My Thoughts This Festive Season

As we head into the Christmas weekend full of festive cheer I was thinking of this time of year as I make plans to meet with friends and do my last minute Christmas shopping.  These are my thoughts for this festive time.

My thoughts for this festive season are with you near and far.

For I know how it feels to be alone around this time of year, away from what you may normally do or around the people you usually spend these festive times with.

So my thoughts are with you when you feeling lonely or sad come Christmas morning I hope you don’t dwell on the loneliness the holidays can bring.

My thoughts are with you those that don’t get to spend this time with family or friends but if you have the time tell them you care.

My thoughts are with you the one that wakes up alone again and longs for that partner to share the special holidays with. Remember your worth is not measured by the fact that you may be single come again another Christmas day.

My thoughts are with you the child without parents the child that will never know how it feels to rise full of excitement on Christmas day or struggling to sleep on Christmas eve.

My thoughts are with you the ones that are old and cannot enjoy a Christmas meal because the pain is just unreal.

My thoughts are with you the ones forced to miss another family moment because of work obligations I hope your family can see all you have done to sacrifice for them.

My thoughts are with those who get to enjoy special family moments cherish these times together make them happy make them count for tomorrow is never promised.

So my thoughts are with you all however you spend this festive time I pray its good and not sad but most of all I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Peace Love & Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Motivational Monday – Into the Depths of My Soul

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As some of you may know this Blog was originally created  2 years ago by myself Thalea but as a joined platform for myself and my sister Courteney to share things we feel we want share with the world.It may be read by just one person near or far but our main aim is to inspire all those around us. It may be through a travel diary experience, life’s weird and wacky way of teaching us valuable lessons or through fashion and photography anything we really feel passionate about.

We just 2 ordinary girls trying to do extra ordinary things.

Courteney sent me this beautiful piece she wrote and I am so excited to share it with all of you hope you enjoy it!

“Into the Depths of My Soul

One thing I have come to know is that looks are not everything.  But rather it’s about the beauty that shines out you from within.

I no longer want to be the girl you know from Instagram or a random facebook friend. There is more to me than what you see or the assumptions you make about me.

I want you to see my soul when you look at me, see past my face, race and just see me for me.

Our generation has become a bunch of pretenders who are Consumed by likes and followers and selfies emphasis on the “self”
More like selfish… What happened to self-worth & self-respect?

Life is short and I know you have heard it all before. But I for one know that life can be long too and there is so much you could do. So many people you could have spoken to when you were looking down at your Phone or an awkward smile you could have given to someone that surely brightened up their day.

I am starting with my inside then working my way out. I am choosing to focus on my soul to improve what really counts.

Do you have WIFI? I bet that sounds familiar but what I’m trying to say is
“Why-fit-in?”

God made you just the way you are. Why conform and settle to be part of the norm.

I refuse to compete against anyone I am me & you are you for a reason! I was fearfully and wonderfully made and I aim to stay grounded & never be swayed.

Imagine everyone loved everyone the same way God loves you… Let that sink in I bet you wish it was true.

My soul is what goes to heaven not the physical features I may have
So why worry about the outside when your inside is all you truly have.

My soul is lined with the message of Proverbs 30:31- “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

It’s just a start Its far from the end for I agree to end the great pretend.
– Courteney

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Breaking the Silence

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I cannot believe it’s almost March of 2015 it feels like it was just Christmas yesterday and I managed to post my last post before the dreaded great Fire wall of China came and blocked me off almost all social media. Hence the reason why there has not been much activity on any of my social media networks, and any social networking geek like me, worse nightmare come true.

Even though that happened life goes on with no online social activity but it has forced me to ditch the phone random status making and instagraming and I had to make real connections with people I see every day. So in the midst of my social networking withdrawals I am alive and made it back on your screens today who knows how long this spell may last but for now I am back.

