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Blessings…..

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There is a very popular and famous saying that goes like” when one door closes and ten open for you”

The last week in the life of me has proven this tenfold.I am actually gobsmacked and still in shock as to all the opportunities and things that have happened to me.I actually even asked my cousin M to pinch me to make sure I was not dreaming. The opportunities that are coming my way are totally WOW and I will reveal all in good time.

When my life as a blogger and tweeted started , never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would have these opportunities coming my way. Through my social media contacts , I have made some very good friends who are so inspirational and support me and my work all the time.I actually feel so humbled knowing these people hold me in such high regard.

THANKS must go to the man above for affording me the privilige to surround my life with amazing people who bring with them kind words, inspiration and motivation into my life….

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Have a blessed week ahead
xxx

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Simple Pleasures

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Last Wednesday my amazing cousin Karmani surprised me with a one day visit. I havent seen Karms since last Decemeber so its been pretty long.We chat on a regular basis via Twitter and Whatsapp keeping uptodate with the happenings of our lives .Karms is Dad and my late Dad are 1st cousins so that makes are 2nd cousins. But regardless we are super close and her lovely brother Whelan and I share our birthday.

Karmani and I share a very special relationship we party together, bargain hunters and we dream and share our visions with each other.

So on Wednesday afternoon we sat in the kitchen and had a major long catch up session on our work , our vision for our future, my blogging, her DJ career, our planned holiday abroad as well as recalling past memories.It was such a feel good session and much needed for my soul. As Karmani often says our grandkids are going to listen to our stories and think wow are grandmothers are truly LEGENDARY 🙂

I am truly blessed to have such an inspirational cousin in my life who has believed in my blogging and forsees so much more in my future. Thank you Karmani for been so awesome, loving and a true LEGEND .

Acts of kindness

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I love doing things for people helping them, spoiling them and making them feel better and special. But alas this seems to be a dying art.Why have we forgotten this act of kindness? Are we to self absorbed. ? Too selfish? Lack of time?

During my time, living in London I met several pretty amazing people.These strangers became close friends who taught me about how strangers can become the family we choose. Several welcomed me into their homes, families and friendship circles.To a new traveller in London this was more appreciated than a Designer handbag gift.

Often when we think acts of kindness, we think its related to money and we dont have it. This however is not true its the little things that do matter in life and people remember these acts fondly. A few kind words, helping someone, a simple posted card, sharing of a packed lunch are just a few ways we can change someones day.

I always find such happines by doing something for other people. But I had to learn that as much as I love giving I have to learn to recieve.I am not one for the spotlight and dont like attention. So my aunt used my then little cousin who was 6 to teach me this lesson.I loved spoiling my cousin as she is the baby of our family(we tragically lost her last year,teen suicide). My aunt got my cousin to buy me a fancy pink pen from her pocket money and I had to accept it. I saw the love and happiness in her face at the thrill of buying me something that I loved. Thus i realised the happiness i give others and that I was selfish not to let others experience what I felt.

So go out there, do something to make someone happy, random acts of kindness spread the love 🙂

Ciao
xxxx

April Loving…..

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I simply adore and lov the month of April.Firstly as its my birthday month, I love birthdays and am very blessed to share mine with my super awesome cousin Whelan (@mynameiswhelan).Sharing this day with someone special makes it even more awesome. In our family we have alot of April Birthdays so this month tends to be busy and expensive.My gran also has a birthday in this fab month on the 2nd.

April also marks the change of season, cooler mornings, nippy evenings.I am not a summer person, after living in London for so long I love winter. Atleast when its colder one can dress up properly, do your hair and makeup without worrying about the heat damaging your hard work.

April in the UK is known as Black History Month.This sees the celebration of Black people who have contributed to society, its also a time to sample yummilicious food from Africa and the Carribbean.

April in South Africa means Public holidays or Bank holidays on the 27th which is known as Freedom day.

Interesting April facts :

*is one of 4 months that have 30 days.

*birthstone for April is a Diamond.

*April starts on the same day as July in all years.

*associated with Spring in the Northern hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern hemisphere.

