The Quotes I live by

If you follow my blog than you know that up until this year, I posted quotes almost daily. I find that they have the ability to uplift and motivate me and a lot of my friends and followers.. I have chosen the quotes below because they remind me to:

  • Have faith
  • Be present
  • Be grateful
  • God/The Universe is constantly working to fulfil my desires
  • Prayer changes things
  • Be still.

What are your favourite quotes? What quotes keep you motivated?

Do you want to time travel?

Once again, I have spent the entire day thinking about today’s prompt which asks what year I would time travel to and why. The only answer I could come up with is that the only place I want to be is here and now. This is all that I have and it is enough.

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I thought about going back in time and spending time with my late mum or reliving a happy occcasion but I came to the conclusion that all of that is in the past and that I am who I am today because of all that has already happened. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my mum terribly but going back in time to spend time with her will only make me miss her more. Besides, I know that she walks with me every day and that when I need her most she will make her prescence felt. It’s not the same as having her here but it helps hugely. Her transition was also the catalyst in my spiritual growth. Thanks to this spiritual journey, I am happy with the person that I am right now and with the person that I am becoming. I don’t want to change any of it.

As for a trip into the future, well, it’s definitely a no from me on that one too. I want to enjoy every moment of this journey and be surprised by what life has in store for me. I want life to unfold as it will based on the decisions I make today. There are so many paths before me and each just have different experinces on it but all ultimately lead to the same place, a fulfilled me at one with my Creator. I know that is the destination so I want to just enjoy the ride.

But that’s just my take on this prompt. Which year would you time travel to and why? Let me know in the comments 🙂

A pic is worth a thousand words

Photography is definitely on my list of skills I wish I had. I have been fortunate enough to go on a course and during lockdown I dialled into and Apple hosted course on iPhone photography. I learned a lot but didn’t apply it often enough.

That being said, there is one picture that I took of my son about 2-3 years ago that makes my heart sing. He looks so carefree and happy to my eye. I love looking at it. We were just messing around on a Saturday evening in the mall. It’s not often he lets me take a pic of him so when he offered to pose, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity!

My favourite pic of my son

I suspect live subjects might be more my thing than landscapes although I would really love to be a landscape photographer. I love taking pics of nature but I just never seem to capture the beauty that my eyes see. (If that makes sense).

Below is a pic of our beautiful curious George that I took about a month ago. This kitty has my heart. Maybe that is why I do better with live subjects, there is a piece of my heart that goes into it. Perhaps, subconsciously, I hope that the pictures I take convey the words that I can’t or may not say often enough. Who knows 🤷🏽‍♀️. #loveliveshere

What do you like to take pictures of?

Our beautiful curious George

Life’s mysteries

According to the Oxford dictionary, a mystery is ‘the quality of being difficult to understand or to explain’. With that definition in mind, I have spent the day trying to think of something that I definitely no explanation for. I cane up with a few like my ghostly experience in Egypt. You can read about that here. That was definitely mysterious!

Then there was my ex boyfriend who, according to a medium, was an Egyptian somebody in a past life and he has 2 Anubis looking dudes that watch over him. (Strange about that Egyptian connection here too. 🤔)I wouldn’t have believed it but there were times when I would wake up in the middle of the night and sense a strong presence next to our bed. I didn’t feel threatened by it but I was aware it was there. We only found out about his apparent guardians when we broke up so maybe there is some truth to the story…🤷🏽‍♀️

Anubis and Horus. Image: Canva

But the greatest mystery of all in my book is how the heck do I end up with so many odd socks!!! I mean, it’s just my son and I at home. I do the washing. I take off two matching socks and put them in the washing basket and somehow, ever so often, only one finds it’s way out of the wash. Where does the other one go??? But wait, it gets better! At one point I had bought a pack of 5 pairs of socks. I wore pairs 1 to 4 on consecutive days and when I got to the 5th pair, (Chang Chang Chaaaang!) there was only one! 😱😱😱 How??? There were 2 of them the day before! I kid you not! Where did it go??? Since that episode, I firmly believe in sock elves. It’s the only explanation! How else do you explain that missing sock? It didn’t even make it to the laundry basket! 🥺

Image: Canva

So there you have, there are definitely some mysteries out there that we may never solve and thank goodness for that too. I believe it adds so spice to life🤪. What mysteries have you encountered??

Life’s mysteries

According to the Oxford dictionary, a mystery is ‘the quality of being difficult to understand or to explain’. With that definition in mind, I have spent the day trying to think of something that I definitely no explanation for. I cane up with a few like my ghostly experience in Egypt. You can read about that here. That was definitely mysterious!

