Youuu guuuys there are 96 days left in 2016! Can you believe that??

I’ve shared with you all that September has been a roller coaster and that means everything seemed to more down than up. I’m tempted to say that it’s all Mercury’s fault but a lot of it was just me. Long story short, this month has been harder than most and this is my 7 for the last Monday in September 2016.

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and now let’s get into my 7 for this week:

Surviving.  Thriving. I’m still here. I have food to eat, a place to call home and now I’ve added a car to drive. Despite all the shit going down and my general dissatisfaction with where I am at in my life, I’m still here. Still giving this one precious life all that I’ve got. Some days I have a lot to give and some days, I just want to stay in bed and forget the world. I am grateful, so grateful to still have the opportunity to live well. Whatever that looks like.

Writing. One line a day in my journal, because I feel most at home with words.

Accepting that sometimes you don’t just close a chapter…but the whole damn book and start again.

Anticipating the milestone moments of 2017 – with two weddings and a baby on the horizon, the New Year already holds so much promise of new beginnings.

Eating for life. The results from my medical in June were not the best and I had to make some drastic changes. So far, I’m down 15lbs and I’m seeing numbers on the scale I haven’t seen in 6 years. I still have some ways to go and some more tests to run but I’m getting there.

Loving my nephew – the joy of my life. He is seven months old now. The time is really flying with this one. I am loving watching him grow. He has a tooth coming out on the bottom. Such a sweetie pie.

Hoping that my turn will come soon…and that I can be patient with divine timing. I saw Bridget Jones Baby over the weekend and despite the ‘geriatric mom’ digs and the SILF jokes (MILF but the M is replaced with Spinster) it was a story of hope. Hope that you can have the life you want, even at age 43. Gawd I hope I don’t have to wait that long tho…

And now my hope is that by continuing to pay attention to the little things, the mundane details that make up all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? Feel free to share below!

 

 

September has always been a roller coaster for me. I always see it as the hump before the slide to the end of the year. It usually marks the beginning of a new school year and the sucky part is all these years later, that still has some importance for me….because mature student!

To say I am in a funk is putting it mildly. This roller coaster September has been mostly down and twisty and I keep thinking I need to get off this ride, I need to get off this ride! But then I also think that it has to end soon anyway, so I might as well just suck it up.

And this my dear reader is the reason for 7 for Seven. It is the reminder, that even in the crappiest of months, you can always find seven things to be grateful for.

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and now let’s get into my 7 for this week:

Saying ‘YES’ to the Universe. Mercury in retrograde? Messed up communication? Shit hitting the fan? Yes. Yes. Yes. Bring it Universe. I take the good with the bad and say Yes! This is my life. I can work with it, I can work through it.

Catching up on The Walking Dead. You guys, sometimes your potential is to binge watch three whole seasons of one your favourite show in one sitting. I kid you not. It was an epic couple days of zombies, blood, gore and crazy one-liners thanks to my new favorite character Abraham. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’d know that I love everything zombie. And I have been planning my zombie apocalypse survival strategy for a long time just in case… anyways I’m caught up and ready for season 7.

Surviving another week. Remember when I shared about how things just kept going downhill but the week ended and things started to settle down? Yea…no that didn’t happen. So here I am being grateful for surviving another week and trying not to jinx it.

My cohort of Awesome. A dear friend messaged me asking how I was and what’s happening with the blog. She said she missed reading my posts. I said I was just super busy and just couldn’t find the time. We caught a bit with each other and that was that. But the conversation stuck with me and she is the reason that this post was written and published today. Thank you, Carolyn.

Discovering a coffee roaster near me. On Saturday I got lost trying to find the pop-up coffee sampler at a coffee shop in a magical land far far away called Charlieville – okay that’s not true, the directions they put on Facebook was incorrect and I wasn’t the only person who got lost trying to find the coffee shop and Charlieville isn’t that far – 25 minutes driving without traffic. But I got lost in an unfamiliar place so I gave up trying to find the coffee shop…obviously. I eventually got on to the roaster who was doing the samples of his coffee. It turns out, he lives and roasts in my neighbourhood. Score for me! So *fingers crossed* next week’s 7 will be all about the delicious Ethiopian blend that I had the privilege to brew.

Getting better at my latte art. I’m still practicing and I’m happy to report that I am getting better. You can follow my progress on Instagram. This is the reason I’ve been running low on coffee beans and this is why the discovery of a coffee roaster near me was so fortuitous.

And finally, I am grateful to my newest earworm  James Bay – Let it go. I love the music…I love the words. I especially love the opening bars…gets me every time.  What are you listening to? Let me know in the comments below. I love discovering new music.  

I hope that by continuing to pay attention to the little things, the mundane details that make up all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? Feel free to share below!

It’s the last Monday in August 2016. Ya’ll know once we get to September…that’s pretty much it for 2016. I mean people are already counting down the number of Sundays to Christmas – there are 16 more Sundays in case you were wondering. Start making dem lists and checking ’em twice!

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and now let’s get into my 7 for this week:

Mid-week Holiday. You guys I need a break, a vacation, a time out of time. We have holiday on Wednesday – our Independence Day – and I am looking forward to sleeping in. I am grateful in advance for the total vege-fest Wednesday is going to be.

