Each day, really is a new gift. 

I’ve always been very close to my family. Even though I’ve been living out of home for some time now. They’re always there; we talk everyday. Even if I’m on the others-side of the world. A day wouldn’t go by where I wouldn’t communicate with them. Or know they’re thinking and praying for me. They really are everything.

On December 24th, 2016. My world changed forever. My dad. The strongest man I know. Was diagnosed with a large tumor on his brain.

I thought he was joking; I didn’t want to believe it. ”Dad, stop playing. What did the results really say…”

”I have a tumor Lani..” he simply said. As he watched my eyes fill with tears. And I gave him a big hug, still in shock. Unwilling to believe what just came out of his mouth. It couldn’t be….that’s my dad. He has to be okay.

Thoughts began to rush into my head! How would be go on if something happened to Dad. What would happen to life as we knew it. Mum? Her solemate for almost 30 years. Dad wouldn’t get to walk me down the aisle, on my wedding day. Or watch his daughter potentially compete at an Olympic Games. All of this seemed meaningless compared to the thought of potentially losing him. Our family, our rock. Our everything

He wouldn’t get to be a Grandpa. All of these things rushed into my head. 

Closer to the surgery, when I asked Dad is he was scared, he simply said ”Well yeah Lani, but you’ve just got to take it each day at a time. And trust God it’ll all be okay.”

 About 8 weeks down the track. That brave, humble, resilient man has had the tumor successfully removed from his brain

He was tested during this time. Tested by his faith. by affirming his trust in God. Trusting the doctors and nurses looking after him. And trusting in himself; that everything was gonna be okay.

We are completely overjoyed and thankful. One that he is still here. Two, the bastard is gone! And three the surgery was a success.He is on the long road of recovery now. It’s all gonna be okay

Our family are overwhelmed with the support from all over the world. Thank you to anyone who has reached out to us. Prayed for us. Might be praying for us now. 

This has completely changed my outlook. Like, what if I was diagnosed with something life threatening? Am I going to regret not doing things today, by waiting until tomorrow. 

No. Carpe-bloody-Diem! (seize the day!) I’ve always been a firm believer in that saying. But seeing how Dad has been so strong. So faithful. So optimistic through this whole process. Has made me, my mother, my brothers – stronger. Stronger in our personal faith. And faith in the world.

Major brain surgery conquered and all Dad wants to do is hit the gym. Bless him.
I encourage you, whatever is thrown your way. You must learn patience. Patience that the future will bring brighter things. Patience that God always has a bigger plan. Patience that ”everything will always be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” 

So, Smile more. Spread joy. Live without regrets. And seize your day! 

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Your Real Meaning of Christmas

This holiday season, it’s very easy to get caught up in the commercialised side of Christmas, materialism and spending. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. I’ve seen so many people get so stressed about who they need big gifts for and how much they’re spending. Rather than simply, why we are buying gifts in the first place.

You can very easily Lose sight of what Christmas really means to you. It might be along the lines of. Family time. Reunions. Giving. Or The CHRIST in Christmas.


I would encourage you, this Christmas time to take a moment to simply think about what Christmas might mean to someone like this little girl. I had the joy of meeting in Cambodia. She may look happy, dressed and in good health. But she is Living in an improvised community. Her parents might not earn more than $AU 70c per day. Which is enough to get by, to put rice on the table. By Christmas would certainly look very different from ours.

I have no doubts, her smile would remain the brightest little grin; I’ve ever seen. Her attitude would still be carefree. She would not know the feeling of seeing wrapping paper and presents under a tree. Or a santa sack on the end of her bed.

Christmas might simply be another day to her. With added silly songs about a fat man in a suit.

These people are strong. Even though they live in destitution; they are happy with their simple way of living. They have enough to live and learn. And they don’t complain or think ‘why me.’ They do their best to provide a future for their families.  And realised they are blessed with what little they have.

I encourage you, and your family to never take your situation for granted. Some people are praying for what you have. And what you have, could very well be enough.

Take care, be grateful and be safe his Christmas and hold your loved ones close.

Optimism and the ability to control your mood

When nothing is going right, go left! 
When something goes wrong in your day. It’s incredibly easy to feel like you’ve lost sight of your goals, your regime or your week in general.
And it can be even easier to stress about it, wonder ”why me,” or curl up in a big ball of negativity. But it can also be just as easy to ”roll with it.”

It’s moments like these, where nothing has generally gone to plan. I have to ”breathe” and literally LOL at myself. And think: ”it’s not WHY is this happening.” It’s ”What can I do about it.”

You’re a beautiful ray of sunshine; with control of your life at your fingertips. Don’t let this one silly thing rule you or your day. 
Affirmations: I use these daily. Especially when I think things may have fallen to pieces.

Phrases like: ”I am strong, I am powerful, I can do anything.”Or ”I am the power. I control my destiny.” Emanate especially well, when emotions are running high and all you can think of is that little annoying event that’s blown up in your face. 

When you begin to radiate positivity with your mind. Your body will start to believe it! And you’ll magically feel less stressed, shaky or anxious. 
Deep Breaths. 

Your new diet has totally fallen to pieces? – Start again tomorrow.You’ve broken out right before a big social event?- Go treat yourself to a facial. You’ve had a fight with your partner? Hang out with your fam or your mates to distract you. 
If it’s something I’ve learned…. through all the times life’s thrown a surprise at me.

1) You’re never going to be given something you can’t handle. 

2) There’s always a way around things. 

And chances are someone close to you could be experiencing something similar. Don’t be afraid to admit it’s not all smiles and rainbows. 
Be Real with those close to you and share your feels. You’ll become closer for it and feel supported through it all.

You are your own power. Radiate good vibes and good energy will follow you.