Then there was my ex boyfriend who, according to a medium, was an Egyptian somebody in a past life and he has 2 Anubis looking dudes that watch over him. (Strange about that Egyptian connection here too. 🤔)I wouldn’t have believed it but there were times when I would wake up in the middle of the night and sense a strong presence next to our bed. I didn’t feel threatened by it but I was aware it was there. We only found out about his apparent guardians when we broke up so maybe there is some truth to the story…🤷🏽‍♀️

Anubis and Horus. Image: Canva

But the greatest mystery of all in my book is how the heck do I end up with so many odd socks!!! I mean, it’s just my son and I at home. I do the washing. I take off two matching socks and put them in the washing basket and somehow, ever so often, only one finds it’s way out of the wash. Where does the other one go??? But wait, it gets better! At one point I had bought a pack of 5 pairs of socks. I wore pairs 1 to 4 on consecutive days and when I got to the 5th pair, (Chang Chang Chaaaang!) there was only one! 😱😱😱 How??? There were 2 of them the day before! I kid you not! Where did it go??? Since that episode, I firmly believe in sock elves. It’s the only explanation! How else do you explain that missing sock? It didn’t even make it to the laundry basket! 🥺

Image: Canva

So there you have, there are definitely some mysteries out there that we may never solve and thank goodness for that too. I believe it adds so spice to life🤪. What mysteries have you encountered??

So Many Books. So Little Time.

That heading sums up the story of my life. Books have been my best friend ever since I can remember. I loved curling up in my bed with a good book. I also sucked my thumb until I was 18 so my book plus my thumb…well…clearly I was in heaven. 😂 And yes, at 18 cigarettes replaced my thumb and thankfully now it’s me and my book. 😊

I have just completed ‘Life Visioning’ by Michael Bernard Beckwith. I watched his interview with Oprah in about 2019 and wanted to know more about his process. I don’t think i was ready at the time to fully understand it so I couldn’t get into the book. I decided to give it a try again about 2 weeks ago and have just completed it. It was what I needed to get me started this year. I always wanted to understand the difference between Visioning and Visualisation and how to utilise both. This book explains it all in a very easy to understand way. I would highly recommend it if your are on a spiritual growth journey.

Currently I have 3 books open. Actually, according to Goodreads I have way more than that open. I was mortified when I first saw how many books I had not gotten around to finishing yet. It’s ok though, as with Life Visioning, I will complete them when I am ready for them. So what are those 3 books you ask?

  1. Let’s talk Money: You’ve Worked hard for it Now Make it Work For You by Monika Halan – My finances are in a mess at the moment so I figured it is time to make some changes. If I find her system difficult to work with then I will go back to Suze Orman’s way which worked for me in the past. I have no idea why I stopped using it actually.
  2. The Art and Business of Online Writing: How to Beat the Game by Nicolas Cole – I used to follow him on Quora and probably on Medium too. I really enjoyed his writing and he seems to be making a decent sum of money from it. Why not learn from someone who has already forged a path I figured. Besides, I need a side hustle to help me out of my financial mess.
  3. Personal – Jack Reacher #19 by Lee Child – I love, love, loooove Jack Reacher! He oozes testosterone but he has a heart and I love that he is so authentic. This is my escapism novel. A woman has to have a little fun too 😁
  4. Oh wait there is a 4th as well. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins – I signed up for an informal reading challenge by one of the members on Tony Robbins Facebook group. I think we are reading 6 books this year and this is the first one for the year.
My books on my Kindle for Q1 2022

The next book/s on my list which will probably keep me busy until the end of March are:

  1. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham – If it’s made Warren Buffet the great investor he is today, I figure I can learn a thing or 2 from it as well. As you can, this also feeds into my financial journey. I need to do things differently this time around.
  2. Principles by Ray Dalio – I was just drawn to this book. I will find out why when I read it. There is something it that I need to know to help me on my journey. I can’t wait to find out what it is.
  3. The Mistress of Justice by Jeffery Deaver – I love, love, love Jeffery Deaver’s work. I don’t think it is ever possible to guess who did it because he takes you on such a roller coaster ride that it’s just not possible to figure it out until he tells you. He is the master of the twist in the tale!
  4. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill (book 2 for the reading challenge) – I read this years ago and am looking forward to rereading it.
My books for Q1 2022

If you have read any of these or have any recommendations for me, I would love to hear from you. I have set myself a goal of reading 50 books this year so any all recommendations are welcome.

Let me get back to my book! Bye for now🌷

Quotes To Live By: Caroline Leaf

“We are not victims of our biology. We are co-creators of our destiny alongside God. God leads, but we have to choose to let God lead.”

Caroline Leaf
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