I have good news and I am so excited for the future right now. The last few days has been so hectic trying to rattle my brain around booking these flight tickets to Thailand after enough back and forth with travel agents and re looking at flights…. On Wednesday my ticket was booked thanks so much to the support of my family I would not be able to do this without them.. (thanking the lord Furiously)What a huge sigh of relief and to make it that much better I am going with two of my oldest friends(the originals Aniko and Stacey) I am over joyed and cannot wait to leave right now.
We have been friends for over 10 years and we the kind of friends that no matter what happens in life when we get together we put our differences aside and can pick up right where we left off. This trip is going to be very interesting an adventure I am looking forward too. we either going to kill each other or be the best friends in the world when we get back lol Too top it all off I will be in Bangkok to celebrate Christmas with my long lost Gypsy T’Nielle who I will be visiting whilst in Bangkok!!
Wednesday evening we all got together to celebrate that this is actually happening and book our internal flight from Bangkok to Phuket online. We left Stacey in charge of this and on the booking form my first name was my surname and my surname was my first name ooops! Shame she felt so bad about this but we have 4 months to fix it luckily but Google saved our lives and thanks to the wonders of social networks we could tweet @askairasia and they sorted it out in no time.(we love twitter)
So now we get to plan the fun stuff on a budget we want to be brave and try and not plan too much living the adventure and kinda just go with the flow. So we going to book our first 2 nights accommodation in Bangkok and then once we get there book the rest and I am sure we can get it at a steal too. So here’s to starting my first official chapter of living the adventure like my friend Louis Cole would say the ultimate Nomad.
Here we go back to saving all over again. I have always been good with my money but me like any girl, a good pair of shoes staring you in the face whispering buy me in my ear is always my weakness. (guilty pleasure) But I will resist any form of temptation keeping my eye on the prize! Its going to be really tough as I am concert and festival addict too and it’s that time of the year coming soon. I will admit I do suffer from summer time FOMO (Fear of missing out) Let the force be with me as I embark on the next phase.
Flight Correction Yeah!
I will admit I have been so busy lately with office renovations, planning a holiday to visit my bestfriend and all my other extra credit job ventures. That I considered not writing this blog post, but i made a deal that I would do a musical Monday’s blog post every Monday. If you know me I am a girl of my word so as i am sitting in my bed after this long crazy Monday of emotions, I realised that writing this is just what I need to do.
In my busyness I did not find a band or singer to inspire my thoughts today or lift up my mood I wished I had the time actually.( right now I am thinking of a song to pick up my mood) So I decided to turn this into motivational Monday actually self-motivation is what I need right now.
After a crazy week of looking at flights getting quotes and thinking where am I going to get the money to pay for this holiday. My friend found hope and yesterday after reviewing all our options we found a good deal we could all afford. Then Monday (today) happened and the returning flight is fully booked just our luck. Just as I could see the light of at the end of the tunnel the oasis in the desert the financial curse fall back into my lap. How I am i going to pay for these tickets as it is now R2000 (ZAR) over my budget and the longer we put this off the pricier it gets.
Felling pretty demotivated at this point as yesterday I finally had a glimpse of hope that it would all work out…The last thing I want to do is ask my parents to help me out they have enough going on. So here I sit trying to convince myself that it will all work out and just have faith. I am a worrier by nature (something I need to work on I know) and spending all my hard earned saved up cash for a flight is so not me thinking how am I going to survive the rest of the month.
Too many this may sound like; why you crying over money for a holiday yes it may sound superficial. To me this is something more, I want to prove to myself that with sacrifice and hard work, rewards will come. I want to work towards a goal that I can truly say I have earned and most importantly too see my bff who I have promised to visit. (A girl of my word)
So here I sit trying not to worry and let God sort it out for me and I will continue to keep my faith strong. Nothing without a struggle is ever worth it and I am hoping when I am in Thailand knowing I have accomplished a goal that it will make the experience even better.
Bff in Thailand
This year I decided to live my life grabbing each and every opportunity that comes my way. So far I have missed a few opportunities one work decision that I felt ruined my career but this is life and the curve balls that come your way after making certain decisions, may not necessarily mean it may need to ruin your life. Just maybe change the direction ever so slightly.
I always believe things happen for a reason and so we must always be ready for change and not get too comfortable. This is a problem I am sure we can all relate too getting so comfortable that we often miss opportunities. I don’t want to be that girl anymore I want to be confident to stand up no matter how scared I am of the unknown but actually go forth and do it .
I have also changed my attitude around earning money. When I left my job last year I had saved up enough to hold me over for a few months not having a job and not realising how tough it would be to find a job either, it took me about 6 months to land an internship with potential and a very bad salary. Then I remembered a very wealthy man told me once; “Sometimes its not about the money its about doing something you love and intern the money will come”. I would rather be happy in job earning less than be unhappy earning more. I refused to be a slave to a paycheck. So naturally earning less was better than nothing and after some thought I took the job.
Even though I was earning badly it didn’t bother me I was happy with people that cared about me and not only what I can do for the company. If you feel valued you will value your work. A few months down I received an increase and a choice in what direction I wanted to work in I still think i chose the wrong option but that option lead me here so It can’t be that bad and it allows me more time to focus on my freelance activities. I currently have 3 jobs. I babysit part time my actual job and I work for Out Of Africa Dance Academy doing the Marketing.
I got the babysitting job because I volunteer at Sisters Incorporated a shelter for abused women and children. Most Mondays I look after the children while their moms have bible study. One of the ladies that leads the bible study asked me to babysit her 2 boys so that’s how that started and I get paid.
