My Thoughts for the New Year!

I want to live free of condemnation, free from fear, free from shame and free from guilt.

I want joy and love to come from my most vulnerable self because this is when I am free to be my authentic self.

I want to to be able to walk into a room with the confidence within that can light it up without a word, I want my love and joy to explode from my inner core. I want to see and feel things that even my wildest dreams could not imagine, I want freedom of the social norms without pressures from anyone.

I want to feel content with my life choices and allow them to lead me where I am needed where my trust is without borders.

I want to allow myself to love deeply, love myself, my family, my friends and any stranger that comes my way.

I want to walk barefoot across the earth and feel every inch of it in my toes, I want the wind to blow through my hair and feel sun kisses and raindrop sprinkles.

I want to fall deeply and madly in love with life, even in the mundane routines of life. I want to go to sleep every night thanking the one most high for the gift of the day and wake up every morning thanking him again for giving me each new day.

I want my love for writing to flourish as this gift I have of words are from above and not be afraid of who may read but be encouraged to share and inspire. I want to use all of me to do good and live an obedient life and even when I slip up I want to ask for forgiveness and graciously pick myself up to start all again.

I want to free myself of worry when the year takes its low turn I want to learn from every lesson, listen carefully to every soul, I want this year ahead to show me I am worth every breath I take and that caring for myself looking after every muscle is important to maintain good health.

I want to practice self-reflection strive for every goal and live whimsically in my dreams and turn them into reality. I want to be wiser and live freer but most importantly I want to live out my God-given mission by filling this world with some love and some hope.

So my thoughts may be dreamy but very practical I want to hold myself accountable this year not to give up so easily.This year ahead will mean change but I am praying for a good change one that will invigorate my spirit and give me the life I will be proud of and put me on the right path to keep walking out my heavenly Father’s plan.

 

Peace Love & Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Colour – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

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I am not one to talk openly about religion as it is something I am still figuring out myself but I am not ashamed to openly declare that I am a believer in God!

This past weekend I went to a women’s conference hosted by Hillsong Church called Colour.( an awesome gift from a dear friend) I have been going for the last three years with my best friend and this year I got my mom to join which was awesome.

The aim of the gathering is to inspire women and share the word of God and give practical ways in which we can help change the world and see what the global sisterhood of women across the world is doing. I am women of Christ and have been all my life as a child I was forced to go to church even when I did not know what was going on but only about 3 years ago I truly found out what being Christ follower is. (I will share that story another time.)

It’s been amazing to see how God has worked in this Church and how the vision of the Colour Conference has just grown. In it’s four years of existence in Cape Town it has grown to over 5000 women this year and to see how it has impacted women across the world is extraordinary.

I remember in 2012 when I went to my first gathering I was so broken, resigned from job had no clue where or what I was going to do. I did know I had to be at that conference to be encouraged to see how the world is responding to God; it blew me away and my love for helping and inspiring just grew inside me. That year I put my trust in God that he would lead me to the right place; it was tough, but I believe he did. CherryHearts was born that year in my heart I had no idea what it would become, but I had always dreamt of starting something of my own.

Then in 2013 at Colour I had found a job by this point, was happier in my work life and was pretty content with life as a whole. CherryHearts became a reality in the form of this Blog. I see life differently and finally had a platform to be creative and express myself and find out new things about myself. I prayed that year to be involved locally, and God blessed me with Out of Africa dance Acadamy a NPO  where Courteney dances with the vision to take kids away from crime and drugs and give them positive outlet. I  have been doing the social media and PR for the last year and helping with there upcoming show called Dreams into-Reality

Then this year 2014, ever since I came back from Thailand I have had this burst of wanderlust, to see more, do more, experience more, and I feel like I am running against the clock and that if I do not do it now it will never be done.
At conference this weekend we heard from Lisa Bavere, Holly Wagner and Bobby Houston. Three amazing women who have touched my life so much. I always felt intimidated by the Bible, but I have made a vow to myself to read it for myself.

Friday night Bobby spoke about love is on the way in the sense that God is in your past, present and future. Through listening to all the talks on Saturday. Hearing all the good stories coming from ordinary women doing extraordinary things and making a big impact in the global sphere, is so inspiring and amazing. I got this sense that I need to leave to get a global perspective so I can come back to Cape Town for local impact. No matter where we are in the world we all fighting for the same fight.

The greatest Love story ever told is no secret. It is that God sacrificed his only son for us so we can live free from sin and be surrounded by grace, love, hope, freedom and peace. So no matter where you at right now just remember that there is a God that truly loves you!

If you have never been I highly recommend you come to the next gathering, the Colour Conference is hosted in Sydney Australia, Cape Town, London and Keive. (click  here for more information)

Check out the 2015 promo video below.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Taking a leap of Faith- Goals for 2014

I know I spoke about my New year theme last week, you can read all about that (here ) if you have not already.( I think it is a good read cheeky self punt lol)

As I mentioned, this is the year of Making it Happen for me. For Courteney it is the year too, Hit the Ground Running. What she means by that statement is, no more procrastinating and waiting for the last minute to do things. Hit the ground running straight up, especially where school is concerned.

So with that in mind I want to set Goals for myself and Courteney did too . So when we reach the end of the year we can look back and see what we have accomplished.

My Goals

  1. Do a Financial audit of my finances (investments, Retirement, ect I sound so old dammit)
  2. Save more money
  3. Plan another trip ( This year backpack through Vietnam, Cambodia and do the Islands of Thailand we didn’t do)
  4. Be creative with finding ways to make extra money
  5. Lose 4 more kgs and tone my body (2014 year of health and fitness)
  6. Take Out of Africa Dance Academy to the next level with online platform, find sponsors, and more PR for upcoming show.
  7. Learn to be outspoken when it comes to my career, learn and grow within the digital space
  8. Do more short photography courses and creative writing
  9. Connect more with my Faith

 

Courteney’s Goals

  1. Procrastinate less
  2. Better grades for Grade 11
  3. Shoot a YouTube video once a week
  4. Connect more with my faith
  5. Find a part time job ( babysitting or something)
  6. Grow and learn more as Dancer ( challenge myself)

CherryHeartGirls Goals

  1. Grow our Blog Reach
  2. Put ourselves out there by promoting ourselves more
  3. Be more creative with Content
  4. Own Domain Name ( tick this ones complete yay)
  5. Courteney must contribute more content
  6. Have more framework ( when to post what to post etc)
  7. Do more random acts of kindness

Let me know what you would like to achieve this year  and what exciting plans you may have in-store for the year ahead.

Peace love &Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Reunited with my other half after 3 weeks apart! #CherryheartGirls