Treasure your family– that’s my message to the world.
It’s 9 : 21 AM on day 2520 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Romans 10: 9-10, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – Deepuchachen and Reenachechi donated $250 (thanks so much chachen and chechi) which brings the total raised to $2 853 only $9 647 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
On this day 17 years go my mommy gave birth to a baby boy who we named Kevin and our lives have never been the same he’s such a joy and light in all our lives – no matter what I’m going through when he walk in the room, ruffles my hair and start irritating me (like only he can LOL) I know everything’s not so bad. Happy Birthday Kevin you are so so special to us all.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
It’s 12 : 54 PM on day 2384 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read have breakfast, Skype with my cousin, cut my birthday cake (we’re having dinner at a restaurant with the whole extended family so we thought we should cut the cake early) and learn a new word – Vociferous (vo·cif·er·ous) adj Characterized by vehemence, clamour, or noisiness: “A vociferous crowd.”
Today being my 26th birthday I thought it appropriate to look back on the highlights of my life so far. Take a look:
Highlights of my 26 Years of Life
The day my sister was born (I don’t actually remember it because I was only three at the time but my life would have less love and light in it if I didn’t have an awesome sister)
The first time I held my brother (it was such an incredible experience I remember my sister had to help me support his head while I held him)
All the impromptu sleepovers and dance parties with the cousins
Ziplining at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours with my dad (ziplining meant so much to me because even the people who believed in me with all their hearts were apprehensive about me doing it but I bet on myself and went through with it)
My first radio interview with Criselda Dudumashe (I was so nervous but I pushed through and spoke from the heart I spoke even when I felt like I was choking on my words (because I have Cerebral Palsy when I’m nervous my speech sounds like someone speaking through bad reception)
Meeting my first and last forever and always Superhero Catherine Constantinides (there are some people you meet who leave a heartprint on your life Catherine has taught so much about life and how to be in the world but most of all because of her I know there’s at least one person in the world who shares my vision for a better world and my values)
Skyping with Laura Schroff (imagine talking to the woman who’s words you have been reading for the past four years I got to do that and what’s more amazing was how humble and kind Laura was)
Taking to people from all over the world over the phone (every month I call at least one person that I love or who has helped me in some way to say hi or thank you it has been one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life – when you touch a heart your heart is touched)
“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. “ – Elizabeth Fishel
It’s 11 : 22 AM on day 2202 of my journey towards independence and I managed to have breakfast, pray, read Habakkuk 2:3, hang out with family and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign –raised $7 675 only $4 825 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Today is my little sister’s 22nd birthday and this year is extra special because she’s here with us. Happy Birthday Neethu it’s been an honour and a privilege to watch you grow and to grow with you (I would cry to keep you any day).
“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up!” – Catherine Constantinides
It’s 12 : 33 PM on day 2174 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Zechariah 2:11, learn one new thing – The colour of the tongue is best described as black, blue or purple with a pink base/back. It is generally assumed that the front part of the tongue has such dark colouration to protect it during frequent sun exposure while eating and prevent the tongue from getting sunburned. – and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – raised $7 475 only $5 025 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ) .
Today is Catherine Constantinides’s birthday and because she is my first and last forever and always superhero I wrote down 10 things that I love about her. Take a look:
10 Things I love about Catherine Constantinides
She’s the most humble person anyone will ever meet
She has more courage in her one pinky than most of us have in our whole body.
She works really, really, really hard
She does everything she does with passion and purpose.
She’s a great mom, daughter, sister and friend
She strives every day to be a better version of herself
She lives to serve the planet and its people
She’s very kind
She lifts others as she climbs
She’s always selfie-ready LOL 🙂
Happy Birthday again superhero – I’m glad every day that you were born I hope you live to be 100 at least 🙂
Everyone check out the great work that Catherine and her team do at Miss Earth South Africa www.missearthsa.co.za/
It’s 2 : 23 PM on day 2155 of my journey towards independence and I managed to have breakfast, go to the doctor and and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – Paul and Juliet Merrell ofBig Planet Radio donated $50 (thanks SO MUCH Paul and Juliet) which brings the total raised to $7 175 only $5 325 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far 🙂 ) .
Today is my brother’s 16th birthday and in honour of that I wrote down sixteen life lessons for him and everybody else (not that I know much about life). Take a look:
16 Life Lessons
1. Be kind
2. Be Honest
3. Be Yourself
4. Hold on to your character
6. Dream HUGE
7. NEVER GIVE UP
8. Love with all your heart
9. Make a difference wherever you can in every way that you can
10. Stay loyal
11. Be courageous
12. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
13. Listen more than you speak
14. When you make a mistake admit it, correct it and move on
15. RESPECT yourself and everyone else
16. Try new things and always look to learn
Happy 16th birthday to the best baby brother in the whole wide world – every day I strive to make the world better for you.
