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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Discovering a hidden Gem!

Like I had mentioned before I set off on my solo adventure with no plan. I bought a lonely planet guide book that I lost and didn’t even know I lost it; that shows how often I used it lol!

My guide was talking to people getting real life recommendations on places to see and stay! When I was in Siem Reap, I met a fellow traveler who recommended an area called Kampot to visit! So after my week of island adventures and sad goodbyes to my new besties who were off to Vietnam I set off back on my lonesome to Kampot!

To my surprise, I wasn’t alone for long! Moments like this exact one is the moments I live for when travelling! As I packed my bag into the back of the minivan I was taking on my 3hour journey to Kampot, I see three friends of mine I made on the island all heading to Kampot too! So I was alone for an afternoon before my next adventure with my new friends began!

After arriving in Kampot, I would describe it as the countryside, a nice contrast from the beach island style I was just on! The weather still piping hot we checked into the Mad Monkey hostel got food settled in and relaxed for the evening!

I loved the small country town feel the relaxed atmosphere the cafe, restaurants along the main road overlooking the river and good company. No better way to start exploring this side of Kampot!

We hired scooters the next day and just scootered around exploring the countryside found a river and abandoned train track asked many people for directions ventured off on dirt roads it was fun day of exploration! Another recommendation we got was to stay at Arcadia, but it was booked up! We went to visit this place to see what the hype was about; it’s about 7km away from the main town area! As we walked in we were all like we are defiantly staying here, so we booked a night when they had space!
It was a hidden gem wooden bunks in cabins along a river with different water sports and fun atmosphere I can’t explain how incredible this place is. I am so grateful I met the traveller who told me about this place! You will see in the pictures they don’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea of what I am referring too.

The next day we did another day adventure to Bokor National Park a lovely new road perfect for scootering around on. We visited a waterfall cooled down in the fresh water then explored an old abandoned casino; it reminded me of the Great Gatsby with a stunning view! Then the most amazing thing happened as we were heading back we stopped to look at the view, a Cambodian family was having a crab picnic and offered us crabs and beers and didn’t want us to leave. We sat talking to them with the broken English and lots of gestures! It was so sweet of them to show us the warm hospitality and a fond memory I won’t forget.

The next day we headed off to Kep a neighbouring town not too far away famous for fishing and home of crab fishing! We wandered through the fish market and then the beach. On our way back collected our bags and headed to Arcadia to relax! I stayed for two nights but the scooter squad only for one I said my goodbyes but I was meeting up with the girls again in Phnom Penh so it was; see you later not goodbye!

I spent the next few days chatting to people relaxing in hammocks and just chilling out after the adventurous few days we had! The perfect spot for some R&R made friends with nice German girls and it’s always sad when you make a real connection for one day but better one day then never at all right!

Then before I knew it, I was back on a minivan off to Phnom Penh.

I highly recommend that you do not skip Kampot on your visit to Cambodia it was truly one of my hidden gems I probably would have overlooked because I had no idea about it and go to Arcadia you will thank me after.

Travel Tip 

Learn how to ride a scooter or make friends with someone who does it saves money and you have the freedom of venturing on your own.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Finding Happiness

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I have been out of China for one month already time surely does fly and in that time I have been to 3  different countries met more interesting people than in my year in China and have grown up so much and I am really happy.

When on the open road by yourself you have nobody but yourself to worry about or hold accountable for stuff. You are dependent on yourself you decide what time you wake up, what you’re going to do that day if you are going to have a “me” day or make a new friend it’s your choice if you have a good day or bad day. Yes, there are external influences but at the end of the day it’s on you and how you react that will change every experience.

I have been extremely happy, and I can see how that radiates on to everything I do and my interactions with the people I meet I am the bubbly friendly girl I always knew I was. When you on your own you forced to step out of the confinement of what you know and take a leap of faith being nice surely never hurt nobody.

It’s more the freedom of allowing yourself to be in each moment and being happy not worrying about anything but just allowing yourself to be who you truly are and not being afraid of what others may think of you or what you think others expect of you.

We constantly bombarded with media and parents telling us what to do how to act and to think about our futures yes these things may be important but isn’t being happy equally as important.

Everyone is searching for happiness but why don’t you just stop take a second a minute if you have one and clear your mind think back to a real happy memory! How far back did u have to search for that memory if it was a year ago, or even a month ago it’s a problem? Happiness isn’t something you work towards, or you look for its something you should feel every day doing everyday things.

