Moving into the new year, I remain filled with hope and encouragement as I find myself inspired and loved and drawn to incredibly phenomenal people. Real people. With real stuff. Doing wonderful things for themselves, and selflessly very much for others.

This is the Year of the Heart, not only for me, but for a collection of friends that I admire, friends that are my heroes.

One of them is Blou Leask aka Scarlet Nguni, as she became known to me. Her story is that of a high-flying successful and driven corporate living her dream life in America, when she was struck down by a stroke in 2006, at the tender age of 27. A horrible blow nobody expects or deserves. Yet Blou has since walked the long slow journey of recovery and views her challenging experience as a gift that opened her eyes to so much more that this world has to offer. She is now following her heart and has moved to a cottage in the Overberg to write her book ‘Losing my Head’, a story which needs to be shared, read, learnt from and admired.  

As somebody with a ‘head problem’ of my own, I salute you brave girl, and look forward to seeing you reach your goal and to reading and learning much more from you x.

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