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).
- Lusaka, Zambia
- Dar es Salaam & Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Doha, Qatar (Transit)
- Galway & Dublin, Ireland
- Vienna, Austria
- Budapest, Hungary
- Lisbon, Portugal
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.
- 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
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;
- If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat (John Ortberg)
- 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.