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Dancing into 2018

Out with the old , in with the new…but how many times have we heard these types of  phrases ? (let me guess — since we were little?)   \/(- _ -)\/

Sooo we are kicking out that phrase and we’re walking  Image result for walking emoji  into the new year with      VYBZ  Moji vybz  and to flow ~~~ into this vybz here are a few things you can do for 2018..

Here we go:

  1. Take on a new project(s) It can be something as small as planning your own party, starting a garden or as big as organizing a fundraiser for a worthy cause.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  2.  Do little exercises Now every year people start of their so called resolutions by saying , I’m going to eat healthy or , I’m gonna exercise everyday, but let’s be realistic (that ain’t gonna happen >_> ..The best thing to do is to take it step by step, nothing strenuous, nothing over the top you can start by doing little breathing exercises, around 2 to 3 push ups not daily but at least start, see how long you can keep it up you may just surprise yourself.                                                                                                                                                               
  3. Enjoy the little things Go for a walk outside, smartphone? take some pictures (NOT of yourself) of the things arowalkund you, the sky, trees, flowers.Walk in the rain. We are so busy working and complaining we forget to take time to appreciate the small things.Take a break give your senses a chance to relax and feel, ease the tension in your body.                                                                                                             
  4. Get Crafty  craft.jpegTo take your mind of things ‘unwind’ from the long weeks ahead you might want to do something crafty probably do a card, knit something make a puppet free up you may have found a new hobby that can assist you financially this year.

 

       5.Go new places Although it’s hard for you to believe — no one person has been everywhere. There’s always a new place to try, things to see and do especially in Grenada so find them. You can gather some friends go out take a bus, go exploring you may just find your happy place if you haven’t as yet.

These five things are only opinions, if you find them interesting then good for you, if not there are plenty of other things you can find to bring vybz into your 2018. Make it a year of difference.

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Hiding in plain sight…

The view is scenic , it is a chill spot for most couples friends and not to mention some families, but what lies behind all this beauty and between the rocks is  unimaginable.

The National Disaster Management team held a national clean up campaign over the weekend. One of the focused areas in the town of St George was the location behind the Andalls and NIS area, or as some people call it “on the rocks”.

The trash sighted seemed to have been accumulating for some number of years so much so that the clean up could not be done entirely.

The odour was even more unbearable. I wondered how ‘courting’,  young people and others in general sat and ate in the area.

It boggled my mind to see the amount and the type of trash found. I wondered what type of unpleasant  citizens we had,  living in our country.

The items found were nothing less of shocking,  KFC boxes and styrofoam bowls and cups hit the top of the list.(If I didn’t know better  I would have thought KFC was located in the NIS building.) , A bag containing clothing and underwear including work apparel was found. Most astoundingly was a secondary school tie !

I shook my head and I am still shaking my head in disgrace..

If we can scorn homeless people for being nasty and do this to our own country, then we are worse than the homeless person who decides not  to bathe for a month. We must first learn to have pride in ourselves and our country in order to hold up the brand of being ‘pure’ and patriotic.

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Money =Happiness?

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Money does not make us happy but having it helps us to do happy things!? right?

uhhh Nope…

Some people have money and have never done one exciting thing in their life cause all they are focused about is the thrill of getting more money..and most times the people who are struggling financially are the ones enjoying life and being grateful.

Here are 2 truths about money.

It is not important as the air you breath; and it’s true which is important your health or busting your butt to get more money in a job that requires too much of you..ec-dollar-wic-eastern-caribbean-money_wic-news-696x464

Money unlike life is always there; and there are plenty of ways to obtain it legally.  Hey when you die can the money go with you? (I don’t think soo!!). That’s why I encourage less stressing over your money problems. Be satisfied with what you have, this is not to say you shouldn’t go after what you want, but don’t let it go to your head or you just might end up not having anything your working so hard for.

Don’t forget what really matters.

At the end of the day nothing matters more than yourself and the family that you have around you. You can have all the money in the world but if you have no one to share it with, then it’s not worth it, is it?

