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Our God Reigns

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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Oh my shattered nerves God is so very good…

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Yesterday

Yesterday was a very bad day… I woke up saying that I was going to have a great day and it’s going to be amazing…

It wasn’t.

I had someone I thought liked me as a person and who I respected… Throw a dirty toilet cleaning brush and holder at me covering me is sludge from the “drip unit”. I was devastated, humiliated and embarrassed by this event. I was taken back in that instant to the scared, bullied little girl who was always on the outside looking in, in my school life many years ago.

In that instant I was filled by 30 years of absolute rage and anger that seemed to spill out of every pore. I was very sad and in a blink of an eye I missed my daddy, my hero who used to take a day off in my younger years to fix all the wrongs and injustices done to me by taking me out of that environment to take a chill pill.

I sobbed uncontrollably for hours missing this giant of a man who could right every wrong by just being there.

I woke up today not wanting to go to the place of my “jestful attack” but it was mandatory that I go so I put on my big girl panties 🤐 and went inside with a fake it till you make it smile still reeling in the humiliation of what had occurred. As I did the necessary and met a friend who was not there yesterday… I started missing my Daddy again and the tears streamed down my cheeks uncontrollably when anyone enquired (although they really knew what was wrong) I answered “just missing my Daddy” low and behold the persecutor (although in jest) came up to where I was sitting bent down hugged me and kissed the top of my head and said “I’m sorry you missing your dad but it will get better it takes time but it would get easier to deal with eventually”

Then a funny thing happened… My daddy said to me “it’s OK Don Dons… It’s OK”

The tears dried up a bit and I forgave my antagonizor.

I’m not saying they deserve to be forgiven because it wasn’t OK in the slightest But I forgave them so I can have peace! Forgiveness is often not for them but for us.

So what was your yesterday like?

You rock… #dbf4l #teamnikole

There are great people in the outside who are right in front of you if only you would get out of your comfort zone and look around you…

Be blessed and be authentically you always.

Love you.

I’ve learned this is so true even more recently… some people will come in our life and spend a short period and we will never see or hear from them again… and this could be both a painful, heart breaking experience or it could be the best time of your life and others move in and stay forever and that is a huge blessing. You see it’s important for us to realize that it’s not our material possessions that define us but who we allow into our circle of trust that is important.

I have recently joined TikTok which is a lip syncing app online and although there are loads (millions) of people who I wouldn’t have ever imagined I’d “hangout” with I’ve met some astoundingly fantastic and welcoming people. Yes there are bullies who think they can control your every move and decision but there are also those that are the most fantasmagoric beings you will meet…

I’ve found these people through my blog and on TikTok…

I’m happy to be able to chill, and lip sync to some of my favorite songs. It’s just relaxing to pop by and see how my friends are doing and celebrate their journey and successes and even stand with them on their most trying and difficult times.

A satisfied life…

I’ve personally had to snap out of my jealous streak that rears its ugly head every now and again… And atleast I’m “man enough” to admit when I’m wrong.

I find myself struggling to work from pay check to paycheck for a boss that doesn’t treat me very well alot of the time… where I’m either at home or at work, no extras no holidays no outings, but it’d OK because at least I have an income. When you are seeing others that are always on holiday somewhere in the world and they live like royalty while I just struggle.

You know what I know that God has something heading my way at some point and I’m learning daily to rejoice with them in their daily blessings. I’m genuinely learning how to be happy for everyone around me. In all fairness and sincerity I have enough?

I am satisfied with my enough.

For anyone out there struggling and feeling as though you just can’t deal…

I wish you enough. ❤️

Bokke VS Japan

It’s 750 am in South Africa and the dawn of the Jpn VS Rsa match and my mind is racing a million miles an minute. So I decided to give my unpopular opinion and I am probably going to get a lot of hate mail because of this… (I hope not but I need to say this)

Yes I would obviously want my country to win their match against Japan I just need everyone to not be over cocky and complacent about the fact that we are playing against Japan.. If the host country wasn’t a good team they wouldn’t have come as far as they have…

We generally become cheeky and not do our best when we think we have the win in the bag before we have even started. Let’s not be so sure of ourselves that we give less of ourselves. Go big or come home. Yes I said it.. Give it your all. Not a half a job not a lesser portion.. YOUR ABSOLUTE ALL.

Yes I will support my boys, if however you do not do your best and you play like a bunch of pre schoolers who don’t think it’s a serious enough and who disrespect your opposition by not giving your best… 😭😭😭😭🤔

Go BOKKE asseblief moet nie uit Hak en kak aanvang nie…

Just remember that Japan won’t go down without a fight and are coming with their A++ game let’s make sure we do too.

