What I… Colleen Black from Life Lived Simply

I’m pleased to be sharing my space with a (new to me) blogger today. Colleen writes over at Life Lived Simply where she shares her heart for living more sustainably.

Colleen lives in Heidelberg in Gauteng but “works” in the UK, where she owns a business. (visit her blog to find out how that works!)

She loves vegetable gardening, brewing and making various concoctions for the cleaning cupboard and to eat, plotting holidays, and trying to keep life organised, balanced, happy and as close to zero waste as possible.

Her blog documents her attempts to live a zero waste life, travels, discoveries, spiritual growth, and how she lives a Life Lived Simply.


What I…


Know.  I know that happiness cannot be found in material things. I know that by reducing my waste and striving towards a Zero Waste life, I can make a difference. Since the 21st July we have not sent waste to landfill, and our jar is still not full! I know that every individual does make a difference. Ocean made up of a gazillion drops and all that …

Love. Knowing that by developing a close relationship with God, my life has a new peace and meaning.  I trust His plan implicitly. In the last year and half, learning about the love of Jesus has literally changed my life!

Col & Erik

Read. I love a good novel, English period drama is always a winner. Also read DVO App and various blogs. You can’t beat a good book, in a Ticket to the Moon hammock, and nothing but the sound of either bushlife or tumbling waves. Bliss.

The dream

Want. A simple life on a small holding, with 10 chickens, 2 or 3 cows, a few goats and maybe a sheep or two, massive vegetable patch, solar power, bio pool ….! I would love our friends and family to feel that they can pop in to visit, unannounced, be it just a meal or to spend a weekend or more.

Wear. I always try to wear a smile! Almost always my Symbols on Silk rhino necklace. I like to be colourful and casual and definitely flip flops; as I somehow always manage to get dirty?!

Symbols on Silk

Need. To see places! To know that I have at least 2 holidays in the pipeline. I get seriously stressed out otherwise! Having lived in England for 9 years, I should have travelled so much more; all I managed was Ireland, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain & Grenada. But I can honestly say that I could quite happily never leave Africa again! Just got back from Chrissiesmeer, then 10 days camping at Mabibi in December and then 10 days at Camp Carlos in Mozambique early next year.

You are not your stuff - DVO App


Images: Colleen Black

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. Thanks so much Kathryn! We have been away on holiday and I missed this. It would be lovely to live in the Cape … but I live in Heidelberg, the Gauteng one. 😉

    1. Hey Colleen! Thanks for the heads up. I have amended the post… not sure where I got my info from *blush*
      Will be sharing your post on social media in the next few days so keep an eye out 😉

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