Lockdown Challenge #1: Disney taught me that…

This is my first instalment of this fun challenge I started with 2 friends. You can go read about it HERE if you wanted to (DO IT)

Disney taught me that…

Phoenix gave me this to spark my inspiration, to be honest she could not have chosen a better spark. (Granted she does know me pretty well and this was probably premeditated). If Disney was a love language it would be mine along with touch.
I love Disney movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Flubber, Coyote Ugly, I mean can anyone listen to Pour Some Sugar On Me without wanting to dance on a burning bar?

Do we serve water in this bar?

Yes, these movies are amazing but most of all I LOVE LOVE animated movies.

The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King (of course), these movies are all filled with whimsy, fantasy and just enough reality to make you think about your own life in a certain way. Disney movies teach many lessons and not everyone has the same experience.

Kind of like Biology class in highschool, just after doing a lesson on the male reproductive organ (ahem… PENIS). The guys are 10/10 making jokes, the girls are blushing and there’s always one student who is aiming for an A that asks awkward questions about prostate examinations. Looking at you, Andrew.

Anyway I digress, let’s let that rabbit go.

Down the rabbit hole.

Little Disney reference there for you.

Lets get to it… I’ma share the lessons that Disney taught me (I bet it’s not what you think):

1. My memory is not as shit as I thought.

Anyone who knows me can attest to this next part: my life is a movie quote. I know so many movie quotes that sometimes I forget that what I am saying is a movie quote until I stumble upon it in a movie. It’s not just movies it’s series as well, but that’s not what we are talking about now. (focus, woman). Now if I could harness that brain power in my work and study life I would be a force to reckon with.

2. You are NEVER too old to watch animations

As I’ve mentioned I love animated movies (this included Pixar and Dreamworks… I don’t discriminate).
Animations carry you off to a land far far away. It takes you Under the Sea with only the Bear Necessities so that you can Let It Go, be Part of their World and Be Their Guest.
It’s A Whole New World where you can paint with all the Colours of the Wind.
You might have questions like “When will my Life Begin” or you might find yourself asking someone “Do you Wanna Build a Snowman” but you know in your heart that animations help you Go the Distance and that this is all part of the Circle of Life.
Not gonna lie, I’m rather proud of that, must be because I’ve got a Dream and A Dream is a Wish your Heart makes… okay I’ll stop.

3. All characters in Disney can SING!

I wonder if all these Disney characters went to the Mickey Mouse Club with Britney, Christina and Justin. Look, it makes me want to sing too and for some reason these songs are dang catchy. Have you tried saying “you’re welcome” without a melody since you first watched Moana?

Erm… You are WELCOME. This song be stuck in your head now.

4. Your imagination is important and should be kept active

Ever watched a movie and thought “How cool would it be if that shit could really happen?” Mary Poppins for instance… click your fingers and your room tidies itself. Believe in fairies and you can fly. Carry a heart in a jar of dirt and you are safe from a water dwelling squidface. Disney movies take your imagination on a wild ride. I don’t know about you, but to me the world could use some magic, a little Spoon full of Sugar, a little fairy dust. It’s a bleak wild world out there and that world kills the child inside. As Walt Disney himself once said:

Too true Mr. Disney. Too true.

5. Finally, Disney taught me that your dream is stable if your foundation is stable.

I recently learnt that Walt Disney was a Christian and had a dream that the Magic Kingdom would be a place where people could feel God or encounter his presence. Now I have never been to the Magic Kingdom but I am sure it is amazing. Walt’s dream still lives years after he has passed away, I believe, because his foundation was solid. The Jesus kind of solid and that gives me hope.

What has Disney taught you?

The Lockdown Challenge

I am probably not the only blogger that had this idea, but I am the first amongst my blog friends.
What’s the idea you ask?
Well, it goes like this, you find some fellow bloggers or writers and you give them either a quote, a picture or a word to spark their inspiration to write. I have 2 close friends that enjoy recreational writing and on Saturday I put the challenge to them.

