In 2017 I participated in 100 Happy Thoughts – you can read the original posts here, inspired by Hazel from My Nutty Dubai.
In South Africa, it’s been 100 days of varying stages of Covid lockdown already, give or take a couple of days. I’m going back to March 28 to be exact, 2 days after a restrictive initial and level 5 lockdown began. Some days I remember clearly, and others not so. I’m going back to my calendar and the photos I’ve been taking.
Throughout this time (and still today), I haven’t been with my family, whom I miss terribly. I can’t wait to be with them again.
Like the 2017 edition, I’m going to split them into posts of 20 days each. Enjoy 🙂
Day 1 – Deep-dish pizza for dinner, made by Chè.
Day 2 – Planted spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Day 3 – Chè made delicious fruit chutney, with apricots and peaches. He’s so good at that.
Day 4 – Collaborated with colleagues from the Netherlands to prepare for next week’s virtual training.
Day 5 – More yummy baking by Chè. The whole family is exchanging photos of freshly homemade baked goods 🙂
Day 6 – Nermal the most beautiful Maine Coon cat graced me with his company while I worked.
Day 7 – It’s Friday! Need I say more? I work longer hours when remote working, so Fridays are still greeted with the usual glee.
Day 8 – Selfies with Nermal the most beautiful Maine Coon cat – he’s such a joy!
Day 9 – Searching for hot cross buns recipes was a mouthwatering experience – Easter is coming!
Day 10 – It’s my first virtual training in collaboration with my colleague in the Netherlands – my first virtual training, and it’s international 🙂
Day 11 – I discovered Urban Foods – an amazing shop where I can get fresh fruit, veggies, meats, and other deli items delivered. Their quality is exceptional and their delivery time fast. This makes me happy.
Day 12 – I did my first outreach Scrum training, and I met some wonderful people.
Day 13 – I’m so enjoying delivering training remotely.
Day 14 – Can I say “It’s Friday again?” Well, it is, AND I found an old box of Barney cupcakes in the back of the cupboard. I’d bought it for when my niece and nephew came to visit, and evidence shows that we didn’t engage in any baking at the time.
Day 15 – I made apple crumble! I’m not a baker but I was inspired to do some. And perhaps all the surplus apples in the fruit bowl did too. Better than having them go all floury because we didn’t eat them on time.
Day 16 – It’s Easter Sunday – without getting together with my family, as we cannot due to level 5 (hard) lockdown 🙁 …I’m grateful to have a safe home to be in, with food in the fridge 🙂
Day 17 – Easter Monday, and a chaotic and wonderful Zoom call with my family! Yay!
Day 18 – More training outreach work! I so enjoy training.
Day 19 – Zoom call with my good friend Katrina, and my sister and niece 🙂
Day 20 – Virtual drinks with my social entrepreneurship group of friends.
These are the first 20 days of happy thoughts. The next 20 follow.
“The true voyage of discovery is not just in seeking out new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)
Last summer I planted swiss chard spinach, a few plants in fact. Not many survived because I planted them late in the summer and wasn’t diligent about watering them daily. When winter came along I thought they would dry out and perish with the cold. To my surprise, this single plant came through the cold patches to thrive and grow new leaves, astonishing in their vibrant green-ness.
Because I live in an area that has mild winters it is not surprising that the plant survived. I read that it can survive for many years under these conditions. The more you cut off the leaves, the more resilient it becomes.
Now any plant in my garden needs to be resilient because I am not the best gardener. Tough hardy plants grow well with me.
“Resilient, strong, tough, hardy, adaptable, vigorous – these are all adjectives used to describe someone who is a warrior…as well as to describe plants as botanical warriors in their own right.” (http://eatbreathegarden.com/warrior-plants/)
The metaphor of plants that grow and adapt to their environment often is used to describe people who are warriors – those who thrive in adversity, moving forward all the time, learning from mistakes and successes, to become better versions of themselves each and every new day.
Google searches on warrior mindsets yield a variety of articles about business being a war and winning against others at all costs. I have a different view.
Cultivating a warrior mindset is first and foremost about YOU.
You – becoming a better version of yourself. Practicing self-reflection, gratitude, and humility, cultivating a mindset of growth and learning, continuously. Living your life, unapologetically. Seeking to make a positive impact on the world around you. Yearning to uplift those around you. Living your truth. Doing no harm.
“In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus)
I love this photo of my warrior plant because of the contrast of the monochrome of dried leaves around the bright green of the swiss chard spinach plant.
Each one of us is a warrior. We all have the capability to thrive in the world and find our invincible summer, just like my warrior plant.
After being away from blogging for the longest time, I’m having a joyful afternoon catching up on all my favourite bloggers and their challenges. I’m delighted to find that Cee has a new challenge. Well, new to me 🙂 – it’s the On the Hunt for Joy Challenge.
Cee posted Ingrid Fetell Lee’s TED Talk Where Joy Hides and How to Find it. In this talk she talked about the physical aesthetic connection to feelings of joy. Joy is only known when it is felt and experienced. She goes on to say that instead of searching for happiness which could be elusive to rather look for things that we feel joy in.
This week’s theme is Start a Garden (Indoor or Outdoor) – if you click on this link it will take you to Cee’s blog and more bloggers that are finding joy. I know that I find joy when I blog and enter photo challenges. I find joy in expressing myself, by providing my interpretation of a theme. It’s a subjective endeavour, and creative in nature.
This is my interpretation of this week’s theme – Start a Garden.
Three of my favourite vegetables. I dream of having an abundant vegetable garden and if these are all that grow I’ll be very happy indeed.
The title of this post is referring to my beautiful intention of participating in the once a year, April A-Z Blogging Challenge. I even had the topics for each letter worked out.
Then Covid19 lockdown happened and things went up in a ball of smoke.
Pivoting and Reading
The company I work for had to rapidly pivot to convert all face-to-face training and coaching to online offerings. I had little time for anything else. Easter weekend came and all I felt like doing was nothing. Well, not exactly nothing, but reading. All I did was read.
I’ve scaled back on social media in the last year. I still have the accounts, and occasionally check into them. The only one I actively post to is Instagram, where I have been mini-blogging.
I love my home office. I’ve had to ‘juje’ it up a bit for Zoom you see.
I live on Zoom, it’s so tiring. But I still have a job, and for that I’m grateful.
I dress up for delivering training, I do my hair and make-up. But I still wear wooly socks and slippers. No one needs to know right? My feet need to be warm and comfortable to be happy.
Lying on the Grass
As soon as my last Zoom session of the day is over I run outside to lie on the grass for a bit, let the sun touch my face before it drops below the roof of my neighbour’s house.
Godaddy still has my blog on older servers and trying to update the PHP version is so frustrating. Looking for the right help file is like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are no email addresses that I could find to send them a message. A call to the support centre was my last resort – they’re having some sort of outage so my wait was 43 minutes! Not a chance would I wait this long for help! So here I sit, and still, my site is on an older version of PHP. Grrrrr….
Social Entrepreneur, chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher