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Time, there Isn’t Enough

Time, there is never enough of it. Except when you have nothing to do at work and it’s nowhere near 5pm! Or on a Friday and you’re planning on going away for a weekend, then it’s like all the time you were needing when you didn’t have enough of it just rocks up for an extra 5 hour visit “hiiii”!

Anyway time, it’s nearly my Birthday again, comes once a year that darn day. I love my Birthday, who doesn’t? Yes I’m getting older, well my body is, but I am still young. And I’m keeping my body young by eating healthy and working out. 26, this year. It’s an odd age, neither here nor there really.

So I’ve decided that there are a couple of things I want to do before my 26th Birthday rocks up on my door step on what will probably be a windy Sunday morning. 

I want to run a 5km or even a 10km if I’ll manage, it’s not exactly easy to stay healthy and fit in winter when it’s always so cold. I want to go watch more bands, why have I stopped doing this? Durbs, I’ve decided I have to tap that in July. I want to go swing off the Moses Mabida Stadium, I’ve wanted to do that for years  Not much time left to plan that. I’m doing the 20km “Walk the Talk” this year. Oppikoppi is happening before my Bday too. Eek! I also want to dapple in a little bit of Buddhism. Which probably sounds super strange but I feel like it would be something interesting to explore. 

World Cup, feel it. It was here.

It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating and hosting the world cup in South Africa. I remember working my ass off at the Hotel we had just opened in Johannesburg. We had barely been open for 3 months and were already fully booked for the entire World Cup period. I was a 3rd year trainee in 2010 but was given a lot of responsibility, especially in systems (booking system for reservations) I had blocked off basically every group booking for World Cup in the hotel, and for the World Cup period the group I was put in charge of was the US Soccer Family. VI-freaking-P! 

Is was awesome to be given so much responsibility and trust. They had booked over 100 rooms on some nights. “do you have some of those triangular things?” – inside joke this. 

Some of us at the hotel were even lucky enough to be given tickets to go watch the game they played against Slovenia. Too awesome, those Vuvuzelas though… My lips were raw! Luckily I had ice cold Budweiser to drink!

Remember how freezing it was during the World Cup? Damn. No one cared though, people were everywhere! I can even remember the Mexican supporters and the actual Mexicans, gosh darn they were the BEST! And the loudest, those hats though… Hahaha

The atmosphere during World Cup was really something else, you could not help but feel connected to everyone. I even watched games, I don’t watch footie. But I did during World Cup!

Now 4 years on and the World Cup is back on again, in Brazil, and I’m listening to a CD that I downloaded on iTunes for work called “Brazil World Cup Football Party Anthems” it’s corny and has some really rad tunes. The tunes just make you want to shake your booty and to support the footie. For real. I find myself wanting to know what’s happening in the World Cup and to follow the teams. 

I am following these teams this year, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire , Algeria (basically all African countries, but mainly routing for Ghana) and then Brazil and Iran. 

Iran I’m following because for almost 3 weeks in April this year I hosted the team at the hotel I work at for one of their training camps. And I worked like it was World Cup again. Even made their beds! Best believe. Go boys!! 

World Cup, feel it. It was here and now it’s in Brazil, la la la la Laaaaaa!

It’s not just Hospitality

People look at the hospitality industry and think it is all about serving others.

Basically it is, but I am not a servant and neither are the people I work with. I love being a hospitable person and making others happy by ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay at the Hotel. I don’t care that occasionally people scream and shout at me when things don’t go well during their stay or how they expected it to necessarily go; instead I care about how I can rectify the situation and how I can avoid it from happening again in future. I care about making those “moments of magic” happen for the customers. That is ultimately what I enjoy doing every day.

This article is not about that though, I could go on and on about why I love being in this industry until the cows come home, but I am not going to do that.

A year ago if you had told me that in a few months’ time I would know what a fat trap was and how to go about emptying it I would probably look at you like you were nuts, I didn’t even know what a fat trap was up until a few months ago. In fact, if I was told I would be doing 60% of the things I have learnt about and to do in the past 7 months I would most likely think you were crazy.