Two Fridays in one week. Today I was totally psyching myself out by thinking that we are going to have two Mondays this week. This is what happens when you have a mid-week holiday. But I caught myself and decided to celebrate the little things and the fact that while this week might have two Mondays, we also get two Fridays and you gotta love that. So yay for mid-week holidays.

Surviving last week. I shared a bit about my week on Saturday over coffee. It was one of those where it seemed like things just kept going downhill with no end in sight. But the week did end and things are settling down now.

The entire Me before You soundtrack. I read the book and then I watched the movie. Now ya’ll I love the Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) in GOT but she really brought Lou to life. You can listen to the soundtrack that is my new favourite earworm here.

My 7 for Seven this time last year. A reminder that time moves on and if we don’t stop to appreciate the little things that make up this life, we lose sight of what really matters. Love and Family.

Getting better at my latte art. I’ve been working on getting my ‘heart’ right and I’m getting there. It actually looks like a heart now and not a butt anymore. The goal is to do a swan. We’ll see.

And finally, I am grateful to Teyana Taylor. Her post-baby body and that VMAs performance launched a thousand diets and gym membership renewals today. I know she certainly had me reconsidering my food choices all day.  

I hope that by continuing to pay attention to the little things, the mundane details that make up all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? How is 2016 shaping up for you? Feel free to share below!

 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you, “Thank God for Weekend Coffees, because this was the week from hell!” Settle in while I brew, and recount this week’s saga.

It started with a bouncident over the weekend. It was my first one and I felt awful. I had a stress headache for three whole days afterward. The best advice I got, was that every time we get on the road we take a risk. These things happen every day and you move on.

So now I have a bill I totally didn’t cater for. Only to check my credit card statement to see charges to a hotel in Chile. I.have.never.been.to.Chile. So now the hassle of getting that sorted out. It takes so much time to dispute charges and get the whole thing resolved. Back and forth with my bank resulted in a favourable outcome, but it will still be some weeks before this whole thing is closed.

Do you mind if I add some rum to my coffee…? Make it an Iris…a Caribbean Coffee instead. *whoosah* Want any in yours?

It didn’t end there. On Thursday morning, I woke up to a kicked in fence. I actually thought nothing of it more than – I need to snap this and send it to the landlady. I really thought it might have been an over-zealous truck driver reversing too fast. There is some construction going on opposite me after all. So, no biggie.

As it turns out though, someone was in our yard. And I slept through the whole thing. SOMEONE WAS IN MY YARD…And I slept through the whole thing!!! All the fear and anxiety of living alone showed itself. I immediately imagined various scenarios all of them ending with me hurt or dead.

A friend of mine described it aptly, “Oh, someone broke into the fortress?” Because that’s what I thought it was too. An impenetrable fortress that only a natural disaster and probably zombies could break through.

I know better now. We got the wall fixed. Peace of mind not so much. No explanation as to the reason for the break-in…just destroyed property at this point.

Anyways, there was of course two bright spots this week. Baby S is now six months old – six months of joy! And I received some Happy Mail from New Zealand. Only I refuse to open it until she gets my mail to her, because, for a stupid reason, my package was returned and now I have to send it all over again.

Ugh!

If we were having coffee, I would pour you another cup, add some more rum to my own and and sink a little deeper into the sofa of truth while you share your news. I hope your week was waaaay better than mine. Share in the comments below. I need a pick-me up.

*****#WeekendCoffeeShare is an awesome link-up where coffee (or some other awesome beverage) is being shared over great conversations.

#WeekendCoffeeShare originated at Part Time Monster:

I started the Weekend Coffee Share last year after lots of feedback and several months of writing posts that imagined a conversation with my blog readers that started with the “if we were having coffee” line. The coffee share runs on the weekends, and there aren’t a lot of rules—-posts just need to be formatted like a conversation over beverages (we’ve had tea-drinkers and cocktail-hours as well as coffee) AND be written within the past week (so you don’t need to publish on the weekend to join the link-up). The hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare is in use all weekend on Twitter and Facebook, and it is sometimes used a bit during the week as well. .~Part Time Monster

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Sometimes, I drink tea.

I know, I know…a coffee-lover like myself talking about tea. But you’d be surprised to know that I love a good cup of tea almost as much as I love coffee.

And I’ll have you know that the little girl in me, still loves a tea party – complete with all the little cakes and sandwiches that are the stuff of the best pretend tea parties of my childhood.

These days, instead of my plastic tea set, I get to sip from lovely real tea cups and snack on all the pretty petit fours, often with the company of a friend equally game to try something a little different.

Every Wednesday, Hotel Normandie has  Afternoon Tea which is quite affordable. There are three menu options to choose from and you will have a hard time deciding which of the delicious treats to start with first. There is also live entertainment, which adds to the ambiance.

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Give me all the things! You have a choice of savoury and sweet and believe me, you will think you can eat them all. But they add up. Choose wisely. Don’t be like me. I was oinking by the end of our evening.

 

If you’re in the mood for a little something different on a Wednesday, you can find them here.

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