Tuesday, 31 January 2017

101 Things in 1001 Days


 The decision to do 101 things in 1001 days was not taken lightly. I had been thinking about it day and night from when Sammy put the challenge out there when she posted her 101 Things in 1001 days list. Chad is so sick of hearing it because I said he must join me so we can put something positive out into the Universe so we can get something positive back. Mark is a lost cause so I didn't even suggest it to him. Chad said I will never come up with 101 things but I proved him wrong. I should annoy him some more and get JD to do it with me.



Some of the things are silly, some are already in progress (Universe PLEASE be kind) and some are almost impossible to achieve but I am putting them out there to make them become achievable. I am going out on a limb and following the belief that what you put out into the universe you get back. It did take me forever to come up with the list and I spent forever on Pinterest finding links to ideas and then narrowed it down to what was appropriate to me and my life. The first 60 (not in order of first 60) ideas were easy and I thought this was a piece of cake, then I stumbled for ideas.


Here is my list and in no proper order - wish me luck as I brave the fear of putting stuff out there - I guess I can already tick number 2 off (perhaps) [nope still holding back with some details].

101 Things To Do In 1001 Days

1.                 Update LinkedIn Profile
2.                 Get over fear of Universe giving the opposite if I plan or put my goals out there
3.                 Find 5 positive affirmations to live by and say them every day
4.                 Un-clutter House
5.                 Plan A Holiday
6.                 Walk on the Treadmill for 30 minutes every day for 30 days
7.                 Become more active
8.                 Send at least one letter/card by snail mail
9.                 Capture our memories by blogging 3 times a week
10.              Publish unfinished blog posts
11.              Finish my photography course
12.              Do another writing course
13.              Juice/Blend for 30 days
14.              Give up sugar for a month
15.              Give Up Gluten for a month
16.              Buy a bicycle
17.              Cycle for fun
18.              Lose 10 kilos and keep them off
19.              Volunteer at a charity
20.              Read at least one book a month
21.              Book Airplane Tickets
22.              Go overseas
23.              Learn about a new culture
24.              Enter a walkathon
25.              Try 10 new recipes



26.              Do a 30 Day Gratitude Photography Challenge
27.              Do a 52-week Gratitude Journal
28.              Make Homemade Ciabatta
29.              Learn to make pies from scratch
30.              Try 5 new or different things
31.              Eat 5 different/new dishes
32.              Visit 10 new places
33.              See a live show
34.              Get filing up to date and keep it up to date
35.              Learn how to decorate cakes and cupcakes
36.              Make mini donuts
37.              Make a gingerbread house
38.              Buy a new laptop
39.              Do my recipe file
40.              Start a gratitude journal
41.              Give up coffee for a month
42.              Try a minimum of 5 new Tea flavours
43.              Wake up and watch the sunrise
44.              Take a sunrise photo
45.              Do a full 365 Photo a day challenge
46.              Do photo a day every day for a month without posting late
47.              Rent a campervan and travel to new places
48.              Sort out my Birth Certificate and Other Documents
49.              Go for an early morning walk on the beach
50.              Try five new restaurants



51.              Go to a comedy show again
52.              Start a holiday savings fund
53.              Go on a cruise
54.              Go tech free for a weekend
55.              Use my sewing machine
56.              Go on a train trip
57.              Sell our house
58.              Find a house to buy/rent
59.              Move house
60.              Move towns
61.              Find a new job/business
62.              Swim at least once a week in Summer weather permitting
63.              Spend more time outdoors and less time indoors
64.              Go to bed before 9pm for 2 weeks
65.              Wake up at 5 am for 2 weeks
66.              Eat Take Out twice a month only
67.              Eat 5 Fruit & Veg For 5 Days Every Week
68.              Spend time taking photos to learn more about photography
69.              Start a new Thanksgiving Tradition
70.              Make a Thanksgiving Dinner
71.              Start gardening and not just supervising
72.              Do a house cleaning planner – and stick to it
73.              Do a baking course
74.              Update my CV
75.              Sort out and shred old documents older than 10 years – yes I am a hoarder



76.              Don’t sweat the small stuff, relax
77.              Get in front of the camera more often – don’t fear being in photos
78.              Sort out all my old photos
79.              Sort out my photos on my laptop
80.              Sort out all my folders and documents on my laptop
81.              Pay off debt
82.              Save Money
83.              Do an accounting course
84.              Go to the Theatre
85.              Re-watch Season One Of Shades of Blue – to watch missed episodes
86.              Watch Season two of Shades of Blue – Don’t miss any episodes
87.              Travel more
88.              Become more organized
89.              Procrastinate less
90.              Work on my spirituality
91.              Improve Photoshop knowledge
92.              Buy a new camera
93.              Switch off electronic devices at 6pm one night every week for 6 weeks
94.              Do something out of my comfort zone
95.              Become more health conscious
96.              Bake/Cook for a charity or underprivileged person/child
97.              Go on a hike
98.              Go on a Camping  trip (glamping not roughing it up)
99.              Go to a farmers market 
100.          Every night mentally list 3 things from my day to be grateful for
101.          Pay R10.00 to a Charity for every Item not ticked off the list


Wish me luck and or join in if you up to the challenge...

P.S. I forgot to add in this post, my 1001 days start on my birthday, 27 January 2017 and end 25 October 2019, because I had added it to my previous post

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Another Year Older But Still Not Any Wiser


And I am another year older... On Friday I celebrated another birthday and I have been reflecting on the past year. Thinking about what I learned and discovered and what stayed the same.

