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3 Ways to Survive Winter

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! It’s July which means that Winter is here for real now! I’m a winter baby, but I’m not very comfortable with the season! it’s so cold, guys and I struggle to get up in the morning and I still struggle to dress warmly enough, uurgh! So I thought it would be helpful to bog myself down with some specific tips to help me get through this inevitable season.

Acceptance

No matter how much I complain, winter is around for at least another 80 days! It’s really best to just accept that ’tis the season and it will not pass for a while. I am counting down until the day when it gets lighter earlier in the day and the air is warmer again. Yes, it’s freezing right now, but as inevitable as Winter is, so is Spring and Summer, my friend! this too will pass!

Take Cover

I love feeling warm and snuggly during Winter so I take cover every chance I get. I got myself a gas heater for the freezing evenings, I shower just before bed and Turbans, scarves and millions of layers of clothes keep the bite of cold at bay. I hate being sick and it’s miserable to be sick when you live alone and have no one to baby you, Soft Kitty style, so I am doing everything in my power to avoid that!

Comfort Food

I love to cook! I love to eat and winter is the perfect time to do just that! I see it as a way to keep warm from the inside out. I eat porridge for breakfast now. I’m collecting soup and stew recipes to warm the cockles of my heart in the chilly evenings too. It’s also OK to eat bread and pasta from time to time too guys! Don’t over do it, though, summer will be here before you know it, and you want your hot body to be ready for those summer dresses, shorts and bikinis!

Exercise

No matter the season, gym is life so don’t stop working out! It’s definitely one way to keep warm and it’s great for your immune system too! You’ll also thank yourself when those layers of clothes have to come off and what lays beneath is a firm beautiful body you can be proud of!

Shout out to my friends that helped me with winter images for today’s post! You guys are the best! Thank you so much for popping in! Have a good week😘

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Activities, Interests, Lifestyle, Nifty Tricks, Teacher Problems

Critical Thinking Day

Helloooo! It’s Wednesday!

Look at you, kicking butt at everything you do! You’re doing great, sweety! Keep at it!

So, yesterday was our school’s Critical Thinking day. We have one once a term. In a nutshell, Critical Thinking day is when the high school mixes up all the grades and all the teachers, splits them up into about 12 groups and we tackle something that is outside of the academic classroom. The topics are chosen by the students through a survey and the most popular topic wins!

It’s a lot of hard work, trying to convince a handful of non believers that we need to groom students that will eventually go out into the world and run it, but it’s been running for a few years and has come a long way from when we started having them.

shop till you drop

Yesterday’s theme was Consumerism and it’s impact on the world and the everyman. The vast majority was not excited at all about this one! I got a “meh” from one of the deputies and basically frowns from the others who were not riveted by this topic that seemed less interesting compared to the Identity, Gender equality topics we’ve had before. Some of the questions that were posed were very thought providing and I thought of pass them along:

What do you and your family do with your cellphones when they get old?

Have you ever thought of how your clothes are made and by whom?

How often do you buy clothes

The expensive brands that we wear are often made in another country where factory workers are paid very little to make them. How does this make you feel about paying large sums of money for the labels you wear?

What are you going to do with your Matric dance (prom) dress? Do you think you will wear it again?

what do you do with your old clothes?

What happens with your clothes when you stop wearing them or they are no longer trending?

Well, this is really just the snapshot of a snapshot of what Critical Thinking Day is all about. It would be really cool to let you tag along to the next one, alas admisssion is reserved for a select few, but the day turned out to be a success; thought was provoked! At the end of the day’s activities, that same deputy came back to me saying, ” actually, that was very very interesting. I learned a lot!” Now, this topic of discussion may not result in us steering away from that brand we now know runs factories in other countries where people get paid very little and work under dangerous conditions, but my hope is that we become more mindful of what, how and where we buy.

Guys, I am swimming in words lately! I have exam and test questions, essays and test answers coming out of my ears, but yesterday was a satisfyingly thought provoking day!

I hope that wherever you are, you are trying to make a difference in whatever form you are doing it! We are that lady on the beach picking up beached starfish and tossing them back into the safety of the sea. We are the mosquito in the room, as Thabang Thinks so fittingly shared! So go out there and do what you can where you can!

Have an awesome week! I’ll see you on Sunday!

