Friday, October 28, 2011
Trois Bassins in St. Giles
Sunday, September 25, 2011
As you know Phil and I have moved to Reunion Island. Since we've been here so much has happened and I've been a little lazy to blog about it.
It's been exciting to start things all over again, and I'm very thankful to my family for all their support, advice, and helping us get set-up.
Highlights from the past months I've been absent:
Spent time with my sister visiting from France
Set up in our own "little house"
Had my first job interview
Got a job!
Celebrated Phil's 26th birthday
Made new friends
I'm so glad we made the decision to come to Reunion. It hasn't always been easy and we miss South Africa and our friends a LOT! But so far it really feels like a step in the right direction. Just being able to find a job within a month of being here is a miracle! I know there's lots more wonderful things to come and I'm eagerly looking forward to them.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Not everything works out perfectly. Well, when I think about it most things don't! But then again maybe what I thought I wanted, was not really what I needed...
The past few months have been a little discouraging in the way that, things I had hoped for didn't turn out. Most recently I was looking forward to belly dance and Bollywood shows in Malaysia. The organizer didn't follow through with his promises and so we couldn't go. At first I was really bummed. I had been looking forward to these shows for a few weeks now and it felt like just another thing that "had" to go wrong for me this month!
Time seems to change our perspective. Now when I think over the past months I can only remember the things that did work out for me.
-I passed my driver's license.
-Phil and I were able to sell a few things before leaving.
-We got to see most of our friends in the last week.
-I got to dance one last time for a very appreciative audience.
-Phil's ticket was booked easily and we got the same flight and even the seat next to me!
-Our move went better than expected.
I tend to be pessimistic at times, and it really helps if I take a few steps back and look at the full picture. Things aren't usually as bad as I make them out to be. One of my favorite quotes that make me smile: "When life gives you lemons, take them. Because, hey...FREE lemons!"
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
To anyone here in Pretoria looking for a good driving school I recommend My Driving School. They have very nice, easy-to-drive-cars, and good instructors.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Here's a belly dance costume that needs a little help. It's one of the projects I'm working on at the moment. Tina gave it to me a while back but I haven't had time to work on it till now. Notice the the nipple-flowers! I have a lot of work ahead of me. When it's done I'll post some pictures and then you can see the "before" and "after".
Friday, June 24, 2011
Here's the concoction I made:
4 tbsp coffee ( I used "used coffee grains"
3 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp olive oil ( use just enough oil to moisten and barely cover the other ingredients )
Mix well together and store in a little jar. Voila! You have your very own body scrub.
Start out making a small amount as these scrubs won't last too long. It's also nice to add some essential oils to give your mixture that extra special touch. My scrub already had a lovely coffee scent so I didn't need to add any more. I just used this recipe last night and it was amazing! The coffee smelled so good and scented the whole bathroom. My skin felt so soft and smooth--all in all it was a success. I'll be trying different recipes in the future.
Nice article with helpful tips on how to make your own body scrub!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Smile at everyone—yourself in the mirror, your boss, your family, strangers, co-workers, the clerk at the store. Smile, just because. Smiling creates friendship, acceptance, understanding, and it’s more fun! (Kalama Hochreiter )
Do something outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s talking to someone outside your social circle at a party when you’re shy, offering to help someone with a project that will require learning new skills at work, or trying a new ethnic restaurant instead of the usual Pie ‘n Burger, you’ll expand your horizons and, with them, your ideas about who you are and what you can do. (Liz Pruyn)
Stay open to learning. Be accepting of growth and change. There is something to learn every day. From an experience, a person you know, a book, a course, a film, your child, your parents…stay open. Life is about growth and learning. Growth and change bring us life. The more we learn, the more alive we are. And remember, your mind is like a parachute, it functions better when open. (Elizabeth McCollum )
If you judge people, you’ll have no time to love them; so try not to judge or make assumptions until you know the whole story. Be thankful for everyone you know. People are our greatest assets, so be kind and generous to one another. What comes around goes around. We tend to get back what we put forth, so if we plant seeds of faith in one another, we will receive an abundance of faithful friends. (Roberto Hemerez)
Let no one be invisible, some people spend their lives searching to be heard, appreciated, and valued. Sometimes it just takes 5 seconds to make someone’s day brighter. Whether it is asking how a person’s family is, or complimenting someone on their new haircut. Try not to let anyone go without stopping and showing interest in them. (Hannah Smith)