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Last week in Australia: Leaving because of the Coronavirus?

This was one hectic week, my had is still spinning.

Monday, 16 March

I woke up ealry to fit in a breakfast and reading session before the start of the day. I went with Mags and Jakob to drop him off at school and I then went to the gym for a morning workout.

After that I got dressed and ready for a couple of hours in the office doing some new accounting tasks. I went back home for lunch where I decided to watch a couple of documentaries(my favourite thing to do in cold weather). I went to the gym for a relaxing yoga hot flow yoga session. When I finished I walked home and watched the sunset as well as talked to my mom for a while. When I got home I talked to my Dad.

We ate dinner and continued with our usual nightly ritualof a tv show. Tonight we watched Married at first sight.

I went to bed checked up on my family and meditated before going to sleep.

Tuesday, 17 March

I woke ip and talked to my dad first thing. He taljed to me and reminded me to use every opportunity to my advantage and to try everything and work hard. Thanks for the morning motivation Pappa!

I then continued to get a coffee, read my book and have breakfast before going with mags and her son again. After dropping Jakob off at school Mags treated me with a 3 pour tea ritual. This was definitely something I will always remember and recommend to anyone. The tea get boiled at 3 different temperatures and with every pour it has a new taste. I also went on a walk that morning before going to the office. I went home for lunch and watched my new guilty pleasure on youtube: secret eaters. Give it a go.

I walked back to the office and listened to the sound of the ocean before doing some work.

That evening I went to the gym and did an abs,butt and thight group workout class. Absolutely brutal. I was covered in sweat from head to toe. With the virus getting worse by the day a part of the class focused on sterilizing all the equipment we used and making sure everything we touched to wiped off.

I booked a bioscore testing for tomorrow morning, it’s a bunch of physical tests to tell you the age of your body based on your lifestyle. I’m actually really excited to find out what my score is.

I walked home after the gym and made sure to walk near the beach while watching the sunset and hearning all the birds in the surrounding trees.

When i got home I skyped my mom,borther and sister, prepared for the night and ate some dinner.

Then I had a dreaded but eye opening conversation with Mags. Whether I shoul go home before all the borders close of stay in Australia when everything shuts down internationally. The virus is so unpredictable as well as how people react to it. I talked to my mom and dad afterwards and no one knows what to do.

I pushed away the stressful thoughts and focused on getting a good nights sleep after meditating.

Wednesday, 18 March

I woke up early, skyped my Mom and Dad and went to the gym for my bioscore testing. After a quistionare, measured and physical tests including TRX rows, the rowing machine, jumping, core work, agility etc. I was totally tired. Who knew the test would be a nice workout. I then went home got dressed for my 9 to 5 had breakfast, read and prepared my lunch.

At work all everybody was talking about was the travel bans and international borders shutting. I took this as a sign to think more about the decision I had to make. I would want to be with my family when the whole world decides to do quarantine.

For lunch I went and found a sunny spot(this was the first day the sun shone in a while) to eat at while I read my book about nutrition. I then went back to work and finished the day. Throughout the day I made sure to check the news frquwntly on more info about the Australian international borders.

I walked home and called my mom and we talked mire about my situation.

When I got home I grabbed my stuff and we all went down to the beach for dinner. It was really cold and windy but still enjoyable with an amazing view. After a while we all went home and everyone finished their dinners. I went to bed before 8 as I was absolutely exhausted.

Thursday, 19 March

I woke up and saw a flight ticket that my parents sent me on our family group chat. The ticket is for tomorrow. My heart started racing, everything happend so fast in this moment. I immediately skyped my dad to ask whats going on. He said that they thought it was the best thing to do. For me to get home safe and be sure of being with my family. I was relieved that a defision was made but I definitely wasn’t prepared for it to be this soon. I was happy to be with my family, but not happy to leave all the people I’ve met here. I talked to Mags for a while and also called the embassy for some advise, they also just said that changes where going to be made soon and advised me to go home as soon as I can.

I had a quick breakfast and then went for a last walk to take everything in for a last time. I’m flying tomorrow at 11am. Its crazy. My mind couldn’t understand the situation I’m in. When I got home I started packing all my things.

After lunch I went to see the beach I went to almost everyday. I had a last swim and layed in the beach for a while.

