Blessings in Disguise

Hello everybody!

I hope you have had a good week so far! Thank you for popping by today.

I’m experiencing a loss at the moment so it has been a bit rough. I am relieved that the worst of it is over though, so I know that it will only get better moving forward.

I got a bit of a mouthful from my friends about the way I choose to deal with it. I don’t like being a burden to people nor do I like whining about the same thing over and over. I also often feel like my own struggles are not nearly as big as other people’s struggles and so I bottle everything up inside and try to cope on my own.

So keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the spring of life – Proverbs 4:23

Never take issues of the heart lightly. A blitz of the heart impacts the rest of your life so if your heart breaks, it poisons everything else in your life. No heartbreak is too trivial or insignificant when it affects your heart. No problem is too small. It all matters if it matters to you! And that is why it is so important to guard your heart! This is a lesson for me.

Be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not – 2 Tim 4:2

While it’s difficult to stay prepared all the time, it is important to stay equipped with what you need in order to deal with whatever may come whenever it comes. The first blow will knock you off your feet but always bear in mind that you are strong enough to pick yourself back up again. For now, that is as prepared as I can be for what life has in store for me.

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout, is a beautiful woman without discretion – Proverbs 11:22

This one speaks for itself. I can be worth a million bucks but if I am not wise in the decisions I make, that beauty is wasted. I think I’ve wasted my value enough for a lifetime and I want to move forward making much better decisions for myself in the future!

Despite the obstacles we come across, remember that the future can be better than the past. I’m looking forward to a much stronger and beautiful to me!

Thank you so much for visiting! Have a beautiful week ahead, everyone and try to see the blessings life shows you even in the trying times😊

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Eat Out – Parea

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!

Let’s get right into it! My village people decided to reawaken The Eat Out Club, because, what’s not to love about it?! Check out the last spot we tried out!

The Spot

Parea is a greek restaurant at Illovo Junction in Johannesburg. It looks squashed from the outside but opens up into a spacious indoor and patio area on the inside. They even have belly dancing ladies complete with plate breaking once a week! Whoppa!

The Service

I found our waitress very helpful. She answered whatever questions we had about the menu with no trouble! The management was always visible and helpful too!

The Favourites

It’s tough to decide what you want to eat at any restaurant, so my friend Stacey ordered some starters to share with her Justin which gave her a chance to try as many dishes as possible! They have a great selection of seafood which we all enjoyed! Their chips are made exactly they way I like them: big chunks that very clearly come for potatoes! They also have jugs of sangeria perfect for a table of up to 7 people!

So this is definitely the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a good vibe and great food and drink!

We’ve also decided to evolve the Eat Out to Dine in, depending on the person chosen to pick the next spot! It’s gonna be an awesome year, guys!

Thank you so much for popping in! It’s always a pleasure to have you! Have a beautiful week ahead😘

Summer Jam

Happy Wednesday erbody! I hope this week has been good to you! My first MC gig went very well! I had so much fun and look forward to doing it again! Today was the first day of school with all the students there. It was a pretty smooth day considering🤔

It’s still summer over in South Africa even though we are all back at work. While we can’t enjoy a time of rest and long lazy days doing nothing, we still have the heat, afternoon thunderstorms (in Johannesburg) and summer music that reminds us of a summer gone by!

Today, I’d like to share my favourite jam at the moment. I have my ex to thank for my appreciation for house music. He used to compile and release mixtapes of house and African music and because I was being supportive, I would download these mixtapes and listen to them intently. SMH, the things we do for love are so silly sometimes, lol! We have since parted ways, but my appreciation for this genre of music has remained!

I love Black Coffee sooo much, guys! Not only does he put together great music and is world renowned, he has not forgotten his homeland. He has perfected the balance of working overseas with big names and coming home to do small gigs in smaller cities. I have a great deal of respect for his work ethic!

I enjoyed this jam for it’s lyrical offering. The words are very engaging speaking of a love the writer is trying to escape and is finding difficulty to do so. Also, Delilah Montagu’s vocal delivery is amazing! I love a smooth husky voice on any track! In this life or the next, I would love to be a vocal sensation like her on a house track, so if you know a guy that can hook me me up, then please, let a girl know!

Thank so much for popping in! It’s always a pleasure to have you here. I’d love to hear what your favourite jams are at the moment so please comment below and share the music! Have a great week😘

Adult Drama

Hey Everyone! Happy Sunday! I head back to work tomorrow and I’m quite excited to get back to a normal rhythm. While taking a break is necessary for rebooting, all good things need to come to an end!

Today, I’m going to be a bit of a Negative Nancy and complain a lot! But I will do so in memes because they say to survive this adulting thing, one has to have one’s humour firmly intact!

Disclaimer:

These are the crazy ramblings of a sleep deprived anxious and frustrated Nubian Queen.

