If you’re a “How I met your mother” fan like me, you probably read this blog title in Barney’s voice. If you’re not a fan of the show, I strongly suggest you switch to Netflix as soon as you’re done reading this post! Like many others, I have an array of series that I find myself repetitively watching (even though I know how each episode ends) such as Modern Family, HIMYM, Friends, The Big Bang Theory and let’s not forget about Charmed, the 1998 series about the sister witches. Maybe it’s the comfort in knowing how they end, or the homely feeling I have while watching them, but all I know is that a bad day can be fixed with one of my favourite series. What’s your go-to series that can make you smile or laugh on your worst days?

Believe it or not, I’m not JUST a couch potato. I love being out in the sun too. My family and I enjoy the adventurous side of life, river rafting, tubing, parachuting and the most adventurous experience of all, the Big Swing in Graskop, Mpumalanga. Just imagine the adrenaline as you roped up and told to walk BACKWARDS towards the 70-meter-high cliff above the waterfall. The best part of that experience was the tightening of the rope BEFORE we jumped off! Nevertheless, I still cherished the entire jump as my big sis was tied down with me…ride together, die together.

Certificate of jump, Graskop, South Africa

Speaking of whom, I would describe my sister as that really cool kid that has always got your back. She’s one of the most important people in my life, and because of her, I’ve got to experience the greater things in life. One of those being, the Ultra Music festival in Europe, Croatia (or “ooltra”, as they say in Split, Croatia). What a wonderful trip! From walking up five flights of stairs WITH our luggage (and back down when leaving), finding ourselves lost in the town…THREE times, dancing and singing along to Cheat codes and The Chainsmokers (who were literally a few feet away from us!) while partying until the morning light in a completely different country was a surreal experience. With a wholesome, fun family like mine, I know I can always count on my support system and they a part of my life that I am most grateful for.

Ultra Music Festival, Europe, Croatia

Adding to my active lifestyle, I thoroughly enjoy dancing! Perhaps it’s because of the mandatory dancing at Indian weddings, but when that music blasts, I’m off to the dance floor. It’s a great way of letting go of your troubles, moving your body and enjoying the MOMENT. I recently also joined a community Zumba class which I definitely prefer over the usual exercise at the gym. If you’re looking for a healthy way to de-stress while having some fun, I recommend joining a dance class, or just turning up the music once in a while, you won’t regret it.

Wow, when I first started writing this blog, I thought it would be difficult, I hardly talk about myself anymore, it’s just about the “A” word (see title). It feels great to focus on all the other areas of my life, some of which I haven’t even managed to capture such as my reading quirks, honey-sweet addiction, being a mother of two puppies (a.k.a fully grown Labradors) and being a horror movie fanatic. So, although this post is about introducing myself as “MYSELF” and not my work…I have to give credit to one of my favourite facets of my life, my work. Without diving into the details, I will simply mention why I smile on the way to my university every morning: I set my own time to wake up, I set my own work schedule, I set my own break time, I have a healthy relationship with my “boss” (a.k.a supervisor) and co-workers, Oh…and I get the privilege of performing experiments which could potentially save the lives of millions of pancreatic cancer patients!

Dogs are the best kind of therapy, meet Cuddles and Romeo

So, to all my fellow readers, that’s me, a woman who’s grateful for all facets of her wonderful life. No, it’s not rosy all the time, but life would be boring if it was. So, cheers to 2022 everyone, may we grow, conquer and love!

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