Life Lately – July 2016

Today is my birthday!

So, I figured it was a good a time as any to get a bit more personal around these parts…

Here is my life lately update for July!

Firstly – how are you? I hope you all survived the school holidays, and then the first week back which always seems a bit of a crazy one….. As much as I love the holidays I love going back to school and then as much as I’ve looked forward to the routine of term I LOVE the holidays. Conundrum!!

Anyway life is carrying on at a speed. Can you believe it’s almost August. Crazy!

The last season of my life has been defined by that one word: CRAZY

As you know we’ve been renovating our entire home. To be honest it’s become more of a rebuild. I am planning to share more of the process here but at the moment my entire life is revolved around making a million decisions. Lights, plug points, floor colour, cupboard colour, skirting, cornices etc etc etc. The decisions are endless. Basically renovating is a full time job and my husband pretty much handed the whole project over to me as he is so hectic at work. Don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome. I’ve waited almost 15 years to be able to do this and I’m loving the process but equally finding it super stressful.

Not to mention that we’ve now reached that point where our budget is finished but the house isn’t! Classic renovators dilemma. I thought we were doing so well. Spreadsheeting up a storm. Pricing and quoting and researching everything. Except you can NEVER plan a renovation budget to the last cent. We tried. And failed! Only once we took half the roof off did we realise that in fact the whole roof needed to be redone. And that’s just one of the extra’s that surprised us.

But this isn’t a renovation update. That will be next week! This is a life update.

LIfe, it’s been pretty hard lately. Juggling the renovation, school holidays, my freelance social media and copy-editing, this blog. Whew. Full ON!

And then I’ve had a really bad run when it comes to bad news and hard times affecting my nearest and dearest…. And although none of these incidences affect me personally, they do. I love these people and to see them hurting and struggling deeply affects me.

I don’t have a massive circle of friends but in the past 6 months I’ve been helping a few of my closest friends dealing with the following… death of a spouse, a bestie diagnosed with breast cancer at 35, close family friends emigrating to deepest darkest Africa, another friend’s cancer scare, a bestie struggling with bi-polar, another bestie still single in her mid-thirties, a friend who’s 3 year-old-niece had to have life-threatening surgery, my dad taking a tumble and facing the reality of his age and my mom having to make a heartbreaking decision about her elderly dog (and favourite child) Jeepers this “adulting” thing is freaking hard!! When did we get so grown-up??? These are things grown-ups have to deal with. Not me!?

But then I remind myself that I’m now 36…. not a carefree 16 year-old talking about boys in her best friend’s bedroom every afternoon. Those were the days! The stress of whether a boy you liked, liked you back.

Except I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being right where I am. 36. It’s an odd age but I’m so grateful to be here. My life, with all it’s ups and downs, friends and family, has been awesome up to this point and I hope and pray it will continue to be so.

If I could just have another 36 years… and make it to 72 I’ll be one lucky lady!!

So, there you have it! Today I will be embracing my adultness and appreciate all that it brings. Whether that is a wonderful new home, or a tough day supporting a friend going through hell. I’m in it to win it!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I hope you too will learn to enjoy and embrace the beauty of becoming you!


Kathryn xx



Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Happy birthday to you 🙂 I’ll also be 36 this year…. We were at my FIL’s funeral on Saturday and I said to my husband, these sort of ‘events’ are going to become more frequent now as we’re in this phase of our lives.

    Thank goodness I’m not 16 anymore… but I wouldn’t mind a pause button around 45…lol.

    Good luck with the rest of the renovations.

  2. A Blessed Happy Birthday Kathryn. Have a super awesome day. Mine was on Monday though.

    Enjoy your day and year further 🙂


  3. Happy belated Birthday, May the year ahead be filled with many more adventures and new memories. I celebrated my 42nd birthday on the 29th July.

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