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MERAKI. [May. Rah. Kee].

MERAKI: a word derived from the Turkish word Merak and is a verb or adverb in modern Greek literature.

It refers to putting something of yourself into your work; soul, creativity and love.

Everything that we do contributes to our personal brand. Perceptions, assumptions and thoughts are conceived by how we present ourselves, be it through our appearance, manner in which we conduct ourselves (behaviour) or our work.

To merely do something for the sake of doing is like leading a life with no purpose or direction. What’s the point?

I say that It is for this reason, that we must do all things Meraki; with sincerity, passion, love, soul and creativity. Every piece of work we put out must have that personal touch. It must ooze authenticity. This is a message I echo to my team at work and it serves as a reminder to me.

So whether you’re in the arts, the Corporate world, medical field, or whether you’re a teacher, administrator, book keeper or even a call Centre agent… Do all things with Meraki.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl.

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FIKA [Fee. Ka].

With the world going through lock down periods. It is uncertain times for us all and it becomes so easy to get lost in all the chaos.

Every minute of everyday we are exposed to information re: COVID-19. News feeds are bombarded with stats, breaking news, new laws, safety precautions, conspiracy theories, fake news and and and.

People are stressing about their family’s health, finances, kids education and job security. It all honestly becomes so overwhelming.

For me, I’ve made a personal decision to slow down. I hardly watch the news and just look out for the Presidents addresses or important info. I hardly speak about COVID-19 and purposely so and I try to live life as normal has possible.

I’ve looked for a deeper meaning to all of this. The bigger picture. As an essential worker, I get to go to work daily and that in its own is a blessing. It has been a tough few months and this lockdown served as a way for me to just take a step back and really focus on the good things.

Everymorning when I wake up, I thank God for everything he has blessed me with, from the bed that I sleep in, to the job that I still have secured, for keeping myself and family safe and even for my faith… You name it, I thank God for it. This act of gratitude honestly just puts the day in play.

I’ve seen many others do the same in their own way, mothers are able to spend more quality time with their kids and partners. Whereas pre COVID-19, there was barely any time. Parents get to try out and cook things they’ve never cooked before, whereas pre COVID-19, it was the quickest thing available to cook. Families are bonding, whereas pre COVID-19, it was each to their own. Earth is getting a break from human distruction; less pollution, less litter. Prayers are increasing and people are becoming more mindful of God.

We really have been granted FIKA and the choice is left to us to grab this moment. Slow it all down and just focus on the good things in life.

As a person who likes to have control over most things. I’ve learnt to take each day as it comes and to trust God more. I do more things with love. Have tasked myself to complete my vision board and stocked up on baking ingredients after months of procrastination.

Take your moment |Slow down | And start appreciating the good things in life.

There has never been a better time ✨✨

Love and light always

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Is your positivity well drying up? Ask for help!

Whenever I have down days and my positivity well is drying up, I often pray and reach out for help.

You know the feeling when your mind is very busy and cant be calmed and your spirits are scraping the floor and you feel like you just tired of fighting and pushing through? When your head spins, heart aches and eyes tear? Or when you feel like every fibre in your body is being challenged? It’s at that moment that you can let it all consume you, or you can reach out and ask those around you to help you.

This morning I woke up feeling like what I’ve described above. I prayed and then asked the people on my contact list on what’sapp to share any motivational reads or content.

I instantly got responses with some beautiful reminders. Does it make it all go away? Durh no! But it challenges your mind to think about the message in front of you and in most cases, that message helps fill up your positivity well.

We were not meant to go through this journey of life alone.

So just remember, you’re never alone. Whilst there are some folk who are just horrible, there’s a ton of folk or are ever ready to help wherever they can.

Observation

The people who reached out to me this morning, I know personally. And all of them are fighting challenging battles. It’s a choice to just get out there and do and be better. That in its own inspired me so much.

Check out some of the responses I received below

I also received this video which is so inspiring

Please be sure to check out.

Love and light always, posted by just an ordinary girl.

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Quote of the day 2019: #6

From one of my favourite poets / authors:

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.

~The Maya Angelou

Pretty much speaks for itself.

The things we go through in life are meant to teach us and let us grow into the beings we were meant to be. They are not meant to stunt or stifle us.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl.

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Quote of the day 2019: #5

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

-unknown

With life’s rollercoaster ride, it’s sometimes so easy to get lost amongst the chaos. We lose our spark; that very thing we were known for. Then situations like marriage, kids, health or financial constraints occur and sometimes we lose all hope.

It’s important to remeber that you can be anything you want to be. Passion. Perseverance and prayer is the formular. (P to the 3rd power) 😁

Before I reached 20 I was looking to be one of the top umcoming journos. I was 6 months short of my diploma and then life happened. I didn’t finishh diploma. Married, divorced, lost a child and two grans and I felt my world coming to a halt.

9 years later…yeap soon to be 29 (I don’t know how to feel about that just yet? and it is only now that I can see myself evolving. I’m working to get my spark back. To be as influential as I was once. I’m working to being the best version of myself yet.

I challenge you to do the same 💪

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl.

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#QOTD 2019: #4

Wise Wednesday

Sourced from Google

Todays quote is from the infamous Confusius…. And he said:

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”

We should be striving for progress and not perfection.

So whether you’re studying, building a career, starting a blog, redefining or rebuilding a relationship… Don’t stop trying or doing what you’re doing. It will pay off.

Some days will be better than others, we relapse into old habits or behaviors. It’s normal. The key is get back up and keep it moving.

Happy hump day everybody.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl

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The truth about every strong woman… Would you love her still?

You watch her do her, as best she can. Fiercely she takes on challenges one after the other; and boy are you drawn to this; her fight.

You study her, the way she walks, talks, smiles, walks into a room and steals the hearts of those around her; turning a dark room into a brightly lit ball of energy.

You admire her courage, her living life to the fullest; you see all of her pictures on social media, checking in with her closest friends, having the time of their lives and you can’t help but want to be apart of it all.

You hear about how fierce she is at the office, how she stands firm for the things she believes in. You love that she speaks her mind, and confidently so and is so passionate about the things and people close to her… and you can’t help but want to be in a closest of circles.

We all know someone like her, don’t we?

But what many don’t know is that you only seewhat she wants you to see.

What you don’t know, is what got her to that point, how many tears she cried to get to a point where she promised herself that she will NEVER depend on anyone else, but herself, for her own happiness.

You don’t know what toughened her and made her Ray Charles to the BS and all that’s superficial around her. You don’t know what broke her only to build her stronger than before.

She wears pain like a pearl necklace around her neck and often that distracts how scared and anxious she really feels inside.

You don’t know what abuse she succumbed that numbed her and hence now she’s living life to the fullest.

You see behind every strong, independent woman, is a story of hurt, pain, anger; struggle. There’s a story of sacrifice and strength.

You see this beautiful Bella but when you’re close enough, the cracks start showing, the anxiety and vulnerability start over flowing. She’s okay in her own because she knows self will never let her down.

Will you still want to befriend or love her then? When she’s not so strong and the cracks become more visible. on some days. Would you still want to be amongst her closest?

She knows strength. She’s TKO’d pain and she’s overcome heartbreak.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate a strong woman today.

Love and light, from just an ordinary strong woman.