The ANC of my youth.

Yes. I am one of those white people. I’ve been called a kaffer-boetie more times in my life than my age. I chanted in the street for freedom from white oppression, segregation and demanding that power be given to our people. All our people. My vote did help put the ANC into power along with millions of others.

However between President Zuma and Julius Malema, this is not the ANC of my youth. This is not what I ran from police for. I do not believe Madiba sat in jail for 27 years to see the colour fade from this rainbow nation of corruption.

These men have belittled my belief in a conviction I have held up as my truth. Colour will never dictate superiority to me – ever. To thy own self be true… I will not be voting for the ANC this time round Comrades. Free and fair.

Viva!! the spirit of Nelson Mandela who I do not believe would have cast his vote for this rendition of the African National Congress. I do believe he would have been disappointed in the watered down version of power to our people. Mostly disappointed in our leadership and what they stand for.

I know I am.

We miss our leader Tata.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika  – God bless Africa.

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Forever Pomesteen Power®

Hello my friends and other interesting questions,

I joined Forever Living in November 2012 as I found their Aloe Vera Gel assisted me greatly with pain relief with my Fibromyalgia (Fibromyalgia is a condition a person has long-term. Body-wide pain, tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.).

As I have tried more of their products I have just become more and more impressed! I recently added Forever Pomesteen Power® to my morning shot of Aloe Vera Gel and it is delicious!

(The Aloe Vera Gel tastes like hell on steroids but it does great things, you however soon get use to the taste).

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There’s no disputing the fact that antioxidants are extremely vital to our health and well-being. There is, however, much discussion today among nutritionists as to  which fruit is the most powerful antioxidant, or which contains the most Xanthones or has the highest ORAC value rating.

Forever Pomesteen Power has them all with a proprietary blend of fruit juices and extracts, including Pomegranate, Pear, Mangosteen, Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry and Grape Seed. ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is an indicator of how well an antioxidant inhibits free radical damage. The ORAC value of fruits can  vary greatly, even when testing the same fruit at different times after harvesting.

What is important to know is that all of the ingredients of Forever Pomesteen Power are near the top of the list in ORAC value, especially Pomegranate and Mangosteen fruit. Pomegranate juice has more polyphenol antioxidants than red wine, green tea, cranberry juice and orange juice. In addition, it is a good source of  Vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Iron.

Mangosteen is a popular fruit in Asia. Its exquisite taste prompted Queen Victoria to declare it her favorite fruit, henceforth it has been referred to as the “Queen of Fruits!” Its ORAC value is very high, and it is rich in  beneficial Xanthones.

Xanthones are a family of naturally occurring nutritional compounds in fruits that are super powerful antioxidants. Experience the incredible power of antioxidants  from Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and other exotic fruits with Forever Pomesteen Power!

All the ingredients of Forever Pomesteen Power are near the top of the list in ORAC value.

Potential  Benefits: These Blend Of Fruit Juices And Extracts Include:

1. Mangosteen – It contains xanthones which are phytonutrients known to have a strong antioxidant activity against free radicals. Health Benefits Of Mangosteen

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipyretic
  • Anti-viral

Queen Victoria once aptly declared mangosteen as her favorite fruit because of its delicious taste. She must have also appreciated the health benefits of mangosteen. Since then, it has been referred to as the “Queen of Fruits.”
It provides the health benefits of mangosteen, pomegranate, etc.
More Health Benefits Of Mangosteen

  • Energy Booster
  • Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
  • Helps You Lose Weight
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Cataracts
  • Prevents Dementia
  • Prevents Glaucoma
  • Prevents Gum Disease
  • Prevents Hardening of Your Arteries
  • Protects Your Heart

2. Pomegranate Juice –  It has excellent antioxidant properties. It contains more antioxidants than either green tea or red wine.
Pomegranate Health Benefits: Studies show that pomegranate juice prevents the formation of cancer cells

  • It may also prevent lung cancer
  • It slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells
  • It prevents osteoarthritis
  • It prevents the build-up of plaque in your arteries
  • It prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • It lowers your bad cholesterol levels
  • It prevents dental plaque formation
  • Its nutrients protect your body from premature aging
Pomegranate Health Benefits to Pregnant Women
Drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy is very beneficial. According to a study published in May 2012 in the “American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism” they discovered that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy may help lower the risk of injury to the placenta.
Pomegranate Health Benefits to Pregnant Women
The antioxidants in pomegranate juice help prevent and repair damage to the cells of the placenta by free radicals. It may also be helpful in lowering the risk of injury to the baby’s brain, according to a study published in “Pediatric Research” in June 2005.
The high levels of a type of antioxidant called polyphenols in pomegranate juice help minimize a type of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen that sometimes occurs during birth.

