Behind Closed Doors

This month, the global sisterhood is focusing on the issue of human trafficking, specifically for the purposes of sexual slavery. It’s no small issue, and the world is slowly but surely awakening to this crime against humanity, but there is yet so much to be done; so many yet to be freed.

I was probably about 17 maybe 18 walking home from college in Melbourne one day when a stranger roughly in his mid 30s approached me from a distance. He called me beautiful and asked me if I’d like to come away with him on a fully paid for trip, and motioned to his car just parked along the side of the road. I thought he was a sleazebag and felt somewhat grossed out and kept briskly walking and motioning for him to leave me alone. I think he swore at me and told me to go back from where I came from or something to that extent.

The truth is, I never gave a second thought about that incident till recent years…when it dawned on me that that well could have ended on the road to being trafficked myself. If i was just a little more in need of love & attention or if that guy had been gutsy enough to grab me- what then? I shall not think more about that. But I will say that it’s made me understand how easy it is for girls to fall prey to the often enticing offers – these days far less obviously guised as lucrative job offers, study opportunities and delivered by some of the victim’s own friends & family, driven by money.

When I hear the stories of some of these girls who have now been freed- trapped in debt, serving 40-50 men a day for their employers, sold over and over again- my heart totally breaks. How can such a thing happen to so many right under our very noses? How can someone…anyone…treat another human being in this way?

Alone, one can feel somewhat overwhelmed by the need. What can I do? But together maybe our little somethings can help bring freedom to one more girl; stop one more person from trafficking the next victim. Join me in bringing awareness, in praying, in partnering with organisations such as A21, or visit The Colour Sisterhood for other ways to play a part in solution.

This one’s for those enslaved and for the future of our sons & our daughters.

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The Thing About Mothers

In honor of mums today, I thought I’d post a little observation i’ve had about mums over the years…

1. She eats last at the dinner table, just in case there isn’t enough for you
2. She thinks your unattractive but highly ‘original’ card is the best things she’s ever seen.
3. She doesn’t ask for much, just a ‘thank you’ or a note of love or a hug makes her feel loved (more is BONUS! ;))
4. She doesn’t care who you say you are or what kind of position you hold, if you mess with her kids…you might as well consider your days numbered.
5. She’s seemingly immune to lack of sleep and sickness…but she needs rest as much as you- make sure you take care of her!
6. She’d rather you give her a thoughtful gift than an expensive gift (well…unless they’re one and the same haha! ;))
7. She has the knack of making things homely even if it’s the crummiest house on the planet. thank God for that.
8. She doesn’t just listen to what you say…she also has the gift to read what you don’t.
9. You’ll always be her baby…even if you’re 30….married…have kids…have grandkids…have white hair…
10. She’s the greatest playback recorder of your childhood days who’ll gladly re-animate your days for good measure.

Thanks mum. as always, you’re loved and appreciated.

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The Thing About Mothers

In honor of mums today, I thought I’d post a little observation i’ve had about mums over the years…

1. She eats last at the dinner table, just in case there isn’t enough for you
2. She thinks your unattractive but highly ‘original’ card is the best things she’s ever seen.
3. She doesn’t ask for much, just a ‘thank you’ or a note of love or a hug makes her feel loved (more is BONUS! ;))
4. She doesn’t care who you say you are or what kind of position you hold, if you mess with her kids…you might as well consider your days numbered.
5. She’s seemingly immune to lack of sleep and sickness…but she needs rest as much as you- make sure you take care of her!
6. She’d rather you give her a thoughtful gift than an expensive gift (well…unless they’re one and the same haha! ;))
7. She has the knack of making things homely even if it’s the crummiest house on the planet. thank God for that.
8. She doesn’t just listen to what you say…she also has the gift of reading what you don’t.
9. You’ll always be her baby…even if you’re 30….married…have kids…have grandkids…have white hair…
10. She’s the greatest playback recorder of your childhood days who’ll gladly re-animate your days for good measure.

Thanks mum. as always, you’re loved and appreciated.

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Being Thirty & Beyond

In Review…
I made 16 days out of 30…well…at least i crossed the half-way mark right? ;) Though there wasn’t 30days in all, I was definitely glad to have had space to reminisce life’s little lessons with you…and I hope that you’ve discovered a little of your own story & how much you have to inspire others with!

The Other Side of Thirty
Sure, the wrinkles aren’t something to really look forward to…but I do indeed love the depth that comes with age- a quiet confidence; an understanding of true beauty; a stronger value for community…there’s just nothing like it. But as I sit and ponder on now finally reaching the big ‘3-0’, I can’t help but notice that I’m still…well…ME! No sudden evolvements into some sort of super-daughter/wife/friend. No enlightened revelations of purpose. Just the me I’ve been gradually becoming through everyday ordinary living…still the same me who feels like a misfit in this transient world we live in.

This is what this blog is about…it’s birthed out of a realisation that maybe I’ll never grow out of feeling like a misfit, and that maybe I’m not alone with feeling this way. If I’m right then welcome…fellow misfit…make yourself at home.

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***the Interlude***

Hey my faithful 30-Day blog followers,

Apologies for the lack of wordpressing these last couple of days, it’s been crazy with Colour Sisterhood preps-lock-down and I wanted to make sure the rest of my couple of hours of the day was given to my long-suffering hubby :)

I’ve decided to place this 30day-writing on hibernation and will post at the end of the week to catch up- I’ll have so much to share after spending a week valuing womanhood and all that God has in store for His girls! Love it.

Hope you’ll be patient with me- be back soon! xoxo

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Day 16: The Truth About Women #2

SHE is UNIQUE; not just in personality but in the way she processes her world.

You know how you sometimes think you’re saying it super straight. I hate to break it to you, we all process things in a very VERY different way. Here’s a few things we’re processing/affects us as we’re trying to understand in those 5 words:
1. Tone – angry? happy? concerned? don’t care? impatient?
2. Body Language – are we on good terms with one another or is he/she being distant?
3. Past Conversations – how did we interact before? does this relate to anything that has happened?
4. Our state of being – tiredness/stress/secure/confident/happy….could change that one phrase in a minute.

All this….in a split second. that’s a feat. :)

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Day 15: The Truth About Women #1

It’s crunch time in Colour-Preps land and to make things simple AND in honour of valuing womanhood, I’ll be doing 1 week of Truth About Women; One Fact A Day. (Girls, feel free to add in as we go! =) )

Truth #1

SHE has a heart that’s vulnerable…but which instantly grows spikes to fight for those she loves; for truth; for injustice.

Don’t be fooled by the tears that come from sad/touching movies or maybe from tiredness due to overwork…she’ll get feisty if you attack her spouse/family/kids, if she believes that truth is being ignored or if you’re plain abusing the truth…you don’t wanna cross her path. Every women fights in their own way, but if her heart is healthy, it would be her natural response.

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