Be you…

To whoever is reading this right now…

You’ve got this and it’s going to be OK. If you starting your day feeling like the champion you are things will be plain sailing and even if a few bumps in the road appear it will still be OK.

It doesn’t matter what other’s think as long as you’re living the best life you can and growing through anything.

Keep doing you.

Part of our dash*

OK alot of confusion reigns when I thank people (or tell them) how happy I am to be blessed with them in my dash… Let’s just realize that the moment we are born our dash begins and when we one day meet our maker(or whatever you believe happens when you die) our dash on earth closes. Anyone that we meet in our lives become a part of our dash.

On the plus side some people don’t stay long and those that are meant to be there stay. Some pop in and out and some remain for the longest time.

I’ve met a whole lot of awesome people both online and in person and there are people I will never forget because you enrich my life so very much.

I’m happy to have you all with me in my dash and I hope that when you think of me you smile at the thought of this oddball who makes it her mission to se you happy.

For being in my dash..

HEARD this one?

A lady is driving down the road when her phone rings and she answers.

Its her husband “my love… be careful when you drive on the interstate there is a mad man driving 100km/ph going the wrong way”

To which she responds…”are you kidding me? There are hundreds ”

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Perception changes everything.

Look around you and see the glory and wonder of life. Ok ok im not saying drive on the wrong side of the road but what i am trying to convey is that follow the rules in life but smash up the very box people put you in to limit your abilities…

Why fit in if you were born to stand out?

Ive always been… a little different (some people say cracked😂) and i try and be unique in a world of puppets that conform to do exactly what the crowd does.

Truth is im happy to be me.

Be you… the real you… the authentic you. If you feel as thougj you want to a like being like everyone else … your choice but im happy being myself.

I see life around me differently and thats ok too.

Have a good day everyone and be different but stay on your side of the road;)

xxx

Good morning!

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.. In all reality it is a gift to us and as much as some out there believe it’s their right to have another and another in an endless cycle… we are not simply entitled to have another day.

OK ok I’m not trying to preach doom and gloom but I am saying that we need to live each moment and find good in each.

Learn from the bad and move on. If life kicks our butts get up straighten your crown and keep going.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed so never go to sleep angry because you might not wake up or if you do you may wake up with regret.

Live in the moment and be grateful

And then, life happened

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog, forgive me ❤️

I hope that everyone is doing well and that as you are reading this you find yourself at a place of peace and serenity in yourselves.

Too often we allow life to kick us down and we are left feeling as though we can’t deal with the drama around us but in all reality we can. I heard someone say (yesterday) fall down 3 times get up 4 . It’s an old saying and I know I have also said it but BOOM reality check, sometimes we forget.

Fact is it doesn’t matter how bad we think we have it there is always someone out there worse off.

We forget what really actually matters in life.

You’re worth it and you’re going to be ok xxx I believe in you x

Be blessed ❤️

It’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice…

You know that feeling of disappointment when someone that you respect treats you like a lesser being? Think about how it felt and remember not do it to someone else…

Look around you and remember that it doesn’t matter that someone else might look confident and happy … many people are just good at hiding their pain. BE NICE. It’s as simple as that.

This one is for you….❤️

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It doesn’t matter that you dance to your own tune!!!

It doesn’t matter that you sing off key and sing your own song!

It only matters that you do it!!!

A wise man or woman… (You know who you are…) said “take no s##t but do no harm!!!!”

But for now write it down, no matter how messed up it sounds to others… Your thoughts are yours!!!

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Learn to relax and enjoy each moment

Wakie wakie

Hello to my wonderful readers. My wis for you is that you never feel as though you need to put a mask on or hide who you are because others can’t deal with you just the way you are. You are magnificent and I am so blessed to have you in my dash. Whoever you are, you need to remember that you are worth it. You really do matter. The mask less one. The one who is free to be themselves in a world full of imitators and clones.

I always thought I was being myself until a while ago my son asked me…”mom why do you act differently in front of some people and in front of others you are the real you..?” And I realized that as much as I would hate to admit it.. sometimes I actually did become this random person I got awkward and ridiculous and I put on this persona that I actually hated being. It’s as if I was trying to impress the “cool” kids. Sad hey?

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.

Stay original

Be who you are…

Stay authentically you… always. Never stop being and original because Lord knows there are far to many copies out there, whatever you do don’t be a copy.

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.