Today I’m sharing my space with Janet or Just Janet as her blog is titled. She started her online space as a place to document all the amazing places she visited over the years. As a lover of good food and good wine her blog features many special memories and moments at wonderful restaurants and wine farms around the Cape.
Janet lives in Cape Town with husband, Gary, and two naughty Staffies. She left her high school teaching job after nine years to explore the world of blogging and study wine!!! Her sideline project My Grapevine Page is where she writes about wine specifically, especially what she is learning through her wine education…
Just Janet is a fab blog to head to if you’re wondering where in the winelands you’d like to visit next
But first find out more about (just) Janet!
I know that life is short. Your whole world can be turned upside down in the blink an eye and that precious someone that you cherished so deeply may no longer be there. I know that grief is a heart-wrenching pain that you never fully understand until you are right there, in the moment and living it for yourself. But I know that it really does get easier and that, in time, you start living again and you realise that everything will be okay.
I know that kindness changes everything. Everyone hurts sometimes and we have no idea what others may be going through on a daily basis. Compassion, empathy and kindness can go a long way in making someone feel better. And it costs nothing from you at all.
I love my family and friends. It is such a comfort to be around those you love and to be free to be yourself in a world that is often judgmental and critical. I love that I can talk to my family and friends about anything and that we are always there for each other.
I love wine and cheese platters. A plate of charcuterie and cheeses is probably one of my biggest weaknesses. Pair that with a nice glass of wine and I am sorted. Add a fireplace on a cold, winter’s day and I’m in my element!
I read when I am able to relax. I find it very hard to concentrate on a book when there is a pile of laundry to be done or a kitchen to clean. So I mostly only read when I am on holiday. I like interesting, “nice” stories that make me think and feel good at the same time.
I also like to read other people’s blogs. I like to see what’s out there and learn about new spots to visit and new wines to taste and new foods to eat. I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and how they have overcome their difficulties. I find those stories to be inspirational and I appreciate the value in them.
I want women to talk more about infertility. Having been through IVF treatment myself, I know how hard it is and how alone you can feel. I know how you cringe when people ask you when you are having children and I know that it hurts. But talking about it with other women who are going through the same thing helps so much. The kindness, understanding and empathy are a massive support system. I want women to know you are not alone, I have been there and I am here for you.
I want to travel more. I have been fortunate to have had two big overseas holidays to Europe and an awesome honeymoon to Zanzibar. But no matter how much you travel, you always want more. Well, at least I do. It is a truly amazing thing to be able to experience life in another part of the world and I cannot wait to go away again. Hopefully soon!
I wear whatever fits me. I am not a fashion person by any stretch of the imagination. If I am wearing something that is “in”, I can assure you that it is completely by accident. I wear what fits nicely and makes me feel good. Usually feminine things and pretty dresses with boots in winter. I have 4 jackets that are the same, except for their colour, and I live in those!
I wear a size 3 shoe and often struggle to find a pair that fits. Shopping for shoes is a nightmare – as well as for clothes, for that matter. In fact, shopping is probably my least favourite activity. I need a PA 😊
I need to feel happy. I feel so many people – women in particular – are always putting themselves last and their own happiness tends to take a backseat to make way for the happiness of those around them. During these past two years, I’ve learnt that you need to be happy first before you can help others. So treat yourself a little bit and then the rest will fall into place.
I need to get back into blogging. I took off way too much time last year, which is good, because I was using the time to study and do some freelance writing. But my blog got pushed to the side and I need to get back into it. I’m setting new goals for 2019 and I hope that exciting things will come my way!