30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 4 – 6 Songs I’m Feeling Right Now

I’m not going to lie, this was not actually the topic for day 4 but the topics were becoming extremely repetitive so I had to look for alternatives.

I love listening to music, I feel lost without it. I feel that it needs to be playing in the car, when I do chores and when I get ready for my day. Here are six of my faves at the moment:

  1. Here – Alessia Cara: This, ladies and gentlemen, would be the theme song to my life. It’s been described as the introvert’s theme song and I couldn’t agree more. Basically it’s about how the singer is uncomfortable at a party and would rather be at home by herself instead of an uncomfortable environment. I always felt out of place at parties so this is definitely a song for me! 93d16eb131184a8b7f15a2a173cdebf6.600x600x1
  2. Be Right There – Diplo & Sleepy Tom: Just a feel good track and a spin on the classics which I really love. Always gets me up and dancing around my room when I’m supposed to be getting ready. artworks-000127803058-zeykfb-t500x500
  3. Feelings – Maroon 5: I love dance music and this just happens to be on my playlist for when I work out. Great beat, awesome to blast in the car and just have a crazy dance party. maroon-5-v-album-artwork
  4. Perfect – One Direction: What a great song, just so honest and fun. I like playing this in the car when I feel like singing my heart out.
  5. I Cry When I Laugh Album – Jess Glynn: Words cannot describe how impressed I was with this album. If I really had to pick a fave it would probably be “You Found Me” but I just loved this album so I take my hat off to this woman. I_Cry_When_I_Laugh
  6. 2014 Forest Hill Drive Album – J. Cole: So proud of J Cole for releasing a really good album, I cannot pick a fave song so I thought I’d end this one off with his album. If you’re into rap I’d really recommend this album. 2014ForestHillsDrive

I’m so proud of myself for posting daily, this challenge has been difficult but I’m working really hard on my posts and trying to complete the challenge.

DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the pictures used & all credit goes to the respective owners.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 3 – 10 Likes & Dislikes

In my opinion this was probably the most boring and unoriginal post to write for the challenge so I decided to just name a few of the things I love and a few pet peeves.

10 LIKES:

  1. Photography: I’ve always loved pictures (my selfie game has been strong since 2003). I’d really like to learn more about it and eventually learn to take my own great photos. I really like apps such as Tumblr and Pinterest and if you’d like to come find me my tumblr can be found here and my Pinterest username is deeannedaniels. large
  2. Road Trips: A good long drive is like therapy for my soul. I describe myself as the type of person who always craves adventure and loves exploring so that I can find new places. 65846-Road-Trip-
  3. A Good Laugh: I have to admit, this is something I don’t do nearly enough. I’m still trying to come to terms with myself and my past because I have been hurt quite a bit. I love that feeling of just trying to gasp for air because you’ve laughed so hard. a4426e71b5b7da99e64bf7b892fba17f
  4. A Great Conversation: I can’t wait to meet someone who I can have such an amazing conversation with, that I never want to look at my phone. An honest and intellectual conversation means a lot to me. Even if it’s over cake and a good cup of coffee. Truman Capote once said “A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, to intelligent talkers seldom meet.” 9b1f55cd2db46feaac5b7d53ee5953b5
  5. Quality Time With Family: Please don’t get me wrong, as much as I love being out and about and exploring new places, I appreciate a good movie with my family. My mom and I love watching Two & a Half Men and just having a good laugh and I enjoy playing a good game of Call of Duty on the Xbox with my brother. Just a driving lesson with my dad makes me so happy. family-quotes-tumblr-1
  6. Date Nights With My One & Only: Matthew and I haven’t done this in a while but I must admit, we’ve had a great vacation together. We’ve had the opportunity to go on a road trip together and see so many new and exciting things. I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to experience these things with my best friend.  DSCN0080.JPG
  7. Good Food: I don’t think anyone will understand how much I appreciate a great meal. My mom’s food will always be a winner for me but even taking a bite of a cheesecake from Mugg & Bean I’ve been craving is just pure bliss to me. 6_strawberry cheesecake
  8. Late Night Adventures: I don’t know why but I’m a total night owl. Drives at night or just being outside on a calm evening with a great friend is my idea of a great time. I really want to camp and have a rooftop evening with great company. fc0122165b51e295d2489da262396455
  9. When People Take Pride In the Way They Look & Smell: The confidence that radiates from people who are comfortable in their own skin is amazing to me. You have a great pair of earrings? Flaunt them baby girl, I see you. Is that a new suit? Nice work you handsome gentleman! You bought a new pair of heels? Strut your stuff babe, I love it! Then if your perfume or cologne is just as good, I’m sold. Let’s be friends. 37651-Classy
  10. Say Grace: It really just touches my soul when I see people pray before they eat. I don’t know what it is but just seeing how grateful you are for a meal or anything in particular just really hits my soft spot. If we’re in mid conversation and you want to say grace for your meal? Don’t apologize, keep going I’ll understand and never forget it.