Sure I have always been a handy individual that knows her way around a toolbox and the cleanliness of her home, but I did not quite know about it into such detail like I have learnt to in the last 7 months.

Nowadays when I go into the toilets in public places or anywhere in fact, I wonder who the hell is in charge of their cleaning standards because they’re shocking, and trust me, you don’t notice a toilet is dirty until you are taught to notice how dirty a toilet really is. Who in life requests quotes for those bins in the ladies toilets (and I am sorry for the guys reading this)? Well, I do. You have no idea how many types there are out there and how much those nasty things cost.

That said, discount people, ask for a discount, and always get 3 quotes for the same thing from different suppliers. When I ask for a discount, I mean to get a discount; before I sign on the dotted line.

Oh and ladies, next time you go into a clothing store change room, take a look at that change room’s floor/chair… no really, take a look. Sif, all that hair and fluff. I. Can. Just. Die. I would rather take the clothes home to try on in a clean environment.

You could also probably perform surgery in my home these days, that’s how clean it is.

When the power goes out at 8am on a Sunday morning and there are no maintenance guys around, guess what? You are now that maintenance person, and you best figure out what blew in the DB board and how to get it fixed (don’t worry I am never put in any bodily harm at work). This. Is. Fun.

Sometimes I sit in my office and I hear a crash in the car park behind my window only to find some customer has reversed their car into a parking pole, “sorry sir/ma’am, are you okay/do you have insurance” – awkward.

Personal problems, let’s just be serious, work is work but we also work with humans (yes, there are still some out there), sometimes people need to be a shoulder to cry on, or even just need an ear to listen. I don’t even have kids, a boyfriend/husband or luckily even family problems. But you’ve got to learn very quickly how to be that person who can still be supportive and give some decent advice if need be.

Gym, pfft what’s that? (I am kidding I do have a pretty neat balance going for myself, I am lucky like that), but if I didn’t and did work some long dog hours, let me tell you, working in a 7 floor building that has a lot of stairwells, I would never worry about missing “legs day” ever again.

If I could go on about what I have learnt in the last 7 months I would probably be typing this article out for another 7 months, but I work in a Hotel and I don’t have time for that, plus I need to get to bed so I can wake up early and not look like death at the reception desk tomorrow morning. I place orders, from hygiene equipment to linen items, to anything else you could possibly need in a Hotel, and yes we have a purchasing guy that’s in charge of all of that in the Hotel, but just like the maintenance story, if that guy isn’t there, you’re pretty much him for the day.

Restaurant refurb, new curtains/scatter cushions time? You have to give in-put, or else you’ll end up looking at something you don’t like all day and every day, well you’re now also that designer person.

The garden service is on site and planting new plants and the gardener is not doing a proper job of pushing that soil down around the roots? You think you have seen it all; well you haven’t until you see me in the garden with my heels on showing him how to do it properly.

We have trainees, they’re like hospitality babies (I was one once), they want to learn about everything, EVERYTHING, they’re young and they don’t know much; but they are super eager to get to the top, quickly, it’s quite amazing to witness actually. When their results come back from varsity, I get to give them the news; I feel like a mother when doing this, sadly it doesn’t always swing the positive way though. But I can’t even begin to explain to you how proud I feel when they pass. Like I said, I was once there. Proud. Momma.

Someone say they need to hire a car? I can arrange that for you. You need to send a parcel/fax/scan to an email address? I can do that for you. Your Wi-Fi is not working? I am now in IT. Bring. It.

Housekeeping room attendant didn’t come to work today? I can make beds and clean bathrooms to help, we are a team and we work as one to make our customers happy.

Count stock? If I told you how many individual line items I count every month you wouldn’t believe it. And guess what, I love it. Until things don’t balance of course. Recount. I. Can. Cry.

Phone call at home at 10pm, 2am, 4am or on an off weekend? I am available.

Like I said I can go on, and there isn’t a second of the day that I do not enjoy when it comes to my work.

