God’s Upside Down Kingdom

Almost a decade ago, I interviewed the acclaimed international singer, Nicole C Mullen through her involvement in the Beauty For Ashes Movement, back in 2009. This was during the early days of my writing career and looking back, this story of redemption still resonates with me today.

Circumstances may have changed for Nicole over the past nine years, but the author of her story remains the same and is still as relevant today as ever before. I found the original article, initially published in Christian Living Today Magazine in May 2009. Here it is… untouched for almost 10 years… my little blast from the past…

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Up Close And Personal With Ernie Smith

Over the years I have had the opportunity to interview and hear from a variety of influential people making a real mark in their areas of speciality. Ernie Smith is one such musical powerhouse with a gentle soul. As an award-winning South African contemporary jazz icon, he continues to place Africa on the map through powerful song and an unwavering faith in Christ. By Tamsyn Cornelius

We recently had the privilege of interviewing Ernie Smith who shares enthusiastically about his faith, family life and a deep desire to draw people closer to God. As a musician, Ernie continues to influence global audiences with his innovative songs and easy-going African Jazz genre. Not only is he an accomplished vocalist, but Ernie is equally comfortable behind an array of instruments, from the guitar and keyboard to the bass guitar and drums. It is this dedication to his art that has earned him an array of musical awards and international recognition.

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The New Buzz Words We Can’t Get Enough Of In 2018

I don’t know about you, but my fascination with words began way before I could even read or write. I remember coming home from school distraught at learning that the foamy stuff you wash your hair with was actually called Shampoo and not Shampool… even though the latter’s reference to water seemed more appropriate to me!

At the age of 16, when others were asking for a new cellphone, all I wanted was the newly revised English dictionary. Nerd Alert! Almost two decades later, I still have this dictionary with the handwritten message that says: ‘To the only person I know who wanted a dictionary for their birthday!’

Today my career is entirely based on the power of words and I love how it is an ever-evolving industry. In fact, the Oxford Dictionary completes a quarterly update and includes some of the newest words, senses and subentries to keep up with the times, four times per year. June 2018 saw the latest revised version with 900 new words added. Here are some of the trending buzzwords that made the last update… Look closely and these words will give you a clear picture of what life is all about in 2018!

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5 Free Online Tools Every Entrepreneur Needs to Use

Whether you’re designing your own marketing material, writing a memoir or attempting to edit a photograph, if you’re running your own business and trying to leverage the social media space, then the internet is a great resource with tons of amazing tools to help make all these creative processes so much simpler. As an entrepreneur and creative soul, I’m sharing some of my favourite online tools with you today and the best part is that these can all be accessed for FREE! Check them out below and learn to maximise your business today!

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That One Time We Took The Kids to Istanbul

“Istanbul… the constant beating of the wave of the East against the rock of the West…” – Susan Moody



Call us crazy, but when our kids were younger, we had the opportunity to venture abroad to spend 10 glorious summer days in Istanbul, Turkey. As one of the biggest cities in the world, Istanbul is a land immersed in historical and geographical significance and it is the only city on the planet that is located on two continents.

The thought of travelling to a foreign nation with a baby and a toddler was certainly scary, but without having to spend a cent of our own money (yes, you read that correctly), we knew that this was to be a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that we simply could not pass up!

This is how things unfolded…

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5 Reasons To Make Your Home a Green Space

Whether you live in a cosy apartment or in a massive freestanding home, bringing greenery into your home, no matter what size it may be, allows for balance and depth in any interior. Plants and greenery are the staples of living – add these to your interiors and enjoy the many benefits they offer. By Tamsyn Cornelius

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Healthier air

Plants are not just pretty on the eyes – they serve a practical purpose in absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Houseplants actually work to clean our air and studies suggest that they have many added health benefits including reducing stress and helping to sharpen one’s focus.Read More »

10 Keys To A Happier, Healthier You

For many people, the idea of a happy life seems elusive and far-fetched; a fleeting moment that passes all too quickly amid the mundane of an ordinary life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. New studies and old philosophies are quickly proving that happiness as a state of mind can be achieved on a daily basis. Here are 10 simple ideas that will help you achieve contentment in your everyday life. By Tamsyn Cornelius

Positive thought

It seems a cliché to think that a positive attitude can have a fundamental impact on your wellbeing. However, academics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have researched how negative emotions can cause physical harm to the body. Studies suggest that destructive thoughts have a direct impact on increased stress hormones, which in turn has an adverse effect on organs like the heart. However, optimistic thoughts and actions were linked to good heart health and overall wellbeing.

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