10 DISLIKES:

My dislikes do not deserve photos and my internet connection is horrible so lets get on with it, shall we?

  1. Big Egos: I really hate people who are full of themselves. Confidence is great, don’t get me wrong but when you have a big head and can’t take a compliment then please have a seat when you come down to Earth.
  2. Bullying: This IS NOT okay with me in any way, shape or form. Bringing others down to ring yourself up is weak and immature. I have been bullied myself and getting through that was really difficult.
  3. Gossip: Who doesn’t love a good story once in a while? Okay. What I’m trying to say is that I hate “friends” who gossip. It’s really not okay to talk behind people’s backs and in the end it’s always going to come back to you.
  4. Unfaithfulness: Just the mere though of this makes my skin crawl. I’ve been cheated on before and only found out afterwards. What people need to understand is that if you’re unhappy in a relationship then leave. Please do not ever put someone through the pain of being cheated on. You destroy the outlook of future relationships for that person, break them down and also just make them question what was wrong with themselves when clearly YOU were the problem.
  5. Ignorance: Please remove yourself from my bubble if you always want to be right. Don’t try to shove your opinion down my throat because I can guarantee you won’t hear from me again.
  6. Failure To Use Your Indicator: My road rage is very real, I’m a qualified backseat driver and it really gets on my last nerve when people fail to use this genius invention. I shudder to think how angry I’m going to be when I start driving this year…
  7. Sweet Melon, Guava, Papaya, Mango, Asparagus and Celery: My mom always told me never to pull my nose up for God’s food but please don’t try to feed me this because I will cry.
  8. Girls Who Flirt With My Boyfriend IN FRONT OF ME: I try not to be the jealous type of girlfriend but wow, once at a restaurant the waitress complimented my boyfriend almost 5 times and when I handed her the bill she said thank you to my boyfriend who wasn’t even at the table. I find it so hard to trust girls because they’re so disrespectful in terms of relationships sometimes.
  9. People Who Can’t Take A Compliment: I can’t stand when I tell someone that they look beautiful and they respond with “No, I’m ugly”. I have to remove myself from that situation before I grab you and say “TAKE THE DAMN COMPLIMENT”. I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t mean it and it’s just polite. Move on and say thank you.
  10. People Who Don’t Show Common Courtesy: Saying please and thank you or opening a door for a lady is just so nice. When a guy forces himself in front of me to get through the door I just want to sit him down and school him on basic manners. Table manners are just as important too.

Are you excited for day 4? I know I am!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2 – Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

My humblest apologies to everyone who was waiting on this post. No I did not forget, I was just having very bad WiFi problems but the issue has been sorted out and here I am!

Day 2/30: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Today I had a lot of time to think about this blog post and what I really wanted to say. You see, in my dream world I would see myself having won my first Oscar and starred in at least 10 films before I turn 30. I would love to have my own reality TV show and have written my autobiography and just be on vacation for the rest of my life because I won the lottery and gave a portion to my mom and charity… But I had to come down from this cloud really quickly.

I’m no psychic, I fear that I might dream too big sometimes and I always tend to get into the worst jobs for some reason. After some thought and discussion with both my mom and my boyfriend I came to realize that I have to be realistic so here we go:

I’ve narrowed my list down to 8 goals and aspirations so that I don’t bore you to death and because I feel like I could go on forever but I won’t.

