Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - LUXE FOR LESS -

With her bound­less en­ergy and pos­i­tive out­look, this 43-year-old shares her life in­sights

MAR­RIAGE: ‘The strong­est thing about my re­la­tion­ship with Josh is our com­mu­ni­ca­tion. My hus­band is truly some­one I can talk to about any­thing, which means he is open to lis­ten­ing to any­thing. And open­ness is im­por­tant in any re­la­tion­ship.’

PAR­ENT­HOOD: ‘I find that the older I get, the more I’m try­ing to be the ex­am­ple for my kids. In­stead of telling chil­dren what to do and what not to, I’m try­ing to lead by ex­am­ple.’

SO­CIAL ME­DIA: ‘Au­then­tic­ity on so­cial me­dia re­ally works for me. I am very real to my fol­low­ers, es­pe­cially on In­sta­gram sto­ries, and I think they ap­pre­ci­ate that about me.’

AGE­ING: ‘I have a re­ally young spirit. A lot of the things I loved in my 20s I still love now in my 40s. I don’t see my­self as hav­ing changed that much. I of­ten sit and think, “What does it mean to be an adult?” Yes, I’ve had a lot of growth and ex­pe­ri­ences in my life, but I still feel so young at heart and I hope it al­ways stays that way.’

STUDY­ING: ‘I’ve dis­cov­ered that find­ing bal­ance can be quite chal­leng­ing. I’m a full-time stu­dent and I still have my role as a pal, a par­ent and a part­ner. Try­ing to get that bal­ance can be a chal­lenge – and I’m try­ing to do that every day. I do, how­ever, love be­ing a full-time stu­dent. I love hang­ing out with peo­ple ba­si­cally half my age and be­ing part of the stu­dent cul­ture. There are stu­dents who have im­pacted and sup­ported me im­mensely through­out my years at uni­ver­sity, and I cher­ish and ap­pre­ci­ate that.’

CON­FI­DENCE: ‘Al­ways know that you are enough and prac­tise that by em­brac­ing and be­ing thank­ful for who you are. If you com­pare your­self with oth­ers, you will fo­cus more on what you are not. And by do­ing that, your love bank for your­self will just con­tinue to be de­pleted.’

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