Control

Hey everyone! It’s good to have you back๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Awesome Impact Award

Happy Sunday Everyone!

It’s good to see you again and I trust you’ve had a great weekend!

I’m so excited to be nominated for the Awesome Impact Award! Thank you so much, Tashnee V Mavee for the nomination! Check out her blog here. She’s really great!

The rules for the challenge are very simple:

1. Tag and thank the person who nominated you;

2. Post your Awesome Impact Award picture and post it;

3. Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a postive way;

4. Nominate other awesome bloggers for the award.

I Need A Hug

I was having a particularly difficult day and I bumped into one of my students who had decided that I was her favourite teacher and had been calling me bestie for years -eventually, I gave into the affection.

“Bestie, I need a hug”, I blurted out without thinking. She looked up at me, eyes filling with tears, “I need a hug too!” I pulled her into an embrace, forgetting my own problems for a moment. Her cousin had passed away the night before and she was sad. We both stood in that embrace, both in need of the comfort. My spirit was lifted that day and I hope that hers was too.

In our time of need, we need each other and we should never back away from an opportunity to comfort others. Therein lies our own comfort too.

My nominations

Joseyphina

Beaton

Alyazya

Thank you for popping in! Have a beautiful week filled with nothing but good things! See you on Wednesday๐Ÿ˜˜

The Eat Out – The Royale, Johannesburg

Happy Sunday Erbody!

I trust you have had a great weekend and you’re rested up for the week ahead.

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 love food. I love making it, and trying what other people make and so the eatout was always the highlight of my month! Check out my previous posts about it here.

Last night, a handful of the old members of the Eatout got together to celebrate a birthday in true eatout style. Our adventure took us to The Royale in Craighall, Johannesburg.

The Spot

The restaurant itself doesn’t really stick out among the long rows of shops,bars and car dealerships along Jan Smuts so you will have to trust your GPS completely to get there in case you miss it. Once inside, you are met by a Cuban vibe: Great music, palm trees and rustic photoframes on the walls. There’s an open roof in the outside/ inside area that is going to be perfect when summer really kicks in! The birthday girl had to book us a table well in advance and we found ourselves sitting next to a bridal party as well! In true Joburg style, The Royale brings in all types of people from the sophisticated cuisine hunters to the hipsters popping in for a few drinks.

The Service

I arrived late to the venue so I didn’t know who our waiter was. He was difficult to flag down but the place does start getting busy after 7 on a Saturday night. Our food and drink, however, did arrive promptly every time! The food portions were reasonable, in size and in prices, and just as yummy!

Our Favourites

Speaking of yummy food, the ribs were amazing! Tender meat and a portion fit for a king! The prawn curry was just the right amount of spicy to enjoy without tearing up! The clam and mussels were also a hit. Those 2 rolls on the side help to enjoy the leftover lemon creamy sauce๐Ÿ˜‹. I will definately be having the squid next time I’m there! In a nutshell, none of us were dissappointed with our food!

Well, there you have it! My take on an authentically Cuban experience with a little help from a few friends! Thanks for your input guys! Of course, your company makes these outings all the more delightful!

Well, thank you once again for dropping by, everyone! I hope to see you on Wednesday!

P.S Oh I almost forgot! When you visit this cool spot make sure you take a picture at the Palm Tree! The Palm tree was awesome!

I Fluctuate

I’m geared up and ready to conquer. My to do list is ready, gym bag is packed, outfit ironed -I’m ready! I’m too tired, my mind like mush, body unwilling. I crawl into bed, fetal position, I’m tapping out and it’s only Monday! I guess I’m not consistent. I guess I give up way too often and maybe too easily. But I get back up. I give it another try and I get back up. I fluctuate and you know what? It’s ok to fluctuate…

I Slay!

This week I feel like a winner -a Boss! I’m Slaying! I’ve come to realise that I am the adventurous type. I love to try new things and seeing how well I fair in that adventure, which is why I enjoy going to the gym so much.

Every day I get stronger and my body can do more than my mind could fathom. I’ve tried just about everything over there!

The latest thing is taking on challenges that my gym-instructor friend throws at her followers from time to time. I managed to complete one particularly difficult challenge and couldn’t help but share it with my own followers – one of them answered the call!

So now we are long distance gym buddies. He gave me a weights challenge to do today and I, in turn, handed him one too. I’m proud to anounce that I sit here, arms as limp as a dead weight, but challenge completed and a stupid grin on my face! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

I am Boss! I am slaying, ya’ll!