Christmas is a time of giving

I know we have only entered into November, but I thought whilst we start gearing up and prepping our lists for Santa, your friends, family or significant other, why not add someone else to that list?! Why not add the world at large?!

We often spend hundreds on our nearest and dearest during this time. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that (I do it too!).

I just want to ask everyone to take a moment to think about those that may be less fortunate and may not have the same opportunities we do. Let’s try and do something to make their lives a bit more enjoyable, by reminding them that their are people out there who care!

Let’s do something, not because we are obliged to, but because we can!

Do something charitable this Christmas period. Your small act of charity could change a life forever!

This is what I’ve chosen to do….

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Don’t let anyone define who you are

I’m feeling all philosophical today and thought I would share what’s on my mind……

When I was younger, I used to be really concerned about how people viewed me. I was the person who if they had an opinion that went against the grain, I would not say anything for fear of being ridiculed. Or would choose my fashion based on what I thought would make me fit in with people more. I hated standing out, because I was scared that by going against the norm, I would attract the unwanted criticism of others.

Now I am older, I have realised that somehow, I have managed to get myself to a place where I am happy with me. I have (in my opinion) grown into a more confident person who does not spend the majority of the time worrying about how people will take what I do, wear or say. Now, my view is that as long as I’m being true to me, being respectful and kind, it doesn’t matter if some people don’t like my decisions. They are mine to make and so are my mistakes. No one controls my life but me. I have realised that to give someone that power, is to say that I believe they are somehow better than me. This is simply not true. Everyone is equal. I am just as worthy of my space on earth as the next person and now I have accepted this, I feel like I can truly begin the work of becoming the best me I can be.

So my advice to anyone who may be going through what I have been through is to never let anyone tell you what you are, who you can be or how far you can go. No one but you has control over your life, your loves, your happiness or your future. Take charge of you. Everyone will have an opinion on what you do, but that does not mean that you need to listen to it all. It is your life and at the end when you look back on it all, you need to be happy with the decisions and choices you have made and the person you are. You cannot live your life for someone else or by someone else’s rules.

Liebster award post

My very good friend Beerfoodie nominated me for this award.  I’m touched that I made it to her list of 5 nominees and would like to say a big thank you.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, I urge you to.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  I mean it’s about beer and food!  What is there not to like?!

The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers with under 1000 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.

As part of the acceptance, there are 5 tasks I must complete:

1. LINK back to the person who nominated you;
2. SHARE 11 facts about yourself;
3. ANSWER 11 questions set by your nominator;
4. NOMINATE 5-11 people who you think deserves the Liebster Award.
5. ASK your nominees 11 questions.
6. AFTER YOU PUBLISH your Liebster post, go to your nominee’s blog and let them know you have nominated them.

So let’s begin with my 11 random facts…..

1. I’m originally from Jamaica, as in born there, went to school there and speak Patois fluently.

2. I’ve lived in 4 countries so far…Jamaica, UK, Isle of Man and Luxembourg.

3. I taught myself to knit by watching Youtube videos.

4. I was a cheerleader in high school.

5. I love reading.  In fact when I was in high school, my school library limited my visits, because I was getting through their limited supply of non-academic books too quickly.  They rationed me to 3 books per week.  The inhumanity! haha.

6. I detest onions.  I’ve tried, but I just don’t like them.

7. I only started eating mushrooms a few years ago. Now, I have no idea why I didn’t before.  Garlic mushrooms on toast is divine!

8. I love fish.  I could eat fish all day every day!

9.  I love spicy food.  I’m Jamaican though, so that one is a given.  A Jamaican who doesn’t like spicy is a rare occurrence.

10.  I’m 5ft 1.1…the point 1 is very important!

11. I love travelling.   So far, not counting the ones I’ve lived in, I’ve been to Guernsey, USA, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, Wales.

And now to answer the questions from Beerfoodie….

1) What is your favourite beer? (if you don’t drink beer – general drink)

The clear winner for me is Hoegaarden.  I like it because it’s light and refreshing and feels like a party on my tongue.

2) What is your favourite food?

Can I cheat and say foods?  It’s too hard to say just one.  I’d say Japanese and Thai are probably my favourite.  I love all the flavours they use and love the fact that they’re not afraid to add a spicy kick to their meals.

3) What is your favourite cocktail?

Has to be a mojito for me.  A well made mojito is the best it can get for me.

4) What is your favourite place to be?

Somewhere by the sea.  I love the smell of the sea air and the sounds of the waves

5) What is your favourite song?

I’m actually not sure if I have one.  If I do, it’s probably something by Prince or Michael Jackson

6) How do you find new ideas to blog about?

I have one simple rule, if I get excited about it, I’ll blog it.  Usually my ideas stem from me just being excited and wanting to share it.  I don’t really sit and have a brainstorm session.

7) Why did you start a blog?

It initially started as a way for me to document my progress with learning to knit.  However, as time went on, it evolved into being more than that.  It became a place for me to express myself.

8) What are you hoping to achieve with your blog?

I’ve sort of already achieved it.  When I started, I really didn’t think anyone would be interested to read what I wrote.  Turns out I was wrong and there are people out there who do find what I have to say of interest.

9) If you could spend a day with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Nelson Mandela because I’d love to ask him how he found the strength to forgive and let go when most who went through what he did would’ve probably given up on people and the world.

10) What is your favourite work of art? (leave a link please)

The Vitruvian man by Leonarda Da Vinci

11) What would you do if you won €1 million?

I’d give the people closest to me enough to treat themselves to something they want.  Then I’d buy a house and use the rest to set up my own business.

My Nominees..

My tangled yarn knitting adventures

Bangers & mash

Country skills for modern life

Just a bear in the woods

Kate’s beauty book

Questions for Nominees..

1. If you could live anywhere where would it be and why?

2. Why did you start blogging?

3. Besides blogging, what other hobbies do you have?

4. What is your favourite book and why?

5.What is your favourite musical decade?

6. What types of blogs do you like?

7. What would be your dream job?

8. What are you hoping to achieve with your blog?

9. Who is someone who inspires you?

10. What is your favourite film?

11. What always makes you smile?