Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tweets of the week.



I love twitter.The randomness, the fun, the serous discussions, the ever growing discovery
My favourite tweets of the week have been..

Funny.


Nostalgic.
The jacarandas in Harare remind me of the jacarandas in Lusaka, so beautiful.




A little bit of wisdom thrown in.


Questions that need answers.

Discovered Lauren Diagle this week. Love her voice! 
Enjoy! 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spunky Glitter Bomb

(Source :Pinterest)



You know them....they are so well put together, everything that comes out of their mouths is so witty and funny and CLEVER you could gag.

Everybody seems to like them, migrates to them like a gnat shut in a dark room, drawn to the lonely lit lamp in the corner.

You?

You barely get thirty seconds of eye contact, nothing but fake smiles your way.... or you open your mouth and oh no!They have to go / dash/ teleport.

You feel like crap.Nobody likes you. #POUT

You are comparing and CONSTANTLY coming up short.

As hard and bland as this advice sounds..stop.Do you.

If that involves you not speaking so much, well then..do you. Your humour, your writing, your singing, your job, your way of loving, your comb over,
your style, your books,

YOU.

There is only one you.Original.One of a kind.A different kind.But still only one
 ('OONNEEEEE' - Bono voice!)

Go out there and DAZZLE you spunky glitter bomb you!


xoxo

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Petal tickled feet.



What beautiful words.


'Tickle my ears with your beautiful words.
For words on their own mean one thing, but put together beautifully...they create a beautiful thing.'
- Twaambo Kapilikisha

Saturday, October 11, 2014

#UnPutDownable


You know how some books are #UnPutDownable (unable to put down - you keep reading becasue it is so good!) ? 
You simply cannot stop reading it! Heart racing, pulse quickening...you almost rip the page as you turn it....!
Every page you turn simply brings a new twist and before you know it, its three in the morning and...you've just read the last line....
Why didn't I know about John Verdon all this time? Why have you been hiding all this information from me! 
I read two of his books..on holiday....in 10 days......
( yes  I did get to do a lot on my holiday and not just read!)




Think of a number...I totally did not know what was going to happen in this book, every step of the way..


This was the first one I read..lets say it was downhill from there..in the sense that it was so good I couldn't stop!




Now.THIS BOOK.

Has me questioning all kinds of things. A lot of things I ever believed to be true....may indeed not be. Its teaching me how to question everything..
'No matter how much you have invested, only your assessment of the future costs and benefits count'

Stuck in a job or with an investment (a course you are studying, a relationship you are staying in because..well you invested 5 years....)  forget about what you have invested in, what will cost to have the future you want?


What are you reading? Got any recommendations?
Please write it in the comments below..or tweet me @bookwormgiraffe

xoxo

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enthusiasm is for nerds.




en·thu·si·asm
enˈTHo͞ozēˌazəm/
noun
  1. 1.
    intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.

In which area of your life have you lost enthusiasm.
Are sarcasm and nonchalance the lenses through which you see the world?

Think of all the times you roll your eyes at someone that is actually excited about something..because you are just too cool ... being enthusiastic is for nerds, and middle schoolers.

Maybe thats why the world around you is so mundane and ...grey.

Get enthusiastic about something! About your hobby, your miniture toy train collection, your guitar, your writing, your sewing, your baking, your partner, your job( eeek, yes its possible!)
 Shake it up, shake it off, lets get a little brighter!

xoxo
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September!

reblogged from Ana-Rosa tumblr

September is here!
I am so grateful that it has began with the discovery of this blog post written by Allen Arnold.

Whose idea did you think it was for you to write anyway?
The Creator of this world gave you the desire to create with words.
Have you ever thought about why?
It’s not because the world needs more stories.
Or just a skill for you to pay the bills.
The reason is far more intimate.
And something most miss.
He gave you the gift of story because he enjoys spending time with you.

Just to spend time with me.Just to hang out. Just to laugh with me about all the crazy ideas running amok in my head. Just because.

