The Easter Weekend That Wasn’t

It’s the day before Good Friday, as a good Catholic one should refer to it as Holy Thursday, but I don’t qualify. We’re about to go into one of the most auspicious long weekends of the Christian calendar and I’m demotivated. Drained. Defeated. Two weeks into lockdown, day 14, and I have no rhythm. Zero…….

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One Week In…

What the lockdown has already revealed We’re exactly one week into lockdown and just three days into the second quarter of 2020. The year of our turnaround. Yes, we’ve had a turnaround, just not the one we were expecting. Barely one month ago, South Africa was still largely unphased by the looming Covid-19 threat. The……

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Working Through The Chaos

It’s been more than five months since I’ve written a personal piece. Feels strange. Writers are always told, “just write”. Even if you don’t feel like it; even if it’s not great. It’s the only way to improve your craft. And then there’s the dreaded ‘writers block’… There hasn’t been a lack of content. On……

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Birthdays Signal Growth

Another year has passed. No ramblings about time flies and all those things. Just a brief reflection on my 2018 sentiment that birthdays are for gratitude. They always should be. All the love, the attention, the gifts. Another year. I’m immensely thankful for all that I have. It’s a daily narrative, actually; not every minute……

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The Power Of Purpose

I recently found myself at a workshop to discuss the creation of free trade zones on the continent. Facilitating and promoting intra-African trade should not just be about accessing the massive potential of a largely untapped market. For South Africans, it should be a firm indication that we believe that we’re African, that we’re indelibly……

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Why Are We Stressing Out Our Kids?

Robyn Thekiso education children kids

Taking our kids to school has opened up a whole new world for me. Watching young talent develop and being an integral part of these formative years is awe-inspiring. I’m learning new things and making new friends. It feels like I’m back at school; it’s definitely an education. I love the camaraderie amongst the parents,……

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Learning To Love Change

Feels like a lot of doom and gloom at present. And death. Since this weekend, we’ve heard of the deaths of prominent South Africans, almost on a daily basis. Dr Thandi Ndlovu, founder of Motheo Construction, over the weekend; Gavin Watson, of Bosasa fame, on 26 August and Ben Said, renowned journalist, on the same……

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Love Is All You Need

My last post on 1 January gave insight into my contemplative state as I navigate my way through to reach the same age as my Mum at the time of her death. As I’ve said before, birthdays are for gratitude, and Mr T celebrated his recently which spurred me out of my writing hiatus. RobynWrites……

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New Year, New You?

The first day of the new year is always high with expectation. At least that’s how it used to be for me. As a young woman, I remember the pressure of always having to ‘do something’ or be somewhere fabulous on New Year’s Eve. How things have changed. Last night was like most other weekend……

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I Am Not My Hair…

Let’s talk about hair. It’s not just a halo to the perceptions of our beauty, it has deep roots in many of the ‘-isms’ that confound women. It creates insecurities, keeps us struggling to reach beauty standards that are unattainable. Hair, along with body image, often become shackles that occupy us for hours either enhancing……

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