A Contradictory Life

Three money memories

This article was first published here. I have previously written about the enthusiasm and energy which encapsulates our passion at Anchor and how this enthusiasm has led to a constant evolving of the company. I spoke about the people that constitute … Continue reading

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

London, an Instagram round up

A couple of weeks ago I did an Instagram round up of our time spent in Dubai and today – have a look at that post here. Today, I am doing the same for London. London The flight duration was … 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

Dubai, an Instagram round up

It has been five (FIVE!) months since Ali and I traveled to Dubai and London. I had a mini breakdown (okay, that is maybe a bit dramatic – although it does happen quite often) this afternoon that I have not … Continue reading


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

Making the best of insurance

I finally published a post on why I drove an old car. In it I mentioned insurance and how the expense can drastically add up over a couple of years into quite a meaningful number. Insurance is a gripe payment … Continue reading

Why I drove an old car

Up until very recently I was driving a twenty-four year old Mazda 626 and I have had a draft post on the “why” for months, probably even more than a year, sitting in my dashboard. Besides the fact that I … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

Behavioural finance models to challenge notions of efficiency [[ Part IV ]]

Part I of this Behavioural Finance educational series introduced the differences between Traditional Finance and Behavioural Finance. Traditional Finance is based on principles of neoclassical economics and is prescriptive in nature; consisting of theories and models which explain how investors … 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

If I won the lotto and smart money habits

We have all played this game before: what would you buy if you won the lotto? I am not much of a gambler – there is that (not so) famous story of the time Ali, Olivia and I frequented the … Continue reading