Where do I start 5 months in China and I am loving it, so much has happened to me in the last few months it is actually unbelievable.  I have traveled to Shanghai like five times visited the south of China Sonya during new years it was amazing to escape the bitter cold and be in the sun for a few days. I have celebrated my Birthday, my mom came to visit me, I have moved to a bigger apartment and gained an extra housemate.   I celebrated my first Chinese New Year, had friends from Cape Town come to visit me and did a solo mission to Shanghai to visit a friend. I have met some incredible people along the way ended up in awkward situations, miserably cold situations, had the most incredible deep conversations about love life and everything else, and I am still going strong.

I still have no clue where the future may lead me, but I am happy being here and focussing on me and pushing my boundaries as a person. So with that being said my Motto Expect the Unexpected 2015 has proven to be living up to its motto for this year.

I can honestly recommend if you are feeling unsure and unhappy where you are right now in your life to make a change even if it’s just a holiday or short term travel. It will surely give you a new perspective on life.

I was once that girl living vicariously through other people on Facebook and secretly wishing that was me being brave and tackling the world.  It started with me making a decision and sticking to it, and I do not regret that decision for anything. Nothing in life is easy but hard work and believing in yourself is so important anything you put your mind too can be done.

I will be posting more about my trips around China so keep posted for that coming soon.

It feels good to be back. Hope you all are doing great and 2015 has been treating well thus far.

Cherry ♥

 

Tis the Season to be Jolly!

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Wow, another Christmas away from home. I remember last year I was on my way to Thailand getting ready for a trip that completely changed my life. If I had known that, that trip would have had the snowball effect of events that it has had for me this year I am not sure I would have believed it.

I am here in China been for almost four months now and still going strong. Life has been good to me since I started to let go of the negative thoughts and start living in the moment. I finally feel settled in with School teaching life. We took a short trip Shanghai earlier this month, and it was just what the doctor ordered. I needed to remind myself why I was in China to live out my passion for travel meeting new people and just enjoying life and learning from others.

With Christmas on our doorstep, it’s strange to be away from home but we have had so many festivities to keep us busy that it has made it easier to be away.

We hosted our Christmas Party last Sunday, and it was so much fun for the kids. We even did a Nativity play, and I was a wise man. Who would have thought I would be singing Christmas carols to kids and dancing on a stage and performing a nativity play in China. (This is my life now.)

I am happy right now the friends I have made so far are awesome the long conversations of intellectual nothingness at times have been well fascinating and fun. The crazy nights out and the random slang we pick up all adding to my Chinese experience.

I am looking forward to Christmas this year Christmas Eve I am trying to find a church for a Christmas service as I do really miss going to Church. Then we have Christmas party with other teachers and on Christmas Day our school has paid for a Christmas lunch for us at a fancy Hotel, so we get to experience a real Christmas after all.
I received the best Christmas/ Birthday present ever my Moma Bear aka my Mom is coming to visit me early next month. I cannot contain my excitement. Cannot wait to show her this crazy world called China.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may this time be spent with your family and loved ones and show some love to all those around you. I will leave you all with some of my festive pictures from our Christmas party the other night.
Have an awesome festive season, and I say this all the time and I will try my best to post regularly.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Getting out of your Comfort Zone

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I feel so out of touch with this blog I do apologise for this; life in China has been chaos as can be expected. Since I have been back from holiday in Shanghai reality had to set in.

Adapting has been tough but as time passes by and boy does time pass by extremely fast here it has been such a good experience. I love living here, getting lost has been so frustrating but so good at the same time.

I have been here for just over a month now and have done so many things that are out of my comfort zone, it’s extremely scary, but it makes my journey here worth it. I bought a pink bicycle and cycle, everywhere. Try cycling in peak time traffic with so many people cars, buses and taxis it’s intense.

Teaching that has now become my job is so far out of my comfort zone its crazy and I ask myself every day what am I doing. Things have been so hard for me I put so much pressure on myself to get things right but when I step in that classroom, I just have to roll with the punches and do my best. I have good days and bad days, and I know with time things will get easier or so I keep praying. I have a new found respect for teachers I had no idea what a tough job this would be. From preparing lessons to managing the classroom its no easy task. Then I keep thinking to myself I didn’t come halfway around the world give up I just need to keep moving forward.

