The Blogging Lecturer

I studied to be a High School Teacher specialising in Food and Nutrition, but even all those years ago I was passionate about food culture and trends around the world. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think of where my journey would take me!

Having lived all my life in Durban, so when I got my first job and had to move to a small town in the middle of almost nowhere, I felt like a fish out of water. Ixopo was the town I lived in and taught at - Ixopo High School where famous South African author Alan Paton was once the headmaster of. The school was a boarding establishment and here I was exposed to a whole new way of life yet within a year boredom set in for this city girl and the call of wanderlust was very strong.

Within weeks I started applying for jobs abroad and a few weeks later I handed in my resignation and headed off to London for the adventure of my lifetime! I had to fend for myself and look after myself in all ways, you could say that this is where I started to actually grow as an adult.

Living so close to Europe, every holiday I'd spent traveling and exploring the world. I did not come back to South Africa with a big fat bank balance but instead a million memories of the world. I loved how multicultural London was and how easy it was to buy and eat food from around the world on literally every street.

Almost a decade later I returned to South Africa and saw Durban through the eyes of a tourist. Everything had changed and now I appreciated things even more. It was at this point I decided to start a blog as a means of sharing my world with the rest of the world.

Round about the same time I started working at a local college as a lecturer in a temporary post which later turned permanent. From lecturing Hospitality and Tourism it seemed the travel bug was still alive and strong. So combining my love for inspiring young minds and my passion for writing the fuel and words seemed to find a way on my blog.

Over the years my blog has afforded me many amazing opportunities from working with well known international brands and even tourism boards. However,  all this did not happen overnight or by luck but with a lot of hard work and perseverance. Having a full-time job means that I often end up missing out on spectacular events which is something that I'm OK with as I know there'll always be others.

Besides my blog and full-time job which requires a lot from me, I am involved in campus life in various activities and committees. So my biggest problem actually is not having enough hours in my day to do it all! For 2018 I have decided to work smarter and to be kinder to myself and not put myself under so much pressure.

Loads of people think the world of blogging is easy and filled with lots of free stuff. Trust me darling, nothing is for free and there is a lot of hard work that happens behind the scenes. Please do not start a blog for the freebies that you think you'll get. Start a blog because you are passionate about writing and because you have something to share.

A day in the life of me:

5am: Wake up and check my phone before getting out of bed. Checking emails and notifications from my various platforms.

7am: Leave for my day job or as my mum says my paying job. In between meetings, lectures and checking emails my day job ends at 3pm.

3:30pm: Head home or head off to run errands. Sometimes I get home and put on my domestic apron and whip up some delightful meals.

6pm: Dinner and watch some TV and relax.

8pm: Work on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Before I know it is after 10pm and time for me to sleep.

Most days are like this but somedays I am up until 2am writing and trying to meet deadlines.

I hope I have given you a glimpse into my world and my life. Do give my blog a read and follow me on my social media platforms to see what takes up all my free time.

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