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7 for SEVEN

7 for (1)

Hello Loves!

This life we live. If it ain’t one thing…it’s certainly another. After feeling down and finally getting myself back on track, my timelines were flooded this week with way too many RIP messages.

Once again I was reminded of just how fragile life is. Each day you open your eyes and you’re still in the land of the living is a chance to start again. To own your shit (whatever it is) and live your life. Here’s to this one precious life we are blessed with and living it to the fullest.

That said, here’s my 7 for Seven this week:

Another week. Another day. Another chance. Still here. I’m grateful for the chance every day to start again.

This blog. This community. I appreciate you dear reader, more than you will ever know.

Juicing. I’m grateful once again this week for doing something good for my body.

Netflix and wine. Because adulthood.

Impromptu family barbecues. Sometimes the best experiences are the ones we don’t plan. I haven’t belly-laughed like that in a long time.

Instagram accounts that inspire me. One of my absolute favourite accounts is this one.

This song. This video. These lyrics!

And there you have it. Short and sweet. I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (II)

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m in a nostalgic mood today and I’m grateful for fresh perspective and gratitude. The dishes above represent moments with family and friends that long after taste of the food is gone, memories of meals shared in love remain.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (I)

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I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.
― Oprah Winfrey

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7 for SEVEN

7 for (1)

Heya Loves!

I’m in a mood. This morning The last couple weeks or so I just didn’t feel like doing anything…far less writing. I think it was a Molotov cocktail of tiredness, trying to completely get over the flu, a whole lot of side hustling and very little sleep.

Sometimes, I think the light at the end of tunnel is getting brighter and I’m closer to coming out on the other side and then I realize it was just the glare in my damn eyes and that light is much farther than I realized.

I believe that I was put on this earth to help and positively impact others, to love and share my light with as many people as I can and to leave this world a much better place than I found it.

But it’s hard to stay positive when I’m like this. I just wanna hold a little pity party and ignore the world for a bit…but bills. And I have this habit…I like to eat. So all I could manage for the last few days was work and some radical self-care.

This self-care unfortunately meant this space suffered but I can’t say I have any regrets. I’m learning that sometimes a rest-up and some time away to recharge is OKAY.

That said, here I am and here’s my 7 for Seven this week:

Sleep. There is healing power in restful sleep. After being sick while on vacation and then coming back to a hectic schedule and trying to recover while burning the candle on both ends – I needed sleep. Lots and Lots of sleep. And it has been my happy place over these last few days.

Eucalyptus and Spearmint. The most relaxing combination in a candle. Ever!

Juicing. When I’m in a crappy mood, my food choices kinda reflect that as well. I made the effort over the last few days to increase the amount of fruits and veggies I put into my body. It not only lifted my spirits to know that I was making good choices for my body, but it made me feel less guilty for #4 and #6. Win-Win!

Tiramisu. Because when I need a pick-me-up…this will do it every.single.time.

Getting rid of clutter. Something wonderful happens (after the pangs of wistfulness fades) when you get rid of clutter. In my case, I went on a major wardrobe overhaul – I got rid of everything I have not worn in a year and some things I haven’t worn in 6 months. The act of clearing space in my closet also helped in clearing some clutter in my head. I can’t explain it but my apartment and my mind felt lighter afterward.

Home-made from scratch brownies. Because chocolate is my love language.

My Cohort of Awesome. I spend a lot of time in this space talking about the Family I’ve chosen – my friends. And that’s because my journey would not be the same without them. I am/will be forever grateful for these awesome people I get to call my friends. My COA has recently expanded by two and I feel so blessed to have these two beautiful women and fellow bloggers in my life. The encouragement and honesty of these awesometastic hippies has become two of my favourite things. I am truly blessed.

And there you have it. Short and (hopefully) sweet. I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

Some advice for real life

SomeHmm I thought by now I would have a little insect, that resembled me somewhat or at least had a few of my traits to pass on some of those “when I was your age, young lady…” remarks to. However, I planned and God laughed.

Still, I live in joyful hope.

In the meantime, however, at the ripe old age of 3faux I think it is time I pass on document some of the most profound advice I’ve received from some important women in my life over the years. Here’s to sharing the um…love:

Do you know what a penis is? Stay far from it. ~ Aunty Carlie, my mother’s sister

This my dear friends pretty much sums up my version of “the talk”. Yup. Talking about sex was taboo in my house so my Aunt gave me this pearl around the time I started secondary school. I was about 11 years old. And yes, I knew what a penis was.

I had a little brother and my mother, ever the time manager bathed us all together until we were old enough to notice differences and start asking questions. However, why I should stay far from a penis…was a mystery at 11. For the record tho…I did follow her advice until the ripe old age of 24. Auntie would be proud. Talk about business in the road. HA!

Why are you pursing A-levels? You’re pretty, you’re smart, you should find a rich old man, marry him and then you can do all the things you are working so hard for now…but with money and your terms. ~ Mrs Ali-Mohammed, my 6th Form Teacher

This was the gem I received just around the time I got my first report in 6th Form and was completely crushed because this my first ever “bad” report. I was an A student all through secondary school, so first term 6th Form was a major eye opener. My teacher, seeing my pain, thought she should save me from further heartache.

All I will say after years of studying and failures, big wins and life unfolding in the most unexpected way is: I should have listened.

Always leave room for disappointment. ~ Gloria Superville, my mother

My mother used to say this to the sibs and I whenever something we really wanted/thought would happen didn’t. You work hard at something, you give it your best shot, you plan, you plot and something will still go wrong. This was her way of saying be prepared for anything. To let go of the outcome!

Planned to go to the beach and rain fell? “Always leave room for disappointment.”

Didn’t get the grade you expected. “Always leave room for disappointment.”

Still childless, with not even a puppy as a dependent? “Always leave room for disappointment.”

This was what she said to us the last time I saw my dad as well. It was Christmas time ’89, and my father who was already gone and was now a “visiting-father” came to see us about two weeks before Christmas Day. He left with the promise to return to take us toy shopping on Christmas Eve.

That was all we could talk about for those two glorious weeks of anticipation. My mother knew though. She kept telling us to leave room for disappointment. We didn’t. He never came. And my issues about men not showing up for me, were cemented.

Of all the things my mother ever said to me, I think this one pretty much sums up most of the men I’ve known. Except for my brother. He is the best men I know.

I suppose it’s no coincidence I chose this quote for this post and I’m sure when I’m on Oprah’s couch someday*fingers crossed it will happen sooner rather than later*…we’ll talk about this.

Sooooo now that I’ve veered off into some heavy territory, and we’re all sufficiently uncomfortable, I will end this post.

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Please feel free to share some of your own “pearls of wisdom” below!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

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Orange you glad it’s FRIDAY???
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