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#QOTD #72: Push your passion 💪🏼

Today’s quote was inspired by an opportunity that recently availed.

Amy Tangerine scripted:

Do what you love and you will inspire and awaken the hearts of others.

I really cannot stress how important and rewarding it is to do what you love; sacrifice for it, work hard at it and never ever give up on it.

We all have dreams of “making it big” and being impactful. That dream starts with doing you love; quite the cliche’, but a true one nonetheless.

You see when you have something that you love to do, it becomes a go-to place when everything else seems to be falling apart.

The opportunity-Gods almost wait for those tried and failed moments and wait to see how adamant we are…before they bless us with that big break and then the rest is history.

Most artists will tell you how difficult it was in the beginning before “their big break” or that “one-person” came along.

I was recently awarded the opportunity to write an article for SA Bloggers

(www.weblogforlove.com)

The post was well received and my oh my, did it feel good.

You’re welcome to check out the post that was featured, on basic and random cooking tips I’ve compiled by clicking Here

This was huge for me because blogging is my go to place, it’s my thing, it’s what I love and every opportunity I get to put my work out there, makes me feel like I’m honoring and am worthy of my passion especially since I’m still figuring this blogging thing out as I go along.

The post and quote is shared in hope that it will inspire at least one person to push their passion.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl 💋

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#QOTD #70: 👌🏼Excellence

Posting today’s quotes was inspired by many things, besides the quote itself

Namely:

  • People always selling themselves short as an excuse not to be great.
  • To create hope that anything is possible if one puts their mind to it.
  • To highlight the importance of a great attitude.

And it reads:

Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude

~Ralph Marston

What does this mean?

Not only can it (excellence) not be taught by learning but rather practicing, it also means that it’s something you constantly do and give off. Whenever, wherever, however and with whomever!

There’s a huge difference between an “atti” and a skill

A skill, according to Google, is the ability to do something well. You’re only required to apply yourself for a specific time, when it is required.

An attitude is considered as a settled way of thinking or feeling about something. It is basically you, in every moment, good or bad. There’s no specific required time to flex your attitude like there is for a skill.

Thriving for excellence should be something we constantly aim to achieve with everything that we do. It shouldn’t only be applied, when required (:

Happy CHOOSEday! I choose excellence

❤️ and 💡 always; from just an ordinary girl 💋💋

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#QOTD #69: Make every moment count

Every second that passes is time that we’re not getting back.

In one of my previous posts, I spoke about how we wish moments away. We have a bad day and we can’t wait for it to be over.

We get invited to a function that we really don’t want to attend, and then spend more time thinking about how we should have , could have, would have but didn’t and time just passes us by.

Lol, I know you know what I’m talking about.

Today’s quote was a reminder of a message our service executive shared with us a couple of weeks ago and is a popular quote by one of the world’s bests.

I came across the same message today and boom, here we are.

Don’t count the days…

Make the days count

~ Muhamed Ali

We’re all guilty of “Ag I can’t wait for Friday” but why wait till Friday to catch a break or have fun or be happy or become legendary?

Let all the days be days that we push boundaries and achieve smart goals. Let each day that passes fuel you to be and do better than the next.

If anything we should be alil afraid of Friday because it will need to supersede the days that have passed .

Being legendary means being everything and anything but mediocre.

Next time you “can’t wait for Friday” shift your mindset into gear and work on ways of making your days count.

Things that you can do:

  1. Start a gratitude challenge
  2. Set daily, smart goals and work on achieving them.
  3. Set aside time for your books if you’re studying.
  4. Pray
  5. Spread positivity
  6. Give compliments
  7. Do what makes you happy
  8. Listen to your favorite song and sing along on your way to work.
  9. Walk more
  10. Drink more water
  11. Visit your folks
  12. Read a new book
  13. Start dancing
  14. Learn a new instrument
  15. Start a blog.

Heck, the world is your oyster lol.

The things that you can do is limitless.

Remember, every second that passes is time you’re not getting back.

Live life with love, laughter, learning and leave your legacy of being legendary.

Go on, make your days count #2KGR18

❤️, 🌈 and all things nice, from just an ordinary girl

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#QOTD #68: You are magic!

How many times have we wished we were other people, living in another city/ country; working our dream jobs, doing different things and being happy?

How many times have we wished a moment, opportunity or event away?

I’m not one for star signs but I’ve read a couple. Being a piscean, the stars deem us as day dreamers. We apparently live in fantasy worlds…

I can’t say that they’re entirely wrong, because I always envision myself at the end of a goal I’d wanna achieve. I think of things that have never happened that I’d like to happen and envision the beautiful and in most cases, cliched endings.

There’s nothing wrong with this provided that it doesn’t consume you and wastes times.

I’ve learnt along the way that there is no perfect life or job. You can’t choose your family and the people you work with will always be. Ive learnt that the grass is only greener on the other side because it is well maintained and not coz the weather is better or there’s something different in the water.

I’ve also learnt that there is no place like home and you literally have the choice to make the best of what you have, when you have it, wherever you have it and with whom you have it.

I came across this quote and boy did it remind me of a lot and put so much into perspective.

It says

” Bloom wherever you’re planted”

Be you wherever life takes you. Bloom and shine like the star that you are. Far too often we feel like we need to conform. Like we’re inadequate. We feel like we’re not good enough and then mimic ridiculous behavior.

It’s okay to dream, it’s okay to envision but not at the expense of you dulling your own sparkle.