Never underestimate the amount of knowledge a person working in the hospitality industry has. I may not have studied something like law, medicine or engineering but I can tell you now that something like hospitality is also just as intense as any of these career choices I just mentioned.

Ps. I have studied labour law, have done a 1st aid course and know how the electrical boards at my Hotel work as well, so I guess that does give me some insight to some of those fields anyway 😉

The best part of my job is that I get to learn something new every day, because every day has a new challenge and new lesson to be learnt. I deal with different people every day, and no two people are the same or require the same thing.

I am also surrounded by some of the best people in the Hospitality industry because of the company that I am working for; most of all I have my two amazing parents that are also in the industry. A day never goes by that I cannot pick up the phone to get advice from any of these mentors I have available to me.

Gotta Get Fit

Haven’t blogged in ages, haven’t had an off day in ages (17 days and counting… the life of a career girl) haven’t been to the gym or running in ages…!

As of today I have been working for 17 days straight, whilst I am not physically exhausted, I am starting to get mentally tired, irritable and also annoyed about the fact that I have not been to gym in ages nor eating very healthy.

My biggest, and most terrifying fear is being overweight. There is nothing that scares me more than the thought of picking up weight and losing all the hard work that I have put into maintaining my fitness and body weight. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that I am not fat, but I also know what my best is, and I am currently not at my level best.

This month I have been eating a lot of junk, I have in the last couple of months been drinking more alcohol than what I should be (no one forced me to drink of course), and I have also been eating a lot of bread… I do not even like bread. But when you are working from 6 30am – 6 30pm every day, what other option do you have?

As of the 1st May I have decided that I need to get my ass into gear, and it’s going to be tough, mostly because of the cold and darkness that has arrived with the treacherous Winter season. But I am going to gym or run, daily. I will be eating healthy and I will also stop drinking alcohol again.

My goal… to get fit again and also to look great before my Birthday & the wedding that I am attending in August (anyone know of a hot date thay can accompany me?) and of course my holiday in BALI, I have got to look super hot for that!!! 🙂

And I am cycling the 94.7 with my Dad again this year! Have to be super fit for that one.

True Happiness

There are many things that I have thought about blogging on the last few weeks but finding the time is just something else, during the week I don’t the chance because I either finish work late or I am at gym and by the time I get home I am just too tired and too lazy to bother. My weekends are spent having a blast, at some sort of sporting event, music concert/festival or floating around.

The first few months of 2014 have been amazing, that said there have also been a couple of challenging moments. Both on the personal and professional side.

People that know me well, and probably not even that well know that I am very bubbly and happy individual. It takes a lot to upset me or make me sad, I sometimes wonder if it’s even possible and even real that I am happy so much?! Yes I said it, and I know there will be a lot of *side eyed* glances at that because you cannot just be happy all the time. When I do get upset it usually doesn’t last very long, and I’ll tell you how I manage to get this right, because it’s no secret and it’s also not that difficult.

When I get angry, upset, sad, hurt or put into a position where I am in a negative frame of mind I make a very immediate and conscious decision to get over it, because why? Happiness.

Sometimes it’s not all that easy; my heart got a bit sore for a short while, it lasted for all of two weeks before I could get back to that happiness and sense of self security in myself again. After all, I am still human. I also need to start protecting my silly little romantic heart a bit better with my brain and strong exterior.

Occasionally I get pushed to an “almost breaking” point at work, but I always manage to pull myself towards myself when it comes to this part of my life, I have always been a very focused person when it comes to my career, and because of the industry I work in there is no compromise as to how you should treat people and the attitude you should have.

I love, furiously. There is no half hearted effort when it comes to this. And I recently discovered this part of myself; someone told me that it’s got to do with my “star sign”, being a Leo and all… I laugh, because I have no clue about that kind of thing. But if that be the case then I have a big lion heart and I will protect people I love 🙂

The best part of anything this year is that I continue to learn more about myself and I also realise that as I grow I am becoming a stronger individual.

