Activities, Interests, Lifestyle, Series

Series: The Ultimate Blog Swap

It’s a new year and an new series is in order! Read all about it here!

Sehliselwe – Sehli Chaotic

The other day I posted a tweet under the O Jewa Keng thread. In the tweet I was seeking to collaborate with other bloggers and possibly do blog swaps, the response so far has been nothing but unbelievable. As I write this I am deeply overwhelmed at the amount of bloggers who are ready for collaborations.

I have to admit that blogging for me was an online diary where I vented about everything that was going wrong in my life; I barely posted anything unless I felt really frustrated. So you can understand why I never interacted or sought to connect with other bloggers. It wasn’t until recently, when I found out I was nominated for a Zimblog award, that I actually thought, “Yeah maybe I could make something out of this”. Suddenly I understood the impact that blogging has had on me and how I approach my goals. Through the responses on the tweet so far, I have had a chance to connect with people from all walks of life with the same interests as mine which has somehow assured me that I am on the right track. One of the first people I connected with was Noloyiso, a blogger whose work caught my eye as she touched on issues such as mental health and overall empowerment of women which to me screamed “girl power’. So the obvious thing for us to do next was collaborate. We decided to start with a blog swap where I get to post on her blog and she posts on mine. That I thought was an amazing way for us to explore and share with different audiences as well forge relationships alike. I am super excited to work with her and I cannot wait to see where this journey leads!

Noloyiso – The Chronicles of a Nubian Queen

So there I was, scrolling aimlessly on my Twitter timeline, as one does when there are millions more important things to do, when I came across Sehliselwe’s tweet seeking to engage and collaborate with other bloggers. I’ve met some great people on my blog and I have found those engagements valuable and good for my growth as a writer. I’ve also made some very good friends and a kind of village, something that I value, so I was very interested in the opportunity that presented itself. It’s also the perfect opportunity for a new series; something different to what I’ve done before. So in an attempt to make more of these connections, we’re joining forces!

Here’s how this will work: Once a month, we’ll swap blogs and post an article – she on mine and me on hers. Hopefully, this will lead to some exciting work! Friends will be made, audiences will grow and lives will be changed, AN EMPIRE WILL BE BUILT! Excuse the drama, but this is super exciting! We haven’t worked out all the details, but I’ve never heard of this being done before; we may be on to something good!

So, welcome to The Ultimate Blog Swap! We hope you enjoy it!

Activities, Interests, Lifestyle, Teacher Problems

Brand

The New year is filled with many expectations: sometimes those we put on ourselves and other times, by the proverbial society. As, Beaton, a fellow blogger shared in a recent post, January is an entire month of Mondays, and we spend it struggling to find our rhythym for the year after a December of Fridays. And to answer your question, Beaton, You stop saying Happy New Year at the end of January unless you’ve seen everyone you know by then!

In other news, I finally start a new job tomorrow! Yes, after 6 years, I decided it was time to move on to a new school. Now if you’re a teacher, you know that when you make a move like this, it usually takes a very long time to actually move. Teachers are generally asked to give a term’s notice in order to give your current school a chance to find your replacement. I respect this, and so far in my career, I have honoured this practice which I am grateful for. Having that bridge left still standing allows there not to be any animosity.

The down side to this practice is the 4 month wait, the millions of last goodbyes and tiny baby steps one takes when moving to a new environment. I’ve been asked since September if I’m looking forward to my new job, but I honestly think it will only hit me tomorrow morning when I’m driving in the opposite direction to where I used to for the past 6 years.

“Friend, my concern is your brand! I want you to flourish!”

My friend, Helena said this to me the other day when we got to talking about plans for the new decade and it got me thinking about myself as a brand. I never really thought of myself that way at all. Sure, I’ve written plenty a bio on a social media platform or for a workshop I was running, but I really listed the stuff that I do and left it that.

But I’ve also recently met a number of people who have a personal brand and I think it’s incredible to see how these people embody their brand in everything they do and say. They trully live what they are about and own it to the fullest. I’d like to be like them this decade and for the rest of my life and this lesson comes right on time with the change of jobs and new decade that lies ahead. I now have an opportunity to reinvent myself, enahance what’s good and already there, and change what is not.

I’m a bit anxious to start what I have sought out to accomplish now. Wish me luck! Thank you so much for popping in today! It’s always apleasire to have you here! Have an amazing week😘

Activities, Interests, Lifestyle, Looking Forward To, my adventures, Soul Stuff

New Decade

Happy New Decade everybody! I trust you have started off the year well and I hope you have an amazing year and that all your dreams come true!

It has been an adventurous decade for me. A decade of many firsts and finding my way in the adult world. I think I faired well, but I know for sure that God is reliable and goes before me in everything as he did in the decade gone by. I go into the new decade confident in my ability and the power I possess because I am loved by the one who created me.

I’m back in the town, unpacked and ready for what lies ahead this year. You’ll hear all about it as it all unfolds, of course, so stick around!