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Climbing out of deep holes (finding inspiration & motivation)

Inspiration and where does it come from?

Motivation and Inspiration can’t work without each other. When you your motivated inspiration comes jogging along and vise versa.new prj.jpg

There are days when you don’t feel motivated at all..you just feel like sleeping in all day and not moving, nothing seems inspiring and everything feels gray. Things are a mess and seem to be getting worse. Then there comes a point a realization, that is, when you look at your life and say nope..nah..no…noo way..(inspiration to be better ;),  and that’s when motivation kicks in..but it doesn’t always stay..does it!? so how do you get it to stay?

Make a plan and stick to it even if it means sleeping at a certain hour each night, planning out your day so you know where to start and whats next (but also leaving space for the unexpected).

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Keep active, do stretches, yoga if you have to or some exercise this can definitely  keep you fresh and motivated to do more in a day.

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Look at and surround yourself with others who are actively and positively pursuing a healthy and vibrant life..these people should encourage you to become productive.

Read blogs look at vlogs that touch on motivational topics and also use them to find inspiration for other things you want to attain in your life.
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Other minor things like music and water can play a big part in boosting your mood and appetite for work. It may not seem like much but these little things do work.

 

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8 Quotes for nerve wrecking days

Honestly everyone has days when they  feel “shaky” especially when you have something important to do or if  you need to complete something that can make a life changing difference for you, it could be your first job or delivering a presentation, it doesn’t matter being anxious is something that befalls us all.

In times of nervousness or anxiety I rely on a few quotes that can make one see the wider picture.

  1.  Don’t let your fear limit your possibilities .                                                                            anxietypost
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  4. Always feed your nervousness with                                                                                       positive and affirmative thoughts                                                                                             2
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  6. Most of us are afraid to take risk, and when we try to, that’s when anxiety and the fear of failing starts to hit us but we have to remember that only when we accomplish our dreams we will feel great.                                                                4
  7. With your anxiety can come much procrastination…and let me say if you don’t do it now you’ll never know what you could accomplish and in the end you’re going to be stuck with regrets.                                                            5
  8. Finally don’t let your fear of what could happen stop you from doing your best.                                                                                                                                                           8.jpg

 

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SETTING STANDARDS AFTER 44

I’m not 44 years as yet but the least I know is that with age there should be some growth in wisdom. A question was posed on “real issues” a week ago to Judy Williams member of the ‘Civil Organisation’ in regards to raising the bar for Electoral campaigning in Grenada .

Well this is my take on the whole thing.

As citizens we need to stop ‘sitting on our *rump, burning *draws’

We need to make sure that the next person or persons running for the office of Prime Minister is guided by a set of principles and directions. If we want to see true politics take place in this country or campaigning be done with standard and not as a joke then  our leaders need to step up and take example from those who are dead and gone ( may their souls rest in peace), for God sake (and if this doesn’t get you thinking then I don’t know what else will) lets look at the great George Brizan, what was his mannerism as a leader ?

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How about the late Maurice Bishop ?

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His decorum was one of leadership and last but not least the charisma of Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.

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A beautiful man with great intentions for this country. Sadly these leaders who left trademark examples of what class is are now rolling in their graves.

How can we grow leaders for the future with these types of attitudes expressed in politics presently ? The back biting the mouth lashing ? Are we big men acting like girls or children ? I don’t know which is worse.

Seeing change in  campaigning and elections will only come when we have leaders who are focused on talking about the issues as ADULT men and women #gettingshitdone! rather than entertaining the people of Grenada.

We are done with the B.S of “building better”. You can’t build on the backs of children. We need strong independent thinkers with a soul for country and a pride for heritage. Look at how one mans good intentions got us to a place with one of the best international airport and airstrip in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

*Rump: a term used in place of butt, ass or buttocks.                                                              *Draws: Any form of underwear such as panties or briefs, especially large underwear.      *Burning Draws: sitting on your butt doing nothing.