3. Blackberry Juice – It is among the top ten foods that contain antioxidants.
Benefits of Blackberry Juice

  • It fights off environmental carcinogens
  • It contains anthocyanin and ellagic acid which protect your body against cancer
  • It prevents breast cancer
  • It also prevents cervical cancer
  • It relieves intestinal inflammation
  • It strengthens your blood vessels
  • It lowers your bad cholesterool levels

4. Blueberry Juice – It contains phytochemicals that have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of Blueberry Juice

  • It prevents eye damage due to retinal degeneration
  • It prevents the proliferation of colon cancer cells
  • It promotes urinary tract health
  • It relieves diarrhea and constipation
  • It promotes the growth of neurons
  • It keeps cell membranes healthy
  • It relaxes your blood vessels, thus, preventing increased blood pressure

5. Pear Fruit Juice –  It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin c. It also contains more pectin than apple
Health Benefits of Pear Fruit Juice

  • It is a good laxative because most of its fiber is insoluble
  • It promotes cardiovascular health
  • It is a natural energy booster
  • It lowers your bad cholesterol levels

6. Grape Seed Extract –  It contains compounds that are beneficial to your heart. It also contains resveratrol which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

  • It improves your night vision
  • It is effective against pancreatitis
  • It protects your blood vessels from damage
  • It prevents cholesterol oxidation and damage to your cardiovascular system if you happen to be a smoker

7. Raspberry Fruit Juice –  It ranks near the top of all fruits for antioxidant activity due to its concentrated amounts of ellagic acid, quercitin, anthocyanin, cyanidins, catechins, etc.

 It is a potent antioxidant source because of its contents. It has an ORAC value of 4900 per 100 grams.

Health Benefits of Raspberry

  • It fights cancer
  • Helps defend against heart disease
  • It is effective against age-related mental decline

All these ingredients make Forever Pomesteen Power a super antioxidant because of its unique blend of fruit juices and the combined health benefits of mangosteen, blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, pear, raspberry, and grape seed extracts.
The health benefits of mangosteen and pomegranate, and those of the other antioxidant juices plus its exotic flavor, make Forever Pomesteen Power a more enjoyable daily drink.

And so there it is…prevention is the key.

THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF ANTIOXIDANTS FROM POMEGRANATE, MANGOSTEEN, AND OTHER EXOTIC FRUITS WITH FOREVER POMESTEEN POWER.

(Thank you for the above information from: http://www.healthfirstpro.com/2012/07/benefits-of-forever-pomesteen-power.html)

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I wish you enough,

Wenchy

febrewery: A month of craft beer and food pairings

Hello my dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Imagine that! An entire month dedicated to South African craft beer and food pairing is being launched this febrewery in Johannesburg.  It is kinda like Movember, except the men look better?  Personally I LOVE the name. 🙂

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No one can argue that the craft beer explosion has been nothing short of revolutionary,” says febrewery founder, Chris de Beer. “As an ardent beer drinker and supporter of local businesses, the time seemed right to show discerning restaurant-goers and avid craft beer enthusiasts that their two passions can mix. That is febrewery!”

For a long time, wine has always been the category of choice to pair with food. febrewery will offer patrons a taste experience that goes beyond just ordering a beer with a meal.”

As drinking and driving is simply not sexy, SnappCab has been appointed as the official transport partner. The service is available to you to sign up via the web (Apple App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World) and I would encourage you to sign up before the beer starts pairing you without car keys.

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febrewery runs from February 1st – February 28th 2014 at these participating restaurants:

Beefcakes Burger Bar:  +27 11 447 5266

Rabbit in the Moon:      +27 11 447 6720

Rocket (Parkhurst):      +27 11 880 6102

Rocket (Rivonia):         +27 11 234 8807

Each restaurant has selected three main dishes that our resident ‘go-to-craft-beer-guru’ Jason Cederwall from Craft Liquor Merchants has paired with an authentic local craft beer. We’ve tried to mix it up so restaurant patrons will be able to enjoy their favourite local brew or restaurant dish, but also have the opportunity to experience new and exciting combinations throughout the campaign.”

You can follow febrewery online at: @febrewery on twitter, and/or like their www.facebook.com/febrewery page.

