• Attitude Gratitude November Journal

    Attitude gratitude November journal

    How crazy is it that we are already at the end of November, people? Life is just flying past. November was another busy month filled with activities and events. It has been a month that was filled with many highs and a low.

    As I am about to bid farewell to November and welcome December; here is a summary of what I was grateful for this month.


    We had three birthdays in the family during the month of November. My dad celebrated his at the beginning of November and my nephew and niece theirs towards the end of November. As our parents get older, we should appreciate the time we still have with them.  I am grateful that we as a family could celebrate another year with him and that he could in turn also celebrate his grandchildren’s birthdays with them.

    Letting go

    Mid November my old car was stolen in front of my parents’ home. I won’t get into much detail about this as it is a blog post for another time. Up till now the car has not been found and there is a slim chance that it will ever be found.  It was an old car, not fitted with a tracking device and not insured. Instead of dwelling on the loss, it is time to let go. The one thing I am most grateful for is that these perpetrators did not enter the house and harm my dad.

    Shared knowledge and skills

    We currently have a young intern in our department who is so enthusiastic to learn and gain experience in the work environment. I have the privilege to mentor and share my knowledge and skills with her as I too was in the same position when I just started my career many years ago. Success is not just measured in self-importance and my own worth but how I can inspire others to be successful too.


    We attended the prize giving ceremony at my daughters’ school this week and an ex-learner gave a motivational speech. This lady is blind and was escorted into the hall by her guide dog. Her speech was so powerful and motivating. And although she completely lost her sight at the age of 18, she did not allow her disability to be a hindrance for a successful life. It made me realise how grateful I am for my eye sight and my able body and that I often take my physical abilities for granted.

    End of a successful academic year

    Today marked the last day of the academic year for my daughters. They are officially on holiday. I am so proud of their successful academic achievements and that they have progressed to the next grade. I am grateful for their teachers and the work they have done to inspire, motivate and shape these young minds.


    Nothing lifts my spirit more than a good laugh. My husband has the ability to tease all of us with his silly gestures and pranks. And although I get annoyed sometimes, I can’t help but to laugh at the end of it all. I am grateful that I share my life with someone who does not take life too seriously and that he gives me something to laugh about almost every day.

    Hope you all have a fantastic December!


    1. December 3, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Glad no one was hurt in the robbery. Sorry it wasn’t insured tho! #GlobalBlogging

    2. December 3, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      the car sounds a bit shocking, and what a busy month with 3 birthdays #GlobalBlogging

    3. December 4, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      What a lovely list to be thankful for . Sorry about your car that’s a horrible thing to happen. Your November birthday month is very much like my February one . Jam packed with birthdays!! #triumphanttales

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:36 pm

        Thank you.

    4. December 4, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      It sounds like November was filled with some brilliant highs but also some lows, sorry to hear about your car; we had ours broken into a few years back and I know how frustrating that was let alone your situation. Thankfully your Dad was ok! Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:36 pm

        Thanks – the police recovered the car.

    5. December 4, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      So awful that your car was stolen! Lovely to have so many birthdays though. #dreamteam

    6. December 4, 2018 / 10:46 pm

      Wow! So sorry to read about your car. Hope it is not too much of a hardship for you.That is a gorgeous picture of the flower! Well done.

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:36 pm

        The car was recovered by the police but even if they didn’t find it – I already let go of it. It’s now just a bonus that it has been returned. The picture of the flower, I took myself. I bought a King protea (which by the way is gorgeous when it opens up and makes a great table decoration on its own).

    7. December 5, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Hi, we have three birthdays in November as well, but more in December, sorry to hear about the car #triumphanttales

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:33 pm

        Oh how lovely – hope you spoil those who celebrate their birthday. The car was recovered by the police.

    8. December 6, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Your husband sounds lovely, mine is the same- always making me laugh! #DreamTeam

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:32 pm

        Thank you and he is a tease.

    9. December 7, 2018 / 8:42 am

      how inspirational to hear that speech and see how going blind didn’t stop her, it shows us what we can truly be capable of if do not dwell too long. I am sorry about the car, I am sure something positive will be coming their way! @musingstiredmum #StayClassyMama

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:32 pm

        Her speech truly touched me and it’s so true our disabilities shouldn’t stop us from living our best lives.

    10. December 9, 2018 / 12:02 am

      How horrible about your car but you are so right to think of the positives and that no one was hurt. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

    11. December 9, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Lovely positive post. thanks for joining the #DreamTeam this week

    12. December 10, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Sounds like a busy month, sorry to hear about your car, good to hear it was recovered. Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

    13. December 10, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      it is always good to have laughter in your life.#TriumphantTales

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