day does not make us bad people. We are after all human (unless you are a 🌲 then this is not meant for you) and we cannot be happy go lucky all the time. Bad days happen but they don’t mean you have a bad life. Chin up hunny you’ve got this…

In all fairness, I am that person that wants to take the time to be the builder upper of other people and I want to make the world a better and happier place, this is easier said than done because I’m also the one that gets walked over and dumped on all the time. This in itself drains my batteries very quickly and I more often than not am left feeling battered and bruised by the passive confrontation.

Wherever you go, whatever you do… be the light.

Sunshine blogger Nomination 🤗

3 in 1 Sunshine Blogger Award

My brother in Jesus, matt from jesusluvsall nominated me the Sunshine Blogger Award and I accept with a grateful heart and I hope in turn I can make him proud.

Matt’s blog jesusluvsall.blog is inspirational and is an uplifting blog to follow and read. Thank you x

It is my very first ever nomination for the Sunshine Blogger award and I am delighted to be blessed in this manner.

The Rules for Sunshine Blogger

Rules:-

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

And here are my 11 questions for those I’ve nominated:

My nominees if they choose to participate

Natalie of renegade7x,com

Megan of meganinlincoln.home.blog

Charli of thegoodnamesaregone.com

Carol Anne of therapybits.com

Vicki of wateringcanblog.com

Elizabeth of dailythoughtspoetryfiction.wordpress.com

Rory of aguycalledbloke.blog

lighthousesurvivors.com

bereavedsingledad.blog

perpetuallypastdue.com

dreambigdreamoften.co

Matt’s Questions for me…

  1. If I was invited to dinner at your home, what food would you cook? by the way I have to eat gluten free … if I invited you to dinner I would cook sweet and sour chicken with spice rice and gluten free tiramisu for desert
  2. What is your favorite place to unwind? Home with my boys… I lock the world away and have family time.
  3. What is your favorite animal and why? Pet wise dogs and cats but favorite animal ever 🦒 giraffe. Not sure why exactly…
  4. Where would you like to go on your next vacation? I haven’t been on a vacay in many many many years so I would love to go absolutely anywhere
  5. Read a book or watch a movie? Movie
  6. If you could, would you like to travel in space? Um no thank you.
  7. Beach or mountains and why? I am a bit spoilt for choice because I live within a few kilometers from at least 10 beaches and I live on a mountain so I would have to say both although I would rather hike and picnic on a mountain.
  8. What is your favorite music? Gospel or 60’s
  9. What is your favorite snack? I’m a biggishgirl 😳 so I love snacking a bit too much but I’d have to say… biltong (a South African delicacy I’d imagine… ) I’ve been told it’s almost like the jerky they have in America.
  10. How do you like to celebrate your birthday? All month long. Family ….
  11. If Jesus knocked on your door to visit, what would you think? I would be happy to have Him knock on my door and would sit immersed in His company..
My boys and Our Erin

My questions to my nominees should they choose to participate…

1. If you could give me any tips on blogging and how you were able to become so successful blogging what would your first bit of advice be?

2. It’s a dark and gloomy day and it is pouring with rain… your car is loaded and there is one spot next open next to you… as you drive you see 3 people walking in the rain… an old lady, your best friend and your crush… who do you pick up and why?

3. If you could have coffee with one person who would it be and why?

4. Do you prefer early mornings or late nights?

5. What is your favorite hobby?

6. Your favorite meal?

7. Your least favorite meal?

8. What advice did you receive that you hold on to till today?

9. What is your line of work… when you’re not blogging?

10. Your favorite movie ever and why do you think I should watch it?

11. If you could go back in time and give your teenage self the best advice ever… advice you wish you were given back in the day what would it be and why?

Be Authentically you always….