I shall report back on my beer pairing experience and perhaps I shall take a Snapp Cab just for fun.

Btw, if you are a beer geek like me, you may want read up so you can talk with the big boys… Never say I didn’t try and be proper, so read HERE.

I wish you enough,

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#ElvisShow is in the @joburgtheatre building!

Hello my friends and other interesting creatures –

I was indeed blessed to be invited to see #ElvisShow at Joburg Theatre last night. The event included celebrities such as Steve Hofmeyr and his fiancé Janine as well as Kurt Darren wife Dunay amongst others. An amazing atmosphere!

I had such a good time! All shook up – reliving songs that I love, singing, laughing and remembering my teenage years where Elvis was all over my walls. 🙂

I suggest you make use of the specials on offer and just relax….. SING and enjoy!

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I wish you enough,

Wenchy

“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Burlesque

Hello friends and other interesting creatures…

My daughter, Victoria introduced me to the movie Burlesque….until one day we found ourselves belting the notes out in the car….

I think it must be a pain in the ass to be Wenchy’s daughter… never the wallflower… I wish I can say I am sorry baby, shut up and sit in the corner, but then does baby ever sit in the corner?

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“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” = Cher – Check it out on YouTube here.

Feeling broken
Barely holding on
But there’s just something so strong
Somewhere inside me
And I am down but I’ll get up again
Don’t count me out just yet

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me
You haven’t seen the last of me

They can say that
I won’t stay around
But I’m gonna stand my ground
You’re not gonna stop me
You don’t know me
You don’t know who I am
Don’t count me out so fast

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me

There will be no fade out
This is not the end
I’m down now
But I’ll be standing tall again
Times are hard but
I was built tough
I’m gonna show you all what I’m made of

I’ve been brought down to my knees
And I’ve been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I’ll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
I am far from over
You haven’t seen the last of me

No no
I’m not going nowhere
I’m staying right here
Oh no
You won’t see me begging
I’m not taking my bow
Can’t stop me
It’s not the end
You haven’t seen the last of me
Oh no
You haven’t seen the last of me
You haven’t seen the last of me

#SCARS

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I ran into @FerdiWG and his gorgeous wife @DianiGernandt at @joburgtheatre and asked what they are working on. Two of the most sincere, truly abundantly talented, down to earth people I have ever met. We spoke a bit and I asked @FerdiWG to forward me some details.

I have many teenagers in my life so, promoting a teen move – WHOOP! – I was very interested, but also protective of what the content will be… however knowing the persons behind the movie, I felt complete ease to give this movie my full support. Amazing what character can do for a couple. 🙂  @FerdiWG & @DianiGernandt – who you are speak louder than words.

I am sharing all the info available I have at present. I would love for you to share, follow, like, shout from the mountain tops – ENJOY! Help promote South African talented – PROUDLY!

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Four random teenagers are pulled together by fate when they discover the two things they have in common: Superpowers! …..and one sinister neighbourhood mom. #SCARS is a teen adventure film in the vein of “I am number four” meets “The Breakfast Club” directed by the talented Ferdinand Gernandt.

Vanessa, a manipulative and sickly science-hungry woman discovers a cure in the DNA of Shane,  a young attractive but rebellious teenager and his easily seduced father, Cameron. Her desire to heal her physical condition spawns a secret science procedure that leaves any victim with a mysterious super ability.

Chloe, a soft risk-averse 15 year old girl learns that she can immobilize any form of aggression and at the same time present an answer to her victim’s deepest question. After a demoralizing experience at the school dance, Sepo, a fat, insignificant 14-year-old Zulu boy notices he has been cursed with invisibility. The hard-ass Ariana is almost raped when she is rescued by her ability to read material history. She escapes by using her attacker’s own knife against him.

Shane did not fall prey under the experimental claws of Vanessa. He was born with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts and the only thing that can free him from the noises in his head is playing on his guitar.

The supernatural plot unfolds in an array of events; Cameron is kidnapped, Chloe sets out to rescue, Fritz, her prince charming, Sepo embraces his new talent and uses his invisibility to overcome rivalry, Ariana is swept into Vanessa’s evil conspiracy, Shane learns to accept the voices in his head as they lead him to his father.

Will these four teenagers use their powers for bad or will they pull together and muster their gifts for the good in order to save their town and cease Vanessa’s unorthodox and sinister science program.


