July was a month filled with Chocolate. It was the first time that I attended a Chocolate making workshop. Chocolate making is not as easy as it seems and there is a lot of science to making the best tasting chocolate for consumption.
It was all things sweet as I completed my ACTA course and am now a certified trainer and assessor. This qualification has enhance my teaching qualifications and expanded my scope in the range of subjects and ages that I can mentor to.
Capturing moments with the kids is what I try deliberately to do. They are certainly growing up so fast that if I don’t capture these moments on film, it would be gone forever.
We had many fun moments trying out different foods. It really gets much easier when the kids get older as they get more adventurous with foods. Their immunity is stronger and their taste buds change making them more receptive to the various flavours and different type so food that is available here in Singapore.
If you have noticed I have been blogging much lesser this year as I concentrate more on activities off the blog. I’m taking it slow in this space as I concentrate more on personal development and spending more time with the kids developing their ability in academics, music, character development and personal resilience.
It has been nearly four and a half months into 2016. Time has really sprinted pass. Looking back at the resolutions that I have set in January it has been great that I’ve manage to keep most of my goals.
At the start of the year I set these goals for myself.
Focus more on ME. – My well being and growth
Increasing my spiritual knowledge.
Spend more quality time with my 3 kids
Going on 2 trips
Reading more books. I target 20 books.
I have been certainly focusing more on myself. I know it is important to take care of both the inside and the outside. If you look good you will feel good.
I’m into total care and that means taking note of everything top to toe. As I grow older I realize that it is ever more important to take note of once appearance. Self love is important and should not be neglected. I used to focus more on the kids and family then myself and it shouldn’t have been that way.
One has to focus more on self to be able to have the energy to deal with kids and the daily grinds of living. Solo parenting can be really exhausting at times as one has to be both the mother and father to the children as their biological father is physically , mentally and emotionally absent nearly their entire life. It is really important for me to frequently recharge myself so I can give the kids 100% of my attention.
I’ve found that reading the bible daily and doing devotions in the morning has helped tremendously in giving me clarity. With GOD as my guide I am able to focus better and plan better for the kids and my future.
I’ve managed to schedule in one-to-one time with the kids on a weekly basis and working hard to keep my promise to spend quality time with them on a regular basis.
I’ve spend time experimenting in nail art with Tiger girl this year. She has started to show more interests in manicures and I find it a great bonding activity to do with her. It allows us to be as creative as we want to using the various nail art tools.
As the boys are in school for longer hours and have more homework then their sister I do not have as much one-to-one time with them. However with the limited time that we have we play chess together.
I have lost track of the number of books that I have read so far as I do not document every book that I have read, however I feel that it shouldn’t be a problem to complete at least 20 books. I’ve only done two book reviews here on this blog- 1-2-3 Magic Discipline and Leadership and Soft Skills for students.