I’ll try not to jump on the bandwagon by saying that 2016 was a bad year for me. As far as years go, it wasn’t a good length of time, but I prefer to focus on the positive. Which is exactly what I’m training myself to do in increasing regularity of late. Obsessing over negative aspects – which though they are a constant in life, they don’t have to rule it – is akin to buying yourself a one-way ticket to unavoidable unhappiness.

And who wants that.

So I’ve made the decision to celebrate not only the successes of others, but also my own, no matter how small they may seem. Too often we put down our own achievements by comparing to them to that of our peers. There is an unspoken timeline on which societal expectations reign supreme. Whether these expectations concern our personal or professional lives, the pressure placed on us to tick off accomplishments by a set time means an increase in stress, depression and unhappiness – often directly stemming from comparison with others and placing unrealistic expectation on ourselves.

Thus, after a year where I wasn’t particularly happy with myself, my circumstances and the situations I seemed to find myself in, I’ve realised that the only way to invite happiness, health and prosperity into your world is to beam it out from within. You are more capable than you realise and if you absorb that confidence from your own self-worth then others pick up on it too. And just like free WIFI with a strong connection, you can sit back and watch the opportunities roll in.

Now is the opportune time to relax – or RELEKS as this post is titled – explore new fields, eat those tacos and treat yourself to something new to wear. Remembering that, whenever possible, it’s best to buy local. And when local means getting to browse styles from Cape Town-based label Mevrou & Co, keeping one’s money in the country isn’t difficult to do. Specialising exclusively in the plain white tee, this homegrown clothing brand is far from basic – their drawcard is their use of catchy slogans done in stark monochrome across the t-shirts. A contemporary take on a classic concept.

Just like creating one’s own sustainable, symbiotic sense of happiness.

Tee // Mevrou & Co

Culottes // ZARA

Sandals // Birkenstock

Sunglasses & basket bag // vintage

Images by myself and Cie Vos

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

RELEKS

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