I also listened to the podcast about this blog post and he says so many things that just.....



sigh.
I'm embarking on  photo challenge this September. (Found it on pinterest :) )



Shall we do it together? Lets!
Are you on instagram? I am.  use the hashtags #SoulfulSeptember and #bookwormgiraffe

p.s Melody Gardot is divine.Listen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrating feeling appreciated


When fall is imminent , and the weather gets dreary, I start to look for things to celebrate. ( Note this post !)

I got a surprise email from Rachel Lopez of the Hindustan times (India... if you were wondering:) ) for an interview for my ebook about FOMO ( fear of missing out). It was a great conversation that spanned different time zones, and made my heart flutter.

You know why?

I felt appreciated. 

She was not just interviewing me, she got to know me, she made me laugh, she asked interesting questions. She appreciated my humour (that's a big one!) ( I also told my friends who's parents are living in India to look out for the the article, yes I felt that good, and proud of myself.)

Sometimes that's all a person needs is too feel appreciated for something they are doing. 
Not just with a 'thank you'( this is important mind you!), but really delving into the conversation and showing genuine interest.

I'll work harder to do the same for the people around me!

xoxo

You can read the article Hindustan times finally published here

or get the FOMO ebook for yourself .

p.s YOU ARE LOVED

Friday, August 15, 2014

What should we do with the ambitions of African women ?

Image from 'An African City' webseries




Its amazing to see African women take center stage.In every industry there is an African woman,pitching ideas,implementing policies, discovering cures, designing clothes and graphics,singing,dancing,writing….and running countries.

Is there anything an African woman cannot do?

What has helped these women get to the top?
Ambition and tenacity.A go getter attitude ,refusing to quit.
Another thing that has been detrimental to  our 
success is  having tools to use to get to these heights.
For a long time one picture that has been painted 
about African women is the sad African mother, with 
the starving children and  the well  that is  lots of 
kilometers away  that she has to walk to get draw from. She  lives only for the survival  of her children and her husband, the sun beating on her back,her husband being mildly abusive .(The portrayal of African men is another issue that needs to be tackled!)

Nobody stops to ask what her ambitions are though.
She loves her family, she will move the earth to provide for her family,..but what does she want to achieve for herself? How possible is it that she will see these ambitions to fruition?
As a modern African woman living in the Diaspora I’m spoilt for choice with tools to  hurtle me to success.
Free online courses,community college,apps for my device of choice ,books and  the powerful world wide web.


What about my sister in my country that does not 
have the tools right at her fingertips?
What kind of tools can I put in her hands to help her 
realise her personal ambitions?
Why do I have to wait to take care of  the needs of my sister so she can have her wants?
No longer can I think I can just throw money at an 
organisation to go do it for me, or just send  the money back home and watch it be used as a solution that is not long term.


I need to find a long term solution for my sister. All the valuable information I am learning from these tools I am fortunate to have,I can help my sister realise her ambition.What tools can I use to edge myself closer  to achieving all I aspire to? How can I provide a simple tool for  another sister to achieve hers?


Most importantly what tools are you not taking 
advantage of to get you to the top?

xoxo

p.s Read about more amazing women here , and 
check out the new lifestyle section!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Be.


Be strong and courageous.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Friday, July 4, 2014

What does love look like?



For many this picture symbolises boredom.
Long church services, barely making sense of what is being said.
Old Mrs Smith ....(or Mrs Tembo..depending on where you are from) gives you mean looks across the pew.
You swing your legs, count tiles...candy crush.

This Jesus they have spoken about for so long.Who is He?
What did He ever do for me? 
Eye roll.


Why would anyone in this day and age need a saviour? 
 Why not Vashti.. or the myriad of Gods running around these days. 

I haven't met another God that tells me He loves me.
Or a Saviour that died for me.

He wants you to know He loves you. 
Oh and likes you., you quirky thing you.

xoxo


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Better than all those likes on Social media!

