Well, It Became A Sabbatical…

…it sounds so much better than saying I “had no time for blogging” or “I was too busy to blog” or any other reason. It became a sabbatical from blogging, it sounds so much better. I’ve never taken a real sabbatical, oh I would so love to do it – blog all day, write, take photos – hmmm…something to look forward to indeed.

My blogging had been patchy at best since October last year. We had a bereavement in our family – I don’t know how to describe it better, it is still so raw.Click on image to go to source Click on the image to go to source

It was during this time of confusion and chaos that I decided to throw myself wholeheartedly into completing all I needed to be able to submit my application to become a Certified Scrum Trainer.  I’ve now done so and am waiting to know if I’ve made it to the Trainer Approval Committee in Vienna in October. Well, I’m going to be in Vienna anyway to attend the Scrum Gathering, it would also be amazing to make it to the TAC. I’m holding thumbs, toes and other fingers.

I’ve also been traveling a fair bit. Apart from the usual jaunts to Cape Town, I’ve been to New York (oh man!), Raleigh, Zurich, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Lisbon, and Istanbul. All triggered by work trips. I’ve taken mountains of photos and I’m busy sorting through them now. I only managed to download the New York and Zurich ones on Friday.

This means that I have loads of content. I’ve started writing a list of all the stories to tell and there are many, so ja, loads of content.

I want to post every few days to ease into things, participate in Cee’s challenges and the Weekly Coffee Shares. That’s the plan.

It’s becoming warmer hotter here in South Africa, we went straight from cold to 30 degree (celsius) weather. I’m not complaining – our days are longer and it’s easier to wake up in the morning due to the sun rising earlier and earlier each day. We have the heat of summer and the wonderful smells of spring, fresh, flowery, perfumed, all the gardens up and down the street competing to see which one contributes most to the heralding of a new season.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

So my sincere hope on this summer afternoon is that you’ll continue visiting me here; I will also be doing some catching up.

Until the next post…

 

A Writing Frame Of Mind

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 
Ernest Hemingway

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
Toni Morrison

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 
Madeleine L’Engle

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 
Stephen King

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” 
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 
Mark Twain

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” 
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

 

An Existential Frame Of Mind

“You don’t have to stay anywhere forever.” 
Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

“I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.” 
Jean-Paul Satre

“There are other men, and other lives, and time still to be.” 
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“And so it was literature that brought me back to life.” 
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Whether it is rational or empirical, your approach to life must always be empathetic. Emotional intelligence is acquired when knowledge and empathy are combined and applied to situations regularly in everyday life.” 
Stewart Stafford

Do not forget to look up to the stars every now and then. The universe has made you conscious – try to make sense of how it works & appreciate its beauty.” 
Paul Hildebrandt

 

Stream Of Consciousness

I had fun at work this week. Tomorrow is May 1st a public holiday here and I guess I’m looking forward to the day off. I want to Marie Kondo my home office. Let’s see how that goes. I’m looking forward to the space and not necessarily the part about things getting worse before they get better. I might also blog the whole day or read or watch Netflix or Brazilian telenovelas on Youtube. Anything goes. I took no photos this week, yet. I organised my make up yesterday and skin care items. I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos on makeup. I don’t wear it usually, because of time, or just because I like my skin. I focus on skincare so that I don’t need to cover up my face. When I do wear it it’s fun, but eye shadow I have never gotten the hang of. Anywhoo! It’s only Tuesday evening and it feels like a Friday. And judging by the long lines of cars at the drive-through restaurants so does everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this and it feels strange to be writing aimlessly but I need to get back out there. I haven’t blogged regularly since last year and there were times that I missed it. I want to strengthen my writing muscle again and this stream of consciousness is a start. I’ve posted pics – I love entering Cee’s photo challenges and I enjoy looking at other people’s photos. That’s why I prefer Instagram over Facebook, pictures paint a thousand words. My preferred medium. And I don’t like the adverts and manipulating of my feed. If anything makes it onto Facebook it’s because I have cross-posted it from Instagram. I hope Facebook leave Instagram alone. Six more words and I have 300. I made it!

Ciao.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side

What is this little boy doing, sitting all alone on a bench? Waiting for someone to sit and have a chat. He’s very cute.

What is this little boy doing on a bench?
©2019 Regina Martins

I love this sideways look of Che’s hands whilst he was taking a photo.

Reflections on a window
©2019 Regina Martins

Golden serpent dragon at a temple in Bangkok. I appreciate that they are protected from many tourist hands, encased in a plastic bubble.

The golden dragon serpent
©2019 Regina Martins

This scary looking statue stands guard, protecting the temple and all that’s inside.

Scary-looking protector
©2019 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side.

 

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