You Matter

Happy Sunday everyone!

To my South African friends, Happy Heritage day for tomorrow! It’s the most colourful day of the year. I love seeing all the colourful prints and seeing everyone celebrating their various cultures. It’s beautiful to see! Check out my Ode to Africa

Today, I’d like to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a while… I’ve been alluding to it too so pay attention🙂

It amazes me how much we can change over a short space of time. And we don’t realise it ’till we revisit ourselves and see a huge change

I don’t know about you but I can never tell how much I’ve changed until I look back at who I used be. Life will come at you fast and I often go into survival mode and a lot of the things I love fall to the wayside for a while. But I must say, I enjoy revisiting myself and falling in love with who I was and can still be.

Know your worth and learn how to articulate it…

This year has brought with it many lessons. One of which being owning how worthy I am. I think that when you understand that, you know what it is that you need and, even more so, you know how to name what it is that you deserve.

I think both these things are vital in the journey of self-acceptance and loving yourself the way you are. It is also important to understand who you are and why you are the way you are. Most importantly, be gentle with yourself. You alone know the road you have walked and so you know the pain you have experienced. In time, you will recover…

Well, that’s as deep as I’m going to go today! Have a beautiful day everyone and enjoy the week ahead! Thanks for popping in🙂

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Discipline

Hello everybody!

What a hectic but rewarding week! I hope yours is going well so far too!

So I started this week off with a plan. Because I knew it was going to be a very demanding week especially workwise, I knew I would need a lot of discipline to get through it! And so my mind was set on being disciplined.

So tonight, I’m gonna share some pointers that helped me to maintain it. Here it is:

Discipine means Determination

No matter what aspect of your life you choose to be discplined in, you’re going to need to be determined in order to stay in it. Your mind will make up all kinds of reasons why you don’t need to go to gym today or why that work assignment can wait for later for you to do. You will need to be stubborn and force yourself to do it anyway. Make up your mind, don’t think about it; just start. Simple.

Stay calm

It’s important not to panic when obsticles come your way. You have a plan in place stick to it and don’t let the curveballs get you down, ok?

Take time to do your own thing

You are not a machine! You are allowed to get tired and you are allowed to rest. Rest, not stop. After regrouping, get back up and get on with it!

Self-improvement is a lot of work but it’s worth it because it is the one good thing you can do for yourself. You matter and you are worth every effort you put in! Don’t you forget it!

Ok, I’m done yodaring, lol. Thank you for popping in and have a beautiful remaining week😊 I’ll see you on Sunday!

5 Things I Liked about Gillloy’s Parkrun

Evening Erbody!

Wow, that was close! I almost didn’t make it today!

Let’s get straight to it! I did a parkrun yesterday morning. It is a 5km run that is done every Saturday. Here’s what I thought:

1.It’s International!

I don’t know about you, but I love being a part of something that’s bigger than me! Did you know that parkruns take place in 20 countries accross 5 continents every Saturday morning? At 8am all over the world people are running!

2. Rise and Run!

8 in the morning sounds super early, especially for a Saturday, but the last thing I want to do on a Friday night is go out partying! So, for me 8am is the perfect time. I’m home by 9 and I can go back to bed or have a Saturday like everybody else🙂

3.So Much Support!

This one’s specific to this parkrun. At every kilometre, Gillooly’s had one of their volunteers shouting encouragments to keep going! It was such a boost!

4. Group Work

Even if you attend a parkrun alone, you are still doing the run with hundreds of other people. I kept tracking myself according to the granny ahead of me or the walking children behind me. I loved the sense of community!

5. Fitness Goals

I guess this one is obvious. Everyone is in it for different reasons, but for me it was nice to run on the ground as opposed to the treadmill which makes running easier in some ways. Running long distance is really effective outside!

I’m really curious to see the progress I make in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted!

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have an awesome week!

Memory Lane

Hey Everyone!

I trust the week is being good to you😊

Before I ramble on about myself, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate you! Thank you for popping in on this blog, taking the time to read and even liking my posts. It’s been a pleasure to write for you especially over the last few months! Thank you! Thank you!

I used to blog on another platform that sent me the link to the old site. I spent a lot of yesterday going down memory lane and, as I keep saying, what you write is so much sweeter in retrospect. I was really amazed at all that was spilling out of me at those times. I sounded so spunky and for the most part had a positive outlook on life.

