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😘

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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!

Spring Day

Hello Erbody!

Did you have a good week? Mine was ok. I love school holidays but, eventually, you have to go back to work. I’m ready!

Lately, I have become less and less concerned with being relevant on social media so I haven’t really paid attention to important dates or events but yesterday I was compelled otherwise.

Yesterday was Spring Day in South Africa! This day is important to us. In the township it is celebrated with water!

Yup! If you live in the township, you are not safe on 1 September, you will be baptised in water!

It’s really just a small way to celebrate the new season, a good excuse to be festive and mischevious😉

I also really enjoyed some of the well wishing tweets people were throwing out at the universe yesterday! They really lifted my own hopes and spirits and made me hopeful for the near future. Check out my moment below👇

Have a beautiful week and thank you for popping in😊

My Afroblogger Curating Experience

Happy Humpday, Erbody!

I don’t know about you, but this week has just flown by! I’m am heading back to work next week so maybe that’s why🤔

Today, I’m sharing yet another Twitter fun thing I did. I’m starting to develop a pattern, don’t you think?😉

I’m sure I’ve told you about Afroblogger before. I normally participate in their Wednesday Poetry evenings. If you missed it before, I talk about it here.

This time, my partnership with them was a bit different. Every Sunday, Afrobloggers allows one of its followers to take over their account for the day. I had to be part of this and because sometimes you have to go get what you want, I asked and it was given to me!

For me #SundayTakeover was an opportunity to meet other bloggers, find some inspiring blogs and also gain some followers and I was not dissappointed!

Africa is bursting with writers that are very keen to learn and grow in the industry. It was good to debate and give each other some tips on how to improve! Also, by virtue of being chosen for the #SundayTakeover you already have credibility which was great for the ego😉

So, as I always do! I put together some tweets from the day so you can see what we got talking about! The Afroblogger tweets are me. Check it out👇

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or here if you like! Thank you so much for visiting! Have a beautiful day!

Liebster Award Nomination

 

It’s that time of the week, everyone! When it comes to fun blog challenges that get you interacting with other bloggers, OJsPride is the person to follow! Thank you so much for yet another nomination OJ. And guys, be sure to read her blog, she’s really great!

So the Liebster Award is just a way for bloggers to recognise other blogs for readers to find new cool blogs to follow. Here are the rules:

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OJ made it easy for her nominees; I just have to state 15 facts about myself which doesn’t sound so easy now that I think about it, but let’s see how far I get J

15 Facts about Me

  1. I’m an English Teacher. It’s actually one of the biggest reasons I blog: to practise what I preach, lol
  2. I play the guitar. This may be old news for you if you have been following me for a long time! I hate being called Zahara, though!
  3. I’m a gym fanatic. I really enjoy working out and I’m hoping one day to have the body to prove it! I’m 60% there, lol
  4. I love to cook! I’m no chef, but I see the kitchen as a creative space and I enjoy trying out new dishes.
  5. I’m am Xhosa, one of South Africa’s 11 languages. Nelson Mandela? He was Xhosa speaking!
  6. I hate waiting!! Like, please don’t deliberately keep me waiting! Communicate if you are running late, but don’t leave me hanging!
  7. I love chocolate! Any excuse to have chocolate is a good enough reason!
  8. I think I’m allergic to eggs. A simple case of eating too many eggs as a child. Most of my family members have the same problem!
  9. I love my name! Noloyiso: Victorious. I was my parents’ first daughter so, I won!
  10. I’m an extrovert who has been converted to an introvert since I started living alone. I like striking a balance between social time and alone time.
  11. My favourite colours are green and orange.
  12. Wow, I’m starting to second guess the last 11 facts and I can’t think of 3 more! Hey, There’s another fact. I’m too quick to think that I’m not good enough.
  13. I enjoy thrillers and thriller-type series! Always game!
  14. I share a birthday with Kanye West: 8 June! We don’t celebrate it together anymore though, lol.
  15. I’m a hopeless romantic. I walk around with the strong belief that if you love someone, you should be given the right to have them, but, of course, that is not how it works in real life L

I DID IT !

My Nominees:

If you read and like this challenge; then you’re up! Just follow the instructions and give us 11 facts about you!

Thank you so much for visiting! Have a beautiful week ahead!

Wacky Wednesday

Hi Everyone! I hope the week is treating you well🙂

It’s the 2nd week of my school holiday and I’m still loving it😎 Lots of gym and relaxing. I will have to ease back into work in the next 2 weeks though, but that is future me’s problem!

My mom came up for a visit from the Eastern Cape, my home province. I love that my mom never allowed the delays and detours of life stop her from having the things that she wanted for herself, but that’s a post for another day🙂

Today, we adventured the city of Johannesburg tourist style! I love this city, its vibrance and beauty. I will never leave! Ok, maybe when I retire or when I visit other cities, lol. Johannesburg has come a long way and we can be very proud of ourselves!

Show me some sights from the city in which you live! I’d love to see😊

Thanks for reading!