Pause. Take a deep breath....in through your nose; and sigh it out...now another.
Still your racing thoughts, you have done enough for this week.
The weekend is in sight, and so is a brand new month.
Why don’t you take some time for yourself this weekend? Reflect on the first quarter of 2022, take stock of your joys, observe your shortcoming (but don’t linger too long) and most importantly, consume this weeks edition of the weekender at a leisurely pace. Don’t skim, sit back, relax, and read with intention.
PS. Stop by the store for some firewood on your way home, we’re in for a cosy, indoors-kind-of-weekend.
- Leah G
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Things we love
Injisuti valley, Drakensberg →
“High altitude training” had us waking up to a 2am alarm clock to pack up the Jeep and head off to Injisuthi, Drakensberg for a 6am trail run - the things runners do for their training plan (insert hand to face emoji).
Little did we know we’d be greeted by the most gorgeous sunrise, a painting of silver, green and the kind of pinky/orange that takes your breath away, on full display against the mountain canvas.
I’m the kind of person who finds rest and restoration in solitude and silence, stripping down to the basics - an icy swim in the river a picnic blanket splayed out on the lawn and a book in hand. This is the good life.
Night Snorkelling Safari →
If you want excitement and an adrenaline rush like you can't believe and you want to see marine creatures you would otherwise never see during the day, then be sure to get onto one of our Night Snorkelling Safaris.
Ballito parkrun →
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event hosted at Sugar Rush Park every Saturday at 8am. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! Over the years, park runs have become so big they have garnered their own cult following, but we're not complaining, we're just as obsessed!
The Ooni Karu 12 →
Fueled by real wood or charcoal, Ooni Karu 12 cooks authentic wood-fired, stone-baked pizza in any outdoor space in just 60 seconds! What better way to spend time with the family making pizzas together!
Weed of the Week: Nyongwana →
Nyongwana is an adaptogen. That means it helps your body deal with stress and balances the nervous system. Apparently, it promotes mental alertness and improves memory, but I am not sure about that as I eat a few leaves every day and don’t feel particularly sharp. It is used extensively in Asia to promote healthy skin, hair, and nails, and to support blood vessel strength, blood circulation and assists in preventing scar tissue forming. So clearly, it is good for you and you will find it in all sorts of forms in your health shop. The flavour is quite earthy. It is good cooked in the usual imifino way with chilli, garlic, tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon. In India and Sri Lanka it is served as a relish which includes grated coconut, which sounds scrummy. As it grows so easily everywhere, I think one might as well just eat a few raw leaves when you come across some.
WORTHY 5: Mike Charles
Five recommendations by radio host and superdad, Mike Charles
A question worth asking: Before you argue with someone, ask yourself, is that person even mentally mature enough to grasp the concept of different perspectives? Because if not, there’s absolutely no point.
A video worth watching: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, explained in 8 moments - A fascinating study of Zelenskyy's rise in Ukraine, from TV star to wartime president.
A book worth reading: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.This brilliant book by Timothy Ferriss features interviews with more than 100 leaders and influencers in diverse fields on their advice for success across 3 categories (Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise).
A concept worth understanding: "Soft Power”: In politics, soft power is the ability to co-opt rather than coerce. In other words, soft power involves shaping the preferences of others through appeal and attraction. A defining feature of soft power is that it is non-coercive; the currency of soft power includes culture, political values, and foreign policies.
An app worth downloading: The "Radio life & Style” app… Obviously!
Heard & read
A pick what we've been listening to and read that's caught our eye.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***→
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
Real Love Baby by Father John Misty →
A single we love from one of our favourite songwriters and general suave raconteurs, Father John Misty. Blending old school sonics with a modern take on love, this track delivers everything we want from a proper weekend bop.
SNIPPET OF THE WEEK
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Curated selection of good reads
The Vinyl Revolution 🎵 Vinyl is undergoing a revolution! For the first time in history, an older format is set to overtake newer technology with vinyl record sales soaring! What is it about this retro medium that holds so much magic? Read on to find out! Read more →
Why the pursuit of happiness can be bad for you – and what you should pursue instead 🔮 Happiness is one of the most important goals in life. During the pandemic, it trended as the most searched word on Google. But here’s why the pursuit of happiness can be bad for you. Read more →
Hunter Kennedy 🎸 Local music legend Hunter Kennedy is striking out on his own, and it's a slam dunk. Read more in our feature from the latest issue of Life & Style Magazine! Read more →
Forrest Fenn's Treasure ⚱️ Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, a man named Forrest Fenn hid a treasure said to be worth millions. The clues to its location were published in a series of cryptic poems. Thousands of people risked their lives hunting for it, and it's said that it was found this year. The New Yorker made a fabulous short documentary about it. Find out more here! Read more →
Coast to Coast
Aesthetically pleasing images from opposites ends of South Africa
Cape Town Street Art
Durban Street Art
Top of the pods
Overhead on the podcast this week:
In this week's show, we continue to shine the spotlight on a suspect mega housing development in Rocky Park, KwaDukuza that has evaded scrutiny for more than a decade. The project was flagged in 2017 for gross irregularities by the KZN Department of Human Settlements. With hundreds of millions of rands unaccounted, no action has been taken or any consequences meted out to those responsible. Also in this episode; South Africa holds the shameful distinction of being one of the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman. Joining us on this discussion this morning is Rise Up Movement founder and CEO Josha Daniel. The Rise Up Movement is a locally-based NPO aimed at empowering and educating communities with relevant information and activism in the hopes of eradicating Gender-Based Violence. Listen on Life & Style podcasts →
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