It needs to stop. Now.

Be authentic, be-YOU-titul and bloom wherever you’re planted; in school, at that call centre you working at, in retail, at court, on a field, in the board room, heck just bloom.

I cannot stress the importance of learning to love yourself so that you know your capabilities, and then become comfortable enough with them.

Ya dig?

❤️ and 💡 always; some thoughts from just an ordinary girl

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#QOTD #67: A positive attitude

And we’re back with the “Quote Of The Day” thread.

Our first of many for 2018.🍾 🎉

You guys know that I get inspired by the littlest, most random things that I come across and when it triggers the “ah-ha” moments within, I have to share.

Over the weekend we visited my aunt in hospital. Outside of the hospital is a little garden, with a few metal boards pinned into the ground. These metal boards have random phrases on them and this post is inspired by one of them.

The phrase says:

The only disability in life is a bad attitude

-unknown

How true is this?

I can’t imagine any adversity that cannot be approached and overcome with a positive attitude.

Being positive is a choice, it’s a decision you choose to make during every experience, encounter and interaction.

So no matter what it is that you’re going through in life, stay positive for better days are always approaching.

Remember:

Love and light always, from just an ordinary little girl

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Issa Fri-Yay! Juma Mubarak 💋

As Friday has dawned upon us, let’s give thanks for the working week that has passed. #thankyouGod

May all the challenges, trials and tribulations of the passed week, build us up; firmer and stronger for the week to come.

May all the missed opportunities become our greatest achievements and may love, light and positivity remain the goal for each passing day.

Happy Friday errrrbody and very blessed Juma mubarak to all my Muslim sisters and brothers.

love and light always, from just an ordinary girl 💕

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Break the mediocre cycle. Let 2018 be your year!

 

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2018! Hello you beautiful thing. It is well underway and has already showed most of us, what it has in store.

First post of of the year!!! Before we continue, let me take this opportunity to wish everybody who comes across this post, a prosperous and happy New Year! 2000 and greateen ( as called on social media) is the year to prepare for BIG things. It’s the year to work hard and push boundaries. It is the year to visit those goals and places we’ve allowed ourselves to think are too big for us to achieve, and its time to achieve them. Can I get an aameen! #LOL

So a couple of weeks ago I drafted a blog post regarding self-development and what an important role self-reflection plays in the development of one’s self.

I researched, compiled and summarized some of the pointers that appealed to me and today, the post was shared at work. To be honest? I even forgot I submitted it to be published but it was just what I needed to read and after such brilliant feedback from colleague’s who have read it,  I felt obliged to share it here. And so here it goes:

“I need to lose weight”, “I need to start studying”, “I need to get promotedI need to be more spiritual”… doesn’t this sound like many of us around New Years?

We are always so hyped up when we’re setting our New Year resolutions and then stuff happens in the year and before we know it, its New Year’s all over again. #bummer

An integral part of self-development is being able to reflect on the goals we’ve once set and then to look at the choices and actions taken to achieve those goals.

Self-reflection assists us in identifying and resolving inner conflict and “road-blocks” that may be preventing us from achieving our goals.
Sounds over-whelming right? I know. But it really is only to better ourselves and to push our boundaries, so that we can be the best version of ourselves, always.

It is important that we identify inner conflicts or road-blocks that prevent us from reaching our goals, so that we can work on finding solutions to move passed them. Examples of inner-conflicts or road-blocks could be a fear, past experiences, your mind-set or even the company you keep.

Below are 5 simple steps that can help you identify your inner conflicts and find solutions to overcome them.

1. De-clutter your space

Think of a dirty mirror, you will barely be able to see any reflections when looking at it, similarly, if your mind and surroundings are cluttered, you will not be able to effectively self-reflect. Simple actions like switching off the TV, leaving your cell phone aside and having a clear mind will assist with de-cluttering your space, thus , enabling you to self-reflect.

2. Ask the right questions

Be honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you’re really thinking. Stray away from asking “Why” questions as it will allow you to make excuses. Instead, ask “How can I…” questions, these are focused at being pro-active and solution-driven. Examples of appropriate questions to ask are: “ How can I make time to exercise” as opposed to “Why am I not exercising” and “How can I get promoted” as opposed to “Why am I not promoted yet”.
3. Be 100% truthful when answering your questions

Be as truthful and literal as you can. Do not let the opinions or beliefs of others, conflict your opinions or your beliefs or allow you to make excuses for why it can’t be done or why you haven’t done it yet. Example: If studying is a goal you’ve wanted to achieve, don’t let the opinions of others about the application process, put you off from applying. Similarly, if weight loss is a goal of yours, don’t be okay with “take-out once a week won’t hurt right?” It’s all about being truthful and being disciplined.
4. Attain clarity – Analyze the answers to your personal questions and come to a solution

Write down the answers to your questions and when you get the “aha, this is it” moment, make a note of it. This will be the constant reminder and goal that you will set. Example: Question: “How can I be more active, ” Answer: “ wake up 30 minutes earlier every day and do Zumba”. Your answer will be your solution.
5. Commit

Once you and self has come to a solution or plan of action to reach your goals, commit to it. This really is the only way of achieving them. There’s no luck when it comes to success. It is all hard work and determination. As the self-motivation guru, Robin Sharma would say: “change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end”.
In the wise words of Dr Paul T P Wong: “Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself.

So come on, go on that intimate date with self. Out with mediocre and settling

It’s time to be legendary. It starts with you.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl. ♥♥♥