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.

adventures, Life, travel

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.


When you fail to plan, you plan to fail

It’s amazing how we all perceive things differently or how other people perceive us. I had an interesting conversation with my aunt a few nights ago and she mentioned that I always seem to be planning for my future and not living in the present. One has to appreciate and be grateful for what you have in your life now and not worry too much about what might or could happen. I agree, but I can only agree up until a point.

I have so many dreams (always daydreaming with my head in the clouds) and to realise any dream it takes hard work and well…a bit of planning. I’ve also only recently come to the realisation where my passions lie and I am following a path a never thought I would. I guess I do think too much but not to be able to dream and plan would kill me, slowly. I’m open to taking risks now whereas before I’ve always played it safe.

There are so many things that I am enjoying this year: my intermediate Italian classes, riding a motorbike, swimming (don’t know how I functioned before this), my photography, finding and trying out new restaurants and savouring what is going to be my last year in Cape Town for a long time.



adventures, travel

Countries with scooters

Europe (France, Italy, Spain) and Asia (Thailand, China, Taiwan) are scooter friendly destinations – a good thing as these are all countries on my to-dotravel list.

As I am gaining confidence with every motorbike lesson (lovin’ those lazy eights) I have decided that I will definitely be hiring a scooter when I visit Thailand and Italy end of this year. I’m sure this will beat using public transport or walking and it definitely trumps being stuck in traffic in a car.

Humorous, Life

10 Things I have learnt this week

1. You will get tired of weddings if you have to attend one every week.

2. If you run out of nail polish remover you just might end up with one hand of orange nails.

3. I don’t want a scooter, I want a motorbike.

4. I get annoyed when people don’t get into the swing of things – just go with the flow already.

5. Mom’s cooking tastes even better when you haven’t had it in a while.

6. Danish butter biscuits doesn’t taste the same like it did when I was a kid.

7. Charles Dickens is captivating.

8. Sometimes I just need to listen to old school rap music.

9. An addictive personality can be a dangerous thing.

10. A night out with friends at an awesome restaurant – talking, eating, laughing – is way better than a night of club hopping.



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?