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Random acts of kindness...people find this very surprising these days!

What would you do if someone ahead of you in line at the coffee shop decided to pay for your coffee as well. They didn't announce it, they got their coffee and left, you ordered your oh so complicated hot beverage only to have the barista say.. 'Oh its already been paid for.'
You look around in disbelief for the person, you vaguely remember them, was she wearing a brown coat?
You gush with thankfulness, you smile. Well...that was nice.

That's how it is with Christ my friend. He paid for it all.

Do you know YOU have the power to totally turn around a persons day by random acts of kindness?
They don't have to know.
Pay for someones coffee or meal in a cafe.
Leave an anonymous bouquet of flowers by a neighbours door.
Remember ecards? You can still send those.
That pair of shoes your best friend has been eyeing that you don't wear that much anyway? Give them to her.
It feels better than you expect.
Better than all those likes on Social media.

xoxo



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rude, Bad boys and Black Coffee

A few choons (tunes) to make you smile, bop or be nostalgic...

Music is powerful.

Magic - Rude

A nice reggae beat, laid down to the smooth vocals of a Julian Casablancas look alike.Yes we like!


Magic // Rude from Creativeseen // David Rousseau on Vimeo.

Big Bang - Bad Boy

G Dragon..what else is there to say?


[MV] Big Bang - Bad Boy (subbed) from davidabadilla on Vimeo.

Brooke Fraser - Shadow Feet
Where will you be found when it all feels like its falling apart?


Shadow Feet - Brooke Fraser from GospelVids on Vimeo.

Travis - flowers in the window
Amazing throwback!


flowers in the window from shuttlecocking on Vimeo.


All Saints - Pure shores

Makes me want to break out a tank top, boot leg jeans and trainers! Stil love them!


All Saints - Black Coffee von Dante35

Monday, June 30, 2014

A little less advice and more listening?


Just finished reading an interesting article called after failure what next?
It resonated deeply with the ebook that I wrote called Congratulations! You failed
One of the important points in the article was talking to everyone about your failure.
What a hard thing to do.
We live in a society where you ALWAYS put your best face forward.When you first meet someone the first question is "So what do you do?" which can sometimes be translated into..this conversation going well may largely depend on whether I think what you do i impressive enough.

Brene Browns TED talk about vulnerability hit home for so many people because we are dying to be vulnerable. 
We are dying to be vulnerable with each other but we cant because we are afraid.

Talking about your failures is so scary, and it requires that you be vulnerable enough to say that you did.

I feel vulnerable about talking about my failures because it means that I am not good enough.
I want to matter, I want to contribute, and failing at something just means that ..I do not add up.
Forget all the talk about failing forward, its just a phase etc....it still sucks to fail.
It sucks to talk to people about it that offer a band aid to the gaping wound that is your life.

There does lie a freedom in talking about your failures though.To finally let it out.
If you do it slowly that is okay, just don't keep it quiet forever, because then you will never get over the failure itself.
In the ebook I caution who you talk about your failure with, and in the article Brain Feld does the same. 
In my experience talking about it first with people that matter to you worked better than talking to EVERYONE about it. 
Like it or not people can really be nasty about failure, surprisingly, because everyone has failed at something one time or another. So how about a little more empathy?
A little less advice and more listening?
How about a little more vulnerability, for yourself and for others?

xoxo

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What would feel like a miracle right now?



Tell me. What would feel like a miracle to you right now?

What are you wanting so so bad? 

It could be as simple as .. getting through the book you are reading, or making up with an estranged friend, or believing yourself a little more......or even how to I cut up a watermelon as yummy as in the picture above?

Tell me.

Write me in the comments or email me and let me know!

Enjoy this chirpy song on this first day of summer!

xoxo
p.s you are amazing, did you forget?



Akdong Musician (AKMU) - 200% MV 1080p Sub Español from REGGAN on Vimeo.