What Living a Sober Life Taught Me About Simplicity

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By Robert Grobbelaar When I first entered the world of recovery I discovered an encyclopedia of catch-phrases or mantras that are used to suggest certain behaviors for a successful, happy journey to sobriety. They are largely used in treatment centers, meetings, conventions and so on. Some of them were quite clear and others I didn’t understand so much, until I reached the ‘other side’ and got sober. One such phrase is: Keep it simple. Quite easy to understand and it seems to make sense. The simpler things are the less…

Chatting with Annie Grace, Author of This Naked Mind (plus free online copy)

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I recently connected with Annie Grace on Hello Sunday Morning platform to chat about her book This Naked Mind, which is rapidly doing the rounds and becoming an incredibly effective book for individuals who are trying to stop drinking. I enjoyed reading the book a few weeks ago at the time when I decided to go back to my alcohol-free ways (after a rocky period of moderation). I simply could not put it down, and found it such a wonderful refresher for me in aligning back with all of the…

9 Months off the Booze Bandwagon – Things to Expect

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Having recently just ended a 9 month period of alcohol-free living and stepping into the ‘moderation’ game, it’s only fitting that I feel a re-birth of sorts. Emerging with a new sense of self, of identity, of habits and ideas after a warm and fuzzy sober incubation period, I feel like a tiny, screaming, distressed little baby, entering a scary new world again. It’s been a fascinating process full of ups and downs. But before I get into my experiences of drinking again, I thought I might share a few…

Spring Reboot Part 2: Food Glorious Food!

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Week 2 of the Seasonal Cookery Spring Reboot programme was full of ups and downs. During this week we focused on really getting down to the basics – eliminating all our snag foods and getting settled into eating as ‘naturally’ as possible. And although it was a challenging time, with some pretty intense food cravings, I threw myself head-first in creating ethical, gentle-on-the-body delicious and satisfactory foods – and a whole new world of food and flavours started opening up! Some things I learnt in week 2: Getting to know where to…

Spring Reboot – Part 1 (Including Recipes)

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Spring has sprung! My favourite time of the year! The smell of Jasmine is in the air, flowers are popping out from all corners and the trees seem to be standing a little taller and prouder than before. For some reason, this winter felt like the longest I have ever experienced, and the hardest. Having spent the last 4 months in deep hibernation, physically, mentally and emotionally, I am so excited to be stepping back into the sunshine, and back into my body, which has been largely abandoned and neglected…

Meet Up: Field and Study Market 20 August

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Hello Spirit Animals It has been too long 🙂 It’s time we schedule another meet up! If you haven’t been to the Field and Study Market before you are in for a treat – its really lovely – and great for bringing your kids and your dogs along for the fun. So join us for some delicious food, live music and some good conversation! We will be stationed behind the blue vintage car – look out for the balloons. Bring picnic blankets and invite friends and family to join! Please…

Fun Sh*t to do in Joburg (without tequila)

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So Joburg is a pretty exciting city to live in here in South Africa. Especially in the last few years, things have really gotten next-level! From Mellville night-time madness, Maboneng ‘Sunday Funday’, clubbing in Braam (bru) and an endless list of incredible markets cropping up all over the city – there really is no excuse for spending another weekend hungover on the couch. This weekend has been another epic edition of life and I thought I would share it with you all! Saturday morning started off bright and early as…

Weekend MOJO Juice!

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OK so everybody hates the word mock-tail. Its no secret. So instead, I think we should all leave this word behind, along with all its negative-Nancy connotations. It’s time for something new. It’s time for MOJO Juice! MOJO Juice comes in all shapes and sizes. From fruit-filled fantasies, creamy-coconut concoctions or decadent dessert in a cup, it’s time to broaden our beverage horizons and expand our pallets with these non-alcoholic bevvies! Over the next few weeks I shall be sourcing MOJO Juice recipes and ideas and posting them here to…

Time to Get LOKOH!

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LOKOH is a collective with a vision to empower the community through alternative gatherings, platforms and workshops – all in unique ways. Born in Cape Town early last year, LOKOH aims to experiment with different ways of bringing people together to connect! Inspired by various movements around the world and local influencers, LOKOH hopes to bring something different to the table. The first LOKOH Awakenings have launched in Cape Town with the aim to provide platforms for young creatives, subject experts, healers, foodies and the like to showcase their offering! Awakenings…

A Proudly South African Sunrise

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The sky is bursting with lavender and blood orange, the birds are stirring, the air is fresh and cool, and I find myself totally lost. And although I’d love to say I have lost myself in the blissful beauty of this stellar morning, instead I am just lost…in the middle of Melrose, trying to find the location of the next Secret Sunrise event, which is turning out to be a bigger secret than I anticipated. With Google Maps sending me to opposite corners of this earth I am driving around…