Control

Hey everyone! It’s good to have you back😊 I had a bit of drama yesterday but I’m begining to bounce back a little bit, I’ll tell you all about it in a minute!

I finally finished this gem in the wee hours of this morning! If you haven’t yet, you should really get your hands on this beauty! I’m definitely planning to read it again!

Back to my drama! The past few weeks have been very very strange. I haven’t been sleeping very well. I go to bed at a decent hour and without the disturbing noise of the TV. But without fail, every morning, around 4am, I’m up. Wide awake. I’ve finally resorted to reading and catching up on marking until I fall back asleep. On other nights, I spend the time in prayer and meditation; there is so much to pray about, guys!

I’ve also been putting my body through a lot of strain in the gym. My shins have been hurting and so have my knees from all the extra work I’ve been putting in. Everyone around me has been telling me to take it easy, rest and pick it back up – I haven’t listened and yesterday, I caught a stomach bug! Well, it wasn’t that bad, but my plan to go for a run in the morning and gym later on in the day as well as put in some marking in between was shot to hell! My body caved and demanded the rest I was refusing it.

Even as I proofread this, I feel mildy overwhelmed! I try to do too much and I’m not sure what I’m trying to prove, but my lesson here is very clear: I need to give up control: over my body, my work, the people in my life, everything! I started this year with the intention to enjoy my life the way it is and it’s time to go with the flow, listen to my body and my mind and just relax a little bit.

So share with me! What is your life demanding of you right now? I hope you are listening closely! It’s always a pleasure to have you here. Don’t worry, Sunday will be here before you know it 😘

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Beast Mode

Hey everyone!

Another Wednesday has rolled by and I’m so glad you’re here!

I’ve had a pretty good and productive week with a wealth of new knowledge. How has your week been so far?!

Tonight I wanna talk about gym life; one of my favourite things to do for fun and also for that dream body! For me, working out and being fit is the only thing that makes me feel good in my own skin. I hope to do it for as long as my body will allow!

I don’t sweat, I sparkle!

So, a few weeks ago I started doing parkrun. Check out my post about that here. I must say, it humbled me! I tell you, just because you can run a lot of kilometres on the treadmill does not mean the ground will be easier. On the treadmill, your legs are merely responding to the pull of the belt. I barely lift my legs to get going. The ground, on the other hand, is merciless! You are completely on your own and propelling yourself forward is all on you! I definately did more sweating than sparkling out there!

Look like a beauty train like a beast!

I refused to be discouraged ( even though I actually was)! So, this week I took to running outside on Monday and today to get myself ready for Saturday. I got some tips from fellow parkrunners who had to slow down to my granny pace and push me to keep going – capitalise on the downhills and straights by picking up the pace a little bit and breathe as much as possible through your nose.

Monday was gruelling but today went much better. I’m proud of myself for showing up and giving it my best and I can’t wait to see how I do this coming Saturday! I’ll let you know how it goes🙂

So I guess the lesson is very clear: Nothing that we accomplish comes easily or without hard work. Sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board and replan; It’s part of what makes life such an adventure!

Anyway, be good to yourself this week and give everything you do your very best! Thank you for popping in and I’ll see you on Sunday😘

Life Lessons

Hey everyone!

How is the week going? I have been fluctuating, but I look forward to our dates so I have remained consistant in this regard if nothing else! Small mercies!

Can you believe there are 2 months left in the year?! Like I always say: Time flies whether you’re having fun or not!

Speaking of time, am I the only one who’s noticed that there is less and less time to do things lately or am I a fully fledged adult now?

This time of year gets me thinking about my life; what I have or have not yet accomplished. I guess December comes with some kind of stock take of the year. There’s a sense of finality in the air as though someone is going to check in our travel bags to see what we have done with our time. And so October feels a bit daunting as it leads up to the end of the year!

The biggest promise I made myself this year was not to experience the pain of yesteryear.

Yes!! Your worth is not defined by anyone! So stay strong in the knowledge of what you are worth! I vowed not only to know my worth but to act it out, say it out loud and own it! I’ve also come to see that no one celebrates you for doing this. After all, how will they rise if they are not standing on you slouched back? This rang true for me especially yesterday.

Finally, remember that you matter no matter what, even if you only matter to yourself and your Creator!

Well, that’s all the wise words I have for today! Keep your head up, drink your water and love yourself no matter what!

Thanks for dropping by and have a fantastic week😘

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!

The Menstrual Cup: What You Need to Know – Part 1

Hey, Everyone! Prepare yourself emotionally for a longer post from me than usual! Today I’m talking about the menstrual cup! Gentlemen, if this is too gross a subject for you, stop reading right now! Or read on, you may help a woman in your life 😉

Why the Menstrual cup?

Ladies, I don’t know about you, but being on the period is one of the most uncomfortable things a woman has to endure! I mean, if I’m not crying for no reason, I’m spending money on tampons and sanitary towels and painkillers and food loaded in iron because I have so little energy the entire time, checking for stains all the time, changing tampons all the time, all the while not showing the men – I mean world – that we are going through hell! It is a lot to deal with and we do so beautifully!

So, you can imagine my excitement when my friend Stacey told me about the menstrual cup; a cute silicone shooter glass with a little extension at the bottom. This baby is supposed to catch all your stuff and can be worn for up to 12 hours. Yes, for up to 12 hours, I don’t have to change my tampon!

Another good reason to use the menstrual cup is the cost! I’ve read up on different time spans for using the menstrual cup. Some argue that you can use one menstrual cup for 7 – 10 years! While others say it would be wiser to replace it annually. Either way, the menstrual cup is an actual saving on your toiletry budget! Sold, to the girl who likes having money in her bank!

Being on your period also means being extra vigilant in terms of hygiene. Some have said that tampons are actually very bad for our lady parts. And I’ve also always been too scared to ask, but isn’t flushing them down the toilet bad for drainage systems? You’d also be surprised how many toilets don’t actually have bins for you to discard of that kind of stuff and using sanitary towels just makes me want to shower all the time! But with the menstrual cup, I can remove it at the end of the day, rinse it out and reinsert and sterilise it in hot water at the end of my period! Easy!

The menstrual cup is also good for the environment so the world can be just a little bit cleaner!

Phew! This is a lot to process so I’m going to give you a break to chew and swallow and read up on all this. Check out this article about the 18 benefits of using the menstrual cup. I’m trying it for the first time so stay tuned for the good, the bad and the ugly over the next few days.  Have a beautiful day!

Better Than Me

No one knows how to lift my spirits better than me.Just put me behind the wheel and give me an adventure to embark on.

No one knows how to make my heart flutter better than me. Play me something beautiful, progressions with minors and husky voices and words that sing what I feel.

No one takes care of me better than me. Give me my matchbox flat, flavours to mix in a pot that nourish my belly and my soul.

No one calms me better than me. Make the room quiet and leave me to my own devices.

No one knows me better than me and no one loves me better than me because I’m all I’ve got…