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A Contradictory Life

Finding the order in disorder

One year ago I attended a Flux Trends talk which I found absolutely fascinating and thought I should share with you all (before I attend the next one tomorrow – better late than never). The State We’re In provides a comprehensive snapshot … Continue reading

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

Something in the nothing

And, the same can be said of Life. I have been going to a few Yin Yoga classes lately. At first I went because it sounded delicious for someone whose legs, hips and back is always stiff and sore. Yin … Continue reading

TA takes London (& Dubai) to visit K!

Let me explain the title of this post. I met Olivia and Ali during orientation week at Tuks. We all met so many people that week but we stayed friends throughout varsity and have been since. We had big dreams; … Continue reading

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

My first completely vegan menu for (easy!) entertaining

I hosted the first book club of the year yesterday and it was such a great day and everyone loved the food! Spending time with the girls is always the best, obviously, but the food part was especially important to me … 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

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

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

Hydro health and other travel dreams!

I wrote what is still one of my favourite posts on this blog two years ago… An excerpt from ‘A Cycle Trilogy‘; I have been thinking about life and all its nuances lately. I have explored this inner tension concerning being … 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

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

Brunch and home decor at Bay Tree

On Saturday morning I met Ali from Seams and Silhouettes and Megan from The Sun House for brunch. I studied at Tuks with Ali but have never met Megan in ‘real life’ before. I absolutely love that social media has … Continue reading

Yoga is both challenging and forgiving

I am still trying to heal from one of the worst flus I have had in years so this weekend, I rolled out my yoga mat for the first time in over two weeks and I could not even reach … 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

Born to ride free and create this reality for others too

Exactly 20 years ago South Africa celebrated its first non-racial democratic elections. I am not going to give you a history lesson – I think we all know what a torturous and arduous journey it was for our beautiful country … Continue reading

Three things to take from yoga practice into everyday life

I managed to make the 5 pm yoga class at gym the other night as I have taken a few days off work to study and I might have to leave work early every Tuesday from now on to make … 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

Half Human. Half Creature. [[ Artist.Illustrator ]]

Tonight we (all the girls!) were supposed to go to Wolves Cafe for An Exhibition of Peculiar Creatures by Lara Meintjies but the exhibition has gone SO incredibly well that the prints basically all sold out the first weekend which is incredible … Continue reading

Don’t be an ass and other lessons learnt at my first #GGDJHB

I had a good morning: Wes does Valentine’s Day well, and every other day too really. I am talking thoughtful presents, gestures and reminders of love. I then got to work and everyone was hugging and giving out sweets and … 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

NaNoWriMo. Or, challenge accepted!

Day 1/30 Words 0/50 000 Plot: none Characters: none Title: none Ideas: none Yesterday, Samantha Perry sent out a tweet and this is what happened next: That’s right, in literally less than two minutes I had managed to sign myself up for the … Continue reading

Cycology 371

A quick update! As readers of this little blog here well know, Wes and I have been mountain biking avidly for over a year and are still loving every second of it. A year ago I wrote a post, The road to … 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

I found my wedding venue! & special friends’ birthday celebrations

For friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Before the title of this post slightly freaks out the boyfriend, friends and ma; no I am not engaged and no plans to wed just … Continue reading

The start of a journey

For those wounded by civilisation, yoga is the most healing salve. – T. Guillemets Whenever anyone starts a diet or a new exercise plan it is always on a Monday or the beginning of the month – yesterday satisfied both … Continue reading

We sincerely regret to inform you that you are a failure

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong – Benjamin Franklin Ok, that is not exactly what the email said from the CFA Institute. Their exact wording was: Dear Tamzin Nel We sincerely regret … Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award!

Celebrate what you want to see more of. – Tom Peters I recently emerged from my studying cocoon and can get back to my writing, I cannot wait and have already started on my next post which is going to be my … Continue reading

Three things to get me through

To look backward with pride and forward with hope. – Robert Frost I am having a tough time at the moment finding time at work to do everything I need to get done before I take leave to study for the CFA Level … 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

Keep your head about you

If – Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If … Continue reading