Thank you Matt I hope I did a good job and that I made you proud x

Matt of Jesusluvsall

Stay kind

In life we are all thrown into the “roller coasters” of life. Sometimes it puts us on a real high and it is all good and then there are the lowest of lows. Truth be told just like us others have things that they go through alone and don’t want us to know. It doesn’t matter what is going on in our lives, or whatever happens to us we need to wake up and realize it’s never acceptable behavior to be rude or unkind to them, if they go out of their way to cause harm to us we need to step up to the plate and just let it go.

Backstabbers will backstab and it’s on them. Don’t do it back.

Shine…

There’s a song that goes… keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side… keep on the sunny side of life, It will help us everyday. It will brighten everyday… if we keep on the sunny side of life.

News flash your antagonists hate it if we do… they might go out of their way to dampen your day… smile through it.

Find the tranquil spot in your life and recharge…

Photo credit Nigel Riley

What are you busy with right now? Have you taken the time out to reflect on your future hopes and plans? What drives you?

In a perfect world I see myself sitting in the spot that the photo was taken looking within to see what my hopes and aspirations are. I would be not as stressed out as I am right now and I would be reflecting the tranquility of the photo.

It’s about time we learn to choose the people we spend the most of our time with. Isn’t it crazy that we quite often by default spend time with people that in all honesty if we weren’t forced together by association we probably wouldn’t associate with. I have a person in my life that when I agree with her on a topic… life is good and it’s plain sailing. However just once try and disagree and she will (try) to bury me under her confused verbal ranting and abuse… it’s not nice but it is life. Would I have been “friends” in real life… perhaps not but I make the best of it because that’s who I am.

Challenge yourself…

It’s time to shine….

This week is ours to be the bright shining stars we were put here to be… we don’t know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow.

You know it’s is easy to get overly worked up over that we perceive might happen and we start preparing ourselves for the brilliant comebacks we might just need if others in fact say this or that to us tomorrow but in all reality it is stupid to have a sleepless night before the tomorrow that lies ahead as we prepare for possible arguments. #deepbreath #facepalm

We need to breathe tonight and realize that tomorrow is not guaranteed and getting ourselves in a state takes away joyful memories of today.

It going to be a wonderful week ahead because whatever happens is not going to be ruling my life. I’ve had instances today where I was berated like a little snot nosed brat (even though I had done nothing wrong and in all honesty didn’t deserve the verbal onslaught) but you know what….? That’s ok to because it says nothing about me and everything about my “attacker” and in that moment I looked them in the eye and left them to contemplate the stupidity of their verbal tirade. You see I don’t worry about what I have no power or control over. I need all the peaceful sleep (beauty rest 🤪) I can get and as I am a firm believer in what you hold inside will shine out of your eyes. Bitterness held by others is theirs to keep not mine.

Your eyes are after all the window to your soul.

Let’s start living in the moment…

I have a certain couple of neighbors that flaunt their fornicating and adulterous lifestyle in our faces daily and I admittedly find myself getting angry and judge Judyish around them… especially because the “boyfriend is over cocky and a loud and obnoxious pain in the butt” but it has diddly squat to do with me and I need to let them make their own choices because they will one day answer for it… so I’m learning to not stress myself out and get myself worked up for them. What’s your problem? Or are you perfect? You see not one of us can claim perfection so we need to learn to mind our own damn business.

Let it go….
Smile, wave and move on…

#yippykaiyay

A new day… a new month xxx

What are your personal missions for this month? Not resolutions hun. I’m talking about goals and missions set out by you for this amazing August month. Be real with yourself. Breathe and think about it… I’m serious let’s be totally up front and in your face real.

New chances and exciting times ahead… #watchthisspace

My goals are as follows… there are doors opening in different ventures and instead of stepping back and being scared I’m charging ahead full steam. I’m not allowing the fear of “I can’t do this because people will be cross with me if I don’t do it their way…” I’m now saying “yippy Kia yay here I come…look out belowwwwww”

Who is with me?

Yeah man it’s time people….

Who is in your circle?

