It’s been one hell of a long month, eagerly anticipated by fellow “Wrimos” in their hundreds of thousands all over the globe. It was my first try at Nano, the National Novel Writing Month, and I truly had no idea of what to expect. I knew it was going to be hard, and that by […]

I’m not American, but I spent enough time there to know that it’s less about the food and more about the people. Though sometimes even pro-thanksgiving-ers mess that one up. This year I’m home in South Africa for Thanksgiving, and it feels sort of strange that I don’t get a long weekend. It’s my mom’s […]

Every day before I go to the gym, I plan out my routine for the day. Fifteen minutes of cardio – biking and rowing, fifteen minutes of resistance for arms, legs, and especially stomach. I switch it up daily, but I always go in with a plan. This is why, even though I’m not losing […]

November is fast approaching, and I’m starting to feel the tiny bubble of nervousness creeping up my throat. Countdown status: 15 days till NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is, you better get your notebook and paper ready. October is the month for planning, but when November rolls around, it’s time to actually start […]

I’m a grownup, right? And I’m not a Journalist. But a few weeks ago, I found myself in the most surreal conversation about censorship – with my own mother. I’ve done few journalism classes, so I know all about freedom of speech. Doesn’t everybody? Not my mother, apparently. She asked me quite politely, I am […]

I think there’s a point in every adult’s life when they have to make scary decisions. Last week, I had to do something not necessarily terrifying, but my heart beat so fast… I sent in a university application – to my dream university. There aren’t too many universities in South Africa to choose from (if […]

Success in exercise and fitness is all too often achieved in in a painfully slow way. It was only a few short weeks ago that I signed up for my gym membership.  At the time, I thought that by the beginning of November I’d be ready to cycle the 15 km mountain biking race I […]

I left beautiful upstate New York just as June began. Though it was already almost unbearably hot, I just missed the beginning of summer. The Winter and Spring of 2013 had been pretty harsh, with plenty of snow and frostiness to encourage us to wrap up as warmly as we could. The cold left long, […]

After a wonderful low-key date with a long time friend this past Friday, I was spectacularly let down by his not calling me the entire weekend. Or messaging. Or smoke-signalling. By Sunday night I was fed-up, ready to blow a gasket because how rude; nonetheless I spoke calmly and rationally to him on the phone. “Why haven’t I heard […]

I thought that this week was going to be boring and mundane, just like last week. But then, on Monday, I decided that I was going to get a gym membership. Tuesday was my first workout, and boy, did I sweat. I did about 40 minutes of cardio, which is about 40 minutes more than […]