Tell our readers all about yourself?
I am Susann, a farm girl from Limpopo that somehow ended up in Jozi with an Irishman, 3 black cats, a kid – and a story.
I have given almost 5 years of my life to chase a dream that specialists said I should give up on. When they said I will never have my own child and will never fall pregnant, husband and I decided that we will try until the day I cannot cope with it anymore. As time passed and the bad news kept on coming year after year, I kept on picking myself up and doing it again until eventually we had 1 kid. We are still working towards adding to our family.
What is the main mission of your blog and what content can they expect to find there?
Telling authentic stories that will either inspire you, bring you to tears or make you think twice. I write about everything from surrogacy, parenthood, travel and what I love to do and wear.
I am aiming to put a face to a subject nobody talks about – because how many of us know someone that has gone to a fertility clinic or had to use a surrogate? Recently I wrote a post about surrogacy myths and started it off with this, which I think is the essence of my story…
“Look at me, I am the girl that went to school with you, I may have been your best friend, was your teammate, worked with you somewhere or you might have just seen me buying groceries. Like you, I had dreams of having my own kids – but that choice was taken from me.”
What is your greatest passion?
Squeezing every last drop out of this life and making every single day count.
What or who inspires you to live your best life?
I used to be inspired by great writers and adventurers, until I realized I’m living a hand-me-down life.
When I was a child my parents showed me Africa and said I could do anything, become anything – but my world was still so small. Then I travelled and I saw all these wonderful places and met people from all walks of life (and cultures) and realized that my world and mind has changed with all these experiences. I never want to stop seeing more, learning more or just be inspired by the strangers I eet along the way.
Where can we find you in your spare time?
Planning my next trip – even if the last one just ended. Playing with my cats. Dragging husband and child to some obscure outing. Reading a really good book. And sometimes in Magoebaskloof somewhere or on the beach in Salt Rock.
How do you get balance in your life?
I switch off my laptop at 4 every afternoon (mostly) and make my way downstairs to spend time with my husband and kid. When I work, I work – but when I step away from my laptop I live life and make memories.
What “rules” do you live by?
Give more than you receive. Do no harm. Be a voice when nobody wants to listen. Get up.
What three things could you not live without?
My family, cats and passport.
TOP 3 recommendations for the mommies reading this post?
You are never alone. Always take care of yourself. Be yourself – always.
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