Currently – August Edition

Can you believe it’s August already? I’m going to sound very clichéd but where has this year gone? So much has been happening and yet, it feels like nothing at all. I’ve been weighed down by a couple of thoughts in my head, thoughts I’m not really prepared to share in too much detail here, I need to get it all sorted out in my head first.

So here’s a snap shot of what’s been happening!

Accepting – And this is a hard one for me, but that some relationships do have an expiry date and that’s ok. That I can’t force someone to give me an explanation for the choices they’ve made and it can be confusing, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of months, wracking my brain and trying to come to a conclusion as to why a friend would toss me aside. Trying to find the reason, or if I’d done or said something. So I’m trying to be ok with getting no explanation and it’s hard for me. I don’t like things being left unsaid. I like to deal with issues as apposed to just walking away. Not that I’m the one walking away, I’m kind of the one left standing here scratching my head and trying to figure out what on earth happened.

Appreciating – that we all cope differently, most especially when it comes to grief. I’ve had a number of people in my life lose someone close to them in the past couple of years and watching them grieve in their own way has been…. insightful. Some people do it with a quiet dignity, others are more vocal. I’m learning to appreciate that while others grief may make me uncomfortable, it is still their’s to experience in whatever way, shape or form they need to.

Feeling – ready for summer. I’m really tired of the dry, itchy skin, the dark mornings and early evenings, the freezing cold and feeling like I’m held hostage by my bed every morning. I hate winter. And while really, we have no reason to complain, what with the short winters here in Jozi, I am over it now. Come on summer!

Excited About – oooh so many things at the moment. 

The #jozimeetup on Saturday, it’s always such a great opportunity to catch up with other bloggers, to chat and share ideas and I so often leave these meetings feeling inspired and with a whole bunch of new ideas.

My business trip to Cape Town next week. It’s a whirlwind trip, in and out but with the way the airlines structure their fees it actually works out cheaper for me to fly home on the Sunday morning and not on the Friday evening, so I get to catch up with a few of my favorite Cape Town peeps next weekend. Did I mention… I’m travelling alone? That means…. no children! I am beyond excited. Although I know that the second I land I’ll be missing my kids and wanting to get back to them!

But what I’m most excited about…… at the tender age of 44…. and I knew it was coming, it’s now or never, I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up to start horse riding again from next month. I am beyond excited! Because life is to short to regret things you didn’t do!

Reading – nothing worth mentioning at the moment, I’ve been using Book Bub and while free books in theory sounds fantastic, you really have to wade through a lot of crap ones to find the ones worth reading. 

I am desperate to read the new Colleen Hoover but it’s $18.24 which is pretty expensive for a Kindle edition at the current exchange rate. I may just bite the bullet and buy it anyway!

Watching – Season 2 of Bloodline because while the first season started slow, it built up so fast and I am hooked and intrigued and desperate to know this is all going to end!

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I’ve also got some cool campaigns lined up for the next few week’s here on my blog, so keep your eyes peeled lots of fun and great prizes to be won!


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  • Reply catjuggles

    I have given up on Book bub – I feel about 95% is nonsense. I do not have much time to read and therefore feel I need to use it to read something great.

    Yeah on the horse riding – I had to stop after the shoulder reconstruction but would still have been riding today

    August 5, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply catjuggles

      Oh and see you tomorrow!

      August 5, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I have never had to many DNF books on my Good Read’s list as I’ve had since I started using Book Bub. So much crap, poorly written drivel! I don’t care if it’s free, my time is worth more than that.

      I am so excited to start riding again. I feel like the time is now, if I wait a few years I may be too old and being at the yard is like my happy place. I just love the horses and land up with my face smooshed into all of their necks! Much to the horror of the riders there but oh well….

      August 5, 2016 at 9:56 am
      • Reply catjuggles

        I am now the mom that hangs around, cuddle horses, feed an entire packet of carrots out per Saturday morning, help everyone mount or adjust stirrups…. and read

        August 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Jodie

    About flying…have you overcome your fear or is it still as daunting! Enjoy the time “alone” in CT 🙂

    August 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Oh no. I’m over it. A few years already. I still don’t LOVE turbulence but otherwise I’m totally fine and comfortable to fly alone too.

      August 5, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Marcia (123 blog)

    Your accepting bit…. exactly that 🙂 I’m still battling to understand some of these but I’m getting to a point where I have to accept I might never have all the answers. (It’s your J :))

    So glad you’re taking up riding again. I went back to flamenco dancing after 23 years and it has been really good for me these last 2.5 years.

    Won’t see you there tomorrow – it’s my birthday!

    August 5, 2016 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s been 24 years since I rode, it’s going to be a challenge and I’m pretty sure it’s going to hurt and I won’t be able to walk properly for a while, but I can’t wait to pursue that passion again. Good for you for following your passion too and happy birthday for tomorrow!

      August 5, 2016 at 10:58 am
  • Reply meganstow

    After experiencing Jozi winter for a few days, I totally get why you wish for summer. The cold is BRUTAL!

    YAY for horse riding! Something I’ve always wanted to do.

    August 5, 2016 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It has been horrid this week. This morning, after coming in from outside after picking up dog poo, and getting in the shower, I actually lost the feeling in my fingers for about half an hour!

      August 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Cassey Toi

    Yay for getting to do awesome stuff. I’m still winning with bookbub, although it has helped me perfect my don’t force myself to finish read the book skill. And it’s helped me come across some amazing reads and authors.

    August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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