In the beginning…What I have learned

Day 31: (Bonus topic) What I have learned from the Writers Bootcamp Challenge
In the beginning…

It was just something I wanted to try out. It is more serious now. I answered some questions the other day on blogging –

What made you start blogging? I was home (6 weeks forced holiday) recovering from a hysterectomy and was very bored with TV and I started reading blogs (mainly of ladies healing from hysterectomy and other more serious illness and their journey) I thought I’d just write about my pain and how I survived the op and all the negative emotions that I was going through at the time….turned out something completely different

What has blogging taught you? Maybe I am a bit more honest with myself, I am shy and tend to hide a lot and I admire people who put their feelings out there, and really write from the heart. No fear! I don’t always do that, but have learnt to be a bit more honest with myself and my feelings when I write. It’s a long and hard process though

What do you avoid blogging about?  🙂  Exactly what I have just said my real feelings, what hurts me most, I avoid that all the time, and sugar coat everything

Day 31 – What I have learned from the Writers Bootcamp Challenge: I have opened up more and wrote as if no one was reading it. So it was easier, although challenging, it felt good once I posted each blog. I Only posted it to twitter not FB – I don’t know why I did that?!!

Write from the heart – write like you paint. So I struggle with some paintings but I don’t give up and do always finish them. Even if it is not my favourite one that I show everyone and boast about, I still put it out there and I definitely complete it. So why not do the same with writing? Huh, miss P??

I’m going to try. And on that note, it’s time to take a break from the blogging and concentrate on painting!  Here’s a pic of the new one I started last night. It was an awesome painting day and I can’t wait for it to dry so I can add the little birds ….♥


Me and my writing

Writersbootcamp on Day 30

Me and my writing, my writing and me…actually writing is easy, it’s easier than telling. I’m sort of like this…

what i say

So writing is easy. If you need to let rip on and email and don’t know how to start? Talk to me. I’m good at that. Putting my thoughts down on paper is not the problem, it’s sharing them that becomes the problem. Then it’s back to the picture….lots on the page nothing out there. Sort of like my art, secretive to the last-minute, when it’s finished and if I’m happy then I share it  #timeforchange

I’m not a writer, I’m trying to be an artist. I get distracted easily when blogging and I find it difficult to write blog if I’m not using a keyboard, but I do make notes or write down ideas. I’m always storing ideas somewhere in my mind for later, I’m always doing that, it gives me a headache sometimes!! Too much stuff going on…

X Ray

Writersbootcamp on Day 29 asks for a blog post on X-Ray

I am nearly finished with the July writers challenge and now they come up with the weird topics – x-ray!

Well you know I love art, right? And to get to a good sketch of the human body one needs to get underneath the clothes. Yeah, the nudes! 😀

Also the skeleton and bone structure, that’s why that little wooden figure is so useful when you are trying to draw the human body. You almost need to imagine the bones and sharp or rounded edges to get your portrait and human figure right. Like x-ray vision. That’s why I like these. Have a look at this artist.

I found these a while back and seeing the topic today x-ray it reminded me of the very cute x-rayed cartoons. Can you imagine your art figures in x-ray form?

You will find more interesting art on







Politics and Drama

@Writersbootcamp – Day 28, Politics and Drama

I couldn’t think of a more horrible thing even if I tried hard enough. I like movies 🙂 but know nothing of drama. I hate politicians and know nothing about politics. So what do I write about?

Office Politics and Office Drama (I live work amongst some of the best)

I’m just the PA trying to fit in and grow into my position. You dear drama queen fresh out of varsity (or not so fresh) ready to climb the corporate ladder trying your best to impress are a royal pain in the ass. You still have lots to learn from me before you can tell me how to do my job. Oh that felt so good.

Ok so my suggestions to help avoid some politics and drama – from the PA perspective are like so:

  • Stop comparing your previous company to the new one you are in now (or go back to previous place, really)
  • Stop grumbling, say it loud or shut up. Whining and complaining about others is a big no-no
  • Stop rolling your eyes, just listen maybe the younger ones or the ones with less degrees do have a good solution or opinionbig sea
  • Being confident, does not mean you can be aggressive. Ai people, you are really hurting others with your forceful nature
  • Be nice to the person you are criticising and say it nicely
  • If you are too competitive they’re watching you. If you’re not competitive enough they’re talking about you. Ha ha, 😀 find the balance, Ok
  • Being a role model does not mean wearing spike heels and kicking people around, so be the humble person with the soft voice, not the loud office canary

It’s a big ocean out there, or jungle, the most colourful ones get eaten up if they are not careful. From me the PA that sometimes takes most abuse in the office, I’m acting like I’m ok, so please don’t interrupt my performance!! 

Bucket List

Day 27 – Bucket List @Writersbootcamp

This should be easy, but it’s not! But here goes…(no special order)

  • Swim with dolphins
  • Namaqualand
  • Greek Isles
  • Scuba diving
  • Sell all my paintings
  • Fitness!! Need to get fit, lose weight
  • Learn to make real cheese, spend time in cheese farm
  • Read the whole Bible
  • Learn to salsa and waltz
  • Write a book
  • See the great migration of Serengeti
  • See my sons graduate!
  • Visit Peru
  • Cage diving with sharks
  • See the Northern lights
  • Volunteer work with my church (teach children) in China or India
  • Learn to play piano
  • See Niagara falls
  • A small beach house for me and my bear to go to…..

Sjoe, that was hectic!!