Happy Birthday to my blog!

‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’

‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’

― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

One year old today! Continue reading

Instructions for writing about Africa

A satirical, very pointed, quite painful, set of instructions for writing a novel about Africa (for Non-African readers). I thought my clichéd “white person on safari” photo accompanied it rather nicely. Continue reading

Success

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Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.

There is nothing you cannot do

When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think what am I going to do today, or tomorrow, or think about what I did yesterday. I think today is going to be the best day of my life.

– Tao Porchon-Lynch 

It’s Monday, and I thought a little inspiration was in order … Continue reading

Life is like coffee

Here’s a 3 minute video to help give you a little perspective for the week ahead. Why not watch it while you sip your Monday morning coffee … guaranteed it’ll be the best coffee you drink all week. Continue reading

Never stop pursuing your dreams

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

– Gabriel García Márquez

The danger of a single story

The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns of the danger of hearing only a single story about another person or country. Continue reading

The Shock of the Fall

The worst thing about this illness isn’t the things it makes me believe, or what it makes me do. It’s not the control that it has over me, or even the control it’s allowed other people to take.

Worse than all of that is how I have become selfish.

Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps us forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.

– The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer