Things I’m thankful for

Even though we don’t have thanksgiving in South-Africa, this time of the year is about being thankful for what you have. Here is a list of things I am thankful for:

Democracy and a mostly stable country

I am thankful that the transitioning from apartheid to democracy over the last 20 years has been relatively peaceful. South-Africa still has some issues, but for the most part a large percentage of the population has started to move on and live together.


Education eliminates ignorance and empowers people. It is a subject I am very passionate about and fully promote educating yourself for as long as you can.

Medication, Clinical Trials, Science and Vaccines

These four are interlinked in my mind. I touch on all four in my field of work, and the power of medicine and the eradication of disease will always fascinate me.


I am a Christian and I am thankful that I live in a country where all people are allowed to practise their religion. Different religions get along fantastically here, and the people are very open to discussing why they believe in a certain way, but also willing to accept that you might not agree. My beliefs give me hope and make me feel safe, and I am so glad that I am a practising member.


They make you laugh. They understand who you are and accept you that way. I include people at work in here too, because they actually spend more time with you than your actual friends.


Because they are always there for you.

Cell phones

For enabling me to have obsessive social media tendencies and allowing me to call people.


For being small laptops you can carry around.




For understanding how I feel.


For keeping me fit, getting me into the fresh air and for exercising my dog.

My dog

For being happy and loving and hilarious all the time.

Clean drinking water

South-Africa has some of the cleanest tap water in the world. We are able to drink water directly from the tap without worrying about infection. It is truly an exceptional gift and I really appreciate it.

Hand sanitizer

For keeping the germaphobe happy


For keeping me awake


For being delicious



J.K Rowling

For giving me Harry Potter

The internet

For connecting me to the world.

My job

Unemployment is a big problem in my country, and I was unemployed for six months. I am so thankful that for the last four years I have been permanently employed at a place that I love. I am thankful that I am allowed to grow here, with opportunities always available for those who work hard, a fair boss, a decent salary, and for support while I slosh my way through my degree.


Because who doesn’t like looking pretty?

Happy things



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As you may have noticed by my narky rants the last while, I have been in a slump. To combat this attitude, I am writing a list of things that make me happy.

I list everything in life – shopping lists, to-do lists, what I spent money on, what I will take on vacation, what exercises I did, etc. Why not make a list of things that makes me happy?

Writing happy lists will most definitely make you feel happier afterwards. It will pull you out of your slump and remind you that this earth contains beautiful and funny things that make life worth living.


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A list of things that make me happy


Listing to the rain pattering on the roof.

Nicky Noodle, my little Jack Russell. She is so damn happy all the time it is impossible not to respond in kind.


Walking my dog in the afternoon


Remembering funny moments and having a silent giggle about it

Seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while and having the best time


Discovering good blogs

Sitting in my sunny living room on a Sunday and enjoying the sun and drinking coffee

The fact that there are people who love me with ridiculous amounts of love

I have a job, a house and food to eat.

I have no diseases.

Suddenly understanding a formula or function in math or chemistry

Nerding around and creating beautiful excel spread sheets ❤


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What makes you happy?