So this article wasn’t really about true happiness, but I encounter a true happiness feeling for about 23 hours a day, the other hour is spent not thinking on a spinning bike or running so I can’t even tell you what I am feeling then, it is most likely happiness I am feeling anyway though 🙂

If I Won the British Lottery…

Earlier this year (January sometime) I was asked what would be the first thing I would do if I won the British lottery.

My answer was pretty easy, and I didn’t even need to think about it twice. I would buy a lodge or a resort for my folks along the coastline or anywhere in SA really of their choice. That would be the first thing. Why, because there is nothing more in the world that I would rather do than to give back to the two people that have done so much for me. So much love, support, advice and life, I owe them everything and this small thing would not even come close to showing how much love I have for them or how grateful I am to have them as my parents.

Now winning the British lottery is no small amount of cash, so what else would I do with it? Here are some of my other choices of what I would do with my winnings –

I would invest some of the money; this is probably the obvious one. But, only some, I can never understand why people just put all their money away and just sit there watch it growing; it is there to be spent.

Some of the money I would donate towards charity, and this sounds super cliché, but I do not care. And I know exactly who I would donate the money to. Something I love doing when I am buying myself groceries is buying an extra few items that are probably less than half a plastic bag and giving it to beggars at traffic lights. If I spend more than R70 on that small bag it’s a lot, if I won the lottery I would buy dozens of these bags and quite happily drive around the city handing them out. I would be in my element.

Then, I would go full on “selfish” and spend some money on myself. More specifically on travel, I would resign from my job and work my notice in, heck perhaps even buy some shares in the company I work for, and then I would head out to explore the world.

I would start my friends, in Asia. It’s no hidden secret that I fell in-love with Thailand when I was there in 2013 and I will definitely head back in that direction to start with, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia *sigh*, Myanmur, India, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, I would then head to the Middle East, Europe and then South America. By then the interest I would probably making from my investments could probably get me to North America! 😉

It is an everlasting dream of mine to just travel.

A girl can dream right?

2013 “in the bag”

2013, another year that is basically “in the bag”! I cannot believe how quickly times flies (I typed away while sitting on a flight to Mthatha) it feels like just yesterday I was flying home to my parents for my December break and just the other day I was taking off to Thailand, my first ever experience of going overseas.

This year has been absolutely great, so very fulfilling! To sum it up quickly, I have travelled (both overseas and within South Africa), I have met some truly amazing people, also regrettably lost a couple of friendships along the way, and a few have been strengthened. I am healthy, my family and friends are healthy. There have been some unforgettable moments that have occurred during 2013 and of course I was promoted in the beginning of November.

The not so short version of the year gone by…

I’ve been on some hilarious as all hell dates this year, jeez have I got stories! There are some freaky people out there, we live and we learn. 😉

I’ve previously blogged about the first 8 or so months of the year but I’m going to do a quick recap, in no specific order.

This year, I went to Thailand. And let me tell you, even though it was my first time going overseas and this opinion is clearly biased, that place is amazing. It captured my soul and every sense of my very being. It will always be special to me and I hope to go back again one day.

I have ALWAYS had a desire for all genres and types of music, people that went to school with me can vouch for me on that one. But it has always been personal “hobby” and never a career direction for me. During the course of the year I was absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering new artists and music that I never knew existed. I found old music on my laptop that I hadn’t heard in years that I fell in-love with again. And biggest and best of all were the moments that I got to listen to music live, local, international, front row, back row, seated, jumping, running, attending on rooftops, at stadiums, in town and more!

Rihanna was a disappointment but I still love her music, and the fact that I shared that experience with my best friend Linelle made it even more special for me, there is none other like her (especially in that she stays my friend after all the crazy shit I tell her). Red Hot Chili Peppers!!! Oh my gawsh, I have loved them since I moved to SA (not sure why I wasn’t a fan in Zim… probably because I was too busy climbing trees), the Peppers concert was excellent. I bought my GC ticket on the day at the stadium and it was well worth it! Dave Matthews was ok, I didn’t know enough of their music to enjoy it as much as the other groupies, but let me tell you, when he sang “Crash Into Me” I could have melted right through the spot on the floor that I was standing on.