Thank you so much for popping in! It’s always a pleasure to have you here! Have a restful day and we’ll chat again on Sunday! K, bye!

Interests, Prose

Poetry

Has anyone ever written you a poem? Well, until the other day, I haven’t had this privilege!

I shared the first posted picture from my modelling stint the other day and my good friend Jay Jay responded in poetry and I thought I would share it with you today 😊

A Positive Poem for the Lady in Positive Pants

Strength.
What is in you is stronger than what they see.
I see stories written in the palms of your hands.
Relating of struggle, strength and victory.

The lines accentuating your feet
Tell stories of journies traversed.
Tears that attempted to form rivers but above all achilles.

If ever you doubt yourself,
May nostalgia take you back on a journey.

The ghost of struggles past

show you what you overcame to be here.
May that which tries to strip you of your smile
be less than the strength which flows in you.

Thank you for your kind words, Jay! This poem is beautiful😊

Check out Jay Jay’s blog here

Have a good week erbody! Thanks for popping in❤

Activities, Interests

Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s that time of the week, dear readers! I’m so glad you could join me today! I hope you are having an awesome week! Yours trully is back at work and loving every minute of it (sue me! I love my job, OK?!)

I haven’t been nominated for an award in a while so I’m so grateful to Charlie Dee for this nomination! If you like all things sunshine and positivity and if you love to engage with other bloggers then get your butt over to her blog! She’s really great! Thank you for the nomination and for all those cool tags on Twitter!

About the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to their peers to honor fellow bloggers who inspire and spread positivity through their blogs.

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees about their nominations

Questions from Charlie Dee

1. Which of your blog posts is your favourite?

Without a doubt, Sweet Embrace is my favourite. It was the first time I wrote something resembling poetry and it truly captured where my heart was at at the time. To this day, when I go back to this post, my heart flutters and I remember that moment… sigh

2. What is your favorite food?

I love Mexican food! Those who have had Mexican food from Mexico and the States tell me that South African Mexican food doesn’t come close! One day I want to try it!

3. What is your favourite colour?

Green! All shades of green! not just for the nature reasons but just because, well, it’s green!

4. Do you have a secret talent?

It’s not much of a secret but it’s my go-to talent when the question is raised. I play the guitar and I also sing. I think of it more as a hobby or even a skill than talent, though! “Talent” carries with it such a pressure to be amazing and I’d rather not prove it, lol!

5. Which season is your favorite?

I’m a winter baby, but I love Spring and Summer. I love long days, heat, summer dresses, and ice-cold drinks. It’s just a less heavy time of the year and it feels like I’m on holiday all the time! Also, the trees are greener and the flowers are blooming!

6. What song would be your theme or anthem?

I don’t know how you choose just one song! there is so much music out there! John Mayer is my guy any day of the week, though and I also love the Muffinz, a South African band, but if the lyric resonates with where I’m at in life at the time, if the guitar lick is good and the harmonies sweet, if a song is light-hearted and makes me smile at the wonder of the world, then that is my anthem – well, at least until the next best thing comes along!

7. Who is your favorite celebrity

I fluctuate with this one too, actually. I like a celebrity that seems to be nice to meet. I like my celebrity captivating in one way or another. If they embody an aspect I would like to be or am already, then they are my celebrity!

8. Do you have a favorite book?

Mohale Mashigo, The Yearning. Mashigo writes stories that are captivating and characters you wish you could be friends with. A sadness came over me when I finished this novel because I could no longer immerse myself in these people and their lives…

9. Do you have a favorite movie?

Definitely Finding Nemo. A father that would ride in the belly of a whale, swim with turtles, hop on the tops of jellyfish and befriend sharks all in the name of rescuing his son? I mean, what’s not to love?!

10. Do you have a series you’re binging on right now?

Not right now, but I did just finish binging Big little Lies and Good Trouble. I also need to catch up on Suits.

11. What is the one thing you love most about blogging?

I love talking and sharing and I tend to do a lot of both! It started as a pass time almost 10 years ago and I have been talking ever since!

My nominees:

You! Yes, you! If you’re reading this then get in on this! I’m supposed to nominate just 11 other bloggers, but there are too many of you that inspire me to be a better blogger so I choose to extend this invitation to all of you who would like to participate! Besides, there’s never a limit to sunshine and positivity so get on board!

Questions from me:

  1. Which of your blogs is your favorite and why?
  2. How long does it take you to finish and post a blog post?
  3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  4. What do you do for fun?
  5. How do you self soothe?
  6. What is the one thing you can’t go a day without?
  7. What inspires your posts?
  8. What’s your favorite clothing item?
  9. What is the one thing you would spend money on regardless of the cost?
  10. Tomato sauce (ketchup) on the side or over your chips (fries)?
  11. If you had one more day to live, what would you do for that day?

I’ll  chat you guys soon! Keep smiling😘

am writing, my adventures, Ramblings

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🙂