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A Contradictory Life

Found a female role model in a book and movie

You might not have had one, Phiona, but thank you for being a female role model to myself and many others. From a reading perspective, I have had the best year. I have devoured book after book and have mostly spent my … Continue reading

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

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

On Dads and Fathers

I wrote this on Instagram yesterday for Father’s Day but subsequently realised I should rather have used the word “Dad” not “Father”. Semantics. View this post on Instagram A Father should be present and proud. He should be kind and … 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

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

The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

My friend, Tam, told me a story the other night: The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the … 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

I failed. I am devastated.

The results of the the Level III CFA Exams were released yesterday. I was working from home on my computer when the little email notification box popped up in the bottom right corner of my screen, “Your CFA Exam Result” … Continue reading

Every Rand counts! #OneRandMan

Sanlam ran a fascinating social experiment during July – National Savings Month – with which I am absolutely obsessed. View this post on Instagram No amount of R1 coins can top this view. #latergram A post shared by Sanlam Group (@sanlam_group) on … Continue reading

The sustainability of health and wealth

A few months ago Anchor Capital (where I work) co-sponsored a cattle auction and I was asked to write something to introduce our business, tied in with an auction theme, that we could have printed on flyers and incorporate into … Continue reading

A town shrouded in mist and mystery, built on a valley of hope

Nestled between intriguing rock outcrops and with feral horses – descendants from the British forces – roaming free, lies the town of Kaapschehoop shrouded in mist and mystery. In 1882, at around the same time people were settling into Pilgrim’s … Continue reading

eBooks creatively crafted in the spirit of Athena

I discovered a local blog called Wry Republic towards the end of 2012 and the site’s tagline;  “wit, wisdom and political water fights” was only a taste of the quirkiness that the blog offered. All the posts that I read were interesting as well … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valentine’s Day Detoxification

Toxins – Better out than in! – Swee Boon Chai Contrary to what you may have thought on reading the title of this post, I love Valentine’s Day and all those other “Hallmark created holidays”. Maybe there are some people who … Continue reading

Respect

Respect: if you want to get it, you have to give it. I had two posts planned for today, both with entirely different tones as to the one I am about to write. I need to write this post not … Continue reading

A cycle trilogy

A trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. – Definition We have mostly been training and cycling at Northern Farm and we love it … 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

Date night!

A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life. – Ana Alas I have always loved this quotation and Wes – he loves … Continue reading

(Wo)Men in Black and the prejudice of physical appearance

Dressed for success. – Roxette On Sunday night a few of my girlfriends and I watched Roxette LIVE in concert at the Coca-Cola Dome. The last time this Swedish band was in South Africa was seventeen years ago when they played at Ellis Park. We … 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