Altj deserve their very own paragraph. Because HOT DAMN. Matilda, Something Good… *sigh* they were amazing. The “In The City” concert this year was “the business”, I had the pleasure of being there with Chantal another friend that I have grown very close to over the last 6 months whom I met through squash.

Squash… I also rekindled my relationship with that bad bay this year! My knees hate me all the more for it.

This year, I fell even more in love with local music. South Africa, you’ve got talent. I could try name all of the bands I’ve seen but I’d be sure to miss one or two out, they ranged from Shortstraw, ISO, Michael Lowman, Desmond & the Tutus, Dan Platlansky, some dude with BOOM in his name, yeah I listened to an Afrikaans gig at an MK session, I watched Fokofpolisiekar at the Barnyard Theatre and let me tell you, if you ever thought you had seen the best when it comes to stage presence, you haven’t, you should make a plan to see these guys when they are next in your area! I went to watch Goodluck’s documentary that they made doing their album through Namibia, just wow. Their new album is one of my favourites for 2013. I also saw Goodluck perform on top of one of Jozi’s buildings that has one of the best views of the city – Randlords. I’ve seen Newton 2nd Law, who are rad! I went to the Fuzigish album launch in town, gone crazy for Facing the Gallows like a proper groupie. The Plastics were pretty cool, I saw them at a Halloween party that I went to, not sure why I do not have their album. Must. Get.

I just cannot include everyone. There is just so much, and if I think back on every moment at each concert, every gig and live session, I can confirm that I was having the time of my life. And given the chance to see all of them live again, I’ll be there, front row, back row, seated, jumping, running, attending on rooftops, at stadiums, in town and more!

In November I stopped drinking for the beginning of the month as I was cycling the 94.7 with my Dad again this year. Need to try this again (the drinking thing); it requires such strong willpower to do.

I started a new job in the beginning of November, which has proven to be very exciting and as challenging as I had hoped it to be. This is something that I am looking forward to continuing in 2014 and look forward to giving it my all. There is nothing else that I would choose to be doing when it comes to my work and what I love about my current position is that every day is different.

And last but not least of all, probably most precious of anything that has happened in 2013 over all, my relationship with my parents has just grown from strength to strength and they are definitely two of the most important people and role models in my life, without them I would not be who I have become today.

2014, may it be just as wonderful as this past year has been and may I be able to save enough to visit a few more countries overseas and to cross more items off my very long bucket list!

To all my family and friends, wishing you all the blessings that you deserve, be safe and be healthy.

*kisses*

“Onwards & Upwards”

So yesterday was my last day at Fire & Ice, my farewell was held on Monday and surprisingly I was not even as sad as I thought I would be. I was expecting to cry absolute buckets and that I would need to be held tenderly for at least 5 seconds. But, nothing…

Don’t get me wrong, because it was indeed sad to be leaving, but I have known for over a month already that I was moving, so I think I just had the time to sort of, get over it, you know?

I still remember the day I started working at Fire & Ice, I was until yesterday the longest standing employee at the Hotel. 4th January 2010 – 3 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, 7 hours & 30 something odd minutes ago I walked into the door of what became my absolute pride and joy. I can remember when the floors didn’t even have carpets on them yet, the stairs no rails, I painted skirting boards, did site inspections in hard hats with potential clients, was thrown into a swimming pool with all my clothes on, worked like a slave during World Cup, passed my 3rd year and then took on a senior position in the Hotel. Blood, sweat and some tears went into building the property into what it is today. Best. Moments. Ever.

I have proudly sat in monthly marketing meetings, showcasing mine and the team’s hard work in front of directors and sales managers, produced 3 rooms budgets and have grown into the still learning strong individual that I am today because of what I learnt working at this fine property for this fine company.

