It’s time we listened to Greta Thunberg

I’m not going to write much, just watch the video and she says it all! Goosebumps and tears may follow!

We fight on!

Today we celebrate all the women who refused to accept their given place in society. Those who broke the gass ceiling. All those who sacrificed so that we could have more (rights). We remember all the women who marched and fought. Those that spoke up. And we acknowledge that we have come a long way – but also that we are by no means near the end. The struggle is real. Everyday. We fight on! For equal rights and an end to GBV, harrassment, rape and abuse in all its forms.

Not only do we as women need to fight on, we also need the good men as allies. It saddens me to see how men get offended by feminism, hiding behind the #notallmen argument. If you’re not part of the solution you are infact part of the problem. Do the right thing. Set an example to men around you. Be part of the fight for equal rights!

I wanted to write these words down as a reminder to all of us as I’ve seen how this day is being hijacked and turned into something resembling Valentine’s day with offers of a free glass of wine and discounts on spa treatments etc taking focus away from the true purpose of this day. Go ahead and enjoy your free wine but first acknowledge what this day is about! And no I’m not going to wish anyone a “happy women’s day” just as we don’t wish anyone that’s HIV positive a “Happy world aids day”.

My next camera? (for the photo nerds)

Photographers (enthusiasts and professionals alike) love to use the argument that “it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer” whenever someone tells us our camera takes really great pictures. Then we turn around and get all caught up in the gear race! We try to figure out which camera others around us use and we look with envy in our eyes at the big expensive gear the well established photographers have at hand. In the past couple of weeks I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit looking at cameras online (more time than actually spent taking pictures!). Is it time to go full frame? I need a mirrorless as they are smaller. Maybe I should go Sony Alpha? Seem like a lot of people whose work I admire use those. And so on and so forth. I have read endless reviews of cameras and lenses and watched YouTube videos on ‘fullformat vs cropped sensor’ leaving me more confused than when I started out. In the end I’ve come to realise my Nikon D7100 is doing quite alright with its cropped sensor (who can tell the difference anyway!?). And I realised that this was a slightly addictive behaviour, I WANTED something new more than I NEEDED it. Truth is I still need to figure half of the settings out on my current camera. I still need to learn to edit. That’s where I need to invest. Invest time. So instead of looking for new cameras I can’t afford anyway I’m going to give my Nikon D7100 a second chance in my hands and instead of using my internet bundle on Amazon I will use it on watching photoshop tutorials. My advice to anyone feeling they need a new, better, bigger/smaller camera, you don’t! Or perhaps you do, but first make sure you have given your current gear a true chance to shine! Maybe it’s your skills that need an investment and not your gear? Happy shooting!

Smooth like a smoothie

I’ve been trying out some different smoothie variations lately. Some a little less successful than others. The one ingredient I keep trying to incorporate (read: hide) is the Moringa powder. Moringa is one of these super-foods that haven’t become trendy just yet. But it’s only a matter of time as it is so full of nutritious goodness. Read more about Moringa here. The challenge with the powder is that it tastes like spinach (school canteen flashback kinda spinach). And it’s therefore a little tricky to hide, taste wise, and impossible visibly as it makes every smoothie look rather vile. Anyways here are a few smoothies to try. You can change them easily by replacing fruit/ berries with others of your choice. For all of them simply throw everything in a blender and blend till smooth. Best is to use frozen fruit/berries, but an alternative is to add a couple of ice blocks.

MANGOOD

1 large mango, peeled and cut (obviously)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp Moringa powder

1 tsp Chia seed

See what I mean with “vile”…

FRUITFUL

2 cup fruit yogurt OR

1 cup plain yogurt and 1 cup berries/fruits you have at home

1 tbsp Moringa

1 tsp Chia seed

GONE BANANAS

1 cup oatmeal

1 banana

1 cup milk

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp Moringa powder