Winter Update 2017 – Aixa

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We are now half-way through the year! So I thought it was time that I gave an update. I’m still working for Playful Ponies and Pawsum Pets, and I’m enjoying it as much as I did before. Currently I am volunteering at a local horse property while getting some much needed break times and an awesome experience – and hope to start volunteering at the local wildlife sanctuary.

Despite working at my own pace, I am getting a great education both through practical experience and studying. I was recently accepted into a veterinary nursing diploma course by NSW TAFE online. I haven’t started it yet but I hopefully will be starting it as soon as we can raise the funds.

We began studying certificates and have moved onto diplomas with leading universities. My current study courses include – (all for free via Coursera – you only pay for certificates/diplomas if you want them) –

University of Florida – The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management

University of Edinburgh – Animal Behaviour and Welfare

University of Edinburgh – Chicken Behaviour and Welfare

Ohio State University – Calculus One

Duke University – Music as biology

Technical University of Denmark – Antimicrobial resistance – Theory and Methods

Technical University of Denmark – Whole Genome Sequencing of Bacterial Genomes – Tools and Applications

It sounds like I lot but I can’t even share how much I enjoy it – all at my own pace. So if I want to read my beautiful books or even watch movies during the day – and study from say 5pm until 11pm, I can. Like most teens I struggle to concentrate when I am not in the mood so leave it until I am. As a result, I am flying through my courses even though it seems I only study a little here and there.

I have been helping my sister out with my baby niece. She’s two months old as of the 20th. And my older niece is 4 on the 14th of September. Oh and in between, I have been fixing bikes (Poppy taught me basics and I have just expanded from there) and also have helped Mum fix various car issues. The world is a classroom!

FYI Anais’ university study load for this year – (all for free via ALISON – you only pay for certificates if you want them) –

Saylor Foundation – Diploma in Sustainable Business
Saylor Foundation – Study Skills
David Briggs/Julian Ashton Art School – Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
ALISON/XSIQ – Diploma in Health Studies

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Mothers…

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Mothers are underrated. They are people who would circle the world infinite times for you; their children. Their love is indescribable. So strong it gives people life, and a chance to live it.

I remember when I was smaller; every night my mother would come kiss Aixa and I goodnight. Every night she never forgot to say, “I love you,” and every time I would tell her that she is the angel of angels and everything more. Because in my eyes and my three sisters’ eyes, she is. As the saying goes in Ed Sheeran’s song, you are an angel in the shape of my mum.

Mothers go through enormous lengths for you each day, to show you what you mean to them. They raise you, usually along with your dad; they feed you, they clean your clothes, make sure you go to school, and they keep a roof over your head.

Some houses are loud and some are quiet. Some houses are mansions and some houses are little cottages. Some houses have mothers and some don’t. But if your mother is with you today or in your heart, you’re a lucky one.

For myself, I haven’t exactly grown up with a fatherly figure in my life. But that hasn’t changed any part of it. For my family is exactly the same as anyone else’s. It just shows that my mum is twice as strong than my father. When any of us (my siblings and I) fall, she is right there lifting us up. Whether it’s with her words for encouragement or with her arms. She never fails. When any of us want to quit in whatever we are doing at the time, all we have to do is see her smile and it changes everything. Even her tone of voice is warming, and anyone that has spoken with her will know this.

Mothers. In your eyes when you look in the mirror you probably see some flaws, but please remember that your children won’t ever see them because they are not there. Your children will see you as whatever is perfect in their eyes, whether that may be a princess or batgirl or even an angel as I have said. You are perfect because God has chosen you to be a mother. He knew you would be amazing at what you do, he knew that you would be perfect for the role. God chose you.

There are not just angels up with Jesus and God, there are angels on earth, too. What do you think mothers and fathers are? Regular people? I don’t think so.

Thank you for listening to me.

 

© Anais Kenzig 2017

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Build Your Own Path

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Kids go into the system of fostering usually because they go through either or all of a complex range of sad issues; they had no mentally stable parent, parents in jail, no parents at all or were legally taken away from their guardians for whatever reason (some unfounded).

Some foster children believe that no matter the situation at home, that was where they were most safe. Because they knew where they would wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night; not worried that social workers would take them away.

