What I… Simone from An Ordinary Gal

Simone from An Ordinary Gal is today’s featured South African blogger in my What I… Blogger Interview series!

When I reached out to her for featuring in this post she came back with the sweetest email saying how thrilled she was to feature here as she’s been a reader for years… and I’m equally excited to be sharing my space with a reader who has become a blogger! Well done Simone. Blogger is a hard game, but so rewarding!

Right, more about Simone…  based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Simone is a 30 something year old gal, a mom to 3 kids and a makeup hoarder! Her blog is about beauty, parenting and lifestyle that shares some very real #MomLife stories too.

What I…

Know is that time does heal wounds. I still remember the day my father died 11 years ago. I remember sitting on the edge of the bed and watching the sunrise, wondering how the sun could be rising when my world had ended. How would life ever go on? It does. Eventually. It’s still heart sore to have a loved one taken from you, but time definitely does heal that broken feeling.

Love is my family. My husband was an honest Godsend to me. The perfect man with the biggest heart and patience to deal with my heart that so desperately wanted love and affirmation. I don’t think I’m easy to love and prior to him in my life, I don’t think I’d ever been told I was loved. There is never a moment with him, that I don’t feel loved, adored and appreciated. My kids….knowing we did that. Created little humans with crazy personalities and such big hearts. They honestly and truly complete me.

Read is fiction! I love a good tear jerker and a good thriller. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a mix of fantasy, tragedy and a difficult relationship between a mother and her children. As a mother this book really just punched me in the gut a few times.

Want is a long (healthy) life to see my kids grow up, and to grow old (but not super old) with my husband. I know that is something that not everybody gets to do.

Wear is mostly casual and comfortable. I have 3 kids, so there isn’t really time for me to dress up when we’re running from sports to kiddies parties. I love long flowy skirts and tank tops. I wouldn’t consider myself fashion forward, but probably more classic and if I can adopt a trend somewhere with classic, I do that. I do wish I had a better sense of style though!

Need is to to accept that I cannot be there for everybody all the time, and I need to be okay with that. 2018 is definitely the year I am taking care of Simone first. My Achilles heel is my empathy. I have lived a life of caring for everybody else and putting everybody else ahead of not only me, but ahead of my husband and kids. I am not doing that anymore. It drains me. In more ways than one. It’s hard, because it goes against who I am as a person, but so far so good and quite frankly I find it liberating to not care so much. As awful as it sounds.

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!


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