I got the idea when I spoke to one of these close friends about my previous blog post. This particular friend has her own brand spanking new blog, Wonder in the Wild, and I thought it would be a great place for her to start. The other challenger also has a blog, but for the time being she is going to just write for herself. Just to practice, exercise the ol’ writing brain.

To *Phoenix my spark was this:

Being an introvert during lockdown with a house full of extroverts

I gave her 48 hours to complete it and she did not disappoint.
You can go read her post here, she gives quite a few tips for introverts (or anyone actually) on how to deal with being in quarantine. Goodness knows we all need a few tips on how to get by so that we don’t go stir crazy.

Phoenix gave me this as a spark:

Disney taught me that…

Read my post about it here.

To *Kim (friend who will be doing some private writing) I gave this as a spark:

I am excited to read what she comes up with, I also gave her 48 hours to complete it.

Kim’s spark to me is:

Sugar and spice and all things nice

And THIS post will be here on Wednesday.

Any of you fellow bloggers that would like to get in on the challenge with me, I would LOVE to hear from you. Or you can always use one of the sparks I mentioned as your own inspiration. If you do, I would love to read your blog, please leave your link in the comments below.

I think this would be a great way to keep fellow bloggers inspired and spread positivity during this time of uncertainty.

*I changed their names… because I can.

Community living

We just went into lockdown for 21 days, days before lockdown I obtained 2 new housemates (and another one to join in a few weeks), I have decided to make a pros & cons list** of living with people who aren’t family (family is a whole different pressure cooker of fish, a post for a different day, I think)


During this social distancing and lockdown period company is probably the best thing. Especially for my particular brand of extrovert.

The longest I can go without seeing another human being or speaking to one is a 2 day weekend… I am purposefully not saying 48 hours because that is a lie as well. These current memes are on point…

We really don’t

Shared workload
Look, tidying or cleaning a 5 bedroom house by yohself is no joke. It takes long, it’s tedious and you end up doing only the dishes and tidying the kitchen and the bathroom.

Having more people means more hands, means lighter load.

Different meals (Also see cons)
Having more people in the house also means we take turns cooking (or that’s the intention). I am looking forward to not having to cook each night (I still enjoy cooking and I intend to keep it that way).

… to go housesit or sleep over at a friend (yes, adults still do sleepovers) or party till 4am. When you have pets you can’t just up and leave, BUT if you have pets AND live with other people, that sorts out the problem of animals being fed and not being alone at night.

Can you say CARPOOL? I freakin hope so, I mean you are reading this and if you are reading this you should be able to say what you read… basic early childhood development stuff. (I assume)

Yes, carpool. Carpool means saving on fuel costs and at a time where a litre of fuel costs more than a loaf of bread… you have to try and save as much as possible.


Different meals (Also see pros)
Living with 2 guys… so I am not exactly sure what to expect apart from a bowl of 2min noodles or some egg on toast. But, food is food. This is not a sexist statement… it is a factual statement based on what I know of these guys. So don’t @ me. The one guy is a typical bachelor who barely cooks for himself, the other is fresh out of school and his mom’s house. I know what to expect (hey, I am more than okay with being surprised)

People… ALWAYS
Even extroverts need some no-people time. Living with other people means that does not happen unless either you or they stay in the room the whole time. Thankfully this is a big house.

Different habits
Doesn’t matter who you are sometimes someone’s odd habit will irritate the crap out of you. You know people have different habits but that doesn’t make them leaving every light in the house on while they sit outside, easier to handle. Let’s be honest, it’s not difficult to handle either, if it is something like leaving lights on, then speak to the person. If it is dropping a nuclear bomb in the bathroom… well maybe learn what their bowel schedule is so you can time it.

No naked Thursdays


** This is not an exhaustive list nor is it set in stone and is subject to change as the tides change, as the moon changes and as the mood changes… after all I am a woman!