*birth flower is the Daisy or Sweetpea

*World Autism Awareness day on 2nd of April.

*Buddha’s Birthday 8th

It seems many famous people share my birthday month :

1st : Susan Boyle

3rd : Eddie Murphy

4th : David Blaine

7th : Jackie Chan

17th : Victoria Beckham

20th : Hitler, Carmen Electra, Joey Lawerance, Luther Vandross are just a few celebrities who share their day with my rockstar cousin Whelan and me.

Welcome April, I have been waiting for you 🙂 19 days till my birthday

Have an amazing month ahead filled with tons of awesome things, dont forget to have a drink/cake for my birthday on the 20th

Ciao
Xxx

My year of loss 2012

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This year has been the most emotional year of my life . Losing my Dad on New Years morning was such a tremendous loss to my family , we are still coming to terms with this tragedy . On Sunday 1st July another heart breaking tragedy occured in my family with my 16year old cousin in London committing suicide . I feel as if another part of my heart has died. There are no words to describe the feeling of the heart . I found this quote which sums up what i feel ” Tears are the words the heart can not express”.

There are a million questions , a million memories and a million tears. I found this poem in a card someone had sent to us during Dad’s funeral and it seemed very appropriate so i thought i would share it .

Letter from HEAVEN:

To my dearest Family , Somethings I would like to say , but firstly I have to say I have arrived safely. I am writing this from Heaven, here where I dwell with God above. Here there is no more tears just eternal love.Please done be unhappy cause I am out of sight, remember I am with you morning , noon and night.On the day I had to leave this earth , God picked me up and hugged me said ” I welcome you ,it is good to have you back yu were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family they will be here later on. I needed you badly you are part of my plan.”

Dont be afraid to cry it is good to relieve the pain ,remember there can be no flowers without the rain.There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb.When you are walking down the street and you got me on your mind, I am walking in your footsteps only half a step behind you AND when its time for you to go from your body to be free REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT GOING ………YOU ARE COMING TO ME ……. REST IN PEACE MY DARLING DIAMOND PRIYANKA.LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER……”The HEART that has truly LOVED never FORGETS ”

Has the digital age robbed us of our emotions

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With the tragic passing away of my baby cousin this question of Technology , i started questioning this digi age.This morning I placed an order for Flowers to be sent for the funeral on Friday .It was so hassle free and easy even the personalised message seemed so impersonal.

I later had to send an email with a message for the funeral yet again it seemed so cold and impersonal. It seems the world has become a place where we hide our emotions via a screen.I later recalled a BBM convo with Mr X about ithe possibilities of falling for someone you have never met but just had contact with over a social network. Is it really possible to fall in love with someone you have neve met just by having an email chat ? I personally have my reservations on this matter as its so easy to hide behind a screen and say things we want a person to hear/see. It is very easy to say yes me too , I love that book /movie /song . Yet when face to face it is much harder to hold a conversation and hide our facial expressions and body language. To fall for someone I believe it takes some time and a combination of communication methods to get to know a person and ultimately a face to face meeting either elevates the relationship or ends it. Just imagine trying to relay a funny story over an email or BBM or Whatsapp , there is no facial expresions no gestures and the only response one can give is a LOL and a laughing face icon. I personally am one of those people who is a Storyteller with a million stories so I dont think i could convey all these stories in just a text or email or in a Tweet .

It seems gone are the days of the art of conversations , letters and cards. Using all sorts of digital means we do hide behind a screen , its very easy to pretend to be someone else and have a conversation without the other person getting to know us.I recall as a little kiddie loving the feeling of opening a letter or card sent to me now I dont even get my cellphone account sent to me as its sent as an email. Gosh I suddenly feel old saying this but yes I miss the good old days of communication.

This then leads me onto another train of thought and the safety of using social networks. Right up till very recently there have been cases in the News of young girls meeting older men on the net posing to be younger guys. Some of these stories did not turn out well. So how safe are we really ? Is it so easy to become a different person online and create a whole different personality ,steal an image ? Sadly the answer is yes …

So hence I have come to realise that our emotions have been stolen by this New Techno Age and yes I miss the good old days…