We have been fortunate and blessed with awesome work people the foreign staff and the locals are awesome. We speak English all day in the office that I sometimes forget I am in China until I need to go to the toilet and need to squat still slowly getting used to the long drop toilets

Life in China is so different, and I can’t explain it, it feels like I am living in a dream, like I am not here LOL. I don’t miss home just yet more the friends and family I have left behind and missing pivotal moments..Like hearing my dearest sister Courteney who competed in a talent competition last week got a call back to compete in the international competition in Florida USA and potentially has an opportunity to attend the New York Film Academy. She truly inspires me not give up and to continue to peruse my passions as she is doing.

One thing I have learnt on my journey here and getting to this point is not to give up. Believing in yourself is truly important and even though you may not have the plan fully mapped out when you have a goal and God on your team he will provide a way for you.

I had to move to China a million miles away to get out of my comfort zone and I can feel I am turning into a stronger person because of the obstacles I need to overcome. I urge you to get out of your comfort zone no matter how big or small it is try and do something that will challenge you in some way.

I am always keen to hear what it could be so let me know in the comments.

I will defiantly be posting soon I went to an amusement park today so I will fill you all in on that soon!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

Leaving Home for the Unknown

It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but I can finally say I landed in China on Monday night at bout 9pm.

The goodbyes at the airport was hard but I kept it together until the very end. My mom surprised me with big farewell at my house the Saturday before my departure the Sunday. It was cool to see so many family and friends. Graham said some sweet words followed by a video Courteney made for me. She is truly talented little girl with a bright future ahead of her. The video brought a tear to many a eye including my own. My bestie could not even watch it she had been crying since the morning.

I then had to say some kind words spoke from the heart cannot even remember what I said exactly.

My last visitors only left at around 1030pm I still had some admin to take care of and repacking but eventually around 2am I was done extremely exhausted but done and ready. My mom and sister came to sleep next to me and before I knew it, it was time get up. Went to church prayed and off to the airport we went.

So many of my friends came and we laughed and joked for the last few moments before I had to board.

My sister could not stop crying it was hard to see her like that and brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. I am truly grateful to have such a huge support system back home loads of friends and family that truly care and love me. Even though it was hard to say goodbye I am so proud of myself for taking this risk and huge leap of faith.

I would not be so comfortable here in China Hangzhou my new home for the next few months if I did not truly believe that this is where I need to be in this season of my life. It still hard to believe I am in China of all places in the world.

So much has happened in the first few days its been a real adventure but I will fill you all in on that in the next post of my China adventure.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Long Weekends = Family Getaways in Arniston

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Coming back from a long weekend away is never easy especially when you were at a beautiful little fishing town with your family eating way too much playing fun games and relaxing hard.

That sentence, practically summed up my entire weekend poor bliss. Saturday morning my mom, Courteney, Kyle and I set off to meet some of our extended family uncles aunts and cousins in Arniston a beautiful little town about 2 hours outside of Cape Town. The weather was rainy and stormy but it was fun to get away for the weekend as I have not done this in ages.

I remember growing up as a kid and teenager always going camping in Arniston some of my fondest memories of growing up. We hired a nice big house where we all stayed. It was fun to play games like 30 seconds and Jenga the intensity of that game was awesome.

As we grow up I realised, that stolen moments like these are what are important spending time with family laughing and being silly is what makes life that much more enjoyable. One thing that is guaranteed is you will never go hungry with my family eating way too much, and it doesn’t help that it is winter and when its cold out you tend to eat more.

We had a feast of a lunch for Fathers day felt like Christmas lunch all again yum!

So from walking in the rain, to watching all the soccer world cup games endless amounts of reality tv laughing telling scary ghost stories and eating way too much I think this was a perfect winter getaway with the family.

I do recommend you visit Arniston especially in the summer the beach is really amazing . The place we stayed at is called Wildebosch an 8 sleeper self catering house about a 5 minute walk from the beach.

Hope you enjoy some of my pictures and let me know how you spent your weekend.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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