For every single day this month, I’ve been posting short updates on my new Patreon page. Highlights include top personal development advice from Chris Guillebeau (who featured me on his Side Hustle School podcast!), Copyblogger, the Harvard Business Review, Headspace, Lifehacker, Outside Magazine, Raptitude, Seth Godin, The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Simple Dollar, and Zen Habits.
Stay tuned for more great resources to make this your best year yet!
This month, I’m thrilled and honoured to be selected as the winner of IFWTWA’s annual Excellence in Journalism Award! More exciting is the news that, starting in 2018, I’ll be posting daily updates in a private community on Patreon to keep you inspired throughout the year. Hope to see you there!
As the holiday season approaches, you might be feeling busier than ever. Fortunately, this month’s newsletter includes advice on fighting internet and technology addiction as well as details on how Quickspazais simplifying the process of shopping for food. Speaking of which,JarBar is delivering healthy meals around Cape Town while the annual Eat Out Awardshonours South Africa’s culinary stars.
Ultimately, most of what we fear isn’t real. More than that, real fears can even make our lives better. As Seth Godin writes: “Fear, loneliness, anger, shame and hunger. They drive us. They divide us. They take us away from our work, our mission, our ability to make a difference. And yet, sometimes, they fuel our motion, leading to growth and connection.”
In business news this month, non-profit organisation Book Dash is on a mission to make sure every child in South Africa owns at least a hundred books by the age of five while ethical fashion company I Scream & Red is on a mission to change the world one stitch at a time. There’s more from The Voice Clinic with tips on how to overcome the fear of public speaking while I offer ten leadership lessons from Machiavelli.
In entertainment news, Danelle Malan chats about the fifth anniversary of web comic Cottonstar while Travis Pastrana continues to perform around the world with the Nitro Circus. And in drinks news, Bottega is giving South Africans a taste for ‘la dolce vita’ thanks to its Italian prosecco while the Breedekloof Valley is producing award-winning wines and local drinks.
Clearly, there’s a lot to disocver if you take your time. Tommy Collard said it well in his Namib Desert Tour: “If you drive fast, you’ll see only plants and sand. But if you slow down and look closely, you’ll see that the desert is full of life. You just have to train your eyes to see it.”
There are more inspiring entrepreneurs all over the country, including Reel Gardening, Grove Audio, and Mellowcab. So if you want to be a success too, always remember that nothing insurmountable is standing in the way of you and your dreams.
In business news, Tshepo Sedumo is crafting handmade boomboxes inspired by nostalgia with Grove Audio, Jen Gurecki is using small loans to make a big impact on the lives of rural Kenyan women with Zawadisha, and career coach Ben Fanning has practical advice to help you love a job you hate.
Travel news this month takes us on a winter escape to the Tintswalo Atlantic boutique hotel in Hout Bay as well as on a laidback sailing trip with MadagasCaT Charters & Travel. Indeed, as I discovered on my train trip with Rovos Rail, taking time out to slow down and relax is the greatest luxury of all.
It might be cold outside but you can warm up with the 10 best red wines for winter. And speaking of fine wines, Charles Back of Fairview Wine and Cheese talks about winning the annual 1659 Honorary Award (the most prestigious accolade in the wine industry) while Ntsiki Biyela reflects on her journey to becoming the first black female winemaker in South Africa.
What about you? If you’re feeling a bit worn out at this half-way point of the year, career news this month covers how to handle depression and stress at work while Tshepo Sedumo of Grove Audio has some useful job advice: “It’s good to be safe but it’s better to be happy. It might be harder to reach your goals but once it pays off everything else will follow.”
Speaking of people making a difference, Zaid Philander shares his quest to change the world through ethical fashion at I Scream & Red. And in music news, Matthew Wild of Cape Town Opera talks about his love for the stage while Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers opens up about touring the globe.
Summer is almost over for those of us in the southern hemisphere but there’s still time to enjoy the sunshine. So take a sip on Sxollie Cider or join Motherland Brewers at Cape Town’s brand new craft beer bar. And while we’re on the subject of good food and drinks, Andrea Mullineux talks about winning an award for winemaker of the year, Scot Kirton is serving up something special at his new Foxcroft restaurant, and my latest Edgars Club column highlights the best drinks for March.
As Leo Babauta writes in Zen Habits, right now could be the moment you’ve been waiting for: “What if we stopped working for something later, and instead started paying full attention to right now? What if we stopped thinking happiness is coming soon, and tried to see what was in front of us, and find happiness in that? What if this were the moment we’ve been waiting for all along?”
Speaking of the world, there’s a lot to discover with this month’s travel stories. DJ Black Coffee opens up about how spinning the globe has changed his life, VoiceMap is offering authentic self-guided tours with its innovative app, Ghana is sharing its vibrant culture, and Mamre is giving visitors to the West Coast a taste of a town untouched by time. All you need to do is follow the traveller’s guide to luggage, pack your bags, and get ready to go!
In theatre news, the three leads of West Side Story talk about their journeys to the stage while Sandra Prinsloo and John Kani are set to appear in a local adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy. And speaking of things to get excited about, entrepreneur Zibu Masotobe is proud to be included in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.