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#QOTD #53

Today’s life line is more an affirmation to me than it is a quote. It served as such an excellent reminder that I felt compelled to share it. 

It reminded me not to take my eye off the prize even through the chaotic, uncertain times. 

And here it goes:

I am letting go of the old me to become who I was created to be


Beautiful! Isn’t it (: 

I’m becoming a more courageous me, a more compassionate me, a more thoughtful and considerate me, a healthier me, a me that’s less a worrier and more a warrior. 

I am becoming a successful me, a goal driven me, a stronger force for social good me. 

I nor you, were just born to sit on the side lines! 

Good afternoon world, good afternoon Friday. 

♥️ and 🌈 always, from just an ordinary girl

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A tribute to my Mar Una

2013…. for those of you who know me or have read my story, you would know that 2013 was an extremely tough year.

The loss of my son in March and then the loss of my Mar Una; the most chique gran anybody could have asked for, my bestie , my shrink, my counselor, my biggest  fan, the greatest cook and a model of love.

Her smile and warm wet kisses would instantly make my soul lighter. She was wiser than anybody I know. She was as graceful as mother Theresa… she fought her battles with class and elegance. What a privilege being able to call this being, MY MAR.

Words will never be able to describe the loss I feel after every memory I have and yesterday? mar is gone 4 years already. 

I hope and pray that God accepts you as one of his own Mar. I pray that you are resting in eternal peace. Even if you may not know, we on earth miss your existence, your being, daily. The love you had for your kids, grandkids, great grand kids and random strangers, is still felt till this day. Thank you, for the beautiful memories

Love and light always just an ordinary grand kid 

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#QOTD #52

Can we please be a little more considerate than we currently are?

Like can we just not make it about us for a little longer than we currently do? 

You know today I literally walked into “confirmation” that my August pay is gonna be bleak. As if being under an enormous amount of pressure already wasn’t enough. I literally just went numb and got an instant headache from my mind working overtime. 

Then, I get news that my sister and the girls will be visiting from China this December and instantly, my day changed. For those few moments, it wasn’t about me…or my stresses or my August pay…

I then came across this quote and it stood as my life line for today. As my reminder, my savior if you wish. 

Tupac (rap icon) once said 

Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.

I realized that we all going through things, we all have some sought of troubles worrying us and I almost felt selfish for allowing myself to get so consumed with my stuff. 

There is always somebody going through worse than we are. There are people praying for the things we now have. Let this be constant reminder of the importance of being grateful for whatever it is we have.

God knows what he is doing. Thought I’d share this with you and hope it inspires you like how it has me.

❤️ and 🌈  and all things 🍭from just an ordinary girl ✌🏼

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#QOTD 51

Amongst the chaos, a friend of mine and I were working on our Mandela bags for a community service initiative that we decided to be apart of. It’s a collaboration of organizations whereby we fill 2000 bags that will be handed out to disabled and disadvantaged kids on Mandela Day

The idea is to fill the bag with 8 or more non-perishable items. The bag itself, is white and we were encouraged to decorate it.

The front and back of our bags ♥️

Anyway, so I came across this quote that , together with the initiative, served as my life line for today! 

Nelson Mandela once said:

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

Pretty self explanatory and I’m sure you can understand why I considered it my life line!

Let this be YOUR sign that you should keep on pushing your passion. Even when things seem like they’re falling apart…let those dreams of success fuel you to push on and keep on going. 

We’re on this journey and winning is our set destination 🙂

♥️ and 🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #49

Been having a particularly tough time managing my stresses, especially at work. Generally, positive thinking is what I do, it’s my natural approach to anything I face. 

However, of late it’s becoming more and more difficult for me to do. This is a very dangerous space to be in, especially for me because I’ve worked so hard to get out of a verg negative era of my life. 

So amongst other things, I’ve been perusing online in hope to come across something that would spark some sought of positivity within… 

Bubblegum characters always lighten up my soul

… to shed some light in what seems to be a very dark space, I came across these bubblegum figures and this quote: (God bless the written word and the writers who write them)

” The darkest hour has only 60 minutes “

~ Morris Mandel 


This quote got me pondering instantly. It reassured me that nothing in this life time is ever permanent and that even dark times have their expiry dates. #aameen

I remember reading that actions derive from thoughts. This stuck with me and will continue to stick with me as I journey through this thing called life. 

This is why, when I think about more negative than positive things, I frantically search for something, anything, just to change my thought process.

I think it’s essential that we do this before we get consumed. Seems like this quote and my bubble gang are  my life lines for today, tomorrow shall see for itself.

♥️ and 🌈 from just an ordinary stressed out girl! 

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#QOTD #50

” having a true friend at work, is beyond a blessing in disguise” 

~ taybreezy 

Many of you know that the weeks I’ve been having are just cray! 

However, I’ve been getting through each day with what I refer to as life lines; 

  • Monday’s was bubblegum people and the beautiful quote by Me Mandel. 
  • Yesterday was sleep 
  • Today is the realization above. 

I cannot fathom what my already stressful days would be like without my friends at work. The random outburst, hilarious jokes, spontaneous laughs and just the facial expressions through out the day, really help lighten the mood. 

Do they change the amount of work that needs to be done No!

Do make all the injustices go away? Hell no!

But what they do is lighten the burden, soften the blows if you wish.  They literally make my heart lighter. 

Thank you dearest team 🙏🏼

So, If you have some of your truest friends working with you in the same team/ department. Honour them! Because we are indeed blessed.

❤️and🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #48

I got this random message from one of my closest girlfriends the other morning and it just made me realize how important it is for one to choose the people they keep around them. This message literally brightened up my whole day.

Tonight, I got invited by another close girl friend of mine to attend a fundraiser for such an amazing organization. I’m busy working on doing some research on this phenomenal org and will definitely be sharing it with you all. The night comprised local and international acts of singing, poetry and comedy. All in the name of encouraging normal folk like you and I to get involved do our part in making our community a better place to live and grow in. But I will dedicate an entire post to giving the 411 on this amazing org.

Moving along, These two gestures from my girlfriends have inspired the quote of today:

Associate yourself with people of good quality. For it is better to be alone than in bad company

~ Booker T Washington 

I absolutely agree. 

You are, who you hang around with and that’s a fact.

We often hear the old folk say : if you lie with dogs, you bound to wake up with fleas. They knew what they were talking about. 

I’ve got a lot of wrongs to right, but one thing I’ve always been blessed with, is my support structure. My circle of real friends has grown significantly smaller over the years, but the bond between my friends and I, has grown so much stronger. 

We are each other’s strength, courage, sight, logic, comic, sister, stylist, driver, shrink, cheer leader, confidence, entertainment and even a target. The beauty lies in that even when we make each other so mad, when it comes to the wire, we don’t  have to question who will be there and who wouldn’t. 

These are the people we need in our lives, the ones who we can love when they’re down and when they’re up and the ones who can love us at our worst through to us being our best. 

Your friends should ultimately push you to be and do better. And I can confidently say that mine do all of the above, even when I’m stubborn as a Muel. 

So on that note, let’s take some time  to reflect on the people we deem close to us. Let’s look at the character of the people we call friends pay more attention to those whom we let into our circle. It may seem trivial, but it is so important.

❤️and 🌈 from just an ordinary girl