Mama’s Boys

Blond little monkeys

Scattering around the house

Laughter and swirling

Delightful in their play.

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I love you, Mama

My heart overfilled

I need you Mama

My purpose confirmed.

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Energy levels of crazy notes

Frustrations competing with each other

Fighting to assert their presence

Cries of hurt that Mama comfort.

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Double hugs

Double joys

Four little arms

Wrapped around my neck.

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Jacqui

The Pink Lily

Shining bright against the window

Stealing a glimpse in your direction

Pink and loud

Peace for my overwhelmed mind.

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Busy bee, working Mama

Forgot about herself

Rushing at work for her existence

Caring of needs of others.

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Pink and dominant

Holding its ground

Bringing me back to reality

Mama breath and be present.

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The pink lily

Joy sparked in an instant

Catching the glare of the sun

To connect with my heart

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Be present.

Jacqui

Healing Journey

Every human being is the author of their own health or decease. Budha

I have been suffering from Chronic High Blood Pressure for the last 15 years, a lifetime, RIGHT! All these years I just surrendered to what the Dr’s prescribed or suggested, never taking responsibility for my own health. I can’t change the past now but my future is mine now. My slogan ” I Am Taking Power Back” has been my motivation.

Anxieties and feelings of overwhelm cause by my high blood pressure has been my friends for so long. I finally have these under control through Meditation, Tapping, Reiki and being mindful. It’s a continued journey of learning and adapting. Some days are easier than others but I have taken power back. This in itself is a victory.

I am actively taking care of myself, balancing family, work, social and spiritual foundations in my life. Making sure I am happy, time alone and I try not to overthink. I am still struggling with this, my mind is alway busy. Never resting. Study shows that we have 50 000 – 70 000 thoughts a day. Crazy! I

t has been 4 months of diet change, salt intake management, rest, exercise, homeopathy and consultations with an alternative medicine Dr. It does feel great to be in control. Knowing the plan and my expectations helps me to stay focused.

My biggest supporter is my husband, Graham. Honestly without him I don’t think I would have gone this far. Words of encouragement, praise and my voice of reason when I try to over achieve. I love you babe, for always being there. Looking at my babies is all the motivation I need to preserve their mother till old age.

It is a journey, a lifestyle change to have healthy and long lasting effects. Just live!

Jacqui

Mind Games

Free as the sprayer in the pound

Thoughts spread across my mind

Notice them and let it pass

Calm my mind from it’s chatter.

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Replace the negative with the positive

You are blessed to be alive

You are a beautiful soul

It is possible when the mind believe.

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Reaching the tips of the palm trees

Soaring high above the clouds

Still against the chirping of the crickets

At peace and healing.

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Immerse in the moment

Appreciate the opportunity

Let go and surrender

To the tranquility of the mind.

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5 Year Dream

I arrived in Hong Kong on the 3 September 2013. Fresh from African soil. I am from Botswana. The difference was stark: open lands compared to a concrete jungle.

I remember the first day on my arrival, making a promise to myself to one day open my hair salon here. No time limit, no pressure just a silent promise. Hong Kong grows on you. Seems like it’s a general thing with most expatriates, you come for 2 years than you end up staying for 30. Well, we had a 6 months plan and going on to 6 years soon.

I worked in various salons in Sai Kung. I called it my market research and creating a following. The best businesses to start are ones that already exit, copy what they do and do it better by filling a gape in the market. The demand is there and the ground work has been done!

Working but never forgetting my promise. I fell pregnant with the twins in 2015 and gave birth in May 2016. One year later I started doing freelance work. I had a very specific clientele. Remembering my early days with the babies, exhausted, sleep deprived and looking a mess I created a niche market to do house calls for moms that were breastfeeding and those with small kids. They could get their hair done while being home with the kids.

With today’s social media platform, word of month spread across mom pages. Within 3 months I become so busy that doing house call was too demanding and my back breaking from inappropriate chairs and bending over bathtubs. I needed a space where clients could come to me. I found a space in a local Chinese salon, we had an 50/50% commission agreement.

My first salary in July 2017, I made a silent promise again to start saving money so I can prepare to open my salon. I took me one year of hard work and determination, saving every month. As the months passed, I become more busy and my salary increased. The more I earned the more I saved. Honestly where there is a will, there is a way!!

10th September 2018 was such a proud moment, I opened the doors to my little shop Aphrodite Hair and Makeup. A dream 5 years in the making. To eventually achieve a BIG you need to build on small dreams first, make them a reality that build the next stage. Once you are ready for your goal you well be prepared. I have been blessed with a successful business from day one.

As proud and happy as I was with my career and personal life, I become overwhelmed with anxieties of failure, burnout and pressure on myself to do it all. I could not sleep at night. My mind over working itself. My Chronic High Blood pressure raising and getting dangerous.

I broke down one day, realising I needed to change, and I did radically. Diet, exercise, lifestyle and changed it all. I started meditating and practicing mindfulness. I taught myself to run to get outdoors. My life improved so much.

You need to be mentally, physically and socially strong to be able to thrive in all areas of your life. If one these pillars are out of balance you will struggle. Finding inner connection is so important.

Keep thriving

Jacqui