Hi, I’m Tamsyn Cornelius and I am a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital and print media.
I am a creative at heart.
I love beautiful imagery, interior décor and design, long summer days, DIY and filling blank canvases with colour.
I am a wife and a mom of two (three if you count the dog) and I work from my home in Cape Town… but home is really where my family is, so I have been known to lug a laptop along on family vacations and may often find inspiration in the strangest of places – whether on a bus trip through Istanbul, or in one of the many splendid roadside coffee shops along the pristine coastline of the Western Cape.
I tell stories…
I provide creative content for clients from all around the world as a freelance writer. From marketing material and business profiles to magazine feature writing, lifestyle and parenting blogs, social media management and more… I am your go-to gal for stand-out editorial. I dream, breathe, live beautiful copy and I love being able to translate ideas and life experiences into words. In other words, I tell stories… stories that sell, inspire and have real impact.
You know when you just know…
From the moment I first picked up a pen to copy lettering at the age of 5 or 6, I knew I was going to be a writer. I was born for this.
I found my happy place lost in stories and partook in any creative writing assignment that came my way. With a passion for writing, I then completed a B.A Degree in Media & Writing and English Language and Literature (2006, UCT).
I love freelancing…
Over a decade later and many hours on the grind, I now have the privilege of working for myself and daily interacting with some amazingly talented people and companies. Whether interviewing a South African hero as a cover story for a Christian magazine or inspiring beautiful interior design as the social media editor for one of SA’s leading online design and décor portals… this is my happy space. I specialise in content related to faith, parenting, design, décor, wellness and more and I’m all about empowering others to find their God-given purpose and to make an impact in the world. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective to help grow your brand, do get in touch!
Road trips make for unforgettable adventure holidays with my crazy family. We usually pack up everything the night before and hit the long road before dawn while the kids are still half-asleep. This way they can get shut-eye while we make some headway en route to our destination. Many great family memories are made while road tripping with the kids. But yes, any lengthy time couped up in a car with toddlers can be challenging. Here I share some top tips for a rocking road trip with the little people! By Tamsyn Cornelius
Road trips are somewhat easier than flights! If you’re doing a flight, check out my survival guide for flying with little people. But if you’re heading on a family road trip, rest assured that you can do it at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Firstly, the kids can make all the racket they want without upsetting the hundreds of passengers you’d expect on a Boeing! Keep things simple and be prepared to ensure a smooth drive.Read More »
Family is what happens when two people fall in love. Meet our next #JewelInHisCrown, Luchae Williams (34), a blogger, accounts manager and mom of four based in Port Elizabeth. By Tamsyn Cornelius
As a young mom at just 19 years of age, the reality of life’s struggles slapped Luchae square in the face. Suddenly she had another life to care for besides her own. But how would she navigate this journey of becoming an adult and a mother at the same time?Luchae dug deep and found her strength in Christ.Read More »
It’s #TravelTuesday which means I will be posting a travel-related piece today as part of an ongoing Travelogue every week. Today, we focus on the littlest people who often run our homes. Travelling with young kids may seem daunting, but trust me, whether on a flight or in the car, travel can be done without losing your sanity! By Tamsyn Cornelius
Over the years, we’ve successfully lugged two toddlers halfway across the globe (with stop-overs in foreign airports) and we recently packed the family into a car for a seven-hour road trip… and we are all still alive to tell the tale! Here I share some of my top tips for travelling with your little ones!Read More »
“The circumstances we ask God to change are often the circumstances God uses to change us.” Meet Michelle April-Benjamin, a woman making a difference in and out of the Child Justice Court. She is our next #JewelInHisCrown. By Tamsyn Cornelius
As the eldest of six children, Michelle grew up on the Cape Flats and spent most of her childhood between different schools and provinces, due to difficult circumstances at home. Despite the challenges she had to overcome as a young woman, today Michelle (aged 37) is proud to be a magistrate in the Child Justice Court and an ordained prophetess in her local church. She recently married Mark, after being a divorcee for three years, and she is also mom to Luke (age 4).Read More »
“If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.” Angelique Du Toit has faced many challenges in her life but through perseverance and unwavering faith, she pushed on to make her mark in the world as a successful entrepreneur and a loving, committed mother to her children. No wonder then that she is our next #JewelInHisCrown! By Tamsyn Cornelius
At the age of 14, life seemed very bleak for a young Angelique who was forced to leave school and find employment to contribute financially to her family. Having no high-school education, the future was a dark cloud when she first entered the world of employment as an under-age hairdresser’s apprentice. Only an adolescent herself but Angelique was suddenly forced to confront the world as an adult and deal with adult problems.Read More »
It’s not often that we get to venture out of the Western Cape on a road trip with our young kids. Anything more than a couple of hours in a car is usually a nightmare waiting to happen. However, when friends invited us to join them on a 665km trip upcountry to their hometown in the Karoo for a weekend, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
I’m ashamed to say that this was my first trip to the beautiful surrounds of Graaff-Reinet. I’m not exactly sure why I had never visited this culturally-diverse part of the country before, but one weekend in the fresh Karoo air, with my children roaming free in the dusty soil of the Camdeboo, and we were all left longing for more time to unwind and enjoy this authentic country way of life.Read More »
Our first Jewel In His Crown is a fashion designer mogul mum making a name for Christ in retail fashion in South Africa. By Tamsyn Cornelius
At age 39, Pranitha Sahibdew is a creative soul; a quiet-natured yet resourceful woman of influence who wears many hats as a mum of two boys, namely Sean-Paul and Sebastian, a business owner and fashion designer. Together with her fulltime pastor husband Nitesh, the pair is also actively involved in their local congregation at newDAY Church in Edenvale Gauteng.Read More »