A bit about FADCreationS

FADcreationS CC was founded by producer Ferdinand Gernandt. In just a few years he has produced, directed, written & choreographed numerous projects: PRETVILLE – the musical with actors Steve Hofmeyr, Anette Engelbrecht, Emo Adams, Liz Meiring and Terrence Bridget. Indigenous Film distributors is the domestic distributor. PRETVILLE won a TEMPO award.  8 DAYS, an American feature film taking a stand against sex-trafficking with actors Todd Terry, Anthony a Kung and director Jaco Booyens – releases 2014. STERLOPERS a kykNET series to be aired locally April 2014 with actors Andre Scwartz, Philip Moolman, Nadia Beukes and Marno vd Merwe. LINE OUT – the movie musical in development with After Eden Pictures and DreamVision USA. SKOUSPEL, the biggest local stage spectacular in the Sun City Superbowl with actors/singers Kurt Darren, Nianell, Nicholis Louw, Elvis Blue and Chris Chameleon.

The Company’s goal is to produce high-quality films that entertain, delight, inspire and inform. Ferdinand has consistently accomplished that goal and they take great pride in his reputation for operating with creativity, integrity and a undauntable stand for quality and fun. Ferdinand is committed to ensuring a creative environment for every person who works on his projects. He recognizes that their production team from cast to crew is the cornerstone of their enterprise, and they value each and every member of their team.

The goal of every FADCreationS project is to transform culture through uplifting entertainment. #SCARS fulfils that mandate by providing a thought-provoking, entertaining film. The result of #SCARS  will be creating life-long memorable characters that teens and adults can connect with, relate to, cheer for and learn from.

#SCARS the movie, established as an PTY (LTD), provides us the greatest tax and operational advantages based on the nature of our business, taking advantage of the generous South African film industry incentives.

In addition to creating quality projects, we are one hundred percent committed to having each and every film generate a healthy profit for our investors.

A storyteller has to have a point of view that is unique. I have an extensive diversity of experience, stretching over 18 years, which allows me to hone in on my own unique point of view/voice – And expanding my social circle is a great place for anyone to start.

#SCARS has a collective, a band of brothers so-to-speak, people who can consistently and autonomously deliver a product and who has consistently been working together.

We do what we love.

What your contribution means

“Art gives our lives context.  It helps us understand the culture that makes us who we are.  And, if you are lucky, one day you may be able to shape the culture that influenced you” – Adi Shankar

By contributing to our project you won’t only receive exciting perks that go with your generous pledge BUT you will also be part of two causes: Providing a safe platform for teenagers who want to have a career in the film-industry and secondly, Help heal the SCARS of our youth through entertainment!

Entertainment is the number one element we can use to target our young. By providing uplifting and inspiring entertainment to this market we can influence their minds, attitudes and shape our culture. We can help break the paradigms that affect their decision-making and also their future.

FADCreationS’ passion, focus and calling is the development and encouragement of our up-and-coming young artists; to provide multiple platforms for their training and to nurture the creative talents that will undoubtedly become the future of our industry and country.

I believe we are created to reign, to rule and be victorious in all we do. Why not guide the young to get up, look up and never give up!


BIO: Ferdinand Gernandt

Ferdinand completed his studies in Musical Theatre at Pretoria Technikon in 1999. Soon after he joined “African Footprint” for three years (704 performances) as part of the original cast, touring abroad to Atlanta, Georgia, USA and performed at the “Royal Variety Performance” in 2000, London.

He also performed for “Celebrity Cruise Lines” and “Princess Cruises” as singer/dancer and guest entertainer for two years. On Ferdinand’s return to South Africa he choreographed and starred in “Best of the boys – Calendar Boys” as lead vocalist at the Performer Theatre, following he choreographed “Duke” for Tswane University of Technology (TUT) for their annual DanceSeason in 2005. Other Shows include: “7’Tease Fever”.

“The Wizard of Oz” “Vodacom CEO Awards 2005” Fred Casely in “Chicago” the Musical “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” Galileo understudy in “We Will Rock You” “The King and I” and wowed audiences as the John Travolta character Tony Manero in the West End hit Musical “Saturday Night Fever”.

He is proud to have been part of the Department of Education’s board of Chief Examiners of dance from 2008 to 2011. Ferdinand is co-owner and founder with his wife, Diani, of their entertainment company FADCreationS, which specializes in providing Performing opportunities through triple thread workshop programs, Hands-on guidance through a 6 month mentorship program, School production services – conceptualizing, direction, choreography, vocal arrangement, sound, lighting etc. Showreel assembling for every artist, showcasing each artist’s specific strengths, Screenwriting for shorts as well as features, Film initiatives countrywide aimed at our young adults portraying vibrant and sound moral values

Projects include: Nianell – Sand en Water CD launch, Innibos Kunstefees 2011 only to name but a few.

