This Father’s Day, I have something else in mind. And aside from the gifts/presents, I wanted my Dad to feel SEEN. To know that he matters. So I made a date with my dad, and asked him some questions I’ve always wanted to know. This was so special and connected us on another level, that I wanted to share it with you and perhaps allow you to get to know your dad a little better too.

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Last year, my husband and I started having Alone Time (quality time) with our kids when we noticed they were more whiney, aggitated with each other, and just generally more difficult for no reason. Because it was unlike our children (you know your kids and their normal irritability, and when something else is going on) we decided to spend one-on-one time with each of our children to get to the bottom.

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I’ve seen mom-shaming happen in so many ridiculous areas that it almost does not shock me anymore. Moms have been mom-shamed because they drink coffee, because they breastfeed/bottlefeed their baby, or even till what age they’ve done that. Mom-shaming because of long hair, long nails, and swimming in a pool with a cast on. Seriously?

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When I got married almost 12 years ago, I weighed 58kgs. Today the scale shows my weight at a good 20kgs more. Read more

Just during this last week, I’ve spoken to two moms expecting their fourth baby. And felt judged. Or overwhelmed. Just like I was. For being pregnant. And I felt the need to write this letter.

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Think again.

For most young people, the chance of having a stroke seems like an impossibility. But the reality is that stroke rates among young adults appear to be on the rise. As reported in Men’s Health, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in men, and experts consider a young stroke age to be under 45.

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I’m going to be real. I started typing the title for this blog “When Life Becomes Overwhelming”, and as I typed it, I realised this is not true in my life anymore. Overwhelm has become my new normal. It’s my current life. And it’s crushing.

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This has been coming for a few months. Dropping a ball every now and then. At first I could blame it on the end of the year approaching, but then the balls that has been up in the air since forever, started dropping more often. And yet I couldn’t admit I needed help.

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Every January the memes start, and the month seems longer than the ones before, and we swear next year we’ll be better with our money. So many of us get January’s paycheck earlier in December, and although we know it’s supposed to stay in our account till January, the self-control is weak. And we dip into next month’s salary… And come January, we feel the Wallet Hangover.

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Last year (I love saying this a day or two into the new year) a couple of the loveliest bloggers in South Africa signed up for a blogger gift swap over the 12 days leading up to Christmas in an attempt to bring us closer together, make new friends, and well…gifts.

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