Learn to make yourself a priority

It’s imperative that whoever we are and wherever we go we need to get with the program and realize you are the company you keep. BAM… I said it out loud and I’m looking at the people I hang with and saying to myself for the most part I’m doing ok…

Although I am inclusive of everyone I meet and I’m apparently a magnet for others because I draw people to me with my smile and personality, my tight clan includes my family. However I am nice to everyone I meet because we all have a story to tell and everyone deserves to be heard and acknowledged.

Keep your circle tight. Know who you are and what you stand for and keep on the sunny side of life BUT be nice.

Hope

Good evening to my loyal readers… I trust this blog post finds you well and leaves you feeling uplifted xxx

How true is this…

Although I am a hard working go getter… (my work nick name is Jimmy at the moment because I see what needs to be done and I do it) I am going through a phase in my heart and mind (as the 1 year anniversary of my daddies passing comes by too quick… Fri 2nd August 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😩😫) to be reminded of a conversation we had not even 2 weeks before he left us… “Don dons… learn to believe that you can do it and that everything at work isn’t hopeless… don’t let people step on you and make you feel worthless… you are more than worth it. Stop allowing other people’s negativity and poison to put you down. You’ve got this. Do what you feel you should to make it better for your family. You don’t have to keep quiet and step back for everyone all the time. I love you and I believe in you”

And just like that I was filled with the sense of adventure and strength… do you need to deal with been broken down all the time and put in the position of total hopelessness and despair about the situation you find yourself in? No you don’t. I’m taking the less out of hopeless and I’m finding strength in the new plans I have for what lies ahead.

We teach people how to treat us because what we allow is what will continue. Step out of your pity party and realize that it’s about to get real and even when we feel as though we are pushed down and backed into the corner we need to git up and say “heck no… we are gonna go”

But it was going to be ok because she wasn’t going to back down.
I can change this because I deserve to stare fear in its face and say “IM NOT AFRAID OF YOU AANY MORE SO GO AWAY OR PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR BUTT HANDED TO YOU…YOU’VE BEEN SERVED BABY…BOO”

So here we go… whatever happens I’m going to smile though it because I’m a strong minded, loving and powerful woman. I know how worth I am and I’ll always be the hard working fun loving ray of sunshine I’ve always been.

It’s going to be an interesting few months but I know that God has me in the palm of his hand and it’s going to be fine.

You ready for the next chapter in your story book?

Continue reading “Hope”
One step at a time..

Where in the world are you right now? What are you doing with yourself as you sit alone and contemplate what you think is right for you for now?

I’m in a place in my life where even though I’ve gone nose to nose with that which scares the life out of me, I’ve learnt not to back down and to stand up for myself. Yes, sometimes walking away is the answer but more often than not we need to learn to put our “big girl panties” on and not just back down because it is expected of us.

Remember this…

Even if things don’t go the way we plan or wish they would we need to open our eyes and hearts and remember that wishes are just thoughts but hope is internal and more concrete. Hope gives us the vision of the future and without hope we are like dingy’s in life’s storm.

Prove them wrong…

I’ve been told many times “you can’t do this… you can’t do that… no one will want you…you will never succeed “ and I know that there are others out there that have been feeling the same. If you allow their negativity in you will regret it for the rest of your life… yes you/we will.

I really do believe that we will never know if the hopes and dreams will be realized if we do not step out in faith and take the chance… what is the worst that came happen? (It might not fly you away and you will have to keep on keeping on until BAM it falls into place and you shoot (and land) for the stars and land (with your bum in the butter) among the very stars you shot for.

You’ve got this hunny.. I believe in you…

Liebster Award Nomination #1

First nomination ever Thank you to Jesusluvsall’s Blog …you have blessed me above and beyond and I am grateful to you for this opportunity… Please pop over and check out his inspirational blog. You will leave a better person after reading it. #inspired

Liebster award…Global Aussie

http://theglobalaussie.com

I was blessed for this opportunity and accepted it because I feel it is important to highlight some new bloggers. A lot of my nominees have been doing it for way longer than I have but deserve it because of how they inspire and build others up.

