Spirited Mama

Living a SPIRITED life filled with wanderlust, emotions and everything in between

Month: November 2018


52 lessons for 52 weeks: Week 17 – LISTEN

Listen more than you speak

Do you listen more than you speak? I’m very guilty of NOT listening enough. Just ask Dudie, my 9 year old son. I have this kak habit of answering him before he is done speaking… I’m working on it, I promise. Maybe I should put my finger on my mouth whilst I wait for him to finish, like we did in primary school when we had to be quiet 🙂

On another note, time is precious and the amount of questions or information that my child shares with me is incredible. I have been apologising so much lately that I’m too impatient waiting for him to finish. No matter what he is saying, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIM. I am acknowledging him and his needs.


Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak. – Richard Branson

Listen with intent to understand the message being conveyed

Honestly, I’m so consumed in my own tasks that I forget to listen to the actual message. I summarise and grab bits of information and then just draw my conclusion from there. I’ve gotten it wrong so many times. BUT I have realised that I am wasting more time. I really should just stop and LISTEN and get it right the first time. It’s a work in progress.

Did you know that listening is a skill? By listening you will ensure that you will be communicating effectively. Do you know if you are an active or inactive listener?

I used to be an inactive listener until I decided no more. I try my hardest to actually listen to what is being said. I would summarise the message and regurgitate what I think the message was. This way I’m establishing whether I’m on the right track with said message.

I’m sure you are familiar with the saying about why you have two ears, “listen twice as much before you speak”…

Well, take note and LISTEN! It’s all about intentional living now.

I’m striving to be a more active listener…

Are you an active listener?

Spirited Mama


If you are new to my series find the previous posts below:

Week 1 – Living with intent

Week 2 – Be an example

Week 3 – Be YOU

Week 4 – Treasure people NOT possessions

Week 5 – Change is inevitable

Week 6 – Let it go

Week 7 – Love YOURSELF

Week 8 – FORGIVE

Week 9 – TRUST

Week 10 – BELIEVE in yourself

Week 11 – Find GOOD Friends

Week 12 – Enjoy the small things… F*ck balance

Week 13 – Be KIND

Week 14 – Be PATIENT

Week 15 – ARM yourself

Week 16 – Take a TIME OUT


Experience a global favourite – The ABBA Show

The world`s premier live ABBA tribute show is set to return to mesmerize Johannesburg audiences in January and February 2019 – two years after a virtual sell-out performance run at Emperors Palace.

Nostalgic memories of the 70’s and 80’s, platforms and leotards as well as your favourite ABBA hits will be all the reason to see The ABBA Show live at Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in the New Year.

Far from being deemed as just another cover band, The ABBA Show is brought to you by the internationally acclaimed tribute act, ABBAsolutely fABBAulous. This full-scale concert production features over two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away.


Hannah Pocock

Brits Hannah Pocock as Agnetha and Jenna Ball as Frida are set to dazzle audiences while Brent McMullen and Zac Coombs will take on the roles of Bjorn and Benny!

Audiences will see ABBAsolutely fABBAulous belt out classic ABBA hits on stage such as Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Ring, The Winner Takes It All, Fernando, Super Trouper and many more.

“The timeless and instantly recognisable tunes of ABBA are bound to keep audiences on their feet throughout the show. This is the music that transcends age and brings people together to sing along and enjoy a night of hit performances, because – let’s face it – who doesn’t love a good ABBA singalong?” says Celeste-Anne Nicholas, the Group Entertainment Manager for Emperors Palace.

The ABBA Show @ Emperors Palace – 18 January until 10 February 2019, presented by Showtime Australia.

Tickets for this spectacular show can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.comor via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R250 and R470 each.

For further details about the show, visit: www.facebook.com/theabbashow as well as the show’s official website at www.theabbashow.com.au

Mamma Mia, here we go again!

Spirited Mama


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