List your top 200 achievements:

I don’t think it’s possible to list my top 200 achievements. I think each person has their own definition of what an achievement is, how great the achievement is and where it ranks in comparison to what else they have achieved in life – and that’s personal.

In my opinion, an achievement is something you accomplished that impacts your life positively – no matter how big or small.

Life’s about the little things so appreciate all your achievements, not just the big ones.

My Mamma Bear & I at my (first) Graduation

What motivates me?

“You gotta find a way to survive ‘cos they win when your soul dies.” – Tupac Shakur

At some point in my life I came to the conclusion that I have no choice but to keep on going until I get to where I want to be, and since that day, that’s all I’ve been doing.

What keeps me going is the fact that no matter how bad my situation in life may get, I know that one day it will get better. If I work hard now, one day my hard work will pay off – I’d be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour.

I don’t have a bad life, but it hasn’t been easy. God, my friends, family and my dreams have kept me going.

And of course, MUSIC has had a big impact on my life. It truly has kept me going through the toughest times in my life.

In my opinion, once you’ve decided where you want to end up one day and what kind of lifestyle you want to lead, you’ll keep going until you get there.

Song for the day :)

I grew up listening to Des’ree, I remember my aunt playing her music quite often.

Today I heard this song and it made me smile. The lyrics are really inspiring.

“Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds.Try and keep your head up to the sky. Lovers, they may cause you tears. Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted. Don’t be ashamed to cry.”

Have a listen. Enjoy!

Every day is a good day.

Welcome to my imperfect journey through life. No day is ever the same and no day is ever without its problems, but no day goes without me cracking a smile.

Life gets tough; sometimes it appears to be impossible. There are days I struggle to get out of bed but, I get through them because even when life seems to be falling apart – it’s never really ALL bad.

Never forget to reflect and be thankful for what you have because somewhere out there, there is someone happier who has much less.

No matter what I go through, no matter where life takes me, I’ll always be okay. At the end of the day there is always at least ONE reason for me to want to see the next.

Stay humble. Stay thankful. And choose to see the Brightside in everything.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Every relationship you form in life should be based on respect. Whether it’s a friendship, relationship or business partnership, you can’t form a bond with someone if you don’t have and show respect for them. As Lauryn Hill says “respect is just the minimum”, if you don’t have respect you’ve got nothing.

That being said, in order to get respect you need to earn it. If you don’t respect others, don’t expect them to respect you. One of the biggest problems in the world today is that people have no respect for anything or anyone – this is why it’s so easy for humans to commit such monstrous crimes against the rest of humanity.

As Theodore Parker; an American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church, once said “Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.” because respect starts within and only once you respect yourself are you able to respect everyone and everything else around you.

How do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole?

Life is filled with risks. I’d even go as far as to say life is a risk. If you never take any risks in life you’ll miss out on the thrill of the ride. We fear the unknown because we can’t control it. We feel vulnerable and exposed, scared that things might go terribly wrong.

There is a lesson to be learnt in every failure, in every risk we take. Going through life trying to maintain a balance is hard enough. Be brave and follow your heart – believe that no matter what the outcome, you’ll come out okay.

So how do you step off a 100-foot pole? You close your eyes, take a deep breath and you take a leap of faith.