The Rules To Award:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and use the Liebster award logo

2. Share 11 facts about yourself

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions

5. Notify your 11 nominees

11 facts about me

1- I am a daughter,sister,mother,stepmother and step grandmother

2- I love the winter time in Cape Town most of all… its 🌧 and cold but fantabulous… except for the wind… the wind sucks…

3- I’m a Pre School Teacher…

4- I want fly on an airplane one day (inside it not on the roof) 😂😂😂😂😂😂

5- I’m a house/pet/baby sitter as well. It helps bring in some extra money sometimes..

6- I’m 46 years old or as I like to call it 50-4…

7- I met John Malkovich in Cape Town years ago and stopped him to say how much of a great fan of his I was… (my husband wasn’t impressed with me because I literally ran after him and held his arm to get his attention… he was a thorough gentleman and I’m glad. I took the time to say Hi)

8- In 2014 I did a course in Early Childhood Development NQF level 5 and in 2015 I was rated and awarded no 1 in my college course in the Western Cape, South Africa. Yeah man.

9- I think it would be fun to road trip and visit fellow bloggers.

10- I hate ketchup/ tomato sauce…. I feel quite nauseous when anyone around me pours it all over 🍟

11- Last but for me most important, Jesus is my reason for life.

My nominees:

http://gcdiaries.wordpress.com

http://godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com

http://hangingonbyfingernails.wordpress.com

http://allinadaysbreath.wordpress.com

http://dailygrindofastayathomemom.wordpress.com

http://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com

http://writingandreadingashobbies.wordpress.com

righteousbruin9

@bereavedandbeingsingleparent

@kerrythompsonblog

@whispersoftruth802578109

The questions given to me by @jesusluvsall

1. What is your blog about? Encouragement and inspiration…. No one gets left behind… All inclusive. Everyone welcome. Life is too short to spend it unhappy… We all need some encouragement and building others up cost us nothing. We are all going through so much drama and even though we don’t know it at the time… we are all generally going through the same stuff.

2. What is your favorite season and why? Winter no contest

3. What is your favorite food or foods? Spare Ribs, Steak (rare treats)

4. Have you traveled out of your country before? if so where? Nope unfortunately I’ve never been away. Fortunately I’m a Cape Town girl…

5. What is your favorite place to unwind? Home

6. What kind of music do you like? Worship, Lauren Daigle, 60s… amongst others including a new favorite Kristen’s Di Marco

7. If I were to visit your city, where should I go? Oh Cape Town is wonderful…. everywhere is beautiful. You can’t go wrong with Cape Town… Table Mountain is a big drawing card.

8. What is/are your favorite movies or movies? Romcoms

9. What is a book you recently read that you recommend? Katie Forde

10. What is your favorite holiday and why? Unfortunately I’m a Pre School Teacher that works all year round so I haven’t been on a holiday in years… but I do housesit so I guess it’s like a mini break.

11. What famous person would you like to meet and why? Christopher Meloni… #just because

My Questions to my nominees… (no obligation)

1. What is your favorite pastime?

2. What is the best advice you’ve been given and why?

3. What’s your main goal?

4. What’s your favorite time of day and why?

5. If you could have one super power in your life (invisibility etc) what would you choose and why?

6. If you could teleport anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?

7. If you could go back in time and speak sense into the teen age you what advice would you give and why…?

8. What’s your favorite color….?

9. What do you do for fun?

10. Where do you live and what is the area you live in famous for?

11. If you could give me any advice to change or better my blog what would you change about it?

Shoot for the stars….

Good Morning wonderful friends xxx

Chin up and forward march, we have got the bull by the horns (even if it doesn’t feel like it sometimes)

Change is coming, even if it feels scary it can be a great thing, so brace your self and remember that even though everyday might not feel good… there is good in everyday.

