Cliché, I know but thought it would be a fun idea to get a little in-depth read of my life lately and expose some things I’ve been getting or will get up too. So continue reading to get the scope. Don’t have an exciting life but hey, who knows?

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Small towns are often forgotten and I understand why. We never dream of exploring towns we can’t even pronounce let alone towns in our own city. Today, I’m here to tell you why small towns are not to be overlooked.

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Life is full of tough decisions, and nothing makes them easy. But the worst ones are really your personal koans, and tormenting ambivalence is just the sense of satori rising. Try, trust, try, and trust again, and eventually you’ll feel your mind change its focus to a new level of understanding.

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“Have you noticed that even the busiest people are never too busy to take time to tell you how busy they are?”
― Bob Talbert

It’s been four months since I last wrote a Chat post and I probably would’ve said it’s because I’ve been so busy but that will paint the picture of me being a complete liar. Let’s just say I’ve been handling things and by things I mean, my life (how cliché)? Today, I’ll be merely sharing with you an update on what is going on in the life of Stephanie so grab a cup of coffee because it’s a long read.

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The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance – Nathaniel Branden

I’ve turned my back on the Public Relations world and I couldn’t be more free for the lack of a better word to walk away from a life I no longer aspire to continue doing.

After five tough years with my head behind the books, obtaining that Degree and four blissful yet stressful years being in the industry, I’m  leaving it all behind. It’s a difficult thought to process that I studied so long to get here and worked tirelessly to make my mark in various media publications and editors that I’m stepping away and not backing down. Yet as time went by and so did the evolving digital space, I no longer felt the need that PR required to be my sole focus in my career.

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From the subject line, you can gather that the word coffee has now been replaced to juice seeing that we’ve entered the warmth of spring in South Africa. I’m super stoked that seasons have changed because there’s nothing more boring than layering up with dull colours and only doing minimal activities in winter.

I might seem all enthusiastic and quite avid in my images but last week, something I would never wish anyone to go through has happened to us for the second time in the space of two years.  It’s something most South Africans’ but even more so,  internationally, experience probably on a daily basis. You can’t avoid it; no matter how many barriers you put up. Someone violating your space in the most horrific way makes you so fearful of looking forward to a new day; someone breaking into your home and stealing your possessions.

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It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and done a ‘Let’s chat with coffee’ post. My workload has seemingly increased now that we’ve entered the end of the seventh month and also because I suck at time management that I was forced to get a diary after all the years of reluctancy of being that person to always remember things without having to write things down.

I’ve learnt quite a lot the last nine months of having to juggle two jobs, a blog, a nagging boyfriend, a frustrating sister whose my photographer and my parents not to mention finding time to spend with friends and catch up on some travels in-between. For me, there is nothing worse than time pressure, especially in a job that is full of deadlines.

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“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination”

This quote is so true! One thing I’ve come across is that we love complaining about how crappy our lives are but if you don’t take control or have a fantasy as to where your life should be heading, then your life will pretty much suck. That’s probably why so many people can’t handle failure.  We envision we’ll get this job or that we’ll see the world for all it’s beauty yet it’s not that simple; either you make sacrifices or work damn hard to impress the interviewer.

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