Hi lovely people of the internet.
How are you all doing?
I hope you all had a great, restful break and enjoyed some quality time with friends and family. To be honest that was my main aim for the past month and that’s exactly what I did! TICK!
I’m so pleased with myself that I managed to go offline and stay there for so long without getting twitchy. There were DAYS when I didn’t pick up my phone, scroll through my Facebook feed or check my email and it was SO GOOD. I need the break from technology for my sanity
And now I’m back!
This is the first day I’m sitting down at my computer in almost a month. It feels kinda odd. In some ways I always worry that I’ll be able to find it again – my blogging mojo. It generally comes back fairly quickly because I actually love it, but, for a few days I stress out that maybe this blogging thing isn’t for me. Mostly because I’ve loved living offline so much and blogging daily is a huge commitment that has little reward (aside from your lovely comments and emails – please keep sending those!)
Anyway I’m not going anywhere, yet. I love this little online space too much!
So, what else has been happening in my life late?
Well, here’s a quick run down of the past month…. The highlight reel of course. This is a positive place so no one wants to know about the sunburn and the parking fines and the endless sibling squabbles and the weird lump I found in my neck that’s causing me sleepless nights of planning my own funeral. (Dramatic much?)
This was our summer school holidays in a nutshell…
There was a lot of camping. 3 camping trips to be precise. As a family we have embraced the form of holiday over the past 5 years and now we look forward to it so much that we book almost a year in advance to visit our two favourite spots – both a short drive from Cape Town and both in beautiful pockets of our country surrounded by wine farms and mountains.
The main aim behind our camping trips is that the kids get to be kids. Running around the campsite until way after bedtime, fishing, swimming, kayaking, spending their pocket money at the tuck shop, swinging into the river, making new friends, braaing marshmallows, playing board games. Don’t get me wrong. Us parents have a pretty good time too (After the packing and setting up and buying groceries for weeks and trying to remember EVERYTHING!) Once I’m set up on my chair with a G&T close to hand I’m good to go. I discovered that I can actually camp for over a week this summer. Something that had freaked me out in the past. In fact camping may actually be my favourite sort of holiday.
As someone who has been fortunate to travel to some pretty amazing places this year thanks to this blog you might think that’s a bit odd… and it is because I have LOVED all the trips I’ve been on and all the places I’ve stayed in and I definitely don’t want those to dry up. But the reason I love camping is exactly because it’s not for my blog. I don’t have to take out my camera or my phone. I don’t have to make notes or take photos or live tweet or post instagrams UNLESS I WANT TO. And often I don’t. I just want to sit quietly and read my book and sip my drink. You might see the glam side of travelling for my blog and think it’s all fun all the time. The truth is it is, and it isn’t. Of course I do enjoy it but the pressure and stress of trying to capture the story for my blog and social media is huge and I don’t have any down time to just relax. So camping it is! Once a year I get to go on holiday for me. And it’s brilliant!
We had a lovely Christmas with a frenetic festive family gathering at my in-laws on Christmas Eve. I was happy to have so much more space at my own home that I even hosted Christmas Day lunch for my extended family. We enjoyed a fillet braai with an abundance of salads and the kids swam between courses. Then we all settled down for a game of my new fave: Ticket to Ride. It’s our Christmas Day tradition and this time even a few of the kids joined in!
I’ve been LOVING my new home. It’s amazing how having more physical space can make such a difference to your head space. There are still a few rooms needing sorting out (my study!) but it’s amazing I even have a study! I’m so keen to share the renovations reveal room-by-room over here but I keep putting off taking pics because it’s not yet perfect. Then again, when is it ever going to be perfect? It’s our home. 4 people live here! So I’m going to take those pics and share them anyway. It will mean that these ones are the ones after the BEFORE and before the AFTER. If you know what I mean? They are the INBETWEEN. When we still don’t have cupboard doors (because we can’t afford them) and we don’t have bar stools or a dining room table (because we can’t afford them) and we don’t have art or rugs (because we REALLY can’t afford them!) And there will be a lot of kids mess (because they’re KIDS) So, keep an eye out here for the new Real Renovation Reveals coming soon!
After months of renovations (that still aren't yet completely finished) we're finally able to enjoy our new space and I'm loving my first ever en-suite so much! This week I found the perfect laundry basket and dyed some olive green towels dark blue… and they came out beautifully!! Now to find a Moroccan style mirror to match my theme! More room reveals to come here on Instagram with a Instagram stories video walk through soon! The full renovation reveal will roll out on my blog in early 2017 so come back then! (Link in bio) #becomingyou
Another great aspect of these school holidays was how much beach time I managed to get in. I love the beach. My husband not so much. That meant I had to hustle the kids and their boards, towels, buckets, paraphernalia into the car and make it happen. And I did. We had a few early morning surf sessions down at Muizenberg and I really started to fall in love with it all over again. The water was warm for a change and the atmosphere was so vibey. It’s been underrated as a beach for so long, but there’s a lot to love. Cheap soft serve ice creams, surf boards for hire, beautiful views across the bay and waves for days. Not to mention the fun we had at the supertube! OK the sharks aren’t so cool but you can’t have it all!
And when the beach became too crowded, we headed up the mountain to enjoy beautiful walks around Silvermine Dam enjoying the peace and gentle pace of life in nature….
As the temperatures soared and the traffic stood still we opted to spend time just chilling next to our own swimming pool too!
And then we went back to school… which was kinda a big deal because I now have 2 kids in primary school. Yes, Abi started Grade 1!! Can you believe it. I still remember sitting on the floor of my lounge crying so hard about not being able to fall pregnant for 18 months and praying for a little girl to love… and here she is IN HER SCHOOL UNIFORM. What a milestone!
That’s life in a nutshell. There’s still a lot buzzing around my head in terms of goals for the year and all I want to achieve, but for now this will have to do because I need to go and shower… I’ve just been for my very first run of the year. Yes, I know it’s the 12th BUT it’s better to just start, whatever day of the year it is. No one says you’re a failure if you didn’t start that diet on the 1st or failed to upload your first blog post at the end of the first week or went for your first run in the middle of the month.
Just do it now. Start today!
So looking forward to sharing the Journey of Becoming you with you this year. Let’s do this 2017!