Thursday, 28 January 2016

Feeshing for Love

This was supposedly to be a post about ranting about how challenging being single is especially when you have been waiting for a long long time, but it won't be anymore. I saw this on the board in one Ocean Basket Restaurant and I liked it so just had to share.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Inspiration from Urkel

 Of late I have been watching the re-runs of Family Matters a classic comedy which used to be a hit back in the day.  A scene from one of the episodes touched me. Family Matters centers around an African American family the Winslows and their nerdy next door neighbor Steve Urkel who is crazy about the eldest daughter of the family Laura. Steve is nuts about Laura and will do anything for her. So in this episode Laura is with one of her friends, the scene is something like this:
‘Laura can you go to the home coming dance with me’ said Steve.
‘No, thanks’she responds.
Then Steve starts celebrating and Laura’s friend is confused and asks Steve why he is so happy when he has just been turned down and he answers:
‘Yesterday it was drop down nerdy boy and today it was a simple no thanks.That is progress’
Then he goes on to do his  weird dance saying to Laura,
'I'm wearing you down babe, I'm wearing you down.
I had an immediate flash back of a similar thing that happened awhile back to me. When I moved to South Africa for a long time my job search was very disheartening. I used to apply for loads and loads of jobs but I would not hear back from anyone– zero, just silence. I keep at it and then I started to get responses – regrets  but I was so happy to get them because I reasoned that I had made progress because now there was evidence my applications were being received and at least being looked at.

Persistence is a requirement for anyone who wants to make it in life. It is only those who persist who will get to the finish line. I have found that in the journey of persisting celebrating small victories helps. It might seem like a small thing but it’s a victory all the same and it’s a step closer to the final goal. Steve Urkel you rock, thanks for reminding me to acknowledge and celebrate all victories even the small ones because it means one step closer to where I want to go.  

Sunday, 17 January 2016

I am Ready

Last year it was all about being brave. I wanted to be brave in my approach to life and in pursuing my dreams. I have to admit 2015 was an amazing year for me, one of the best years I have had in a while. A few days before 2016 I managed to have a mini get away where I was able to spend quality time alone – reflecting on the year just ending, spending time with God and clearing my head. The word I am Ready popped into my head and I knew it was going to be my theme for 2016.

I am so ready for God to take me to the next level of my life, I am ready to take steps to live my dreams and live my life to the fullest. For so long I have been wanting to do things like learning to swim, travelling to certain selected countries – this year I am ready to make some of these things a reality. May our good Lord lead me and give me strength, courage and wisdom. I am very very excited.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Judging a Book by its Cover ...So Wrong

Finding a good book is like finding a treasure. Of late it has been so hard to find a book which I can say I have enjoyed. There are several books which I have started and have not finished – so unlike me but ... For instance, I like Sophie Kinsella  and I have read a number of her books which I have enjoyed but one of her latest ones left me wanting. When I saw a copy of Shopaholic to the Stars at the local library I made a grab for it and couldn’t wait to start reading. A couple of pages into the book I found myself struggling to get into the story line. Undeterred I read on but at some point even before I got half way I couldn’t go on ...I just couldn’t. I never finished the book. I failed to connect with the main character. 

Then I came across this book unexpectedly: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson.

At a glance it looked like some book about birds and bird watching, I almost ignored it but I am glad something made me look at it closely. I really enjoyed this book and I had many laughs. Nicholas’s style of writing is like that of one of my favourites Alexander McCall Smith - witty, quirky, with that African flavour that I love so much. Who knew that bird watching and romance could go so well together? Mr. Malik the main character is a man full of surprises – from the incident of the Hadadas and how he manned up to his long time nemesis by accepting a wager over a woman he had secretly fallen in love with. It kept me on the edge and those who saw me laughing on the train or bus (to and from work) must have thought I was crazy, they just didn’t know about Mr. Malik and all the drama which was happening to him and around  him.

Well done Mr. Drayson, what a great book.

The Good Changes

Perhaps I am a person of contradictions but here is the thing – I like doing new things but I am not a huge fan of change. I like planning ...