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How I upgraded to junk-status

Junk-status – the word of the moment…or maybe it has been for the last few months.

As an ordinary South African, I have some idea of what it means for our country. In a nutshell, it means that we have been flushed down the credit drain by a plague of bad leadership decisions. And a reshuffle.

This news spread unwanted doom and gloom in an already unstable economy. Instead of wallowing over something I have no control over, in a strange way, this news immediately reminded me of my own downgrade I experienced about 10 years ago.

I was blacklisted and cast out of the credit system through a bad financial investment. This caused me and my family many years of financial trouble and sleepless nights. Inadvertently, our lives changed forever. For many years it was a struggle to survive…we literally lived from hand-to-mouth.

About 6 years ago, I started building furniture for my own home, out of necessity. Guess what I used to build it with? RUBBISH…JUNK!

The strangest thing happened – out of lack and with some creativity, I started my business, Lilly Loompa.

I decided to use the resources I had and started building beautiful, useful pieces that made my home better. It made me feel better about my situation. These pieces made out of junk, was the manifestation of the mess I found myself in.

Unknowingly, I UPGRADED to junk-status, and I loved it! This is what this experience has taught me:

  1. Use what you have! I am a firm believer of this and it has become one of my life-values. When you have nothing in your grocery cupboards, start growing a food garden! Live off the earth!

Made with junk! Tin can lamp by Lilly Loompa

  1. Stay positive – It is so easy to become downcast and depressed when you find yourself in an unwanted situation. Read motivational books and autobiographies of people that inspire you. Exercise more and eat healthier.

 

  1. Downgrade your lifestyle – Do not even attempt to keep up with the Jones’. Learn to live with less. Sell your fancy home, and buy a more affordable one. Eat less at restaurants, and have more picnics.

 

  1. Live simpler – Get rid of complications in your life. Try to break away from the rat race by going to the park after work. Why not try to cook outdoors tonight? Instead of being cooped up inside the house?

 

  1. Be creative – Creativity grows more, through adversity. I have said this before and I still believe it now more than ever. Being strapped for cash should be an opportunity to start multiple income streams. Make a list of your skills and investigate and pursue income opportunities in those industries.

 

  1. Be content in the situation – Be happy. Laugh more in spite of what your reality says. See the lighter side in every situation…a good laughter session can cure the saddest heart.

 

  1. Don’t let depression rob you – I remember clearly many days I just wanted to get under the covers and stay there. I wanted to wallow and sulk. I felt like I was entitled to be depressed. Surround yourself with positive people that will decline an invite to your pity party.

Made with junk! Block lamp by Lilly Loompa

 

  1. Rags to riches – believe it can happen to you. Believe the unthinkable. Believe that through hard work and commitment, you story can change. Also know that your success story can free someone else from their prison!

 

“If people throw stones at you, pick ‘em up and build something.”

Lecrae

In my case, I have adapted it to read:

 

“If life throw stones at you, pick ‘em up and build something.”

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Do it yourself Woman!

Info courtesy of: SOUTHAFRICA.COM

Each year on the 9th of August, South Africans of all backgrounds, races and cultural groups join together in celebrating National Women’s Day. This annual public holiday commemorates an eventful day in South Africa’s history – 9 August 1956.

What makes this day so special to South Africans? It was on the 9th of August in 1956 that a large group of women began a campaign to bring an end to the pass laws enforced by the government of the time. The pass laws meant that all black people were to carry a special “pass” or identification document which they had to produce to prove they were permitted to enter a certain area designated for white people. This was a major law of the apartheid regime and greatly restricted the freedom of movement of black people.

Read more here.

So tomorrow marks a public holiday.  So in the spirit of liberalism it is the perfect day to: “Do it yourself woman!”   We women can do anything we put our minds to!

Why not try this super-easy craft project:

Quick and easy!

Now before you make a cuppa coffee remember to wait a few minutes for the mug to cool when it’s out of the oven!

Enjoy!

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Why I can sleep-in tomorrow…

Sharpeville (Photo: Baileys African History Archives; Corbis; Avusa Archives)

21 March: Human Rights Day

On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. (http://africanhistory.about.com)

So this day we remember all those who gave up their lives so I can live a better life.  I don’t take it lightly.  I salute you!

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Why I like Julius Malema: 3 reasons

I like him…I cannot exactly pinpoint why, but I do.

Juju

Let’s get it clear from the beginning…this is not a political campaign, on the contrary.  I have distanced myself from politics a long time ago.  For various personal reasons.  With this post I am not trying to promote anyone (like my subject so often does) or any political party.

I am just intrigued by the fascination we seem to have with him.

  1. He speaks his mind.  Yes, sometimes without thinking before he does.  And yes, many times he says something stupid.  The reality is he says what a lot of us actually think but are afraid to say out loud.
  2. He is an entertainer.  He keeps me captivated.  I see him as a very valuable player in our democracy.  Politicians and their opinions have been a source of entertainment for decades all over the world.
  3. He is gutsy.  A lot more than I am.  He is extremely determined.  Many of us may agree that he should shift his energy in a more positive and constructive manner.
I have been trying to pinpoint why exactly I like the guy and the above seem like a few fair reasons why I do.  It’s difficult to really understand how one human being can capture us in such a manner.  Not a week goes by without him not making a headline for an absurd statement or gesture.
I think he is a comedian.  Since I made that mind-shift I find he doesn’t irritate me that much.  Whatever you may think of him, or however he has offended you in the past…we love clinging to his lips.  We crave his opinions and what he says.
I have meaning to write to him…give him a few suggestions on how to make money in an honest manner.  We all know his passion is stirring up the masses.  I have been toying with the idea to get him to have a few shows at Monte Casino or a similar theatre.  Just imagine…Julius on stage.  He will love that!  I bet you it will be sold out and he will make loads of money to fund his lavish lifestyle.  That is what he is…a glorified comedian.  And do I love comedy!  I think too much…it sometimes removes me from reality.
Your thoughts?
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