More facts on me – Q & A With Louisa

Thanks Louisa for taking part in the Liebster Awards!

Since I’ve already done my post on this, I will just do a short Q & A to answer your questions:

What is your biggest fear? Water, without a shadow of a doubt! I have this unreasonable fear of water. So many people have tried to get me over it, but it’s just useless.
What is your biggest dream/wish? My biggest dream is definitely to publish my novel. My biggest wish is for financial security for me and my family (all of them!)
If your closest friend/s had to describe you starting with “Most likely to…” what would they say? Difficult one! I would have to say “..surprise you”. As donkey said in Shrek: I am an onion and I don’t think anyone has every managed to get through all the layers.
This is not a Question per se…draw something and show me? Anything – but you must use your favourite colour!
What is the one thing you wish you had? (can be a characteristic, body part, material object – anything) A decent camera DSLR Nikon / Canon
What time do you get up, and how do you spend the first hour of each day? 5AM – Robin Sharma’s 5 AM Club was initially very difficult, but it’s proven to be very effective in creating a good start to the day!
You know how sometimes a smell can remind you of a person? (I’m talking about good smells here, like oranges, or vanilla or something). Name three people you are close to, and what smell reminds you of them and why? Varnish and wood glue and Old Spice reminds me of my dad – he is always tinkering away in the garage on some or other wood project. I don’t know when last he wore Old Spice, but somehow I think of him every time I smell it. Baby powder will always remind me of Luke when he was just born. There is a certain perfume, the name of which I can never remember, but whenever I smell it, I think of my mom. Somewhere in the distant past she used to wear it and to me, that will always be mom’s smell.
Have you ever stalked someone (yes, even online), has anyone ever stalked you? Explain… Can’t say I have nor do I know of anyone who has ever stalked me. For that matter, I’ve never even had a secret admirer (that I know of at least!)
What does comfort food mean to you? YUM!!!! Chocolate brownies covered in First Choice Vanilla Desert. Seriously, is there anything else?!?!
Does absolute silence get to you? With no stimulation whatsoever…nothing to read, nothing to listen to, nothing to look at, how long can you be comfortable in silence and where does your mind go? Definitely not! We need to more silence. I wish I could retreat once a month to a monastery somewhere in the mountains where you do nothing but meditate.
When last did you have a proper belly laugh, and why? Too long ago

365 pages to be filled

What a year it has been!?!

I am very excited to see the end of this year and to welcome 2013. Not because this year has been all bad, not at all! 2012 held many a good moment, believe you me!

For some reason, I don’t know why, I am filled with this huge excitement about the year to come.

Constantly throughout today, I’ve found myself contemplating the year that was. The ups and downs. The roller coaster ride that was 2012.

We (Jacques and I) started out the year unemployed and homeless. Literally homeless. New Years Eve was sent camping out (illegally!), fighting each other and fighting to get paid, making up, getting some money together and pulling an all-nighter!

From there it got better and worse and better again. On the upside there was new jobs, a new home, new friends, seeing my mom again, having Luke back with me, Nathan Bjorn being added to the family, Jacques and I building a stronger foundation for our relationship and finally falling pregnant!

On the down side we had quitting jobs, losing friends, money issues, car issues, fighting over non-sense and a miscarriage! Yet, here we are, still madly in love and with big plans for the year ahead.

I also find myself thinking of others. My family and loved ones, friends and those I don’t even know. I’ve been thinking about how much I have to be grateful for and thinking of those and wits-end. For so many people this time of the year is one of despair, a time of sadness and many give up.

I can’t change the world, that much I know. However, I can try to make a difference in someone else’s life.

New Years resolutions? Well, I don’t know about that. We all seem to have these grand plans at the start of the year that never bear fruit. Through my contemplation, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will not make any grand resolutions for this year. Only 3 things will I do:

1. First and foremost: stop, breath and think before I act / re-act.

How many times do we sit back and think: I could have said that differently, I could have handled that better, I could have… Friends, remember that each second wasted is a second you will never have back. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This age old rule applies not only to physics, but to each and every situation you face daily! So many conflicts and stressful situations can be avoided if we follow this simple rule: stop, breath and think!

2. Live in gratitude and love completely.

This is something I’ve been doing for a while now and will continue to do this year: every morning and every night spend just a couple of minutes to think about everything you have to be grateful for and give thanks for it. Gratitude not only for the big things, but everything. When last did you go to bed and felt a real, humbling gratitude for your pillow, for instance? Really feel it, give in to the feeling and say thanks. I saw a billboard the other day: What if you woke up one morning and all you have is that which you gave thanks for the previous night? Really got me thinking!

Part of this gratitude is to give in to the feeling of love. Love for the things and people that you have. Love for the sunshine on your skin, love for the trees you drive past every day. Love fully and completely. No hesitation, no fear, no regret. Give in to love and see how it can transform your life. It is an integral part of the Law of Attraction, what you most focus on is what you will get back. Focus on fear and more fearful things will come to you. Focus on gratitude and more gratitude creating situations will come your way.

3. Follow my dreams.

Wow, a big one and probably the most difficult one to tackle. It’s so easy to tell someone to go for what they want. Doing it however, now that’s a completely different ballgame altogether! So often we allow things to get in the way. I don’t have the time, skills, money, resources, whatever, to make it work. Bla-bla-bla!!!! I’ve used these and many more excuses countless times. Thinking about this, I’ve come to realize that the biggest killer of our dreams are nothing but a tiny four-letter word: FEAR!!!

We allow fear to intrude on our dreams, steal our passion, suck the life out of what makes us happy.

Fear of failure
Fear of loss
Fear of rejection
Fear of ridicule
Fear of being different
Fear of going against the norm
Fear of ……
Fear of ……
Fear of ……

I’ve spent countless hours reading motivational, inspirational and self-help blogs. I think I probably have the longest newsletter subscription list in history! This year I will focus on just 5 of them and actually follow through on what I learn from them.

I’m not saying that I will reach all my dreams and goals in this year, but I sure am going to put in some real effort and say bye-bye fear. You are no longer my Master!

Well guys and gals, have a good one! Whatever you may be doing this year, do it to the full, to the best of your ability!

Today starts a new book with 365 blank pages, pages just waiting for you to write on.

Oh yeah, while you are writing your story, don’t allow anyone else to hold the pen! (PS not my wise words, but one of the many good quotes I saw this year)

May 2013 be a blessed one for one and all, filled with love, joy, peace and God’s grace!