On raising a boy.

I rub

gentleness

into your skin

every day,

so that the one

who loves you

one day,

does not have

to peel back

the layers,

to find your heart.

—On raising a boy.

Break the chains.

every woman

who heals

herself,

heals her

children’s

children.

—Break the chains.

The magic of enthusiasm.

This morning I was awakened by my little boy running into the bedroom, shouting, “It’s today! It’s today! Yay! It’s today!”

And just what do you think, might elicit such great excitement on a Saturday morning?

Swimming.

Every Saturday morning he has his swimming lesson and he loves it with an extraordinary enthusiasm that never tires. Every week’s swimming session is anticipated with the same infectious joy, and it’s a sheer delight to observe, and be a part of—even the bright, cheerful and very loud wake-up call is a treasure.

It reminded me how important enthusiasm is. It’s an infectious energy that rubs off on everybody and it is so life-giving.

But, what if there is nothing in your life to be enthusiastic about?

Please—spend some time thinking about the things that used to bring you joy and that used to get you all excited about living.

Find that thing.

And go and do it!

Do it until your heart buzzes with joy and then go find some more!

I do not fit into a box.

it took

me

a lifetime to realise

that it is perfectly

ok

to walk away from

the people

who would bruise

the soft roundness

of me,

with their

square boxes.

—I do not fit into a box.

A gentle reminder—feed your family, first.

I am a writer, poet and a blogger.

There is no greater joy than having a piece of my writing accepted for print, or hearing that someone was touched by one of my poems.

Writing is a healing process for me, but sometimes it feels as if I spend my day flinging snippets of myself all over social media—Instagram, Twitter, Submittable, my website and Facebook—all in the hopes that some of it will take root somewhere, and grow.

And in that process, where I am feeding the world—feeding myself to the world—my family starve, because they don’t get the best of me. They are the ones who deserve the very best of my time and my presence.

So, my heart today is to remind you, no matter WHO you are, remember to feed the most important people in your life first.

Everything else will then fall perfectly into place.

Much love,

Liezel