45 Life Lessons from someone very wise...


We have been in Korea for a little over 2 weeks now. If any of you have been following me on Instagram, you probably think that I have landed in an incredible world full of gorgeous stationery, makeup for miles, and pretty things everywhere I look. The truth is that there are a lot of things that go on in a day that are far from wonderful here. Arriving in Korea, and living here, you are emerging yourself in a culture so far removed from anything you will have experienced before. There are days when I question our lives here, there are days when I want to strangle some of my students and kick them out of class, days when I want to shake my co-teacher and shout at her to stop smiling at me when she doesn't understand a word I've said. 

What starts to matter is the small things in life. The little old lady I meet on my walk to school. The small piece of shade I walk under for the last 10 minutes of my walk. The fan above me the staff room, and all the things my hubby does for me in the morning when we get ready for work. Our lives here, at least while we await our first paycheck, are very different from back home, not only do you start to appreciate things back home, but I've also grown to appreciate other South Africans so much more. Even though things can be pretty tough here (the language barrier has a lot to do with it, and the levels of respect in society - being able to give your opinion has become a luxury here) we have found every other South African we know to be very positive about life. Very rarely have we come across another South African who moans and complains about Korea. South Korea is our home, we are treated very well here, and in return they expect us to give our best in everything. It's a give and take situation, where a lot of other foreigners do a lot more taking than giving. I came across these 45 life lessons on Facebook today, they have reminded me of how we should try and live our lives, wherever we are in the world, and I wanted to share them with you...

Written by Regina Brett

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 50 this year, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Lovely, don't you think?

Instagram from Korea...

We have been in South Korea for a week now, and are s-l-o-w-l-y starting to settle into our little town. We have met a great bunch of foreigners (thats what we tend to call ourselves here) and they have shown us just how many treasures are to be found here. It has been a bit of an adjustment, life in South Africa was cushy to say the least, especially after being newly weds and all the wonderful wedding prezzies we were still enjoying. 
But life is good here too in many other ways, and we are really settling into small town life (the 100% humidity does get to one though!). 
Here are a few Instagram snaps of pretty things and places. 
You can follow along if you'd like @roxypearce and Farmboy can be found here @tincabin.


Life though Instagram...

A few snaps of our last few days here in South Africa through Instagram (@roxypearce). We leave tomorrow for a few nights in Hong Kong before arriving in South Korea to begin our new lives as English Teachers. Stay tuned for lots more on that :)

Wedding captured {only} by Instagram

If you love instagram as much as I do (follow me @roxypearce!) and you have had/want to have your friends capture your wedding day on their iPhones/iPad's then super double cool. But how about only having your wedding covered by Instgram? Thats exactly what this crazy cool couple did, Jonathan and Brandi requested their wedding be shot with an iPhone ONLY...professional photographer Kim A. Thomas was up for the challenge.

Little brother turns *21*

A few days ago my little brother celebrated his 21st birthday. Farm boy and I were able to celebrate with him (well into the night/early morning I might add) and his raucous friends in Joburg.

Dave, I am so proud of you and all you have achieved so far in your life. The future is so bright for you and I can't wait to see what's in store. Even though I am often a bossy boots, just know that I love you very much and am always here for you!

Isn't he just so handsome? Love you Dave x


*excuse the slightly blurry pic's, taken using Instagram on my Ipad*
A 21st is never complete without a little booze :)

My StepDad is a real wizz in the kitchen, and so prepared everything for all of us to whip together our own pizza's....omnomnom!!

*StickyGram* Instagram Photo's into Magnets

Having become addicted to the photo-editing app of awesomeness that is Instagram, I am so pleased to introduce to you my new fridge magnets...

Stickygram is a company based in the US that converts your chosen Instagram shots (9 pics per magnetic sheet), converts them into magnets and then ships them to your door for a total of $14.99 (incl. shipping!). Ladies and Gents, thats R128 for your own personalized magnets...how neat is that!

*A proper cup of coffee from a proper coffee pot* and a Mobler goodie

A little while ago I did a post on these cute espresso cups I found at @Home for R39.99. Well, I found another set at the @Home here in Ballito for R25! It was the last set in stock, hence the lovely price tag.

 Farmboy bought himself a percolator (that funny looking silver thing on the stove which when boiled sends jets of steam through ground coffee beans and creates espresso like coffee). The other funny looking gadget with the white lid is a handheld coffee grinder I found at a local Hospice shop and was one of Farmboy's Christmas prezzies.
Although the first batch of coffee turned out a bit too strong for my liking, the next cup was just right! Nothing like a proper cup of coffee from a proper coffee pot!

*these were taken with Instagram*

I found the perfect breadboard (in the first pic) at Market on Main in Joburg. It's handmade by a friendly chap called Markus who makes all kinds of weird and wonderful things. His brand is called Möbler (click here for the website and click here to join him on Facebook) and he also does commission work. Here are a few shots of what he makes: