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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Just Do It

After speaking to a friend of mine, I was reminded just how much fear was impacting my progress in life.
You see years of pulling myself down had taken its toll on how I interacted with people and what I thought or felt I could say or do. It also made me build a self-limiting wall, guarding me against anything that might want to shake me out of the comfort of not speaking out.

Here’s an example:

I can be very opinionated within my quarters (my safety place among people that I know and are comfortable with). However, take me out of that scenario and I become an observer. Even if I want to contribute to a discussion, voice my opinion or thoughts on a particular topic, or speak out regarding something I may not agree with, I still find myself shrivelling back in fear.

There have been a number of times I have wanted to tweet something and then at the last minute just as I’m about to hit tweet, I delete it and forget about it for fear of rubbing people up the wrong way.
I then justify my actions by saying  “I probably wouldn’t have made that much of an impact anyway”. What difference can a drop make in an ocean, right?

Yet, there lies the problem, the fact that I keep feeling that my ‘little’ can’t make that much of a difference, or my voice shouldn’t be heard. On top of that, I really don’t want to have to feel the pain of rejection (rejection of not being accepted or understood).  

Nevertheless the truth, which my friend reiterated is that I would never truly be free until I stopped worrying about insignificant nothings.
I need to constantly remind myself of why I’m doing this and not lose focus and be distracted by the cripples of fear.
I need to forget about how I will be perceived or whether or not people will understand me, because no matter how small, I have a platform to impact people’s lives for the better.

So what is it that you're afraid of?”

Pause. Think about it, and when you’ve got the answer, then ‘Just do it’.

Do the very thing that makes you quake in your boots, because no matter how scared you may feel at the time, that action will very likely make a much bigger impact than you can imagine; leaving you wondering why you didn’t make moves a lot sooner.

God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love & a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7), so I WILL speak out when & where necessary.

Please watch the video below where I VOICE my opinion on a particular issue that i’m passionate about, and let me know what you think.


PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW VIDEO

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Active Labour Stage

#JustForYou

To the woman with no child(ren) yet.

The woman who is constantly bombarded with questions from outsiders such as “still no children?” or “how long do you want to wait…don’t you know time is against you?’’
The woman who does everything to hide the pain and frustration she feels from the endless insensitivity of people.
The woman who has no choice but to press on and act like everything is OK, when deep down she knows it isn’t.
The woman who has spent many nights crying out in prayer, wondering ‘why her’ and if she will ever get to experience motherhood.
The woman who knows she would make a great mother and wonders why so many women who couldn’t care less about their children were bestowed with the precious gift she eagerly yearns.
The woman who now lacks confidence, because she’s been made to feel inadequate.
The woman who has started to question her faith.
The woman who all she is asking for, is to feel the joy of holding her own child one day.

To that woman, this is #JustForYou

I am dedicating this blog post/ vlog to one of my dearest friends.
I remember how nervous I felt when it came to sharing my great news with you.
I felt a sense of awkwardness, because I knew that you wanted to experience the same thing; to be able to pick up the phone and tell me that you were pregnant too.
I found myself toning down my joy and excitement, just so that I didn’t come across as insensitive to your feelings.

Well  just want you to know that:

I may not be able to feel your pain, but I certainly empathise with you.
I may not be in your position, but I know the heartache that comes with wanting something so bad, it hurts.
I may not fully understand, but I know God does and He actually cares.

It’s easier to trust what we can see rather than what His word says.
Let the accompanying vlog serve as an encouragement; that regardless of what people say or how you may currently feel, there is still hope and that hope will birth forth your deepest desire.
I want you to see this period of your life as being in ‘Active Labour’.
It’s often when things get the toughest, and the pain almost unbearable that you are on the brink of receiving something beautiful, something worth all the pain.

PLEASE VIEW THE ACCOMPANYING VLOG BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW:




Sunday, 15 May 2016

'Apple' of my eye

#JustForYou
(Pregnancy Edition)

I wanted to celebrate this pregnancy and what it stood for me in a different way and one of the things I did was to visually document the whole journey, as it was something I longed to do in my previous pregnancy, but couldn't.

As promised in my previous video (last week's post), here are just a few snapshots/ highlights of this pregnancy. Something I hope will either inspire, encourage you or just put a smile on your face; as this is #JustForYou.

Happy Viewing!

[Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer | Piictures are better viewed in a browser]


When I found out I was pregnant, I had to quickly think on the spot as to how I wanted to tell my husband and at the time the nearest thing to me was my iPad.
So what started off as a simple notification tool soon became the theme throughout the pregnancy.





I also wanted my son fully involved in the whole process, so when we decided to tell our immediate family, I made sure that he was the one to announce it.




When it came to finding out the sex of the baby, we thought we would get our family to guess. Different people got different riddles etc. Here's one of the images we sent them.


Then we finally revealed the sex of our baby with these pics below:








One of his favourite spots: 


Just one of my weekly update pics:



Here are a few baby bump shots, where I embrace both my beautiful African culture and the Asian culture that I love so much:

















PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THE ACCOMPANYING VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/SMgve_rnJhE

https://youtu.be/SMgve_rnJhE


God is not a respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He can do for you.
You are the Apple of His eye.


PHOTO CREDIT: @JohnOmi