Be Mindful. Be Generous. Be Grateful.

An important reminder to be grateful for what you have and be conscious of others.

How To Cure A Hangover

We’ve all been there – a casual night out with friends turns into a night of absolute debauchery. It’s all good and well in the moment, but the next morning we feel as if we’re on death’s doorstep. Headache. Nausea. Fatigue. As horrible as a hangover feels, we never seem to learn. Everyone has their own best remedies for how to cure a hangover so I’ve asked around, read up on the topic and put together surefire ways to help you conquer any hangover.

1. Avoid Coffee – Coffee and some teas contain caffeine which dehydrates you. That’s the opposite of what you want to be doing! Caffeinated drinks will narrow your blood vessels and boost your blood pressure, which won’t help your headache.

2. Drink Water – Alcohol dehydrates your body, being the main cause of your discomfort. Drink as much water as you can to rehydrate and flush out your system.

3. Drink Sports Drinks – Sports drinks contain electrolytes which will re-hydrate you quicker.

4. Greasy Foods – Although there is no scientific reason behind why greasy food should help alleviate the pain of a hangover, many people swear by it. Greasy/oily foods are not a good idea if you’re feeling nauseous. But, getting food in your system is a good idea to give your body the nutrients that it is missing.

5. Visit the Gym – If you can manage a light workout, then you should visit the gym. Exercise will work your muscles to alleviate aches and get your metabolism going. Or if you can’t manage that then you should consider sweating out the toxins in the sauna.

6. “Hair of the Dog” – Some will encourage you to drink more to cure your hangover, but this is only a short-term fix. Drinking more alcohol will just delay your recovery, and you’ll probably just end up suffering from an even worse hangover.

7. Vitamins – You’ve essentially poisoned your body so loading up on vitamins will help get your body back to normal. Bananas and potatoes, in particular, are high in potassium that will have you feeling better in no time.

8. Dry Food – Eating dry food such as toast or crackers or drinking ginger tea/ginger ale will help settle your stomach.

9. Sweet Drinks – Drinking tea with honey or sugary drinks will help balance your blood sugar levels.

10. Sleep – If you can sleep in the next day – do it. Your body is probably sleep deprived because of your big night out. Sleep as much as you can to catch up on the shuteye you’ve missed out on and to allow your body to heal itself.

Of course, prevention is the best cure, but let’s face it, drinking can be fun. Just make sure that you drink responsibly.

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Life is all about balance – don’t you agree? Read my thoughts on the topic here:  How To Maintain A Healthy Balance

How to Maintain a Healthy Balance

My picture of success is having a balance where all areas of my life compliment each other perfectly. Sometimes it’s necessary to reprioritise in order to cope or give special attention to an area we’re wanting to improve. If you’re spending more time at the office to earn that raise you’re hoping for then go for it. But ensure that what you neglect is not to your detriment.This is of course easier said than done. I’ve ready up

However, this is easier said than done. So I’ve read up on the topic and worked on a cycle that I believe can help achieve a healthy life balance.

How to Maintain a Healthy Balance:

  1. Assess What Matters Most to You – Summarise your life into categories. What would the categories be?
  2. Prioritise – If you had to represent that in a pie chart with percentile values of how much time you would ideally like to invest in them, what would that look like?
  3. Reprioritise – From time to time, you’ll need to adjust your focus. That’s okay, as long as long as you understand the implications of that choice.
  4. Monitor – After you’ve adjusted your priorities in accordance with your current goals, be aware of how the change has affected your life and consider the value that has been added or taken away from your overall happiness.
  5. Adjust – Reflect on how effectively you’re maintaining a healthy balance. Not having the time for something is not a good enough excuse. If it’s genuinely important to you, you’ll find the time for it. Assess where you are and where you want to be, then adjust accordingly.

It’s important to be introspective to see if we’re on track with our vision. If something isn’t working, change it. It’s that simple.

Tidy Space, Tidy Mind

In high school, I got into the habit of cleaning and tidying my room almost every weekend. This isn’t to say that it was necessary, but it just became a habit and even enjoyable pastime. Of course, as I’ve grown older, that doesn’t happen nearly as often because finding the time to take a few hours out of my weekend became more difficult. Let’s face it, life gets overwhelming sometimes and so other, more pressing things take preference. But every now and then, I make it a priority to set time aside to reorganize my space for one reason – to take control of my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but hear me out…

I think I owe this tendency, partly, to Monica from Friends. I’m a huge Friends fan and to this day, it is still my favourite sitcom of all time. I would watch back to back episodes in high school and as a result, certain aspects of the 6 character’s personalities stuck with me, influencing the person I am today. Although it is was a running joke throughout the show, Monica’s mentality of cleaning and tidying, in order to achieve a sense of calm and control, has always resonated with me and is probably the most influential notion that has stuck with me.

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Adulting is hard work and finding a balance between work, having a social life and other day-to-day responsibilities doesn’t always leave much time for making sure you spend enough time on yourself. I invest a lot of time in other areas of my life and often neglect my responsibilities to myself. For example, I am a hard worker and I believe that I have a very good work ethic, really pushing myself to be the best I can be. So I don’t mind putting in extra hours at the office. As it is work takes up the majority of my week, but I also have weekly YouTube videos that need to be recorded and edited as well as freelance work that takes up a lot of my free time. As a result, I often find myself putting off certain chores. I like having a neat living space, but sometimes it just isn’t a priority and so a pile of books on my desk, for example, becomes more excusable because (I think) I simply don’t have the time or it isn’t important. But this is actually a big problem.

