This is exactly why I’ve been inactive for quite some time. I have been so busy this December, there really was no time to write. So much has happened and in this post, I will be sharing all the things that have kept me so busy this festive season.
From changing jobs to roadtrips and Christmas vibes, here are some of my moments this festive season.
Quitting The Ratrace
I did it! I quit my job and started working for myself and my girlfriend in the family business. A few months ago, I would only have dreamed about this amazing opportunity – don’t we all? I’ve been blessed enough to be able to quit my job.
So..what have I been busy with – you ask?
Well, I’m in the fortunate position to announce that my blog has started to generate some extra cash. It might not be enough to make up a whole salary, but it’s not bad for someone who only started blogging 5 months ago! My blog has helped me grow in so many ways, and I cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for me and my blog!
Apart from the blog, I run a wedding favour business as well, called Stuck on You Succulents.
I supply succulent thank you gifts for weddings, functions and parties and I’ve been quite busy this month as it’s wedding season here in South Africa.
My main job is still to work for Selecta Succulents – a family wholesale business in Cape Town, South Africa. I assist with admin related tasks and run errands for my boss – who happens to be my girlfriend. (I know, right!)
Last but not least, we have started our own little e-commerce business, Mesemb Seeds Shop.
It’s been doing extremely well and I’m so grateful for that! I would never have thought that this little online store would be so successful.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy a roadtrip with my girlfriend and her family this December. I have grown to love this family as my own, and have enjoyed it so much! (Except for one night – which you’ll read about later on).
Ou Tol Cango Retreat – Oudtshoorn
This was our first stop, where we spent one night. I loved this little wooden cabin on the river bank! It’s a beautiful, safe space where the children run around and play on the long grass fields, with activities available free of charge. These include tubes to float in the river, kayaking, a small playground, swings and hammocks right next to the river under the trees.
The atmosphere is tranquil and serene – with beautiful lights hanging everywhere to add ambience. I was a bit sad that we only had one night there, so I would definitely want to go back for a few nights there.
We spent the night braaiing and playing games outside. It was so lovely to spend time with the family! The cottage was clean and cosy, and even has a fireplace for colder nights.
Do check out their website for more pictures of this amazing retreat, as I didn’t get to take very nice pictures due to time constraints! I highly recommend this place if you’re looking for accommodation in Oudshoorn, South Africa.
Cango Caves – Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Wow! I really enjoyed this outing! I might have been one of the few South Africans who has not yet visited the Cango Caves by the age of 29, but it was so worth the wait!
This was definitely a unique experience, seeing all the stalagmites and stalactites in these caves. I must admit that I was a little scared to hear that there are bats flying around in the caves, but I am so glad I did the tour.
The Cango Caves is a famous tourist attraction in South Africa and the photos definitely don’t do it justice. If you’re ever in SA and want to experience this for yourself, please do yourself a favour and make time to go there. It’s really affordable as well, we went for the 60min tour at only 120 ZAR!
Aloe Tented Camp – Kirkwood
Now, this is where the business gets all funny. Here’s me – a city girl going on a road trip, expecting cute little cottages and cozy beds. Damn, was I in for a big surprise.
Turned out our next stop was at Aloe Tented Camp, Kirkwood. Don’t get me wrong – it was BEAUTIFUL there. With outdoor showers and a huge entertainment area and swimming pool – you can’t go wrong.. right?
There were more than enough bathrooms and we all slept in a tented cottage, containing 8 beds. At the time, I was still very much excited about this beautiful venue in the middle of nowhere, where animals are roaming free. That was until I discovered bats flying everywhere, wasp nests, spiders and huge millipedes that looked like snakes!
I was a nervous wreck, to say the least. If you follow my blog, you will know that I have a terrible phobia of anything that crawls and flies. I tried to be strong until just before bedtime, in a matter of 5 minutes, we found a few things in the tented cottage where we were supposed to sleep. A spider, and a bunch of millipedes. Those things were so huge, and they were EVERYWHERE. I just couldn’t keep it together anymore and refused to sleep there. I ended up sleeping in the car that night where I was safe from all crawling and flying things. I was terrified!
The next morning I decided to face my fears and sleep in the tented cottage for the remaining two nights. I’m still alive and didn’t get eaten by anything!
If you’re looking for a real African experience, do check out their website for accommodation available!
Addo Elephant Park
This might have been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. We visited the Addo Elephant Park, where you can drive around the nature reserve and spot wildlife.
Although we didn’t get to see the Lions I was hoping for, we saw quite a few other animals.
The Arms – Sedgefield
This was our last stop where we spent one night, before heading home. With cute cottages, a pub and swimming pool, this called for a great ending to our trip.
The cottages were clean and tidy, with en-suite bathrooms to each bedroom. I welcomed a nice clean bed after my encounter with the millipedes at Aloe Tented Camp! I would love to visit The Arms again for a few nights!
We got home about 2 days before Christmas and still had lot of gift wrapping to do. I enjoyed Christmas so much! Here are a few pictures describing my Christmas.
New Years Eve
We stayed in and had a movie night on New Year’s Eve. It was so lovely just spending quality time with my girlfriend instead of going out to party. We watched Birdbox on Netflix.
How did you celebrate New Year’s? I would love to hear from you in the comments!