The smallest acts of kindness take up the most space in your heart – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 07 PM on day 2020 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read 1 John 5, have breakfast, learn one new thing – In captivity, both crows and ravens have been known to live for about thirty years – tops. In the wild, the average life span of a crow is 7-8 years. – have breakfast and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – yesterday Samuel Kochukanayathil donated $50, a person who i think would prefer to remain anonymous donated $25, Ellyn Harris donated $25 and Jim Mahar donated $25 (thanks so much everyone 🙂 ) which brings the total raised to raised $3 757 only $2 493 more to raise by 10 Jan 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Yesterday people from all over the world called and sent messages wishing me a happy birthday I was (and am still) so touched by the love people have for me. Thank you so much to everyone for all the birthday love yesterday I love you guys too.
“There is no one who takes care of us as lovingly as our mother does. She is our living God.” ― Mohtasham Usmani
It’s 12 : 58 PM on day 1966 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Colossians 3, learn one new thing –Dry thunderstorm refers to thunder and lightning that occur without bringing rain to the ground. In fact, the thunder-bearing clouds do produce rain but the rain droplets have evaporated in the air before reaching the ground. – have breakfast and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – yesterday Athira chechi and chachen donated $50 and today Liesel donated $16 ( thank you SO MUCH to chechi and chachen and Liesel your support means A LOT ) which brings my total raised to $1 682 only $4 568 more to raise by 10 Jan 2017 (SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ) .
Today is my mother’s birthday she and I have our moments like any other mother and child but for the most part I feel like my siblings and I won the mom lottery she has more faith and strength in her one pinkie than most people will ever have. Happy birthday mommy. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for us. Your legacy is the three of us and the countless lives you have impacted in your career as a teacher. I strive every day to be a good reflection of you and dad and to live out the values that you have tried to instil in us.
“If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.” – Linda Sunshine
It’s 12 : 21 PM on day 1836 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, read John 2, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing –Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet (two meters) long and exceeding 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms).– and promote my Educate Generations campaign – $5 025 raised so far with 9 days still to go (thanks everyone ) .
Today is my sister’s 21st birthday (where has the time gone?) my sister and I definitely have our moments sometimes we want to kill each other but when push comes to shove we have each other’s backs. Happy Birthday Neethu I can honestly say something would be missing from the world if you weren’t in it.
“My message to women during Women’s Month and every day of the year is simple; “Women empower, girls compete!” Strive to empower and inspire other women and remember that by lighting somebody else’s candle, it takes no light away from the one you are holding. Never be scared to give credit and praise where it is due.” – Catherine Constantinides, [#WomenInBiz] Nurturing nature, Q&A with Catherine Constantinides
It’s 12 : 11 PM on day 1808 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, read Mark 14, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – Tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. – have breakfast, and promote my Educate Generations campaign –Tom Baldwin of Early & Baldwin Solicitors donated $20 yesterday (thanks Tom you’re ongoing support means the world to me) which brings my total raised to a staggering $4 621 so far (thanks SO MUCH God and everyone I don’t know what I did to deserve such amazing support from everyone around the world I am sincerely humbled by the world’s generosity the amount somebody donated is of little importance to me (although the more the better LOL 🙂 ) the fact that people give the money they worked hard for to help me make a difference is what really means a lot to me 🙂 .
Today is the birthday of the extraordinary Catherine Constantinides she’s a business mogul, humanitarian, environmentalist, Lead SA Executive and Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa by day and a mother all the time Catherine’s accomplishments are probably ten pages long but what I admire most about her is the way she lives I am constantly inspired by her passion, sense of purpose and focus and humbled by her humility. Happy Birthday Catherine I think you’re very kickass (whenever you decide to run for President of our beautiful country please know that I will be first in line at the polling station voting for you because I truly believe that your intention is to make South Africa and the world a better place).
“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” -Terri Guillemets
It’s 12 : 16 PM on day 1790 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, read Matthew 22, publish my Disability of the Day feature, have breakfast, learn one new thing –Enervate [en·er·vate] tr.v. 1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality. 2. Lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor. “Prolonged exposure to the sun and dehydration enervated the desert racing team.”– and promote my Educate Generations campaign – $3 441 raised so far (thanks all )
Today is my brother’s 15th birthday (goodness I feel old I still remember visiting my mother in hospital after she gave birth to him) there’s nothing like having a brother sometimes I want to strangle him and other times I want to hug him. Happy birthday Kevin I know I’m like nails on a chalkboard sometimes but please know that mommy, daddy, Neethu and I will never intentionally steer you wrong in life we love you so much and only want the best for you.