22 things for 22

I recently turned 22 and at the time I thought I would write about 22 things that I have learnt at the age of 22. Well as I sat down to write this blog post things didn’t go as planned. I decided to write about the biggest lessons that I have learnt in my 22 years of life. The most major thing that I am coming to terms with is the fact that you cannot control certain things that happen in life. I remember that I would dream about where I would be at 22 and the things that I would have accomplished when I was still in my teenage years. Needless to say I am far from achieving certain goals, and closer to some.

I have learnt that I need to let go of the things that I cannot control. This hasn’t been easy but the process of letting go has given me more peace than I could have ever imagined. Another part that is connected to letting go is not caring about the opinions of other people. We all go through different struggles in life that are most probably only known by the people close to us. The opinions of those people who are close to you should be the only one that matter. Surround yourself with people who are genuinely for you. People who want to see you become a better version of yourself, and succeed in whatever endeavors that you undertake.

Be your biggest cheerleader. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Always aim to be a better version of yourself, and let go of the things that you cannot control.

 

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Pause…

Do you ever take a moment to just pause?  Taking a moment out of your busy schedule to just appreciate the beautiful scenery around you or just to appreciate your friends and family.  There is nothing more important than having a grateful heart. A heart that is thankful for what it has, and the journey called life. I am grateful for time that I had to pause, and rediscover my love for writing.

Thank you to everyone who takes time to read my blog. I am truly grateful for all of you.  I took time to pause and reflect but now I’m back with new ideas and content.

Fashion and Style

My friends and I recently decided to  go out. We decided to go and get some lunch at a place that we like going to. We met up a few minutes before we were suppose to leave and boy did we get the shock of our lives. We were all wearing skirts. I don’t know why were so shocked because this happens most of the time. We always end up wearing similar outfits or have a common theme going on.The cool thing is that even though we were all wearing skirts we all styled them differently. It is always interesting to see how people style different outfits based on their own sense of style or what makes them comfortable.

One thing that I have learnt is that you have to be your own person. You have to embrace your own sense of style, and always do you. You have to have your own identity and feel free to express yourself. Gianni Versace once said, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”

What is beauty?

I recently started a series called beauty on a budget and I thought I would write about what beauty is to me. We all have different definitions of what beauty is based on the way that we were raised and the society that we live in. Some people think that beauty is only about how you look on the outside. Personally I think beauty starts from the inside and then radiates on the outside. Your self-worth and how you view yourself is very important.

Your self-worth determines how you treat yourself. If you value yourself you will make sure that you take care of yourself. You will only pay attention to the opinion of people who actually matter in your life.  You will surround yourself with people who only want the best for you. People who will help you discover what the true meaning of beauty is. The true meaning being having a beautiful soul. Being someone who only wants the best for everyone. Someone who isn’t malicious but who see’s the value in spreading love and light wherever they go.

The most beautiful people are those who want to make a difference. People who work hard to inspire others. Always remember that you are one of a kind!! Let other people remember you for the wonderful deeds that you have done. Let them remember you for the difference that you made, and the goodness that emanated from your soul. Yes people remember a pretty face but they never forget a beautiful soul.

I found a quote that sums up my views on what beauty is and the essence of it.”The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”-Audrey Hepburn

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Let your beauty shine from the inside 🙂

Beauty on a budget: Nail Polish 

This year I thought I would do something different and start a series called beauty on a budget.We all know the struggle of having to budget to make sure that we don’t spend beyond our means. Therefore the series is aimed at finding affordable beauty brands. I for one love nail polish. I love being able to wear different shades depending on my mood, and the current season. 

One of my favorite nail polish is from Essence. They honestly have affordable nail polish that comes in a variety of shades. They have nude, pastel and metallic colors just to name a few. Hence they cater for a variety of people. 

I for one hate having to wait for ages for nail polish to dry only for it to start chipping within hours. My experience with this nail polish has left me happy as it dries quickly and chips only after a couple of days whenever I use it. 


Feel free to suggest some of your affordable nail polishes or any other products that you would like me to try. 

Love, 

Tandzile 😘😘