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A Contradictory Life

Well, hi there

It’s been a while… I have so many thoughts that need to be typed out, so many draft posts, so many ideas milling around my head but I feel like I first need to ease back into this blogging thing. … Continue reading

Does it count if it didn’t feel like sacrifice?

I went to an Anglican school; we had a chapel service every Thursday morning, opened assemblies with prayer and hymns, and on Shrove Tuesday the pancake truck came! Armed with a handful of R2 coins from our parents we would … Continue reading

Missing Mozambique

I wrote this on a day that I had severe wanderlust for the friendly people, delicious food, wide open spaces, beauty and tranquility of Mozambique. The perfect way to explain this place? After a six hour sleep on New Year’s … Continue reading

A story about Geoffrey the Giraffe

I realised tonight that I never told the story about Geoffrey the Giraffe. It is not a monumental, revolutionary, very interesting or life-changing one but it is (I think) a sweet story. We were all tired towards the end of … Continue reading

Sometimes I forget I am only twenty-four years old

A few people have reminded me, especially after this post, that I am only twenty-four years old. In other words; I am accomplished given my age, that I still have time to do more and that I need to put … Continue reading

Hello Joburg! Thank you for the Pampering :)

You might have seen on Twitter / Instagram that I attended a lady bloggers pamper day hosted by Hello Joburg in conjunction with Tsogo Sun on Saturday. I was, and am, so grateful to have been invited along with some … Continue reading

Celebrating six years with six courses of fine dining (& more)

On the 19th of July it was our six year anniversary. It feels like just the other day that I wrote this post for our four year! I have been wanting to have a ‘fine dining’ experience for months and … Continue reading

A recap of our visit to Kaapschehoop and the gees of a live rugby game

Our visit to Kaapschehoop was everything I thought it would be – relaxing as well as invigorating. I have written before about my love of weekends away for their rejuvenating mental, physical and emotional benefits and that we are spoilt for … 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

I can’t tell my younger self anything but maybe I can remind my current self

My friend Lala, and also the incredibly lovely and passionate founder of the Plus Size is Me brand in South Africa, tagged me in a Facebook post yesterday in which she asked this question: If you could write a note … Continue reading

Girl With Cake and random acts of kindness

I have been thinking a lot about random acts of kindness. I think many readers of this blog will have sensed my disillusionment with society in general lately. I don’t understand why people are unkind to others, themselves, nature or animals. … Continue reading

Your life is luxurious

If you can eat three meals a day for three weeks you are in the top 15% wealth bracket. Globally. That’s right; if you can eat three meals a day for three weeks straight, you are rich. Picture source I am … Continue reading

Three things about light in darkness and mornings

Mornings are rushed for most. I know they are for me. Normally I am awake long before the sun even rises so this morning I relished the sun shimmering through my curtains as I opened my eyes and then enjoyed … 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

Health in perspective and a love note to my body

I clicked on a link yesterday morning – Lifelines: The quest for global health – expecting another article detailing “these are the foods you should be eating” or “these are the exercises you should be doing” but instead I read about how Lifelines is … Continue reading

Warm up the house!

I was doing some research to write about the history and traditions (we all know how much I love these two topics!) of housewarmings but then I found this great infographic here and it sums up everything I had jotted done … Continue reading

#BloggerSecretSanta

I wrote this post at the very beginning of December but due to some logistical issues and the (good) craziness that comes with December the receiver of my gift only got it this weekend so here it goes: a Christmas … 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

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

His name is title enough: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

This post, and more importantly the man himself, needs no introduction. South Africa and the world is mourning for the loss of our beloved Tata Madiba. His death came as no surprise; he had been ill for a long time … Continue reading

Three things but one main thing – start every day like it’s your birthday!

Yesterday was my twenty-fourth birthday and I am very enthusiastic about birthdays! Every single year I am so incredibly overwhelmed by the spoiling, love and enthusiasm and this year was no different. My ma basically gave me everything we need for our … 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

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

Three things that made June an awesome month

  It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci June has been a very exciting month for … Continue reading

Ek mis vir Oupa

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. – Claudia Ghandi Today is exactly a month since my Oupa Hennie passed away. There is not a day that has … Continue reading

Three things I am grateful for this week

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. – Cicero I have a full-time job and received two more job offers just this week. I can afford to enjoy a big slice of chocolate cake. … Continue reading

On a scale of one to balloon, how happy are you?

 Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon – Winnie the Pooh For Christmas my ma, sis and I gave each other subscriptions to our favourite magazines. This way we would be spoilt every month for an entire year. Catching up on … 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