Life changing 2016

On the road again, this time we’re heading to #clarens

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“Everybody dies but not everyone lives.” – William Wallace

This was the reason for why we decided to turn our lives around last year. We took a risk and, for the most part, it looks like we failed. Except we didn’t. Not really. The difference between how we were living last year, in comparison to what our lives look like now, is pretty huge.

Life changing 2016

Last year this time, we were home owners and were drowning in debt. Our kids had just attended their prize giving ceremonies at school and we were waiting to see their report cards. This year we are living with our incredibly generous in-laws, the kids haven’t written a single exam and we have explored 7 of the 9 South African regions on our 11 week road trip around South Africa.

While my job in government gave me financial stability, it made me sick. My job made me so anxious that I literally felt nauseous every, single morning. You’d think that after 11 years I would have acclimatized to the open hostility I worked with every day, because I managed to complete projects that were lying dormant for years. People saw me as a threat. Their excuses looked ridiculous when I made it look easy. (And no, it wasn’t easy. It just took HARD WORK).

Becoming a parent is hard. Raising children is even harder. Zac was not coping with being bullied at school. It was killing him inside, and something had to change. It’s pretty hard to home school when you’re not home, so this year gave us to chance, to find out feet in home education. Of course, at some point the bills need to be paid, which is why working at Yuppiechef from 2-10pm until 23 December is working for me. It gives me a chance to teach the kids in the morning, and then go to work in the afternoon. Since this position is just for the festive season, I will still need to find a job for next year, but I know God is in control. I will keep hunting and trust that the right position will come up.

We are so grateful for all the travel opportunities we’ve had this year. It has taught us so much that we’ve managed to collaborate on 3 sponsored posts with the intention of writing many more next year. It would have been pretty hard to get to know South Africa, without taking a chance and hitting the road. We have a lot of family travel content that can be written about the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Gauteng. So if you hear of anyone looking for content, we’d appreciate it if you point them in the direction of TazzDiscovers.

Thank YOU for all your support. Even when I neglected this blog, many of you followed the other part of my life on our family travel site. THANK YOU!!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the most incredible festive season shared with loved ones and a New Year full of possibilities. Jesus was God’s gift to us, when we didn’t deserve it, so that we could have eternal life through Him. He is the reason for the season.

7 Comments

  1. Cassey

    December 13, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Yay for adventures and a new way of life.

    1. rumtumtiggs

      December 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Cassey. It hasn’t been easy but it has definitely been worth it xx

  2. Alet

    December 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Sounds like you’ve had an amazing year, even if it hadn’t ended quite as expected!

    I’ve found in my life, that seasons like the one you’ve described is often time a stepping stone for something better! Here’s to hoping and trusting for an amazing 2017!

    1. rumtumtiggs

      December 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Alet. Your kind words are a balm to my soul xx

  3. Antwane

    December 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    You journey is amazing.

    2016 had been a year of disillusionment for me. I’ve decided that the only answer to happiness is to be content. 2017 is going to be our year we have decided to leave the UK and finally return home travelling for a few weeks thru SA first. The only catch is we leave jobs etc and into the unknown. I know in my heart that this is the right decision and something worthwhile is most definitely worth sacrificing for.
    Your courage to be able to remove your kids from school and give them a good home school education is awe inspiring and I wish you all the best for 2017. Praying for a good job for you.

    1. rumtumtiggs

      January 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you for your comment Antwane. I know how you feel. I felt like that at the beginning of last year. Wishing you everything of the best as your explore your options in terms of coming home. Yes, it might not be easy, but it will be worthwhile. Please keep in touch and let me know if you ever need a shoulder to cry on xx

      1. Antwane

        February 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        You are very kind to reply me. Crying just reading it. Loving your blog and your homeschooling adventures. My oldest is struggling in mainstream school. She is such a lovely child but has difficulties with spelling & maths. She will be 11 next week & she still plays with dolls and draws constantly whilst her friends are on Social media. When I asked her what she wants for her birthday she replied ” mummy please don’t get me a phone, I’d love a camera where the picture prints out. ” Polaroid one I thought.
        I’m seriously considering homeschooling the kids while we settle in SA.
        I’m so happy to return to SA I feel like my heart is going to leap out of chest. I am constantly reminded of your first line above,
        ” Everyone dies, but not everyone lives” William Wallace.

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