Namibia will always be home…

The red dunes

Namibia is an extraordinary place to live in and an excellent country for visitors who are interested in a wildlife and wilderness experience. I am so fortunate to be a Namibian and I have to say that I’m proud of my country. I grew up with the beautiful deserts, dunes, dense bush and open plains, mountains, canyons, and game around me. It’s an absolute beautiful place. Namibia will always be home to me.

The weather in Namibia is incredible, and can be quite strange.  The coast is pleasant and rain free for most of the year, but at times can be veiled in a thick fog. I love the rainy seasons though because it rains during summer and it is nice and warm. It just wants you to dance in the rain.  Huge raindrops hit the Namibian ground and a fresh smell lifts from the plains – it is best smell ever.

Namibia isn’t like any other country. Trust me – there is always something that pulls to go back. After 4 years of studying in South Africa, Cape Town, I still want to go back to my homeland. Cape Town is a beautiful place, but not my home. The people in Namibia are also very much different from South Africans. They have kind hearts and personalities. We are a family and we are very welcoming to outsiders.

If anyone hasn’t yet experienced the Namibian life, then you surely have to put it on your bucket list. Namibia is a stunning place and easily adaptable if you feel like making it your new homeland.  I’m sure you will after a visit. It will always be my home.

The beautiful raining season

Editor: Roelien Zwart

Pictures Sources: (abercrombiekent.co.uk, Roelien Zwart)

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Believe in yourself…

Always believe in yourself!

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within” ~ Elisabeth Kubler – Ross.

Believe in yourself so that the light shines from within you and so that your true beauty can be revealed when the sun is out as well as when the darkness falls.

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be. That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. You have to believe in yourself that things will always get better even if they are worse. Don’t make a good day a bad day. The day only turns out the way you handle it and the way you see it. Believe in yourself that you can change things to make it better for yourself and maybe for people around you.

There are times when people may disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgements and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself. Sometimes your own judgements and opinions are the best choice. If you can believe in yourself then you won’t have trouble believing in your own judgements and opinions too.

There will also be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them. Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you really are. Facing challenges and struggling in life may be difficult but it can change your vision. Just believe in yourself that you can face any challenge!!!

When days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and always keep believing. Believe that you can do things. Never say that you can’t and never say it won’t work! Life is not easy and life brings humps in your way that one fell over. But stand up, because challenges and changes will help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you!

Believe in yourself… I do!!!

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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Goal for Green

Goal for GreenConsider having a green goal and make it a number 1 goal!

“The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.” ~ Al Gore

We all have goals which we set to achieve one day … goals to be a leader, goals to become Miss SA, goals to own a business but do we have any green goals? I assume you don’t and that is goal to consider setting not only for yourself but for everyone else around you and for the World.

Global warming has become a weapon of mass destruction. Warnings of events such as heat waves, floods and droughts will be more frequent and destructive as more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.

Global warming is happening now, it’s all around us and we are facing it each and every day more and more. One brain, one hand, one tree, one goal will make a massive change. We cannot ignore what is happening to the climate, oceans etc but we can make a change. There is so many ways in which we can set green goals in our personal lives. It is easier than you think. Set a green goal in your home life, ways that will make a small but significant change at home.

There is a whole long list of things you can do at home to make those changes, but I would like to mention a few important ones. Just like with our personal goals, we will only choose one thing from the list – one place to start. Like I said, one goal can make a massive change.

1) Carry your own shopping bags – everywhere you shop!

It’s become much more common to take your own shopping bags to the grocery store, but there are still people purchasing bags from a store. Sew and make your own bags it is much more environmental friendly.

2) Use public transport!

Most of us would find it very difficult to live without our cars – because we can move around freely, and don’t have to walk, and don’t have to rely on others. But its costly – fuel prices people!

– Public transport is easy assessable and cheap

– Walk as much as you can. It saves you money, makes you healthy, and saves the environment, too.

– Biking is also a great alternative to using a car – consider a bike when possible.

3) Recycle, recycle … recycle!

We are surrounded with garbage bins, just use them and especially those ones which have a little board saying please recycle, and then it have three options (glass, plastic and paper). That is the easiest way, but alternatively there are a few things you can do.

  • First, reduce and re-use.  How?
  • Buy in bulk as much as possible to reduce packaging.
  • Cut back on processed, packaged foods.
  • Buy a filter for your water at home and a reusable water bottle, and stop buying bottled water.
  • Before you throw something away, ask yourself if it could be re-purposed for something else.

4) Reduce the amount of paper you use.

– Before you press the print button, make sure its worth to print.

– Stop your junk mail.

– Pay your bills online – most banks offer this for free.

– Don’t buy a book, read it online!

5) Plant a garden if you can.

Even if you don’t have a yard, you can grow many things in containers.  But you might be surprised at how much you can grow in a very little space! Growing even a little of your own food makes a big difference.

6) Switch that damn Geyser off.

The geyser is not welcome in your home from 09:00 am till 17:00 pm. Switch it off before you leave for work, school or college. It reduces your electricity bill as well as being friendly to the environment, too.

Set a personal green goal and set objectives to achieve it.

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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We can’t change the world, but we can change the way we live in it.

Slideshow Pictures Source: By Roelien Zwart

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