  1. Due to the fact that I will be getting my degree in 3 years time, I just want to be successful in my career and enjoy what I do. At the moment I’m still not sure if I want to go into journalism or the entertainment/advertising industry but whatever I choose, I hope that I am well and happy. I’m not sure whether I’ll pursue a second degree or diploma but if I do then you do you girl. Dream big, hustle hard and stay humble!images
  2. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a hopeless romantic and I’d like to be married before I’m 30. My ideal age for engagement would be 23/24 and I’d like to be married by 25.7751_1455
  3. I hope that in 10 years time I would have been able to pay back my family for everything they’ve done for me. I’d love to give my mom the vacation of her dreams and my dad a good car. My parents have honestly done so much for me that I could honestly never repay them but I can always try.6358136108662414155350240_9102657_orig.imgopt1000x70.jpg
  4. I don’t want to look back and regret that I haven’t traveled enough. Which is why I would like to have at least been to a few good places. Traveling means so much to me and I hope that I can have my little passport book tattooed so many times I’ll need a new one! original
  5. Personal growth and happiness means a lot to me. I hope that I’ve learned from my mistakes and really became a better person. I hope that I still value my religion the same and have grown spiritually. I really want to know that I’ll be grateful for all the opportunities and lessons I’ve learned. 143495-Eat-Drink-And-Be-Thankful
  6. Have my first child by 26. I really want kids while I’m still fit and able to keep up with them. I’d love a family of 4 but I’ll settle for 3. 33e6a440f0124cdaa467c220ed6ea257
  7. I really want to be comfortable financially. Growing up, I could never work well with money and always struggled with jobs. I just want to be able to spoil myself and my family.tumblr_net9xrs1MK1rdk4vco1_500.jpg
  8. The last one is going to sound cheesy but I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I don’t really have that many friends. I hope I’ve met a few great people who are ambitious and goal driven and bring out the best in me. The type of friends I can call and schedule a last minute road trip with so we can leave our hubbies at home for the weekend. I’m hoping Sex and the City type of friendship if you know what I mean. index

I’m so pumped to do tomorrow’s post so stay tuned!

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30 Days of Blogging Challenge: Day 1 – The Basics

Hi there everybody!

I’ve decided to take on the 30 day blogging challenge and basically I’ve decided that I wanted to put a bit of my own spin on a few of the posts because bloggers must be so tired of reading the same things over and over again. Day 1/30 has the simple task of stating a few basic facts about yourself so I thought I’d write down a few basics and a few randoms.

I did a video on my YouTube channel with a little bit about me which you can click and watch down below:

I narrowed this blog post down to 20 facts about me, enjoy!

20 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. My full name is Deeanne Michaela Daniels. I was given this name because my dad’s name is Deon and my mom’s second name is Jo-Anne.
  2. This year I will be turning 20, which scares me to death because I will no longer be a teen and also excites me because I heard your 20’s are supposed to be the best year of your life.
  3. I love anything that has to do with art. From photography to writing, creating and decorating things.
  4. I’ve been hospitalized 4 times, 3 of those 4 times I had to be put under anesthetic.
  5. At the age of 17 I fell in love, I haven’t looked back since. My boyfriend Matthew is my best friend and we’ve been through so much together. I would be devastated if I ever lost him.
  6. I love reading. I could read for days and never get bored or sick of it. However, I can’t read the same book twice for some reason.
  7. I struggle to keep friends. My mom said that it’s because I’m such a good person that people often abuse my kindness.
  8. I don’t like to party. I don’t drink, except for the occasional champagne at a celebratory event. I do not smoke and have never smoked or gotten drunk in my life. I love to dance though, so I’d like to think I could still be the life of the party without needing alcohol or drugs to have a good time.
  9. I have a sensitive nose. I pick up smells really quickly and easily. It’s a blessing and a curse because I have terrible headaches sometimes.
  10. I love animals. Fun fact: I actually had a little kitten come into my house and then adopted it for like 2 hours until the SPCA had to pick him up because my brother is allergic. I miss him.
  11. I get attached to people really quickly and I have a heightened sense of sensitivity and compassion. I feel other people’s pain and I hate seeing others in pain or upset.
  12. I wish I could shop for a living but I’m broke. I’ve never had any luck when it comes to jobs. I’ve only worked 2 jobs in my life and I didn’t like it.
  13. I can’t whistle. Ever since I was a kid I have never been able to and people still tend to make fun of me for this.
  14. I used to be a brace face and after my wisdom teeth surgery my teeth shifted into their original position because I had stitches in my mouth and couldn’t wear my retainer.
  15. I’m really competitive. I don’t like losing. It’s an ugly trait in my opinion.
  16. I’m a sucker for cheesy romantic things like flowers and midnight drives. I’m just a hopeless romantic.
  17. I’m really lazy and it bothers me sometimes.
  18. I have a YouTube channel, you should subscribe and check it out, show me some love.
  19. I want to get my driver’s license this year but I’m so afraid of getting into a car accident.
  20. Freshly cut grass gives me a rash. I don’t know if it’s an allergy or what but I can’t stand it.

So, tell me a little bit about you?