Sources: Caribbean dictionary

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How to manage your Temper

Trust me if  self-control didn’t exist some things would have gone –south– by now like those people on the bus who can’t control their children or those drivers who think they own the road, not to mention those Indian store workers that have bad customer service. But guess what we learn and some are still learning how to diffuse situations with a smile there and a smile here.

Sharing with you 5 ways to control that temper

  • For one keep calm by taking a deep breath and thinking about the consequencesprimate-ape-thinking-mimic
  • Staying away and ignoring statements or confrontations by the person (basically going the other way)
  • Think about an old time joke (laughter is always a good dose of medicine)dog smiling
  • Finding other ways to work around the problem like addressing the situation calmly and giving the other person an opportunity to vent their frustration and state their opinion.2 Person Holding Hands
  • And best of all reading a novel, playing a game, going for a run, writing or listening classic instrumentals.

All these points are worth trying if you suffer from an eruption of emotions.                     Leave a comment tell me how you control your Temper?

Thanks for reading..

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Protecting the Child (2 Ways We Can!)

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I’m riding in a bus on my way home and the driver stops to let of a child, she crosses and waves goodbye to the driver and conductor. I have observed similar relationships between children and adults during the month of October and concluded that in all honesty our children depend on us adults to protect and care for them. Children are care free and who blames them? They don’t spend their time judging adults, they can’t see the negativity that’s in the world. Their only concern is to be alive and to play and learn and to be loved. So when a child is abused it can leave bitter memories, this stain on a child’s perception of the world can last throughout this child’s life taking away his or her joy and carefree attitude. I begin to imagine a world where our children are safe to talk to adults and focus on building strong positive childhood memories where young children are not battling with self esteem issues due to predatory behaviors, but  wishful thinking is only that, and this world may never be safe for our children which is why we as parents, siblings, aunts and uncles have to take action and find ways of protecting our children.

These are two ways we can START protecting our children from sexual and other forms of abuse.

  • Speak to them :                                                                                                                                       At a young age you may not be able to tell them about the gory details of sexual abuse and what it entails but as they get older bit by bit let them know.
  • Trust and Listen to your children when they speak :                                                            There have been cases where children were not believed by their parents leaving the abuse to continue. If you know your child and you love your child, reports of such kinds should be taken seriously no matter who or how close the person is to the family.

If you have developed a trustworthy relationship with your child then they will be able to tell you things and vice versa it’s all about having that open communication with your child where they feel comfortable enough to sit and talk to you about anything. In our culture there is this taboo on topics concerning sex within the family which needs to end, parents need to start talking openly to their children and stop hiding behind morals and religion. If you haven’t started, start today, have an open conversation with your child or children don’t wait till it’s too late.

 

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Unity in desolation.

This hurricane season has been a very active one.

We have seen the lost  of lives the constant plea for help and it does take a toll on one emotionally.

In the news we saw Florida facing heart ache, Tortilla, the BVI’s and the devastation of  Barbuda and just some days ago one of our close allies Dominica facing the brutalization of hurricane Maria.

As a Caribbean people  let us be thankful that we can put aside differences and depend on one another in these devastating times.

when Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada back in 2004, it was a hard blow, a shock to everyone. Today Grenadians still can recall and share the stories of the terrors they faced that year. Grenada’s loss was a tremendous one but in return our people grew closer to one another and today look at us, because of our resilience and strength in unity as a country, a region and with  a magnitude of grace we are back on our feet again.

Caribbean people are strong so we know without a doubt Dominica, Barbuda and all the other islands that were affected by these storms, will build back better.

Our prayers continue to go out for  them.

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10 things you need to know about Grenadians.

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If it’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that Grenadians are unique. Yes!                                               I’m proud of my country and who isn’t? Naturally there will be some things that annoy you but in the end you feel quite contented and proud when your country wins it’s first gold medal in the Olympics.

Extraordinary and talented Grenadians can travel anywhere in the world and stand out.

Here are a few things that every Grenadian can identify with….

