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Facing my fears

Okay, this is not some elaborate post about how I faced my deepest fears, it’s merely a statement that I would like to start facing some of them. Today I realized that you should experience the good and bad in life fully in order to feel alive.

I’m sick of taking the safe option for everything that I’m doing. By no means will I face my fear of being attack by walking in a dodgy alley with a skin-tight dress, but I do believe that I have set my limits to close to home.

I’ve never been used to loving myself, but as I grow older I’m getting rather fond of who I am, but now I want to progress, I want to grow, I want to make a difference.

At the moment I’m trying to transform my relationship with food, which is a much bigger challenge than you might think. I want to live a healthy and happy life, so for now the most important thing is to nourish myself with healthy food and exercise daily. I’ve only been trying really hard the past few week, but I realized that I’ve become rather selfish in my goals.

So what if I’m skinny and healthy, what will I leave behind- a skinny corpse? That is not enough. Even though I feel that weight loss would boost my confidence, I cannot live an average life up until the point that I reach my goal. That is why I decided to start facing some of my fears bit by bit.

I have no reason not to push myself and my limits. I have no reason not to make a difference. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do to leave a legacy, but I’m ready to find out.

Let’s take the leap:

 

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Inspiration for the day

I am not going to dwell on the fact that I haven’t posted in a while or that I have a huge list of To Do’s for the day. I am going to find happy inspiring pictures and dwell on them instead. 🙂

This year is going to be full of changes for me. Even though I am not aware of what all of them might be, I am expecting great things! I hope you will take this journey with me. What are we if we cannot learn and grow from each other.

I heard Jacques Kallis just scored 200 runs and is still going strong in our test match against Sri Lanka.

Even though I stumble most of the time(like now with a bowl of pasta in front of me) I really want to get into healthy living. I am going to start referring to myself as a healthy eater, maybe that would help things along. 🙂

This is me when I when I was still overweight. Haha. JUST KIDDING. This is achievable right? Healthy living and exercise will lead to a sexy body. 🙂

How pretty is this room? Would love to have such a relaxing personal space.

I did a bit of Spring cleaning and rearranging the past week.

 

Just some inspirational fashion and style images to make me regret the bowl of pasta I just ate. 🙂 Hope you are having a great day. If you want to be happy, BE. (Since these are all body shots- maybe these girls have ugly faces. hehehe)

 

Having my wisdom teeth removed

Last Thursday I went for the operation to have my wisdom teeth removed. The funny thing about this story is that the previous Thursday I intended to go to the dentist because of a mild tooth ache.

In one week’s time I had 5 cavities filled up and a bed booked in the Monte Vista Day Clinic. It turned out that the pain came from my wisdom teeth pressuring all the other teeth to MOVE. The bad part is that I actually waited quite a few years to go to the dentist because of my silly fear. I can now say that I really do have the friendliest dentist in the world. He is passionate about his work and aware of the patients needs and phobias.

So while I am typing this I am still sitting with an Ice Pack around my head and my mouth halfway open breathing like a special needs child. BUT there are a few things that made this past week bearable and I want to share them!

1. Family- They took their time to nurture, sympathize and make jelly and mash

2. Boyfriend- Even though he had no choice he watched series with me and rubbed my back and bought me the glamour.

3. Glamour: I see the Glamour as a mini treat in between all the jelly and drinking yogurt your mind craves a bit of soul and fashion food as well. This month’s Glamour really helped me take my mind of the aching!

 

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Since I have never watched this movie before, I could not think of a better time. I loved it!! I love the style and the attitude!

5. My friend Debre- Even though she has a lot of things going on in her life- she made time to come and visit me. Although she told me that I was looking the worst that I have ever looked, she said it with a comforting smile. Not only did her presence cheer me up but she brought a whole goodie bag with chocolate mousse and drinking yogurts and the Cleo magazine. Thanx Debre, you are the best!

6. At the times when I felt super alone and ugly my doggie Zoey was right by my side.

So I am not going to lie, I am really sick of mashed potatoes and drinking yogurt. I am not super swollen anymore but I am still not ready to face anyone since I can only manage to pull half a smile. Haha. But soon I will be ready to take on the cookie cupboard, soon my pretties.