All I can now say is “onwards & upwards”! May the next door I am opening on Friday be just as challenging and as exciting as this journey was! 🙂

A New Chapter

Pursuing a career can be some risky business, risky business that I happen to enjoy. I have been working at the same Hotel for the last 4 years, 3 years ago I was “peaking” and then it all became a bit stagnant whilst I excelled in my current position that I have now officially resigned from. It has been an ongoing “battle” to remain focused over the last few months, allowing oneself to get bored at work is very dangerous and can kill your passion. My passion is working in the Hotel industry and with people, I thoroughly enjoy exceeding the expectations of my guests as well as the Directors and Management in my company.

On the 19th September I accepted an offer to work at a different Hotel within the same Hotel group that I am currently working in and I cannot wait to get started with the new job. I am looking forward to the challenge as well as the opportunity that it has to offer. I am also really sad to be leaving the current Hotel that I am working in as it has been my pride and joy and my “baby” since I started working there on the 4th January 2010. I was part of the opening team and together with other passionate professionals in my Hotel we managed to make it the successful Hotel that it continues to be today. I am so proud of where it is and how far it has come.

When I walk out those doors in a few weeks after my last day I know that I am going to be extremely sad to go, it will truly be one of those bitter sweet moments that I will keep with me for many years to come. I am probably going to be overwhelmed with emotion.

I have always been heavy on the career path, I mean I even ended a rather serious relationship in 2010 because I was taking my career so seriously. Three years on I am now more mature and can make wiser decisions in most aspects of my life. Health, family, friends and my career. They are all equally and differently important to me.

That said, I am looking forward to the next chapter that I am about to enter into.

It Has Been A Great Year So Far!

It has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog, which is sad because I absolutely love typing a bunch of words and sharing what is going on in my head. I have thought about many things to blog about but it’s like I never have the time anymore, or like I just can’t get what I want to say out.

Usually I share what has happened during the course of my year more towards the end of it, but I haven’t really posted much so I have decided to start now, better than late than never, right?

Nothing really exciting happened in January, I got back from my annual holiday from Umngazi and pretty much got stuck in my work. With only a couple of months to count down towards my Thailand holiday there wasn’t much on my mind, other than that.

February was another busy work month, it’s always one of the busiest times of the year for work. I remember at one stage I used to be busy with only work all the time, I never really had time for anything or anyone. Terrible. I also went to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert in Feb, which was a total blast. It was a spur of the moment decision to go, and although I paid R950.00 from my Thailand pocket money savings for the ticket it was totally worth it! The equivalent of a lady boyand a ping pong show! “dammit” 😉 haha

Squash league started in March, I won my first match, little did I know I would lose every single other one until the very last game! I proudly submitted my 3rd ever rooms budget in March, and I say proudly because what I produce especially when it comes to those figures is a total work of art. I love my work and I love watching how something like that comes together.  On the 23rd March at approximately 13:40 my plane lifted off headed towards Bangkok. No words can even come close to explaining how excited I was, I was going to a foreign country, on my own for 2 whole weeks. And it was absolutely amazing, it changed me forever, read more about that here – Thailand & Contiki Thai Hopper West Tour 2013.

On the 6th April I landed back in SA, I remember walking through the International arrivals towards my parents feeling like a completely different person, it was official. The travel bug had definitely bitten me. Over the course of that weekend while my parents were visiting I moved into my new, bigger garden cottage. Absolutely love it. Attended an awesome 3 day assistant managers conference with fellow managers in my company, threw pies at people, as one does. I started getting quite involved with various Community projects through work as the CSI committee head, which has a massive impact on me personally.

May pretty average as far as anything was concerned, although a highlight was probably going on the Jozi Red Bus Tour with my bestest, Linelle. I remember looking at myself in the mirror at work one day and deciding that I need to really do something about my skin condition on my face and immediately made an appointment to see a specialist at Skin Renewal, I have been going to one chemical peel and mircoderm abrasion facial every month since and can definitely say that I am finally starting to see an improvement. I was feeling extremely restless in May. All I remember is that I became restless at work, I wanted to move to the UK, I wanted to change jobs, I wanted to move away, change careers, I stopped going to gym and being fit and healthy. Eventually I applied for a different job in my company, which I did not get, in hindsight I am glad that I didn’t because I realise the job was not for me and I would have been equally as unhappy as I was.

