Fiona Blessed : FBN

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January 2016

Mary, did you know?

The Christmas song that taught me humility

Lyrics: Mary, did you know?

that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will calm the storm with His hand?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kiss the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Mary did you know

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

This Christmas song humbles me. How great would it be if we knew our fate will bring great tidings!

Oh how I wish we had the ability to see the future and be content IN present times.

If I knew that today’s tears would be tomorrow’s great lesson?

That today’s heartache will help another friend months from now.

If I would know that the kindness and smile I gave to a stranger warmed their heart.

That a random placement of a hand on a friend’s shoulder was all the calmness she needed.

A late night call to a family member was all the assurance they needed to know that I am okey despite being so far from home.

Lesson that this song teaches is that it does not matter that we can not see the future but it is important to sow good seeds today that will bear good fruit in future.

It might be a financial investment; change of a job; create saving habits; start planning because one day someone will ask Fiona did you know that your blog would be this big? Huge smile because that is my dream for my blog to attract a huge readership of positive building people:)

Budget tip: Staying in and listening to music is close to medicine and therapy one can get.

Create a cozy place in your home where you can unwind and meditate on the sorrows and joys that life has to offer.

Declutter and see what is not needed.

Do you have any stories where you had no idea that what you had created would ever soar beyond your wildest dreams?

Love Fi, FBN

Sewing project: Pencil skirt

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Ice Skating lessons: Letting go & trusting to go on

After the ice skating adventure I captioned the following on the Instagram picture.

Life lesson: As a first for me to ice skate I was reminded that it is always part of life: when you fall down you have to get back up. The fall might have been hard but that is the true test of life don’t quit.
Secondly, sometimes there is absolutely no one near, (people have already skated way ahead) to help you get up thus one has to push oneself up to keep going.
Thirdly, always ask for help, no man is an island. Lean on to the help that is available. Support is always available we only have to reach out. Scream your lungs out and call your friends/family.

The preparation

In life there is always preparation, kinds of preparation, it might be reading about the topic one is going to tackle or rehearsals or consultations etc.

With ice skating the right shoes are needed: Ice skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel the wearer across a sheet of  ice while ice skating.

The first tip given is to take one size bigger than normal foot size. Then you are told to hold on to the wall if you are first time skater. And then surprisingly being told not to copy anyone on the skating grounds because then the technique is lost.

Gloves are also needed, however this was an indoor ice skating ground, so it was not so cold and that is why I got away with being in stockings and shorts.

Support system

Of course being a first time one needs support even a little bit for a few minutes. The ice is really slippery, any second one can easily slide on to the ground. If there is support call out for tips and guidance, it is important in life to realise we need each other and maybe more the other people than we would care to admit.

Sometimes like all lessons in life we do not realise the support system is there and then we try to venture on our  own and learn hard lessons like falling on the skating grounds. Believe me it is a hard cold ground.


Trust in oneself

Trust and believe that no matter the circumstances you will make it either holding on to the wall, slowly skating to nearest safe place or better yet learning a few skills that help you to skate through properly.


There will be a rainbow after the storm. I believe that there is nothing too hard to be overcome. The falls might be discouraging; the support system might choose to let go and leave you on your own. Maybe that is a good thing to discover who you really are; your strengths; your points to work at.


Have fun and take responsibility

In the end letting go is the best medication because clarity of situations becomes clearer when one releases the things holding us back; the things we believed should be; the things we dreamed ought to be; the future we envisioned. Be merry,  laugh, get back up, get organized, start a fresh and replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts and activities.

Budget tip: If you are going to stick to ice skating as a hobby, it is cheaper buying the shoes because 10 times at the rental might cost equivalent to a pair. And vice versa if you are only going with friends to try out ice skating once then rentals are the best choice.

At the indoor place, it was allowed to go with own snacks and drinks.

Share the activities that you have tried that have encouraged you to let go of pent up frustrations, fear, anger, stress and made you emerge out as a victor.

Love Fi, FBN

New Year 2016 Devotional

Sharing a meal, laughter, love to the start of a new year


Sitting here and pondering on the last year ups, downs, blessings and envisioning the yet to be.

New Year 2016


Faux bun that held it together for more than 6 hours.

For the hair, doing a protective style for the natural hair was an easy choice so that the hair could lay low with minimal shrinkage.

Christmas season with a little bit of red.

This year there was neither snow nor rain thus revamping this summer look was a no brainer. Winter whites are a good alternative to bring colour to grey clouds and chilly days because any colorful accessory added to the outfit will bring it to life.


Deuteronomy  7:13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land–your grain, new wine and oil–the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you.

At the start of a new year if no resolutions are made, I like to hold on to the everlasting promises and claim them. After all it is ask, seek and receive.

All the best for the year with loved ones, friendships and immense opportunities.

Budget tip: Always free of charge to stay kind, gracious and grateful. A thankful prayer goes a long way daily :).

Love Fi, FBN





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