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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

[inspiration] You're going to be GREAT!!


greatness lies in all of us .....





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One of my favourite ads.....




I'm made of belief, not barriers. 
I'm made of sweat, not swagger. 
I'm made of many, not one. 
I'm made of the next point, not the last.
I'm made of blazing trails, not following paths.
I'm made of every hurdle i've cleared, not just the ones on the track.
I'm made of all the days you don't see, not just the one you do.
I'm made of everything to come, not just what has been.









My name is Jo Uthman and I'm made of SWEAT, not swagger




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Sunday, August 26, 2012

[Inspiration] Wisdom for the day

















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Taronga Zoo, Sydney


You cannot come to Sydney without not visiting Taronga Zoo. Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney, with breathtaking views of the Harbour. I'm not a big zoo fan but I was told I had to visit and it was indeed a beautiful zoo - I fell in love with the animals, the Giraffe, Elephant & Zebra were my favourite. I learnt so much about the different wildlife that it's become my new interests - I don't think I like the idea of bringing wildlife to the zoo , yes it is educational but I felt sorry for the animals - they've been brought thousand of miles from their natural habitat and now confined to limited space and subdued to daily strangers gawking and snapping photos of them - tis unnatural - NOT NICE!

                                              


city view



















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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy 6th Anniversary to me!


Time they say really does fly. 6 years ago I left good ole Blighty for the land of the free and the home of the brave , the United States of America. I can't believe 6years have flown by.

A lot has occurred in my life in those years - i'll list the notables

1) Got married to my best friend and no1 fan  - it was our 5years anniversary this month
2) Had the most wonderful son on the planet -our incredible T- he's an absolute bundle and handful of joy :)
3) Traveling/living in India, Canada and now Australia
4) Becoming a chartered accountant
5) Moving from Chicago to Atlanta
6) Becoming a runner - from 0 to half marathon
7) Lastly the passing of my Father

As I look back at the past 6years I thank God for everything - it would be great to still have my Dad around but I know he's in heaven watching over me -I miss you Daddy.

Today I reflected on all the highs and lows of the past 6years, the opportunities lost, the seeds never sown and I ask myself why Jo? - why did you play it safe? why did you stay in your comfort zone when the real magic happens outside of it? you can't really cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. I don't think I've been daring enough - I became too comfortable with being comfortable and I kept focusing on the one 'uncontrollable' obstacle in my way -even when I should know that God is in control and he knows my tomorrow.
I 've been too conservative - but today I look back and instead of regret I see strength ; there's been some really hurtful things that has occurred in my life that is bound to break anyone's spirit and hope; but God turned it around and strengthened me - today I begin to actively take steps to live my dreams. It is so clear and vivid in my heart and I will become it - I'll no longer make excuses or focus on this one obstacle - I'll continue to press on today not tomorrow - I feel emboldened and empowered and I know that He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. Today I choose to take the road less traveled to my dreams, I no longer want to choose the comfortable/safe route but only that which brings me closer to my destiny - I'll make my mark here on earth. Jo Uthman is here to serve and she'll do so with glee and diligence.

God I pray that you bless the work of my hands, you have blessed me with so many gifts and talents and all I want to do is serve you with it - come and dwell in my spirit where you already abide , fill me with you and empty me of me -Thank you lord for I know that you've started a good thing in me and will be faithful to complete it - bless my family and friends and even the reader lord - shine your light on us oh lord that we may see clearly and act accordingly.

Obstacle I don't see you anymore - I'll overcome and I'll conquer !! 6years from now I'll look back and will have even more testimonies to share



Jo

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Bible verses of the day



Revelation 2:10

New International Version (NIV)
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.







Ecclesiastes 9:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong, 
nor does food come to the wise 
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.



via biblegateway


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Is who you are what you do?


Is who you are what you do?

I think so - because it's an expression of your inner self - ok, what if what you do is not who you are? then keep looking I say, do what you're doing right now with gratitude .
For me it's knowing exactly what to do but not fully stepping out my stable/comfort zone. But I'm happy that I'm uncomfortable with being comfortable.

Thoughts?







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Stop dreaming and wishing ..... start doing TODAY

this is one for me, hope it kicks you in the butt as well :)
I have a gazillion dreams, some huge, some small, some difficult, some easy - but I realize they'll only remain a dream if I don't start pursuing them actively EVERYDAY!








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Inspirations - Quotes of the day

“Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers...”
Cecil Beaton 



“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson




“It's easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.”
Henry Ward Beecher 




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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rest in Peace Uncle Peter


Woke up yesterday to the sad news of  Uncle Peter death. Again via FB - my sister sent me a message saying 'call home now' - in my head I thought not again ; the last time was when I lost my Dad (New's year eve 2011).  We only just buried Daddy last year, who is it this time I wondered .

This is often the price you pay for living abroad(away from family) you get calls of weddings, births and the unfortunate deaths . I called my Mum and she said we lost Uncle P - he died after a brief illness.
I'm not sure I can describe how I felt - memories of my Dad flooded in - Uncle P was Dad's younger brother - in fact the only surviving male of the family. Dad had 3 brothers and 2 sisters; all that is left now are my 2 Aunties.