Later that day I went with Mags to the office. Payed for my ticket and scheduled cancellations for all my things. I walked to the gym to get my Bioscore results. The Trainrt that gave me my results said that she was really amazed with my results and that I should continue with my lifestyle as its working great for me. I then ended my membership and walked back to the office. Mags took me to my 9 to 5 job so that I can inform enveryone on whats going on. I’m going to miss the people there. Everyone was so welcoming and nice the whole time.

When we got home me and Mags went to the beach for a sundowner. We took some bubbles and pastries ( dankie vir die amper surprise Mags! Jys amazing! ) . We had another swim and enjoyed some time in the sun.

This is the most bizarre 24 hours of my life. I woke up and found out I’m flying back to South Africa tomorrow morning. My head is still spinning.

One of the hardest things for me was leaving my Australian family behind. Thank you for everything, you guys made me feel at home and part of the family from the very start. I really made some soul connections with you. I will definitely be back!

We had dinner and had a last nightly ritual. Jakob also gave me some presents which made my night so much better.

I went to bed after double checking if i had everything and making a list of everything I had to do tomorrow morning.

What a day. I’m absolutely shocked.

Friday, 20 March

We all woke up early because Mags wanted to take me to Bondi beach before the airport. We drove for a couple of hours. It was just before the sunrise when we parked next to Bondi beach . While watching the sun come up over this amazing view I skyped my parents and told them I’ll see them later. I can’t believe I’m going home after only a month and a half. Me mags and Jakob went for some breakfast and I had one amazing açai bowl! We watched the sun come up before walking back to the car. We took a route with an ocean view on our way to the airport in Sydney. I checked in my luggage. And then a hard moment came: greeting my family. My heart ached while saying goodbye and I definitely wished I didn’t have to. But I know I’ll see them again. I love you guys!

I went through security and waited to board at my gate. I was still dumbstruck because of everything that is happening.

I boarded the plane full of South Africans, I already flet like I was home. A 14 hour flight waited for me. A watched a couple of movies, slept a couple of hours had a couple of nice meals and checked the time remaining to SA a lot of times. I can’t wait to see my family. We landed in South Africa and I knew I was home as soon as I saw all the farms and beautiful land below me. I landed, had to fill in a form asking things of me to make sure I don’t have the Coronavirus. I went to grab mu luggage. My heart started racing, I’m so close to my family. I walked quickly and when I reced the arrivak gate I saw my dad and sister and my mom running to me with tears in her eyes.

I couldn’t believe I was with my family again. We jumped in the car and on our way home had the view of one amazing sunset. I talked about everything I experienced on the way home and felt so warm being in the presence of my people again. At home i had dinner and we all sat outside and talked for hours catching up.

Saturday and Sunday

Waking up at 4am and unpacking. Sleeping at 2pm and a Coronavirus testing followed in this weekend. My sleeping schedule was out and I had to self isolate in my room and wear gloves and a mask while roaming in the house. But I was just glad to be home before the borders closed.

How I’m feeling

This was a hard decision to make. I am really sad to have left Australia in such a hurry without proper greetings to everyone and with so much I still wanted to do and explore.

On the other side I’m glad to be home in a time with so much uncertainty and breaking news everyday. This pandemic is really scary and we all need to do our part so stay safe and stop the spread. #stayhome.

I believe I made the right decision to come home .

My plans for the rest of the year:

I have already done and am still doing a lot of online courses. Education is really important to me.

I also plan on starting online university through UniSa.

I don’t think I would be able to travel for the rest of the year. At this point there’s international travel bans and peronally i dont think this would change anytime soon.

While South Africa has its 21 day lockdown I plan on getting my life together, learning more about myself and finding what I want to do with my life.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I hope this was a source of entertainment for you during this quarantine time.

We will get through this rough time if we stick together.

Thanks to Mags, Anthony, Jakob, Sofia , Lukas and of course Guss for treating me like another addition to the family. My time spent with you will always warm my heart and be remembered. I love you guys!

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What my 5th week in Australia looked like

Another amazing week spent with amazing people and trying new things. I’m getting used to living here and learning new things everyday. I lived every moment of this week.

Monday, 9 March

A cold start to the week. I woke up and read to start my day off. I then went to work with Mags for the day. After that I walked home in the cold weather and decided to watch a documentary. I got ready and went to the local Jungle gym workout. Its like hiit based workouts outside. Today we did glute and ab focused workouts with sprints on the beach. When we finished I walked along the beach and took a mini hike to a point where I could see the sunset. I sat and waited and watched. I love sunsets and sunrises. Every minute it changes into another form or colour. Its totally mesmerizing. I walked home after that. We ate soup for dinner and watched some Tv shows. I skyped my parents and went to bed. A gloomy day ended off on the best way possible.

