Here are a few of the most interesting things I came across in articles, books, podcasts and conversations (among other places) this week:Continue Reading "Things I Learned This Week: On The Benefits of Laziness and the Unexpected Discovery of a Masterpiece Behind a Wall"
I’ve always envied people who have a clear-cut purpose in life. Those blessed souls who know their calling and always have; who wistfully recall the moment of childhood enlightenment – how, at three-years-old, they swooshed a flimsy paintbrush around the watercolour pallet and instantly *knew* they’d be an artist.
Those who set about pursuing their life’s purpose by achieving one quantifiable goal after another, well dang, I envy them even more.
I, on the other hand, have always been somewhat erratic in my pursuits.Continue Reading "The Curiosity Curse"
The Wild Woman Interviews is a series of Q&As with women who do interesting, brave and inspiring things. The name is inspired by the fact that the focus is largely on how nature, the outdoors, travel, the natural cycles of life etc. inspire and influence women in their passions and pursuits.
For the inaugural Wild Woman Interview, I’d like you to meet Rozanne de Jager aka Rambling Roz. She is a writer, poet, teacher and life coach from South Africa, living and working in Vietnam.Continue Reading "Wild Woman Interview: Rambling Roz on Poetry, Vulnerability and Travel"
Here are a few things I came across this week that grabbed my attention:Continue Reading "Things I Learned This Week: Of A Dog Summiting A Himalayan Peak and Badass NatGeo Barbies"
About a month ago, we headed to Wilderness for Andre and Danielle’s wedding – a wild and wonderful beach-meets-forest affair.
Despite a storm breaking out in full force on the afternoon of the nuptials, it was a truly beautiful and joyous occasion.
Apart from celebrating their promises of forever to each other, we also got a chance to rediscover a few of the trails in this lush section of the Garden Route National Park.Continue Reading "Snaps: Walking in Wilderness"
“Do you have filter coffee?” I ask, already knowing the answer.
“Yes,” the waitrons always say confidently and then add with some disdain, “Americano.”Continue Reading "Ode to Humble Ol’ Filter Coffee"
There are many things Instagram has done wrong in recent years, most notably changing their algorithm and sneakily squeezing adverts in among stories.
One thing they seem to be getting right, however, is hitting a target market bullseye when it comes to promoted posts.
How do I know this? Well, the majority of promoted posts that have popped into my feed lately have been so enticing that I’ve clicked through and followed the relevant profiles.
So doing, I’ve also discovered a whole new bunch of local makers to add to my favourites list.
Here are eight rather diverse items I’m particularly in love with right now:Continue Reading "8 Pretty South African-Made Items I’m Loving Right Now"
I realised with a great shock the other day that I’ve never posted anything about my Camino experience here on Peregrina.
Soon after returning, I wrote a piece for Slow Drive; then, about a year later, shared a few thoughts about it in Juice (Mango’s in-flight magazine); and finally put together a comprehensive guide for Traveller24.
But I never brought it back home to where it truly belongs – on Peregrina! Which makes me a little sad, really, because it was – after all – those two weeks as a pilgrim that sparked the renaming of my blog.Continue Reading "Snaps: The Camino Portugues on 35mm film (and a few thoughts on walking 240km with my mom)"
Ever since Rob Bell started his RobCast back in January 2015, I’ve been the most avid fan.
Whether he’s delivering a sermon or welcoming a super interesting guest into ‘the backhouse’, it’s always packed with insight, good vibes and positivity.
Rob kicked this year’s podcast schedule off with two episodes dedicated to a live, on-stage conversation/performance between/by him and Elizabeth Gilbert and in true Robcast form, it contained a wealth of refreshing nuggets of wisdom, comfort and inspiration.
I couldn’t resist sharing, so here are three of my most profound takeaways:Continue Reading "Good advice: Permission slips, endings and embodiment"
There’s a widely held belief that when it comes to houseplants, succulents are by far the easiest to maintain.
Well, I beg to differ. Despite my very best efforts, I have never been able to create a healthy and happy home for them. (You can read all about my struggles in this old blog post.)
While I can’t be sure about the reasons, I think it may have something to do with the fact that they just don’t enjoy being indoors and since my flat has the surface area of a chia seed and no balcony, there’s really not much I can do to fix this. Plus, I may have a tendency to be a little too generous in my watering habits, which is really hard to shake.
Whatever the case may be, the fact is succulents are a no-go for me.
But you know what? That’s totally fine, because who needs succulents when you can fall head over heels in love with lush, leafy plants and experience the unparalleled joy of having them love you right back?
Over the past three or so years, I’ve managed to cultivate a thriving little indoor jungle that just seems to be going from strength to strength. And can I tell you a little secret? It hasn’t been due to any efforts on my part – these plants just seem super eager to grow
So, if you’ve been struggling to get an indoor garden of your own going, here are a few plants – tried and tested by me – that will definitely ease the process:Continue Reading "4 houseplants even you can keep alive"