 

Inspiration for the day

Today I have a lot of mixed feelings. I have this HUGE project that has to be handed in today, and I must say that it is not going great. So I am obviously excited to finish it so that I can spend time with my friends BUT… the event I will be going to tonight is a farewell dinner.

One of my best friends from res, Michelle, is going back to Namibia after four years of studying accounting. Time has flown by so fast that it feels surreal for her to leave.  But I will have to spare all the nostalgia and sad vibes for a bit later. Okay, first I have to finish the project otherwise there will be no crying and goodbyes. 🙂

Before I put myself in Robot-mode, I need some inspiration…

My beautiful friend Michelle:

I wish I had long red hair to do this with. It looks awesome!!! Will try it when my hair is longer! I scooped this inspiration from the blog of Elsie, a beautiful mess.

Just a reminder to myself that I WILL see Incubus live at some point in my life!

How cute is this!

Ooh, after all these projects – I need to relax a bit…Somebody tell me where this bath is. I want it. 🙂

Inspiration for the day

Since I wake up in a bad mood almost every day – I thought it was time for a change. Instead of dreading all the things that needs to be done, I want to adapt a positive and productive state of mind. So I am going to start posting some inspiration pictures from all over the Internet to motivate me for the day. Who knows, maybe it will motivate you too!

Loving this look from the  5 inch and up blog. Even though the print on the top is quite formal, the style makes it more casual. The hair and handbag matches the outfit perfectly.

Ooh, really loving this handbag and which I had the guts to pull off the heals. Thanx for the visual stimulation Fashiontoast

I have come across a new blog to follow and I have a feeling that this blog is going to be full of inspiration and motivation. Looking forward to the next post on Peace.Love.Nutrition – it seems like we share the same interests and passions and are on the same journey even though I am just starting. 🙂

I hope to be eating healthy foods this week and getting a lot of exercise! All part of changing my mindset about what makes me happy.

The important part is to keep my life full of fun and laughter!

 

Blackcurrent Rooibos tea

Inspirational thought of the day:

“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” Napoleon Hill

After making breakfast for my boyfriend before he goes to work, I usually go straight back to bed. Last night I decided do get some structure in my life. So I set up some kind of schedule that focuses specifically on my studies and writing. I have made the mistake before of expecting to much from myself in a 24 hour day. So I just allocated a few hours to everything that needs some attention daily.

At the moment it looks something like this:

Am: Write 1 hour   

           Study 1 hour

Pm: Read 2 hours  

         Write 1 hour

Evening:  Study 1 hour

                    Read 1 hour

 

So that all adds up to 7 hours of studying and focusing on my passion. When I am done with those tasks and I have time left I can spend it on doing anything I want, or even doing more work. I wanted to make if flexible, so that I do not get frustrated with myself, which happens oh so easily. If I have something else that needs to be done, I can always work around it. I can even decide to finish all the work after and then take off, but like I know myself, I need breaks, and a lot of them. hehe

Apart from this routine, my boyfriend and I will also be hitting the gym again, as well as follow the 4 Hour Body diet as we did a few months ago. Again, I might have bitten off too much, but next year I will have no choice but to work and study and look good. hehe.

So let us see how it goes, making it public might help with keeping up with it.

Funny picture of the day:

 

 

 

Show me the Write way

At the moment I am going through a bit of a crisis. I have absolutely no certainty regarding my future profession.

I want to write

and

I want to make money

Now, those two things do not go together.  Although I am still studying I want to start making money so that I won’t be a complete failure with a degree. I don’t know how much a BA Humanities Degree means these days, because I cannot apply for any jobs reflecting my intellect. Not that I think waiters and cashiers don’t think or aren’t clever. I just feel that at the moment, something BIGGER awaits me. Something that will change the fact that I feel inferior about my writing.

I will write. Even if it just ends up being for myself.

BUT

I need a job, and I need help with that!

So if you happen to have any contact in the following industries: please email me; anneke_steenkamp@hotmail.com

Fictional Writing

Poetry

Article Writing

Translation Afr/Eng

Internships at magazines

Bookshop casual

Photography assistant

Internships at newspapers

 

 

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