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A Contradictory Life

Womoon

I have always loved journaling and in the past couple of years have spent some time putting effort into trying to consistently meditate. I use the word “effort” because I really do find it almost impossible to quite my mind. But, I … Continue reading

Compassionate consumption

I have a massive problem with our excessive consumerist culture (some irony: at work I am the consumer and luxury goods analyst). I honestly believe that there is not enough capacity on Earth to support our current “standard of living”. We … Continue reading

I wrote a poem on Instagram. Sort of.

View this post on Instagram Not fighting the current, just Floating here, remembering my spirit there. A post shared by Tamzin Nel (@femmegypsy) on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:26am PST Not fighting the current, just Floating here, remembering my spirit … Continue reading

Why do people keep having children?

Last week Tuesday I listened to a podcast by Freakonomics called “Why do people keep having children?” (number 11 on this list) which I found incredibly interesting. The first baby I met: my sister, 23 years ago. Biological imperative apart, … Continue reading

Meaning Motion

I have been taking part in an Instagram challenge this month (read all about it, and the purpose of these kinds of challenges, here). The challenge was created and is being hosted by Gaelyn from A New Weigh and Kerri … Continue reading

Hashtag GIRLBOSS

I bought #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso immediately on Talya Goldberg‘s recommendation a few weeks ago and could not wait to curl up with it and read something that would motivate and inspire! I even had my pens and notebook ready so … Continue reading

A physical manifestation of anxiety

A friend of mine experienced the sensation of anxiety for the first time this year (we are 24 years old) and she understands only now why it was always so impossible for her to comprehend this emotion with which I … Continue reading

Synchronicity of minds

I wanted to become a social worker, war correspondent or a psychologist. I work in the world of investment management as an analyst and a portfolio manager for high net worth individuals. As I have said before, the tagline of my … Continue reading

New look. For me AND for you! [[ Giveaway ]]

We all know that when we first start blogging the look and feel of our sites are…uhh…questionable, at best. I cringe when I think of what my first blogspot site looked like! I quickly moved over to WordPress though and have … Continue reading

Dreadlove

I have always had the biggest obsession with and love for dreadlocks. Every time I mention this fact to anyone (friends, family, colleagues, anyone!) the response is usually one of horror. Dreadlocks are probably the most culturally and socially misunderstood … Continue reading

First home focusing me away from the frustration

Last night I came home to what looked very much like date night! I have been in a bit of a frustrated mood lately (thank you thank you thank you to everyone for their wonderful replies and comments and advice and everything!) … Continue reading

Frustration

I am frustrated because people keep asking me why I am so quiet. I am frustrated because I have been moody and irritable. I am frustrated because my only desire right now is sleep. I am frustrated because I am … Continue reading

Bastille day jol

Saturday we joined 15 000 people to watch the English rock band Bastille at Emmarentia Dam. It was phenomenal! If you have not heard their music yet, go now. I am not exactly a music critic or expert but absolutely … Continue reading

Sleep can be too much of a good thing

Robin Sharma has said that people who join what he has coined the “5 am club” rule the world. I am back to my 4 am waking routine after a few weeks of sleeping “in” – hello new year/studying/gym/crazy work … Continue reading

2013 in reverse and moments in between

I have seen a few Flipagram compilations on Instagram over the last few days and thought this would be the perfect way to sum up my last post of the year. 2013 in reverse and moments in between [[ Creating new traditions, … Continue reading

Real Beauty and Plastic Surgery synonymously linked?

So, no-one is going to believe that I started writing this post weeks before Dove published this video on YouTube which went viral and had bloggers everywhere writing posts on “#RealBeauty”. Regardless, my message remains the same and fits perfectly into this conversation … Continue reading

Excerpts from my six/seventeen year old mind

I recently moved another Lifelist item to my “Accomplished” section; I bought a little three bedroom ground floor unit in a complex and I could NOT be more excited about it (eeeeeeeeek!). The official date of registration is most probably going to … Continue reading

We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic: an organised coincidence

In the same vein as the Jozi Run events I took part in last year (‘Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition‘ and ‘An empty achievement‘), Critical Mass is also a social movement to “take back the streets” and pure adrenalin … Continue reading

A socially acceptable drug and the seemingly insignificant

If there is one thing that is synonymous with cycling it is the culture of drinking coffee. Although in December I learnt that this much loved stimulant is not for me. Something that I need to remember lately. Some days … Continue reading

Retro QWERTY: Typewriter love

“Much as I like owning a Rolls-Royce, I could do without it. What I could not do without is a typewriter, a supply of yellow second sheets and the time to put them to good use.” – John O’Hara I … Continue reading

An empty achievement

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank I really enjoyed the first Run Jozi 10km event so when it was announced that entries for the next one were … Continue reading

Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition

 You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. – Lyn Beth Neylon This morning driving to work I became stuck in protests happening in Kya Sands, Johannesburg. My … Continue reading

One year of being a working girl – not that kind luckily!

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. – Oscar Wilde Yesterday was my one year working birthday! I baked a cake and everything 🙂 You have got to celebrate the small things. Actually, this was not a … Continue reading

An existentialist crisis?

unbeing dead isn’t being alive – e.e cummings Wikipedia (my high-school teachers will CRINGE at the thought of me using this site as a reference!) defines Existentialism as; “a term applied to a school to a school of 19th and 20th-century philosophers … Continue reading