Diva Blessings of 2019

Monday, December 09, 2019

Diva Blessings of 2019


Hi Divas

Personally 2019 was a very difficult year for me. I had to face many hurts, emotionally challenging situations regarding my family, career and financial losses. I too had to bury my grandma in June, and in the midst of that time it was a very tumultuous period. I honestly thought this year couldn't get any worse and it did. I am a very private person and hate spilling my intimate problems online. Just know that it was emotionally draining and tough. I felt very dejected about my present and future and hopelessness slowly crept into my heart. Thankfully God is always faithful and just when you think your whole life is falling apart and there is only despair and no hope, the Lord sweeps through in a miraculous way. I can honestly say that I'm grateful and thankful for 2019. God has truly shown his love, mercy and power. I couldn't have gotten through this year without holding onto his hand very tightly. I want to tell you that if you are going through a difficult period in your life and you feel as if there is no end in sight, keep praying and pressing on in faith. Sunshine will slowly come through the cracks of your darkest moments. Despite all the setbacks and that some of my problems are still not resolved, I have a thankful and grateful heart for the blessings I received this year. I would like to share some of them with you in this post. Below are the wonderful highlights of 2019. Hope you enjoy them ;-)


Table Mountain Adventure
I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and with it comes the iconic Table Mountain. Voted one of the seven wonders of the world, this mountain will follow you wherever you go in Cape Town. It stands as a beacon and a symbol of home. My dad always told me, that even if you are lost on the road, always drive in the direction towards the mountain and it will guide you home. This is so true, as when I step out my house, I see the mountain, I can drive anywhere in the city and the mountain stands tall looking over me. As a resident we sometimes take these beautiful things for granted and forget to stop and admire its wonder once in a while. My mom, sister and I decided to take a trip up again to enjoy the sites and views, as it has been many years since I took the cable cart trip. It was such a stunning day and the walk through the rocks, breathing in the scents of the Fynbos plants and taking in the magnificent views of my coastal city and the little animals was truly breathtaking. I will always cherish these sweet moments enjoying nature with my family. If you ever come to Cape Town, this trip is an absolute must. You will never regret it. Below are photos of my mom and I, the cable cart and the stunning views.


Running Wild in Qatar
I have never travelled on my own before, and when my boss presented me with the opportunity to run wild and free all by myself for a few weeks in Qatar, I was excited and a little fearful too. Exploring the Middle East as a woman all alone can seem very daunting. The key is to be streetwise, confident and understand your surroundings. I know Doha really well as I have been going there for six years with a crew but on my own, I needed an extra boost of confidence. I learned a lot about myself during that time. I realised that I don't need to rely on people to make me happy, I have grown to love myself and be confident in who I am, also I can do all things through God who strengthens me! I honestly enjoyed this time on my own and I felt that I was connected and appreciated things more by myself. This trip was truly a blessing in disguise. Below are pictures of me exploring the Islamic Art Museum and the famous Souq Waqif; taking in the gorgeous sunsets and getting my henna done.


Super Bike Championships in Qatar
I will tell you a secret. I have never been to any major live sporting match before. When my boss presented me with exclusive tickets to see the international motor bike finals, I jumped at the opportunity. What an exhilarating night it was for me. To see world champions battle it out on a track which was broadcast live around the world was truly an amazing experience. I even got the VIP walk through in the pit to see them service the bikes and get pics and autographs with the riders. I can say that I am now hooked on all thing's motor sports and the thrill of hearing the engines roar. I have never seen such fast racing in all my life. It was absolutely thrilling and I dream of taking my mom to such an event as she would totally adore it. All things are possible!



Fairy Tale Queen
Most of you may know, that I am a performer and with it comes many challenges. The main one is actually booking work. I have been rejected so many times at casting calls and auditions, I genuinely lost count. Despite this, the flame inside me to be on stage has not diminished in the slightest. I am always grateful for every job I book and it is a true blessing for me to do what I love. This year I saw myself playing three major roles being Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood and my favourite Princess Jasmine. This is remarkable for a woman of colour like myself as most fairy tale characters skip right over my skin tone. I am happy that I can be a representation to girls who struggle to see themselves in story books regarding complexion and facial features. Playing these characters are such a blessing to me and I am grateful for the opportunity.


Despite this year being an absolute emotional wreck, I can end off 2019 standing tall thanks to the Lord. I give Him all the glory and praise for carrying me and my family through. I recognise all the blessings that I have experienced this year and for this I am really thankful. I hope you enjoyed my post and find some encouragement, that no matter what you are going through there is always someone out there going through something worse than you and praying for the things you already have. Take a moment and count your blessings, keep holding on to hope and you will see a light shining through. I send you so much love.


Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx

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4 comments

  1. Beautiful post, Diva Desle, beautiful! Thank you for your very uplifting and encouraging post. It really touched me and blessed my heart. It gave me hope to press on and hold God's hand tightly, and trust Him, no matter what the circumstances. It encouraged me to always recognise and acknowledge God's goodness and blessings, and to thank Him and give Him the glory for them, always. Lots of love to you, Diva Desle. May you experience more of God's richest blessings next year, in 2020.

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  2. I love your pictures, they're stunning!:D

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  3. Such a touching post Desle. I'm sorry that you had a year filled with struggles. I pray 2020 would be a wonderful year for you. Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your life. Your adventures are truly amazing. Love seeing all your photos. Lots of hugs. XXXX

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  4. Oh so cute and amazing photos darling
    Thanks for share
    xx

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