Santa Shoebox Project 2018: DO IT

One of the most rewarding things you can do.

If you are always wondering how you can make a difference, the Santa Shoebox Project offers the perfect opportunity to truly do that.
It’s pretty simple – pledge to donate a Santa Shoebox and choose your child (yes, your shoebox goes to the very child you choose).
Then get cracking filling it with very specific things.

• An outfit of clothing
• Stationary
• Toiletries
• Toys
• Sweets
• Something educational

Then you decorate your shoebox, print out your pledge sticker and stick it on the box, pop an elastic band around it and drop it off on one of the drop-off days. It’s really that simple.

The joy is in choosing the little outfit, toys and other goodies for your shoebox, carefully fitting it all in and making sure everything is there. Drop-off days are awesome too, because you get to see how people from all walks of life come together to make a difference in the lives of less privileged children from across South Africa. You cannot believe the vastness of the operation and the sheer number of people and logistics involved in making this once-a-year event happen.

For the kids of course, the day they are waiting for is the day the SSB vehicle arrives at their school with all their special shoeboxes. I was very lucky to attend one of the events where the shoeboxes were delivered to the children and let me tell you, it is nothing short of incredible how much joy these occasions and shoeboxes bring to these kids. They make a morning of it – with the whole school gathering to welcome the SSB team, each class’s boxes brought into the classrooms and each kid’s name called out as they come up to collect their special and unique shoebox. You have no idea how happy a young boy can be to see a tennis ball in his box; how delighted the young girls are to see a brand new dress! Even the toothbrushes and deodorant cans bring great excitement.

(All images belong to SSB)

Please go to the Santa Shoebox Project website and pledge your shoebox today. I can promise that if you do it once, not another year will go by without you putting together at least one amazing shoebox for one deserving child.

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Selling now on Amazon :)

After 2 months of hard slog (mainly by Warren, the awesome illustrator I worked with), finally, The Ungrateful Swine is up on Amazon as an e-book. I can’t wait to get cracking on the next one. In the meantime, if you have kids, grand-kids, friends with kids or grand-kids, ungrateful swine husbands, brothers or fathers, or a fondness for pigs, check it out.

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Knowledge, Self Belief, Hard Work

It dawned on me suddenly right now that the people who are truly successful – who really do big things, make tons of money and enjoy huge successes (relative to their definition of success), have three things in common:


They know what they want to achieve and are clear on the steps they have to take in order to achieve it. There’s no wishy washy maybe kinda attitude to what they want. It’s clear. It makes sense. And it’s in flow with the flowiness of things that flow. They know what they want. ]

Do you have a clear plan for achieving your very clear goal?


They pump themselves up. They believe in themselves. They motivate themselves. They tell themselves they can do this. (And, as per point #1, they know what “this” is.) Think Jerry McGuire. Think the Wolf of Wall Street. There’s a high level of self-respect and self-knowing going on. Of course, this can veer towards arrogance in some people, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Again - their self-talk is positive and motivational.

Do you talk yourself up?


They work their asses off. They don’t work 8 hours a day. They do what needs to be done, for as long as it needs to be done, until it’s done. There’s no time for 2-day Netflix binges when there’s so much work to do.

Do you work at your goal, constantly?

Can you and do you look yourself in the mirror every morning, knowing what you want to achieve, and reaffirm to yourself that you can and will achieve it? “You can do this, Boooooiiii” or “you got this guurrrrrl”? Or like someone in my Toastmasters Club said recently - He looks at himself in the mirror every morning and says: “Jou Lekker Ding!” (For those not familiar with Afrikaans, this loosely translates to “You rock star”, or “You are the shit”.)

Know what you want and what has to happen to get it. Work very very hard to make those things happen. And communicate with yourself in a motivational, encouraging way. How hard can it be?

I’m thinking from now on, I want to try this thing, where I make sure I *always know what my goal is for the day/week/month/year/decade and I want to – every morning - slap myself on the ass while singing “you got this, you got this, you, you, you got this” and making meaningful eye contact with myself in the mirror”. I’m going to give it a bash.

Unless I have flu and PMS and I’ve run out of baking ingredients. In which case, my goal will probably be to lie down. (Is a 2-day Netflix binge ok then, do you think?)

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I am a freelance copywriter and Reiki practitioner by day, dreamer and scribbler by night. I love dogs, sunshine, swimming pools, beaches, braais, good beer, dancing, delicious fresh food, gardening, books, movies, cooking, outdoor festivals, live music, cats, hiking, Cape Town, public speaking, psychology, animals, photography and lekker, conscious people. I try to always maintain a sense of humour, have a good attitude, and be nice to myself and others.

I am an ILS-qualified Life Coach and can’t wait to bring my life changing workshops to Cape Town and the interwebs early in 2019.