Unfortunately, this is all taken away when you hear that doorbell ring for the last time. You open that door and see a person standing there in a suit, telling you that it would be alright and that they would make sure that you would be in a good home. Sadly, these people usually had no idea what the house was like, just reading the report was good enough for them.

For other kids it is a blessing, knowing that someone would come and take them to a new “safe” house. This is often the best feeling (at the time) to some of these kids knowing that they would be taken from whatever madness was happening where they lived; knowing that they wouldn’t be put through this again.

A foster life can be likened to a game popular with many kids in this situation – hopscotch. Because every time they were sent to a new house, they would jump onto another brick. Some were lucky to have only needed to have jumped once. Others would keep playing the game, even if it was no longer fun; they had no choice. Some kids got scared and jumped off their bricks, out of the game; others were brave and stayed. Believing they had something in the future for them. Just patiently waiting.

Some kids would have 1 or 2 ‘bricks’ to jump across while others had 7 or 8 (or more) bricks. These kids could never called these houses actual “homes”, but as soon as they were close to the realization that this might be their home, they were moved. The more bricks they jumped across, the more distant the end seemed to be; leaving them less trusting of anyone, and this made it hard for them to stay in one house.

Some kids were fortunate enough to reach that last brick and find their everlasting family, while others just grew too old to play the game. And were alone in the world. We all need someone whether we know it or not; it’s human nature to have longed for the warmth of a family or the warmth of someone else’s arms. These are two of the richest things out there. We all need them.

If you have to, build your own path with the bricks you played on. Allow for people to see that foster kids are more than a sob story. Show them that you can actually create something for yourself. So, get up and…

Build. Your. Own. Path.

© Anais Kenzig 2016

God Loves Us ALL – Anais

To hear God doesn’t love gays is like hearing the world stops when it rains. Love is love no matter who it is; no one decided love was a gender, it sorta just slipped in. Love is a feeling, one that should be felt. That same feeling God has on everyone.

The Bible was once a place of truth and unity; but now is often used for personal judgement and brutality. ‘When did this occur?’ I hear; when people made the choice to change. Made people hide in shame and feel pain.

It’s funny; you ask is God a good man when his words were once spoken through Jesus, and are now spoken through a homeless man out on the streets. 

Only one word can explain this; society. So many stories have come out of this. So many cliches, the ones people walk past, scroll past; it doesn’t matter.

Love is being dismissed with an accusation when it should be taught as a declaration, to be held high and show love as it is. Equal. Has anyone noticed that the word gay was once used as a word to identify yourself as happy, but is now used as a word to discriminate from others; to teach people how to hate not only themselves but things associated with love.

People are scared to be gay.  People actually believe it is some perverted choice to be attacked and vilified; hated by your own loved ones. The bombings and shootings that happened? They didn’t need to. The word homosexual has been perverted and used to mean that if you are (gay), you’ve changed; you’re a different person.

You put a wall up, and won’t knock it down until someone comes along and helps you. But through the years the wall gets taller and taller and so does your ability to hide you.

Your family’s ability to see you is no more, vanished. Not because of you, but because of others.

Yet…

God. Loves. Us. ALL.

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© Anais Kenzig Nov 2016

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Become Something BIG – Anais

In order for a cup of water to be spilt, it must reach the tipping point. The same goes for everything you bottle up inside. One small thing is all it takes for it all to come flooding out. What happens when the cup gets too full? It overflows. If you keep your thoughts trapped inside of you, instead of it overflowing, you change in order to accommodate the difference.

Some people become the person they never wanted to be, and others become role models simply from their response to it. The people who tip their cup of water, make their small lives big. But the ones that never got there in time, never took the status quo as a challenge,  just go down.

For something to be written on paper, you must first be able to master the pen. Let it be your path to happiness. Let it show that there is more in life than what meets YOUR eye. Be the change.

Pretending to be happy for others is just putting the lid on your cup. Eventually it will come off and the water will spill. And so will your mouth with the words that show your thoughts. As some may say, “in order for you to move forward, you first must let go of the past.” Let your water spill onto your plants, allowing them to grow, allowing for you to move on and thrive.

Stop thinking the worst of all things, and start thinking of what you can do. Allowing yourself to reach beyond your goals is showing what you’ve been holding yourself back from.

So maybe, just maybe – if you decide to take that step and spill your cup of water, you’re showing who you will become.

Become. Something. Big.  

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© Anais Kenzig Nov 2016

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