As life tick-tocks along, we get older and some get wiser and some don't - like me. Instead of getting wiser we just get to the stage where we no longer give a schnitzel about most stuff. However, I wish I could say that I no longer sweat the small stuff, but I do. I sweat the small stuff big time.

This past year has been tough and so far 2017 has not been kind to me. You know when life gives you lemons you make lemonade and if you can't make lemonade you learn how to make lemonade. Well, what happens if you are given a basket of rotten lemons - no amount of squeezing, boiling and bottling will turn those rotten lemons into lemonade. You throw them out and hope the next bunch won't be as rotten and that is what I am hoping for.


I have decided to hell with it, I am starting the year over with the Chinese Calendar and my year starts now. It makes sense because Chinese New Year was on the 28 January and my birthday was on the 27th January. I am kicking the rest of January to the kerb, in fact, I am kicking it way past the kerb and I am taking what the year of the Rooster has to offer with open arms.  Gong Xi Fa Cai 2017.



Last night, as the sun was setting, the sky was a beautiful red. It was glowing and the photo above without any filters cannot do it justice. It was beyond beautiful and I have to believe that it was a sign of good things to come. I do know that theoretically, it was a sign of rain to come and rain it did, but I am taking my moment of good fortune in the glowing sunset. All the rain we are having has to wash away the rotten lemons anyway.

I have decided to take an inspirational leaf from Sammy's book or I should say blog and do a list of 101 things I would like to do in 1001 days. If the universe plays along I will post my list tomorrow. I have written out my list and my 1001 days started on the 27 January 2017 (my birthday and a New Year) until the 25 October 2019. If my calculations are correct.

Wow, that seems like a long way to go but look how fast the past two years went. I told Chad to join me so that we can put something positive out into the universe and he said I will never come up with 101 things, but I did. I did borrow some of Sammy's Ideas and I know she won't mind because she is one of the most inspiring people I know and genuinely thrives on sharing ideas, recipes, and inspiration. Thank you, Sammy,  for motivating me once again.


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Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 Friend Or Foe


The other day I read that 2017 is going to be a good year because 2016 was a nine year which meant that it was an "end" year. I read it on either Twitter or Pinterest - the two places where I glean the vast majority of my extreme knowledge. I tried to find the link and or tweet so that I could link to it in this post, just to prove that I am not making this sh!t up, but I couldn't find the link. So was I making it up??

I found something similar over here on the Astrology Club's Website. That is not to say everything you read online is the truth and I guess you have to believe in numerology and astrology. Here is an excerpt of what they predicted for 2016:

"2016 is a 9 Universal Year, if you take the year and reduce it down to a single digit as such: 2+0+1+6=9. NINE is a finishing number, and represents the end of a cycle. It also is the number of the humanitarian. That means 2016 is a year of completion, rest and forgiveness." Read the rest over here.

It is a lot more positive than the bit I read the other day, but I guess in hindsight if it is a bad year we can look back and just take the negatives and make the New Year look positive and exciting.

This is an excerpt of 2017 "

A numerological perspective on the world in 2017

ONE is a number of beginning. 2017 bids us all to start something brand new, something that expresses our uniqueness, that uses our leadership abilities, that opens us to new perspectives. 2017 as a One year is a time to think and act independently. It’s also a year to put our leadership abilities and unique talents to use in the greater world, to practice cooperating without losing individuality"

You can read the rest over here. But as with everything there is always something to quantify and balance predictions and you would have to work out your personal Numerology predictions and mine goes something to the effect that I have to get my lazy A$$ into gear so that I can have the awesomely predicted 2017.

No matter what is predicted for 2017, I know it is going to be an extremely difficult year for me. I cannot believe that 10 years ago my life changed so drastically. My life turned upside down in a way that I would never have thought possible at the time.


This time ten years ago Clinty was facing the final year of his school year with exuberance. It was an end of a chapter and we had no idea at the time what an end it would be. Everyone says that time flies and they can't believe that a year has passed etc, but no time passes as quickly as the anniversary of your child's death. I am still in 2007 and it is honestly and truly almost impossible for my brain to register 10 years.

This year is going to be EXTREMELY difficult for me. Every single time I see the date, it flashes and screams 2007 and not 2017. The enormity of this will be lost on someone who has not experienced the death of a child. 2007 was the year of hell, indescribable hell. It was also the year that I believed that I would not be saying one day that my child died 10 years ago. Yet here I am ten years later and suddenly I am starting to become unstuck and the reality of it being 10 years is screaming louder and louder and I am starting to drown and suffocate and reality is becoming very difficult.

I am tired and I am drained and I have been floundering since Clinty's birthday and I feel more now, than ever before, that I am alone in my grief. Everyone has moved on and I am the only one that will forever be broken.  My story will always make me cry and I will never heal.




2017 will be the make or break year and I cannot for the life of me see how I am going to make another year no matter what Astrology and or Numerology has in store for me. Strangely, this is not what I planned on writing about in this post. I was going to go through what I learned this year, what I achieved and what I didn't, but this is my life and this what is on my mind all the time. No matter how I hide it from the world, how I pretend that life is Ok, it is not. I go through the motions, I look for distractions but it is becoming harder and harder all the time and no one cares or gives a damn.



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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year



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