Monday, March 30, 2009

a thought

The Chinese say, "The best time to plant a tree was always 20 years ago. The second best time is always today." 

Funny how planting trees and taking action on the life of your dreams are the same that way.

Friday, March 20, 2009


People, when given a chance...
smile, skip, and dance.

They create, play, and laugh.

They care, share, and love.

...and the ones who don't,
haven't yet realized
that chances are something you give yourself.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Recipe Deliciousness

butternut soup
perfect for any day -- my butternut soup recipe

simple, yet effective
hope you enjoy

shortcut to happiness

Time spent wishing and waiting is time that your wasting...Get Active, Take Chances, Make It Happen and Be Happy

The happiest people in the world are not those who have perfect lives, but those who have learned to enjoy things that do not reach perfection

where to begin?

have an attitude of gratitude
find your power get moving
take a risk
get real with yourself
change your mindset
- be optimistic
set realistic goals - set your self up to succeed
forgive quickly - let go of the bitterness and past hurts
finish each day and be done with it
don't live in the past - live in the present - plan for the future
don't fight for things, work on things
listen to how often you complain, compared to how often you praise
choose your reaction
find time for the small things
get inspired

where do you find YOUR happiness?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

affirmation for the week

I deeply and completely love and accept myself

just curious

Just curious...when was the last time you looked into a mirror and addressed yourself as "Gorgeous," "Magnificent," "Beautiful," or "Phenomenal"? matters.

Listen to the things that you say to yourself about you... would you say those same things to a friend or someone you care about? skipped gym, you'll be fat forever
...gosh, you're sooo ugly
...i wish you weren't so loud're so stupid
...i can't believe you lost your keys again
...what an idiot look so stupid
...what were you thinking you fool'll never get that right
...yes, you see, you did it again
...what a looser'll never amount to anything're such a failure

Then why do you say these things to yourself??

Watch your thoughts - they become your words. Be gentle with yourself and be careful what you say to yourself.

you are magnificence
you are love
you are precious
you do matter

and you do make a difference

be the best YOU, coz there is no-one else that can be. see yourself the way others see you...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

13 things I want to share with you...

I read this on my friends Facebook note today and thought I'd share it with you...

Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past~ Stop planning the future ~ Stop trying to figure out precisely how we feel ~ Stop deciding with our mind what we want our heart to feel ~ Sometimes we just have to go with.... "Whatever Happens - Happens"

13 things i've been thinking about lately:
  1. embrace your dreams - and whatever happens hold onto your honour
  2. grudges are a waste of happiness
  3. love yourself first
  4. don't see regrets, see lessons
  5. people change and things go wrong
  6. love what you have but keep reaching for the best for you
  7. measure your best against your own ruler
  8. take chances and forgive quickly
  9. we all have our paths to walk - hold the hand of a friend, don't judge so quickly
  10. surround yourself with friends who build you up
  11. be kind to others
  12. make decisions and take responsibility
  13. be honest with yourself and be honest with others

Get Involved and BE the difference

I have committed to getting 1000 friends to sign up! My friend Shan sent this to me... so I'm sending it on!
On the 28th of March at 8:30pm, I encourage you to participate in the 3rd annual Earth Hour by switching off all your lights for one hour. This year, South Africa is aiming to get 3 million people to join Archibishop Desmond Tutu and fellow citizens worldwide in this effort to help save energy and raise awareness of climate change.

The first Earth Hour in 2007 saw 2.2 million people and over 2100 business participate - which resulted in the equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one year!

Sign up here and make a difference - the earth is in YOUR hands.


what do you already do to help the planet?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

5 important things to remember about life

-- everything you say, must have the value of the last words you ever spoke to someone --

you never know which moment will be the last you see someone
be sacred with your words
speak with love even when you are angry
life really is too short to sweat the small stuff
do you want to right? or do you want to be happy?

you can also ask yourself 3 life changing questions and see 4 lessons for life

Monday, March 9, 2009

6 things i learnt this weekend

1. meeting new people in a new city helps that "feel at home" feeling

2. grey is a great colour to mix with any other colour

3. random last minute plans for drinks and pizza is so much fun - especially when the area you are sitting in is taken over by business men and paid for entertainment (in a classy bar in Sandton!)

4. road trips are fun - even if its just an hour to the Vaal Dam - especially chilling on the boat and soaking up the sun

5. love is not always enough - it sometimes takes a bit more to make things work - things like -- compromise, forgiveness, gentleness and a bit of spoiling which always goes a long way

6. good party music is sometimes all it takes to put a smile on my face - no matter how grumpy i can get

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

butterfly friday

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

Thursday, March 5, 2009

over heard...size always matters

GHD's for sale - see attachment - I want one!

Lez: Thanks for this - I have one already which goes unused as you can tell! They really are great!

SS: K - girls with GHD’s….tell me - is the the gold one, a good product?

