Trip #1: Feeling welcome in Welkom.

I posted recently about me finishing high school and wanting to travel during my break.
The simplest way for me to travel is to visit family and friends all around my country. Where better to start my break than to go visit my grandparents?

Welcome in Welkom

I haven’t gone to visit my grandparents in over a year so when my mum suggested I go visit them for my first trip I had no objections.
Along with me I took clothes, my laptop and my grandma from the other side of the family. So now I need to clarify some things before things get confusing.
I hung out with both my grandmas that week. The one is grandma N and the other is grandma E.

 

Fun fact is that I’m named after both my grandmothers. My name, Enette, is a mix between theirs and sounds almost exactly like grandma N’s name. So it was a very confusing week cause when I said grandma both grandma’s would answer and when ever grandma E called for either me or grandma N we would both answer.
This is just the the boon of living in an Afrikaans household though so I’m practically used to this confusion. (my grandpa and brother share a name. My brother’s second name is my dad’s name. Me and my sister share a middle name and my name sounds like my mothers. It’s all very confusing.)

 

 

What did I do during this week?

My grandparents live in a small town called Welkom, and when I was little I thought only grandparents lived there. There’s a lot of stores, restaurants and a florist.
Other than that there is my uncle’s factory that I will probably always think of as grandpa’s factory, and of course my cousin’s house.
So my grandmother’s utilized what the town had to offer and so they took me shopping.

What did I buy during this trip?

During this trip I bought way too many things but I’m so thrilled with all of it
Most important on the list is the books I bought.

  • I bought ‘Egg and spoon’ by Gregory Maguire. It’s a children story written by the original writer of Wicked.
  • I bought ‘Kitty and the silver hand,’ written by Carrie Vaughn. It is book five in a series I’m collecting.
  • I bought’ The petrified flesh’ aka the first book in the ‘Reckless’ series. This is written by Cornelia Funke. This is not a romance novel as I expected but it’s still a great read.
  • I got ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Wilhelm Shakespeare, simply because it’s a classic and I’ve never read it.
  • I bought a book of Afrikaans short stories, written by Leo Tolstoi.
  • I bought ‘Great expectations’ by Dickens. Another classic that I haven’t read yet and wanted to own.
  • And finally I bought ‘J.R.R Tolken  a biography’ which was written by Humphrey Carpenter. I bought this one simply because I’m obsessed with the biographies of writers.

Along with the books I also got/bought.

  • Makeup sponges
  • Highlighter
  • Stockings
  • A scarf
  • Cookies
  • A pen
  • The card game ‘Joking Hazard’ by Cyanide and Happiness.

 
Other than shopping we also ate at some cool places such as the modern panty pantry, where I got juice and cake.

We also went to The green house where I ate some great toast and hot chocolate.

One of the meals that stood out though was when we went to Spur for breakfast on my last day.
I got myself French toast and bacon.
What made this meal stand out is the fact that there were golden syrup practically melted into the french toast, and a piece of bacon for each piece of bread. There were also caramelized banana spread around it but let’s be honest, I loved this meal for it’s combination of syrup and bacon.
With this I got a chocolate milkshake but I think next time I’ll just get juice since both the milkshake and the meal is very filling and I couldn’t finish it all.

 

What did I write while I visited.

Well I wrote two blog posts, on writing which you will be seeing soon, and then I also wrote a lot in one of my stories.
I’m participating in camp NaNoWriMo this month and I was trying to catch up since I am seriously behind.

 

During this visit though, I got to focus a lot on my beauty/hygene routine.

I had just started to wash my face with a honey and lime mix which was honestly something I was sceptical about since my face and it’s breakouts hate me.
The thing is though, it’s only been a week but I’m pretty sure it’s working.
I mention this not to brag about the miracle uses of honey though, but because I don’t normally focus on hygiene and beauty at home. So taking care of myself and playing around with makeup again for the first time in three years actually felt really great. It reminded me that I feel better when I take care of myself.

 
Anyway, the week was fun. I loved hanging out with my grandmothers, and hugging my grandfather.
I was spoiled and taken shopping, which was weird for me, but I loved it.
It was great to return to a town that I hadn’t seen in over a year and to visit family that I missed a lot.
But that’s all I have for now so….
See you soon racoon.

 


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I finished high school!

Done with high school

 

Three weeks ago, I finished high school and let me tell you I am very happy about this. Up until last year I was a pretty decent student, passing with okay grades. Since I home-schooled my high school journey looked a lot different from those of my peers, but I enjoyed it. I liked learning for the first couple of years and I put a lot of work into all kinds of subjects, ranging from Math and business studies to art and languages.
Unfortunately last year threw a wrench into my plans when my back started giving me problems.
I’m going to be honest, I thought I’ll have to stay back a year because of how much work I missed last year. But my parents were patient and we switched plans at the beginning of this year.
Instead of continuing with the British standard and supplier for my school work, we switched to an American one that focuses on helping you finish your GED and be ready for collage.
So I quit my job, and put all my effort into not only doing my schoolwork but doing it well. So here I am, finished with school six months ahead of everyone else my age – and I’m elated about it.

So what am I doing now that I’m done with school?

Well just like any other teenager who just finished school I plan on traveling before I have to start university next year. I don’t have a lot of money, or even a lot of expectation for where I’m going but I am going somewhere beyond my room and that’s enough for me.
The plan is to travel between family friends for the next six months, doing jobs where I can and just enjoying people’s company.

