JT The Voice -Live

Hey Everyone! I hope you have been well! I’m very excited about the traffic I’ve been receiving for the debut to this month’s series! Keep it coming, please and thank you!

So you must know by now how much I love eating out and how I much I enjoy live music and this weekend was a mixture of both!

Whoever has the mike has the loudest voice

I recently shared with you about a new musician, JT The Voice, and last night, I got to meet him and see him live! It was quite an experience. His sound is as good as on the album which was awesome!

The Band’s Gonna Make It

JT is pretty much a one man band but for his live performances, he recruits instrument players that have not played together before and names them for the gigs. Afterwards, they are free to continue on their own or disband! How cool is that?! Truly an example of a musician who pulls people up as he moves up!

He is also great to watch! Fellow guitarists will tell you how easy it is to hide behind their instruments, but not JT! He puts his guitar to the side and sings on his own while interacting with the members of the band as well as the audience! He’s got great stage presence!

I’m so keen to see how this musician grows in the future and I’ll be keeping a close eye in him😊

Thank you so much for popping in! I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday for the second installment of this month’s series! See you soon😘

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How I Know It’s time To Move On

Afternoon Everyone!

It is two days until we close school for the year! I cannot wait to sleep and read and write and sleep and workout and eat and sleep and catch up on some work and sleep and, well, I think you get the picture, lol

It’s a very restless time of the year for me, but I think it has been the same for my year as a whole, to be honest. Today, I will look at the itch to move to “better” abodes. How do you differentiate between moving house for personal growth and progress and moving because you need a new toy?

Here’s how I know it’s for me to find a new place:

I Get Itchy

I commit very easily when I know that I can change routines at any time. For me, I know it’s time to move when I feel restrained or constricted in any way. I hate feeling stuck!

Everything is an Irritation

From the shower head no longer sprouting the way I like, to constant water or power issues, once you start finding every reason why your home is no longer a home, it’s time to find a new home, homie!

The Eye Wonders

I visited a friend a while ago. She has just moved into a new place and I envied her blank canvas! Her rooms were mostly empty just waiting for new furniture! I miss the days when I was still starting out 😑

But as adulting goes, mobing requires wating and planning and so I have put one together and am very excited for the new chapter in my life

I Kill Giants

Hey Everyone! It’s the beginning of yet another week! I hope you’re well!

This past week has been difficult. A good friend of mine suffered a loss this week that saddened us all. Life is fragile and shorter than we would like it to be…

All things that live in this world die. This is why you must find joy in living while the time is yours and not fear the end. To deny this is to deny life – but to embrace it. Can you embrace it? You are stronger than you think…

So there’s this film I watched last night called I Kill Giants. Babara, an 11 year old imaginative girl sees herself as the protector of her little town from giants. She is the only one who sees them and the only one equipped to fight them. It took a while for me to see that these were not in fact real giants, ( although my inner child hoped they were!) but really, a metaphor for the challenges we face in our lives.

We are all familiar with hardships. Besides my friend’s loss, my week was filled with many tears and anxiety and self-doubt. It happens from time to time. Life is not always smooth sailing. I’m often faced with my own giants and I get scared. I go into victim mode and shake my fist at the world for the injustices I experience. Of course, this is not the healthiest way to cope and so far, I don’t quite know how to get through those difficult times. Everything in my life that normally makes me happy is useless at dragging me out of that dark place. Maybe I need to change my outlook about that – I don’t know for sure. What I do know for sure is that the storms always pass – always.

There are times where you have to ask yourself. Do I want to live my life as a coward or a warrior. Decide.

I hope that, no matter what giant you face in your life right now, you know that you are stronger than you think. I hope you hold you head up and find the warrior in you. You can do this. You are doing this.

Thank you so much for dropping by! I have some very exciting news to share on Wednesday so please come again! Have a beautiful week 😘

Again, I Say, Gratitude!

Hi Everyone!

You’re so quiet lately! I hope I’m not boring you! What’s everyone up to lately? Please share!

The end of year festivities are trickling in for me. Saying goodbye to colleagues who are moving on to greener pastures. Secret Santa is coming up and I’m looking forward to a few weeks of rest, reflection and planning for the year ahead.

I think what I enjoy the most about this time of year are the words of appreciation that are passed around too. 365 days are a lot to get through. A year is filled with all kinds of accomplishments and hardships and I think it’s important to thank all the people that were in your corner through all those ups and downs.

So again, I say! Be grateful! Every chance you get, tell the people close to you how much they mean to you!

Thank you so much for being here. Your absence is sorely missed when you are not around! Have a beautiful week! We’ll catch up on Sunday😘

Beast Mode

Hey everyone!

Another Wednesday has rolled by and I’m so glad you’re here!

I’ve had a pretty good and productive week with a wealth of new knowledge. How has your week been so far?!

