Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso

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2019: THE YEAR THAT WAS… December 31, 2019

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15kg lighter, 7 new countries, 12 books read, 30+ books given away, half-way through my debt-freedom journey, and I dropped out of University – 2019 was a year to remember. Thank you Lord. #GratefulHeart

 

15 kg lighter 

It is a secret no more that this year in May I have adopted the Banting/Keto way of eating. This makes sense to me right now and I am happy with the results. I am feeling light, my bathroom habits are daily with constipation a thing of the past and I have clarity of mind. Of course the clear skin and weight loss are benefits but health was key for me. As someone who does not exercise much (something I am working on), eating this way has been a saving grace. The light went on for me when I started looking at sugar as the poison that it is and no longer as a treat. I never thought I would be able to live a life without a Lunchbar, but here we are. Of course, life is not all about a perfect diet so when I feel like a slice of cake I go ahead with no guilt. It is just not my everyday thing anymore like it used to be.

 

7 new countries 

As some of you have read on my blog, I am on a quest to seeing every single country on earth. Yes, including the continent of Antarctica. In 2019 I was able to touch down on 7 countries which was an awesome privilege. I am also blessed to be in a job that allows me the pleasure of travel although 5 of the countries visited was for leisure. Blogs on each country’s experience will come. At the close of 2019, I have been to a total of 25 countries (5 transit).

 

  1. Lusaka, Zambia
  2. Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar, Tanzania
  3. Doha, Qatar (Transit)
  4. Galway & Dublin, Ireland
  5. Vienna, Austria
  6. Budapest, Hungary
  7. Lisbon, Portugal

 

Books read

Here are the books I read in 2019. In October I decided to give Kindle a try and I am sold. The last six books below were read on the Kindle.

 

  1. Money and the prosperous soul – Stephen K. De Silva

 

2. Translating God – Shawn Bolz

 

3. An echo in the darkness (Book 2 Mark of the Lion Series) – Francine Rivers

 

4. Mokwahepo – Ellen Ndeshi Namhila (Unfinished)

 

5. If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat – John Ortberg

 

6. Health and wholeness through the Holy Communion – Joseph Prince

 

7. Don’t waste your life – John Piper

 

8. Enough – Helen Roseveare

 

9. Playing with fire – Scott Rieckens

 

10. The simple path to wealth – JL Collins

 

11. The weight of shadows – Alison Strobel

 

12. The legacy journey – Dave Ramsey

 

Books shared

Because I am in love with books, when I find books worth sharing, I go overboard. The two books I loved sharing in 2019 and will continue to share were;

 

  1. If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat (John Ortberg)
  2. How to make your first million (Warren Ingram)

 

Financial independence journey

Sometime in 2016 I was on the floor in a puddle of tears, chocked by debts. I was earning well, but somehow I was not managing financially. I was getting paid only for the salary t0 be gone the next day.  I prayed for a strategy, and I knew I had to get and stay out of debt. I decided that I would no longer go into debt for anything. Not for a house, a car, travel, food, clothing – nothing. My journey of debt freedom and financial independence thus begun and it has not been an easy journey, but it has been soooo fulfilling. Debt can be such a yoke and I am ever grateful that I have served divorce paper on that monster. I will provide a more detailed update when I get to the end of the journey, which should be in the next 18 – 24 months. This is one of my favourite topics of late.