Random musings · Uncategorized

Time changes everything – even libraries.

It’s been a long time since I set foot in a library.  As a kid I loved every visit, eager to bring home the next set of books that would fire my imagination and give me something to do in my spare time.  I remember my local library being very visual – posters everywhere and lots of colour!… Continue reading Time changes everything – even libraries.


{DIY} First time with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®

I’ve always been in awe of all the amazing DIY furniture transformations on Pinterest so I decided that it was time to try my hand at one.  I found a chest of drawers on Gumtree for R500.  I probably could have bought a standard one brand new for just a little more but I loved the curvy detail… Continue reading {DIY} First time with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®


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.”

Random musings

Sorry about your baby

Sorry for not being cautious with your baby You took such good care of her and all I’ve done is damage In just eight months of having her… I was beginning to think I was doing well on Jozi streets and then today happened Knocking into the rear end of another, hearing that sound Feeling disbelief… Continue reading Sorry about your baby


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!

Adventures · Travel

Christmas in London

In three weeks we leave for the UK. If I wasn’t so busy at my day job, I would probably be daydreaming of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. I wake up most mornings with memories of my dreams from the night before – and it’s not dreams of exploring the streets of London but rather… Continue reading Christmas in London

Events · Uncategorized

Reminiscing Halloween past

Halloween was never a big deal for me UNTIL my first year in the US.  I suppose at that time, it wasn’t even popular in the country as a whole but now South Africa has jumped on the wagon too. With Halloween parties all over the place and even a cool Trick or Treat initiative by… Continue reading Reminiscing Halloween past


Road trip with City Lodge

As we walked into the reception area at the Courtyard Hotel Sandton, we were greeted by warm smiles and a friendly hello. “Would you like something to drink?” A pitcher of lemonade stood enticingly to our left. After our bustling morning, we were delighted at the offer.  Mr C was eager to get to our room… Continue reading Road trip with City Lodge

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)


A fresh start

Last year I desperately wanted to change jobs and was held back by the fact that I needed three weeks of annual leave for my wedding.  So I thought I would just stick it out and start applying after all that was done and dusted.  The wedding was in September, but the new job took… Continue reading A fresh start