Hello and thank you for taking the time to stop by : )
I thought I’d dive straight in and start by opening up a little more on a personal level. I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I want to accomplish with this blog. In all honesty, I was also scared about being judged. It became quite stressful finding inspiration and constantly worrying about what others might think or say. But one day I literally woke up and told myself:
I have to stop worrying, it’s time to grow a pair and let my creativity burst. This is what I love doing. This is what I can do. I’m a creative.
This blog has become such an amazing outlet and platform where I get to practice and explore different ways of expressing myself, share stories about my life and/or places that I’ve been to. My biggest fans are my family and a handful of friends who encourage me to continue and not give it up. It’s my online creative diary if you will :).
My degree is very far from Psychology and I’m not qualified to offer professional advice, but I’m human and God has given me my talents/gifts to share with the world. I hope that in some way my blog can help someone else – be it emotional encouragement, creative inspiration, or even timeout from the craziness of the world.
Today I want to remind you that if you’re feeling insignificant, you need to remember you are just as important as any other person in this world and that you matter too. Stop, take time for yourself. Hakuna your tata! Tomorrow is a new day.
If this last year has taught me anything it’s:
- to stop worrying about others’ opinions
- time is so precious
- invest time with those who matter most
- and importantly, follow your heart
The life of This Jones, i.e. me:
This year I’ve been blessed with time to find exactly what it is I’m going to do other than this blog, career-wise. I’m bursting with excitement and beyond excited to introduce my little venture – crossing fingers, hoping all goes well, I’ll be sharing my secret that I’ve been working on for months, next month!
Other than that, The 25th of February was quite an emotional day for me. It marked the first time I was going home in two years. I was super excited to visit South Africa : ) I was going to see familiarity again. The 3 months prior to leaving, felt like time was at its slowest. Then the actual visit itself, flew by.
The main reason for my visit was my Dad, he turned 70 years old – Happy Birthday again, Dad!
Our whole little family was there including Dads friends from varsity days – have to add, that’s 50 plus years of friendship!
Felt very hashtag blessed to be part of the celebrations.
There were a lot of things that were still exactly the same, but there was also a lot that did change. The visit made me realize just how precious time is and exactly how far I really am from home, and to be honest, it scared me a little.
BUT at the same time, in between all of the madness, I grew a very big appreciation for everything in my life right now.
With that said, let us not be rushed for the remainder of this year. Work hard, party harder, don’t be an idiot, and remember to also take time for yourself.
Don’t be stupid, be chilled.
PS: The photos are from my visit back home, here are some more : )