It has taken me nearly seven years to finish this project. The process has been both a personal adventure and an emotional rollercoaster. So many times, I thought about giving up – “How could a dyslexic girl who didn’t go to university, write a book?” – the spirit of the story kept me going, it’s what Elizabeth Gilbert calls ‘Big…
It was the end of the first day of the new school year, parents swarmed around the classroom doors, eagerly waiting to collect their children and hear stories about new teachers and classmates. Arriving five minutes late, I turned up at my daughter’s classroom to discover she had gone AWOL. While busily searching the school…
It was one year ago that I decided it was time for the secret I had been carrying for some 18 years to be set free.
In recognition of World AIDS day this December 1st, I am posting an exclusive excerpt from my memoir in honour of all those who lost their lives and of their loved ones who suffered along side them.
One of the most challenging aspects of recovery was getting back on that ‘horse’ with my writing. The trauma had completely zapped my creative flow
Introducing Terra Flora, my first perfume in collaboration with Wild Olive Artisans. 100% synthetic free, Terra Flora’s precious ingredients have been chosen to calm, uplift and balance.
Everybody experiences trauma in their life. I have had my fair share, but my most recent experience has taught me a great deal about how trauma effects the mind and body, and how and what is needed to overcome such an ordeal.
Recently I have noticed a strange phenomenon amongst my forty-something friends. It seems that an extraordinarily large percentage of us have recently bought, or are planning on buying a dog. It got me thinking, what is causing this rush of canine hysteria?
“People who know a little about my story tell me that one of the most surprising things they learn is that my time with this cult wasn’t all bad.”
This article was written and published for the first edition of ‘WildObout African Artisans,’ a magazine produced by Wild Olive African Artisans in celebration of their 20th anniversary. In the article I talk about meeting the extraordinary perfumer, Marioara de la Tara, as well as what inspires me about living in Cape Town.