January adventures

Each year I choose a word and then I try to live it out for the next 12 months.  You can read about it here https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/my-word-for-2019-revealed/

and 2018 is here https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/my-word-for-2018/

2017 here https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/why-im-swapping-new-year-resolutions-for-one-little-word/

This years word is Adventure and I’m excited to do a recap at the end of each month mentioning the ways I incorporated this word into January.  Now before I continue please note that adventures don’t just mean expensive getaways – I’m looking into trying new things destinations, restaurants, experimenting with food, trying new gym classes etc  Then I’ll confirm if this is something I’ll do again or just a ‘tried that once and that was enough’

  • Hubby and I tried cooking a new pasta dish.  It was delicious – pasta shells and bacon drenched in a cheese sauce.  Will try again but with a different sauce as the cheese sauce was a bit rich.
  • We went to a restaurant we’d never been to before in Darling.  Enjoyable and the food was good. 
  • I tried a new gym class – Pound.  Loved every moment and have done 3 this month.
  • Went on a hike in De Hoop and went to see the vultures up Potberg Mountain. Amazing experience.  Cannot wait to go back.
  • Tried a different wine instead of my usual rose.  Loving the Nederberg Stein I’ve discovered.
  • Read a book by a new Author.  Laura Marshall’s “Friend Request”.   You can read the review here.  https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/book-review-friend-request-by-laura-marshall/  Super creepy book that kept me guessing.

What about you?  Did you try anything new in January?

There is alot to be said for trying new things.  Wonder what February holds?


On decluttering

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In September last year I cleared out our wardrobes.  I took everything out and sorted through what we still wear and what could be donated.

There was less stuff crammed in and each time I opened the doors everything looked tidy and organized.  I could find everything with ease.  Not only that but the space created meant that I could see at a glance what I still had room for.  I could fill some of the space with new and better fitting clothes.

I did the same with the bookcase at home a few days ago.  Took all our books off the shelves, sorted out the favourites and made a pile of ones that could to go.  Now I have room for new books.

I like to moan about decluttering but honestly once I set my mind to it, I get into the process quickly and love the end result.

But what about invisible clutter?  The sort that you don’t see but feel.  Why is that so difficult to purge?

At the beginning of the month I did a digital detox.  I went through the contacts on my phone and deleted a few.  Then I logged onto Facebook and did the same.  There were a few collectors (those that collect likes and comments but never reciprocate).  I’m not saying that I expect loads of responses when I post something but don’t trawl through my photos all the time like an electronic ghost and then make sure I know you’ve done that.

It is weird.

There was one or two random ex colleagues that I actually didn’t feel like staying into contact with and I unfriended with a clear conscience.

And the feeling that I got from downsizing the list of people who can see my thoughts and photos online was amazing.  I felt as light as a feather.

I feel like I created more space on my timeline so that I can see updates from those who I’m actually interested in staying up to date with.

Life is too short for lots of things.  And having someone that is not a friend (or someone that cannot be happy for you) trawling through your photos and updates online is one of them.

What about you?  Do you find doing electronic decluttering easy or tricky?


Keeping it together 2019: my planner

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I’m linking up with Lauren and Alexandra today to share my 2019 planner.

I get extremely excited by planners/journals/diaries (and stationery) in general.  I’ve tried various diaries and planners over the years and am so happy with the one I chose for 2019.

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I went with the Christian Art Gifts Daily Planner and I’m loving it so far.

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Both this year and next are easy to view at the start.

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The monthly planner is very convenient with a page for each month.  It is perfect for planning ahead.

The whole book just feels spacious which is something I love in a journal/planner/diary.

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There is a section on each page for 5 priorities, a space for appointments and a reminder for calls/e-mails that need to take place.

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But what I love the most is the fact that Saturday and Sunday get their OWN PAGE!  NO SHARING!  I’m so tired of having to squash a fabulous recap of a weekend into a small space.  Seriously – finally a planner that understands that!


Friday gratitude

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It is FRIDAY and what a week it has been.  I had to go to the Orthodontist this morning.  I had braces 22 years ago and now at the age of 35 (well for one more week!) I have braces again.

I’ll only need these for a few months versus over 2 years like back when I had them in the 90’s.

I feel SO old.

Moving on, Friday means linking up with the Peaceful Posse – Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with a weekly gratitude list.

  • Brunch at one of our favourite coffee shops on Saturday.
  • Going for a hike on Sunday – very hectic and steep hike I might add
  • Nachos afterwards
  • Going for a 4.5km run on Monday after work
  • Date night on Wednesday
  • Petunias in our garden looking so pretty
  • On target with my Goodreads challenge for this month
  • Orthodontist appointment done and dusted
  • Getting to work out of office today
  • Grocery shopping for tonight sorted out yesterday

Tomorrow we are going to do another hike – different trail hopefully!  Sunday is unplanned for now.  Maybe a cycle maybe a chilled day.  We’ll see.


Book review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

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Louise receives a friend request one day from an old school friend, Maria.  Louise realizes that this is impossible as (for 25 years) she has believed that Maria is dead.

Louise is haunted with guilt for something she did to Maria all those years ago at a school leaving party.  Something that only she, her ex husband and 2 other friends are aware of.  So the fact that Maria is reaching out has chilling possibilities.

Could Maria be alive?  If so is she seeking revenge?

Or is someone else out to make Louise pay for the awful thing she did to Maria?  The terrible reason behind Maria’s disappearance which Louise has tried to forget.