I got the Out Of Africa Job because I volunteered my time and skills with them when they needed help with promoting their show Dreams into Reality and now they want me to join the team part time and actually get paid.
I was very happy doing it all for free as I have learnt so much and the experience is awesome. My attitude to help and volunteer my time showed the owner of the Academy my passion and the fact that I believed in her vision for the company. So in all I may not have the dream job I have dream jobs.
I was searching for that one thing that fulfills me in a Job role where meanwhile it’s more than one thing and one job. The day to day Job shouldn’t be the crux of your existence. Don’t be defined by a job but rather allow yourself to define a job. What I mean by this statement is we often looking for things to define us and a job is hugely the main thing as we get an education to get a job. Don’t allow yourself to be defined by a Job that is just a part of who you are. Be happy all of the time in everything that you do and try not to miss an opportunity you never know where it may lead.
A teen who goes by the stage name Lorde. Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, Lorde is a 16-year-old New Zealand import poised to make it big stateside. She is sure turning heads world wide with her recent hit Tennis Courts and her number one hit Royals being played everywhere at the moment made me stumble upon this gem. So young and so powerful with her unique sound and quirky good looks. This young girl is on path of stardom. I totally love her sound very similar to the likes of Lana Del Rey but she is young and in tune to another generation.
Lorde told HuffPost last month. “I guess I understand, but I think I’m different because my music is accessible, but it’s also smart and those are two things that don’t often go together musically. I think it’s probably because I’m an Internet kid. I’m watching ‘Adventure Time‘ but I’m also reading Allen Ginsberg. I’m a mesh of references — fun and smart? I don’t know where I’d put myself. I’d like to think I’m doing something different.”
She is already dominating the charts Lorde became the first woman to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States since Tracy Bonham in 1996. If you have not heard her sing I suggest you take a listen to her and I guarantee you will be surprised if you like this indie melodramatic somber sounds this will be another artist to add to your playlist.
Over the last few months I have been faced with many things at work part time working on Dreams into Reality with Out of Africa Dance Academy and in general life.
You get two types of people Dreamers and Believers. I say this based on all the things I have noticed in the last while. The typical guy that lives life day to day will be filled with dreams that most likely won’t get turned into reality, unless someone believes in them, encourages them and helps them. Then you get believers these guys are also filled with dreams but the difference is they believe they can achieve it.
Some peoples dreams may sound so far fetched to you that you may think that it could never be possible. I have had the privilege to see the craziest things come true and it all starts with believing in yourself. You are your own worst enemy at the most of times but if you can convince yourself you can do something, no matter how silly it may sound it will be easier to convince someone else when you have that much confidence in yourself.
People look up to Idols so easily wishing they can become them. I say don’t become them become better use your role models as a benchmark to make a better impression on your world.
We truly have the world at our fingertips. Another difference between a dreamer and believer is one is stuck in a comfort zone dreaming about a better tomorrow while the other believes in a better tomorrow. Stepping out of their comfort zone and walking the road less traveled experiencing things that will lead you to only your wildest dreams.
I see these believer characteristics in Courteney and her friend Kyle yes they young and have insecurities like we all do but I see a spark in these two that I never see in young people that often. Them believing in themselves encourages me to believe in them. I believe God placed me in their lives for a reason and maybe just maybe I am the link to helping them make their dreams come true and ultimately that’s making my dream come true. I love helping other people where ever I can and with the talents I have been gifted with.
So my message to everyone would be; “Don’t be the guy that says I wish I was younger I would do things so differently. Stop being just a dreamer but become a believer and never stop believing in your dreams.
Kyle and Courteney could be the next Kim and Kanye lol(better versions) No dream is impossible!
It was one of my best friends birthdays over the weekend so on Saturday to celebrate we got the girls together for a high tea at the One and Only Hotel and Spa.
It was a lovely afternoon of decadent treats and a feast for the eyes. A nice girly afternoon indeed. Can you believe I have never ever been to a high tea before…. I always thought it was an old people thing and you forced to drink tea lol
So you can imagine my surprise when that was not the case. You get a lovely selection of so many different teas I never even knew existed. You can probably tell I am a coffee drinker and was overjoyed to know you can order coffee at a High Tea lol
They have a selection of scrumptious savory treats too. So if you don’t have a sweet tooth you can come to high tea too there is definitely something for everyone.
This was such a nice way to spend the afternoon and a great reason to get all dressed up may I add. This is also a perfect way to celebrate a Birthday or anything actually worth celebrating I recommend that if you have not experienced High Tea you should try it at the One and Only it will be worth it and the cost is very reasonable R170.
I got fairly full very quickly so I never got to eat as much as my eyes wanted to so that was sad because everything looked so scrumptious. So definitely going back to try what I missed.
If you looking to do something different to celebrate a special occasion I don’t think you will be disappointed if you try High Tea at the One and Only.
This weeks musical Mondays is a little different. You all know how much Courteney and I love music and YouTube so with enough encouragement from me she did a dance music sing along mashup of her favorite female singers. For her new YouTube Channel.
Songs used in the video are;
1.Don’t you worry child –swedish house mafia cover by Madilyn Bailey
2.R.I.P – Rita Ora
3.Queen of Disaster –Lana Del Rey
4.Itty bitty piggy – Nicki Minaj
Check out the video subscribe to her channel for more fun crazy things to come. I usually play the role of camera man which I don’t mind too much as Courteney seems to be made for the camera hope you enjoy the Musical Mashup.