Music Reflection Mondays #3

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I hope everyone had a great day. I’m sorry that this is posting so late but that’s life sometimes we just have to roll with it.  This week I’m going to highlight the artistes and some of their songs that started shaping my love for music at a very early age. I had my dad to thank for that he listened to a lot of music back then.

Now when I look back at my childhood there are certain artistes that stand out because they were the people I would see on the television, hear on the radio, or hear on the cassette player in my father’s car.   There was just something special and unique about each one that drew me to their music.

To this day, they all have a special place in my heart because they take me back to a time in my life when all I had to be was me – Cherylene. 🙂  I remember singing along to their songs and trying to dance along.

Some of these artistes in alphabetical order include: Abba, Kenny Rogers,  Lionel Richie, Madonna, Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner, just to name a few.  Now I’m sure some of you know them.  Do we share any favourites?

Michael Jackson: You Are Not Alone, Bellie Jean, Beat it, Bad, Thriller, Heal the World, Man in The Mirror, Will You Be There and The Way You Make Me Feel. There are so many others but we just don’t have the time to list them all.  Michael Jackson may his soul rest in peace is one of my all-time favourites.  I love his music.  He is a legend and has been accredited by many of today’s musicians and singers for his influence on their careers.

Who stands out from your childhood? How did he or she make you feel when you heard their music? Feel free to share in comments below.

So dear friends, enjoy the rhythm, move to the beat, clap your hands, move your feet whatever your body compels you to do.  Music is there for us to enjoy. Past or present it does not matter because all of them have the power to reach you if you let them.

From time to time it’s good to go back to the old days and listen or watch some of the people who’ve paved the way for so many others.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Unique Blogger Award #2

I was recently nominated for this award and I was honoured to receive it the first time.  The lovely Shinelle over at Shinavy Blogs  nominated me for this award the second time around and it brings me great joy to know that some of you really consider my blog “unique”.

Over at Shinelle’s blog you would find recipes, sports, blogging challenges and other inspirational posts.  If you’re not already familiar with her blog you should head on over and take a look yourself who knows what interesting information you would find.  Let’s begin.

Rules for this award:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Shinelle’s questions

1. I love reading quotes, so what are two of your favourite quotes?

Two of my favourites include:

  • “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll
  • “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino

2. What does a dream vacation look like to you?

I think a dream vacation for me would be to travel to five or more countries enjoying the people, the food and sites of each destination and having my family and dearest friends share in the experience with me. 🙂

3. How do you unwind after a long and tiring day?

After a long and tiring day, I hit the shower, have dinner, watch a little television then close off with some relaxing music before bed. 🙂

My nominees are:

  1. wormalblog
  2. Mbalenhle
  3. Kali Borovic
  4. Listen to your Heart
  5. Elsie LMC
  6. ugurbocegisite
  7. Hannah
  8. Sweta Ojha
  9. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  11. kritikagarg
  12. A learning poet
  13. Heart to soul


My questions to nominees:

  1. If you could be any Marvel superhero who would you be and why?
  2. How do you cope with stress?
  3. If you were given the opportunity to act in any movie, would you take it? What type of movie would it be – action, romance, horror, drama, sci-fiction or comedy?

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make.  If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to read your answers! If not, no worries! Just keep writing… 🙂

Thanks again Shinelle for the nomination and the opportunity to highlight some other bloggers.

Never Underestimate Time

I used to think that once I had LIFE that I would be able to do anything and for the most part this is true.

For without life, we are dead and the possibility to do anything is no more.

Then it hit me, the most precious gift we have is TIME.

For life without ‘time’ means we would be limited by what we can do.

Although we cannot control time, we can choose to make the most of it and that is when we are truly living.

Let us not take our lives for granted because when we do we assume we have time and no one knows how much they really have.

Choose to live, love and laugh as much as you can.

Make today a great one. 🙂


Real Neat Blog Award

I was recently nominated for my first Real Neat Blog Award  by  Fraziersracket.  Thank you so much for this it means a lot. Fraziersracket is a blog that keeps you in the know about all of your favourite tennis stars as well as any new ones to look out for.  Frazier provides insight into the matches and the players.  Feel free to stop by and see for yourself because Frazier will definitely bring you up to speed. 🙂

The Real Neat Blog Award was created by DearKitty1 .  Why ?  I quote,   “There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention.”  That is just so sweet and thoughtful.  That was really neat of her ;).


  1. Put the award logo in your blog.
  2. Thank people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate any numbers of bloggers you like, linking to their blog.
  5. Let them know you nominated them.


Frazier’s questions

Name your 3 favorite foods. 

  1. a good bar-b-que  with fresh crispy fries with just a touch of salt with macaroni salad or cole slaw. Yummy!!!
  2. Roti or Pharatha with curry chicken, curry potato, pumpkin and curry mango with slight pepper. Delicious!!!
  3. Baby back ribs. I’m licking my lips just typing it.

Do you prefer watching sports or playing sports?

I definitely prefer to play depending on the sport.  Players have more fun but they also have more of the risk in terms of injury.

Would you choose a vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Why?

I would probably visit Alaska only because I live in the tropics so I would welcome adding it to my list of new experiences.  🙂

If you would go back in time, what year would you travel to?

That is tough, so many options and possibilities. I would go back to 2010. That was a magical time for me.  It was one of the happiest periods of my life because of someone really special and dear to me.  🙂

What has been your biggest challenge?

Biggest challenge to date: co-parenting hands down.  Some people have it so easy and some of us have to call on the Almighty God for strength, wisdom and patience to always do what’s best for our kids.

Something you miss the most from childhood?

I think what I miss the most would be the carefree life that some of us as children had growing up.  Our issues were so simple looking back now. 🙂

What does a perfect day look like to you?

A perfect day for me, would include me spending time at the spa getting my hair done, getting a manicure, a pedicure, a facial, deep tissue back massage while listening to the sounds of the waterfall in the background.  After all of that pampering, I’ll head off to meet my family for lunch/ dinner where we would talk, laugh and of course eat enjoying each others company to later retreat to our home to just relax.

My nominees:

  1. Elsie LMC
  2. Ipuna Black
  3. Roda
  4. Turtledesk
  5. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  6. Life, more than existence
  7. TheCagedBirdSings
  8. Hannah
  9. Dreaming of Guatemala
  10. Heart to soul
  11. Ink Spatters Brought To Life…
  12. simple Ula
  13. shinavyblogspot
  14. Lee
  15. In A Messy World
  16. Reactionary Tales
  17. Hussein Allam
  18. Pink For Days
  19. sunsunnyblog
  20. wormalblog
  21. Life According to Liv
  22. Intentergy
  23. Kali Borovic
  24. Prerna’s blog
  25. Avid Observer
  26. Old house in the Shires
  27. AdriannaJ
  28. bellainizio
  29. MissTalkaholic
  30. EssenCentral
  31. lifeofangela

Be Careful What You Ask For!

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get.

Life has a funny way of giving us what we want just not always in the way we want it.

  • Sometimes we experience love through loss.  In other moments through loss we find love.
  • Sometimes only through overcoming our failure can acquire success.  Other times when we acquire success this can result in our failure.

Over the years I’ve learnt that life is something that we cannot control. However, we do have the power to determine how life events affect and impact our lives.

We can choose to learn from them gaining wisdom, knowledge and strength to move forward or we can allow ourselves to be swallowed up by the experience becoming lost but not forgotten.

Life can be complicated at times but there are times when it can be really simple. Let us choose us to make the most and best use of it.

Thanks for stopping by. Make today a great one!