Let’s get real with each other and understand you need to be yourself and follow your heart. If it means one step sideways two steps forward, then that’s ok too. Let’s just do it well. Shoot for the stars and surround yourself with greatness (network up not down) remember as well that as children we are taught “you are the company you keep”…

Breathe and go for it…

Hey you…

Yes you….

The amazing one reading this right now…

Are you doing alright?

Really alright…

It’s ok to feel down

It’s ok to feel sad

It’s ok to feel any kind of emotion

Don’t bottle it up because bottling it up will make you sick… trust me stress is poison for your body and will make you feel as though you are losing your mind…

Feel free to say what you feel…

Say what you mean and mean what you say…

Stay honest

Stay authentic

Dance to your own tune… you will survive it…

Remember to allow the kid in you to venture out sometimes…

Jump in the puddles and when you are done do it again and again

Remember to love wholeheartedly… don’t live in fear over what might be, enjoy every moment.. life is to short to miss a thing.

Scream with laughter, snort if you must

Laugh so hard the tears run down your face (or legs…😜) whatever works for you

Learn to say no to some things you really don’t want to do.

Be true to who you are….

Add a splash of color in everything you do…

Buy a bottle of bubbles and blow baby blow…

Squeal with delight when you are happy

Be a friend

Smile more

Don’t allow others criticism to fester in your being.

Take everything with a pinch of salt

Learn to laugh at yourself

Belly laugh

Take more selfies because your children need photos of you (even if you think you’re the ugliest beast on the planet) it’s their right to keep photos

Talk to old people… they are a fountain of knowledge and you could use their advice

Bake cookies and eat them while they are hot

Sing loudly… even if you have a voice for mute.

Tell your reflection they matter… because they do.

Make your life count..

Smile.

What you think?

Tiara time

Strut your stuff xxx

Be yourself in a world full of clones and wannabes be brave enough to say “Step back world I’m about to kick somebodies xxxx” I’m not afraid of being myself and even though I may be knocked down I’m getting up again and strutting my stuff. I’m going to straighten my tiara and get on with it. Who is with me?

I can do it because God said I can. Yes you can too. We are able to bounce back and see ourselves in a positive light. Too often we stay down… GET UP AND BE AUTHENTICALLY YOU….

You are here for a reason.

Amen

This I promise you..

Just because you are nice to people actually does not mean that they are nice back to you… many times their jealousy prevents them from retaliating in kindness. Too many times we are left feeling shell shocked and feel as though we would rather retreat into our shells and lick our wounds. Come on people you’re better than that…at least I hope their poison won’t seep in and make us feel as though we are not good enough.

Stay true to who you are… please. If that means walking away do it but don’t stay as their victim.

I’m a victim survivor. You have no power over my sense of being because I know my worth.

Walk away baby…
Let’s grow together…
WE HAVE GOT THIS

Yes you can…

Good Morning beautiful ones…

Thank you to everyone who filled my dash yesterday with absolute joy. Starting my 50-4 year off was undoubtedly the best way ever… surrounded by family. #perfect.

I’ve woken up refreshed,energized and ready to take on what life has in store for me. And today my WordPress site has taken a totally unexpected upgrade and new style and format…not sure if I’ve inadvertently changed settings or if WordPress has thrown blessings my way but I’m trying to get used to the changes as best I can… (did someone read my mind when I thought onward and upward and I’m changing lanes?) 🤔

As in all our life’s challenges and stages it might seem difficult at first but as long as we adapt and grow with it …it will work out for us.

Let’s grow a little

Do you know what? Change in life doesn’t have to be scary if we just know the steps we are taking can lead to gorgeous rainbows 🌈 in our paths. Yes to have a rainbow there had to be a patch of rain but just thinking about it also makes me want to remember to dance in the very rain that is supposed to challenge our very being. I’m 46 and the next steps might be daunting and the voice in my head keeps telling me I may not be good enough but the voice in my heart says “Fly baby girl fly” it’s your time to shine bright like a diamond.