Lez: SS, they are all the same - the only difference is the look - gold opposed to pink? and the accessories do you want hair clips or a comb? Much of a muchness the only difference is size (isn't it always???)

spot the difference

a bit about love...

from the notebook

"I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough."

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A story of two frogs

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story gives us thoughts to think about:
1. An encouraging word to someone who is down can encourage them to achieve their goal.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can have negative effects. Be careful of what you say.

- story from find your genius - author unknown

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

ok, so here's a running update

Running is like love; once you’ve experienced it, you understand forever what a blissful thing it
can be… ::from Runner’s World::

Just do it! Nike said it, i'm doing it!

As some of you may know from my previous post, I have taken up the Shape 10km challenge. At this point in time, I can't even THINK that far, never mind actually move at once over that distance! Week one went pretty well with easy walk / run intervals. This week is a bit more tough, coz the running part is more >> obviously! lol.

So I've joined a running club as BoldlyBenny suggested - thanks! :) Starting tonight - once a week, and also mixes up my training a bit. I've also taken MudIsland Mike's suggestion of running outside, and not on the treadmill, and this has worked well - as he said - great scenery and fresh air plus I don't look like I'm trying out an 80's-Michael-Jackson-move - like I feel when I'm on the treadmill at gym! Seriously, the treadmill does scare me when I start moving at more of jog than a walk and the transition... I'm always scared I'm going to do a Michael-Jackson move and moon walk off and land on my chin! Ok, no babies invovled, but you get the picture!

My fitness has increased, I'm down a pants size... and I'm feeling fantastic!

Shape is really awesome - I got my weekly mail on Friday with this weeks training schedule, a training log book and some training tips.

If nemo had legs, he'd be singing, just keep running just keep running >> that's what I have to tell myself when I feel like stopping!

Gotta run (lol... lame) cheers x

eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

How happy is the blameless Vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned.

Whats your favourite movie? Do you have an awesome movie quote to share?

Monday, March 2, 2009

the break up

if you can't see the writing click on the image to enlarge

I heart Jozi

I've written about my love for Joburg - the City of Gold - before! And I thought, today i'll post the comment and a bit more which I left to an article by Jeremy Clarkson: I dare you to visit Johannesburg, the city for softies which i found on Nic Haralambous' site SA Rocks.

I moved to Joburg from Cape Town 8 months ago. Everyone in Jozi and Cape Town asked if I was crazy!!!! I always reply… Dude (just for effect), there is more to life than the ocean and the mountain! Now for those of you not familiar with Cape Town, it is a beautiful city indeed - with its mountains, beaches, winefarms, cheese festivals, and music in the park on a sunday afternoon.

I came to Jozi (mosly known for its high crime rate and smog) on holiday - yes, on holiday - to visit my best friends who took the plunge to live in the most dangerous city in the country. I loved it. I fell in love with the vibe, the people, the shopping, the energy, the vibrance and the beauty of this city. Yes, i said it - the beauty. Have you gone for a picnic at Zoo lake? Have you seen the sky line at night? Have you listened to the birds on Katherine street - chirping like they’ve just seen their first sunrise, and the afternoon thunderstorm, and amazing chrimson sunsets?

The cosmopolitain restaurants, the Mandela square side walk cafes filled with eclectic people, the amazing vibe at any cricket and rugby match, and the fashionista's you see in every shopping mall and coffee shop! And of course, the twitter/blogger get together's! What is there NOT to love?

Jozi is phenomenal… i came here mainly for a career move, and settling in has taken some time, but even been broken into, and robbed more than once in this short period of time, i’m not going to let that get me down. It’s all about the attitude and perception. Make the best of wherever you are!

Read about beautiful joburg and 5 things that make me smile! No matter where you find yourself, be positive and don't feed the negativity that everyone so easily buys into. When there is so much to be grateful and thankful for and happy about, focus on that!

I heart Jozi!


  • There are only 12 countries in the world that supply tap water that is fit to drink, and South Africa is one of them. Our tap water quality is third best overall in the world.
  • South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz, C Class, right hand drive vehicles
  • South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world
  • Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.
  • South Africa is the only country in the world where you can order something called monkey gland steak at a restaurant without the risk of a real internal organ being placed before you.
  • South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route
  • South Africa is the world's largest producer of macadamia nuts and the nuts and oils are exported to countries across the world ***
  • The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
  • South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago (Earth is said to be 4,5 billion years old), predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life.

facts from AfriCorrs

*** from @nickjackson (on twitter)

I think SA is the 2nd largest supplier of macadamia nuts, after oz and ahead of Hawaii.

Read more on Jozi

Sunday, March 1, 2009

i wanna be a rockstar

Zahiras space tagged me to do this cool album cover - I see The Jackson Files also did it and Angel's Mind...

Now you do it!

1 - Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to “Random quotations
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

be the light

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness,
the astonishing light of your own being