V&A Waterfront scene in Cape Town. Buildings, blue skies and people - smiling, eating and celebrating summer time.

I’ve become the kind of person that fills pages and pages of my journal with everything I’m grateful for.

I handwrite thank you notes to the air that fills my lungs; the legs that hold me up; to fried rice (for being delicious); to the barista that greets me in French with a smile on her face day after day after day; the sand between my toes; the simple (undeniable) greatness of my first cup of coffee in the morning and the myriad of other miraculous moments that bring me joy.

It’s easy to focus on the negative. Easy to stew in the sad, to be angry and disheartened and forget that among the chaos, the disorder, and the things-that-need-fixing in the world: There is good.

There is always good. The smile of a stranger in the street. Warmth of the setting sun. Food in your belly. An incredible view.

I like to call these little moments, these everyday joys, casual magic – and collect them; celebrate them; relish in them. Because ‘when you focus on the good, the good gets better’.
And there is always good.

What Casual Magic have you experienced today? What are you feeling grateful for? I’d love to know.

P.S Thank you.


  1. […] stock of both the grand and seemingly insignificant things that bring me joy or improve my life has made me realise that sometimes, I get so caught up in the hustle-bustle of […]

  2. Beautiful Storm. Simply beautiful.

  3. I ABSOLUTELY Love that Storm … Casual Magic and what a fantastic reminder. Thank you.

    Warm regards

  4. I am grateful for my somewhat dysfunctional family, even though we have been separated by time we have made it back to each other.

  5. Gillian Mary van Zyl

    I love your grateful thoughts that are written without being twee or gushing. Brilliant.

    1. Thank you for always reading! <3

  6. I’m grateful for your magical writing. I love you

    1. I’m melting. Thank you so much!
      I love you too – and am incredibly grateful that you read post after post and fill my life with riots of colour and laughter.

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