Have a healthy attitude

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and I believe that you will have an even greater week.

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”

Yes, having a good and healthy attitude is contagious. So is having a negative one. People can read you and feed off of your energy. If you are always miserable and pessimistic, they will want to stay away from you. If you always have something positive to share, people will want to be close to you.

It may be that they aren’t optimistic and just want to grasp a little of what you have for themselves. That is how much having a healthy attitude matters, because you could influence people.

I learnt something yesterday that changed me: when I choose to stay in the shadows, I’m being selfish because my light could make all the difference for someone who needs it.

Hearing this was a reality check because it described who I have been over the past year. I’d allowed a problem I’d been going through to cause me to fade into the background, and I was happy there in my own space. I didn’t want to be disturbed and I didn’t care. But it was only yesterday, when God used someone to tell me the above message, that I realised that for the past year I have been wrong. And I don’t think my attitude helped anyone. I was only harming myself.

So, today’s Happy Quote is more of a note to self rather than a Motivational Monday quote for you all, and I’m going to be working on this. But hopefully, it helps someone too.

Have a great day.

Mich x

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Be initiative

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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?


“Stop chasing what’s now and create what is next.”

When I pulled this quote out of my Happy Jar, I thought it was so relevant to the here and now.

There is only one way to do the same thing, but so many different ways to be unique. There can be a tendency to copy when you see someone succeeding in a particular area or doing a certain thing that is getting attention.

But instead of trying your hand at what they are doing, why not be initiative? You could be the one to think of the next big thing. Don’t be the same as everyone else. Be a leader, not a follower.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing the same thing as everyone else… if that’s all you want to be known for.

I’d rather be known for being initiative. How about you? I hope this post gives you something to think about.

Have a great day.

Mich x

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No one is in charge

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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?

It was my 26th birthday on Saturday, so my hubby and I went to see the Lion King in theatre. I’ve seen it before as a child, but I wanted to see it again, so I told him to take me. I was trying not to compare it to the first time I saw it, because as a child, everything looks twice as big as it is. But I loved it nonetheless.

On Thursday, the hubby is taking me to Burger and Lobster, which I’ve been wanting to go to for the longest while. That was also a personal request. See, men are not mind readers. When you tell them what you want, that is exactly what you get. 😉


“No one is in charge of your happiness except you.”

You and I cannot allow people to dictate the way that we feel. This gives them power over us, and we are worth much more than that.

Don’t allow anyone to make you feel inferior or unimportant. I’ve had my fair share of that and it’s a horrible feeling. That is why I take pleasure in making people feel good about themselves. I enjoy seeing and making people smile because… why not? If I could turn someone’s frown upside down, why wouldn’t I? If I could make a positive impact in their life, why wouldn’t I? Why should I be mean ,or rude, or dismissive?

But the point of this post is that, you should be happy in yourself, despite whether others go out of their way to make you feel good or not. You should know and be content enough to flick your hair and walk with confidence, regardless of whether someone acknowledges you or not. It has taken me a while to get to this point, but I am happy that I’m finally here. If I leave the house and take pride in my outfit, I don’t need a compliment to make me feel better about myself. Hearing one would be nice, right, but it doesn’t mean that my world will fall apart if I don’t get any.

I’ve learnt to be my own person, to be happy with me. That is all that matters.

My husband can make me happy, and he knows how to, but when he is not around, I am completely content in my own company. Because, before I met him, I had learnt to be happy with me.

When you are in charge of your happiness, no one can tell you how you should or should not feel. Be confident in yourself. It will take you a long way.

I hope this has helped someone today. Have a great Monday.

Mich x

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Good things take time

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Happy Monday everyone! What did you get up to this weekend? The sun was blazing, but I did suffer a little bit. I’m not so good with heat and prefer lukewarm temps. Still, I made the most of it that I could and finally went to see Wonder Woman with the hubby. What a film! I want to be able to jump up and fly around like she can. Now, that would be cool. That is all.


“Be patient. Good things take time.”

This quote couldn’t be any closer to the truth. Rushing your blessings will surely cause you to trip up in the road.

