Believe in yourself…

Always believe in yourself!

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within” ~ Elisabeth Kubler – Ross.

Believe in yourself so that the light shines from within you and so that your true beauty can be revealed when the sun is out as well as when the darkness falls.

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be. That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. You have to believe in yourself that things will always get better even if they are worse. Don’t make a good day a bad day. The day only turns out the way you handle it and the way you see it. Believe in yourself that you can change things to make it better for yourself and maybe for people around you.

There are times when people may disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgements and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself. Sometimes your own judgements and opinions are the best choice. If you can believe in yourself then you won’t have trouble believing in your own judgements and opinions too.

There will also be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them. Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you really are. Facing challenges and struggling in life may be difficult but it can change your vision. Just believe in yourself that you can face any challenge!!!

When days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and always keep believing. Believe that you can do things. Never say that you can’t and never say it won’t work! Life is not easy and life brings humps in your way that one fell over. But stand up, because challenges and changes will help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you!

Believe in yourself… I do!!!

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine…

Being Healthy

Days fly past, months fly past and years fly past. We experience that a day is too short for everything. Everything meaning exercising, because 90% of our day we spend at work and when the clock hits 17:00 we are so tired and just want to go home. Our lifestyles today are very busy. We have to work; we have family, school, sports and social commitments to fit into a limited time.

However, we need to be healthy and fit to cope with the demands of a daily life. But what does it mean to have a healthy lifestyle? We need to eat a variety of healthy food, get regular exercise, have time to relax and get enough sleep to give our bodies the time to recover and grow.

If you can’t afford a gym contract, then go jog for 10 minutes – run for 10 minutes and walk for 10 minutes every day. It will make a difference to a healthy lifestyle. Or an hour at the gym three times a week will definitely be a change.

Making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle is almost like making a commitment to a healthy marriage. You have to make it work, otherwise it will fail. In general, a healthy person doesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises regularly. Sounds very simple, doesn’t it?

For some people a healthy lifestyle can be quite difficult to adapt. Even for me!! But the trick to healthy living is making small changes … taking more steps, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water … these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without making any drastic changes.

Add a little movement to your life can:

Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes

-Improve joint stability

-Improve joint stability

-Increase and improve range of movement

-Help maintain flexibility as you age

-Maintain bone mass

-Prevent osteoporosis and fractures

-Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

-Enhance self esteem

-Improve memory in elderly people

-Reduce stress

Yap… sounds good??? Let’s get active!!!

A healthy lifestyle is the best…

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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10 most unexpected consequences of being online

The web is an extraordinary place, a place where you can find everything. And we use the internet for just about everything – socializing, sharing information, researching, networking, downloading and even watching movies. The web can truly open a lot of doors for us. It became one of our most valuable and entertaining tools, but at the same time became one of our worst threats. If you aren’t careful with how you use the Internet, you could give up your privacy, time and life.

Here are a few unexpected consequences one can face for being online.

  1. It can take up a lot of your time, without even knowing it.
  2. It can cost a lot of money.
  3. It can ruin family time and relationships.
  4. People don’t know how to communicate verbally or face to face with each other anymore.
  5. If you don’t know something – Google it! Yes we Google almost everything and therefore we don’t really use our brains anymore.
  6. Being online one can social, share information and network with many people all over the world.
  7. You are always connected to the outside world.
  8. Employees waste a lot of time online researching or networking and are thus not that productive as they should be.
  9. Companies don’t have to spent a lot of money anymore to travel far distances to meetings and conferences, they can do it online.
  10. Professionalism has faded away as people are much more informal with each other when communicating online.

The online world is constantly changing. New networks are being created every second. Faster services are being installed every day. More and more people become involved online. The online world is a challenging place and we learn from it almost everyday.

Being online can create positive and negative consequences. One just needs to be careful with how you utilize it.

If you jump in, be careful as well…

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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Power of the flower

There is power in a flower

Flowers have special powers to light up faces, to bring back a smile and to show happiness. Flowers are there for Happy Birthdays, congratulations, thank you; I love you, thinking of you etc. Flowers may not seem to last long, but they are beautiful precious crafts created by God to lighten up a person’s day.

We all send gifts to our love ones, families and friends; however, research reveals that those who send flowers, in comparison to other gifts, are viewed as successful, caring and emotionally intelligent people. More specific findings include:

  • Both men and women who give flowers are perceived as happy, achieving, strong, capable and courageous people;
  • Men and women come across as more emotionally intelligent; they give the impression they can effectively express their feelings and take time to understand the feelings of others;
  • And Female floral gifters are viewed as more appreciative of beauty and nature.

The power of the flower creates instant delight and happiness, increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. When someone receives a bunch of flowers as a gift, the power of the flower will give true smiles and positive moods that will last for days. The presence of flowers also led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Flowers have evolved to activate positive emotional responses from people,” says Haviland-Jones. “Each bloom has the potential to put a smile on our face and sway our opinion of a friend, colleague or loved one. That’s powerful.”

Give a flower to someone and you’ll covey smiles and happiness. Receive a flower and you’ll be smiling for days. The quote below inspired me so much when I read it. You can even write it in a gift card to someone – such powerful words.

“A successful person is not necessarily someone with a lot of money and material goods, but rather someone who is in tune with people and knows how to touch their hearts. I can think of no other item besides flowers that evokes such positive feelings and perceptions for both the giver and the recipient.”

My Cousin and I in a jungle of flowers…

Flowers make you happy!

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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The Elephant in the room

No one mentions the ‘Elephant’

The “elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom that refers to an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.  If you think about the fact that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook, however, the people in the room still pretends the elephant is not there and have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.

When you sit in a board meeting discussing the performance of the employees and business with your boss and everyone knows that there is an important topic to discuss, which everyone present is aware of, but which isn’t discussed, and everyone tries to ignore the topic. That is like trying to ignore the elephant in the room!!! But it is so obvious?!

Sometimes we try to ignore that important topic by covering it with another topic. It is like painting the elephant in the same bold pattern as the room’s wallpaper. Many of us have come across ‘The Elephant in the room’ at some stage of our lives. Or maybe you didn’t even come across it as no-one have mentioned it (you didn’t see the elephant).

Sometimes it’s okay to keep quite about the ‘elephant in the room’. In other situations, I think that it will keep haunting us until we say something. The sooner you say or deal with it the faster you can move passed it.


Editor: Roelien Zwart

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