 

Talented

Talented and skilled we can do anything we put our minds to, from the most unique crafts to the most high paying jobs Grenadians have reached far and beyond giving  our country  recognition on the map. And did I forget to mention this one important skill where they can change their creole dialect to mimic that of any Caribbean and foreign country. You would swear that a born Grenadian who visited Jamaica for a week was a born Jamaican.

Friendliness (Down to earth)

I am telling you Grenadians are friendly. A simple greeting can turn into a counselling session and by the time they are finished talking you would have gotten to know personal problems and family matters. Grenadians get along with everyone, if for some reason you can’t find your way in Grenada and you meet a stranger on the street don’t be afraid to ask for directions. However This obsessive friendliness is most times mistaken for being ‘fass’ and there’s no false in that.

Love people business

It is a trait of some Grenadians. From your great Grandfather to your mother’s, mother A Grenadian can tell you who fathered you and the day of conception. They are even blessed in diagnosing your future   I’d say because Grenada is a small country people tend to know each others personal affairs. And so it’s very easy for a neighbor to pin point the daily routines of another neighbor. (Ssssssp Everyone knows everyone it’s kinda like a big family tree.)

Supportive

When it comes to support Grenadians are first in line. Everyone knows that once it’s something positive Grenadians will support and so whether it’s for family or the renaming of  the National stadium or to honor one of the country’s own nationals, expect to see masses of Grenadians  rallying around in support.

Love to Cook

Truly Grenadians could put down a pot ‘anywhey’. This is one occasion where you will see Grenadians of different backgrounds and status coming together. Everyone makes it their duty to supply something to the pot. All holidays, Celebrations especially on weekends you will find a group of people preparing a fire side to cook the national dish a ‘Manish Waters’ or a ‘Tania log’ not to mention ‘Brown down’. And trust me they can cook!

Love to Party

Well everyone knows that wherever the drum beats there must be a Grenadian. If there are three shows tonight bet your last dollar that a Grenadian will be ‘passing’ through all three shows. There is nothing more dear to a Grenadians heart than feeling the rhythm of music anywhere they go and having their alcohol by their side which brings me to the next point..

Rum is ‘dey’ side chick

For some Grenadians there is no party with out alcohol. Rum is their energy booster.  First thing in the morning, last thing in the night. I think if Rum could have died they would have buried it 8 feet under already. :-`

 

Love the Beach

The beach is where all Grenadians take the time to socialize with family and friends, weather it’s Independence, Emancipation, Easter holiday, Wit Monday you will find a bunch of Grenadian on the beach with their cases of beer a pot to cook up Oildown and their music box to start the fete.

Fans of Happy Hour

In case you didn’t know Happy Hour is that time after a funeral where the family and friends of the deceased gather together to eat food and just mix and mingle laugh and find some joy in sadness. Now once you have a combination of rum and food just know that Grenadians will be there not necessarily because they know the dead of the grieving family or the family themselves but because the food is free. Hey some don’t even attend the funeral…and others were just passing by and thought ‘Woiie ah hungry boi!, betta ah get something here… ah wonder wat dey cook dey ..’ And while there’re at it ‘… ah might as well get some for breakfast ..’

Religious

Grenada is known for being a christian nation most likely because everyone is church going and belongs to some denomination under the Christian faith. When it comes to religious holidays Grenadians make it a priority to attended church and even if they haven’t seen the church doors in a while,.. Grenadians observe fearfully and show great amounts of respect.

Play Way Lovers

In recent times Grenadians have become leched on the lotto scene (a form of Gambling) and so there isn’t a day that goes by where you won’t hear a fanatic speaking about a vision they received the night before…or about some bird that fly right past them…with all these supposed strange dreams and happenings they are anxious to play the number that represents these visions in hopes that luck will call these numbers after the news at night. It is quit a sight “ah tell yuh yard fowl was playin tonite but yuh doh listen..”

 

So if you didn’t know, now you do. These are some things that all Grenadians can identify with, but don’t just take it from me come visit and see for yourself..