Some people are so anxious to make it big or reach their dreams that they take shortcuts. But there’s a problem with shortcuts. Anything that is achieved in a rush and by cutting corners, rather than steadily and with a proper foundation, will one day come tumbling down.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather put in all the effort now, even if I get to ‘play’ less, so that I can truly enjoy all that I’ve worked hard for in the future.

How about you?

Mich x

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You will make it!

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Happy Monday everyone!

Just a pretty picture and a really nice word of encouragement from my Happy Jar to start off the working week.

How was your weekend?

Mine was tiring. I spent the Saturday marching against knife crime with the Victory Youth Group, from Catford to Peckham. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen it on my InstaStories. It was an incredible experience. I’ve never done anything like that before, but with knife crime on the rise, it was necessary.

Local councillors joined us and the police helped us a great deal to keep everything under control as we marched. Once we had reached Peckham UCKG (the branch of my church in Peckham), there were inspiring spoken word, drama performances and testimonies of people who used to live a life of crime, but turned everything around. The spoken word was my favourite. It’s another form of written talent and it’s just amazing what people can do with their words.

I felt the ache of walking and standing for hours on the Sunday, but it was all worth it and I pray that what we did made a real difference.

What did you get up to on the weekend?

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Mich x

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From Selfie to Self-Expression

On 20 May, Mr. Sun decided to come out to play. It was a perfect day to visit the From Selfie to Self-Expression Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which I discovered on The Londonder. Unfortunately, the exhibition ended on 28 May. That’s the great thing about blogs. You can discover all these awesome places to go, places that you wouldn’t have usually known about until you do a little reading.

I asked my friend to join me, and off we set the next free Saturday we had to view some art, which we are both a fan of.

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The From Selfie to Self-Expression Exhibition is a play on the selfie generation, and combines the old with the new. It plays on the concept that people have been taking selfies since back in the day, in the form of portraits.

The lined strokes in this portrait by ALO reminded me of pointillism, developed by Georges Seurat. He used small dots to create a bigger picture.

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A portrait by ALO

This was the CCTV room. As soon as you walk into this gallery, the cameras zoom in on your face, what you are doing, and your proximity to other people in the room, so that it can be seen by all on the walls. It’s a big reminder that we are constantly being watched.

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This room was so interesting. Portraits of famous artists were displayed on large screens with the same images on phones next to them in the form of Instagram posts. You were able to ‘like’ the post, and it tallied up to how many people had liked the image.

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Van Gogh
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Frieda Kahlo

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Some famous selfies.

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A random wax work of a man with a gun. There was actually no explanation as to why this was here.

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The first ever selfie. Look at that box camera!

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I love photography.

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This metal sculpture looks like a random blend of twigs, vines, skulls and rodents. But with the light shining on it, its shadow reveals…

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…this! A head with two faces.

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Time went by so quickly that we could hardly believe it when we were kicked out of the gallery at 6pm. We headed to Covent Garden to get a bite to eat.

After settling down to a greasy burger and crimped chips at the Shake Shack, we opted to get dessert at a cosy french cafe called Chez Antoinette. We both went for the homemade apple crumble, mine sans a dollop of cream. And still, it was delicioso. The crumble was crunchy, yet soft (is that even possible?) and the apple was moist; not too sour and not too sweet. It was just right, as Goldilocks would say.

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I really enjoyed myself and aim to plan more trips with my artsy-farsty friend, because she’s the only one who will go with me.

Have a fab day!

Mich x

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Dreams versus action

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Happy Monday everyone!

A quick post today with a self-explanatory quote from the Happy Jar.

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it.”

I have many quotes in my jar reminding me that it is important that I take action and do something about my dreams. I have recently decided to do something that initially instilled fear in me. So many doubts came to my mind as well. But courage is not the absence of fear. It is the power to take action regardless of it.

So I will be doing whatever I have to. I am motivated more than ever, because my husband and I have long term goals that we wish to achieve together, and I need to do my own part in this partnership.

Wish me all the best guys! And I wish you all the best too for whatever you have your eyes set on.

Have a blessed day.

Mich x

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