I’m going to admit that I don’t like spending time away from my family. My siblings are my best friends and my parents my rocks so it’s always kind of uncomfortable for me to leave them behind when I go somewhere, but I really do want to get out of my house. I do want to see the friends and family that I haven’t seen in years, and experience new aspects of life.
I’m stepping out of my comfort bubble (aka my room) and I’m planning to see little bits of the world.
It’s just a shame I can’t take my dog with me 🙂

 
Cheers for now I’ll write again later!

A good week

Why is it that not every week is a good week? Why am I super productive during holidays and the equivalent of a potato during the school weeks?

I sincerely don’t get it! (It’s probably the emotional rest I get during holidays…)

 

In the past week alone I have…

Written an editorial calendar for July-Sept

I have written 7 blog posts (that’s one a day!)

Written my professional bio.

Arranged to write 2 guest posts

Scheduled my posts 2-3 weeks in advance

Got exercise! (so sore)

Wrote 5-7 flash fiction pieces

Went to a doctor for checkups

Practiced driving (I’m getting good)

Made an interesting lunch for 7 family members

 

 

Seriously why am I not this productive during the school weeks when I need to be (again it’s probably emotional energy)

 

 

I’m actually thinking of spring cleaning my room which is only something I do when I have *gasp* time.

 

Alright so now that I’ve bragged ranted about my week I should probably get back to it so I can bring you good content.

I’m going to clean my room and while I’m at it I’ll think of ways to make this energy stretch through to next week when school starts again.

Wish me luck

Really random order of business.

I’ve designed three kinds of posters this will go with each of my blog posts.

They are to help you understand what kind of post you can expect before even reading it. (It also solves the fact that I’m too lazy to create an individual graphic for each post)

They look as follow, and I’m absolute in love with them.

These are also the first step to giving this mash up blog some semblance of order.

What do you think of them? They’re pretty right?

 

 

 

 

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Reintroduction because I have been missing :)

I know I haven’t been very active on this blog lately. I’ve been so inactive in fact that I wouldn’t be surprised if you forgot about me. While I am hoping to start making up for it soon I figured that I might as well mark my return by doing a new introduction. (Especially for all my new followers)

Okay, so what is there to say about me?
I am an introvert, I write books and I can’t function without tea in the morning.

I am a teenager, a middle child and a homeschooler.

I am surrounded by two sibling who I love, amazing parents and a wonderful boyfriend. My friends can be found in all kinds of odd places – like book stores and churches. I can honestly mean it when I say I appreciate all of these wonderful people 100%.

This is the part where I have to choose between telling you about my life growing up and my life in the future. I think that while my past help create me, my future is what this blog is about. This blog is about my future and how I create it.

I want to be a published, and successful, author. I’m not always sure how I am going to reach that goal but I believe I will. I might also go study to become a special education teacher when I’m done with high school– I am not sure about that exactly, but it’s time I start thinking about it and I know this is something I can be passionate about. So it’s definitely being considered.

I like to think of myself as a vivacious young woman who can shape her own life to her liking. I guess that is another thing this blog is about.

I can’t exactly think of anything else to put here and I guess that sums me up pretty well… I forgot to plan this post before creating it – which is something I guess I should work on.

I hope that this gave you some insights into me and this blog because that’s what this post was about… I guess.
Unless of course there is a secret reason for writing all this!
What could it possibly be?

My secret reason for writing all this is to say welcome to all my followers, both old ones and new ones. I know I haven’t been active lately and I’m really sorry about that but I plan to turn things around again.
So thank you for reading my ramblings and liking the advice I share on here. I really appreciate all your support.

A solution for the writer with back pain!

Okay guys, this is going to be my first ever spoken blog post.
I am currently using a new program my dad installed for me which translates what I’m saying into text.
Currently it is slow going, because the program struggling to understand my accent. I am slowly starting to get the hang of it though.
The whole point of doing this is so I can continue on creating stories and blog posts while I am lying down on my bed. My back pain is getting better but I still can’t sit upright for very long. This I think will be a useful solution with a little practice.

Okay, now that I’ve explained this I’m going to finish this post. You can expect more posts soon.
Cross your fingers – and let us hope this works.

Enette’s journey: step one – gathering my people

I’ve recently joined this writer’s workshop called “the young writer’s workshop” (budum tish) and through this I’ve been exposed to a lot of writer’s success stories.

One after the other they are talking about how exactly they managed to reach the end goal and start living the dream. It’s really opened my eyes to a lot of steps I need to take with this writing and so I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks in which I’ll take those steps toward reaching my end goal.

 

 

This past week though I’ve started to realize that a key aspect that many people forget to actually mention is the support that writers receive.

I’m not talking just moral support or just fans for their writing but a little bit of both.

 

Writing is often seen as this really solitary job, where you just sit behind a closed door and not let anyone in. Ask my family, I’ve written four novels and I’ve let them read three chapters in total…

That’s not how it should be though, we as people aren’t made to simply be alone. We were made for real relationships between one another and I think this applies in a healthy writing career as well.

So my first step, without any explanation further, is to gather up people – people who through one way or another are willing to support me and my work.

I guess I’ll have to start by letting my family read my stuff…

 

(Sorry if this post is a mess, I’m rather tired today)