Tonight I wanna talk about gym life; one of my favourite things to do for fun and also for that dream body! For me, working out and being fit is the only thing that makes me feel good in my own skin. I hope to do it for as long as my body will allow!

I don’t sweat, I sparkle!

So, a few weeks ago I started doing parkrun. Check out my post about that here. I must say, it humbled me! I tell you, just because you can run a lot of kilometres on the treadmill does not mean the ground will be easier. On the treadmill, your legs are merely responding to the pull of the belt. I barely lift my legs to get going. The ground, on the other hand, is merciless! You are completely on your own and propelling yourself forward is all on you! I definately did more sweating than sparkling out there!

Look like a beauty train like a beast!

I refused to be discouraged ( even though I actually was)! So, this week I took to running outside on Monday and today to get myself ready for Saturday. I got some tips from fellow parkrunners who had to slow down to my granny pace and push me to keep going – capitalise on the downhills and straights by picking up the pace a little bit and breathe as much as possible through your nose.

Monday was gruelling but today went much better. I’m proud of myself for showing up and giving it my best and I can’t wait to see how I do this coming Saturday! I’ll let you know how it goes🙂

So I guess the lesson is very clear: Nothing that we accomplish comes easily or without hard work. Sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board and replan; It’s part of what makes life such an adventure!

Anyway, be good to yourself this week and give everything you do your very best! Thank you for popping in and I’ll see you on Sunday😘

You Matter

Happy Sunday everyone!

To my South African friends, Happy Heritage day for tomorrow! It’s the most colourful day of the year. I love seeing all the colourful prints and seeing everyone celebrating their various cultures. It’s beautiful to see! Check out my Ode to Africa

Today, I’d like to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a while… I’ve been alluding to it too so pay attention🙂

It amazes me how much we can change over a short space of time. And we don’t realise it ’till we revisit ourselves and see a huge change

I don’t know about you but I can never tell how much I’ve changed until I look back at who I used be. Life will come at you fast and I often go into survival mode and a lot of the things I love fall to the wayside for a while. But I must say, I enjoy revisiting myself and falling in love with who I was and can still be.

Know your worth and learn how to articulate it…

This year has brought with it many lessons. One of which being owning how worthy I am. I think that when you understand that, you know what it is that you need and, even more so, you know how to name what it is that you deserve.

I think both these things are vital in the journey of self-acceptance and loving yourself the way you are. It is also important to understand who you are and why you are the way you are. Most importantly, be gentle with yourself. You alone know the road you have walked and so you know the pain you have experienced. In time, you will recover…

Well, that’s as deep as I’m going to go today! Have a beautiful day everyone and enjoy the week ahead! Thanks for popping in🙂

The Eat Out – The Royale, Johannesburg

Happy Sunday Erbody!

I trust you have had a great weekend and you’re rested up for the week ahead.

It amazes me how much we can change over a short space of time. And we don’t realise it ’till we revisit ourselves and see a huge change!

I love food. I love making it, and trying what other people make and so the eatout was always the highlight of my month! Check out my previous posts about it here.

Last night, a handful of the old members of the Eatout got together to celebrate a birthday in true eatout style. Our adventure took us to The Royale in Craighall, Johannesburg.

The Spot

The restaurant itself doesn’t really stick out among the long rows of shops,bars and car dealerships along Jan Smuts so you will have to trust your GPS completely to get there in case you miss it. Once inside, you are met by a Cuban vibe: Great music, palm trees and rustic photoframes on the walls. There’s an open roof in the outside/ inside area that is going to be perfect when summer really kicks in! The birthday girl had to book us a table well in advance and we found ourselves sitting next to a bridal party as well! In true Joburg style, The Royale brings in all types of people from the sophisticated cuisine hunters to the hipsters popping in for a few drinks.

The Service

I arrived late to the venue so I didn’t know who our waiter was. He was difficult to flag down but the place does start getting busy after 7 on a Saturday night. Our food and drink, however, did arrive promptly every time! The food portions were reasonable, in size and in prices, and just as yummy!

Our Favourites

Speaking of yummy food, the ribs were amazing! Tender meat and a portion fit for a king! The prawn curry was just the right amount of spicy to enjoy without tearing up! The clam and mussels were also a hit. Those 2 rolls on the side help to enjoy the leftover lemon creamy sauce😋. I will definately be having the squid next time I’m there! In a nutshell, none of us were dissappointed with our food!

Well, there you have it! My take on an authentically Cuban experience with a little help from a few friends! Thanks for your input guys! Of course, your company makes these outings all the more delightful!

Well, thank you once again for dropping by, everyone! I hope to see you on Wednesday!

P.S Oh I almost forgot! When you visit this cool spot make sure you take a picture at the Palm Tree! The Palm tree was awesome!