Less is more…than enough

To tell you the truth I am exhausted. In my quest to keep busy until I leave has bit me in the ass as I knew it would. The past six months has seen me juggling motorbike lessons, learning how to swim, starting a new degree and finishing half of my 1st year subjects, mentoring a teenage girl who lives in a children’s home, continuing my Italian lessons and trying to find time to meet my Italian friend when I can so that I can practise.  All this and still working a 9 to 5, just writing it all down exhausts me.

So yes apparently I can’t do it all. Seeing as the past 6 months were so chaotic I’m going to take the next 6 very slowly. I’m going to eliminate  as much activity as possible. Taking on too much can be extremely stressful and detrimental to your health, trust me. I’ve been getting sick, spraining things and suffering from more headaches than I usually do.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to do absolutely nothing because I am addicted to learning. I’ve got a photography course that starts in a month that I am looking forward to with fast forward photography. So I’ve just got to figure out what to cut out of my life but for now I am just going to take it easy and watch Friends re-runs.

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10 Things I am proud I achieved before turning 30

Soon I will officially be 30 – there’s no turning back now. Below is a list of my greatest hits and things I am proud to have achieved. To the next 30!!

1. Passing my driver’s test and getting my licence.

2. Learning how to surf.

3. I can speak Italian, well almost.

4. Kloofing down a gorge and jumping off a 12m cliff into a rock pool.

5. I can make my own sushi.

6. I finally know how to swim.

7. I can ride a motorbike.

8. I have travelled to Europe.

9. I discovered my true calling.

10. And finally  have the courage to pursue it.


10 Things I have learnt this week

1. People watching in Long Street is extremely entertaining.

2. Leaving assignments till the last-minute means having to pull an all nighter to complete it.

3. The letter G is very important – makes it harder to type when the it has broken off from the keyboard.

4. I can survive without a cellphone.

5. Time can fly even when you’re not having fun.

6. Do not eat 3 easter eggs in quick succession.

7. Going to the hairdresser is something every girl should do often.

8. It still amazes how a little bit of rain scares Cape Townians.

9. I crave swimming when I am not able to go.

10. Learning the past tense in Italian is easier than learning the present tense.



10 Things I have learnt this week

1. Celebrate New Years Eve your way – you will enjoy yourself more.

2. A good heart to heart with a best friend can make 3 hours feel like 10 minutes.

3. Always take the scenic route.

4. I officially own 7 books on learning how to speak Italian and yet have so much to learn about this beautiful language.

5. Talk to strangers – hey sometimes it’s ok.

6. Butter salt topping on popcorn was not such a good idea.

7. Surprise sushi is the best.

8. A new year and the prospect of new beginnings gives one hope for positive change and a happy future.

9. Get rid of the old make space for new things in your life.

10. Don’t hang onto clothing with the hope that you will fit into it again one day – buy yourself something new, beautiful and that fits you perfectly.


New Year’s Resolutions

My resolution for 2011 was simple: Whatever I decided to do I must follow through with it – no matter how big or small. I wanted to learn Italian. Tick. I wanted to learn how to surf. Tick. I wanted to learn to play the guitar. Semi-tick. I got the guitar and started with lessons but stopped halfway through the year. I just wanted to do something different from the old clichés of giving up smoking or losing weight (YAWN). Obviously I still want rock hard six-pack abs without having to workout and eating everything and anything my little heart desires, I mean who doesn’t.

For 2012 though I’m also going to keep it simple, so my resolutions are as follows:

  1. Continue with my Italian lessons.
  2. Learn to ride a motorbike and get my license.
  3. Mentor an orphan.
  4. Try one new thing every month.
  5. Finish 1st year Bachelor of Arts – Languages, Literature and Creative Writing

Care to share yours?


The student life

I’m officially registered at UNISA  for the 1st semester next year. I checked my online study material today and just realised how daunting 5 subjects per semester is going to be. In other news: I’ve finally been matched with a young girl from a children’s home, so I will be her mentor for a year and guide her through her transition from the orphanage to independent living. Somehow I still need to find the time to go for lessons and get my motorbike license, meet my German and Italian language exchange partner once a week respectively and Fede my Italian teacher wants me to continue with Italian lessons next year.

I’ll most probably not have a life, aah the joys of having a 9-5 followed by a nightly study program. Not all students get to party, especially not full-time working ones.

I will be broke all the time, text books are not cheap.

Just thinking about it all exhausts me.

I think now would be the perfect time to take up yoga and meditation.


Don’t blind yourself to the Signs

This weekend past was awesome. I mentioned a while back that I will be volunteering for SA-YES an organisation that helps prepare children who are about to leave the children’s home and into the real world. The training session on Saturday was informative but it was the Sunday spent with the 20 young girls and boys who have opted to have a mentor that really had a positive effect me.

They say helping others makes you feel good and this was the first where I have truly experienced this. I first had the opportunity to speak to each girls about herself, her life, her dreams/goals etc which was then followed by ball games played on the field outside. I honestly cannot remember when last I have felt this happy and content or had so much fun. I never realised how far away I have drifted from doing things that matter and can make a difference in someone else’s life. The past year I have been so self-centred and well a little bit selfish which is what I needed to be at the time but now I know that it is time for me to give back.

Sometimes the signs are right in front of us but we choose not to see them. I now recall that at high school I belonged to the Society Club and we would meet once a week to visit a children’s home, old age home or homeless shelter. I also occasionally wrote for the school paper ‘The Moaning Lisa’. My love for languages saw me learning Arabic at high school and more recently Mandarin Chinese and Italian. Recently after doing an in-depth personality assessment the following were some of the careers that is recommended for me to pursue: Writer, Social Worker, Teacher, Psychologist, Artist, Photographer – these are all things that have always interested me (now more than ever though) but for some reason I got side-tracked and got hurled off the beaten track and into the rat race of the real world.

So yes I feel like I have found my calling in life but in reality if I only had to keep pursuing what I enjoyed in my youth then I would have found my place a long time ago. I do not regret the path my life has taken as it played a role in moulding the person I am today. I got an email from a friend on Monday and it just reminded me that there are people around me and all of us for that matter who silently supports and not only want to see us succeed but more importantly who want us to be happy.