Recently, he choreographed the Afrikaans 50’s movie musical “Pretville” Produced by Hartiwood Films.

His TV experience also include: “Villa Rosa” “Generations” & “Isidingo”

Ferdinand’s short film screenplay “Uit die Kaskenades” got commissioned for production for kykNET’s Silwerskerm Filmfees which landed in the TOP 10 out of 450 other scripts. His screenplay and brainchild “LINE OUT – the movie musical” is in development with DreamVision and After Eden Pictures, USA.

He was also part of the Pop-Classical Crossover vocal band “IL Quinto”  (2009 – 2010) which has recorded songs with Taylor Dayne, Paul Potts and Udo Mechels and also performed with Elvis Blue, Lira, Rina Hugo, Jak de Priester and Bobby van Jaarsveld.

Ferdinand has a true need to give back to the young, up and coming performers and joined the South African Talent Championship (SATCH) as their Talent Ambassador and Head Scout, to be in direct contact with USA’s “Actors, Models and Talent for Christ” (AMTC) to give the South African youngsters a platform to reach and fulfil their dreams globally.

The “Broadway Performance Showcase Experience” is an initiative to create a sound platform for our young artists in South Africa and Ferdinand acts as producer, director and choreographer of this yearly project.

Ferdinand has been involved in the following projects: “The Road Warrior” a Short Film by Brian Mitchell, “Debuut – PILOT” an Afrikaans GLee kykNET Series and “Starlight Express” as one of the main characters, Electra. 8 DAYS IMDB credit as writer for this feature film, produced by After Eden Pictures USA.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy x

2013 – Year End Quiz Answers

Dear friends and other interesting creatures –

I drew this quiz up in 2008… so if you do it, link to me please? I would love to read about your year.

My answers for the past few years to the quiz can be found here:

2012 – Year End Quiz Answers

2011 – Year End Quiz Answers

2010 – Year End Quiz Answers

2009 – Year End Quiz Answers

2008 – Year End Quiz Answers

Here is the 2013 edition:

 I have found it exceptionally difficult to complete this, this year – so I as for your sensitivity and love as you read my words. Just so what I write make sense, as I sit down to write this early in January 2014, if you do not already know, Dion and I separate during December 2013. I will not allow any bashing or disrespect towards him, me, nor the situation – so comments such as those, will be swiftly deleted.

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. – Rainer Maria Rilke

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

  • Dion and I visited his parents in Swellendam and on our second trip took some of the kids along and toured a bit of the Garden Route. I loved the touring part. I loved road trips with Dion.
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  • We also took some of the kids to a work incentive Dion earned to the Kruger National Park. I had not been there in 20 years and it was a fun time seeing the animals and the kids faces.
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  • I ventured into Social Media, head over my comfortable flat shoes and loving it.
  • Attending all kinds of events, premiers, running blog competitions, writing reviews about products, places and productions…  I have truly loved every second.
  • I visited backstage, sat in on rehearsals and saw shows come to live. It is a thrill I cannot adequately described – theatre is magical to the point of lost for me.
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  • I met unbelievable people, both performers and personalities. I learned so much (Thanks @Jodeneza for getting me “started”!), I messed up, I did good, I came far in a short time, I met my Twitter Celebrity @RichSimmondsZA (seriously, it was child like LOL) – and this is only the beginning! I am thankful to all who has given to me as a teacher and a mentor. My gratitude is endless.
  • I did my first Twitter Blanket Drive!
  • I also thank Dion for his support, especially financially as setting up a new brand is not an easy task on money or time.
  • Our Kyle took part in his first body building competition. His weight loss scared me! He has always been fit, always worked out but never have had I seen him that skinny.
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  • My watched my son @KevvieCartman perform on stage – @RIAD_Band. At the first performance I cried more than I could hear. I loved that Kevin and Chris did not just dream, but do.
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  • I met up with an old friend….. @_Denise_Cross_ at a business function. Actually she was my maid of honour at wedding #2 ………..after almost a decade. We had grown so much emotionally yet we knew each other by heart – immediately. Awesome. She introduced me to: “Forever Living
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  • My BFF, @WilhelmNiekerk took me to such a fanTy cake shop for a treat!!!! It was absolutely awesome and far from our usual hang outs – also in price! LOL
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2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

For 2013, I have the following resolutions:

  1. I would like to d0 100, 1 hour workouts at Virgin Active before my birthday in June 2013. This is going exceptionally well.
  2. Read 100 books before end December 2013 – Kindle or hardcopy – keeping track on Goodreads.
  3. I need to lose 25kg by June 2013.
  4. If there are significant life changing decisions to be made. This is the year.

