Last year I turned 50 years old. I looked forward to it because I counted it a privilege to see 50. It was and still is a time to reflect on what I have accomplished during my 50 years. The reflection was a humbling experience because I realised that due to certain circumstances I could have died or had severe mental illness. 

I thank God for each day that I wake up because I have learnt to appreciate the things that we all to often take for granted. Like walking, talking, smiling, working, sharing, love, joy, peace.

I have stretch marks due to pregnancy, cuts from cooking, falling etc. but each of my stretch marks and scars tell a unique story about me and my life’s journey. I have cried many tears, laughed until I could not laugh anymore and my sides ached and prayed and prayed and prayed until my knees became calloused. I serve a mighty God, Oh yes I do and through each painful step of my 50 year journey Jesus was there. Some of you may be thinking as you read this why is she becoming religious??? This is my story not yours, my journey not yours. Jesus has been good to me and I thank him every day.

These are a few of the things I have learnt on my journey in no particular order:

1. Appreciate whom God has created you to be. Do not let anyone or any circumstance tell you otherwise. God’s perspective of you is the one that matters.

2. Be thankful on a daily basis and cultivate a grateful heart. 

3. Cultivate a prayerful heart.

4. Take time to be still daily. Being busy every minute of day is not good for you.

5.Do exercises that you enjoy and eat well.

6.Do not worry what people think of you…. Keep it moving.

7.Do not be afraid to say no.

8.Never stop learning new things. I love to read!!

9.Always be willing to say sorry. Pride is ugly and God does not like ugly.

10. Do not be dismissive of anyone. There is gold locked up in them.

My children tell me that since I turned 50 I have become my bold in my attitude  and you know what….it feels good. 

Please enjoy your life there is so much to see, to do and enjoy. Do not become stagnant in appreciating the things around you and try to find good in each day even though you may be going through a hard time. Enjoy and live life.😊