I always look at children, and if I have a low day I try to go somewhere where u can see children. (casually playing in a park, the street) Their happiness isn’t dependent on much they will find happiness in the smallest things listening to child’s laughter can turn my bad day into a happy day! So it’s not based on where u need to be or what you need to do to be happy. It’s where you are right now a simple attitude change is sometimes all it takes, and I know it’s harder said than done but seek solutions rather than problems and make every situation a happy one.

Don’t get me wrong I still have my brooding bitch days and still hate those extremely happy people, you know those people I am referring to, those people that fake happiness because nobody can be that happy all the time unless they are on some sort of happy drug lol.

Two years ago I was stuck at a desk job, and I didn’t hate it I liked it, but I was bored I needed more I wasn’t satisfied with clocking and clocking out every day.But that job led me to this, writing finding a passion I didn’t know I had and through my writing it led me to do things I wouldn’t usually do because I started seeing interesting stories to share in everything I was doing, and I wanted to do more experience more and inspire more.

Look at me now I am in a Coffee shop in Bangkok doing what I love sharing my life and experiences with you. So it’s all about making a change, and it doesn’t need to be drastic like skipping the country because I know everyone cannot do that. Find something that truly makes you happy or long lost passion and start doing it now. So even when life throws you curve balls and derails the happy train just keep smiling think of Dory from finding Nemo and just keep swimming preferably with a smile on your face. In true happiness style I will dazzle you with my smile. lol

Please comment below let me know how you feel about happiness I would be very interested yo know!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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Motivational Monday – Getting the balance in your life Right

 

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Have you ever wanted to pack up your life and start over well life deals us some heavy curve balls we can never prepare for but starting over fresh in the figurative and literal sense can be done. I know we all wish we could run away from hardships and despair but running away never solves the problem it will be there staring you in the eye when you return. Starting over on the other hand is possible.

I am about to pack up my life and start over and the most common question I have received from me outing this decision to the public, (as if I am some Kardashion lol.) The reaction has been what are you running away from. If you could have a looking glass into my life you will find absolutely nothing worth running away from. I have the most amazing supportive family I could ever ask for, the best friends that are irreplaceable, the most awesome church I even have two churches each with its own uniqueness and sets of church family.  My support system here in Cape Town the place that I will always call home is pretty amazing.

I bet you all asking now why pack up and leave…. Sometimes you are called to do things you cannot explain. While most aspects of my life was really great I lacked a good sense of purpose, a purpose driven life if you would put it like that. I believe so many of us are faced with this same dilemma especially the younger generation finishing school and University.

The real world is a tough cookie to crack but only once you feel a great sense of purpose in what you do with your life will you feel complete in that sphere of your life. Like I mentioned before life is a balancing act of many spheres and as soon as one area is lacking it will out weigh the scale. My scale was out of balance my career, work life happiness factor wasn’t there.  I have decided to take a risk I have no idea if this is the right thing or the right career path for me but for this season in my life  I believe it is.

My advice to all of you is to find what makes you happy as early as possible I know it’s hard and pretty cliche to say; Do what makes you happy and you will never have to work a day in your life. It is so true though the happier you are with what you do the harder you will work at it in all aspects of your life. I hope people can start learning how to balance their lives so we can eliminate all this negativity in this world. I know its easier said than done but honestly hope that this post touches at least one persons heart and inspires you to truly live your dream.

My dream is to travel, inspire and continue writing in some form. I never for one second imagined my dream to take me to China but it is and with faith and alot of patience  i know i can do this. The journey up to now hasn’t been the easiest but I have learnt so much about myself and can’t even imagine what else I will learn in the coming future as I now pack up and start over.

This has been an emotional few weeks,saying goodbye to friends and trying to do travel admin and see as many people as possible hence the lack of posting. I have done some awesome things and visted some awsome places so keep an eye out for more explore Cape Town posts coming soon. I also helped my dear sister with another video and will post it as soon as soon as it is out.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the start of Spring or Autumn wherever you may be in the world.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

 

One door Closes another Door Opens

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I have been rather quiet over the last few days only because I had so much admin to take care of with me finishing off work this week.
It’s officially my last day today, and I am bursting with excitement for my unknown future but a little sad to be leaving too.
After my dreadful ending with my first real job this place took me in and everyone, was so nice. I learnt a lot about life in the Social Media world and digital.