Tuesday, 10 March

I woke up a bit earlier today. I skyped my parents and got ready for the day. Me and Mags went to the doctor after taking her son to school. She has been feeling sick for a couple of days. The most bizarre thing happend. Because she had flu like symptoms she had to stay outside the building and they did the check up on her outside. When she walked back to me she wore a medical face mask. She didn’t have Coronavirus but while wearing the mask people looked pretty scared. We went to grab some things in a shop and there was signs with the maximum amount of handsanitiser per customer. What a weird time for the world. I feel like where going to make history with this. In a couple of years people are going to study what we went through( my mind is obviously blown). We went home and i walked to the office for a couple of hours of work. I’m learning new things everyday, It really excites me. I then went to the gym for an evening leg day workout and practised my flexibility afterwards. I decided to walk to the beach. I layed down on the sand and just listened and tried to be mindful. This is the most amazing way to end off your day. When I got home I read a little more. I’m reading a book about nutrition and I’m totally fascinated. Jakob, Mags’ son said he had a surprise for me and gave me his stikeez.(Picture below) It’s heartwarming to know that in a couple of weeks he he managed to become a brother to me. Me and the family did our usual ritual. Dinner , Married at first sight, Schitts creek and bed time. I skyped my parents and went to bed after some meditation( i highly recommend this if you struggle to stop thinking while trying to sleep)

Wednesday, 11 March

I woke up to the sound of rain outside. I started my day relaxed and slowly with some coffee breakfast and reading. We went to drop of Jakob after some shopping. The grocery store shelves are starting to become more and more empty. People are starting to stock up on stuff because there are a lot of rumors of a potential lockdown. I walked to my 9 to 5 job and jumped right into work. For my lunch break i went to a cafe, Three doors down and had some banana bread. I went back to work afterward. I’m so fortunate to be working alongside such amazing and kind people. They managed to make me feel so welcome here. After work I walked to the gym and had a Push day workout. I walked home and did a quick shower and got dressed. Me, Mags and her daughter are going to a nice restaurant this evening as a girls night outing. It was one of the nicest places I’ve been to. To quote Mags:” It feels like your at the bahamas”. We sat and watched the sun go down while enjoying our time together. I ate some new foods and tried some new drinks. That was one of my goals for this year. New things every week! Thank you so much Mags for this awesome treat, it’s definitely a night to remember.

Since I’ve arrived in Australia I’ve been attracting pineapples. It’s the weirdest thing but here are some examples.

Thursday, 12 March

I woke up had by coffee and breakfast and read for a while beafore going to the office. Another day full of learning how to do new things. After the day in the office. I got dressed in lighter clothes and went on a 5km walk along the beach. This was so relaxing. I forgot about everything and focused on the sand between my toes, the sun against my skin and the sound of the ocean right beside me. I went back to the office just to be in Mags’ aura and cozy space and read some more. I googled the meaning of a pineapple. Heres what I found.

Pineapples are also considered an expression of “welcome” throughout the South and symbolizes assets we appreciate in our home – friendship, hospitality and warmth.

How crazy is that! I definitely feel welcome here. I feel like I found my family away form home! Me and mags went to the Basin to end of the day with a refreshing swim and sunset. We ate dinner ate home and watched one of our favourite shows: Gogglebox. To end off the night I talked to my parents, meditated and fell asleep.

Friday, 13 March

Friday the 13th! But nobody realized because all the rave is around the Coronavirus recently. I woke up had a coffee and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. Its the first day with nice weather in the morning. I walked past some locals and talked to them. Australia really has some of the nicest people. After watching one of the most beautiful sunrises i went back home to start my day and get ready for my 9 to 5. I had breakfast, read a bit and skyped with my dad. I went to the office and worked for a couple of hours. For lunch I decided to pick a new cafe and went to the Black board cafe. I had a nut cookie, black coffee and read my book about nutrition. I went back and finished all my work. After work I went to the gym for a Pull day and abs workout. I walked home and had a nice evening. We tried to order pizza but it couldn’t get delivered. Reason: Coronavirus. I skyped my parents( Ek mis julle baie vandag!) And went to bed excited to sleep in tomorrow.