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Back To Campus Stationery Supplies Haul 2016

Hello my lovely readers

I am currently typing up this blog post with the biggest headache because I am in the process of reorganizing my room. I don’t know why cleaning always gives me such a headache. Today I’ll just be showing you my stationery supplies for the year and I know it’s January but I go back on the 15th of February and I wanted to start my year off on the right note x

Nothing mentioned below was sponsored and all my stationery was purchased from Pick n Pay unless stated otherwise.

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

 

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My glitter pencil case is from Typo and it was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. It’s not really big but holds everything I need including my  mini stapler and staple remover and I was really impressed.

 

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The second gift from Typo is the A5 buffalo grey glitter notebook which I use as my planner. I use a notebook because it gives me more space to write and plan and I can paste months-at-a-glace planner pages which are basically free printables from my favourite studyblr which you can find here.

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These are my 192 page hardcovers in which I transfer my notes neatly and make them colourful. I really like these book covers which are from Carte Blanche. I do not take these to campus every day and I re-write my notes at home.

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This adorable owl notebook I purchased from CNA and this is where I will scribble down my notes from class and then transfer them to my notebooks at home. I really like the ringbinder type of notebook and this one has those pre-cuts where you can tear out your pages without leaving the ugly marks from the rings.

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My Hello Kitty Tippex correction tape is so small and easy to put in my pencil case. I like how small it is and it’s so adorable!

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My owl ring binder in which I keep my tests and assignments. In the past I have been asked to resubmit assignments and I always misplaced them so I just keep everything in one place because I do not want that to happen again so lesson learned!

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I personally think every student should have a flip file because this stores all my information so if I should lose my backpack then someone can find my student number and email me if they find it. Also, I keep loose notes in here so that they don’t get crumpled and ruined in my backpack.

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My little Tatty Teddy envelope keeps all my loose notes in one place for when I’m in a rush and can’t file everything separately. This is one of my must haves for campus because it’s so convenient.

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How cute are these Hello Kitty pens from BIC? I was so scared these were the gel ink but luckily they weren’t. This was a great deal but I would’ve preferred more black pens though! However, I like taking tests with blue pens.

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I personally love using koki’s in my notebooks because they make my notes neat and colourful and I mean, who wouldn’t want to study from colourful and brightly coloured notes? I’m not really a fan of highlighters because they always smudge so these are a great alternative.

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Sticky notes for little reminders and important notes. I have them in yellow, pink and green.

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The reason I bought this little notebook was for the colourful tabs. I’m an English student and we do a lot of reading so I have to mark up texts and these are perfect for that. Also, the sticky notes I purchased separately are not going to be nearly enough so I’m glad I purchased more.

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How cute are these erasers? I just died and went to heaven when I saw these because I love cupcakes and these are so tiny and cute.

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As a student you have to hand in TONS of paper and most of the time you’re not allowed to bother the staff for a stapler which is why I keep one in my pencil case. I also keep a staple remover because I often have to remove rubrics from previous assignments or I forget to attach a rubric or declaration.

That was pretty much it for my little haul. What are your favourite stationery items?

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Till we meet again, Daddy x

Today has been anything but good for me.

For starters it is 11:48 AM and I just said goodbye to my dad who leaves for Iraq today for 3 months to go and work. I hate saying goodbye because it literally tears me into pieces. For real though, in all honesty I admire my dad’s tenacity and being able to leave his family in order to work and provide for us. Before I would throw the biggest tantrums and ask him why would he leave me here and why couldn’t I come with? Last night I came across my dad’s passport and it was every travelers dream, tattooed in stamps from around the world. It was truly inspiring to see how far he went and makes me so excited to travel. I hope that one day I will be able to explore and get my little passport book stamped!

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Well, I just wanted to express my gratuity and just give a huge thank you to my first love, my first man in my life and my traveling inspiration.

 

Now I have to wait for these delivery people to drop off my cupboards because I will be renovating, yaay. So if you notice I’m a bit quiet on the blog, don’t worry I am just very busy and will be back as soon as possible.

 

Au Revoir, Daddy

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne

2016 New Year’s Resolutions.

I have no idea how to start a blog post.

Hello to all my fantastic readers!

So we are officially 5 days into the new year and I know this post should have been up on the first already but I feel that in order to successfully accomplish New Year’s resolutions, you need to think them through very carefully before you commit. So here are my 5 resolutions:

  1. Be More Thankful & Do More For Others.

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Last year was an extremely good year for me. I was fortunate enough to explore new places within my city, I was accepted to university and will officially be a double major in English and Language & Communication studies in just 3 years (eeeek.), I had a successful laparoscopy and my family is healthy and happy. This year I would just really like to give back to others and do more charity or volunteer work so that I can help those in need and also grow more as an individual.

