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It’s come to my attention that while many people love to read, not many like to leave reviews. I have been guilty of this in the past, having written only a handful of reviews in my lifetime. A book report here or there for school, a blog post about a book I loved (or didn't …
This week a pic showed up on my newsfeed of South African born supermodel Candice Swanepoel one year after giving birth. She's doing her thaing in a thong, as she does, strutting her bad-self on the catwalk and she looks ah-mazing! See for yourself. The pic was met with a few comments, mostly positive, but I knew that …
In a world of imperfection, striving for that flawless finish seems to waste a lot of energy. I know because I suffer from it regularly. I spent a significant part of my life trying to cover up my freckles, and I waste way too much time trying to hide my after-baby jelly-belly. Superficial, shallow vanity aside, …
This year for the month of November I have decided to wear something pink every single day. Not just because I love pink or that my book 'Something Pink' is coming out this month (though that does fit in quite nicely, doesn’t it?). I have chosen to wear something pink every day because I need …
“No more daydreams about Prince Charming. If you want something, you have to go after it yourself.” – Gala Darling, blogger and author of Radical Self Love. Recently, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon gave an inspiring speech while taking home awards from the Emmy’s. Watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet. It was Witherspoon’s words …
Before I left the old country I had had it with the sun. Our relationship had gone sour to say the least – like expired dairy products, or a dead body after 5 days. I was SO OVER the aggressive, scorching rays that seemed to follow me all day and kept the air sweltering hot …
So I have this friend. She’s all kinds of awesome and I’ve known her almost all my life (for the last 30 years!) We’ve been through everything together, she knows all my secrets and she was right there beside me through many of them… She’s my best friend, my oldest friend, and my sister from …
Up till now I’ve shared all the sunshine and rainbow fuzzy’s of being in the wonderland kingdom of England. But now it’s time to share something of a different nature. I’m suffering from what can only be described as PTSD. Or should I say, PTSAD – Post Traumatic South African Disorder. I had heard about it before, …
Since my last post almost 2 months have passed. In that time we moved into a 6-month rental house, had our container arrive with all our earthly possessions, bought a car and had our cats safely delivered to us from the old country. The piano doesn't fit and we can't get the guest bed base up …
It’s been just over a week since arriving in the Kingdom. A friend asked me if it feels like home or if we are regretting it…and my response has to be that it feels like a new home, and I am definitely not regretting anything. Of course, London is not Cape Town. We are not in …
Of course I knew it would be hard, but knowing and doing are two different things. Saying goodbye has to have been the worst part of all of this. Such a huge leap of faith, uprooting our lives, everything we know and care about to follow a calling for some good old globalization. It seemed …
  ARTICLE by PAMELA SIMPSON ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE APRIL/MAY EDITION OF FLYFISHING MAGAZINE SOUTH AFRICA - REPRINT BY PERMISSION ONLY    
Moving is hard. Moving an entire family including cats is harder. But crating up a home, moving countries, across continents, and to an area I have never actually set foot in is down right scary! Yes the world is our oyster, but only if we can find that slippery little sucker in an ocean of …
          ARTICLE by PAMELA SIMPSON ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE FEB/MARCH 2015 EDITION OF FLYFISHING MAGAZINE SOUTH AFRICA - REPRINT BY PERMISSION ONLY  
I’m sitting here writing while a stranger walks through my house. As a South African, this is a nightmare we all often experience, but in this instance, it’s not the nightmare you might imagine. The stranger, perusing my walls and treading cautiously through my halls, is here to give me a sentence of another kind; To buy …
My phone was viciously and anonymously attacked and is now in intensive care. Who knows when I’ll have it back, safe, in one piece – in its loving environment where it belongs? Why did this happen? I don’t know and I suffer the question. Here’s what happened: While at the baby park, a rogue sprinkler …
How did this happen? While browsing (and attending to some technical difficulties on my site) I realised it's been WAY too long since I wrote a post. As a writer, silence is always something to worry about I think. Much like when my husband isn't fishing, it is indicative of a life that has gone …
If you think the parents are the boss and the kids are the scholars, think again. I used to be one of those people that was all like ‘You’re the parent, just do what needs to be done and control your kid!’ I thought good parenting equals perfect child. But becoming a parent and having that …
For the first time in who knows how long, I’ve actually read a book. A book that isn’t about babies, nonetheless. Huzzah! Ok, not all true. It’s called ‘Babyproofing Your Marriage’ – a book sorta kinda related to babies, but more about relationships. (I’m trying, ok) I didn’t exactly feel this book shot the lights out. …
This posticle about positivity found its way onto my Facebook wall today and got me thinking: What is it about positive thinking that turns so many people off? I am a positive person and a natural optimist. But when I respond to a situation in this way, I am often criticized for it. Why is it …