Meeting new South African bloggers is what this series is all about. Lorraine is the blogger behind Tamarind and Thyme. She lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two young boys.
I’ll let her tell you more about herself here…
Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me. Through my blogging journey I have met so many wonderful people from different parts of the world. I am also learning and growing in leaps and bounds and it’s taught me perseverance.
I worked in the Insurance Industry almost all my life. When I quit my job I wanted to do something that makes me happy. I tried my hand at beauty, but I didn’t enjoy every aspect of it. I completed some of my courses and I qualified as a nail technician. I still have a few loyal clients that come to me for some pampering. I enjoy being independent, so pursuing my job as a nail tech allows me to earn a little income of my own.
For a long time I wanted to become a food blogger, I just never had the courage to start my blog. Cooking has always been my passion but I also wanted a place where I could share recipes of food I grew up eating. My kitchen is also my happy place, it’s my stress reliever and it keeps me calm and sane. I have two autoimmune conditions and keeping busy and cooking keeps me energized.
Finally, a year ago I plucked up the courage to start my blog. I just didn’t realize how much work it entailed and I didn’t have the know how. I was also technically challenged so it took a while to figure things out and become a little more tech savvy.
I scrapped my first blog and started over again a few months ago and I understand it so much better now. It’s hard work, but I’m loving writing my little stories, creating recipes and interacting with my followers.
Writing for me is a bit of a challenge, but I believe practice makes perfect.
I know that if we set our minds to do something and we are determined enough nothing is impossible.
I always had a low esteem and was always afraid of failure. I also felt the need to be loved by the world. I know now that the world doesn’t need to love me, I only need to love and believe in myself, that’s all that matters. I’m not so afraid of failure anymore, I would rather try and fail than not to have tried at all.
As I’ve grown older I’ve also kept my circle small, I know that I only need a few genuinely supportive and caring family and friends in my life and I’m happier for it.
Life is too short to spend it with the wrong people.
My family is the biggest love of my life. My happiest moments are the ones spent with my boys. I love giving and most of all I love kindness. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from , we are all human beings and we should all be treated with kindness. I love helping where I can. Little acts of kindness don’t cost much, but they can change someone’s world. Always smile at people, whether they return it or not. My trademark is my smile and if someone looks at me the first thing I do is smile. I also love well mannered people, please and thank you doesn’t cost a cent and it’s my two favorite words.
I did read a lot when I was younger, but of late I just cannot find the time to finish a book. I have two books, “The Alchemist” and “The woman who loved too much” on my bedside table waiting to be finished. I started reading them months ago, but I cannot get to complete them. I do love browsing through recipe books and magazines. My favorite being Women and Home, I get so much inspiration from the women they feature in their articles.
All I want is happy, healthy kids. If my kids are happy that makes me happy. As a mom nothing is a bigger priority than my kids and to me they are my world. I live a simple life and I want for nothing. I am appreciative and grateful for everything I have.
I hate sloppy clothes. I don’t necessarily have to wear designer clothes, but they do have to be neat and co-ordinated. I prefer classic, simple attire. I always loved dressing up and I had loads of jewelry when I worked in corporate. However, these days I keep it simple as I work from home. I’m often in jeans and t-shirts. I clean out my wardrobe every few months so someone less fortunate can benefit from clothes I don’t wear anymore. I love wearing my Indian attire from time to time and I look forward to special occasions where I can get all dressed up.
I need to give more. Although I do try and help people where I can, I feel that I can do more. I would love to be able to give more to people in need and get more involved in the future.