I didn't think I would continue blogging, if I'm honest. After all, the last proper post was in April. I mean, yes, sure I posted a few days ago but I mean a real post. The thing is, I've been stuck in a rut. I'm uninspired, unmotivated and losing my passion for blogging. I was sick of being stuck in a routine of talking about beauty and that's one of the reasons this blog has just become a a digital platform of expression - sharing sustainable things, poetry, videos, music etc. I don't want to categorize myself into a little niche when I could be doing so much more. And that's what I want to do - more. But, before we get into all of that, here's what's been going on.
I've been traveling more than I've actually been "home" - aka in my college dorm room - this year. I live abroad in the Netherlands and this year I've visited Sweden, Malta, Belgium and Bali. I am currently back in South Africa and all I can say is that so far 2018 has been a dream. I'm so happy to be seeing more and experiencing more of what this wonderful world has to offer. Sweden was initially part of a trip for my study association, Malta was a super spontaneous trip with my best friend, I went to Belgium with said best friend to go see the Lana Del Rey Concert and Bali was, in a sense, for my 21st birthday. All of these countries have got me counting my blessings and I am humbled by how amazing and unique each place is and especially how big the world truly is.
I've recently finished my second year and have one more year to go - eep! You see, I have a love-hate relationship with university. I adore my campus and living in The Netherlands but I wish I had given my study more thought. I would love to become a journalist, or a writer of some kind, so this was the correct course to choose. It's just a bit tough at times, in terms of not having as many subject options in English, because it impacts my future career prospects. Overall, I really enjoy university life if we're talking about the campus, where I stay and who I'm friends with and what my friends and I get up to in our spare time. The housing situation is a different story. In South Africa, people have the option to live on campus but in the Netherlands you just kind of just get an apartment or share a house and pay rent for your room. It's great because you're independent and usually GWE and wifi are all included, but you don't always know who you'll be living with and let me tell you, there are tons of characters I've recently been exposed to. For those of you wondering, I'm planning to obtain a Masters degree in Global Communication.
Living sustainably - wow, what a challenge! After coming home and seeing how many cool zero waste stores Cape Town has to offer, I'm feeling a little sad knowing I'll have to scavenge around to live as close to zero waste as I possibly can when I return to The Netherlands. Places like Nude Foods and Shop Zero make it easy to be sustainable, especially if you are on a budget, which is convenient if you're a college student like me. I've been doing quite well if I say so myself; plastic free skincare and grocery shopping is so easy with the correct tools. I still go secondhand shopping from time to time and shop at the local market.
I'm currently in South Africa and I'm very excited to return back to The Netherlands for my third year which begins in September. Then it'll be Autumn, my favourite season. I know a lot has changed for me this summer and going back will be a goodbye to many things but it'll be a challenging year of growth as I complete my final year and figure out what else I want to accomplish. I'm looking forward to wrapping things up, redecorating and reorganizing my room and overall, just getting more involved on campus. I'm just focusing on myself right now.
Thank you for still keeping up with my little corner of the internet. I'm excited to show you what's next. All my love always,