2. Get out of my shell & say yes to more things.

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This was always a problem for me because I am such an introvert. Seriously, if you’ve ever heard the song “Here” by Alessia Cara, you’ve basically heard the theme song of my life. This year I would really like to go out with friends and just have good fun. I want to be more spontaneous when it comes to doing things that I’d usually say no to. Not this year though. This year I will be turning 20, it’s time to live a little!

3. T R A V E L.

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I have never traveled before, however I was fortunate enough to get on a plane and go to a different city. I just really want to explore and go to new places this year so I can make the most out of all the amazing opportunities to travel. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”. My boyfriend better be ready for lots of adventures, because I’ve saved up a lot of petrol money!

4. Eat Healthier & Exercise More.

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Probably the most cliche of all my resolutions but this one is important. I don’t want to drop pounds and be skinny, I just want to be healthy. If I can lose weight because of the habits I develop, great. Adapting to university life was really hard for me and I would usually eat unhealthy foods which lead to me being very sick at one point. I do not want to make the same mistake this year, so I will definitely be changing that up. I really want to drink more water because I still have acne at the age of 19 and I am often dehydrated and reach for fizzy drinks.

5. Work harder on my blog and YouTube Channel.

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve neglected my blog quite a bit. It saddens me that life got in the way of doing what I love. I started a new YouTube channel in September and since then I have gained 30 subscribers which I am so proud of because I work really hard on my videos and put a lot of effort into my editing and filming. This year I’d like to focus on both my writing and my videos and hopefully build up the confidence to create a portfolio.

If you would be so kind as to check my channel out: JustDeeanneDIY

Click the link above, give a few likes and subscribe and yes, that was some shameless self-promo. Don’t judge.

 

 

Well, that is my complete list of resolutions for this year. Let me know what are your resolutions, I’d love to hear (:

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne

My “Grown Up” Christmas Wishlist

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Two posts in one day, because I am so excited for the Christmas holidays!

So I recently came across a website called Spring and thought I’d feature my take on a grown up wishlist. I am 19 so I don’t really feel all that grown up yet but I thought I’d give it a go!

You can check out the Spring website here and they have such a wide variety of fashion and beauty for women, men and kids.

This was my first partnership/collaboration with a company on my blog and I am honored to be part of this.

I have divided my wish list into categories, namely: fashion, technology and other.

F A S H I O N:

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I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on the Spring website, it so beautiful and the color is absolutely stunning. I love how I could easily dress this up for a formal event or keep it cool and casual for a lunch or dinner date.

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I have always been obsessed with open back styled dresses and shirts and this one is clearly no different. Santa if you’re reading this, I’m a size 8 (I think, I’m not too sure how sizes work in other countries but I’m sure they start from 4 here in South Africa)

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These cuties would look amazing as an addition to my shoe collection, if you haven’t seen it then feel free to check out my previous blog post on it! You won’t regret it.

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A little bit out of my price range, but hey this is just a wishlist, These red soles would be a beautiful fit to the family. Dear Santa, I’m a size 5.

T E C H N O L O G Y:

 

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The only thing I would really like is a new phone. I love being part of the Android family, but I feel that it’s time for a change. The rose gold iPhone 6 has been a dream of mine since the release. I’ve had my Samsung S3 mini for about 3 years now and it is giving up on me slowly but surely.

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Okay, maybe this one is a bit too drastic but I would love a television in my room. I hardly watch TV and the only reason I haven’t been able to is because I don’t have one of my own and the one in our lounge does not have cable so I have very limited channel selection. Sometimes I’d like to watch TV of my own when I come home you know?

O T H E R:

 

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My dream vacation has to be Bora Bora. Wow, if I could just experience traveling overseas, this is where I’d like to go. Looks like I’ll have to save a lot of money though.

 

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My dream is to reach 1000 subscribers and it’s been done before by a lot of South Africans. Look where Caspar Lee ended up. Currently with 5 million subscribers and growing rapidly. I am so proud of him.

 

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Lastly but definitely not least, Christmas is a time of giving and we shouldn’t forget to remember that while some of us are opening gifts and enjoying a great meal, others are in search of their next meal or place to live. My wish this year is that people come together an make a greater effort to reduce poverty around the world.

 

Well, that was my grown up wishlist.

So tell me, what’s on yours?

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne