“She was afraid of heights but she was more afraid of not flying” – Atticus
The 20s are a time when we search for ultimate happiness and success and we somehow feel like we should have it all figured out. Just when you think you have it all figured it out life comes at your faster than ever before and you feel as though your world is falling apart right infront of your eyes.
Therein lies the moment when you should feel sorry for yourself (but not for too long) and get up and try again.
Over the past few weeks I have learnt that every “bad” situation is actually created to make us stronger and teaches us more about ourselves and you wouldn’t go through whatever you are going through if you weren’t strong enough to handle it.
The true lesson is:
“We live in a world of duality, every disadvantage contains its opposite, an advantage so there is something good buried within every seemingly bad situation” – Rhonda Bryne
So it’s ok not to have everything figured out but do not be afraid to fall because it’s another chance to get back up again and be great! So put on your big girl pants, put on some gangster music and try again.
At what point in life are you supposed to have it all figured out? Know exactly what you want to do with your life – with who, when, where and how? Does that point ever even come? Or is life really just a work in progress…where we figure things out in bits and pieces as we go?
For some reason there seems to be so much pressure to know it all – have it all NOW. Or am I the one putting the pressure on myself? Sometimes it’s really hard to tell. I guess it’s just one of those things I need to learn. Every person’s journey is different…we reach different milestones at different stages. And above all else…I can’t let anyone else dictate where in my life I should or should not be. It’s me vs me in this life. And that’s all I need to worry about.
It has been over 2 years since I wrote something here, I always had a million and one excuses as to why I stopped blogging – “I work now, I don’t have time or I need to think of new content” but looking back, time has always been there and the content has always been there however I never made this a priority. This very blog is what landed me my first job in the creative industry and was one of my main priorities however people’s priorities change.
In the beginning of 2017 I decided that I would blog again (New Years resolutions) however it took me 5 months to actually do it. I woke up today and thought, it’s time I take the leap of faith and actually do it. I am currently reading The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and the main lesson I have learnt so far in the book is to just say yes, take risks and the rest will figure itself out.
So this is me taking the Leap of Faith and saying Yes to blogging again, a lot has changed since 2014 but MassEgo Square is still the place to be.
It is officially exam season which means its all about dedicating long hours of the day and night studying. Yesterday I completed and submitted my first take home exam and had to reward myself because often we accomplish things yet we forget to reward ourselves so last night I decided to reward myself with a little treat so off I went to The Zone in Rosebank and I saw this huge gold and brown store.
As you may or may not know Magnum has just turned 25 and in line with this big accomplishment they have launched a pop up store that allows you to create your own Magnum, when I read about this on social media I got excited over the fact that I could make my own unique Magnum. Arriving at the Magnum store there was a queue and excitement filled the air as people stood in the queue taking selfies and deciding which toppings and chocolate flavour they had wanted for their ice-cream.They say good things come to those who wait and indeed they do after 20 minutes in the queue it was my turn and I chose a classic chocolate coating for my Magnum topped with goji berries, almonds and honey comb. The ice-cream was absolutely amazing and I was transported to a world of chocolate and vanilla with every bite and it was totally different than the normal Magnum ice-cream that one gets at a normal store.
I suggest you go to the pop up store and try it out before the store closes because it is only open for eight weeks so you have six more weeks to go try out this amazing experience and gain a different perspective on a Magnum.
The past few weeks of Honours has been super challenging and it all has about been work, tutoring and the next deadline. Life as I know it had changed so I was in real need of a pamper session and relaxation. I often receive emails from GroupOn daily and when I saw a special for a spa treatment and overnight stay at Hands on Retreat I grabbed it with both arms and couldn’t miss such an opportunity.
Firstly the special was reasonable and I had never been for a spa treatment and couldn’t think of a better time to go for my first spa treatment and get to relax during the little “break” I had from varsity. So I planned with a friend of mine and immediately booked the special on GroupOn even though I was skeptical at first because it had been my first online shopping experince and I had heard of scams and false advertising on online stores but it was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had gotten so sucked in by my work that I forgot to take care of myself so I got a full body massage which is the best thing ever, (definitely need spa days more often) and an overnight stay including breakfast for me and my special friend for only R1350.
Hands On Retreat is a sleep spa in Craighall Johannesburg which offers 1/2 day spa treatments or you can sleepover. When I arrived at Hands on Retreat it seemed as though I was not in Johannesburg anymore because the place is calming and has a lot of trees and a river runs through the spa so it was indeed what I needed at the time, I needed a quiet getaway where I could relax and forget about other things for a while. The staff are friendly and immediately make you feel at home.
It was really a time for firsts and I definitely found and enjoyed a new experience. I enjoyed my day at Hands on Retreat and I feel revitalized and ready to go through the last stretch of Honours and I recommend anyone who needs a getaway in Johannesburg to try them out.
Music is the universal language which can bring people together and make people unleash their inner dance diva’s at the drop of a beat. I listen to all genres of music from all over the world but today I was impressed at how far SA music has come.
I am proud of the current SA music scene and I just light up when I hear music that resonates with me and has lingo that I as a South African girl can understand. We often critcise our musicians for either being too flashy, producing mediocre videos or just trying to be American but never pat them on the back for doing well.
I sit at home watching Channel O Crispy Fresh music videos and 5 out of the 6 videos I watched were South African hip hop music videos which were beautifully shot with catchy beats and unique dances for each song, such things make me proud to see how far we’ve come as a country and I love that our own channels play our own music and has SA music on heavy rotation.
MassEgo’s Top 5 SA songs:
1. DJ Dimplez feat Dream Team and Anatii _ Yaya
2. AKA feat KO _ Run Jozi
3. MaE _ Gogo
4. KO feat Kid X _ Cara Cara
5. DJ Cndo _ Yamnand’into
I have a love for fashion probably like every girl does and I take shopping VERY seriously. I shop in various different places from down town R1 stores to commercial shops in big fancy malls. There are a lot of quotes out there who say style comes from the ability of being able to mix expensive and reasonable clothing but still looking like a million dollars.
I stumbled upon a corridor of fashion and clothes that cater for everyone and doesn’t break the bank. Often my friends and family would tell me about Small Street in in Johannesburg CBD as the best place to shop in town. Despite the high crime and the high probability of losing my phone or being mugged I took a trip to Small street with a couple of my friends and found the best gems ever. As a student this place was like heaven to me because on my student budget I could still afford to look amazing and with not much effort at all.
Small Street is a street full of clothing stores which spans across approximately 6 blocks in the Joburg CBD and with over a 100 stores. It is always full of people walking up and down and then loud music bursts from the stores with shop assistants who try persuade you If ever you are around town and feel like a shopping spree go to Small street but make sure to be accompanied by someone who is familiar with the place.
Out of the gems i found during my shopping spree in town this army green jacket with leather sleeves which I purchased at Mr Ty and my best buy at only…..R120 🙂
I am a girl who loves my food and especially soul food which will leave me begging for more and this is the exact experience I had at the Pata Pata restaurant in Maboneng. I have been to Maboneng several times but I had never been to any of the restaurants around there and I had always heard people rave about Pata Pata and I had also seen Instagram pictures so I took a drive to the inner city with my sister for lunch.
Pata Pata is a restaurant which is named after the late Mama Miriam Makeba’s hit song and it has a nice African theme decked out with vintage furniture which makes you feel like you are in a Jazz club from the 50’s. African and house beats serenade you while you enjoy a warm meal from their menu which offers everything for everyone.
I had their stuffed chicken breasts which melted in my mouth and made my tummy happy so if you don’t mind taking a drive into the City definitely try out Pata Pata restaurant in the Maboneng Precinct and you won’t be dissapointed.