You’ve got this girl…

So come along with me on this journey…. let’s both decide that it’s ok to feel scared sometimes but as long as we don’t allow the fears to hold us down and kill our spirit or put us in the place of being broken down emotionally constantly and made to feel we are hopeless and are not good enough… “News flash… we are good enough and our boots are made for walking… try stop us.. we dare you”

Oh my shattered nerves… I know I can I know I can…

-The little engine that could.

You see… as long as you like yourself you are going to be fine…

Sometimes it’s good to spend time with ourselves to realize we were put here by our creator for a reason and He has plans for us. Great and positive plans, we just need to choose wisely.

Go out there and take the time to cha cha in the face of your antagonist because as long as you don’t hand your power to them.. the can’t rule over who you are. I used to let them see me upset or filled with self doubt until I remembered that they can’t treat me less than unless I allow them to.

Victorious.

Matrix style

Hahaha this is the kind of stuff I attempt as a Pre School Teacher and then reality sets in and ‘boo ya” the possibility of traction sets in and I am reminded that I am in fact 50-4 tomorrow.

Did I happen to mention I am not as flexible in reality as I am in my thoughts? Wow. Two days ago I was walking in a classroom when one of the kids intentionally (I’m not over exaggerating) tripped my clumsy arse and I went down matrix style like a ton of bricks. The pain was real and thankfully I did not land on anyone because they would have been pancakes. I lay there trying to compose myself when a voice in the crowd said “hooray… jump on her” I growled and the stepped back looking at me as if I were going to burst into an erupting 🌋.. I got up and the instigator laughed.

Needless to say all is well now and no one was seriously hurt… no pancakes made.

I would like to ask parents to tell their children to get help if a Teacher falls in class because it may be serious… dog piling is not a joke.

4min Microwave cheesecake

Ok so this is an actual recipe… I’m not making it up.

Credit goes to the genius that discovered it.

500ml yogurt of your choice

1 tin condensed milk

A biscuit base (crushed biscuit and marg or butter)

Ok so tomorrow is my birthday function at work and I’ve made this with lemon cheesecake flavored yogurt. I mixed the yogurt and condensed milk very well and set it aside. Then I made the biscuit base and put it into a 20cm in diameter dish. Ok now came the fun part pour the yogurt/condensed milk mix on top. Microwave it for 4 minutes on high and when done set aside to cool off. It’s best to leave it in a refrigerator overnight.

Tomorrow I will drizzle lemon curd over it (in keeping with the lemony theme) and report back on it although I’ve done it many different times in different flavors and it’s always been a smashing hit xxx

Hooray as the count down continues till birthday Sunday

I’m a survivor

Good Morning

🌞

What’s your take on this statement? Do you agree or disagree?

You know what I actually agree with this statement… we need to change our outlook sometimes and realize that we are survivors. Ok let me put it this way…. would you like to stay the victim or be a victor?

I would prefer to be victorious in any situation and even though at times I might start as a “victim” I fight back and dust myself off and know that it is going to be better because I’m a survivor.

🤔

Be authentically unapologetically you because you’re simply smashing darling…

Thank You Gilly…

Scrolling through Facebook today I found this picture on a post and before I write my thoughts I need to give absolute credit to Ghislaine Gilly Lategen #GhislaineGillyLategan for this image that opens our eyes and left hooks us into reality.

The moment you realize your worth, it increases- Ghislaine Gilly Lategan

And just like that BAM the AHA moment has sunk in.Too often we treat ourselves like second class citizens and give others discounts in their treatment of us allowing their bullxxxx to continue.

Reality check people….

STOP ALLOWING OTHERS TO LET YOU FEEL LESS THAT BECAUSE YOU’RE MOST CERTAINLY NOT LESS THAN.