“Usually we think of self-care only as eating well, getting enough exercise or rest; or service to others as working at a soup kitchen. But maintaining an upright environment, inner and outer, is the way to authentic happiness, which radiates out as genuine public service in myriad forms. The spaces we inhabit can inspire us to feel more whole, sane, relaxed and unencumbered – or the opposite.” – The Practical Psychology of Cleaning Your Room!

You see, your environment has a direct influence on the way you feel, which has an impact on your overall productivity/efficiency in all aspects of your life. Allowing ourselves to neglect minor, seemingly less important tasks actually gives them greater value, making small things feel like an even bigger chore than what they actually are. And, of course, a lot of small things combine to make one big thing. Not only is the accumulation of to-dos a problem, but because you know that this isn’t the way things should be, this adds to the stress you already have from other aspects of your life.

This isn’t the case for everyone, though. Some people tend to flourish in a messy space. For example, creatives by nature go against conventional reasoning. So going against the societal norm of being organised, having a messier environment (workspace and/or living space) can be more conducive to their creativity. Einstein said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

So, what it the moral of the story?

Get to know yourself. It’s important to gauge the impact of your environment on your effectiveness and adjust accordingly. If you’re truly perfectly content with living or working in an untidy environment and either benefit or aren’t affected by the messiness, then you have nothing to worry about. But if you notice that an untidy environment makes you feel unorganised and heightens your anxiety, it’s time to reprioritise.

New Year’s Resolutions – Expectations versus Reality

Whether we admit it or not, we all start a new year with high expectations and with that comes a whole lot of change. We’ve all been there – we start the new year with high hopes of what the coming months are going to be and how we’re going to be different this year. Better. As the weeks go by, though, we realise that this isn’t as easy as we thought it would be and we lose our motivation. This seems to happen every year!

But there’s so much information out there, how do you know what’s useful and what isn’t? To save you the trouble, I’ve scoured the internet to find the five most effective ways to ensure that you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.

1) Be realistic – Don’t set unattainable goals for yourself. If you do, the chance of you actually achieving them is highly unlikely, which will just result in disappointment. So be realistic when setting your goals.

2) Write them down – Having your goals written down creates a sense of accountability. Keeping your goals somewhere visible will act as a reminder of what you’re working towards.

3) Limit your resolutions – Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you try accomplish too much at once, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Be selective with your New Year’ Resolutions and work on the ones that mean the most to you.

4) Stay positive – Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. If you believe you can, then you will!

5) Forgive yourself – Let’s be real, we aren’t perfect and we’re probably going to stumble along the way. That’s okay. Don’t let it discourage you. Acknowledge your slip up and use it as a lesson for moving forward.


I hope you found this useful, but either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ve also created a humorous YouTube video highlighting common New Year’s resolution expectations versus reality. You should definitely give it a watch.

Good luck for the year ahead. Remember that if you are determined enough, then you will succeed.

Singin’ in the Rain Review – South African Tour

The stage production is based on the 1952 film, vastly considered one of the greatest on-screen musicals of all time. I’ve loved the music and story from Singin’ in the Rain ever since I saw it years ago. When I heard it was going to be on stage, I knew I HAD to go and see it.

Thanks to a little help from a friend, I managed to get tickets to the opening night of the first Johannesburg performance of the show. From the moment you near the theatre, you know that it’s going to be a memorable occasion. Dozens of umbrellas are used as decor and even the ushers dress the part in yellow raincoats!

fantomdan reviewThe show was incredible! The production is packed with elaborate costumes, catchy music, stunning lighting, and of course, the rain! Not only were the technical aspects flawless, but the amazing vocals and world class choreography demonstrated that local talent is very much alive and well in South Africa. The months of planning and rehearsals come together effortless resulting in a truly mesmerising experience.

Would I recommend the South African tour of Singin’ in the Rain? Yes! Absolutely. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or know nothing about the story, I guarantee that you will leave the show having loved every minute of it. You are so immersed in the music, dance numbers and story that you feel like you have been transported to another time and can’t help but leave in good spirits.

The entire experience was so amazing that I ended up going again for the final show and the experience was just as magical. Should you get the chance to see it on a stage near you, I recommend you make every effort to see it.

Final thoughts: The translation onto stage was spot on and showcased South African talent at it’s best. 

Want to see more? Watch the video below of my experience at the opening night of Singin’ in the Rain at The Teatro at Montecasino:

Being a Vlogger in South Africa

Being a vlogger on YouTube (or anywhere for that matter) isn’t easy. At first, it may seem like a very daunting task; but if you jump in with both feet, you won’t regret it. The truth is that it’s really easy to be a vlogger. If you put in the time and effort to make really awesome videos, then you’re sure to see results. But most of all, have fun and do it for your own reasons.

The guys over at Tech Report on eNCA (DStv 403) asked me a few questions on what it’s like to be a South African vlogger on YouTube. Here are my answers, which I hope inspire you to take the plunge.

Tech Report is an awesome weekly tech-news TV show on eNCA channel 403 on DStv 403. If you don’t watch it, you should.

Twitter: @eNCAnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eNCAnews

This isn’t meant to be YouTube tutorial, but I realise that many people are looking to start their own channels. If you’d like me to make a video showing you in a few easy steps how to make videos from beginning to end, please let me know in the comments section below.