Do what you can

Last week there was an emotional story on the 94.7 Breakfast Express radio show about a baby boy in need of very rare surgery. Caylum Willemse is in need of surgery and there is only one doctor in the world who can do the job. Caylum’s mum came on the air and described what it’s like for them as parents to… Continue reading Do what you can

Inspiration · Random musings

Strange, stranger, strangest

One of the chapters in The Hero is Manifesting your Dreams. I think Mr C & I read this chapter some time last week during our morning ritual. Since we started reading the book together, we have been focussing on moving to Ireland and using the teachings of The Hero and the law of attraction to manifest our dream. … Continue reading Strange, stranger, strangest


Fate doesn’t call the shots

“If it was meant to be it will be” 

I’ve heard that way too many times in my lifetime.  Sometimes I’ll just nod in agreement because I really don’t want to launch into a debate.  But my mind is screaming “If I want it, I can have it and I’m not going to let anything stop me”.

I’m sure I myself have used those words at some point when I was younger and didn’t know any better.  I had heard it being said around me and accepted that fate played a leading hand in my life.  But then I grew up and my circumstances filled me with determination – to be more, have more and do more.  I didn’t grow up poor, but I was far (like continents apart) from rich. I didn’t have an allowance but sometimes I would get a little pocket money to use at the school “tuck shop”. But what I did have was parents who love me unconditionally and fuelled my belief that I could do anything I set my mind to.  A gran that I could talk about my day with while she cooked and I would sit on the carpet in the kitchen, barefoot but still in my school dress.  Teachers who (for the most part) were passionate about the subjects they taught and in turn made me love learning.

I remember back when I was about to leave SA to work abroad as an au pair my gran said to me “many people (in our family) spoke about doing this but you’re the first to actually do it.”  Before it came through people told me you had to have loads of money in your bank account to even be considered for any overseas jobs as they ask for your bank statements.  I was also told about the bad experiences other girls had had as au pairs. I probably had less than $400 in my bank account after paying the au pair agency, but my visa was still approved.  I went to New York, lived with an awesome family and had the time of my life.

Those who try to sway you from your dreams lack the courage to take charge of their lives the way you are.  Never let fate or be your excuse for not having the life you want.  Because fate doesn’t call the shots.  You do.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Que Sera Sera.”


Laps, finally!

Swimming has been on my bucket list for a long long time. Actually, since the days I was in a school uniform! Finally I can strike it off. It’s taken me a long time but from last week I finally started swimming proper laps.  By proper I mean the full length of the pool without… Continue reading Laps, finally!

DIY · Inspiration

First wedding anniversary gift (paper)

First let me say that whoever came up with paper as the first anniversary gift, was onto something.  After spending all your hard earned savings on the wedding of your dreams (that turned into a bit of a nightmare) the year before, your pocket now has a hole the size of Gauteng and you’re loving… Continue reading First wedding anniversary gift (paper)

Food · Inspiration · Uncategorized

67 Minutes (Part 2 – the sugar overload…)

I’ve been meaning to get to the second part of our Saturday with the Teboho Trust kids on the weekend of Mandela Day.  You can read part 1 here. Since time is something I’m still trying to get a handle on I’m keeping this post short and sweet. The pictures can do all the talking 🙂 Once… Continue reading 67 Minutes (Part 2 – the sugar overload…)

Events · Food · Inspiration · Uncategorized

67 Minutes and then some (Part 1)

Mr C & I visit the Teboho Trust Saturday Academy every second Saturday, so it was the obvious choice for our 67Minutes in honour of a great man, our beloved Madiba. Tulip* , a work friend was intrigued by my tales of our time spent at the Soweto school and asked to join on our next visit.  In… Continue reading 67 Minutes and then some (Part 1)

Events · Inspiration · Uncategorized

♪I wanna be a billionaire…♫ {M2B Conference}

When Kaveshan from Rabbit Media informed me that he had two tickets for me to attend the Millionaires to Billionaires Super Conference I could barely contain my excitement.  I had already known about this conference and wished I could attend.  All that was stopping me was the Nine hundred and something ticket price. Then, just like… Continue reading ♪I wanna be a billionaire…♫ {M2B Conference}

Inspiration · Random musings · Uncategorized


Today marked the anniversary of our democracy. As a South African I am proud of my country and how far it has come. The road ahead is long and bumpy but when we look back at where the journey began, we know that getting on this road was not easy. It took the strength and… Continue reading Freedom

Inspiration · Uncategorized · WP Challenges

If I could be anywhere

Throw caution to the wind.  Just do it.  Sometimes the logical and realistic part of your brain won’t let you just drop everything to chase your innermost desires.  But that doesn’t stop us from dreaming… Seated at a table with my shiny new MacBook Pro, I glance up at the mesmerising view of the ocean… Continue reading If I could be anywhere