Some things are hundreds – August 2017
It’s never a good sign when my blog gets quiet. Since I set off on this little online journey a couple of years ago, there have been a few points where I’ve taken a break from blogging – either as a conscious choice, or as a by-product of whatever’s going on, and it’s always, always linked to a little bit of a bump in my personal journey. Here’s the thing: When you’re happy and healthy and things are going smoothly, it’s easy to blog. Well, that’s the case for me anyway. When things are a bit hard? That’s when I find that I forget to prioritise my blogging, shy away from it, and end up going weeks without writing anything. The sad thing is that blogging is one of the most life-giving parts of my world – I love doing it, it brings me a lot of joy, and it creates a point of satisfaction for me. But the less I blog, the less happy I am, and the unhappier I am, the less I blog… Hey there vicious cycle, you cheeky bastard.
But as much as things might not be hundreds at the moment (we all know that one guy who refers to everything as ‘hundreds’, right?) there are some definite high points, and I figured it was about time that I gave you a little update into those super-hundreds bits (am I using this right?) and get my butt back into some good ol blogging.
So, here’s what’s been going on with me lately.
My best friend came to visit
People who’ve been following my stuff for a while will probably already be familiar with Beth, my super-lovely-and-probably-far-far-far-to-good-for-me best friend. We met in our first year of university, lived together for a few years, were inseparable, and somehow manage to keep up our super-special bond through a stream of seemingly unending whatsapp voice notes and by tagging each other in weird videos on Facebook even though we’re on opposite sides of the world. In July Beth and her equally wonderful boyfriend Charlie (who is super tall, super lovely, and super hilarious) came and visited us for a couple of weeks, and we took two glorious weeks away from work to drive up to the Kruger Park and then Mozambique. It was exactly what I needed: A relaxing time in the sun with three of my favourite people on earth, and I’ve got some epic blog posts lined up to share with you guys in the next few weeks about this – watch this space.
We’ve (finally) hit wedding planning mode
You might remember that Ant and I got engaged way back in March, and since then we’ve actually started planning the big day, though I’ve got to admit, it took some time. We’ve both absolutely LOVED being engaged, which is basically the same as dating, except we now have a bit more admin and we’re going out for dinner a lot less because it turns out weddings cost serious money, guys. With that said, we’ve settled on a December wedding date, and I can’t wait to call this wonderful man my husband in four short months.
I learnt some things about taking on too much work
Feeling strong, and in an attempt to follow my 2016 resolution to Be Brave, in June and July I learnt some very important things about my own capacity to work – and, basically, that it does have limits. We’re paying for our own wedding so I took on more work from more clients to make some special wedding-fund-cash-dollar, and while we managed to put down a nice deposit on some very important wedding aspects, I also learnt that burn-out is a real damn thing, and that sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. It was a fairly intense time, but it was also a good learning curve, and coming face-to-face with my limits means I’m not likely to push them again too soon. Moral of the story? Your health and your sanity come before your pay cheque.
We got to visit a couple of beautiful parts of the country
I’ve been lucky enough to experience some special little spots in the last few months, taking in the beauty of the South African winter. I’m not one for cold weather (give me a bikini over a bomber jacket any day) but it really does show you the world in a different light. We made trips out to Walkersons Hotel & Spa in Dullstroom, The Kruger National Park, and Van Reenen, and I’ll be sharing details of those trips with you soon.
It’s never a good sign when my blog gets quiet – and though it doesn’t feel quite like the right time to go into too much detail about why that’s happened, I’m glad to be back on this metaphorical word horse. I love doing these little catch ups with you guys, and I’m amped about all the cooooooool things that I’ve got lined up to share with you.
Some of them really are hundreds – promise.