Do the most important and most urgent. The rest can wait.

You know what is ok? It’s ok to not to be successful by the time you turn 30. It’s ok not to own the house you live in, not have any kids and not be married by 30. (Although I strongly suggest you get moving on the kids thing, but that’s for another article.) It’s ok to only start figuring out how to actually run your own business after turning 30. It’s ok to aim to be truly successful by the time you’re 40, heck, 50 even. These are the things that I’ve come to realise only after turning 30.

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Travelling tips from my holiday to England, Italy and France

Having recently travelled to England, Italy and France on holiday  I thought I’d share some of my tips and experiences.

This was our basic itinerary:

  • Fly to London, stayed 1 night and then flew to Italy.
  • 6 days in Italy which comprised of 2 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Florence.
  • 2 nights in Nice, France and then back to London for 6 nights before heading home

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Just a simple idea 9 months ago, is now my 2nd business!

I pretty much stumbled into Whitespace, the web design and UX agency I started some time ago. All that really happened was I took a step up from freelancing part-time, to retainer work, to full time, to having a business partner. No real start date to speak of or a launch per say. you could call launching the company website a start – but we had been operating for a long time before that though.

Launching my second business to the world on the 1st of June 2012 has been one major accomplishment for me personally. We actually took an idea, built and launched it. The idea was the easy part. Making a tangible, real world product from the idea? That is what I’m most proud of.

What is sells the Writable, a 192 page, square, hard cover notebook, that for every Writable we sell, a classroom of 10 kids receive an exercise book.

The inside cover of the Writable

It is a high quality notebook that I want people to buy and use irrespective of the story of giving, because if you love using the book, you’ll continue to buy Writables, which means will be able to continue to help children in need!

The story of how Adrian, Rich and myself came up with is another blog post on its own, but for now, being able to sit here, with a brand new business 9 months after dreaming up the idea is one of pure excitement.

For now, I’m focused on both Whitespace and, however the latter takes way more of my time and effort. It’s an entirely new industry and I’m learning so much each and every day.

I can’t wait to see where will be in 3, 6 and 12 months time and here is to that journey!

How to make an amazing Nespresso iced coffee at home

I’ve been trying to make a decent iced coffee at home with my Nespresso machine, but everytime I’ve tried, it just doesn’t have the right sweetness or coffee flavour that you find in coffee shops. So after some experimenting and asking a few coffee shops how they do it, I’ve managed to perfect a home-made Nespresso iced coffee!

You’ll need the following:

  • 2 x Nespresso pods
  • dash of milk
  • vanilla syrup
  • ice blocks
  • blender

Make a double espresso and add a dash of milk. The key here is don’t skimp on the double espresso by making a single lungo. There is a reason why iced coffees cost well over R20 in coffee shops. They are all using double espressos!

Add to the double espresso around 20 – 25 ice blocks, 2 or 3 big tablespoons of the vanilla syrup and BLEND!

Pour into a glass, grab 2 straws and enjoy.

Some important tips

The key to the iced coffee is making a double espresso and using a syrup to sweeten. It doesn’t have to be vanilla flavoured syrup, but that does add a really great flavour. You can easily make sugar syrup at home too. Here is a simple sugar syrup recipe. You can store the exces sugar syrup in the fridge for use later.

How Doctors Die

Doctors don’t die like the rest of us.

It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.

After reading this article by Ken Murray, it definitely made me think about the “what ifs” when my time comes to make those decisions. Great read.