“Ceasing to write is just another kind of death.”

The words of Anabel Hernandez, a Mexican Journalist.
I read them whilst browsing through an exhibition at Fotografiska in Stockholm. The exhibition, We Have a Dream, was a portrait series of people who had in some way made an impact on the world. Each portrait was accompanied by an excerpt of their story – and there were many (many) impactful stories – but these words hit me like a ton of bricks.
I knew I hadn’t written in a while, even though I had wanted to. I knew I wanted to change the world like these people had, even though I did not know how to.
I was reminded of this post from almost two years ago, which I wrote after returning from an overseas trip. I remember feeling strange about writing it at the time – like “Who would want to know about my holiday? Who would care what I learnt?” But if I remember correctly, there were actually quite a few.
So in the wake of returning from another overseas trip, and the conviction to keep on writing, I’m going to share some more life lessons for anyone who wants to read them.
Dungarees: Still a traveller's best friend.

Dungarees: Still a traveller’s best friend.

 

Timing is everything.

The bare necessities of life will come to you.

Dreams do come true. And again, timing is everything.

Dreams do come true. And again, timing is everything.

Caramel popcorn is and will forever be the best thing in the whole wide world.

Caramel popcorn is and forever will be the best thing in the whole wide world.

 

Filters are fun, but humans are funnier.

Filters are fun, but humans are funnier.

Nap often. 

Nap often.

God will surprise you. You will surprise yourself.

God will surprise you. You will surprise yourself.

Do the things you never knew you knew you wanted to do.

Do the things you never knew you knew you wanted to do.

Always find the right spot.

Always find the right spot.

Cherish the elderly.

Cherish the elderly.

 

Every moment is an opportunity for nonsense.

Every moment is an opportunity for nonsense.

“You know what, you must just treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Wise words from a wise guy.

Gosh (yes, that’s his name) is the coffee barista at Flat Mountain Roasters and he’s been nominated by Cosmopolitan South Africa as one of South Africa’s Hottest Baristas. As you can tell from his words, he’s as great on the inside as he is outside. Do us a favour and head over here and vote for him by typing in “Gosh” under the candidate section. All votes appreciated.

“These days, my idea of fun is doing absolutely nothing.”

We were cramped up in the kitchen at work – where I overhear a plethora of conversations on a daily basis. Surprisingly this is the first one I’ve actually documented. Probably because it perfectly articulated what I’ve been feeling of late. How is it that work does this to you? Or is it just a case of getting older? Either way, I’m determined not to let it be a permanent thing. Life’s too short for that.

Hello stompie-pickers!

Once again, Claire and I (remember me, the yes-sayer?) have decided to do a connected/swap blog post. Last time, it was a gamble to try and get the attention of the mystery decision makers of the Ogilvy Graduate Program, and do you know what? By glory be, our swashbuckling, mad-hatter, shot in the dark gamble paid off! WE DID IT! Claire and I are the Cape Town winners of the Ogilvy Graduate Program!

This begs the question, then, why is she now writing on my blog, and I on hers. Well, little stompie-pickers, that’s because it’s my greatest pleasure to tell you how wonderful your champion Claire is. (She doesn’t enjoy doing that so much).

I can’t remember when I met Claire because we were at school together. What I do remember, was thinking “this girl means business.” Claire is, well, Claire is just golden. Do you know what I mean? Once in a very rare while you get those people who are just solid bullion. They shine. Claire will smile and help you out in the kindest, friendliest way before she’s even learnt your name.

But now you’re thinking that that’s not really what the ad industry is looking for. Well. One of the main mystery decision makers is a man named Luca, MD of Ogilvy. His job was to make sure the winners fit into the company culture. Despite what you may think, Ogilvy is very big on culture and the quality of its employees. They “hire giants” and believe their new recruits are the future of the company. And, I can promise you, Claire is a giant. Luca prizes qualities like integrity, courage, honesty and playfulness. Do you know anyone who is more of a giant in these areas than Claire? Brave, clever, hard-working Claire is on the ball, with it and exactly, I think, who Ogilvy wants.

Claire will fly, and she will do it with all the passion and energy of a freight train. I’m not sure if Claire and I are two sides of the same coin, but I can’t wait to work with her. Ogilvy people, trust me – you can’t wait to work with her either, it’s nothing but a delight.

Congrats Claire. Let’s throw everything we’ve got into this. To a once-in-a-lifetime year. Cheers!