Strength

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Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes.   However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging,  I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.

What do I mean?

Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days.   Let me explain.

  • Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions. 

 

  • Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in.   It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives.   Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.

 

  • Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked.  The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives.  They usually rally around us in our time of need.  They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times.  Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family.  This is just as significant.

These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful.  So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.

Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes!  Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges.  Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.

We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?

Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:

  1. Through prayer.
  2. Reading and trying to understand the scripture.  I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
  3. Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
  4. Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
  5. Take control of our thoughts.
  6. Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
  7. Practice forgiveness.  Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
  8. Practice self-love.  I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.

I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me.  Strength is God’s gift to each of us.  Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?

Thanks for stopping by.  Make today and this weekend a great one.

The Miranda Sings Award (originally posted 25.09.2017)

Thank you Roda for nominating me for this award.  It is the first time I have received it and I’m grateful that you thought of sharing it with me.  Roda blogs over at Growing Self and trust me when I tell you this she is amazing and very inspirational. You won’t regret visiting so be sure to check her out.

The Miranda Sings Award is all about Self Love.  🙂  So let’s get into it.

Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 things I love about myself:

  • I love my strength of mind, body and spirit.  It took me some time to learn and truly appreciate just how strong I was but the journey was worth it. I pray that I never forget! 🙂

  • I love that I can learn most things very quickly.  I just have to put my mind to it.

  • I love seeing my creative side shine  Whether it is writing poetry, writing an inspirational piece, designing or painting each experience brings with it a feeling of accomplishment and joy.

 

  • I love my ability to help inspire and encourage others.  It feels good helping others see the good and positive things in themselves that have always been there but just hidden.

 

  • I love and accept the way God has chosen to craft me both inside and out.

  • I love that I take my role as a mother seriously.  There are so many children out there not receiving the love, care and attention that they need and it breaks my heart.  We have been entrusted not only as mothers but as parents with a responsibility to care, nurture and protect the lives we’ve been blessed with and we need to do our part.

  • I love that I now understand that happiness is where I make it.  If we live our lives relying on others to make and keep us happy then we set ourselves up for disappointment.

My nominees are:

  1. Simple Ula
  2. Hussein Allam
  3. Sar Wanders
  4. Cheila
  5. Shinavyblogspot
  6. Theworldoffritters
  7. DreamingofGuatemala
  8. Lifemorethanexistance
  9. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  10. Elsie LMC
  11. LifeofAngela
  12. Adrianna J
  13. Oldhouseintheshires
  14. Heartsinink
  15. Reactionarytales

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. If you choose to take part, that would be fantastic! If not, no pressure! Just keep writing…♥

Thanks for stopping by.

 

What’s Up Wednesdays #15

What’s Up?  How have you all been?  What have you been up to? Work, work, work?  Whatever you’ve done I hope you made time for YOU.  I realised over this vacation just how much of myself I have neglected so don’t do that!  Make time for you no matter how short – DO IT!  You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Back to why we’re here it’s – What’s Up Wednesdays!

What I’m eating this week:

Today, for breakfast I had two doubles with slight pepper. Yum! For lunch macaroni pie, stew goat, callaloo and lentil peas. It was delicious. 🙂 Unfortunately,  I didn’t have any salad.  I thought about you guys only after I ate each meal.  Forgive me.  When I’m hungry the last thing I’m thinking about is pictures. I’m weak in this area but I’ll work on it. 🙂  I did manage to get a picture of my Presto Chicken Pasta dinner.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

     

     

How special this vacation period was for both me and my family.  I’m looking forward to creating even more memories.  The pictures above are from my stay in Miami at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Brickell Area.

What I’m loving:

Looking forward to the future.  Although there are many uncertainties, there are also many opportunities and possibilities.  I prefer to be optimistic and positive about what’s to come. Whatever lies ahead, we’ll make the most of it!  🙂

What I’ve been up to:

I’ve completed the majority of the painting but we still have the exterior to focus on going forward.  The tiling work is finally completed hallelujah!   I still have some organizing to do but I’ve come down with the flu since I’ve been back so it has slowed me down a bit.  My focus at the moment is just on getting well.

What I’m dreading:

My kids potentially getting the flu too! I try to limit my interactions as much as I can when I’m ill but sometimes it’s just not enough especially when my kids insist on hugging and kissing me.  Unfortunately, my toddler started displaying symptoms of the flu so he maybe staying at home with me tomorrow.  We both will need the rest.

What I’m working on:

I’ve had a lot of challenges with my hosting company over the last few months such as frequent down time and other stuff so I’m working on acquiring a more dependable hosting company for my site. Will keep you guys posted on this.  Thank you for visiting my blog and bringing to my attention any difficulties you experience while visiting. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

In one word –life! So many amazing and wonderful things have happened to me in the last few months that I just have to say, THANK YOU LORD, for NEVER GIVING UP ON ME and DELIVERING ME AS PROMISED and I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THINGS WILL CONTINUE TO GET BETTER and BETTER.

What I’m watching:

Cartoons lately and my DVD player is probably due for some light dusting at this point because of its lack of use on my part.  I do plan on reading an interesting e-book over the next few days. 🙂

Who/ What I’m listening to:

There’s Nothing Holdin’ You Back – by Shawn Mendes  and  Attention – by Charlie Puth

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

I found these neat looking handbags at CharmingCharlie.com and they are currently offering 40% off handbags.  They have a variety of items such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, gift items and more.   They have over 350 stores in the USA, as well as locations in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

a.   b. c.

a. Chama Zip Tote

b. Wallaby Joey Bag-in-Bag

c. Kendall & Kylie Debut Tote

What I’m doing this weekend:

Ideally, resting.  However, once I’m physically up to it back to cleaning and reorganizing my space.  I hate seeing my space in untidy.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

My youngest son’s birthday.  He’ll be 4 years old.  🙂

What else is new?