Saturday, 14 March

I woke up earlier than expected.( Thanks to a really irritating moth😂). Its stroming outide and freezing. I love this weather, it always feels cozy and like you could just sit and watch movies all day. We had some errands to do and we explored another part of Sydney. When i got home i got dressed and me Mags and Sofia jumped in the car on our way to Warringha Mall. This is the first time I went to intentionally buy something in Australia. The mall was massive and it was interesting to compare it to what we have in South Africa. We went home and had a cozy evening with some really nice fried rice for dinner. The rest of the night was spent together with Pirates of the Caribbean in front of the tv. I talked to my parents before going to bed.

Sunday, 15 March

A uneventful day. Perfect for the end of a busy week. I woke up and got dressed in cozy,warm clothes and spent the morning reading and drinking coffee. We went to go look at granny flats and spent the rest of this cold day meal prepping for the rest of the week. I wrote my blog that evening( shameless plug: go read my other weekly blogs about Australia if you haven’t yet. I committo post each week and love hearing feedback from you!) We watched tv and had dinner. I talked to my Parents and prepared myself for the upcoming week by doing some planning and setting up my goals.

My favourite moments of the week:

  1. Our Girls Night: a boujee experience that i will never forget. Thank you Mags!
  2. Getting to know the people I work with: once again, people in Australia are so nice and welcoming. I loved having some interesting conversations with the people.
  3. Having some mindful moments: sunsets, sunrises or trips to the beach mixed with some meditation. I always make time to free my mind of negative thoughts and just try to focus on the moment.
  4. Contacting my Family. Its nice to know whats going on at home. Whether its through skype, whatsapp of just a call hearing from them makes me feel closer to home.

Thank you so much for reading my blog! I really hope you enjoyed this one. I would love to hear from you. If you have any suggestions please comment down below.

Have a lovely day!

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Why I’m taking a gap year

The most dangerous risk of all- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

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The beginning of my journey

The day I decided to make 2020 my gap year: it was a Saturday and I was between study sessions for my prelim exams. I went to my mom beacause I wanted to express how tired, stressed and frustrated I was.

Before that day I talked alot to my parents about these feelings. The sentence I repeated over and over was ,”I dont want to graduate high school, go to university, get a job, get married and have children and then when I’m 70 realize that I didnt do anything extraordinary with my life”. How could anyone think this when they’re given this amazing gift to live?

I’m usually the positive person in any group. The one that encourages others to look past the problem and see the potential. My positive side is also mixed with my type A personality. While I we were busy with prelims I obviously studied hard. When I got home or woke up I basically sat in my room and studied until the sun went down (sometimes I watched the occasional tv show when I had a break). And often with my study breaks I felt guilty throughout the whole resting time because “I wasn’t busy studying”.

No one was pushing me to do this, I am fortunate to have parents that give us freedom to decide almost everything for ourselves. So if I don’t want to study for a test its my choice, if i want to have a distinction its also my choice.

So back to the day i decided to take a gap year. I went to my mom and told her jokingly that I would love to take a gap year. And that I don’t know how I will be able to go back to studying again after a short matric vacation. Even though I was that person a couple of months previous to this that couldn’t understand why anyone would waste their time on taking a gap year. She said something along the lines of ,” so doen dit dan”.

Its safe to say that I burned myself out. I felt like all you have to do your whole life is work. High school, university then your job. I realize now how this was out of the ordinary for me to think like this, I also realize how worn out I was.

In that moment (as cliche as it sounds) it felt like a weight was lifted of my shoulders. So we began thinking of all our family members around the world that I could go visit. Once we had a list we bagan contacting them.

My dad loved the idea and I’m truly blessed that he can make these visits possible for me. He told me that I should make the most of this year. Because later in my life a year off isn’t going to be this easy. He encouraged me to talk to everyone I met and to try to learn something from each person.

I’m excited for this journey. My first stop is Australia. Because I think I want to become a chartered accountant one day (but I still have a little doubt) I’m going to work as an intern at an accounting company. By doing this I’ll be able to see if this is truly the career I want to have.

I want to end my first blog by saying that this is my way to document my journey for myself and for anyone that wants to follow along. I am so grateful for this opportunity and still can’t believe this is happening. I’m flying to Sydney at the beginning of February 2020.