I got the news and I just blanked it all from my mind , and really did not want to go there again - - it's much easier to deal with that way I thought -I'll just keep busy and not think about the loss - but that didn't work - just woke up this morning and felt numb, sad, weak, emotional, all very teary - I last saw Uncle P at Dad's funeral a year ago - he looked well ; but now he's gone - gone to come back no more

I relived Dad's funeral in my head again; from the seeing him at the mortuary and him being put in the coffin to being in the church - it was odd - the last time I was at that church Dad was by my side , walking me down the aisle on my wedding day and now he's in a box at the same church.
I just can't believe Uncle P is gone. Rest in Peace Uncle - when you see Dad , tell him I love him and miss him every single day -

I love you Uncle P.

Farewell!!!





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Emu oil for face

I've just rediscovered the Emu oil here in OZ ; and I must say I've seen great results so far. I've been using it solely on my face. The Sydney weather is a wee dry (tis winter here).
This oil works like a charm - it does have a slight smell (think chicken fat) :) - but I love it - no more dryness and I can see my skin improving with only a few days of use

Emu oil is essentially the fat from an Emu, a bird indigenous to Australia - it is used to treat fevers,coughs, minor pain, arthritic joints, bruises, cuts and sores. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural emollient .It is known to be good for the face and lips . I picked it up at the local street market and the Chinese lady who was 50 but looked 38 told me that's all she uses on her skin; she said I should I apply twice a day and be sure to use cling film to trap it in for a few mins - I've been doing so for almost a week now (well without the cling film) - and I kid you not the difference is so CLEAR. The only con about this oil is the animal fat smell and also the cost -I once bought a tiny 4oz bottle for almost $20 in the US - but got the 100ml shown below for $23 - I feel like stocking up - but also feel this bottle will last a long time - really do not want expired animal fat on me skin 

Emu - this was taken at the Featherdale wildlife park











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Chicken Laksa obsession

The Asian restaurants here in Sydney are simply the best!- OMG! from Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Thai etc all very tasty and authentic , not like the westernized crapola in the US .

I've sampled pretty much all of it so far and my favourite is the Malay chinese Laksa. Laksa is essentially a spicy noodle soup that is just so delightful .

Below is my 3rd Laksa lunch takeout since I've been here - I normally get the chicken and vegetables Laksa - so yummy -to think I've never come across it in the US :( - i'm officially on a lookout when I return



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Headwraps Pt 2


Gotta love the wraps -

source : google images

source : google images

source : google images











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My box braids are keeping well ...


I must say I do nada extraordinary with them - I've just been rocking it all down - It's fared me well so far; I'm glad I invested the long hours to do them- a great low maintenance style. Will be taking them down soon for my friend's wedding - will need another low maintenance style for that - Phew! time for a new wig I think :)




x

Jo









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I finally had Kangaroo and it was...


..meh , nada too special  - I did love the presentation :)


lunch at Nicks on Dahling harbour






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The Sun-Herald City2Surf - 14k race


The day was Sunday, 12th August - only 3days prior Jojo decides to run the City2Surf - In my head I thought meh 8.7miles not a big deal , so snatched the spare bib at work . Everyone tried to warn me of the killer hills but I did not listen - Oh boy was it tough - It seemed like it was never-ending 4k of the 14k course was straight hills - called the heartbreak hill - I stopped twice - totally underestimated the steepness - - ended with a finish time of 84mins(6mins kilometer).

It was nice to finish with a medal - well everyone got one :) - I wouldn't have minded a wee banana and some snacks though :)


before the race

waiting to get started


right after - i'm a medalist :)

Bondi beach - twas far too cold to surf




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I'm in Sydney !!!


I feel like I've neglected my haven - I always have so much to write then when it actually comes down to it - I really can't be arsed - err talk about procrastination or lazyness :) - Anyhoo, looks like I have a wee time on me hands today to reflect - - I tend to write more when all is not so well -not sure where this is going but I wanted to share that I'm in Sydney , Australia - OMG!! If you know how many times I've wished to be here you'd belive that dreams do come true - anytime I'm blue I wish to be far far far away and say that's it I'm off to OZ :) - anyhoo I'm here for business , when work asked I couldn't resist and started planning away. The whole fam was to come but things didn't work out so instead I cut my trip and left my precious men all by themselves - I must say the 1st week was absolutely great without them :) - I had some refreshing time alone, didn't haven't to worry about anything - no cleaning, cooking, tidying, laundry, food shopping etc - just me , work and SYDNEY.

I've been here for a few weeks now ; and must say it is an incredible city - absolutely stunning!!! I could so live here :( ah well a girl can only dream - I'm beginning to miss home now and ready to fly back ..

at the harbour  - weird to have 'winter' in August 
                                     





view from my apartment










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Friday, August 3, 2012

Habakkuk 1 :5 NLT

Sometimes we often focus on the missed opportunities and wallow in regret but worry not, what is yours will forever be yours - every disappointment is a blessing - You may think it's over but God is still working on you - He isn't done yet . 


Bible verse of the week 


“Look around at the nations;
    look and be amazed!
For I am doing something in your own day,
    something you wouldn’t believe
    even if someone told you about it.



Habakkuk 1:5

New Living Translation (NLT)



via biblegateway



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