Thursday, 15 December 2011

Graduate

Yesterday I graduated from The Nanny Centre...it felt AWESOME!!

I achieved very well too, which I feel is a confirmation from God that I am heading in the right direction.

Am still waiting to hear from MIT about whether I have been accepted into the Early Childhood degree for next year- I will keep you all posted.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas!!! I adore you all!!!

Love,

Melanie Raye.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Direction

Hey friends,
I am currently in the process of sorting out what I am going to do next year. This has included filling out application forms and searching online for options. Through it all, I have felt the peace of God's hand guiding me. I have asked for His direction in my decision-making, and because of this, my spirit is at rest.

Love,

Melanie Raye.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Determination

I have had an exhausting week. I have been staying up late every night writing assignments, plus doing my paid work hours, Toastmasters, and attending lectures.
There were times when I thought I would collapse...but I didn't. I believe that God gave me a spirit of determination, and that is what kept me going when I was feeling the pressure of my workload (along with a month's supply of mint-flavoured multi-vitamins).

Had a nice moment today when I finally handed in all of my assignments and my teacher told me that I could take tomorrow off! Hooray! I plan on sleeping till midday...

So never give up guys...there IS a light at the end of the tunnel, and no, it is not a train...

Love,
Melanie Raye.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Changes

I don't like change. Anybody who knows me well will attest to that fact. I like to feel "in control", and that only happens as a result of staying right in the middle of my comfort zone- dwelling in the security of the familiar. Recently, however, God has started wrestling the steering wheel out of my little hands, and changes have started happening in my life. It has been kind of a scary and stressful experience, but I am having it confirmed to me over and over again that God does know what He is doing, and I can trust Him to take care of me and direct me onto the right path.
God is doing something new in my life...a new season is coming, I can feel it. Now, new means different, but different doesn't mean bad, so I think I"m just gonna ride this wave one day at a time, and see where God takes me, and what He does in me through this experience.
Because in the end, the best changes are the ones that God makes in our hearts.

Love,
Melanie Raye.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

FREEEDOOOOMMMM!!!

I am free!! Two whole weeks of holidays!!! yay!!!
I haven't blogged in ages, because of my ridiculous workload, but now I only have 3 assignments to do over the holidays, so I am feeling the FFFFFRRRRREEEEEDDDDDDOOOOOMMM!!!

My life as it currently stands:
I am taking it easy with the ToastMasters stuff at the moment, and am focusing on getting ready for the club contests and finishing my Competent Leadership award, rather than starting work on a new certificate.

Nanny Centre is full-on, but for the most part I am liking it.

Work is pretty good, too.

I have been doing a bit of performing around the place, which I have been thoroughly enjoying.

I LOVE MY FRIENDS!!! Especially Amy S, Claire S, Sharry R, Hayley B, Tash M, Jess L, and Rachie M.

I LOVE GOD!!! I am learning how to let Him romance me.

So there you have it...my life in a nutshell.

Love,
Melanie Raye.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Siiick...

I should really learn my lesson. If I put too many activities on my proverbial plate, I WILL get sick. It has happened again, people. I need to start listening to my body more and take things a bit easier. Prevention is a million times better than a cure (even if that cure is yummy berry-flavoured vitamin C tablets).
As much as I love everything I'm doing, I know I'm gonna need to put something down...it's all getting to be too much.

Love,

Melanie Raye.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Not bad, just...different.

I've been thinking this week about how so often we judge other people purely because they have a different opinion to us. We might hate sports (I certainly do), so we sub-consciously think a little bit less of those who are mad about sports, for example.

Sometimes we look down on other people's different cultural practices, too, and we forget that being of a different culture is actually OKAY... The things that other cultures do, for the most part, aren't bad...they're just different.

So let's learn to be more accepting of others, whether they be of a different culture, or a different opinion.

Love,

Melanie Raye.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Feelings

My feelings can lie to me. This is what I have been reminding myself of every day this week since a friend of mine mentioned it last Friday night.
Even when I'm feeling lonely, it doesn't mean that I'm actually alone.


I have an incredible amount of support around me, but sometimes I feel lonely anyway.
I have learned that I have to let myself feel my feelings, until I don't feel them anymore. The feeling of loneliness passes pretty quickly if I let it run its course without fretting about it. If I dwell on the fact that I am feeling lonely, I feel worse. If I allow myself to feel lonely, but remind myself that it is only a feeling and keep on living my normal everyday life anyway, it doesn't bother me too much.


I have learned to be honest with myself...as in, "yes, I am feeling lonely right now, but that's okay. It doesn't mean that I am alone, and tomorrow is a new day. I have hope, and a future, and a God who loves me, and friends who love me. I will make it through".


Love,


Melanie Raye.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Hello World...This Is Me :)

Hello friends-

Well, here I am. I've finally done it. I've started my own official blog.
It's exciting...and I feel just a little bit crazy doing it.

I can't wait to share my thoughts over cyber space...I hope to share with you some of my random word splurges from last year (READ: Facebook notes...), as well as including you in my frequent rants....

So if you are reading this...thank you! I like you already :)

Love,

Melanie Raye.