As sinister messages keep being sent, Louise doesn’t know who to turn to.  The secret she has kept for over 2 decades is about to be revealed and she doesn’t know if she can share it with even her closest friend Polly.

I found this book kept me guessing to the very end and the twist was not something I had predicted.

It is an enjoyable if slightly chilling book which asks the question:  Do we really ever know someone and what they are truly capable of?


Weekly workout recap

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I’ve seen Katie from http://www.talkless-saymore.com/ blog do a weekly workout recap and thought I’d do one too.

I’m a bit obsessed with my Garmin at the moment and having fun with Strava which is a great app where I record my workouts.  2019 is the year I’m trying new things and this includes exercise.  So let me see how last week went:

Monday 14th January:

4.35 km run on the treadmill

Tuesday 15th January:

Rest day

Wednesday 16th January:

1 hour Pound class at the gym (2nd class I’ve been to – loving it so much)

Thursday 17th January:

Rest day

Friday 18th January:

Rest day  Oh alright!  It was just a downright lazy day.

Saturday 19th January:

Yoga class was pre-booked and full so I did a 4.5km run on the treadmill at the gym.

Sunday 20th January:

1 hour hike.  No I’m not putting the distance because so much was uphill that I felt like I’d been hiking for days an extremely long time and was speechless at the amount in km’s.  Not my best workout.

I will in future include my steps but last week they were not very impressive.  I really need to move around more at the office!


Friday happiness

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What a week!  I’m in serious need of a weekend.

Has Friday ever taken so long to arrive??  I’m counting down the minutes until 4:00pm because this week has taken it out of me and I’m in need of lots of chocolate and wine.

Being Friday I’m linking up with the lovely Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with a weekly gratitude list.

  • Fun Saturday in Langebaan.  We had breakfast at Ginja Beanz, visited West Coast National Park, then stopped off in Darling for lunch on the way back.
  • Delicious donuts on Sunday.

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  • My mini orchid in the kitchen.

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  • New bedding – been sleeping so well on new sheets and pillowcases.  Even in this heat.
  • Reading before work with a cup of tea a few mornings this week.
  • Dinner at one of our favourite restaurant on Tuesday.
  • Clean home and an empty laundry basket – feeling organized!
  • Had fun at a Pound class at gym (a workout with yoga and pilates inspired moves and drumming).  It is a lot of fun and quite a workout at the same time!
  • Grocery shopping for most of the weekend done last night so we can start our weekend as we leave the office (anyone else hate grocery shopping as much as me?)
  • Did two 4km runs this week.

This weekend I’m planning on going to another yoga class and then have brunch afterwards.  We have a day trip planned for Sunday but it is weather dependent so we’ll see.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Humpday confessions

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Confession no 1:  I’ve always been a fan of Kristin Hannah’s books and enjoyed “Firefly Lane” so much.  But I’m taking a while to get into the sequel “Fly away”.  I’m halfway through now and just not that into it.

Confession no 2:  Speaking of books – I made my Goodreads goal 35 books this year instead of 40.  I feel less pressured and less rushed already.  I love reading and feel it should be fun and enjoyable.

Confession no 3:  I still get excited for my birthday (still a couple of weeks to go).  I don’t care how old I get I still look forward to it, love planning and counting down the sleeps.  I’ve told hubby I just want to celebrate with him this year.  I’m not doing a dinner with friends or family – just want a weekend with my ❤

Confession no 4:  Season 3 of “This is us” started Monday and I haven’t watched it yet.  Don’t know why I’m dragging my feet.  Just shed so many tears watching season 1 and 2 and feel I need to be in the right mood before I get into the new season.

Confession no 5:  I had a manicure a couple weeks ago and because it was a treatment the nail polish used was clear – there was a faint hint of pale pink/lilac.  I loved the natural look and how long it lasted.  Usually I like bright and bold nail polishes – unusual for me to want subtle!  Am I getting old?

Well that is all for this week.  Not too scandalous!


Navy holiday capsule wardrobe

We spent our anniversary and Christmas in Hermanus last month and it was fantastic.  Great weather, delicious food and fun celebrating with my <3.

I don’t know about you but packing lightly for a vacation is not always easy.  I like to be prepared and so I often end up packing far too much (and wishing we had a trailer).  However I was determined to get it right over the festive season and with a few items I put together my first holiday capsule wardrobe.

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This top was from Cape Union Mart and the shorts from Truworths. 

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This nautical dress is from Truworths and I teamed it with a pair of Gisele Bundchen flip flops I’d purchased years ago but still wear every summer.

Christmas lunch or date night


I got both the dress and shoes from Truworths and it can be dressed up or down with accessories or a 3/4 cardigan.

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Top and shorts (both from Truworths) with Roxy slip slops.

Just a few items which lasted days, with key pieces which could be swapped and changed to suit the weather and occasion.  After all these years, I might finally be learning the art of packing less!


January goals and mantras

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I love this time of year.  I mentioned it yesterday and I’m saying it again – the start of the new year always feels fresh and new and I love listing my resolutions, choosing a Word for the year https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/my-word-for-2019-revealed/for the year and planning for the 12 months ahead.

My December goals were:

My goals for January 2019:

  • Continue going to yoga
  • Try something new at gym
  • Update blog 10 times
  • Keep holiday feeling alive!  Less stress more laughter.
  • Read 3 books
  • Spend more time outside, less online.

Mantras for the month ahead

“Life is an adventure, it is not a package tour” – Eckhart Tolle

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul” – Jaime Lyn Beatty