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A Contradictory Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short spontaneous sojourns

I am a big believer in sprinkling short spontaneous sojourns (ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration – or sibilance more specifically) throughout the year for mental, physical and emotional rejuvenation. Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioural economics and someone … 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

PDA Proud

Just a quick post to announce to the world how very proud I am of my boyfriend! This mountain biking thing – he is doing SO well! He bought a book called the Mountain Bikers Training Bible on Kalahari written by Joe Friel just … Continue reading

Struggling to convey

The strongest have their moments of fatigue. – Friedrich Nietzsche I have lived with the exhausting physical side-effects of eczema as well as the debilitating emotional impact of this disease for many years. (I do not have many photos of … 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

Time to dance!

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George Smith Patton A few months ago I wrote a post about a very depressing email I received but yesterday I am proud to announce an email of an entirely … Continue reading

The food of champions

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. – T’ien Yiheng I am so behind on my blog posts, my last one was published on the 31st of October and time has just flown; the past few weeks have … 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

It’s all technical

Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out. – Karl Augustus Menninger This past Saturday we cycled in the Nissan Trailseeker #4 Van Gaalen. It was tough but we did well in our first Half Marathon … Continue reading

Believe

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. – Thomas Merton On Saturday 22 September Wes and I took part in the Bainbridge Believe Project Race held at Northern Farm where we do most of our … 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

Going down and dirty

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. – Ruth Stout As we enjoyed our experience at the previous Nissan organised mountain biking event so much, we decided to enter for Nissan Trailseeker … Continue reading

The road to nowhere

Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain A few months ago before Wes and I had even started cycling we bought a voucher on Daddy’s Deals for a weekend away. The first date they had available for us to book was the … Continue reading

A Diamond in the rough

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one – Chinese proverb As I have written previously, Wes and I recently took up mountain biking and are both hooked! In order to celebrate our four-year anniversary and our … Continue reading

A thankful love letter

Memory is the diary we all carry with us – Oscar Wilde Dear Wesleigh Today it has been four years since we started dating. As I recently started this blog as a way to document my life for one day … Continue reading

An imaginary line that divides something into equal or roughly equal halves

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. – Mark Twain The day I wrote my exam Wes arranged with the amazing people at Linden Cycles to pick up our mountain bikes which we had reserved. During the … Continue reading

Velskoen Drive-In: 79 years later

Ladies, gentlemen and other life forms. – Agent O, MIB III The first time I went to Velskoen Drive-In was during high-school. I waitressed with a girl, Uke Prinsloo, and she invited me to go along with her family. When I arrived … Continue reading