On the 11th May I did my first Warrior Race, and on the 12th May, I did my second Warrior Race, yes clearly I was crazy at the time, I loved it! Luckily I was still quite fit so I did not kill myself. I went to watch Prime Circle Unplugged session live at The Venue in Melrose on the 20th,  they were amazing! Perhaps May wasn’t quite average after all?

June, hmmm.. went to watch another band live, The Parlotones Unplugged session at The Venue, also enjoyed them, but their opening band was ISO, whom I absolutely adore! The 12th of June 2013 will forever be one of the most heartbreaking days of my life, I have never had to deal with “tradegy” or with death, my dearest love of my life Charlie Chaplin passed after being on oxygen for 2 hours in the early hours of the morning. I sobbed for hours until I eventually passed out. Lately, I have been really teary and missing him again. There is nothing that I could say that could explain how precious he was to me, I always tell people that CharlieC was my saving grace during an extremely dark time in my life in 2011, he saved me and was my company helping me come out of that place. He is and will always be dearly missed in my life. I was “lucky” enough to have taken that long weekend off in June to go away with my parents to the Midlands, which was so much fun. I loved spending the weekend with them, the Midlands is quite pretty, a bit overrated but also beautiful at the same time. I showered in an outside shower overlooking the grass paddocks in the freezing cold and climbed to the top of trees hanging upside down and feeling like a kid again. My Mom & I did a tree top canopy tour which was on my bucket list, it was great fun! On the 22nd June I did another Warrior Race, which wasn’t as fun as I was not fit and I felt I was letting my team down.

Monkey Girl

I went to my first night market in Maboneng in July, it was fun. Glad I did it. Nothing to write home about… Had the privilege of attending the Starlight Express SA show at the Jo’burg Theatre. Great production! I also finally went to visit my Ouma in Mpumalanga after not seeing her for almost a year, I am a terrible Grandchild, really. I should make more effort, she is precious to me. That weekend my cousin also taught me how to ride an off road motorbike, another bucket list tick! On the 18th July for Mandela Day I cycled for 67 minutes for R67 for a good cause, waking up easn’t easy and I did not have much of a personality for the rest of the day.

August, BIRTHDAY month!! It was great, but only because I spent an entire week away in the Kruger Park with my amazing parents and then had a great dinner with them and my bestest and her hubby to celebrate my Birthday. Got to go up to Randlords for some music event and heard Newton 2nd Law and others live, SA music is the best! I finally cycled my first Critical Mass ride on the 30th August, it was an absolute blast! Will totally do it again. Pinkie Fest was so awesome again this year, it was on the 31st and there was some great musicians and DJs playing there. The people that I partied with were awesome.

After a bloody mad last week of August I started September off with a bang at the Zwartkops annual round table charity bed race, such a blast, I designed the bed this year, it was a milkshake and burger diner car. And I got to wear a bright pink tutu! I also applied for two jobs which I was interviewed for, hopefully will be hearing about what is going on there within the next 48 hours. Holding thumbs for the outcome. It will not be easy either way, but change is needed and I am ready for it. This past weekend I went to a braai hosted at one of my new squash friend’s house and it was such a jol, I learnt how to play Petanique, Google it. It is so much fun. After an entire day of drinking I then decided it would be a bright idea to carry on partying and then proceeded to go out again to Acoustic Cafe in Randburg with some mates. Let’s just say that I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking, so I felt really sorry for myself on Sunday morning.

It has been an awesome year so far, my number one goal for myself is to get fit again, stop drinking and start eating healthy. The next Warrior Race is up in October and then 94.7 cycle challenge is around the corner. I also need to throw in a few 10km running races in there somewhere.

The next date that I am looking forward to is this coming Saturday which is my best friend, Linelle’s Birthday. Which also reminds me, Happy Birthday for today my friend. You are an amazing person and I am really lucky you have you in my life. We may not see each other every day but you are still one of the best people to come into my life in the last year. Thank you for everything!

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