If they do that to you show them the tracks and send them packing…

Live

A new day

Miracles happen constantly around us

You woke up

Granted…

Often we assume tomorrow is guaranteed

It’s not

It’s a privilege not a right

Think about that

Everyday is a new start

A clean slate

Time to do it over

You are here for a reason

Make it count

Breathe

Be kind

Be nice

Don’t take life to serious… it’s too short

Phone your loved ones

Mend fences

Apologize if you need to

Accept apologies that have never come

Re-evaluate

Breathe

Move on and let it go

Be happy

Shine

Make it count

Stand up for yourself

Do no harm

Remember… xxxx happens

It will be ok

You’re amazing

Have yourself a good day

Be ready for life

Live.

❤️you all and want what’s best for you…

How blessed we are.

Everyday is a new start. A clean slate, if we remember to leave the troubles of yesterday behind us. Often we keep yesterdays baggage with us and drag it repeatedly with us into the new day over and over and over… I don’t know about you but I believe that doing that is just plain stupid.

It really really is.

Why don’t we start a movement in which we leave yesterday’s struggles behind us… (no Muriel I’m not saying leave your bills behind… you made them you need to pay them…) I’m asking you to try and leave the emotional baggage that weighs you down and basically let it go.

I’m a firm believer in forgiveness. Holding onto the hurts of the past takes away your power and hands it to the one that has wronged you (often hey are oblivious that you were so hurt that you’re still in emotional prison)

A new day… a new start.

Love you all, and want what’s best for you.

Smiling to myself

I am one of those mad people who just have to think about something that makes me astoundingly happy (usually as a defense mechanism when I’m in a turbulent situation) and I get a weird grin on my face as I’m looking into my antagonizers eyes.

If any one reading this has also done this you may know it really ends well. 😂 oh well it is what it is I guess it’s just a knee jerk reaction to a stressful situation… either that or I burst into a fire breathing dragon who is not taking any prisoners and going loco. Yikes… but in my defense I am rewiring my brain by forcefully choosing to react in a calmer fashion..

I’m trying to morph my sometimes angry chilli pepper mode into a calm one and what I am finding is the people who antagonize us don’t know how to react when we don’t fall for their ploys… my daddy always said “kill them with kindness” it freaks them out and they tend to leave us alone faster.

Smile to yourself sometimes and see how it works for you.

432 months old (not including the 9 months prior)

This week is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorites in my whole personal journey… the week many people want to avoid like the plague and yet in all my weird quirky ness I celebrate it with joyful abandon.

On Sunday I turn 432 months old… and boy am I sooooo excited about it. Ok ok it’s not time for a maths quiz… 46 years old.

How do you feel about your birthday days? Which camp do you abide in? The “I don’t like getting older… leave me alone I’m having a crisis” or like me “bow chicka wow wow… birthday baby… whoop whoop … boo yeah” hahaha

When I was 35 I would joke around and say (when someone asked of course) I was in fact 40…🙈 so by the time I finally got there no one believed it was finally true… So for now I’m turning 50-4.

Exciting times for me because I’m transitioning into a new person… caterpillar to butterfly. Like Max Lucado’s Hermie. It’s taken a while but it’s happening.

A word of thanks 🙏

It’s amazing and humbling when you are blessed with amazing people who through blogging become apart of your dash. I am filled with gratitude and awe as I sit here writing a blog about my friends in blogging (family of bloggers) . Your blogs inspire me to try and achieve the same greatness that you inspire in each of your readers.

Thank you my dear friends for being apart of my blogging and You Tube journey. My blog is from my heart ❤️ and my You Tube was created because I’ve always wanted one (admittedly I am not all that good at the You Tube venture but It’s an outlet) my blogging journey by far surpasses any dream and I am finding myself being allowed to just be myself without condemnation.

You inspire me to always want to just write my heart song.

Thank you for helping me realize that I’m doing ok and I get to be me and keep my voice.