Where do I even start?! There are so many little things that are causing me frustration! And all these little things are kind of tied up to each other making this massive, intangled stressball! It is a mess!!!

There is a rat in my house! It found its way under my front door or through it one day when I left it open on a hot summer’s day! I don’t know! But it found a hole in my built in cupboard and now lives with me! It leaves me alone during the day but starts scratching around at night! I have resorted to cowaring away in my bedroom as soon as the sun sets because as independant a woman as I am, I was not built to go head to head with a rat! I don’t care, feminists, but that is a man’s job!

So because of this damn rat, I am a prisoner in my own home. I am in my bedroom from as early as 8pm. I fall asleep only after 10 and any time from 1am, I am awake again!! Wide awake, guys! I lie there, contemplating whether I should raid my fridge or do some reading in the lounge until I’m sleepy again ( the internet says this helps). But I can’t because there is no cat so the rat must play! This stupid roommate who has imposed himself on me has now messed with my sleep and is hindering my midnight snacking too!

There is a part of me that wants to move out to a rat free aboad. Just imagine: moving around in my living room, free of fear of rodents! But everywhere I look is more expensive with added costs on top of that aaaaaand, there is something I am reluctant to leave behind here in this street (don’t make me unpack that can of worms!) Aaaaand society says that at my age, I should be buying property and not still renting! Aaargh!

At this point, it is 2:30am. I am resigned to die of hunger and am convinced I am a dissappointment as a functioning adult according to the the standards of the world. I have managed to reduce myself to a 33 year old barren spinister who is a prisoner in a matchbox flat that she doesn’t even own with a roomate she didn’t even ask for!

So the solution, I think… I don’t know! When did adulting get so complicated? How many levels to this horrific game are there? I feel like I’m stuck at level 2 and suddenly I’m second guessing all my decisions and all the ways I think are the best way forward. I think I need someone to come into my life, make all the difficult decisions for me, set me up nicely and then leave again and let me step back in because this is beyond me!

So this is adulting, kids! It is a whirlwind of emotions, loss of control and self doubt at worst! The best we can do for ourselves is to make small decisions at a time and go from there. This life thing is, after all, a marathon and not a sprint.

Thank you for reading my petty drama! It’s always a pleasure to have you here🙂 have a fantastic week ahead! We’ll chat on Wednesday😘

Master of Ceremony

Hey Everyone!

I hope the week is treating you well! I’m still enjoying the last bit of the holiday before I get back to work on Monday! I love my work so this is not something I dread 🙂

So, a few days ago, my friend, who got married in Australia last year, is doing part 2 this weekend with her South African family and friends, asked me to MC at the wedding😳 I have never, in my life MCd anything accept maybe my lessons (but that doesn’t count does it?) so this request was quite daunting!

“Don’t worry, you’ll be great, my friend!” Well, that won me over! I mean, if my very good friend trusts me enough to put me in this position, why can’t I just believe in myself too?

So wish me luck! I’ll give it my best shot and the guests will be mostly excited about the bride and groom more than me, right?! Besides, I don’t remember the MCs at weddings I’ve attended before!

Thank you so much for popping in today! Have a beautiful day and we’ll talk on Sunday😘

Anonymous: A Series

Hello Erbody! Happy New Year! You know all my hopes and dreams for you and me in this new year! If you don’t, do check it out here

So, in the spirit of everything fresh and new and because of how well the Reflections series went, I thought it fitting to start another series!

With the dawn of social media comes a great deal of personal exposure. While in some respects, this is a good thing, in other respects it robs you of your privacy and anonymity. Sometimes I wish I could shout certain things from the a virtual mountain top – but without anyone who knows me hearing it!

So here is Anonymous! One Friday a month, there’s going to be a suprise blog from one my blogger friends. If you’d also like to participate like to participate, please feel free to email me: noloyiso.l@gmail.com and I will drop the post at any time that month! (Don’t worry, I’ll be running this series all year so there is plenty of time!)

You’re allowed to talk about whatever you want that you’ve felt you couldn’t share before!

I hope you’ll take part in this! Thank you so much for coming by! See you on Sunday😘

New

Happy Sunday, dear readers! I cannot believe it is the last Sunday of the year! Time trully flies whether you’re having fun or not!

So the new year calls us to start afresh, to change our bad habits and ultimately change ourselves, right? Every year, I resolve something new. Just last year, I resolved to enjoy my life and find contentment the way it was. As it goes with all our resolutions, this only lasted a few months before I fell off the wagon.

My experience this year taught me one thing: we set goals for our lives but we do not equip ourselves to cope with all the things we aim for and we certainly don’t equip ourselves for tools to deal with the inevitable curve balls that life will inevitably throw at us.

And so this year, what I am praying for is strength and grace for the year. The stuff will come -or not- and my endurance is important to get through the year in more or less one piece!