Today, I am struck by how fragile it all is. Our bodies. Our minds. Our hopes. Our dreams. Our fears. Our homes. Our cities. Our countries. Our planet. Our entire lives.Continue Reading "Blessed are the vulnerable"
If you’ve spent any time on the internet at all over the past few years, you’re probably quite familiar with those motivational travel quotes sprawled across majestic landscapes.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Well, this post is not like that.
My aim is not to motivate anyone to travel, to ‘find themselves’ or to see the world. Some of us have that desire and will act upon it in one way or another. Others don’t, and will live perfectly fulfilled lives without ever setting foot outside of their home town. It’s really none of anyone else’s business.
Instead, this post is just a collection of things I found useful, clever, heart-warming and enriching in the various elsewheres I’ve found myself recently.
So, here you go:Continue Reading "Life lessons my recent travels taught me"
The blues have a funny way of creeping up on us, don’t they?
Waking up with a knot in your stomach after so many days of feeling all energised and amazed. It’s the worst.
October is mental health awareness month here in South Africa and over the past 30 days I’ve really loved reading people’s thoughts on various aspects of this too-often neglected subject.
It’s been empowering to see friends, acquaintances and strangers opening up about their battles – everything from commonplace insecurities to crippling burnouts – and finding strength in that vulnerability.
More encouraging, even, has been the opportunity to learn about ways in which people choose to take care of themselves during dark days and how these (mostly) simple rituals speak of hope beyond measure.
In the light of this, I recently decided to take a closer look at the things I choose to do when I hit a low, trying to differentiate those that drag me into a downward spiral from the ones that eventually help to send me soaring again.
And so, with the simple act of paying attention to my body, I’ve started discovering self-care methods of my own that form the building blocks of feeling better.
Here are just a few basics to start off with:Continue Reading "A few notes on self-care"
We’d been toying with the idea of getting a dog for some time, Guillaume and I.
Maybe it started with the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Border Collie we met during our first weekend away together in Tulbagh almost three years ago. For those two days, he was a constant companion – chilling on the stoep while we braaied and even joining us for a hike up the mountain in search of an elusive waterfall. We dubbed him Wouter for some reason and soon ‘Wouter’ became a central figure in our future dreams.
Our far-in-the-future dreams, that is. Because, let’s be honest – first, a long distance relationship and now, living several suburbs apart – our situation has been far from ideal for co-parenting a canine.
But, then, we stumbled upon the sweetest soul who somehow decided he had to be ours. And who were we to turn him down?Continue Reading "World, meet Jasper"
It’s not every day a girl manages to gather a combination of skin- and hair-care products that just work… simultaneously.
You know how it goes – you get a face wash that makes your skin feel all dewy and fresh, but every shampoo you try keeps leaving your hair limp and sad. Or the moisturiser a friend swears by has you breaking out in zits, but at least that conditioner you started using makes your hair bounce and shine.
Yup, if you aren’t blessed with great hair and skin naturally, finding products that help you feel (and hopefully also look) good can be a real drag. Doubly so, if you’re an utter beauty product noob, like me!
Miracles do happen, however, as I recently hit the jackpot with a couple of good buys that have seriously given me hope for a more sustainable ‘feel-good’ future. Some are surprising new finds, while others are old faithfuls that keep proving their worth.Continue Reading "4 beauty products that make me happy"
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year for us here in the southern hemisphere. And also the longest night. Mid-winter.
It’s been cold and stormy and I keep finding myself closing up tight into a bud, instead of blooming where I’m planted (as the motivational wallpaper on my work computer says I should).
Self-care comes in many forms: exercise, meditation, craft and music. This week, music has been my physician of choice. And the songs that seemed to grab me most had one thing in common: strong female vocals shot through with vulnerability and a good measure of fun.
Maybe you’ll enjoy it too…Continue Reading "Playlist: Girl power"
After recently being asked to come up with a three-day Cape Town itinerary for tourists, I found myself reminded of just how much there really is to do in this city.
Basing my itinerary on the type of experiences that would appeal to an active and fun-loving millenial traveller on a first-time visit to Cape Town, I decided to package each of the three days according to an overarching theme.
So, here goes:Continue Reading "72 Hours in Cape Town"
I recently started practising yoga more regularly again after a few years of letting it fall by the wayside and, in many ways, it feels a bit like a homecoming.
Since first finding out about it back in high school and begging my parents to order me a beginners video through ‘Leserskring’, yoga has always been my favourite form of exercise.
As I’ve grown older, it’s also proven to be the only consistent antidote to my sporadic bursts of insomnia, a trustworthy mood booster and the most effective tool for self-acceptance (and, eventually, even love) I’ve ever come across.
Being so central to my general wellbeing (and daily life), yoga tends to come up in conversations quite regularly, which in turn, often exposes misconceptions about this practice/form of exercise (because, to me, it’s both).
Here are 5 common ones:Continue Reading "Yoga: a few common misconceptions"
These past few months have been super busy and while I’m really not a fan of haring off from one thing to the next all the time, the busy-ness has also brought with it a lot of wonderful experiences, opportunities and learning curves.
Here are a few of my recent highlights:Continue Reading "7 things I’ve been loving lately"
For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to visit Chart Farm in Wynberg to wander among the roses and – best of all – pick a selection of my own to take back home.
But, on one condition: that my mom could come along, as her love for these fragrant blooms runs deep and connects with a tender nostalgia for the birthdays of her childhood in Piet Retief. Born on the 16th of November, my mom’s celebration of life falls slap-bang in the middle of peak rose season, which also happens to be most spectacular in the highveld areas of our country.Continue Reading "Snaps: Rose-picking at Chart Farm"