What time is it?

You would’ve noticed that it’s been a while since my last blog post. So many adventures to share with you, but first, a personal note from me to you!

Whilst the “experts” say content should be posted often, keep the reader interested and engaged, and all those wonderful things to grow your audience, it’s important to take some time out for yourself, to take stock, to reflect, to simply be…I’ve done just that over the month of August, and then some 😉

This ME time has been invigorating and positive. It’s given me a fresh perspective on my life and business, and helped me grow in a way I never imagined.

There’s no worse feeling in the world than feeling like you’re in limbo, stuck in a rut so to speak. So if you’re feeling that way I can highly recommend putting YOU first. Be it as simple as switching off your phone, running a bubble bath & just shutting yourself off from the world, lying in your garden looking up into the sky and making cloud animals or getting on a plane and traveling to a destination unknown, you will never realize the importance of ME time until you make it happen!

Chicken soup for the soul has been tried and tested. It’s left me feeling good and hopeful but ME time has left me feeling whole and more alive than ever before! I’d love to share my recipe with you!

Until next time remember that sometimes you just need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and who you’d like to be!

Reflecting as the sun sets over Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Nadia xo xo


Dress by Zara

Slops by Ipanema

Nails by Gelish

Engagement bling by my fiancé *blush*

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Utopia at the Mall of Africa

If heaven had a shopping center, I’d imagine it would look similar to the most talked about Mall in South Africa – The Mall of Africa

 

Today saw the fabulous opening of this anticipated mall with everything from sand art to celebrities, from Master Chef winning meals to renowned DJs and alluring fashion to queues of shoppers for kilometers. 

This impressive shopping center boasts 130 000m2 of retail space, 2.4kms of shopping for every brand your heart desires, with a design, inspired from Africa’s geological features & iconic landscapes, leaves you in total awe! 

Whether walking through the Forest Walk  Court (think Congos amazing rain forest), slowing down at the Desert Court (picture desert regions in North Africa), looking to relax at the Court of Great Lakes (imagine the Great Lakes of Africa), grabbing a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar at the Crystal Court (picture diamonds, crystals & precious minerals), or pampering at the Oleum Court (taking inspiration from trade & oil wealth in Africa), this prestigious Mall has something to suit each & every taste. 

With 6500 parking bays & 24 entrances, finding the most loved & lusted after local & international brands makes this the ultimate shopping experience. Free wifi is sure to put smiles on every shoppers face (as it did to all bloggers & media today)  & the convenience of dedicated über pick up zones is certainly a win if like me, finding the prefect parking spot is always a challenge. 

You will find this R5bn mall at Lone Creek & Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City in Midrand. Stores open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm, Sundays & Public holidays 10am to 8pm. On that note, enjoy the long weekend shopping up a storm at the Mall of Africa & please share your thoughts on the experience & your latest purchases too with me here.

Whilst I drool over the latest at Zara Home, The Kooples and Armani Exchange, only 3 of the 300 stores at Mall of Africa, I’m thinking I like my money where I can see it..In my closet 😉 

Nadia xo xo 

  

Its a juggling act!

So last night, on the night of the Glamour Awards there were no fancy spots to check out or a #OOTD whilst I wrote this – It was my D&G pjs (no not that D&G, my David & Goliath ones), chai, my fur babies & trusty iPad, along with some motivation, from me to you!

A year ago when I decided (with a lot of persuasion 😉 from my amazing man) I was going to follow my passion & pursue my events dream, I knew it was going to be tough, and trust me, it’s been tough…but I can assure you the experience thus far continues to teach me, enlighten me & push me in the direction of turning my every dream into a reality…

It’s a juggling act, trying to balance entrepreneurship, studying & racing against time, with the pending move from My City (loving this track by Toya Delazy & Cassper Nyovest) to the Mother City!

It can be overwhelming but the trick is to remember “How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time!” So one step at a time & one day at a time, when you’re feeling overwhelmed & under pressure with deadlines & exams looming & all that your glorious life has to throw at you.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, we are working harder, sleeping less & have more stress in our lives than ever before.

I’ve found that preparation is the key – whether you make notes in a diary (see Typo for the cutest ones) or electronically on your iPad – Make notes – so you don’t forget important stuff when it all becomes manic. A to-do list is not overrated, I find it’s necessary.

Time management is just as important. Sure load-shedding or traffic jams sometimes throw a spanner into the works (ah the petrolhead that is me – I think my next blog should be on something motor related) but managing your time properly will actually help you maximize productivity in the hours of your day. It will help you find the time you need for your studies or help you with scheduling those meetings, updating your website or social media platforms.

Keep distractions to a minimum. Our world is a digital one so mobile phones & social media, the buzz words, are necessary. You can however always turn your phone onto “do not disturb” when warranted & prioritize –  if you don’t need to type an urgent post onto Face Book or Twitter or share that picture on Instagram, don’t. Finish a task & then “reward” yourself with some personal posting, updating Face Book or adding a few new pins on Pinterest.

It’s difficult for me to keep my furry distractions away from me…they always want to sleep exactly where my keyboard should be…we won’t even discuss the mouse 😉

Stay hydrated, keep a bottle of fresh water at your workspace (Consol have the coolest grip & go bottles & going green is cool so get one today!) Open a window instead of the aircon. Your skin will love you for it!

Get up & walk around the office or go outside to stretch those legs a bit. Sitting for long periods of time is not healthy & whilst outside taking a time out, you could come up with your next best idea!

It’s the little things that help keep you energized & raring to tackle your projects.

Most importantly though, relax & give 100% of your attention to each task individually as opposed to 50% on 2 tasks concurrently. I don’t believe in multitasking… It’s debatable, however my opinion.

Remember the goal, work smart, focus & believe…You can achieve it all, if you want it badly enough!

Please feel free to share your tips on juggling with me 🙂

Until next time, I leave you with these words from Harry Potter “Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more, Believing In Yourself”

Its a juggling act being a student & entrepreneur amidst a move! Tonight I have my essentials :)

Its a juggling act being a student & entrepreneur amidst a move!
Tonight I have my essentials 🙂

 Nadia xo xo

Ps. No Elephants were harmed in the making of this blog 😉