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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Can you hear it? The cars roaring to get to their next destination. The frustrated tick-tick of the person on their computer next to you. The kitchen full of dishes because no one has had the time to unpack the dishwasher. Let’s not even go to the pile of laundry…! Deadlines. School-concerts. Holiday planning. Christmas shopping. End-year functions. More shopping. DISTRACTIONS. Read more

Over the last four days, out of our four children, we had three sick littles with one ending up in hospital. And no one saw it coming! What happened to our healthy children?  Read more

I loved being pregnant. But everything changes once you become a parent. Your sleep is cut in half, you eat in instalments, and you may not know which day of the week it is — and that’s just after you have your first child. (Try 4!) Read more

Do you feel who you are is good enough? Or do you also at times feel you should be doing more, saying more, getting more, giving more, living more…be more? I do. And it can be quite debilitating at times.  Read more