Self-growth does not always mean that we've changed. It means that we've stopped listening to what others say we 'ought' to be doing and finally live our lives according to our own values. ~Anthea Syrokou
What if when we saw something we admire or appreciate about someone, we spoke it. Out loud to them. Love their hair? Their make up? Their shirt? Their hustle? Their heart? Their strength? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you tell them? Or do you leave those thoughts sitting in your brain, never to bless the face off the person? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Has someone ever caught you off guard with an unexpected compliment? How did that make you feel? What about someone speaking life into about your gifts & abilities? What if they see in you what you’re struggling to see in yourself AND they compliment you on it?!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you know that’s exactly how I became a NICU nurse? I was a teen mom. Many people said awful things to me. But one day, a NICU nurse spoke life into me while I was visiting my son. She said “you’re a smart girl. I can tell. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Ok? You can do anything you want in life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I just stood in shock & nodded my head. Not long before that I was shamed by another nurse on another floor that thought I was too young to stick with breastfeeding & refused to get me a breast pump to pump milk for my baby. This NICU nurse spoke life into me in this moment & forever changed the course of my life. It was because of THAT nurse I became a NICU nurse. I wanted to do what she did. Help tiny babies...& moms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What you say matters. When you say it could matter more than you know. When you see something you admire or appreciate, speak it. Out loud. TO the person. Also, that mean nurse was wrong. I breastfed for over a year. Which I’m sure my now 23 year baby does not want to ever be reminded of.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So,say the words. Change their day. Maybe even the course of their future. In the great words of Ice Cube, you can do it. Put your back into it. But maybe instead of your back, put your heart into it?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I would LOVE to hear about when you’ve been caught off guard in the best possible way by someones words and how they impacted you.
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A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words. ~unknown
I’ve been craving silence more and more lately. After reading this quote I felt a level of peace.
Hi Friends 🙋🏽♀️ I haven’t been consistent with my lifestyle gram for a little while ... too busy being on leave and enjoying the good life 😂 ... ANYWAY!!! Whilst on leave I went to Bali, I haven’t been for about 3 years and I had a bloody wonderful time 😍 we stayed at @balicosyvilla which was phenomenal. If you want a luxurious villa outside of the city center but about a 2 minute drive away - depending on Bali traffic - that is the place to go.
While in Bali we went on a day scenic tour and we kinda went all over the place. It was so fun but also exhausting. So much to see. Here are some snaps of the Waterfall and Rice fields.
Living on a sailboat it's not only sunsets and beautiful saying. It's also hard work and things that break down 😒......
- ⛵✏ So, lets talk reality! The back side or should we say- the crap side of living on a boat 💩☺. Well, our toilet started to leak the other day. Up at the pumping gear, thank goodness😥. The rubber gasket had given up. BUT it's always scary to work on things that have direct contact with a LOT of water. In this case- A hole ocean🌊.....We went away to buy seals. BUT it turns out that our toilet was to old to find x-tra gears to🙊? The friendly people at the Navy store called the manufacture in England...and they laughed🤔. They say they where proud that their ( our) toilet lasted so long, (22 years), but no seals. So we have to buy a new pumping gear for 150€ . And now, after hour of terror feeling, when I unscrewed all the hoses and when the claustrophobia feeling released after being squeezed in to the smallest space on earth ( and also get some help from a friend)....WE DID IT🙌😀! It ended up with a successful job and Christmas is saved🎄🙏. So now I can call myself a plumber and WC proof? 😉 #sailinglife#liveaboardslife
B O O K S - My 2018 stack for #readingsuperlativeschallenge , minus a few I've lent out, given away or returned. I love how eclectic and multicultural a year it has been. 15 in total - I could have read many more if I read more in the day time. Unfortunately I tend to fall asleep when reading at night 😜 Scroll to see all the #bookcovers posted on various social media.
📕A book I loved - Eleanor Oliphant (Gail Honeyman)
📙A book I was disappointed in - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Helen Simonson)
📘A book that was beautifully written and stunningly illustrated with water colours - Sea Prayer (Khaled Hoseini).
📗A book that made me nostalgic - The Marble Collector (Cecelia Ahern)
📕A book that made me emotional - A Man called Ove (Frederik Backman).
📙A book that made me think differently - The Bride Stripped Bare (Anonymous)
📘My favourite cover - Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows (Balli Kaur Jaswal)
📗A book with an Australian theme and mystery - The Dry (Jane Harper)
📚Books I enjoyed for light reading and still interesting plot lines - Liane Moriarty books x 2.
I also dipped into The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) which I will be picking up again once I finish my current read 'In Our Mad and Furious City' (Guy Gunaratne) - both presents from the wonderful @dinquay 📚