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Champion Teachers

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you’re reading this you are busy surviving the week! Keep going! It’s almost over!

So, on Monday I got to do some travelling for work. This hardly ever happens for me so I thoroughly enjoyed being outside the classroom for just one day!

My school is part of The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition: A community of practice that’s made up of school leaders from South African schools that define themselves as impact schools.

Three times a year, we meet at these various schools to share best practices in the classroom as well as the running of the school we are visiting. Monday was Inanda Seminary in Durban.

Education is truly a passion that rewards you in more ways than just money. By far my favourite thing about this organisation and these meetings is how empowering it is to be surrounded by passionate leaders, teachers and student teachers who want to learn from each other and grow in the industry! I never leave without a nifty trick I can take back to my own classroom and a new burst of energy to use when I get back!

I hope that you too are working in an industry that you are excited and passionate about. I hope every day you are encouraged to do more in your field to make the world a better place.

Please check out the work that the Coalition is doing by following them on Twitter:

@Saescoaliton

@bridgeprojectSa

Thank you so much for visiting with me! Go and set the world afire! Have a great week ahead, dear readers!

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Move!!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m so sorry I’m later than usual!

The days are flying by and I often feel like I’m barely touching sides, phew! As long as I am progressing and as long as things are getting done, I will never complain!

So I’m finally doing it: tonight is my last night in this matchbox I’ve called home for the last 4 – 5 years! Remember, I told you about this a while ago? Check it out here if you’ve forgotten!

Moving has made me realise how far I’ve come from that bright-eyed bushy tailed 20 something, who moved up to Joburg with a few suitcases and nothing else! Now, I have furniture and framed pictures, reception tables and a metal rubbish bin. I have linen and so many more glasses than the last time I moved! Guys, I have things! Progress and growth is the order of the day!

I had every intention of taking pictures to show everyone, but I’ll save that for another time, I think! I’ve just been focused on moving bit by bit so that tomorrow is not so strenuous! Luckily I have midterm break starting tomorrow so I can unpack and rest and also catch up on work, because wow, there is so much work to do!

Still, I am grateful for days full of things to do that matter to me! I am no longer the man on the bleachers but an active participant in my own life! That’s worth celebrating!

I leave you with this thought:

Thank you so much for waiting up for me! We’ll chat on Sunday ( or maybe sooner?) Have a beautiful week😘

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Obsessed

Hey erbody! It’s Sunday! One of my favourite days, partly because I get to catch up with you guys! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Today, I wanted to tell you about my new dress, but I’m going to save it for Wednesday. I have something else in mind for today and it has been bothering me for a long time and I neeeeed to get it off my chest!

So, I’ve been working out for a few years now. And I’ve watched my body plateau over the last few months. So I’ve been killing myself to get back on track. But the more I tried, the more I backslid. It’s been rough!

I developed this obsession with my body. But in pursual of that body, it lead to negative thoughts about my body as it is. And that’s where I almost spiraled. I spent the last few months in a great deal of frustration. Trying to control my diet and how my body was sculpted. This resulted in binge eating and skipping gym sometimes.

I started to hate what my body looked like. That’s when I realised I was in trouble. I needed to take a step back and realise that I wasn’t being good to myself.

I hope that you never hate your body. I hope you love yourself more than others. Because trying to lose weight should never lead you to dislike yourself now.

I hope you were encouraged by that. I Hope you realise how worthy you are!

Thank you for popping in! Have a great week😘

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Reflections: On Being Each Other’s Angels

One of the posts from Noloyiso’s blog that stayed with me long after I read it was when she wrote of an incident: I Need A Hug

It’s weird how sometimes, we are so wrapped up in our own worlds and our own sorrows and it feels as if we are the only ones laboring through great difficulties but around us, are people with equal or even heavier burdens. You never know what a simple word or gesture can mean to someone else.

I believe in angels. They walk amongst us wearing a stranger’s face, sometimes even a more familiar face and we call them friends and family.

In the spirit of reflections, which this post is themed upon, when we look back on the year, may we focus on the good: the good we did, the good that happened and between that all the connections that made us keep moving forward.

Here’s to beginning the year onwards and upwards. Sometimes all we have is each other.

~B

A digital storyteller immortalizing himself the best way he knows how, by writing.

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