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Getting my "woema" back

A very good friend of mine, have often asked me: "when are you ever going to just take a break and rest?" My answer was always: "the day when I die".

You see, one thing is certain about my personality, and that is that I always have too many things to do and too little time available. Rest in general do not come easy for me. If I find myself chilling a bit, I start to feel guilty, get up and start cleaning or baking. Even when I go to bed early at night, I will wake up after a few hours with ideas about a new song or venture.

Those of you that have been following my journey, will know that the last 12 months have been an absolute roller coaster, with the winter of 2023 being the figure eight just before the downhill. I released my single "Ek kies Vandag" in June, traveled to the Netherlands on a literature tour, had radio interviews, wrote some new material, started a weekly article in the local newspaper, released my first album "Ek Kies Vandag" on 16 August and had my big launch just two days later. Then followed back-to-back engagements in celebration of Womens' Month... all while still attempting to be the best piano teacher and mother I possibly can.

But just like with every motor vehicle, our bodies need a time to shut down, to get a service, spark plugs replaced, and oil changed. Unfortunately, we many times miss the warning signs on the dashboard and go on until something gives in.

If you are at all like me, you will push yourself, take a double dose of vitamin C daily, ignore the scratchy throat and headaches until you end of with bronchitis and a cough that needs antibiotics.

So, what could I do? I was forced to shut down for a few days, cancel all my appointments and remain in bed. Did I feel guilty? For sure. I still do. But boy was this needed. I could pray and meditate on the new season. I could think / reminiscence about all that has brought me this far. I could actually revisit a few significant events in my memory - which a very swiftly brushed aside in the moment - while running around to keep all the balls in the air.

I am very grateful to the Lord, for allowing me to rest my body and soul these last few days. I will remain in this state until I am hundred percent better - since as a singer, your voice is your greatest asset and cannot be risked. But world look out - when I get up from here it will be with a bang!!!

Listen to your body. Read the signs and take that break when it is needed. Whatever it takes, because Spring is around the corner and we all need "woema" for the last stretch of this year. Oh, and don't forget to laugh. It is truly the best medicine.

Prov.17:22 "A joyful heart if good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up die bones."

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