Anyway, if you’re keen for some extended reading you can find my How Tos here

Why don’t you share with me your favourite post so far. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking a peek today! Have a beautiful week. We’ll chat again on Sunday😘

Spring Day

Hello Erbody!

Did you have a good week? Mine was ok. I love school holidays but, eventually, you have to go back to work. I’m ready!

Lately, I have become less and less concerned with being relevant on social media so I haven’t really paid attention to important dates or events but yesterday I was compelled otherwise.

Yesterday was Spring Day in South Africa! This day is important to us. In the township it is celebrated with water!

Yup! If you live in the township, you are not safe on 1 September, you will be baptised in water!

It’s really just a small way to celebrate the new season, a good excuse to be festive and mischevious😉

I also really enjoyed some of the well wishing tweets people were throwing out at the universe yesterday! They really lifted my own hopes and spirits and made me hopeful for the near future. Check out my moment below👇

Have a beautiful week and thank you for popping in😊

My Afroblogger Curating Experience

Happy Humpday, Erbody!

I don’t know about you, but this week has just flown by! I’m am heading back to work next week so maybe that’s why🤔

Today, I’m sharing yet another Twitter fun thing I did. I’m starting to develop a pattern, don’t you think?😉

I’m sure I’ve told you about Afroblogger before. I normally participate in their Wednesday Poetry evenings. If you missed it before, I talk about it here.

This time, my partnership with them was a bit different. Every Sunday, Afrobloggers allows one of its followers to take over their account for the day. I had to be part of this and because sometimes you have to go get what you want, I asked and it was given to me!

For me #SundayTakeover was an opportunity to meet other bloggers, find some inspiring blogs and also gain some followers and I was not dissappointed!

Africa is bursting with writers that are very keen to learn and grow in the industry. It was good to debate and give each other some tips on how to improve! Also, by virtue of being chosen for the #SundayTakeover you already have credibility which was great for the ego😉

So, as I always do! I put together some tweets from the day so you can see what we got talking about! The Afroblogger tweets are me. Check it out👇

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or here if you like! Thank you so much for visiting! Have a beautiful day!

Liebster Award Nomination

 

It’s that time of the week, everyone! When it comes to fun blog challenges that get you interacting with other bloggers, OJsPride is the person to follow! Thank you so much for yet another nomination OJ. And guys, be sure to read her blog, she’s really great!

So the Liebster Award is just a way for bloggers to recognise other blogs for readers to find new cool blogs to follow. Here are the rules:

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OJ made it easy for her nominees; I just have to state 15 facts about myself which doesn’t sound so easy now that I think about it, but let’s see how far I get J

15 Facts about Me

  1. I’m an English Teacher. It’s actually one of the biggest reasons I blog: to practise what I preach, lol
  2. I play the guitar. This may be old news for you if you have been following me for a long time! I hate being called Zahara, though!
  3. I’m a gym fanatic. I really enjoy working out and I’m hoping one day to have the body to prove it! I’m 60% there, lol
  4. I love to cook! I’m no chef, but I see the kitchen as a creative space and I enjoy trying out new dishes.
  5. I’m am Xhosa, one of South Africa’s 11 languages. Nelson Mandela? He was Xhosa speaking!
  6. I hate waiting!! Like, please don’t deliberately keep me waiting! Communicate if you are running late, but don’t leave me hanging!
  7. I love chocolate! Any excuse to have chocolate is a good enough reason!
  8. I think I’m allergic to eggs. A simple case of eating too many eggs as a child. Most of my family members have the same problem!
  9. I love my name! Noloyiso: Victorious. I was my parents’ first daughter so, I won!
  10. I’m an extrovert who has been converted to an introvert since I started living alone. I like striking a balance between social time and alone time.
  11. My favourite colours are green and orange.
  12. Wow, I’m starting to second guess the last 11 facts and I can’t think of 3 more! Hey, There’s another fact. I’m too quick to think that I’m not good enough.
  13. I enjoy thrillers and thriller-type series! Always game!
  14. I share a birthday with Kanye West: 8 June! We don’t celebrate it together anymore though, lol.
  15. I’m a hopeless romantic. I walk around with the strong belief that if you love someone, you should be given the right to have them, but, of course, that is not how it works in real life L

I DID IT !

My Nominees:

If you read and like this challenge; then you’re up! Just follow the instructions and give us 11 facts about you!

Thank you so much for visiting! Have a beautiful week ahead!