The Number One Back to School Essential

It’s back to school time for most children round the world. There will have been the buying of equipment, sourcing of after-school activities or care, the shuffling from here to there. Our minds are preoccupied with not only getting them ready for school but sometimes worry about how they will get on.

It’s a new school for my kids as well as three nephews and two nieces. There is a lot to process. There might be anxiety about work load for some, the fear of exams for others, the will-they-make-friends concern, etc. There is more than enough to keep us all preoccupied.

Through it all though, let’s not forget an essential ingredient that every parent must give their child – encouragement.

We may never understand the pressure kids are under today but we can guess. The need for acceptance, the need to do their best, the waiting to see if they were selected for a sports team or school play, the desire not to stand out, the pressure of exams. Add to that the proliferation of social media amongst them, children today have all sorts of pressures thrust upon them that we’ll never fully understand.

So the one thing I aim to do is to let my children know that their best is good enough. That they can do anything they set their mind on. And when they can’t, it’s OK. They need that safe place where they always have a cheerleader.  And it can get very corny in our home with my daughter getting out her pompoms to cheer her brother on, or me making positive declarations over my kids. My aim is to pump them up so much with confidence that no one on the outside can ever penetrate their veneer with arrows of negativity or condescension.

Keeping their morale up is more important than homework and all the other stuff. Sorry if you are a teacher reading this and you disagree. But a child that already feels he or she is losing is hardly going to feel able in your class.

So as parents, aunties, uncles, friends and the entire village it takes to raise a child, be the greatest cheerleader for every child in your life. Heaven knows they need it.

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Thought of the Day

I used to work with a man who came to work everyday wearing a look of boredom. It was hung permanently on his face. It would take him ten times as long to finish a task. He didn’t have any enthusiasm whatsoever other than to moan about what wasn’t working. He wasn’t motivated to find any solutions to challenges. He wasn’t moved by any new developments. Yet, everyday he came to work. He showed up but he wasn’t there.

I don’t want to be that guy. Neither should you.

Find your passion and do more and more of it until you can do it all the time.

Life is simply too short.

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The Value of Friendship

I’m discovering so much more than ever that friends are important. Scratch that – people who genuinely have your best interest at heart are important. We need to surround ourselves with such people. We may never know when their counsel or strength may be needed but one thing’s for sure. When you are down they will be there to lift you up. When you are weak, they will be your strength. When you are sad, they will bring laughter to your lips. And when you don’t feel like laughing, they’ll give you a hug. That’s what true friends are there for.

Make sure you are surrounded by such people. For without them we are alone.

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My First Review

I’ve been running my Vision Board workshops for just under three months now and it’s been tough yet fulfilling.

I guess starting any new venture can be a hard slug and there are times when you wonder if it’s worth it; especially when it seems you are getting no where really fast. Yes, I’m a tad impatient. 😊😊

I do always find it quite fortuitous that whenever I have those moments,  someone sends me a review or a note to say how this workshop has been instrumental in shaping their life. That is simply humbling, encouraging, amazing and all those sort of words you could think of. 😆😆😆

Yesterday, I woke up to a review by a blogger who attended the very first workshop; the one I fondly refer to as the just-do-it-afraid-workshop. Such moments are a signpost for me and motivate me to work even harder. It’s even more special because it was unsolicited and unexpected. I just love that people’s lives are changing and I’m a part of that story. 🙌🙌🙌🙏🙏🙏

Here’s the review by What Mummy Wore. A little different but wonderful all the same. Enjoy!

Words

Words
They make up the lyrics to a song
The taunts of a bully
They can lift up the soul; up and up and up
They can also crush a soul and scrape at the fibre of its existence
They can express love
Love comes alive when silken, lyrical words are spoken
True, actions may speak louder than words
Yet there is no substitute for the acumen of the right word
Succinct and true
Words do not need to be long
Brevity is golden
Brevity is indeed required in cybersphere
A plethora of words whooshing about in space
So many words
Heaven only knows how many words 
Yet I fear there is so little understanding
As people massacre themselves with words
Abused and misused
Words are shaped into weapons of destruction
If we restlessly choose to beat each up with words
Over and over and over and over
There will be very few words left to say
©RWW 2016

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Lessons from 2015

Last year I shared what I’d learnt in 2014 and I’m doing this again with what I learned in 2015.

  1. A life without a vision is like an untethered goat – aimless
  2. Thinking time is as important as doing time
  3. Commitment to one’s dreams is essential to achievement
  4. Successful people aren’t those who don’t fail but those who push on in spite of failure
  5. Don’t compare your early days to someone else’s finished work
  6. The life you want is determined by the actions and risks you are willing to take
  7. You already know what you want to do.
  8. Fear is toothless bulldog. The minute you start advancing towards what was scary, you find an innate boldness and fear is distant
  9. The support of family and friends is invaluable
  10. Faith is the glue that sticks it all together.

What ten things did you learn?