Cherryhearts was born here, and I learnt so much about me and the person I want to be. I know I will never have everything figured out, but I realised that it’s not for me to know, it is for God to know and as long as I keep trusting him the right doors will open.
I have two and bit weeks before I head on out of this Country and many loose ends to tie up, friends and family to say goodbye to. I know this is the right step for me right now, and I am full of excitement anxiousness and adventurous feelings for the future.

So today I say goodbye to the world as I know it for the last year and 7 months. I wish my colleagues and people I have met along the way well for their futures and most importantly thank you to my readers for reading and my family for the support.

This blog ain’t going anywhere focus may change here and there, but you are all coming with me to see lands unseen and adventures waiting to have.

So I guess this is the part of the post where I should say something profound or end with a quote of famous words said a thousand times.

All I can truly say is life is what you make of it, and the stormy days will come but as long as you living there Is always hope.(profound enough lol) You are capable of doing anything you put your mind too even if it is relocating your life and starting over it is never too late to do something that truly makes you happy.

I am about to embark on the scariest thing I have ever done but in order to grow you need to test yourself.( may the force be with me)

I will end by saying One door closes another door is about to open….

Peace LOVE and Happiness

CHERRY

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Feeling Optimistic!

As the winter has now set in it is getting so much harder to get up in the morning, especially a Monday morning…. As I press the snooze button repeatedly I wake up to return to the routine for the week ahead. Even though, it is storming outside and bucketing with rain I feel rather optimistic about the week.

Lately, my desire to go out has been low but I am thoroughly enjoying my nights in with my family, Friday family pizza outings and missions with mom and sister into Town window shopping and Sunday breakfasts with friends discussing our future adventures pretty much sums up my weekend.

While feeling nervous, excited and scared to give up what I have here for something new, my over enthusiastic partner in crime will be dragging the more introverted me onto the plane soon. I feel like all I have been talking about is this exciting new adventure that lies ahead. Sorry, if this is abit boring but planning and studying my new course material has pretty much been my life for now. I am loving the new challenge, and each day is a day closer to making this adventure a reality. Still so much still to do but it is all part of the plan.

There is no easy way to get what you want, stay focused, work hard find your passion and have fun and remember to thank God for all your blessings.

Have a great week e everyone!

Peace love and Happiness

 Cherry ♥

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Clowning around before going into Town

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Stolen moments with Mom and Court

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Street Art in Motion outside our favourite Sneaker shop Shelf Life!

Always time for a coffee!

Always time for a coffee!

Running against the Imaginary Clock!

 

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Have you ever felt like you were running a race but you not really sure where the finish line is… I kind of feel like that has been my life lately a constant go and even when I do take a water break it doesn’t really feel like a break. Welcome to the crazy world of me, (please let me know if I am not alone in this race.)

I realised something over the weekend that most likely was quite apparent but to me the penny had not yet dropped until I had this realisation the other day.

My rat race lifestyle constantly on the go finding the next best thing that will keep me inspired or give that high for awhile seems like its a race against time. I am deadly afraid of the inevitable getting older scenario….. (30) I feel like the stereotypical tales of generations past haunt me. The ideological way of thinking that these things must be done in your 20’s and when you 30 it is time to buck up, no more frivolous misdemeanour’s and spontaneous decisions to jump ship and do something strange will be acceptable anymore.

I hate the system and believe my generation is rebelling against it. Do not get me wrong it works for some. I am a carefree spirit trapped by what if’s so how care free I am really. I have learnt to let go of the negative and embrace the positive that has brought me great joy. I have learnt to focus on the person and not the noise that may surround them. I have learnt that friends will come and go and that we should not hold on too tightly. I have learnt life happens you can be on top of the world one second and lower than low the next.

I have learnt to let go and enjoy the ride and I have learned what real meaningful conversations are. I have seen the sun rise and the sunset all in one day. I have had the privilege to travel near and far and meet interesting people along the way. I have realised sooner than later not to settle and that my wandering mind will lead me into uncharted waters. I think most importantly the main thing I am finally starting to accept is that it is ok to fail and I will most likely never have everything ever figured out.

I still wish to experience true love a love that conquers all that love you just know you know. There are so many things I still wish to discover, and I know I will in due time. I love my family but I need to be on my own. I need to learn not to compare my life’s tale with others.( remember the parable of the tortoise  and the hare) As for my wandering mind that continues to wander, I will close by saying, it’s ok not to know the end, one thing that is guaranteed is, the end for today will not be the same tomorrow.

While trolling Youtube I found this young man, I love spoken word and I feel like he read my mind with this piece hope you enjoy it!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