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?


Pay it forward

I‘ve been wanting to do something meaningful for quite some time now and finally found a cause that I want to support. I’ve volunteered to mentor a young adult from a children’s home for 1 year. It is quite a procedure, I have forms I need to complete and need to provide the organisation with 3 references, my CV as well as allow them to do a criminal check. Once all this is done there is a one-on-one interview followed by mentor training and a day spent at the children’s home where I will get matched with a suitable child/mentee. This 1 year commitment entails spending between 1-2 hours every week with my mentee and using my life experience to guide, listen and provide advise on careers, studying, etc.

If you are interested see below for contact details – they still need +/- 20 more mentors:

Michelle Potter – Executive Director

Bella Hoffman – Administrator


PO Box 39205

Capricorn Square

Cape Town 7948, South Africa

Tel/Fax: +27 (0)21 788 3807

Mobile: +27 (0)79 942 9750

United Kingdom

Suite 16103

Lower Ground Floor

145-157 St John Street

London, EC1V 4PW, UK

Tel.: +44 (0)207 788 7937

Aiding the empowerment of children and young people in South Africa.

Help portrait


I took this picture when my bother and I took a spontaneous train ride to Simon’s Town and we came across this homeless man/car guard. My brother asked him if he would pose for a picture and he got so excited about the whole thing that I wished I was able to give him a print-out of it. I unfortunately can’t remember his name but I’m sure there are many people like him who haven’t had a photograph taken of themselves in years. In an era where if you don’t have access to a camera your cell phone can still take pretty decent photos.

Then I stumbled across Help-Portrait (amazing what one find on the internet). What started out as a one-day event on 10th Dec 2011 (to be held on the second Saturday of every December) has turned into a movement whereby photographers use their skill, time and expertise to give back.

More specifically Help-Portrait is a movement of photographers, makeup artists and volunteers who come together to give, not take pictures of those who are in need. A non-profit organisation that takes photographs of people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access or be able to afford professional photography e.g.  poor families, the homeless, orphans, the elderly etc.

You can get involved even if you are not a photographer by bringing food, drinks, books, blankets, canned goods or help by assisting the photographers. Helping and giving is not restricted to December but whenever and however you can. Check out the SA website for more details.