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Guest Post: Emma Zeta Skinner   You Might Not Think You’re Creepy, but I Do. To the man who without a thought said to me, “Thanks, sweetheart!” You might think that’s ok, but it’s not. I have a name, and I’m not your sweetheart. To the man who excluded me from business meetings so I could ‘watch the floor’. You might think that’s ok, but it’s not. I’m more than smart and qualified to achieve great things, but you won’t grant me any permission to do so. To the man

A few weeks ago I met Sonja for a coffee and she told me her story! Growing up, I had so much pressure in my own life, to follow the “right” career path, I was expected to become what my family thought I should be. No one ever gave a minute to my suggestions that I’d like to be an actress and pursue a creative life. Oh no, that’s something you do in your spare time. You don’t get to follow your heart and do what makes you happy. You

Every now and then, you read something and it gives you chills. The hairs on your arm stand straight up and tears just flow from your eyes. The more you read, the more you can’t stop and the more everything you knew before changes. That’s this post you’re about to read. It’s such a blend of weakness and strength and vulnerability all in one but the message is one of a warrior. Someone who never gives up! I’m honoured that she’s sharing her story on my platform – Even the strongest

A few years back I hated my job. I hated having to go into work every day and sit behind a desk for the most part of my day. Eventually, I decided that the only option I had was to quit my job and figure out a way to do work that made me happy but allowed me to work from home. It was the best decision I could have ever made and I’ve never looked back. Now, I work my own schedule at my own pace and I’m always

By Emma Zeta Skinner I want you to cast your mind back to when you were a little kid. What did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor? A space cowboy? A ballerina? A builder? Or just happy? Now I want you to look at your present self. What do you do? Do you have a job? Do you do something you love? Or are you meandering forward with no real direction, but just seeing where life takes you? Did you really dream of being a tax

By Mervyn Dziva The older I get the more I hear that “being an adult is hard”, to which I’m often tempted to reply “You know what’s hard? Having to develop tactics to stop myself from having to check that the door is locked. At 3am in the morning. For the tenth time. In someone else’s house. That’s hard!” Of course I don’t say that, being considerate of other’s struggles is part of being an adult. I usually commiserate since I mostly agree that growing up is hard. These are

By Gerard Janse Van Rensburg You hear all this talk about transformation, changing institutions, industries, social structures the very fabric of society. You hear talk of cultural practices not being respected, being ignored and oppressed. This oppression is called racism, and maintaining the status quo is racist. Keeping things as is, is racist. “But I’m not racist” But I’m not racist! I don’t have anything against them! The colour of someone’s skin has nothing to do with how I treat them! But why must we change all of these things?

A little while ago I wrote an article about why the #CarseatFullstop campaign matters to me. Since then I’ve been very involved in sharing articles and information about the importance of using the right car seat (for the record, your child should be rear facing until age four). Hearing Ina Meyer tell her story really hit these points home for me. I just knew it was a story that I wanted to tell. Then I put it off for weeks because I didn’t know how to begin talking to her. How

Sheena and I have known each other a long time, we both come from Swaziland and that place is so tiny you know everyone.  It wasn’t till I started blogging that we reconnected and became really good friends. It’s weird how a blog can bring you closer to someone who lives on the other end of the world. She’s an inspirational woman but she often underestimates herself and the things she is capable of. In fact, just getting her to tell this story was a challenge. Not that she didn’t want

When I was pregnant with my son Oden, I was permanently on a mission to find my baby a beautiful mobile that he could stare up at and be carried away to happy places. Of course his dad had other ideas that included Star Wars characters hanging above my little baby. In the end, neither happened and at the last-minute we bought him a little colourful one with odd-shaped animals on it. He liked it but it wasn’t what I had planned in my head. So when my friend Jane

I love writing about my experiences so that other people know they aren’t alone. I’ve had some pretty crappy times in my life but I’ve had some pretty amazing ones too! Life is a mix of ups and downs and sometimes you just have to close your eyes and make the leap to find your way! You never know what’s going to happen and sometimes it’s nice to just take a chance and try something new. In this case, Shanita took a huge leap of faith and moved across the world

Guest Post by Jessie T When I got an email from Jessie asking to guest post on my blog, I was thrilled. I had planned on getting a few more guest posts scheduled for the first few weeks of my maternity leave. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get around to doing much at all in those last two weeks of pregnancy since life had other plans for me and Oden was born early. I’ve been wanting to feature the personal stories of my readers for a while now. Stories that

This is a post that I wanted to write almost two months ago. On the day that I started drafting it I went into labour. Yikes. Instead of coming home four days later with a newborn baby, I had to have two more surgeries and both baby and I only arrived home three weeks later. (Read about that here) It was one hell of an eye-opening experience but now that I’m almost back to my old self, my blog needs my attention and I can finally get back to doing what

Surviving Jonkersville It’s always lovely, when you get to feature a blog by a process of random selection and it turns out to be a blog you actually read anyway. I’ve definitely been lucky during these monthly blog swaps and this month, my featured blogger is Celeste of Surviving Jonkersville. Celeste describes herself as a “Stay-At-Home-Mom turned Work-At-Home-Mom of 3, Wife of 1, Virtual Assistant, Lover of life, Writer, Blogger, Bookworm, Proudly Capetonian (minus the passion gap) and a self-professed Coffee snob.” Whew… that’s quite a mouth full… I’m going

South African Mom Blogs When I started blogging in January, literally three days before discovering I was pregnant, I would have laughed if you had told me that one day in the VERY near future I’d be blogging about my pregnancy and my plans for my baby’s arrival in September. I’d have laughed even louder if you had told me that I’d be a mommy blogger. That was just so far off from my thoughts of blogging at the time. Fast forward a few months and not only am I

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