Join the blogging express and Let’s have ourselves a blogging party…

This is going to be interesting….

This is going to be open for everyone and anyone and there is no time limit to it.

Join the blogging express and let us know who you are and where you are from. The only rules are… if someone follows you please follow them back and let’s grow ourselves a bigger blogging society, be nice and have fun with it. Toot toot the train is leaving the station.

Life is waaaaaaay too short to be serious all the time it’s time for a bit of fun.

Who are you?

Where are you from?

What do you do for fun?

Let your hair down kick back and have a jol….

All aboard….

Hold on for one more day

There are many changes happening in my world at the moment and I know that changes are happening in your life too. These changes can be scary and make us feel as though the walls are closing in on us and we feel as though we are drowning but the real truth is we will in fact make it through all this tumultuous uncertainty and it will be ok. I love having a voice and being brave enough to speak out and encourage others in my blogs.

All we really need is to remember that we are all together in this crazy world and we all generally go through the same stuff in different levels and doses but it’s there.

We handle it in our different ways and sometimes it might seem overwhelming and depressing it as long as we remember it’s going to ultimately work out.

Old on for one more day…

It’s not what people call you… its what you answer to that matters- Madea

Lets put it all into perspective shall we.

You matter…

People call us names constantly and although we might get ourselves all worked up with our “knickers” in a bunch we really should remember that our reaction can either fuel their nasty fires or we can actually realize for once that we don’t have to answer to their unwarranted stupidity. Bullies only have power over us if we hand it to them.

Giving bullies power over us steals our sanity

Im proud of the fact that I can be me… because I actually like me. Do you really like you?

Im most definitely not popular by any means but I really don’t have to be because Im popular with the people that matter in my life. Get into the circle of trust or walk away…

Its important to be selective with who you allow in your circle.

Not everyone you call friend has your back…

I have many “friends” who have stabbed me in the back so many times and would throw me under the bus without even blinking an eye and you know what…? Its all good.. I get called naive, stupid, cooked etc so many times and guess what… I honestly couldnt give a rats ### because I know im most definitely not naive, stupid, cooked or any other negative thing thats tossed in my direction because I honestly believe its not what Im called but what I answer to. God knows me and has known me since I was a twinkle in my daddies eye. I started as a winner (millions of sperm and one egg and bam we have a winner)

Im a bit much for some but others adore me…😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

#tryitout

#Adventure

#power_of_thoughts9

#poetsociety

Don’t be so starved for attention that you allow people to treat you like crud just so that you’re

not alone. Be kind to yourself and put your well being into the top priority zone.

Lets allow ourselves the freedom of just letting go of the shackles others bind us with.

It starts with us.

Choose wisely

Today is our day.

It doesn’t matter what anyone has in store for us (good or bad) we have the ultimate power to rise above it in our reactions. Lets be beautiful in the way we choose to react or whatever has been sent our way could literally affect our weekend.

Go out and conquer.

Stormy weather

When you put one foot infront of the other keep going and before you know it you will be running. 

Sometimes in life we are faced with stormy weather. We hide and cower (sp) about the storms that we fear may consume us and we lose all perspective fearing the worst. We must forget that sometimes the storms in our lives are there to clear our path… We often get so bogged down with stuff that we allow it to fog our judgment on the things happening around us. We find ourselves fearing the outcome even before the storm has come. We need to breathe, stop, look and listen and for goodness sake enjoy the storm. Dance in the rain. Jump in the puddles.  Get wet. Enjoy your storm and see the possibilities and not just the destruction. See the freshness of what comes after your storm. See the possibilities, they are literally endless! 

-mtw-

Let’s be happy

Ok so today was the kind of day that was made to put that bright eyed and bushy tailed smile all over my face.

Thank you to my best friend who put me in a happy space all day long. You really make me the happiest girl in the world.

Who am i when no one’s watching? The same crazy quirky smiley random person i am when you are around…

Good night all