I take it #4 was accomplished. 😦

For 2014 I have the following resolutions:

  • To live authentically. To thy own self be true.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! My cousin Marlize gave birth to miracle baby Miya who arrived a couple of weeks early.

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4. Did anyone close to you die?

I claim the father of my nation as my own so yes, our Madiba died.

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5. What countries did you visit?

South Africa.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • A greater maturity on many levels.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

13 January 2013 & 20 December 2013.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Stepping into that first meeting on my own.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not defining my own worth.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Dion bought. I received. Thank you.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My sister Rentia. She has done her best to be dignified under tremendous illness and hardship. She is our Braveheart…. like a drum baby don’t stop beating….

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

It was a year of many behavioural disappointments, my own and others.

14. Where did most of your money go?

I did not earn very much money, so the money Dion earned went towards our living expenses and the trips we made.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Watching Starlight Express (Jo’burg Theatre) unfold and being part of it on so many levels. It was incredible. I will never forget the emotion, the pride, nor the excitement. Ever. Loved it!

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16. What song/album will always remind you of 2013?

I am the Starlight as sung by my friend, Bonginkosi Mthombeni

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

•Happier or sadder? Obviously I am not dancing the cha-cha!

•Thinner or fatter? I am giving up on this one. Love me or leave me. I’ve had it. I do my best and that has to be good enough.

•Richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of in 2013?

Been financially more successful…. “Do something you really like and hopefully it pays the rent. That is success” -Tom Petty – I claim those words for my future.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Feeling anxious. Keeping silent when I wanted to scream.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

My son Kev cooked lunch. 🙂 Thanks my boy. I at least had two of my kids with me – I couldn’t care if it was Christmas or a regular day. Any day I have any of my kids with me is like unwrapping happiness.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Finally work stuff!

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

No – I loved, but I did not fall in love.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

None.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Homeland.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. Hate is no longer part of my life. It belongs to yesterday.

26. What was the best book you read?

      Chbosky, Stephen

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Emeli Sande.

28. What did you want and get?

A closer relationship with my parents.

29. What did you want and not get?

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

The Hobbit – both of them.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 40. It was nothing like I imagined but it was a very happy day.

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32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Seeing more of my kids, hugs, kisses, love, cupcakes, cocktails… need I go on?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

I have no concept of fashion. None.

34. What kept you sane?

Zanax helps me pretend.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Janice Honeyman and Bernard Jay from @joburgtheatre. This year was a life changer and sitting with them at the same table, not once, but TWICE!! – no words. Only awe. Oh the rest of the #newmedia team ain’t bad either.. *smile*

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36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Zuma. He does enough stirring all on his own. *sigh*

37. Who did you miss?

My kids. All of them. Always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I made some unbelievable friends this year – OUSTANDING INDIVIDIUALS, but there is one young man whose dedication, pure love and conviction for his craft truly just spoke to my heart, @LouwBreytenbach from @LALTH_JHB. I am so proud of you my dear friend. You are a great friend, an amazing performer, an outstanding teacher and well…… I will love you for a thousand years. #friendsforlife1-IMG-20131116-05308[1]

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

You never know how drastically your day can change from sunshine to sunset.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

“Clown” (Actually read the words, line for line)

I guess it’s funnier from where you’re standing
Cause from over here I missed the joke
Clear the way for my crash landing
I’ve done it again
Another number for your notes

I’d be smiling if I wasn’t so desperate
I’d be patient if I had the time
I could stop and answer all of your questions
As soon as I find out
How I can move from the back of the line

I’ll be your clown
Behind the glass
Go ‘head and laugh
Cause it’s funny
I would too if I saw me
I’ll be your clown
On your favourite channel
My life’s a circus circus
Round in circles
I’m selling out tonight

I’d be less angry if it was my decision
And the money was just rolling in
If I had more than my ambition
I’ll have time for ‘Please’
I’ll have time for ‘Thank you’
As soon as I win

From a distance my choice is simple
From a distance I can entertain
So you can see me
I put make-up on my face
But there’s no way you can feel it
From so far away

I wish you enough,
Wenchy