Merry Everything and Happy New Year! :)
I know it's been a while since I've updated. Thanks for still following along on Instagram even though I've sort of been MIA. I hope you are all well and having a wonderful summer/winter wherever in the world you are! As for me... Between New York, Berlin, Paris and South Africa - I've been hopscotching all over the place! I had intentions of live blogging, but it's been a little overwhelming to be honest. I have so many photos that I still need to edit all the way back from October... I know, I know. I've literally become the world's biggest procrastinator. I have to play some major serious catching up this week!
To give you guys an update of what I've been doing these last couple of months:
1. I visited rooibos farms in the Cederberg Mountains
If you know me, I'm really, really obsessed with rooibos. It's a bit of a strange tea concept that I've been working on, but I have this idea of combining two of my favourite things together and creating something really... interesting. I'm still working on it, but I'll have more to share on this soon!
2. I'm officially a Strala Yoga Guide
While working through some major emotional issue in my life, I flew to Germany in November on a whim and did a Strala Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Trainining in Berlin with Tara Stiles. Yoga Teacher Training has been something I've been wanting to do for a long time, but I was always afraid that I wasn't good enough. But then I just did it. And it was one of the nicest things I've done for myself in a long time. I'm still not fully confident enough to teach yet, but maybe I'll throw a free beach yoga class somewhere soon and you guys can all join and help me practice! :)
3. I've learned to love myself more
2016 is the year I realized just how important self love really is. Professionally, this was a really great year, but there are still days where I feel empty. These last few months have been one of those, and this time, just like every time, one very important emotion I lose is my motivation. Sometimes I feel like I just don't have enough to give. I've realized a large part of this emptiness often stem from the insecurities I have with certain people in my life. The ones who weave in your life when it's convenient for them and disappear when it's not. The ones who always keep you guessing. There is no comfort in that. There is zero security. And I kept allowing it to eat me away. But I'm slowly learning to put myself first. Yoga has been a tremendous help in this process and I'm just taking it easy one day at a time. Never ever put more into a relationship with another person more than you put into your relationship with yourself. Self love is so important.
4. I fell in love with Paris (again)
I re-visited France for the first time since 2009 and spent a week before and after my Strala Yoga Training in Paris. I was smitten the last time I visited and nothing has changed since then. For someone who felt like complete rubbish just two weeks before this trip, Paris made me so happy seeing how beautiful life really is from a new perspective. I ate a lot of French food, drank too much coffee, explored new tea bars, met new friends everywhere from Argentina to Japan, and went on a three tinder dates. Also, for once, I actually regret not doing more shopping because I was eating the whole time.
5. New Year, New Goals
My self betterment goal for this year is to nurture more self love and take time to choose which emotions and thoughts I give power to instead of immediately reacting to everything I feel. I want to approach this new year with more intension, less force and more ease.
All in all, I'm a firm believer in creating our own luck and opportunities. I always have to remember to remind myself that there is never a perfect moment to start doing anything. The trick is to always grab everything with both hands :)