I have an opportunity to have my very first giveaway on Livingvsexisting.com . I’m very excited about it so look out for that within the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

One Lovely Blog Award #2

I would like to thank the lovely heartsinink blog for nominating me for this award. I am honoured to have her recognise my blog.  Heartsinink is a blog that all about sharing memories, thoughts, opinions and views on various life events that she’s experienced. Don’t be shy go on over and say hello you just might like it. 🙂

Rules:

  • Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  • Nominate 15 people to do the award!

7 facts about myself

  1. I was part of a twin.
  2. I love avocados. If I’m the person cutting the slices I may end up giving you the smaller slice. 😉
  3. I don’t buy or own tons of handbags.  I believe in functionality and not necessarily mixing and matching my bags to my wardrobe.  So I tend to gravitate towards neutral colours and avoid very loud or bright handbags.
  4. I love interior and exterior decorating.
  5. I’m a sucker for BBQ meats with fries or mashed potatoes and cole slaw or macaroni salad and fresh salad.  Yummy!
  6. I’m not the best swimmer.  Doggie paddle is an actual swimming move lol.
  7. I’m not much of a drinker but I like to have a social alcoholic beverage now and then. 🙂

My nominees are:

  1. Ipuna Black
  2. Yellowfuzzyduck
  3. Lee
  4. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  5. Shinavyblogspot
  6. Mbalenhle
  7. Outnaboutweb
  8. A learning poet
  9. Theworldoffritters
  10. Kerrymckim
  11. kaliborovic
  12. Jirah Merizz
  13. AdriannaJ
  14. Simple Ula
  15. Nel

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 my thanks and appreciation for the contributions they make. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, just keep doing what you do. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunshine Blogger Award #2 & #3

A special thank you to two wonderful bloggers Bhavika from  Bhavika24 and Roda over at Growing Self for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I am honoured to be considered by such amazing bloggers.

Each of these ladies brings their unique style and sunshine to their readers. Trust me when I tell you guys to visit their blogs because you would not be disappointed.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Bhavika’s questions

1.What/who gives you peace in life?

My peace in life comes from God. I pray and ask him to grant me peace of mind so that I’m not overwhelmed by the challenges that come my way.  After God, knowing that my family is happy and well-cared for gives me a sense of peace.  🙂

2.If given a chance, which confession would you like to make?

Honey, been there done that!  Next 🙂

3.What do you think is the most positive and negative thing about my blog?

The most positive thing about your blog is YOU.  You are positive and try to inspire others there’s nothing negative about that.  If nothing else, I want to encourage you to continue doing what you do. 🙂

4.How would you define “Life”?

Life is what we make it. It is our experiences both the good and the bad. These experiences help shape who we are but they do not define us.  We get to determine how we are remembered when ‘life’ is no more through what we do today.

5.What made you blog?

For me this is a combination of who and what. My sister encouraged me to take my writing from paper and translate it into a blog so that I would be able to share my experiences and some of my perspectives on life, people and relationships and other topics in a more engaging environment.  I will always be grateful to her for that push. 🙂  Thank you Candice!

6.Your favorite quote?

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

7.Book which changed your way of thinking?

Reposition Yourself – by T. D. Jakes

8.My post, which you liked the most?

You have a few posts that I like but Darkness and Dear Stranger stand out the most for me.

9.Favorite blogger?

I have a few favourites so I can’t highlight just one.  Each blogger I choose to follow brings something unique to the ‘table’ that I enjoy and see myself learning from and for that they are all my favourites and that of course includes YOU. 🙂

10. One desperate wish?

Financial freedom/ security!  🙂

 

Roda’s Questions:      

  1. Use one word to describe yourself. – Determined
  2. What is your favorite season? Rainy season because it is not as hot as in the dry season.
  3. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? – City mouse
  4. What is your superpower? – Mind control
  5. Why do you write? – I love it!
  6. What is your favorite book? – Reposition Yourself: Living Life without Limits by: T. D. Jakes
  7. What brings you JOY? – Blogging and my family
  8. What is your favorite fruit? – Avocado
  9. Who is your role model? Why? – My mother because she is strong, hard-working and determined.
  10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? – I have so many but I would love to visit Paris.
  11. What do you love most about YOU? –My personality.

My nominees are:

  1. Shinavyblogs
  2. Reactionary Tales
  3. Theoldhouseintheshires
  4. simple Ula
  5. Lee
  6. Rhythm In Life
  7. Tauqeer Writes
  8. poetrylover
  9.  AdriannaJ

My questions to nominees:

  1. What is your favourite time of day?
  2. What do you think are the two most important character traits a person can possess?
  3. In a relationships that stand the test of time, what do you think are the key things for their success?
  4. What do you do to help care for the environment?
  5. Use one word to describe your childhood memories
  6. If you could do one thing for the world to make it a better place what would you do?
  7. Do you have a favourite fast-food restaurant?
  8. In the junk food category, what food do you consider your weakness?
  9. If you won the lottery in the morning what would be the first three things you would do?
  10. What do you like most about your blog?
  11. Do you have a favourite quote?

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 my thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to see your responses! If not, just keep doing what you do. 🙂

Thanks again to both Roda and Bhavika!

 

 

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
  10. HIMANSHI SHUKLA
  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.