Motivation Monday: Gratitude is the best Attitude

Thank you for posing with me for a cheesy photo in Mexico City.
Muchas Gracias to Mexico’s national guard.

Thanks. Merci. Haaw’a. Gracias. Enkosi Kakhulu. Baie Dankie, Thank you.

Since late last October, after an amazing trip that was totally worth being thankful for, I started saying thank you every day. Meaning I wrote, rather texted, what I was thankful for every day and fired it off to my stepmom. In December, I looped another person into my social experiment, asking one of my best friends to join my everyday ‘Thank you’ ritual. Read more

Motivation Monday: Define your Happy Place

Do you have a place that makes you feel like this fantastic vintage Drum magazine cover?
Do you have a place that makes you feel like this fantastic vintage Drum magazine cover?

Some sad news on Sunday, September 18 led me to my happy place. Weird right. As in how can the sad face, bring on the happy face? Answer: a big hit of nostalgia.

South African Kwaito star Mandoza died last night and after shedding a couple of tears I wound my way down the a slightly dusty, not-very-well-maintained path of musical memories. I clicked through a half dozen of Mandoza’s biggest hits of the early 2000s on Youtube, feeling the need to dance and laugh and cry as I remembered one of my happy places. Where is your happy place? I have many, one of them is central Johannesburg, speakers blasting Mandoza surrounded by people laughing and moving.

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Motivation Monday: When All Else Fails Look Up

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Here again is a guest post from my friend IRL (about 25 years) and Instagram bud AJ Staples. You can find more shots of her adorably gigantic pups plus a series of writing exercises she did for over a year in her Instagram feed. Her photos and text, when read one after another, are like thumbing through a coffee table book for your heart, chakras and soul. Worth a peek for sure.

Without further ado…No. 268: “When All Else Fails, Look Up”

Life will do what it does and sometimes that means it’ll take you out at the knees. You won’t see it coming (or you might) and the wind will be knocked out of you. You’ll have made big plans and mapped out your route, but life will just laugh at your illusion of control.  Read more